Following a request from East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight for the Minister with responsibility for coastal erosion to visit East Yorkshire, Rory Stewart MP, Environment Minister at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, came yesterday to meet Sir Greg and representatives from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Mr Stewart, who said he wanted to see for himself the extent of the erosion, was praised by Sir Greg for taking the time and trouble of travelling to Skipsea and Ulrome to view the situation.

After viewing the coastline and seeing the extent of the erosion, the Minister afterwards discussed the situation with Sir Greg, Cllr Symon Fraser and Alan Menzies, Head of Planning and Development at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Environment Minister Rory Stewart said: “I would like to thank Sir Greg Knight and other members of the community for their time on this important issue.

“I am committed to supporting communities such as Skipsea who are impacted by coastal erosion.

“That’s why over the next six years we will invest over £1bn to manage coastal flooding and erosion, better protecting 15,000 homes”

Having seen the problem for himself, the Minister will now hold discussions with his officials and he has agreed that this will be followed by a meeting in Whitehall involving the Minister and his team together with Sir Greg, East Riding Councillors and Council officials, on a date later this year, yet which has yet to be agreed.

Sir Greg Knight MP (left) with Minister Rory Stewart MP (right) and officials looking at the erosion of the East Yorkshire Coast.

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