Had Dunwich survived, it would probably by now be hosting ferries to the Netherlands. There you can see what happens when a government really puts its mind to defending the coastline. Millions live quite happily on land that in places lies 15ft below sea level. There is no talk of abandoning Rotterdam; just great vigilance and superb engineering.
The difference between the polders and our crumbling cliffs and creeping saltmarshes is not that the North Sea is wilder on our side. It is that our Government is tight-fisted on flood defence, spending just £470 million a year on rivers and coasts across the whole country – compared with £9 billion on the Olympics. Moreover, in the Netherlands the business of coastal defence is in the hands of civil engineers, whereas in Britain it has been trusted to a bunch of birdwatchers who see the defence of property as less important than creating homes for warblers.
Either we take Natural England and the Environment Agency off the job or the story of Dunwich will become the story of the whole of the East of England.
This was a quote that was printed in the Times 6th June 08,
Just about says, it all really. If we don't do something to stand up to this Government we might as well just kiss goodbye to parts of the country. We need Engineers, not Natural England and other quangos.