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Local sea defences funding

Information on how we are raising funds for sea defences, and how you can help

Funding group

A funding group has been formed to raise funding for local sea defences. The group is made up of:

  • Anglian Water
  • the Environment Agency
  • the East Wash Coastal Management Community Interest Company
  • the Borough Council

You can view the funding group’s agendas and meeting minutes at the bottom of this page.

Help to raise funds

The sea defences along this stretch of coastline are made up of shingle ridges and stretches of concrete sea wall. Wave action removes shingle from the beach and the level of protection is reduced. The Environment Agency rebuilds the shingle ridges with extra shingle from further down the shoreline. This is called beach recycling.

Beach recycling was previously funded by central government grant aid. Now only approximately 43% funding is given. The remaining 57% will need to be raised from the local community. The Environment Agency have produced a briefing note which explains this in more detail.

Up to £150,000 is needed to carry out the yearly beach recycling. The local sea defences funding group was set up to collect the remaining funds needed.

Local landowners and businesses set up the East Wash Coastal Management Community Interest Company (EWCMCIC), to collect funds from local landowners and commercial premises. Anglian Water has also agreed to contribute £100,000 for the next five years. The EWCMCIC document gives background to the company.

How much has been raised so far?

In the first year £206,000 was raised for the local sea defences. We’ll need to raise a similar amount each year going forward to ensure beach recycling can be carried out annually.

Make a voluntary contribution

Other voluntary contributions are being asked for from individual owner-occupiers and local businesses. These contributions will help make sure properties can continue to be protected. The local sea defences funding group suggests a yearly payment amount of:

  • £15 for a beach hut
  • £50 for a caravan or chalet
  • £100 for a small business

You can make your voluntary contribution online.

To contribute to local sea defences funding you'll need:

  • a valid debit or credit card

Make a contribution

Other ways to pay

You can pay by cheque. Post your cheque made payable to ‘BCKLWN’ to us. Write on the back “local sea defences fund” with your name and address. We may use your name to acknowledge the funding received (not the amount). Please indicate separately if you wish to opt out from this.

Post to: BCKLWN, King's Court, Chapel Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1EX.

Further information

For further information please see our information leaflets. You can find these in our document downloads below.