The North Sea surge of December 2013 had an impact on many homes and businesses along the North Norfolk coast. North Norfolk District Council, the Environment Agency and other organisations have worked together with those affected to help to rebuild lives and improve future resilience. Without new protection, the risk of further erosion remains for these homes, businesses and the Bacton Gas Terminal, a site of critical national infrastructure which processes up to 30% of the UK’s gas supplies.
Following on from discussions over the past year, Norman Lamb MP recently met with operators of the Bacton Gas Terminal to discuss the potential solutions to reduce the risks of coastal erosion and how they might be funded.
The operators confirmed they continue to work with North Norfolk District Council, the Environment Agency and the Crown Estate to identify an appropriate way in which the terminal may be protected. Together, they are also looking at other measures which may assist Bacton and Walcott, and recognise the importance of the solution for the Terminal having regard to the wider coast and its communities.
“It is vital that work is done to protect the gas terminal and nearby homes. I continue to encourage the organisations involved to work together quickly to find a solution that meets the needs of the Terminal as well as the villages of Walcott and Bacton. I have written to the Secretary of States at both the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Energy and Climate Change to stress the importance of their Departments’ support for this crucial project’s timely conclusion,” says Mr Lamb.