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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 April, 2005, 15:24 GMT 16:24 UK
Coastal defences to cost millions
More than 6.5m could be spent securing a stretch of North Suffolk Coastline.

The beach, covering one-mile from Southwold to Easton Marsh, is the joint responsibility of Waveney District Council and the Environment Agency.

Their proposal is to protect the area with rock groynes north of Southwold pier and timber groynes to the south.

If plans are approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), work could begin in the autumn and be completed sometime next year.

The total cost would be 6.58m with imported beach material laid over the entire frontage.

'Real commitment'

Defra will need to give the joint application technical, environmental and financial approval. If successful 65% of the scheme be funded by Defra.

Waveney District Council will contribute about 694,000 and Suffolk County Council will pay the remainder.

Waveney councillor Ken Sale, portfolio holder for the environment said: 'I am delighted that the executive agreed to include this much.

"It is the culmination of considerable investigations and demonstrates the advantages of partnership working.

"The partners have a real commitment to the long-term coastal defence of the Southwold and Easton Marsh frontage."

The council's executive agreed to the scheme on Thursday.


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