A £400,000 scheme to protect a vulnerable stretch of Suffolk coastline has finished ahead of schedule.
The second phase of the project at Thorpeness involved nearly 2,000 fabric bags filled with sand and shingle being used to strength the defences.
The defences at the northern end of the village are being reconstructed and strengthened after damage caused by storms in June last year. (more…)
December 22, 2011
November 10, 2011
Plans for the future management of the north Suffolk coast were approved by councillors last night.
Members of Waveney District Council’s cabinet met on Wednesday to formally adopt the county’s Shoreline Management Plan (SMP), which covers the stretch of coast between Lowestoft Ness and Felixstowe.
The SMP was provisionally approved by the cabinet last November and, following delays, it has since been approved by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), signed off by the Environment Agency, and adopted by Suffolk Coastal District Council last week. (more…)
November 1, 2011
Plans to tackle erosion and flooding along Suffolk’s coastline have taken a step closer to being fully approved.
Suffolk Coastal District Council’s cabinet backed the Shoreline Management Plan, which would run until 2105.
The proposals say it is too expensive to protect all 45 miles of the coast so areas including Covehithe and Benacre Broad will not be defended.
Waveney District Council is expected to provide the final sign off when its cabinet meets next Tuesday. (more…)
October 26, 2011
A coastal defence scheme which could see the shape of Suffolk’s shoreline altered dramatically over the next century is set to be adopted by district leaders.
Plans to manage the 45 mile stretch between Lowestoft Ness and Languard Point in Felixstowe had been subject to opposition from inhabitants of communities denied investment for long-term defence against erosion.
Though flood risk would continue to be managed in all of the county’s main coastal towns and principal villages, areas with no proposed measures in place to slow erosion could be lost to the North Sea by as early as 2055. (more…)
September 19, 2011
Residents in Shotley have been praised for helping to raise more than £100,000 to protect their coastline.
The Shotley Stour Footpath Renovation Group worked with local councils, businesses and environment groups to arrange the coastal erosion defence.
The group also oversaw the renovation of a picnic area at Shotley Gate. (more…)
April 9, 2011
Lord Smith, who was the guest speaker at the annual general meeting of the Suffolk Coast Against Retreat (SCAR) group at the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh on Saturday, has, however, warned that people would need to need to come up with money and well as “imaginative” ideas as government budgets for flood defence projects are squeezed.
The former cabinet minister told landowners, local councillors and representatives of coastal groups that the EA was committed to cutting bureaucracy and enabling defence schemes – and he offered a personal pledge to investigate failings.
“The ‘we know best’ approach doesn’t wash these days,” he said. “There will be times when we don’t get it right, and if you experience that, then come to me.” (more…)
April 7, 2011
A stretch of Suffolk and Essex coastline could be transformed into grazing and sea marches as part of a managed way to tackle rising sea levels.
Plans put forward by the Environment Bank and Environment Agency would see businesses pay to offset their green impacts, with the funding used to manage coastal areas.
For the past four years, the Environment Bank has been refining a delivery model for the UK in consultation with central government, NGO’s, developers, landowners, farmers and local authorities.
Now the Shell Foundation has agreed to provide funding and internal expertise for the next year to allow a trial scheme to go-ahead. (more…)
The house in the hamlet of Easton Bavents was built in the 1930s and was originally about 260ft (80m) away from the edge of the cliff.
It is now just a few yards away from the edge and demolition work has begun.
Waveney District Council is piloting a government-funded scheme to fund the demolition and help residents affected by coastal erosion relocate. (more…)
March 21, 2011
Communities threatened by coastal erosion have been warned that they should expect to contribute towards protection schemes.
Speaking prior to next month’s Suffolk Coast Against Retreat (SCAR) annual general meeting (AGM), chairman Graham Henderson said that in the current financial climate it was unlikely the Government would completely fund defence work on behalf of homeowners, such as those living in Corton and Easton Bavents, near Southwold.
Mr Henderson, who lives at Felixstowe Ferry, said: “Overall I think it has been a progressive year. However we are still in a situation where the Government has not revealed all its cards and there’s no doubt that there’s going to be a shortage of money. (more…)
March 19, 2011
Sitting on the cliff edge at Easton Bavents, near Southwold, Thursley has been in the Thrawle family for four generations. While a groundbreaking policy recently approved by the local council gives hope to Suffolk homeowners facing coastal erosion, it comes too late for this isolated, two-storey building.
The house will be demolished on April 4. (more…)