Public show support for Mundesley coastal protection measures

Plans are being put forward to strengthen the sea defences at Mundesley,
Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Plans are being put forward to strengthen the sea defences at Mundesley, Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

New measures are being proposed to enhance some of the oldest sea defences on the Norfolk coast.

NNDC cabinet minister for coast and countryside Angie Fitch-Tillet at the Mundesley Coast Managment

NNDC cabinet minister for coast and countryside Angie Fitch-Tillet at the Mundesley Coast Managment Scheme exhibition . - Credit: Archant

Action is needed to protect Mundesley from the constant threat of coastal erosion. Villagers are being urged to show their support for the £1m-£1.5m project to secure the shoreline.

An outline business case has been put together by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), which has committed £300,000 towards the scheme.

Parts of the existing sea wall at the resort dates from the 19th century, with a further section constructed in the 1940s.

The Mundesley scheme has been included in a six year coastal management programme by the Environment Agency.


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Coastal defence options were set out at a public exhibition attended by hundreds of people in the village on Tuesday. Existing protection will have to be improved and enlarged to maintain the current level of protection according to a NNDC report.

Cabinet member for coast and countryside Angie Fitch-Tillet said: 'Changes in funding mean the Government now gives us a proportion of money based on how many homes are protected - but there is usually a funding gap - it is up to us to be imaginative how we fill it.'

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She added: 'We may seek a contribution from Anglian Water toward the scheme, as its infrastructure will benefit from improved coastal protection.

'I would like to thank people for attending in the numbers they did. All the information from the day is now on our website and we will be contacting people shortly to keep them updated.'

Work could start in 2018 if the Coastal Management Scheme is approved. A mixture of defences will be needed, as a single solution is not considered suitable for the whole sea front.

Options proposed include enhancing the groynes, creating a rock armour and beach nourishment.

NNDC coastal manager Rob Goodliffe said: 'Mundesley has got an eclectic mix of coastal defences including the oldest sea walls in the district.

'We want to provide the village with the best future we can and are going to have a selection of different options.

'The aim is to work with fishermen, the lifeboat service and public to chose the preferred one and present that to the Environment Agency. There is still some way to go, but the opportunity is there now and we need to grasp it.'

A local liaison group has been set up to take the project forward and provide feedback. A preferred option is due to be selected from the shortlist in the spring when the community will be given a further opportunity to share their views.

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