RESIDENTS can get a glimpse of plans for a £9.7million sea defence scheme at a Shoebury cafe.

The council is looking at a scheme to recharge Shoebury Common Beach to provide protection over the next 30 years as part of proposals for the whole coastline.

Former proposals for the construction of a huge seawall on Shoebury Common were dropped after a public outcry.

Following a structural assessment of the existing defences, which found they were likely to have a minimum 30 year remaining life expectancy, the council is now looking at less obtrusive ways to improve flood defences there.

Details of the proposals will be unveiled in October.

The proposals for the Shoebury part of the more general shoreline strategy will be on show at Uncle Toms Cabin at Shoebury Common for the next few weeks.

Owner Peter Grubb, a member of the Friends of Shoebury Common, said: “It is not the whole exhibition but part of it and it can be viewed on Saturdays and Sundays for the next few weeks.

“It lays out in very simple terms about the need for improving sea defences. It’s a kind of springboard to get people interested ahead of the consultation at the end of October.”

Tony Cox, councillor responsible for transport, waste and cleansing, said: “We have a duty to protect local people and properties by managing the risks of flooding and erosion effectively.

“But at the same time, we also have to consider the impact that any sea defences might have on the unique environment and setting of our shoreline.

“While we cannot eliminate the risks of flooding and erosion entirely, we can reduce their impact by working with others and preparing for them.

“The key to an effective and workable long-term strategy will be working together and striking the right balance between protecting people, infrastructure and the environment.”