Good news for West Norfolk coast

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Communities devastated by the worst tidal surge for 60 years are now better protected, thanks to the completion of several flood prevention schemes.

Projects along the West Norfolk coast are among six to have now been completed, after receiving a share of £250,000 from Norfolk County Council’s Coastal Fund.

The fund was set up to help areas suffering from the effects of flooding, following the storm surge which hit coastal communities in December 2013.

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

The value of the county council and match funding totalled £1,112,250 – a four-fold return on investment.

County councillors awarded the funding in February, and last week members of the authority’s Coastal Flooding Working Group took a tour of some of the schemes to learn more about the difference they have made to the areas.

Schemes which received funding were:

• The North Norfolk Coastal Path between Burnham Norton and Burnham Deepdale / Cley – sluice and flood embankment Repairs: £21,000.

• Snettisham, Heacham and South Hunstanton Beach Recharge Scheme: £50,000.

• Titchwell Marsh – RSPB Reserve east bank repairs: £15,944.

• Wells Harbour – Repairs to quay, flood wall and defence barriers: £29,916.

• Walcott Overtopping Alleviation scheme: £39,640.

• Ostend Residents’ Group rock placement scheme: £43,500.

• Save Hemsby Coastline – construction of trial sea defences: £50,000.

Dr Marie Strong, chairmain of the Coastal Flooding Working Group, said: “We were able to see first-hand the difference these successful projects have made to protecting the local environment and help to preserve the important economic contribution that this infrastructure supports.

“We met people from the local community and staff from the sites, who explained how important the improvements were to the locality.”