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Isle of Man sea defences: Views sought on £32m plans

Man in kayak during floods in Ramsey, Isle of Man Image copyright Bill Dale
Image caption Many coastal areas around the Isle of Man were affected by coastal flooding in January 2014

Residents have been invited to share their views on £32m sea defence plans in seven Isle of Man coastal towns.

The first of four presentations to highlight options published in a recent report will be held in Laxey and Castletown.

The report focused on the towns deemed most at risk of flooding with options including raising harbour walls and installing tidal gates.

Further talks will be held in Port St Mary and Ramsey on Friday.

JBA Consulting, who carried out the report, will present the findings of their research at the talks and explain the different options.

Image copyright David Lang
Image caption Tides as high as 8.5m (28ft) broke over Port St Mary promenade January 2014

Flood protection options

  • Raised harbour walls
  • Set back walls
  • Tidal gates
  • Rock armour
  • Beach recharge schemes

Source: IoM Flooding and Wave Overtopping study

Improved sea defences are proposed for Castletown, Douglas, Laxey, Ramsey, Peel, Port St Mary and Gansey which all experienced coastal flooding during storms early last year.

Infrastructure minister Phil Gawne said government are looking at options that will "protect our towns and ports for the next 100 years".

Mr Gawne said the meetings on Thursday and Friday are an opportunity for local communities to play a "leading role in the decision-making process".

Thursday 26 February

11:00 - Working Men's Institute, New Road, Laxey

19:30 - St Mary's Church, Hope Street, Castletown

Friday 27 February

13:30 - Port St Mary Town Hall, the Promenade

18:00 - Ramsey Grammar School, Lezayre Road, West Hall

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