WORK being carried out to tackle coastal erosion has been welcomed by Mid and East Antrim Borough councillors.
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs recently carried out a ‘Baseline Study and Gap Analysis of Coastal Erosion in Northern Ireland’ which was jointly commissioned with the Department for Infrastructure.
The study was designed to identify key issues to inform consideration of the way forward in the area of coastal erosion.
A councillor in the Coast Road district electoral area, Councillor Ruth Wilson, highlighted the importance of the work being carried out to ensure the coastline is maintained.
“It is vital that everything is done to ensure we protect our world famous coastline.
“We need to make sure it is protected so that generations can enjoy it for many more years to come.
“We have some of the most stunning locations in the world right on our doorstep.
“We need to be responsible for protecting and maintaining them in the best possible way.”
There are 62 miles of coastline in Mid and East Antrim.
Thousands of tourists travel every year from all over the world to take in the sights of the stunning Causeway Coastal route.
The primary aims of the study was to undertake a gap analysis of the data currently held or available which could be utilised to inform coastal erosion risk management.
The study also identified areas where it is considered that coastal erosion may pose a significant risk and identify where there are gaps in information.
The operational needs of both government bodies and local authorities were highlighted for future areas of work.
A Coastal Forum will convene in early Spring to discuss the way forward.