£250,000 to boost flood hit Norfolk communities
06:30 10 October 2014
Archant Norfolk 2013
Norfolk communities which were battered by floods almost a year ago are set to share £250,000 to help repair the damage caused by the tidal surge.
The floods, in December last year, saw hundreds of homes and businesses swamped with water, as tides around the county’s shores reached heights which eclipsed those of the fatal floods of 1953.
Councillors at Norfolk County Council agreed in February to create a Coastal Fund to support the communities which had suffered because of the floods.
The council set aside £250,000 and invited applications from communities with proposals to protect them from erosion or flooding from the sea.
The council ended up getting 19 requests - four from West Norfolk, four from Great Yarmouth, 11 from North Norfolk and one covering a number of locations along the coast, requesting more than £1m.
A cross-party working group of councillors was set up to weigh up the applications and next week’s environment, development and transport committee will agree where the money should go.
The organisations and schemes recommended to get cash are: • North Norfolk Coastal Path - for sluice and flood embankment repairs between Burnham Norton and Burnham Deepdale/Cley (£21,000)
• Save Hemsby Coastline - for construction of sea defences (£50,000)
• Snettisham, Heacham and South Hunstanton beach recharge scheme (£50,000)
• Wells Harbour - repair to quay, flood wall and defence barriers (£29,916)
• Walcott Overtopping Alleviation Scheme (£39,640)
• Ostend Residents Group rock placement scheme (£43,500)
• Titchwell Marsh - RSPB Reserve east bank repair (£15,944)
The award proposals will enable match-funding of more than £1.1m to complete the various projects, although there will be a need for planning permission and quotations for work in each case.
The EDP set up its own appeal in the wake of the floods. The EDP’s Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal raised £330,000 thanks to the generosity of readers.
The fund helped more than 300 victims of the floods, with grants in Great Yarmouth, Waveney, North Norfolk, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and Walcott.
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