Coastal Update Issue 13 July 2015 Updates and news from around the Coast BLUE FLAG AND SEASIDE AWARDS FOR NORTH NORFOLK! Keep Britain Tidy has announced the winners of this year’s Blue Flag and Seaside Awards and the North Norfolk Beaches at Sheringham, Cromer, Mundesley and Sea Palling have all maintained their Blue Flag Status. This year we are also celebrating the retention of Seaside Award for the second year running at East Runton beach, as well as Wells-nextthe-Sea beach winning the coveted award for the first time. The Seaside Award is in recognition of high standards of beach management. Each award-winning North Norfolk beach has scooped the awards based on offering visitors great facilities, a litter free and safe environment and, in the case of the Blue Flag awards, meeting the highest international water quality requirements. PIER OF THE YEAR W INNER! CROMER has been voted Pier Of The Year 2015 by the members of the National Piers Society having previously won the award in 2000. IMPROVING COASTAL AWARENESS North Norfolk District Council has developed a series of coastal information leaflets covering a wide range of coastal topics from coastal processes to how to prepare and protect properties from flooding. These leaflets are now available to download on the coastal management pages of the council website (http://www.northnorfolk.org/environment/17879.asp). The leaflets are part of an initiative to improve coastal awareness of visitors and residents. Over the coming months NNDC plans to release a range of media clips showcasing coast protection works as well coastal awareness presentations free for use by the public. COASTAL UPDATE SHERINGHAM WEST SEAWALL IMPROVEMENT The first stage of improvement of 236m of seawall at Sheringham west is complete. The seawall is being improved to minimise the likelihood of a failure such as that experienced last winter. The resulting reduction in maintenance required in future years should enable resources to be reallocated to other schemes on the North Norfolk frontage. The next stage of improvement works are due to begin October 2015. During this time access may be limited the west promenade. 1 After successfully attracting funding from the Norfolk County Council Coastal Fund, the Ostend targeted rock placement scheme has now been completed. Two 30m rock sills have been placed on the beach with the aim of buying time for the most at risk properties. Page OSTEND TARGETED ROCK PLACEMENT Coastal Update Issue 13 July 2015 CROMER COAST PROTECTION SCHEME th The next stage of works will commence on 14 September and with preparations starting on th 7 September 2015. The continuing program of works will focus on the around the Pier. OVERSTRAND GABIONS TENDER Consultants have been approved to design and manage the repairs to cliff retaining gabions at Overstrand. TIMBER REVETMENTS REPAIRS Contractors have been approved to complete the repairs at Mundesley, Vale Road and Overstrand. FUTURE WORKS Further stages of the Walcott & Bacton seawall as well as Sheringham east cliff retaining wall works are under development. HAPPISBURGH ROCK REALIGNMENT & BEACH DEBRIS REMOVAL In 2002/03 and 2007, a total of 8,886 tonnes of rock was used to form a 400m (approx.) long rock sill on the beach in front of the cliff at Happisburgh. Additional small quantities of rock have been added to the sill since 2007 to reinforce and extend it to protect the earth beach access ramp. The rock sill defence works by dissipating wave energy before the waves reach the cliffs. It was constructed as a measure to buy time and has slowed erosion. As the land behind the rocks has now retreated, it is no longer considered as effective as it could be and there is a risk that the rocks could be lost to the sea. North Norfolk District Council following community requests is now realigning the rock sill closer to the cliff base. BEACH ACCESS SCHEME NNDC is seeking FLAG funds to improve beach access at Mundesley, Sheringham and Rudram’s Gap, Bacton. Both the Bacton and Sheringham ramps are in need of extension due to damage and lowered beach levels. This scheme seeks to repair and extend these ramps to meet the beach so that they are available to be used once again. A new ramp is planned for the east end of Mundesley promenade to allow safer beach access for the Mundesley Inshore lifeboat, local fishing boats and for the purpose of coast protection. Currently, tenders for the work have been invited and works will commence later in the year. INVESTIGATIONS ‘Sandscaping’- A preliminary investigation completed by The Crown Estate into a possible ‘sandscaping’ approach in North Norfolk has been received and can be viewed on the NNDC webpages. North Norfolk is one of several UK locations which are exploring this innovative coastal management technique. Recently Defra held a consultation on the second tranche of proposed MCZs of which the Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds was considered. Consultation has now closed and the results of the consultations are expected 29 January 2016. NNDC’s response can be viewed at http://www.northnorfolk.org/environment/18738.asp. Page MARINE CONSERVATION ZONES (MCZ) 2 Bacton and Walcott Coastal Management Investigation – NNDC have continued to work the operators of Bacton Gas Terminal to investigate if there is a viable way forward for a joint coastal project. The study is being supported by the Environment Agency and has attracted high level government interest. Investigations continue in order to be clear if a joint approach is viable.