West Norfolk flood relief schemes win county funding

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Plans to give more than £85,000 worth of grants to three West Norfolk flood relief projects have been approved by a county council committee.

The schemes are among seven to receive shares of a £250,000 coastal fund set up by Norfolk County Council following last December’s tidal surge.

A working group set up to look into the applications recommended awarding £50,000 to the Snettisham, Heacham and south Hunstanton beach recharge scheme.

A further £21,000 was allocated to a scheme for flood embankment repairs on the North Norfolk Coastal Path, between Burnham Deepdale and Burnham Norton and at Cley, with just under £16,000 going to repair a flood bank at Titchwell Marsh.

The awards were confirmed at a meeting of the county council’s environment, transport and development committee on Thursday.

Committee chairman Toby Coke said: “The £250,000 we have made available will effectively result in over £1 million worth of investment in flood protection schemes along our coastline.

“I hope these schemes help to improve resilience for these communities and protect those most vulnerable to the mercy of the sea.”