Maria Caulfield MP calls on Environment Agency to devolve Cuckmere dredging powers

Following their refusal to dredge the mouth of the Cuckmere River, Maria Caulfield MP has urged the Environment Agency to devolve the powers to dredge the river.


The local MP recently met with the Environment Agency (EA) to urge them to re start the dredging the river mouth but they refused to do so.


However, the Pevensey & Cuckmere Water Level Management Board have decided to utilise its Reserves to fund an urgent ‘one-off’ de-shingle of the river mouth at Cuckmere Haven.


Maria Caulfield MP is now calling on the Environment Agency to delegate the management of the waterway to the Pevensey & Cuckmere Water Level Management Board who have said that they would like these powers.


The water board is also working closely with the Friends of the Cuckmere to ensure that there is long term plan to manage water levels in the valley this winter, to protect Alfriston, local businesses and livestock ensuring that the permanently tide-locked Cuckmere River can once again drain the valley by gravity into the sea.


Maria Caulfield MP said “I want local residents in the Cuckmere Valley to be assured that this is a priority for me to support both the Friends of the Cuckmere and the Pevensey Water Board in dredging the river this winter and then secure a long-term plan for the area. This may in the long-term work out better for the area than being dependant on a reluctant Environment Agency, who have left the area to flood with the potential for devasting floods further up river.”