Neil Hamilton, UKIP Leader in Wales and AM for Mid and West Wales, is calling on his constituents to have their say on plans to protect the coastline.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for the Environment, is urging people to attend events to look at proposals to improve coastal defences in Aberystwyth.

The town has historically been affected by flooding from coastal and river sources and while works to upgrade some river protection has taken place, there have been no recent upgrades to the sea defences.

Mr Hamilton said:

“We have all seen the devastation and damage caused to our coastline over the last couple of years by the storms, and I am delighted to see plans are in place to look at how to make improvements in Aberystwyth.

“Obviously we can’t control the weather but we can take steps to try and minimise the resulting damage.

“It is heart-breaking to see people’s homes and businesses being flooded and we must try and prevent this happening on such a regular basis.  I was a student at Aberystwyth for six years and I can well remember the storms battering the promenade year in and year out.   People living in coastal communities need reassuring that measures will be taken to protect them against the worst excesses of our weather.

Neil Hamilton AM

“Ceredigion County council is holding two events to show their proposed plans for the Coastal Defence Scheme for Aberystwyth and are seeking views from the public between now and November 9.  I do encourage residents and businesses to have a look at the proposals and make sure they have their say.”

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Environmental Services said, “Recent severe storm events have seen damage to the coastal defences and large amounts of sand, stones and water thrown up on to the Promenade and Marine Terrace / Victoria Terrace.

“As a result, we realise we need to improve the infrastructure to avoid excessive damage during such events and therefore we are looking to bolster the sea defences. This is the opportunity to give views on a proposed Coastal Defence Scheme for Aberystwyth.”

The Council’s main aims are to improve protection against rising sea levels and storm events. Also, to protect people and property and give residents and businesses some reassurance that there are adequate measures in place to prevent flooding from the sea.

The plans will be on display at the Bandstand, Aberystwyth Promenade, on Wednesday, October 3, between 12noon- 8pm and on Thursday, October 4, between 9am- 4.30pm.

As well as considering the idea for improving the current coastal defences, there will also be an opportunity to see some other ideas for the promenade.

If you are unable to attend but want more information and to have your say, go to www.ceredigion.gov.uk/consultations.

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