Snettisham beach recycling under way

RE-CYCLING BEACH AT SNETTISHAM                              
 
A bulldozer (left) piles up the sand on Snettishams Scalp beach which is then loaded onto 30 tonne dump trucks by a track digger.   The sand is taken to beaches from Heacham to Hunstanton where erosion has taken place.   It is expected that around 15,000 tonnes in all will be moved
RE-CYCLING BEACH AT SNETTISHAM A bulldozer (left) piles up the sand on Snettishams Scalp beach which is then loaded onto 30 tonne dump trucks by a track digger. The sand is taken to beaches from Heacham to Hunstanton where erosion has taken place. It is expected that around 15,000 tonnes in all will be moved

The chairwoman of the Environment Agency (EA) will be at Snettisham today to take a look at annual beach recycling work undertaken there.

Contractors started on Monday no the maintenance of the shingle embankment and beach which helps protect people and property from tidal flooding between Snettisham and Hunstanton.

Joining the EA chairwoman, Emma Howard-Boyd, will be joined today by North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham, and members of the East Wash Coastal Management Community Interest Company.

The benefits of the project will be the management of coastal flood risk to 823 properties (317 residential, 256 non-residential and 250 beach bungalows), some 4,200 static caravans and areas of the The Wash.

The embankment is a ‘soft’ sea defence, which requires annual maintenance to repair any damage or loss of material sustained over the winter.

Work is expected to take three weeks and is for the first time being funded through a new Partnership Funding initiative, a key recommendation of the Wash East Coastal management Strategy that had been developed by EA and West Norfolk Council.

The East Wash Coastal Management Community Interest Company was set up to raise funds form the local community, caravan park owners and local landowners to help protect this coastline for future years.

Ryan Ely, EA flood and coastal risk adviser, said: “We will be moving around 6,000 cubic metres of sand and shingle from the Snettisham Scalp to reinforce the defences between Snettisham and Hunstanton South.

“The process is known as beach recycling and is the most sustainable way to 
protect the coast in this location.”

The work is being carried out before the start of the bird-breeding season and will be completed before the start of the main tourist season, the EA said.

Dumpers will move sand and shingle from Snettisham Scalp, where it is deposited by the sea over the winter, back to areas of the shingle ridge and beach that have lost material.

It is then shaped by bulldozers to ensure the width, height and profile of the shingle ridge and beach is reinstated so that the ridge continues to protect the community from flooding.

Ian Devereux, borough council cabinet member for environment, said: “We are delighted that the contributions collected through the newly-established funding group will enable these works to take place this year.

“The Government has funded around 43 per cent of the works, the rest have been covered by the funding group.

“However, we will need to keep working with the group, to raise money to ensure the work continues beyond 2017.”