Six thousand tonnes of Norwegian granite, from the Larvik Quarry in South Norway, is currently being offloaded onto Lowestoft's beach in a bid to bolster up the crumbling sea defences.
It's an expensive and time consuming exercise and won't hold back the tide for ever. So should we bother with spending millions on sea defences or leave our coast to nature's whims?
Decisions about where to save and where to leave are dictated by the Shoreline Management Plan. A 100 year look at how our coast is likely to change and should be dealt with until 2105.
Each part of coast has one of four managed policies:
- No active intervention
- Holding the existing defence line
- Managed realignment - allowing the shoreline to move naturally, but directing it in certain areas
- Advance the line - building new defences.
It's unrealistic to think we can protect every bit of our coast. In fact in some cases intervention would mean losing many of our wonderful beaches. Choices will continue to be made based on economics and environment.
Norwegian rock might be the solution for saving Lowestoft but elsewhere it may well just be a case of adapting to time and tide.
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