Eight metres of land lost to the sea in just six months as coastal erosion bites at Withernsea, Aldbrough and Mappleton
COASTAL communities are calling for help as figures reveal up to eight metres of land off the east coast has been lost to the sea in six months.
The council has renewed calls for a national fund to help residents along the east coast affected by coastal erosion.
The authority said there had not been an "appreciable increase" in overall cliff erosion rates.
However, the results of a study, set to be revealed to residents next month, has identified a few hotspots where higher than average cliff erosion – between one and three metres a year – had occurred.
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Among the areas worst hit included north and south of Withernsea, Aldbrough and Mappleton.
Margaret Fincham, of the Golden Sands Holiday Park to the south of the town, said: "There is no protection for us at all. The protection stops at the start of our site.
"The studies are no good to us when the council is not going to do anything about the findings."
The bi-annual surveys in spring and autumn are conducted using GPS monitoring, light detection and ranging technology, and aerial photography to give a precise picture of how the coast has changed since the previous survey.
In the latest figures available, taken between March and September last year, areas such as Hornsea south through to Rolston, Mappleton south through to RAF Cowden, Hilston, Waxholme and Withernsea south to Hollym lost up to 5m of land lost to sea in six months, between March and September last year.
In Aldbrough, the figure was up to eight metres.
However, East Riding Council said between these sites relatively little, if any, cliff erosion occurred through long stretches of open coastline.
Mrs Fincham said the holiday park, based in Holmpton Road, had lost 100 chalets to the sea in the last 15 years.
She said: "Holmpton Road is about 65m away from the sea now. It is the main road to Easington and we've heard rumours it might be closed in the future. We would lose everything.
"We had to build a new pub five years ago because of the erosion.
"It is killing off Withernsea. If we had not have lost 100 chalets, there could have been 400 extra people visiting Withernsea and helping the local economy."
East Riding Council had been given a £1.2m Coastal Change Pathfinder fund from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which was used to help 35 households with practical assistance in dealing with demolishing their homes.
The money is now all allocated.
A Defra spokesman said a coastal erosion grant of up to £6,000 is available to local authorities to help with demolition and basic moving costs where a property is lost to coastal erosion.
Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economic development, tourism and rural issues, said: "The council continues to work positively with local MPs to lobby Defra Ministers for a dedicated, ongoing fund to help our residents to deal with the effects of coastal erosion.
"That type of fund would allow us to build on the good work that we've been able to deliver in coastal communities through the Coastal Change Pathfinder."