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Action group calls for repairs after Mundesley tidal-surge damage ruins popular coastal path

PUBLISHED: 07:30 17 March 2014

Mundesley residents angry that a beach access slope will not be repaired after it was damaged during the tidal surge. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Mundesley residents angry that a beach access slope will not be repaired after it was damaged during the tidal surge. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

When Harry Hicks and his wife Barbara retired to Mundesley, they chose their home for its location and short distance to the village’s idyllic beach.

Mundesley residents angry that a beach access slope will not be repaired after it was damaged during the tidal surge. Brooke Chuck, 9, pictured with the protest poster she designed.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYMundesley residents angry that a beach access slope will not be repaired after it was damaged during the tidal surge. Brooke Chuck, 9, pictured with the protest poster she designed. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The sea was accessed by a small slope leading down from a car park, popular with dog walkers and holiday makers.

But December’s tidal surge left the path in ruins, a large chunk broke away and the path was dangerous and impossible to use.

It has been closed off, and no plans have yet been made to repair it.

Mr Hicks, 67, said he wants North Norfolk District Council to fix the path.

Mundesley residents angry that a beach access slope, pictured, will not be repaired after it was damaged during the tidal surge. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYMundesley residents angry that a beach access slope, pictured, will not be repaired after it was damaged during the tidal surge. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

He said: “Without the path people will be prevented from enjoying one of the finest beaches in Norfolk.

“Families are still turning up and being disappointed when they find they cannot use it.”

Mr Hicks, with other Mundesley residents, has formed an action group to persuade the council to finance repairs.

Russell Sparks, 65, retired to Mundesley five years ago with his partner Aileen McFayden, 63. He said: “We want to see if we can get other forms of funding.

“I think as soon as the other repairs are done they will forget about the slope because it is not a priority.”

And the group’s youngest member, nine-year-old Brooke Chuck, made a poster to show how serious she was about the path.

She said: “I really like coming down here - we want to get the slope fixed.”

A spokesman for North Norfolk District Council said it would cost between £100,000 and £300,000 to fix.

She said: “We have managed it for many years and it is on the radar but no final decision has been made.

“We are most definitely open to community help in raising the money.”

Are you still feeling the effects of the tidal surge? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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