Dumpers on the beaches to shift sand and shingle

Flashback to last year's work. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Flashback to last year's work. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Thousands of tonnes of shingle and sand is set to be moved by dumpers back to the beaches of north-west Norfolk as part of annual maintenance.

Work costing about £150,000 starts on Monday on the repairs to the shingle banks between Snettisham and Hunstanton.

The maintenance involves bringing the shingle and sand, which gets washed away by the sea over the winter towards Snettisham Scalp, back to the beaches. The work will take three weeks and protect people and 2,935 properties from tidal flooding. Ryan Ely, Environment Agency flood and coastal risk adviser, said about 5,000cm of sand and shingle would have to be moved.

Brian Long, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for environment, said 2016 was the last year it could rely wholly on government funding to carry out the work.

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