December 23 2014 Latest news:
By RICHARD BATSON
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Work is continuing along the north Norfolk coast to repair the damage caused by the December storm surge.
An update from the district council says “a huge amount of damage repairs have been undertaken but many more continue to be needed.”
It adds that “cliff slips are on-going and will not settle out to reach a safe angle of repose for perhaps many months.”
And as the coastline settled back and readjusted to the new alignment “we will no doubt find other areas where we need to consider how we manage and adapt our defences for the future.”
Bacton, Walcott and Ostend - Beach accesses and concrete nosing stones on the seawall completed between Walcott and Ostend. Bacton revetment fully repaired, but work continues on the path behind the sea wall. Work on Rudham’s Ramp at Bacton will start next week.
Cromer - Sea defence refurbishment well under way, focussing on new steel sheet piles into the chalk bedrock along the face of the sea wall. Aim to reach end of the east prom - and repair cliff clips between the Melbourne Slope and the Pier - by the end of this month, though the cliff work “may over-run slightly.”
Work on repairing three chalet blocks, and the listed Art Deco block on East Prom should be done by Easter. A tender for the chalets and café on the lower storey of the Art Deco block is going out in the next two weeks.
The 40 chalets lost on Cromer West Prom will not be replaced this year, pending further discussions on the revitalisation of this end of the prom.
Decking repairs on Cromer Pier will be completed by Easter, and structural repairs to the pier beneath Tides café and the box office are under way. Repairs to the café and the box office have yet to be agreed.
Sheringham - Work continues to rebuild the badly-damaged sea wall and ramp. No set end date, but aim to complete by end of May. Reinforcement of old concrete shelter completed. East beach and west prom cleared and ready for return of beach huts.
Mundesley - Repairs to the sea wall and prom continue. Most repairs to scoured out cliff complete, with final landscaping once the sea walls are finished.
Next week the café will be stripped out for electrical repairs, to help the tenant resume trade by Easter if possible. This will be followed by the more significant work required to have the toilet ready for the main summer season. Beach huts are due to return in April.
Overstrand - All significant repairs complete other than to timber revetments.
Trimingham - Repairs to Vale Road completed, with monitoring for any settlement. Some further works needed on the revetment immediately below the ramp.
Weybourne, East and West Runton - Completed.