Stay Safe on Our Coast!

DECEMBER 2020 UPDATE:
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day strong north easterly winds on our coast may increase the possibility of cliff falls and lower beach levels. Please stay safe if you are taking to our beaches to exercise. Do check tide times before you set out, don’t set out at high tide. Please don’t walk close to cliffs at the base or the edge; don’t climb on them or dig in them. Even if they look stable, cliffs can be very dangerous. In an emergency always phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Please stay safe on our coast.

We have many miles of beautiful coastline to explore and enjoy but it is also some of the fastest eroding coast in western Europe. We urgently need your help to make sure that everyone stays safe when they visit the beach.

Please:
• Do stay away from the cliffs, they can be very unstable even if they look safe. It is extremely dangerous to walk close to cliffs or to climb them.
• Do take notice of any signs warning you of hazards, these have been put in place to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
• Do take notice of the tides. Some areas of beach along our coast are not as wide as they used to be and at high tide it is not possible to walk along them without walking close to the cliffs. This could be very dangerous if the cliff is unstable, even though it may look safe. This can be easily seen in places such as Pakefield, particularly close to the caravan park.
• Don’t walk on any defences which may have been placed on the beach. Not only is it dangerous to do so, you are damaging something which is there to help protect the local community from erosion.
• Do follow any diversion signs that help you navigate your walk onto safe paths and areas until you have passed any hazards
• Do enjoy our wonderful coast and all that it has to offer but do visit safely, stay safe and go home safe.

If you have any questions or notice something about our defences or cliffs that you think we should know about then email us at coastalmanagement@eastsuffolk.gov.uk