An invitation to all coastal local authorities, Friday 11th March 2016

Succeeding through coastal partnerships

Friday 11th March 2016, LGA House Smith Square London SW1P 3HZ
11am to 1pm

The management of financial cuts, staff losses and other difficulties associated with a reducing budget are becoming ever more challenging especially for local authorities that have coastal responsibilities. New ways of working are vital to help meet these challenges. Partnership working is an important aspect in most areas of work for local authorities and this is increasingly the case for coastal local authorities. As a result, there are a number of compelling coastal management case studies that demonstrate how this has worked in practice.

To share the learning from some of these case studies and to provide coastal local authorities with practical support and guidance the LGA Coastal Special Interest Group invites members and non-members to a free to attend seminar.
Speakers include:

Niall Benson, Heritage Coast Officer, Durham Heritage Coast Partnership and Chair of Coastal Partnership Network
Lyall Cairns, Coastal Defence Partnership Manager for the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership
Clare Nolan-Barnes, Head of Coastal and Environmental Partnerships. Chair of Fylde Peninsula Water Management Partnership. Member of Lancashire Strategic Partnership, Turning       Tides Partnership and RFCC
Jonathan Clarke (Canterbury Council) Coastal Engineer Team Leader
Innes Thomson, Chief Executive Association Drainage Authorities (ADA)
Ian Russell, Partnerships Manager, Environment Agency

They will highlight their own experiences of the benefits of partnership working which include:

• Partnership authorities have reported saving 50-75% consultancy fees.
• Sharing of resources dulls the peaks and troughs experienced through losing staff
• Staff losses are reduced through the wider opportunities that are opened through partnerships
• More and broader opportunities have been opened
The seminar will conclude with a networking lunch and delegates are then welcome to attend the Coastal SIG meeting in the afternoon.

This seminar would be of particular benefit to those involved in making strategic decisions about key council services.

Early booking is recommended as places are limited. To book your place please contact Coastal SIG Co-ordinator, Lucy Williams by email at


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