Date published: 24th July 2017
More than 150 people attended two drop-in sessions in Bacton and Walcott to find out more about the innovative sandscaping scheme being proposed for the coastline.
A total of 85 people attended Walcott Village Hall on 12 July and a further 70 people visited Bacton Village Hall on 13 July to find out more about the project, which would see approximately 1.5 million cubic metres of sand pumped onto the beach.
The drop in sessions were open from 2pm to 8pm each day with experts from North Norfolk District Council’s Coastal Management Team, Coastal Partnership East and Royal HaskoningDHV on hand to answer people’s questions and queries.
Cllr John Lee, North Norfolk District Council Cabinet Member for Coastal Management said: “I attended the session at Bacton and people were genuinely interested in the project and keen to find out more. I was pleased with how positive the feedback was and overall people where very supportive. We are working closely with the Bacton Terminal Operators to make this project happen.”
People were asked for their views on the scheme and gave their feedback on the proposals – here are some of the comments received:
- Make it happen
- Bring it on!
- The sooner the better
- This will make Bacton more attractive and give stability to small businesses to invest and bring employment to this part of north Norfolk
- Increase tourism with enhanced views and landscape
- While it will not affect my use of the beach area I can see the long term benefits of stopping/slowing down the coastal erosion
Queries were raised regarding how the scheme would work and how it would perform during storm events.
As well as holding the drop in sessions people are being 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.
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/tasks/coastal-management/bacton-to-walcott-coastal-management/ .
Last updated: 11th October 2017