Environment Secretary visits Great Yarmouth

On Friday, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, visited Great Yarmouth.

In a two part visit, the Secretary of State met members of the Save Hemsby Action Group and local business leaders to view the damage done by the tidal surge in December 2013 and attended a meeting of local farmers to discuss the challenges facing the industry in the area.

I would like to thank Elizabeth for taking the time out of her busy diary to come to Great Yarmouth. This was a fantastic opportunity for local activists and business leaders in Hemsby, and local farmers, to speak to one of the senior ministers in the Government.

Save Hemsby Coastline continued their fantastic work of raising awareness about the long term effects of coastal erosion in the area. The local farmers held a constructive discussion about the issues in the area, followed by the opportunity to wander around Hemsby’s mega maze!

2014.09.01 Mega Maze

Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, said:

“We are doing everything we can to help people recover from the devastating floods that affected people last winter.

“That is why we have given over £100,000 worth of funding to help clear up the debris from the beaches in Great Yarmouth following the tidal surge.

“It is absolutely vital that we support local communities in Norfolk to get back on their feet and build a more resilient country.”