Stunning images show scope of sandscaping project

Work starts at Bacton. Date: 2 June 2019. Picture: Mike Page

Work starts at Bacton. Date: 2 June 2019. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

These stunning images reveal the scope of a £22 million sandscaping project on the north Norfolk coast.

Work starts at Bacton. Date: 2 June 2019. Picture: Mike Page

Work starts at Bacton. Date: 2 June 2019. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

Work to pump 1.8 million cubic metres of sand onto the beach at Bacton and Walcott has begun - with the goal of protecting the coast in front of homes and the Bacton Gas Terminal from erosion.

The height and width of the beaches will be increased, providing "robust protection" for the gas terminal for the next 20 years, and access to beaches will also be improved.

However, not everyone is convinced the project will be a success.

Mike Page, who has studied the Norfolk coast for 60 years, said: "This was tried on the Norfolk coast at Horsey, in March 2004 and all of the pumped sand had disappeared by 2006 - just two years.


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"More sand pumping was carried out in November 2008 at Waxham, just south of the Sea Palling reefs, and again all of the sand had disappeared by 2010."

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