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Date published: 7th September 2017

The official signing took place today, Thursday 7 September, at 2pm following a tour of the Bacton Gas Terminal, Bacton and Walcott villages. During the tour, attendees were briefed about the project by officers from North Norfolk District Council and scheme consultants Royal HaskoningDHV.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “This is a vitally important project for the UK and our east coast. We are proud to be working closely with Bacton Gas Terminal operators, Shell UK and Perenco, to enable this project to move forwards.”

Sinead Lynch, Shell UK Country Chair, said: “Shell UK is proud to be a partner in this innovative sandscaping scheme, which will help to protect this part of the Norfolk coastline.

“The Bacton Gas Terminal is an important energy asset for the UK, and we look forward to working with North Norfolk District council, the UK government and Bacton and Walcott communities, to ensure that we can realise the local and national benefits of the scheme.”

Laurent Combe, the Perenco UK General Manager, said: “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with North Norfolk District Council and the local communities on this innovative project to help reduce the flood risk at Bacton and Walcott whilst also securing key national infrastructure at the Bacton Terminal.”

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, said: “There is a lot to learn from the Bacton to Walcott scheme. It innovatively uses natural processes to reduce coastal flood and erosion risk, and it demonstrates the added value of organisations working in partnership to fund better coastal protection for the local community as well as this critical gas terminal.”

Community drop-in sessions were held in July to share more information about the proposals. As well as holding the drop-in sessions people have been invited to demonstrate community support for the project through the JustGiving page, and register to receive regular email updates on the project.

The next stage of the project will see a thorough Environmental Impact Assessment carried out before applications for consents and licenses are submitted.

Cllr John Lee, North Norfolk District Council Cabinet Member for Coastal Management said: “This is a significant project for the communities in Bacton and Walcott and our focus will be on keeping people informed and engaged as we seek the relevant permissions and approvals.”

The proposal relies on funding from a number of sources including the Bacton Terminal Operators and National Flood and Coastal Erosion Funding.

NNDC has committed £500,000 to the construction of the scheme; the Regional Flood and Coast Defence Committee (Eastern) through the local levy has committed £500,000; the National Natural Flood Management Fund has committed £120,000.

For more information please see https://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/sandscaping

Image shows signing of the Development Agreement by (left to right): Sinead Lynch, Shell UK Country Chair; Cllr John Lee, North Norfolk District Council Cabinet Member for Coastal Management; Laurent Combe, the Perenco UK General Manager.
The back row is: Paul Hayden, Chair of the Anglian Eastern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee; Gokhan Doygun, Commercial Adviser at Shell; Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council; Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency; Adrian Fletcher, Senior Commercial Adviser at Perenco; Andrew Sanders, Commercial Lead at Perenco; and Rob Goodliffe, Coastal Manager at North Norfolk District Council.

 


Last updated: 20th October 2017