A £25 million project to build new sea defences at the north Norfolk coast begins today.

Cromer and Mundesley are both set to benefit from the government-funded coastal management scheme - which will build new rock defences and make repairs to existing structures at both beaches. 

Works got under way at Mundesley on Monday (January 5) and will start at Cromer 12 weeks later.

North Norfolk News: Sea defence works at Cromer in 2015Sea defence works at Cromer in 2015 (Image: Mark Bullimore)

The Mundesley scheme will cover 2km in total, with around 900m of rock defences being installed along the beach.

At Cromer, around 300m of rock revetments will be built to the west of the pier.

Both are expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete.

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The schemes have each received a share of £25m in funding from the Environment Agency, with North Norfolk District Council, Anglian Water and Mundesley Parish Council also contributing to the Mundesley project.

North Norfolk News: Harry Blathwayt, portfolio holder for the coast at North Norfolk District CouncilHarry Blathwayt, portfolio holder for the coast at North Norfolk District Council (Image: North Norfolk District Council)

Harry Blathwayt, portfolio holder for the coast at North Norfolk District Council, said: “These projects going ahead in these challenging times are evidence that North Norfolk District Council, along with our partner agencies will continue to protect homes and businesses whenever possible."