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Filey 'One Area Most At Risk Of Coastal Erosion'?

Filey 'One Area Most At Risk Of Coastal Erosion'?

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 2:53pm 19th November 2019. (Updated at 3:32pm 19th November 2019)

Filey is one of the areas that is most at risk of coastal erosion, according to research from an insurance company. has published its 'Living On The Edge' findings, highlighting what they say are "10 of the areas most at risk from coastal erosion according to data on England and Wales from the Environment Agency".

Their list of ten towns at risk includes:-

  1. Happisburgh, Norfolk
  2. Kessingland, Suffolk
  3. Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire
  4. Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire
  5. Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
  6. Filey, North Yorkshire
  7. Camber Sands, East Sussex
  8. Pevensey Bay, East Sussex
  9. Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
  10. Bognor Regis, West Sussex

On their website the insurance firm have a graphic showing the amount of shoreline that they say could be eroded in Filey in the next 100 years. 

Filey Erorsion?

They claim up to 40m of shoreline could be eroded in the next 20 years, 100m in the next 50 years and 200m over the next century.

Their information about Filey states:

"When Scarborough’s Holbeck Hall Hotel fell into the sea in the early 90s, questions arose as to whether coastal erosion had caused this.

Although it turned out to be due to a mud slip, just 13 miles down the coast is an area that remains one of the most at risk of coastal erosion.

Closest to the coast here are mostly caravan parks, as well as some holiday cottages and houses.

If coastal erosion were to reach any residences, these would be the areas that could see it first."

It's not clear why the company have chosen to highlight Filey as one of their "at risk" towns. In a separate list on their website showing the 30 towns with the greatest predicted amount of coastal erosion in the next 100 years, Filey doesn't feature at all  although Driffield which is 12 miles inland does appear on the list.



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