Coordinator's Comments

  • In common with many people and communities around the UK and beyond I would like to extend the sympathy and good wishes of Happisburgh to everyone who has suffered so cruelly from the major flooding incidents in recent times. We understand...
  • We are an island Nation, no matter where we work live or play we can never be more than app. 75miles from the sea. We are one of the greatest Maritime Nations on earth. No longer the largest but certainly among the greatest. The sea and our...
  • Two pictures of yet another crisis in a coastal community. As can be seen the sea wall at Selsey has collapsed and created app. 40 metre gap. Obviously this needs repair as a matter of urgency. However I fear the financial problems will prove...
  • So the MPs and the National Audit Office (NAO) have now expressed what some of us have been saying for some years, see article COASTAL DEFENCE NEGLECT EXPOSED EDP 15th June 07. From a Stakeholders viewpoint the central, core problem with coast...
  • The Tyne to Flamborough Head Second Generation Shoreline Management Plan (SMP2) is now coming up for acceptance or rejection by all the Local Authorities (LAs) throughout that coastal strip, a large area involving a number of different authorities...
  • In recent years I have tried to convince the UK coastal world that the erosion problems we suffer here in Happisburgh are not Happisburgh specific. The truth is that Happisburgh is but part of a national problem which is going to get much, much...
  • I would like to begin this month by referring to the press article 25th September Sea defence boss attacks agency . This I think is a measure of the importance of DEFRA's decision to give the Environment Agency (EA) overall control of coast defence...
  • This month we shall welcome Ian Pearson MP, the new Minister, to this area so that he may see for himself the true extent of the problems along our coastline. I have to say I do admire the man for volunteering to come here, before being asked, at...
  • When reading the response to last years Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) consultation I would ask everyone to remember that the SMP was 'required' by Defra. The company which produced the SMP was appointed by Defra and paid by Defra. The...
  • As many people have pointed out to me, it is many months since I have made comment. This is not for the lack of material to comment upon, but simply because I felt very strongly that after the veritable whirlwind of activity in the wake of the...