Last few days to comment on West Norfolk coast defence plans

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People living along the West Norfolk coast are being urged to have their say on how the area is protected as a public consultation enters its final few days.

Residents have until next Monday, September 8, to comment on the Wash East Coastal Management Strategy, which covers the area between Hunstanton and Wolferton Creek.

The document, which has been drawn up by the Environment Agency and West Norfolk Council and developed over the past four years, sets out a range of options for how to protect the coast from flooding and erosion.

The options range from doing nothing to improving protection to withstand a one in 75 year flood event, which the report estimates would cost more than £17 million over 40 years along the whole stretch.

And officials say last winter’s storms mean it is even more important for people to take part in the debate.

Julie Foley, area manager for the Environment Agency, said: “The strategy sets out to identify the most suitable way of managing flood and coastal erosion risk to local communities, whilst protecting internationally important natural and historic environments along this stretch of the Norfolk Coast.

“Defences were severely tested during the December tidal surge. We must plan now for the future protection of this coastline from the effects of flooding and coastal erosion in a changing climate.”

West Norfolk Council’s deputy leader, Brian Long, added: “It is vital that people take the opportunity to respond to this consultation.

“We have worked hard to make sure we have captured local knowledge in developing this strategy and it is important that we get feedback on the actions contained within.”

Copies of the strategy are available at the Environment Agency office in Wisbech Road, South Lynn, and the borough council offices in Chapel Street, Lynn, and Valentine Road, Hunstanton.

The document can also be seen online at