9th Nov 2011Posted in: Feature Comments Off on Who We Are
Who We Are

Who are the South East Coastal Group?

Roles and Responsibilities


The South East Coastal Group is the Regional Coastal Group for South East England. The Group brings together local authorities, the Environment Agency and other maritime operating organisations to achieve co-ordinated strategic management of the shoreline between the Isle of Grain and Selsey Bill.  Click to see management areas through council administrative boundaries.


This website is designed to provide the user with all the latest coastal defence information and news, full Shoreline Management Plans (SMP’s), as well as detailed coastal defence maps about the South East’s coastal defences.

About the South East Coastal Group

In 2008 the South Downs Coastal Group combined with the South East Coastal Group and continues to meet regularly as an expanded South East Coastal Group (SECG).  The Group covers the area of coastline from the Thames Barrier, clockwise around the southeast peninsula of England up to Selsey Bill. It is one of seven similar strategic coastal groups covering the coastline of England.

The SECG is a technical group principally comprising coastal managers, planners and others with a knowledge of shoreline management, who operate in a strategic framework.

We support the delivery of plans, studies and schemes by providing co-ordination, facilitating communication and offering advice and guidance to our member organisations.

The SECG is chaired by Bryan Curtis. Vice-chairmen are Jonathan Clarke of Canterbury City Council, Roger Spencer of Arun District Council and Andrew Crates from the Environment Agency.  Click to read our Annual Report 2009-2011

To see the extent of the coastal defences and the cost of protecting them.

The SECG principles are:

  • Work in a professional and practical manner, paying due regard to Defra, regional and local policies and guidance
  • Work in close collaboration with other disciplines, in recognition of the impact which technical management of the coast has on environmental, economic and social issues
  • Concentrate its activities at the strategic level of operation with due regard to members’ operational activities where appropriate
  • Work in co-operation with Defra and other coastal groups
  • Ensure that, in developing Shoreline Management Plans, due regard is taken of risk management, land use planning and other strategic plans prepared by partner organisations which have an influence on the wider coastal zone
  • Maintain awareness and understanding of current technical and policy developments as well as initiatives that are likely to have a bearing on coastal management as carried out by member authorities
  • Lobby on behalf of Group members on matters of strategic and specific interest to them in their role as operating authorities
  • Be financed by means of contributions paid by member authorities

 This is achieved by:

  • Taking forward the recommendations of SMPs
  • Overseeing the production of Coastal Defence Strategies
  • Ensuring that the management of the shoreline is carried out in a co-ordinated manner; and ultimately
  • Keeping the SMPs under review

What we don’t do:

The detailed management and day-to-day maintenance of the coast is undertaken by the individual coastal authorities and the Environment Agency, not the South East Coastal Group. 

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