Erosion: Coastwatch tower with 'only weeks left' to cease operations
- Credit: Liz Coates
Coastwatch volunteers are preparing to dismantle their landmark tower at Winterton and will suspend wave-watching work on Thursday.
Following the fate of the Dunes Cafe which was torn down in December 2021, the tower will be craned off site and put into storage.
Unit manager Roger Rolph said it would be a sad day but the rate of erosion had made it impossible for them to stay.
Volunteers will be ending their shifts at 4pm on Thursday (February 10) and begin the process of taking down aerials and packing away equipment.
A new site has yet to be indentified.
Mr Rolph said there needed to be enough land left to bring in trucks and cranes to lift the mobile unit that sits on a concrete pad and was designed for the site.
He estimated there had been a Coastwatch-type service on the spot since the 1700s.
"We have literally weeks. With the next set of high tides it could take a bit more off the village and then we will be in trouble," he said.
"It is going to be a sad day," he added.
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He said the unit was devised and purchased by Alan McMurchie, who volunteered at the previous site which had to be taken down in the 1990s due to erosion.
The rapid pace of erosion had seen nearly half the car park lost in the 14 years he had been on lookout.
David Levey who has been volunteering for four years was working his last shift on Tuesday.
"We are very sad," he said.
"I am going to miss it until we start again."
The charity has launched an appeal to help it with the costs of moving.
So far around £1,000 has been raised with Mr Rolf hailing the public response.
However, it remained to be seen whether they could re-use the old building on a new site or if they would need a new cabin.
Winterton has suffered at the hands of surging seas, the rate of erosion being beyond what anyone was expecting in the last few years.
Without the landmark Coastwatch tower the landscape will be unrecognisable from what it was a few years ago.
To support Winterton coastwatch's relocation bid visit their gofundme page.