by Bill Jenman, Touching the Tide Project Manager.
If someone asks what we’re about, I always talk about East Lane, Bawdsey.
This part of the coast was eroding rapidly, threatening two houses and the historic Martello Tower, as well as hundreds of acres of farmland. In the long term, even the villages of Bawdsey and Alderton were potentially at risk. Previously, the Government paid for coast defences, but by 2009 there was much less public money around so the new rock armour was partly paid for by innovative “enabling developments.” Twenty-six new houses were built in areas where they wouldn’t previously have been permitted, with the profits going to fund the new defences.
But there again…
So what do you think?
Different people (original residents, owners of the new homes, beach visitors, archaeologists) will all have a different viewpoint.
If you now understand this complexity, but still have your own view, Touching the Tide has done its job. Next time coastal change comes up, in the pub or in a formal consultation, please take part in the debate and help to shape the future of your changing coast.
You can find out more about Touching the Tide (TtT) by taking a look at or downloading our information leaflet, or explore the website and watch the TtT film.