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The sea defences infront of Bawdsey Manor, Bawdsey Picture: ANDREW PARTRIDGE

UK - Suffolk landmark needs urgent protection after severe coast erosion

Urgent coastal defence works are being planned to protect one of Suffolk's best-known landmarks from the North Sea.

The project will see work carried out along 430 metres of the county's coast at Bawdsey - where cliffs and shores, including nearby East Lane, have seen huge amounts of erosion in recent years.

Severe drops in beach levels have already seen a coastal path, part of the national coastline walk, closed and temporarily diverted.

Bawdsey Manor, where the radar vital to winning the Battle of Britain was developed in the Second World War, and its 144-acre estate is today owned by PGL, a national children's adventure and summer camp company, which is keen to improve protection for the manor from the ravages of the sea.

The work would also protect the famous Pulhamite cliffs, a series of grottos, rockeries, walkways and other features.

There has been severe erosion of the coastline Picture: ANDREW PARTRIDGE
There has been severe erosion of the coastline Picture: ANDREW PARTRIDGE

In an EIA screening request report submitted to East Suffolk Council, shoreline engineering, science and management consultancy ENBE, for PGL, said shores protecting the manor had suffered from beach loss, existing defences had deteriorated, and last winter saw "extensive erosion" of the cliffs.

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