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Village Of The Dammed: Entire Welsh Village Has To Be Evacuated Before It’s Get Swollen By The Sea

An Unusual Miniature Railway on the Welsh Coast: Built as a horse drawn line to transport building materials in the late 19th century, the 12¼” (311mm) Fairbourne Steam Railway now uses half scale replicas of narrow gauge steam locomotives to haul it’s trains from Fairbourne to the Mawddach estuary.

Locals from the marvelous Welsh village of Fairbourne in Cardigan Bay are left trapped in the their own houses until it gets swollen by the sea in couple of years. According to the council plans, the city of 500 homes should undergo managed realignment and eventually be discommissioned after the sea defences are abandoned in 40 years. With such news being revealed it is impossible for the locals to sell the houses and simply move. Plus the business is also undergoing quite a challenge aiming to attract long term investment. The anger of locals is totally understandable as such government’s plans are probably made on the assumption that the sea levels are going to rise by a whole meter next century.

An Unusual Miniature Railway on the Welsh Coast: Built as a horse drawn line to transport building materials in the late 19th century, the 12¼” (311mm) Fairbourne Steam Railway now uses half scale replicas of narrow gauge steam locomotives to haul it’s trains from Fairbourne to the Mawddach estuary.The first homes in Fairbourne were built around 1900 on land which was reclaimed from the sea and is above the sea level. It is all protected by defences built back in 19th century.
Village of the Dammed: Entire Welsh Village Has To Be Evacuated Before It's Get Swollen By The SeaMore than 400 homes are expected to be abandoned in the village by 2055 as part of the council's shoreline management plan (SMP) policy.

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Campaigner Pete Cole says the village has been written off due to an ‘aggressive model’ used by planners, which was not used for other areas of the coastline.

He says another forecast concluded that sea levels could be expected to rise around 50cm rather than one metre in the next 100 years and with only a modest 20 to 30cm rise in the next 50 years.

Mr Cole said: ‘We have been hurt by the actions of the agencies who adopted these plans without thinking of the ramifications.’

Village of the Dammed: Entire Welsh Village Has To Be Evacuated Before It's Get Swollen By The SeaResidents of a ‘sinking’ town are hoping for £100million in compensation after authorities said they should be evacuated.
Village of the Dammed: Entire Welsh Village Has To Be Evacuated Before It's Get Swollen By The SeaAn Unusual Miniature Railway on the Welsh Coast: Built as a horse drawn line to transport building materials in the late 19th century, the 12¼” (311mm) Fairbourne Steam Railway now uses half scale replicas of narrow gauge steam locomotives to haul it’s trains from Fairbourne to the Mawddach estuary.
welsh-village-3The defences, managed by Natural Resources Wales, currently protect about 500 properties.

The first homes in Fairbourne were built around 1900 on land which was reclaimed from the sea and is above the sea level. It is all protected by defences built back in 19th century. But according to the document presented to the locals by council, it states: ‘In the medium term over the next 50 years plans have to have been put in place and implemented to abandon defences and for the people to relocate. In the long term defences would not be maintained. It is possible to increase the levels of defences. The embankment could be raised, shingle could be brought in to defend the shoreline, and pumps could be installed to deal with increased rainfall.

‘This would incur very significant cost, with on‐going increase in costs.

‘Even in attempting to defend people, this risk is such that should defences be overtopped, or worse still breached, then the consequences would be immense and put people’s lives at risk.’

source: dailymail

Village Of The Dammed: Entire Welsh Village Has To Be Evacuated Before It’s Get Swollen By The Sea
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