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MP inspects coastal erosion in borough

PUBLISHED: 15:44 24 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:27 03 July 2010

Coastal views: Prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate Brandon Lewis inspects the coastline with MP John Gummer along with local coastal campaigners.

Coastal views: Prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate Brandon Lewis inspects the coastline with MP John Gummer along with local coastal campaigners.

BRANDON Lewis, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Great Yarmouth, inspected the borough's coastline this week with MP John Gummer to see the affects of coastal erosion.

BRANDON Lewis, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Great Yarmouth, inspected the borough's coastline this week with MP John Gummer to see the affects of coastal erosion.

As a member of the cross party parliamentary group looking at this issue and with vast experience of the problem Mr Gummer was able to gain some important information on how coastal erosion has affected the local coastline at Hemsby, Scratby and Winterton.

Brandon made the case to Mr Gummer, along with the coastal erosion campaigners from the villages, on the need for investment to hold the line on this part of the coast.

Brandon said: “Hemsby alone puts around £80m to100m into the local economy. When you take that and the house and other business values that could be lost along this stretch of land you can easily see up to £200m cost of not holding the line here.

“It would only cost around £2.5m to finish the line of the rock protection that currently ends at Scratby and compared to the loss of property and business here that seems a very good investment.”

Brandon said he would be writing to the secretary of state to make the case that the Yarmouth borough is given sufficient funding.

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