‘Too little action over village sea defences’

By Alex Jones in Environment

CONCERNS have been raised that not enough is being done to protect a Meirionnydd village threatened by rising sea levels.

Fairbourne Facing Change, a community action group looking to the community’s interests in the coming decades, says residents in Fairbourne are uneasy about Natural Resources Wales’ ability to shore up sea defences.

The group said that in recent years, Fairbourne has been “blighted” by reports suggesting that village would have to be “surrendered to the sea”, causing housing prices to tumble and a drop in investment in the area.

But Gwynedd Council has promised to “safeguard” the village for at least 40 years, the group said.

Natural Resources Wales, has been tasked with maintaining sea defences, but the campaign group has called into question what the agency is doing to help secure the future of the village­.

Last year, NRW promised to improve the “sustainability and resilience” of Friog Corner, which separates the village from the sea.

However, despite assurances from the organisation, Fairbourne Facing Change says it is less then impressed with NRW’s work.

A statement from the action group reads: “Apart from a bit of tinkering with shingle in September/October last year, absolutely nothing has been done and we share the community’s tremendous concern that this is how NRW will be ‘holding the line’ for the next 37 years.”

A spokesperson for NRW said the agency is “committed to maintaining and monitoring the flood defences in the short and medium term to help reduce the risk of flooding for the people of Fairbourne” and are monitoring the area.

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