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Progress to save Hemsby coastline

In the light of the government’s failure to continue to protect so many vulnerable and valuable stretches of our coastline by using the machinations of the Shoreline Management Plan (that placed Hemsby into the ‘Managed Retreat’ category, i.e. do nothing) local people have organised the setting up of ‘Save Hemsby Coastline. See our 14th May […]

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Erosion Sculpture at Hemsby

The ongoing and increasing erosion at Hemsby, Norfolk, is not entirely gloom-and-doom, as some starkly beautiful patterned scenes can be produced when rough seas coupled with surges undermine the dunes and export the beach and cliff sand to the voids created by continuing offshore aggregate dredging. Here below is such a dramatic scene, a copyright […]

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Shoreline Management Plan in basic terms

In April 2013 Richard Steward of the Blyth Estuary Group (BEG) presented the following easily understood explanation of the Shoreline Management Plan (SMPShoreline Management Plan) and it’s effect at his presentation to the residents of Walberswick, Suffolk, just across the Blyth Estuary from Southwold. “The Shoreline Management Plan (SMPShoreline Management Plan) is the means by […]

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Local people plan DIY coastal defences for Hemsby, Norfolk

Mike King, Marinet member, reports in his latest newsletter, titled: “Progress of the Campaign to save the Newport and Hemsby to Winterton Norfolk Valleys Area of Natural Beauty (ANOB) from Progressive Coastal Erosion.” “On 24th April 2013 a packed meeting at Hemsby (Norfolk) village hall on the severe erosion of Hemsby beach and sand dune […]

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Emergency measures to protect erosion-hit Hopton cliffs

In the hope of securing the cliffs at Hopton-on-Sea a second shipment of Norwegian rocks is being placed in front of 200m of the cliff to strengthen areas where the revetment’s sheet piling has failed. Each rock weighs in at between three and six tonnes. In all there will be a total of 9,000 tonnes […]

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Concrete plan to save Hemsby from the Sea

  Hemsby beach has been subject to intermittent erosion ever since large scale offshore dredging has been ongoing since the 1970’s at the rate of over 10,000,000 metric tonnes of take every year. Over seventy bungalows have already been lost along with 150 metres of fronting dune over the last 20 years. Prior to dredging, […]

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Emergency Sea Defences at Hopton

Three Hopton Holiday Village caravans had to be suddenly moved back from the crumbling erosion undermined cliff top at Hopton (North Suffolk Coast) and emergency measures rapidly instituted. A 200 metre line of massive Norwegian rocks left over from the Felixstowe sea defences have started being placed in position along the cliff base by a […]

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1953 – a lesson that needs memorising

A 1977 Anglia TV documentary depicting the damage and destruction wrought by 1953 North Sea Flood when the sea broke through the ailing defences at Sea Palling in Norfolk can be seen on the East Anglian Film Archive. It shows the aftermath and interviews some of the survivors telling a lesson our authorities with the […]

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Legacy of the great sea flood of 1953

It was exactly sixty years ago, in 1953, following the great North Sea Surge when the East Anglian dune defence system was broken through and three hundred people drowned. The government of the day resolved ‘never again’ and promptly set to work installing defences. But they had said the same thing following the 1938 Horsey […]

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Flood Defences ‘should be top priority’

From the 4th April WaterBriefing Newsletter 2013 comes the news that Conservative MP Dominic Raab, speaking in a House of Commons debate on flood defence and insurance, said that the current negotiations on flood insurance shed broader light on the UK’s wider environmental policy and asked if the Government had its priorities right. He questioned […]

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Adapting to a Changing Coast

Paul England recently sent to MARINET the following blog under ‘In Praise of a Life Turned Upside Down’ as an interview with Roland O’Brien. It tells the equally important human, moral, ethical and emotional impact of the Shoreline Management Plan as distinct from all the technical data and news that we regularly and normally list. […]

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Invitation to ‘Suffolk Coast Against Retreat’ AGM 23rd March

You are cordially invited to the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Suffolk Coast Against Retreat organisation (SCAR) to be held at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew on Saturday 23rd March at 10.30am, with coffee from 10am. The Guest Speaker will be Sir Bill Callaghan, Chair of the Marine Management Organisation with Rt. Hon. […]

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ICE prioritises Flood Defence for additional capital spending

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is calling for additional capital spending on flood defence infrastructure if additional funding is available in its budget submission to the government. They have long argued that there is a strong case for reallocating spending from revenue budgets into capital investment, giving immediate priority to flood defence infrastructure. Although […]

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Flood and coastal erosion risk management schemes – Programme of works 2013/14

Richard Benyon, Minister for DEFRA, responsible for allocating central government funding to schemes that protect houses from flooding or coastal erosion, announced in Written Ministerial Statements on 7th February 2013 the allocations for Flood and Coastal Erosion management schemes and works that will take place during 2013 and beyond. The Environment Agency have these commitments […]

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Aerial Coastal Photography

Those fighting to maintain their coastline, businesses and housing may wish to employ aerial photography to provide evidence of the decline of your beaches, defences and dunes. The cost of overflying an aircraft to perform this can be quite formidable, but the operation can be accomplished by a ‘drone’ under the control and command of […]

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New exhibition recalling the Norfolk Sea breakthroughs

Following on from the successful ‘The Raging Sea – Lost Villages’ event held at Waxham Barn over the August Bank holiday weekend when nearly 4000 people attended over the 3 day period, the Raging Sea organising committee are inviting all to the forthcoming event. ‘The Raging Sea: The Floods Remembered’ – A special event commemorating […]

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Coastal protection tree planting scheme in Norfolk gets the green light

At a public meeting entitled “Fighting Coastal Erosion and Climate Change” held in Happisburgh Village Hall on 14th June 2012, a pilot demonstration of a natural, economical and sustainable option for coastal defence involving community planting of a bioshield coastal trees, was presented to the local coastal community by registered charity, the FREdome Visionary Trust. […]

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Recent Coastal Loss of Norfolk

Normally along our North Sea coastline we experience beach sand loss and consequent dune attack from late December to early March, when the powerful northerly winds drive in big waves up our beaches and the undertow takes the disturbed sand out to sea. In late Spring, Summer and Autumn months, the opposite is true. Then […]

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Coastal Access Scheme – your comments invited

Natural England (NE) which body has a statutory duty to undertake a review of the Coastal Access Scheme by March 2013, are offering an opportunity to organisations and individuals to comment on the scheme process and to take part in the review. NE would like to know what aspects of it you think have worked […]

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Brave Bryony fights back!

Determined Bryony Nierop-Reading is the only remaining permanent resident left near the decaying cliff top on Beach Road at Happisburgh following the demolition of nine adjacent homes last month, although her home moves ever nearer to the cliff edge due to the total lack of sea defences, which were allowed to decay and not replaced. […]

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