WATCH: Dredger starts pumping sand onto Norfolk beaches in multi-million pound project
PUBLISHED: 10:19 16 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:25 16 July 2019
Jamie Honeywood Archant Norwich Norfolk
It's an amazing multi-million pound project whose progress will keep locals and visitors on the north Norfolk coast enthralled for the next six weeks.
About 1.8m cubic metres of sand is being dumped on the beaches in front of the Bacton gas terminal and the villages of Bacton and Walcott.
By raising the height and width of the beaches, the sandscaping project is aimed at providing protection to the terminal for about 20 years, while extending the life of the village defences.
Construction work on the UK-first multi-partner project is being carried out by Dutch firm, Team Van Oord, whose Ham 318 trailing suction hopper dredger has started pumping sand to the beach.
It has started at the terminal and is working towards Walcott. As sand is placed on the beaches towards Bacton village and Walcott, sections will be closed to thed public and then reopened as soon as possible.
The work, which will also see access to the beaches improved, has been welcomed by most people in the area.
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Walcott farmer Thomas Love, whose farm includes 1.7 miles of cliff, said: "I'm delighted to have it started, and I wish them the best of luck. I hope everything goes according to plan.
"I think it will make a big difference and rejuvenate Bacton and Walcott. The beach will be so much better, and it should help the holiday trade, with holidaymakers swimming in the sea with the lovely sand.
"And I'm sure that while the sand is pumped to the beaches, it will become a great draw for people to watch the progress."
Mr Love lost about five acres of land to erosion, and he saw about 40 acres of land flooded with seawater during the tidal surge in December 2013.
Team Van Oord liaison officer Judy Harris said: "As from Monday, July 15, a public display information point will be at the site."
Visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/sandscaping to find out more information about the project.
The best viewing point to watch the work is the public coastal path, near to the Castaways Caravan Park at Bacton.