Proposal for coastal teamwork across Norfolk and Suffolk councils

North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick. Picture: Ian Burt

North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Coastal experts from north Norfolk could be working with other teams from around the East Anglian coast in the future if councillors back a partnership proposal.

North Norfolk District Council cabinet will be discussing the principle on Monday February 2 of its coastal management team working with other authorities in Norfolk and Suffolk.

A full proposal has not been put forward but if successful the authority could work with Waveney and Suffolk coastal district councils as well as Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn borough councils.

Each council will need to consider the idea in detail by late summer this year.

Tom FitzPatrick, North Norfolk District Council leader, said the idea of sharing expertise was so the council had 'strength and depth' when tackling coastal problems.

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He added: 'It is a win-win situation.'

Different areas shared the same challenges and work on one part of the coast affected other areas, according to the leader.

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The group partnership would also help when applying for grants and create a stronger voice when lobbying government.

Steve Blatch, corporate director for the district council, said: 'The coast doesn't respect local authority boundaries.'

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