Sea surge damage along the north Norfolk coast has topped £1m a council chief has confirmed.

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District council leader Tom FitzPatrick said assessment was still ongoing but there was major damage to sea walls at Sheringham, Mundesley, Walcott and Bacton.

Today he met government officials to seek getting some help with the costs from central coffers.

Mr Fitzpatrick said Cromer seafront was already in line for a multi-million pound revamp of its aging seawalls, but there was damage elsewhere that needed mending.

The government’s Bellwin scheme could cover up to 85pc of immediate repairs, but NNDC was looking at “longer-term substantial repairs and some upgrading.”

He added: “We have asked for as much as can be given - and I don’t really care where it comes from.”

Damage to beach huts and chalets would be covered by insurance, though there was a high excess - but the priority was to get defences repaired.

The meeting with communities and local government officials - set up by Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis who is the minister - was “positive,” said Mr FitzPatrick.

“They did no say no,” he added.

In the meantime, the council would continue to spend where necessary - such as putting up some people in temporary accommodation - even though it did not have huge reserves to draw upon, and would “worry about who pays afterwards.”

3 comments

  • Lets hope that the government is prepared to help,there always seems to be money donated for disasters abroad so how about on our doorsteps? If the government don't help then I for one wont be donating any money to foreign aid in the future. Charity should and does begin at home!

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    getalife

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • trillions given to banks, Billions in foreign aid , billions on a railway line to get to the midlands twenty minutes quicker etc etc nothing in the kitty for help for us little people !!!!

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Lets hope that the government is prepared to help,there always seems to be money donated for disasters abroad so how about on our doorsteps? If the government don't help then I for one wont be donating any money to foreign aid in the future. Charity should and does begin at home!

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    getalife

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

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