The old stone piers (not the extensions) were built in the XVII century and have withstood centuries of all that the volatile North Sea could muster! They are showing signs of decay and will require a multi million £ investment if they are to be saved. The alternative is to do nothing..The money from central government has not been allocated towards the repairs which is a major worry for the township.
Once in a hundred years, the east coast is battered by hurricane force Northerly winds, culminating in a huge tidal surge, lifting the sea level several metres above datum. (The last time was in the great storm of 1953) Should this happen again, the weakened structure of the piers could fail and the lower harbour could be devastated by mountainous seas! The damage and possible loss of life is inestimable.
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