CARILLION is considering legal action after the Environment Agency claimed one of the firm’s housing schemes was dangerous.
The row concerns sea defences at the Sovereign Harbour project in Eastbourne.
The agency claims Carillion is responsible for maintaining defences under a 1988 planning agreement inherited from the Southern Water Authority.
It alleges the state of the defences represent a danger to the 600 houses at Sovereign Harbour and are inadequate for future development at the site, which has outline permission for 3,000 homes.
Referring to the 1953 floods in East Sussex that led to a number of deaths, agency area manager Peter Midgley said: ‘If we got a storm of that size, it would go through the defences and any houses would be demolished. Unless people got very good warnings, that is where they would die.’
The agency went public after receiving a letter from Beazer, which is considering buying a plot at Sovereign Harbour.
Mr Midgley added: ‘Beazer wrote to us asking ‘are the existing defences adequate’ and, ‘if not, are you