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The wooden sea defences built in the late
1950s at Happisburgh in North Norfolk have been failing over the last
few years and large chunks of the sandy cliffs are regularly falling
into the sea.
This picture was taken on Town Gap ramp, which
was once the launching ramp of the Happisburgh lifeboat. This
ramp collapsed onto the beach in winter of 2002. Since the ramp
collapsed, the lifeboat has had to be re-stationed a mile further
down the coast towards Sea Palling.
Campaigners concerned about the erosion of the
Norfolk coastline say offshore dredging is partly to blame. About
10 million tonnes of sand and gravel are dredged off the East Anglian
coast each year for projects like road building.
In 2003, a 30-metre stretch of land in Happisburgh
was lost to the sea, taking a number of properties with it.
Coast: A video with a view | View
from the cliff top
Concern Action Group | North
Norfolk District Council | Defra
and flood management
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