The North East Coastal Group (NECG) has jurisdiction over the length of coastline from St Abb’s Head in the north to Gibraltar Point to the south, a distance of approximately 350 km.
The overall aim of the NECG is to provide sound advice and be a strong influencer in optimising strategic and sustainable policies, plans and programmes to best manage the risk from sea flooding and coastal erosion (including sea cliff instability). To be a natural and chosen forum for coastal practitioners to discuss issues, problems, solutions and to share best practice. To be efficient in operation and to provide best value for the public purse.
A Draft copy of the North East Coastal Group Business Plan for 2008 to 2013 can be downloaded here.
As a technical group, principally comprising of coastal managers, planners and others with knowledge of shoreline management and operating in a strategic context, to be a source of expertise on the coast and to advise and influence the relevant Regional Flood Defence Committees (RFDC) on matters relating to the coast.
To contribute to the Environment Agency’s (EA) preparation and delivery of a long term investment strategy for the management of public coastal flood and erosion risks, including both long term plans and delivery of annual programmes of works and maintenance to coastal flood and coastal defence assets
To recommend to the EA who is best placed to take the lead for Shoreline Management Plans, Coastal Strategies etc and to work with others towards Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM).
To identify, develop and disseminate best practice with regard to project management, procurement, delivery and general management associated with sea flooding and coastal erosion risk.
To encourage the development of a co-ordinated approach to the collection and storage of data relevant to the effective long term management of risks at the shoreline.
Through discussion with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Chairmen of RFDCs and the EA, to ensure the views of member organisations are considered and taken into account in the development and implementation of national policies and initiatives relating to the effective management of flood and erosion risks at the coastline.
To work closely with adjacent coastal groups and EA RFDCs in advising on any mutual matters of interest relating to managing sea flooding and erosion at the shoreline.
To advise upon research and development needs within the NECG region in respect of coastal and shoreline management, monitoring and coastal engineering.
To act as a principal forum for those charged with managing the coastline within maritime authorities, the EA and others within the NECG region.
To share expertise and examples of best practice between NECG members and, when mutually acceptable and advantageous, to share resources.
To develop and deliver a regional strategic coastal monitoring programme and to work with the EA towards a coordinated and integrated national strategic monitoring programme.
To ensure that the conservation and enhancement of the natural environment is maintained as a core consideration across the full range of coastal defence and flood risk planning and delivery. Furthermore, that group members and key partners are made aware of their duties regarding designated nature conservation sites and Biodiversity Action Plan habitats and species.
Full membership of the Group shall be extended to appropriate officers representing the following:
- All Maritime District and Unitary Councils between St Abb’s Head
and Gibraltar Point:
- Scottish Borders Council
- Northumberland County Council
- North Tyneside Borough Council
- South Tyneside Borough Council
- Sunderland City Council
- Durham County Council
- Hartlepool Borough Council
- Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
- Scarborough Borough Council
- North East Lincolnshire Council
- East Lindsey District Council
- All County Councils between St Abb’s Head and Gibraltar Point:
- East Riding of Yorkshire Council
- North Yorkshire County Council
- Lincolnshire County Council
- Environment Agency:
- Yorkshire and North East Region
- Anglian Region
- Port of Tyne Authority
- PD Teesport
- Port of Sunderland
- Blyth Port Authority
- Associated British Ports
- Natural England
(a) English Heritage
(b) North Eastern and Northumberland Sea Fisheries Committee
(c) National Farmers’ Union
(d) National Trust
(e) Northumberland Coast AONB
(g) North East/Yorkshire/Lincolnshire Wildlife Trusts
(h) Marine Fisheries Agency
(i) Heritage Coast
(k) Association of Drainage Authorities
(l) Government Office for Yorkshire and The Humber (GOYH)
(m) Gonvernment Office for the North East (GONE)
(n) Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast
European Marine Site
(o) North Lincolnshire Council
A standing invitation will be provided to the Chairman of the RFCDs and the Chairman of adjacent Coastal Group or nominated representative.
The Group meets at least 3 times a year in York at dates and a venue to be agreed and an annual meeting which will be held at a date and venue to be agreed each year. This annual meeting will be open to Elected Members from each of the NECG local authorities and will ‘travel’ around the NECG area as agreed by the Group