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Essex landmark gets funding to protect it from the sea

3 February 10 12:17 GMT

A total of £520,000 has been given towards a £1.2m project to protect an Essex landmark from the sea.

The coast at Walton-on-the-Naze has been eroding at a rate of about 6.5ft (2m) a year and the Naze Tower is currently a few metres from the edge.

Tending District Council has given the cash towards the Crag Walk project to shore up the cliff and build a walkway in front of the tower.

Essex County Council is considering giving an extra £500,000.

The possible grant will be discussed at a full council meeting next week.

Work on the Crag Walk project should start this winter, following a public consultation on the plans and approval from the Environment Agency and local wildlife organisations.

A 328ft (100m) walkway will be built in front of the Naze Tower, along with a new viewing platform above the beach.

The tower, which is a Grade II-listed building, was originally a navigational tower but has been turned into a cafe and art gallery.

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