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Flood-hit paths at Blakeney, Cley and Brancaster to reopen for Easter

14:10 02 April 2014

Blakeney after the 2013 tidal flood.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Blakeney after the 2013 tidal flood. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Popular coastal footpaths in north Norfolk made unsafe by the tidal surge will soon be reopened.

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The flood defence banks between Blakeney and Cley, and between Brancaster village and Brancaster beach, suffered multiple breaches during the December tidal surge and have been closed since then.

Interim repairs have been completed by the Environment Agency, the National Trail, National Trust and Norfolk Trails, which will allow the footpaths to be reopened for the main tourism season.

Mark Johnson, coastal manager at the Environment Agency, said: “We’ve been talking to people and understand how important these footpaths are, both to local people and the local economy.

“Although a decision about the longer term future of the defences in both locations is still subject to further discussion, we are keen to open the footpaths to allow safe pedestrian access whilst these discussions continue.”

The Blakeney work has already started and is expected to be finished in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend.

In Brancaster work will start on the week beginning April 7 and take about six weeks.

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