Our Changing Coastline – Porlock Weir
The storm that breached Porlock shingle ridge in 1996 was an extreme natural
event that changed the coastline. Less dramatic effects from erosion are also
continually influencing the landscape. These events and effects are predicted to
become more frequent and more severe over time. We can't control these natural
forces. However, we believe that discussing and understanding these changes,
and planning for them together, will help us to adapt for the future.
The situation in Porlock Weir is one that is being faced in coastal towns all around
the country. In light of this the government Department for Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs (Defra) has developed the Coastal Change Pathfinder project. The
project is an 18 month partnership, led locally by Somerset County Council, which
will run until June 2011. It is aimed at helping local residents, business owners and
people with an interest in Porlock Weir to understand what is likely to happen to the
coastline and develop innovative ways to adapt to coastal change.
We want to work with you to:
Identify the likely risks associated with increased coastal flooding and
address local concerns about coastal change;
Raise awareness of future scenarios for Porlock Weir;
Produce new and long lasting ideas that will be developed by local residents
and maintained beyond the end of the project.
We will also be developing a range of educational tools for use in schools and with
the wider community. These will be used to help to explain the issues and to
understand how the community can adapt.
The CCP project team look forward to meeting and working with the local
community to address difficult issues on emotive subjects and produce a positive,
long-term action plan for Porlock Weir.
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments about this project,
please contact the Project Officer, Paul Jones on 01823 357337 or e-mail
This project is a partnership which is being led by Somerset County Council.