Essex County Council have been continuing to work with our partners on delivery of the flood alleviation scheme at the Lane, West Mersea.

Since our last post there have been some issues that have led to delays in our contractor mobilising to site.

We are pleased to say that these issues have now been resolved and we have had an opportunity to revise the delivery program. Our contractor will be mobilising to site on the week commencing 8th November 2021 and the works are expected to continue until the 24th June 2022. In reviewing the program we have had to consider the impacts of winter working, including winter tides, reduced daylight working hours and loss of working days due to inclement weather/staff holiday. Taking all of these factors into consideration has resulted in an extended duration for delivery. 

Our contractor will initially carry out any preparatory work, which will include minor works, setting out the road closures and a temporary flood defence that will protect the construction site. A bulk of the major construction work is expected to begin around the middle of January 2022 to minimise any disruption to residents over the Christmas period.

Access to the area around the Lane, at its junction with Coast Road will be restricted whilst the works are carried out. Both the Public Highway and Public Right of Way (PRoW Route 154-8) will be closed over this period and there will be signed diversionary routes in place around the site, for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Whilst the timescale for delivery is longer than originally expected, we will aim to have the scheme delivered at the earliest possible time to minimise any disruption to residents. 

We will look to provide further updates as the scheme progresses however, if there are any queries please contact the Lead Local Flood Authority team at Essex County Council by email: floods@essex.gov.uk .


Essex County Council (ECC) have been working with the Old City Flood Gate group and West Mersea Town Council on delivery of a flood alleviation scheme that aims to reduce the risk of flooding to 12 residential properties on Coast Road and The Lane, West Mersea. A large tidal surge occurred in December 2013 flooding around 10 properties in the area and at least 6 incidents or near misses have been recorded since then, causing significant damage to property and disruption to the community.

The flood alleviation scheme involves installation of a demountable flood defence barrier (click here to view) and associated infrastructure, that will be deployed across The Lane and Carriers Close at times when there is an Environment Agency flood warning in place. Once constructed the scheme will be handed over to the Old City Flood Gate group to operate and maintain, which is a unique feature of the scheme and potentially one of the first examples of such an approach in the UK.

The construction contract has been awarded and it is currently proposed for the works to proceed in early May 2021. The works are expected to take in the region of 12-18 weeks to complete, although this timescale may vary pending on site constraints. There may be some disruption to normal service in the local area over this period, however we will aim to keep this to a minimum and residents will be kept updated on any changes to program, along with progress being made on site.

If there are any queries regarding the proposed flood alleviation scheme then please do not hesitate to contact the Lead Local Flood Authority team at Essex County Council by email: floods@essex.gov.uk

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