Saturday, 25 January 2014

Post-flooding update

Here is an update on what is going on across the Norfolk Coast National Trust property following the tidal surge event on the 5th of December:

Brancaster Activity Centre – the team have moved to the volunteer block at Burnham and will be working with Deepdale Backpackers to host schools whilst the centre is being repaired.

Brancaster Beach – debris cleared with support of village and further dates arranged with RSPB and local community.

Brancaster toilets – repairs have started and they should be open for Easter.

Burnham Windmill – minor damage has been repaired.

Morston/Stiffkey – we have started the process of reuniting boats with owners, and some lots have been claimed. Contact us for more information.

Morston Bridge – we are exploring options to replace the missing bridge with a temporary structure. The project to replace the permanent bridges has been given the go-ahead and we are waiting on final consents to come through before we fully appoint the contractor. We are hoping works will start on-site in February, with both bridges installed by the end of May.

Blakeney Point Lifeboat House – repairs started last week by Draper and Nichols who undertook the renovation project last winter, which means they are up and running and know the building well. So far the damaged ramp has been removed and floors lifted.

Sea defences – we are in regular contact with the Environment Agency and Natural England. We hope to give a further update next week – so keep an eye on the blog. 

Horsey Windpump – the sails and cap of the windpump sustained damage in the gusts of the 5th of December, and have been damaged further during more recent high winds. We were planning to remove the sails this year but have had to do this sooner than planned.

General – although a lot of debris has been cleared thanks to volunteer help, there is still some debris to clear in various places along the coast.

Please also read: National Trust statement: ongoing response to tidal surge event in December 2014

Also, follow this link to read Richard Porter's article on the surge.

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