We have produced this vision and action plan because of our shared and firm conviction that we need a local response to climate change and sea level rise. As a community we have the opportunity to shape this response and influence how our towns, villages, countryside and coast might look in the future, in combination with national and local government initiatives. We hope that this response will recognise the needs and fears of the vulnerable while also looking to the opportunities that change might bring and how our local economy can adapt and prosper. We have sought views and input from many people in the valley throughout the project to prepare this vision and action plan, a process which started in January 2011. This work has been made possible by the Coastal Communities 2150 project, co-funded by the European Union INTERREG 2 Seas Programme, which has enabled us as well as communities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Kent and Hampshire to begin planning positively for the future.