Press Articles

  • "We cannot fight nature - we must not be King Canute" This is Ihe line that the Government and its supporters use time and again to defend its policy of managed retreat for our coastline. But such a crass comment betrays a lack of knowledge of our...
  • People faced with losing their homes to coastal erosion or flooding by the North Sea last night welcomed a breakthrough in their fight for financial compensation. A senior government adviser, the new chairman of the Environment Agency, Lord Smith...
  • Di Wrightson used to complain that a row of bungalows blocked the view of the sea from her home in the picturesque village of Happisburgh, pronounced "Haysbrough", on the north Norfolk coast. Now she says she wishes they were still there to block...
  • Mrs Beeby and I are standing amid a sea of pansies, sweet peas, sunflowers and half a dozen gnomes in her immaculate back garden. Above, gulls are squawking. Below, waves are crashing on to the sandy beach and the wind is whistling in our ears. "...
  • Norfolk is to stand firm against the ravages of the ever-encroaching North Sea for at least another half century after the government confirmed £100m will be spent on sea defences over the next 50 years. People living in vulnerable coastal and low...
  • A campaigner who has been told her house is worth less than a loaf of bread will today try to show the man in charge of the nation's sea defences the true human cost of the government's coastal policies. The bungalow Jane Archer and her partner...
  • The Bishop of Norwich has waded into the debate over plans to sacrifice 25 square miles of Norfolk land to the sea. Speaking at the launch of a new inshore lifeboat for Sea Palling, he said the proposal by Natural England could leave coastal...
  • Britain's top soldier - who has spent a professional lifetime defending the realm - last night joined the battle to save huge swathes of Norfolk from being surrendered to the sea. General Sir Richard Dannatt, who is a Norfolk farmer and president...
  • Villagers vented their fury at the government during a packed public meeting held last night in one of the parish churches directly threatened by a proposal to abandon six Broads villages to the North Sea. Around 400 people packed into St Mary's...
  • Pie-in-the-sky or a genuine threat? A week after draft proposals that would surrender a large area of Norfolk to the North Sea were uncovered, what is the mood of the communities that would be affected? JON WELCH reports. On a warm spring day...