South West Flood & Coastal


Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council and East Devon District Council (EDDC) have achieved a new operational milestone by establishing a shared service.

Together they will provide an effective and coordinated approach to minimise flood and coastal erosion risks to people and communities within their regions, as well as offering their expertise across the South West.

Since September 2021, the BCP Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) team have been providing support and guidance to other South-West local authorities including New Forest, Dorset, Exeter, Teignbridge and Torridge. EDDC has taken the step to align their services where staff budgets, skills and resources are fully shared.

The new shared service will operate under the name South West Flood and Coastal which recognises the broader support also provided to neighbouring authorities.

As well as designing and delivering large government funded projects, the main functions of the joint FCERM service will be to set long term Policies and Strategies for managing flood and coastal erosion risk, maintaining FCERM assets and influencing the industry through sound research and innovation.