Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

December 16th - 31st 2013

Wednesday 18th December 2013 - Boxing Day Swim and Beach Access Restored

Following a posting on Overstrand Life’s Facebook Page asking as to whether the Boxing Day Swim will take place this year, I made enquiries. I have been told, yes it will take place. However should the tide be high and the Coastguard considers it dangerous, then sense will prevail and the event will be cancelled.

The promenade is now lined with crowd control barriers and none of the villagers we have spoken to are happy with these. The general views are; they are a waste of money (as Council Tax payers this is our money); these safety provisions are over the top; the money spent on the temporary barriers would have been better used on providing permanent renewals and repairs. The notices and tapes which have restricted access beach since the storm were removed on Tuesday afternoon. We walked along the beach with Barney in the direction of Cromer; it was depressing. A section of the revetments have gone, there are slumps of sticky clay oozing onto the beach with debris at the bottom of the cliff; a mix of wood, twisted metal and plastics. The wood and metal may be an eyesore but should degrade over time however; the plastics are potential marine pollutants and give rise for concern. It was interesting to read Carl Chapman’s Monday blog He too is concerned about the plastics and mentions Ed Smith who when out clearing a coastal path found a whale bone. So who knows what else will be unearthed as people start to pick up debris. The district council will not have the resources to clear the debris and therefore it is down to those who use the beach to do as much as they can to help remove the plastics. We have started and if everyone who walks along the beach picked up two plastic pieces each (they do not have to be large items) and put them in the bins then it would not be long before we could see stretches free from this particular pollutant.

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