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£10million sea defences begin

Work is to start this month on a £10million sea defence project along the Kent coast.

The project hopes to reduce the risk of tidal flooding to more than 1,500 homes and businesses in Deal.

The Environment Agency will put up a 200m long rock barrier north of Sandown Castle. The rock will be delivered to the castle by barge from Norway.

The ambitious scheme also hopes to protect the Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay Special Protection Area and Ramsar Site, the Sandwich Bay Special Area of Conservation; the railway line between Ramsgate and Dover in addition to historic monuments and listed buildings in North Deal.

This is a big project that will make a big difference to Deal. It will make Deal safer for years to come, but also change the look of the seafront.

So, as works begin, do go and see the exhibition at the Royal Hotel to see what it will look like and the changes the works will bring."

– Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal