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

Liaison Committee – Review of Regeneration of Seaside Towns and Communities Evidence Session

In 2019, House of Lords’ Regeneration of Seaside Towns and Communities Committee published their report and recommendations for government (please click here to view). Today, the House of Lords’ Liaison Committee held their evidence sessions looking into how these recommendations have been delivered and the impact that any delivery has had. Our Lead Officer, Beccy…

REVIVING BRTAIN’S COAST – Why it’s time to help communities on the edge

Communities on Britain’s coastline have fallen behind the rest of the country but the government could unlock their potential by adjusting its Levelling Up policy, according to research published today (Wednesday 1st February 2023). Household income in coastal areas is almost £3,000 per year lower than in non-coastal communities, with nearly one in five jobs…

Impact of Coastal Erosion on Coastal Communities – an LGA Coastal SIG response

The LGA Coastal SIG have a membership of 57 councils, covering 60% of the English coastline and serving 16 million people. Coastal Communities are on the frontline of climate change, facing the direct impacts of the increased frequency of severe storms, sea-level rise and tidal surges. Erosion rates and the frequency of flood events are…