Coastal Partnership East is an innovative approach to managing the coast between Holkham in North Norfolk and Landguard Point in Felixstowe.
Hazards from unstable cliffs
Update: Due to recent high tides, the cliffs at Pakefield have suffered further erosion, particularly in the area close to Pakefield Caravan Park.
As a result, it is currently not possible to walk along the beach at high tide without walking close to the cliffs.
It is possible that further erosion may occur in this area, increasing the risk of cliff slippages. We therefore advise members of the public not to walk in this area at high tide and avoid walking close to the cliffs at all other times.
We are working closely with the landowners, who have also been clearing debris from the beach and we will continue to monitor the situation.
There are many miles of coastal cliff on the Anglian coastline, the majority of which are not protected by defences. In winter months these cliffs are at increased risk of collapse from a combination of unusually high tides and storms. The effect of erosion by wave action at the base of the cliff increases the risk of cliff falls which typically happen both during, and in the days after, a high tide or storm.
Although the landowner has some responsibility for the safety of persons walking on or below all cliffs within their land ownership, everybody should take extra care in these conditions. East Suffolk Council will issue public information warnings via social media during exceptional weather conditions to warn beach users of the increased risk of harm from unstable cliffs.
Who we are
Coastal Partnership East brings together the coastal management resources and expertise from Great Yarmouth Borough Council, North Norfolk District Council, and East Suffolk Council.
Coastal Partnership East works in partnership with the Environment Agency, the Water Management Alliance, coast and estuary community partnerships and others along the 173km of coast in Norfolk and Suffolk.
What do we do
The partner local authorities who make up Coastal Partnership East all have coast protection responsibilities under the Coast Protection Act 1949 – they are what is known as Risk Management Authorities. This means that they have permissive powers, not duties, to manage the coast whether this is through coastal adaptation, building new coastal/erosion defences, monitoring changes or repairing and maintaining existing defences.
Coastal Partnership East is the coastal management team who carry this out on behalf of the partner authorities.
Thought leadership: Delivering resilience - navigating the funding challenge
As coastal, flooding and wider climate risks continue to grow globally, delivering long term, sustainable resilience for our communities, infrastructure and natural assets is essential. However, at a time of ongoing austerity, securing the funding required is challenging. In his blog, Coastal Partnership East’s Paul Mackie shares his thoughts, interesting case studies and recent developments on how we are working with local and national partners to tackle these issues and unlock new solutions and opportunities. See his blog here.
Sharon Bleese is a Coastal Manager for Coastal Partnership East, a partnership of four coastal local authorities in Norfolk and Suffolk. She is also project manager for the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management project. Sharon is a prolific storyteller with a passionate interest in the stories of others, particularly those who live and work on and visit our beautiful coast. Her blog will focus on how these stories influence and develop the way we manage our coast now and in the future. See her blog here.
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