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Businesses between Snettisham and Hunstanton will have to pay for flood defences.

PUBLISHED: 12:05 19 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:46 19 November 2014

Businesses will soon pay for maintaining the sea defences. Picture: Matthew Usher

Businesses will soon pay for maintaining the sea defences. Picture: Matthew Usher

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Councillors are set to agree proposals that will see caravan sites charged between £40 and £50 a vehicle and farmers £1 per hectare.

The plans are included in a document called The Wash (East) Coastal Management Strategy, which sets out how the coastline will be managed for the next 25 years.

Councillors on West Norfolk’s regeneration and environment panel are expected to approve the blueprint, when they meet next Wednesday.

The document proposes that so called soft defences, which protect 3,000 caravans on coastal sites between Hunstanton South Beach and Snettisham, should continue to be maintained.

In August, EDP24 revealed from next year cuts in government funding would leave a shortfall of between £150,000 and £200,000 in money available to maintain the shingle banks.

Material washed away by winter storms between Hunstanton and Snettisham is collected by giant earthmovers during low tides in spring.

The shingle is then transported back to rebuild the banks ready for the following winter.

Caravan site owners responded “positively” to the idea at a meeting with Brian long, West Norfolk council’s deputy leader, in July. He said they agreed they could not “let the defences go”.

On Wednesday, councillors will decide whether to recommend that the council approves the coastal management strategy and sets up a so-called community interest company to administer payments towards the flood defences.

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