WEST Norfolk’s coastal communities can now access online maps to see how erosion could affect their coastline in the future.
The Environment Agency has published a series of coastal erosion maps for England on its website, www.environment-agency.gov.uk, including one for the stretch of coast between Terrington Marsh and Kelling Hard, near Sheringham.
The local map was developed in conjunction with West Norfolk Council and North Norfolk Council.
It provides information on how coastal erosion could affect where people live over the next 100 years.
The map also shows how the coast is being managed at present and what defences are in place.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Although few households are at risk from coastal erosion, its consequences can be serious.
“Better information will help coastal communities make informed decisions about development and about how to adapt to a changing coastline.”
Information for the Hunstanton cliffs map was developed by the agency, the borough council and the government.
It provides the latest erosion information to help local authorities, planners and developers plan investment on the coast.
The agency and the borough council are also developing The Wash East Coastal Management Strategy, looking at future management of the coast between Wolferton Creek and Hunstanton cliffs.
The strategy examines the dynamics of the cliffs, how they are eroding and how sediment from them interacts with other areas of the coastline.
West Norfolk Council deputy leader Brian Long, who also speaks for the authority’s cabinet member on environmental issues, said: “Hunstanton cliffs are an important geological feature and tourist attraction.
“This ongoing work will closely monitor erosion patterns and allow better decision making on their protection.”
Area coastal manager Mike Dugher said: “It is part of the Environment Agency’s role to help coastal communities make informed decisions about how to manage the coast.”
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View the map on the Environment Agency website