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The Holderness coastline is the fastest eroding coastline in Europe, what is the best plan of action for those living nearby.

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The Holderness coastline is the fastest eroding coastline in Europe. The people who live on it are worried that their houses and land may shortly fall into the sea and they want the council to protect the coastline. In some places they have built different defence systems but, what about those peoples houses and land that aren't protected, the value of their houses has fallen and no one wants to buy a house that is going to fall into the sea, they want their houses to be protected. The reason that we have conducted this investigation is to decide whether we agree with the hypothesis "The best policy along the Holderness coastline is to do nothing". ...read more.

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As we could see, even from this first beach, if this coastline is to last it needs protection. The second beach we visited is called Mappleton. The cliff was even higher here and the walk down was steep, yet again there was another long and wide beach that was protected by a groyne made of rip-rap. But even with these protections just by touching this soft bolder clay the cliff just crumbled away in you hands. So if the sea was "choppy" you could see how easy it was to take large wads of the cliff at a time. The last of the places we visited was called Withernsea. This was a small seaside town, which is protected with a sea wall and riprap. ...read more.

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What are the options and who are the people who "back them up" ~ "Stop sea erosion along the whole coastline no matter what it costs!" The people who endure living on this coastline want this to happen, their whole future depends on whether their house is going to be defended or not. ~ "Stop sea erosion in certain areas depending on the financial and environmental costs" The council have acted upon this statement to make artificial headlands by protecting Villages/towns such as Bridlington, Hornsea, Mappleton and Withernsea. ~ "Allow a controlled 'phase' of erosion, allowing slowing erosion in some areas and not others" ~ " Do nothing at all and spend the money on other things like creating jobs, roads and new housing" ...read more.

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