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Happisburgh beach
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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.

See also:

Norfolk Coast: A video with a view
| View from the cliff top

Internet Links:

Coastal Concern Action Group | North Norfolk District Council | Defra and flood management

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