Great Yarmouth Borough Council has started work on an important coast protection scheme for Scratby, which aims to give the community more time to adapt to coastal change.
The project is to lay a 877-meter long revetment of about 1,300 gabions – stone-filled and crushed concrete-filled cages – from the existing rock berm at Little Scratby Crescent, northwards across Scratby Beach to reach Newport.
The added protection aims to delay the rate of erosion, using the findings of the Government-funded Pathfinder Project, which identified the properties and areas at risk, and potential options, such as displacement land further back from the cliff which householders and businesses could relocate to.
The £600,000 scheme, developed with the community and Scratby and California Environment Group (SCEG), is scheduled to be in place before the 2016 summer holiday season.
It is funded with £330,000 from the Environment Agency, £91,000 from the Regional Flood and Coast Committee, and in the region of £170,000 from Great Yarmouth Borough Council, including £101,000 from the Pathfinder Project, plus £2,000 from the SCEG.