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Coast protection in Weymouth and Portland

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is the Coast Protection Authority, under the Coast Protection Act 1949, within its borough boundaries between Redcliff Point in the east and The Fleet in the west.

The borough council is actively engaged in coastal erosion matters, which currently include monitoring beach levels at Preston Beach, Weymouth and Chesil, a coastal erosion study of the north west shore of Portland Harbour and the  Shoreline Management Plan, which sets out the polices of tackling the coastal erosion risks.

Beach monitoring 

Regular recording of beach levels is carried out at Chesil, Preston and Weymouth.

The monitoring is carried out for the council by  Channel Coast Observatory under joint working with the  Southern Coastal Group and the  South Western Coastal Group respectively.

The Channel Coastal Observatory is the data management centre for the Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes and is hosted by New Forest District Council, in partnership with the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.

The programme provides a consistent regional approach to coastal process monitoring, providing information of the development of strategic shoreline management plans, coastal defence strategies and operational management of coastal protection and flood defence. The programme is managed on behalf of Coastal Groups and is funded by DEFRA, in partnership with the maritime Local Authorities and the Environment Agency Southwest Region.

Coastal Groups are made up of maritime councils working regionally together on coastal matters to facilitate coastal risk management. Portland Bill represents the administrative boundary between the South West and Southern Coastal Groups, and thus the Borough Council is a member of both groups.

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