Joy as funding announced for Norfolk’s flooded coastal communities

A house on Seaview Crescent, Walcott, stands closer to the edge after the tidal surge eroded the cli

A house on Seaview Crescent, Walcott, stands closer to the edge after the tidal surge eroded the cliff face. Pauline Porter, community resilience co-ordinator, pictured at the house.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Properties, businesses and local communities along some parts of Norfolk's coastline are set to receive a flood protection funding boost.

The money comes via Norfolk County Council's £250,000 Coastal Fund, which was created by Norfolk County Council county in February to help locations suffering from the effects of coastal flooding, following the tidal surge which affected coastal communities in December 2013. The grant application scheme was launched in June, with over one million pounds worth of applications.

Members of Norfolk County Council's environment, transport and development committee agreed the schemes that will receive funding on Thursday . They include, £50,000 for trial sea defences in Hemsby, £39,640 for the Walcott overtopping alleviation scheme and £43,500 for the Ostend Resident's group rock placement scheme.

Schemes were assessed to ensure that those that had the greatest impact would receive awards and also unlock matched funding from other sources, including the Environment Agency.

The money will help pay for two lines of rock at the base of the cliffs in Ostend, and at the east end of Walcott and improved drainage in Walcott itself.


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Walcott Parish Council chair, Pauline Porter, whose own home was damaged in the floods, said: 'This is excellent news, it will most defiantly help. The drainage scheme will help the water get back to the sea between the waves, rather than it going into the village.'

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb added: 'North Norfolk is on the front line of flooding threats and our communities will receive almost half of the funding made available by the County Council under this scheme.'

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Dr Marie Strong, chair of the Coastal Fund Working Group, said: 'I hope that the money we have been able to allocate to communities will go someway to giving reassurance to them when they face the inevitable flood surges of the future.'

The EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal campaign was also launched after the tidal surge hit our coastal communities on December 5, and so far more than £330,000 has been donated, and more than £230,000 has been used to help people in need.

Are you still suffering because of the impact of the floods? If so email tracey.gray@archant.co.uk

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