Deal agreed for new Hunstanton floodgates

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Seventeen new floodgates are set to be installed along Hunstanton’s promenade this June at a total cost of £139,000.

The gates will replace the wooden stop logs currently in use and are of a similar design to the existing Environment Agency gates.

In the event of a flood alert, they will be much quicker and easier to put in place than the old stop logs.

In addition they are more secure and offer greater protection against coastal 
flooding. The gates will be installed to the same height as the splash wall to the promenade.

Brian Long, cabinet member for environment, said: “It was identified as part of our review of the coastal defences in Hunstanton that the stop logs needed to be replaced with flood gates to match the type of gates used by the Environment Agency.

“These new gates will be easier to use and will provide better protection along the promenade.

“The metal gates will help avoid some of the issues we experienced in December 2013 where the wave action lifted out the wooden stop logs from their housings.”

The gates, which are being supplied and installed by IBS Engineering Products Limited, are currently being manufactured and will be installed by the end of June this year.

Once installed the gates are expected to have a lifespan of 50 years.