'We are well-equipped' - caravan park's message to customers after severe coastal erosion
PUBLISHED: 08:22 19 February 2019
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A seaside caravan park has reassured customers following a period of severe coastal erosion which saw holiday homes moved back from a nearby cliff edge.
Strong winds and high tides battered the area close to Pakefield Caravan Park last month, prompting the business to shift caravans away from the sea as a precautionary measure.
Members of the public were also urged to avoid walking near the stretch of cliffs due to the possibility of further erosion and the subsequent risk of cliff slippages in the area.
Despite adverse weather conditions continuing to devastate much of the region’s coastline, Pakefield Caravan Park says work is being done to manage the ever-present threat.
A spokesman for the park said: “As most people will be aware, we have suffered some coastal erosion which has prompted us to take precautionary action in the interests of the safety of the general public using the beach and protecting the investments of all our customers.
“Clearly we are in the hands of the forces of nature, but we are working closely with the local authority, our local councillors, engineers and geologists, to assess and structurally manage this difficult situation.”
Last year’s ‘Beast from the East’ swept away several metres of coastline across Norfolk and Suffolk, most notably at The Marrams in Hemsby where several residents were forced to evacuate their homes.
A number of the properties were deemed uninhabitable and had to be torn down by demolition workers after they were left teetering on the edge of the cliff.
In Suffolk less than a quarter of the 49-mile coastline is covered by hard sea defences, meaning there is a significant risk of cliff collapse when unusually high tides and storms strike during winter months.
Management of the coastline at Pakefield cliffs is overseen by Waveney District Council’s (WDC) coastal management team, with whom Pakefield Caravan Park are working to alleviate concerns.
“We are well-equipped to deal with the situation as we have a dedicated team of people, who will continue to ensure that the holidaying public can enjoy the coast in a safe environment.
“We will continue to liaise closely with all partnership agencies and are confident our local community will come together to meet the challenge that is affecting us all on this coast.”