The LGA Coastal SIG champions the collective interests of coastal communities by increasing awareness and debate on environmental, economic and social issues at all levels in relation to the coast.

The Lead Authority for the LGA Coastal SIG is South Tyneside Council, who has held this position since September 2019 and the group is formed of 57 member councils, covering 60% of the English coastline and representing 16 million people.


Cllr Ernest Gibson

I’m proud to be a voice not only for South Tyneside but for all of England’s incredible coast. The LGA Coastal SIG leads the way, bringing key issues to the attention of those that can make real change.

Elected onto South Tyneside Council in 1999 where Cllr Gibson is the Lead Member of Cabinet for Area Management and Community Safety and sits on a number of outside organisations including the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. Cllr Gibson proposed the #Motion4TheOcean for South Tyneside Council that was passed unanimously with cross-party support.

Vice Chair

Cllr Derek Bastiman

I have learnt much more by being a member of the SIG and it has allowed me to share my knowledge and experience

Cllr. Derek Bastiman was elected onto Scarborough Borough Council in 1995 and has always played a part in addressing Sea and Coastal defence problems, be that in major rock armour protection schemes or Land stability remedial works. He sits on various outside bodies including, Local Government Flood Forum, Safe Use of the Water Forum, RNLI Local Ambassador.


Beccy MacDonald-Lofts, Lead Officer

Supporting coastal communities, with their unique perspective between the land and sea, is the best reason to get up in the morning!”

As an experienced marine biologist with a specialism in conservation and education, Beccy has dedicated her career on connecting people and the coastal environment to the benefit of all, bringing a valuable perspective to the work of the SIG.


Wednesday 23 March 2022 11:00-15:00GMT (Zoom)

Wednesday 7 December 2022 10:30-14:00GMT (Zoom & F2F in London)

Wednesday 22 June 2022 10:00-14:00BST (Zoom)

Wednesday 15 March 2022 10:30-13:30GMT (Zoom)

AGM Tuesday 11 October 2022 12:00-14:00BST (Zoom)

Our priority work themes:

Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risk Management

Beach and Water Safety

Regeneration and Maritime

Fishing and Marine Conservation

Coastal Water Quality

What our members say

Being a member of the SIG has enabled me to access unlimited knowledge from fellow Members, when you consider the SIG covers an area from the Scottish Borders round to the Welsh border it offers a wealth of practical experience on tap. The cost of being a member is negligible when you think how much is available to you.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Borough Council

There isn’t another forum which provides this type of support with member and officer representation. Added to that is the benefit of a group that can access central Government to raise these collective issues for the benefit of all. Rather than why be a member, the question is really why not?

Sharon Bleese, Coastal Manager (South), Coastal Partnership East

Become a member

Motion for the Ocean

The LGA Coastal SIG are proud to support this model motion for an Ocean Recovery Declaration that will help all local authorities to #thinkocean in a way that can integrate with current responses to the climate emergency and levelling up agenda.

Eleven councils have made an Ocean Recovery Declaration using the model #motion4theocean, including our lead authority South Tyneside Council. We encourage our members to adapt this model motion to suit the needs of the communities they serve.

News and events

Marine Licensing & Coastal Concordat Workshop

The LGA Coastal SIG, MMO and Defra have collaborated to develop a workshop specifically aimed at coastal council officers and planners with an interest in marine licensing and the Coastal Concordat. This collaboration comes as a result of requests from our senior officers group (SIGSOG) on the need for clarification on a number of related…

Coastal Landfill webinar with LGA

We are proud to announce that in response to the release of the LGA Coastal SIG’s Coastal Landfill Working Group/Coastal Group Network report on the Coastal Landfill Survey, the Local Government Association (LGA) are hosting a webinar on the issue on 12 January 2023. The Coastal landfill: a national perspective on issues associated with coastal…

Survey exposes potential scale of coastal landfill time bomb

Please find below a press release on the Coastal Landfill Survey Report We all recognise the devastating impacts of coastal erosion, flooding and pollution across our coastline, however, there has been little acknowledgement of the “hidden silent ticking time bombs” that coastal landfill sites present. For 2 years the Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest…