A PLAN to protect Great Yarmouth’s coastline from the might of the North Sea has finally been approved after ten years in the making.

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The shoreline management plan - which details strategies to fight coastal erosion from Winterton to Corton - was swiftly passed by members of Great Yarmouth Borough Council at a meeting last night .

The authority is believed to be the last in the county to have approved its plans to protect its coastline and the unanimous vote to pass it was hailed as good news for residents living in effected communities.

Trevor Wainwright, leader of the council, urged fellow members to adopt the “important” plan - which is still to undergo some “minor amendments” - as without it the authority would not be able to apply for government funding to help tackle coastal erosion.

He added that the new Labour administration would “work closely” with coastal action groups throughout the borough, whose “voices and input are very important to us”.

The plan had come under attack from some campaigners who feared it was flawed and would leave their communities at the mercy of the sea.

But Mr Wainwright believed the adoption of the plan would provide a safer future for residents and businesses in areas potentially threatened by coastal erosion, and was pleased to see it finally passed.

Speaking after the meeting he added: “It’s good news for people on the coast and also the wider economy in the borough because places like Hemsby and Hopton have a huge amount of business, and now this is adopted they can probably feel slightly more secure in future.

“If there’s any funding out there from DEFRA or the Environment Agency, because this is now in place, we can draw money in. This now, as a document, can help us.”

And despite it finally being passed he said the plan was a “living document” that would evolve as the shoreline changed.

3 comments

  • I take it that the council knows that the whole of Yarmouth is a sandbank, just like scroby sands ?. The sea will give, and the sea will take it away !. You cannot stop it.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • I have to applaud the wonderful commonsense shown in the section historical perspective 3.1. in the plan, especially in the light of the hysteria shown by campaigners at Happisburgh and Scratby.To see the plan calmly stating that erosion and flooding are nothing new to the coast and a natural process and were happening well before any defence works or dredging,and this is how we plan to cope, is refreshing.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • I noticed that Scroby or something close to it has been quite visible from shore again at low tide at the moment and wondered if this was one of its cycle of appearances or if the wind turbines have had some additional effect on the currents and sand deposition.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, August 6, 2012

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