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Battle to Save the Beach at Hopton

Battle to Save the Beach at Hopton

LONDON, March 26, 2013 -

  (Pictures showing dramatic difference and explanatory video footage available on


  A major battle to save one of the most popular beaches on the East Coast of England
has been launched by Bourne Leisure Ltd - the owner of Hopton-on-Sea holiday park.


  The company is appealing to the Government, various statutory bodies and the people of
Norfolk to assist in its efforts to reverse horrendous erosion of the public beach
adjoining its holiday park at Hopton-on-Sea.


  Erosion of the beach, used by local communities in Norfolk as well as adjoining
caravan owners for decades, first became noticeable after the completion of the Outer
Harbour development at nearby Great Yarmouth in September 2008.


  Despite regular demands for an explanation, the six signatories to the legally binding
Monitoring Agreement on the Outer Harbour development have so far refused to provide any
satisfactory explanations. They are Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Waveney District
Council, Associated British Ports, English Nature and the Environment Agency.


  The sixth signature was the Great Yarmouth Port Authority which handed over management
of the harbour to Great Yarmouth Port Company (GYPC), a private company which operates
under the name EastPort UK.


  Greater Yarmouth Port Company is in turn controlled by Global Infrastructure Partners
(GIP), an international investment conglomerate which owns other major UK commercial
operations including Gatwick Airport, London City Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Biffa
Waste Management. Two partners with GIP, Gary Pritchard and Mehrdad Noorani, are now
directors of GYPC.


  Today Bourne Leisure have written to all six signatories asking why the Monitoring
Agreement has not been fully implemented. An Act of Parliament, the Great Yarmouth Outer
Harbour Revision Order 2005, clearly lays down the responsibilities and requirements for
dealing with any coastal effect within 10 years of completing the construction of the
Outer Harbour.


  Bourne Leisure is demanding that an independent and experienced assessor be appointed
immediately to review and confirm the report by Dr Phil Barber, an eminent authority on
hydrodynamics, sediment transport and shoreline management.


  Their decision to save the beach at Hopton-on-Sea follows two years of intense
investigation involving civil engineer, coastal defence experts and one of the world’s
leading computer modelling institutions. To date, more than GBP500,000 has been spent to
ascertain what exactly has happened and why.


  Bourne Leisure now have the answers - a 500-page report compiled by Dr Phil Barber and
his team clearly pin-points who stole Hopton’s beach.


  The culprit is without doubt the Outer Harbour extension to the port of Great


  Since the 600-metre extension into the North Sea was completed in 2008, there have
been dramatic changes to the tidal flow and littoral drift. In plain English, three
metres, the height of a typical domestic flight of stairs, have been lost from Hopton
beach. That is the equivalent of between 20,000 to 40,000 cubic metres of sand or 3,000 to
6,000 lorry loads each year.


  The full report by Dr Barber is available on


  For further information contact Tom Cassidy or Andy Lines at Media House -
+44(0)141-220-6040 or +44(0)207-710-0020. Mobiles - Tom +44(0)7771-855028/ Andy


Bourne Leisure Ltd

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Posted on Mar 26, 2013 - 12:09 PM • Print