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SuffolkNews Podcast: East Suffolk Council to tackle flooding and erosion, Euston festival cancels and fundraising concert set for Bury St Edmunds



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In today's podcast, moveable homes and community rock piles are among ideas to be explored as part of £9million pilot projects tackling coastal erosion in some of the most vulnerable coastal communities in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Thorpeness, Southwold, Great Yarmouth and Hemsby will be the four key locations for East Suffolk and Great Yarmouth councils’ Resilient Coasts programme to develop long term solutions to coastal flooding and erosion.

Twin locations in Pakefield, Shotley Gate and land between Corton and Gunton will also be the feature of pilot work.

The council said things that it would look at included developing moveable homes in areas at future risk, making infrastructure more resilient and better mechanisms to support clifftop properties which need to be sacrificed for managed erosion.

Another idea is for community rock piles which can be moved into locations where needed. The council said it hoped to produce a toolkit of options that would make coastal defences more integrated across the districts.

In other news, a Suffolk music festival which was set to be headlined by the Kaiser Chiefs and Natalie Imbruglia has been cancelled due to rising costs.

The AT EASE Festival was due to take place between August 26 and August 28 at Euston Park, near Thetford.

However, due to what organisers called 'incredibly challenging landscape' the music industry is facing, as well as an 'exponential' rise in costs, the festival has been cancelled.

Organisers also apologised in a statement and said ticket providers will be in contact to confirm refunds.

And finally, A concert is being held on Saturday at Bury St Edmunds Football Club in memory of a 13-year-old who died of bone cancer - with her father hoping to raise more money for The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Organiser Stephen Gardner is staging the event in memory of his daughter Sophie, who died in 2005.

He estimated he has raised around £10,000 for the charity through different fundraising concerts before - but has been unable to hold any events during the pandemic.

The concert kicks off at 7.30pm this Saturday, with tickets available on the door at £6 per person.