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Coastal sea defences are moved to try to protect Norfolk village.

It is one of the most eroded parts of our coastline and, today, work started on the latest attempts to save the village of Happisburgh in Norfolk.

"We would have preferred to be able to do it early on. It's unfortunate this has happened in peak holiday season but we are where we are. We have to get it done before the winter storms. And of course the contractors can only work at low tide so it's a very narrow window"

– Angie Fitch-Tillett, North Norfolk District Council
Crumbling cliffs at Happisburgh. Credit: ITV Anglia

The area is classed as 'no active intervention' in the government's shoreline management plan but the work to move the existing granite sea defences a hundred yards back towards the crumbling cliffs should give the village a little more time.

"The erosion of the cliffs of North Norfolk add to the sediment on the beaches, so by solving one problem you create another. So you have to always think what does nature what to do and how can you work with it."

– Brian Farrow, Coastal Engineer.
Moving granite rocks on Happisburgh beach. Credit: ITV Anglia

The work is due to take up to 12 weeks and is costing the district council between £60,000 and £75,000. It means the west end of the beach will be closed to visitors but the bay will remain open.