Update on the repair of the Norfolk Coast Path

20th January 2014

The Norfolk Coast Path is, in the main, open with some local diversions where the coast hopper bus service is available.

We are working closely with the Environment Agency (EA) to get the Norfolk Coast Path safe and fully reopened for walkers as soon as possible. The EA has been working non-stop since the surge event doing repairs to defences which provide protection to people and property. For the most part these emergency repairs have been completed.

Their attention is now focusing on the defences that protect rural areas and environmentally important sites. Many of the defences that fall into these categories have suffered extreme and  extensive damage that will be technically challenging and indeed extremely expensive to repair.

Below is a summary of the flooding experienced along the North Norfolk coast and the action so far. The EA  are also completing cost estimates and assessing technical feasibility for these works. Once  they have a more complete picture they will have further discussions with Natural England in relation to sites identified under the Habitats Directive. The EA will be considering the costs and implications of full repairs to reinstate sites alongside re-profiling or minor repairs and finally, no intervention.  No decisions have yet been made and a key consideration will be to ensure that Government money is used most wisely to the benefit of the UK tax payer.

Blakeney West to Morston East: Damage to this defence is being repaired and this will be on-going over the coming weeks

Blakeney Freshes: The frontage suffered multiple breaches and repairing those will be both costly and challenging. EA are assessing fully the environmental impacts and engaging with other environmental bodies and partners as they work towards a conclusion.   

Brancaster east and west banks: There were multiple breaches and extensive overtopping of the banks. Compensatory habitat for freshwater habitat losses has not yet been confirmed, and as above EA are engaging with Natural England to determine future management of banks. EA are aware that the golf club was flooded. The defence responsible for providing protection to people and properties in Brancaster is being assessed at the moment.  

There are currently scoping costs for repairs to these walls.

Brancaster Marsh: The National Trail completed repairs to 500ms of boardwalk on the Marsh, which reopened before Christmas.

Burnham Overy Staithe: The bank is secure and the boardwalk at the seaward end will be replaced in the coming weeks.

Burnham Deepdale: This area was badly breached and the EA are in the process of establishing the cost of repairing the wall. Emergency works took place here before Christmas to ensure properties directly affected are defended. Remaining breaches are repaired and EA are now assessing costs for a more permanent solution.

Burnham Norton Cross Bank: The EA have assessed this defence and no further work is required.

Salthouse Shingle Ridge: The Salthouse Shingle Ridge, lowered in height and breached in 2 locations.17 properties were flooded in Salthouse and 10 at the eastern end of Cley as a result of the shingle bank being overwhelmed. The EA  are currently considering options here.

Cley beach road bank: There were a number of breaches and damage from overtopping and this wall is currently being repaired  to the existing standard of protection

Thornham Bank: The bank sustained some damage due to over-topping and  the EA are currently working to repair this wall.

Holme Dunes: A breach occurred near the golf course which has been temporarily repaired.  Further investigation for long-term solutions are being considered. 

The National Trail completed repairs and sand removal from the route through the Holme Nature Reserve at the beginning of January





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