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'Village of the damned' to be lost to the sea

February 12, 2016 | Comment icon 8 comments



Fairbourne has been all but abandoned to its inevitable fate. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 SMJ
The picturesque coastal village of Fairbourne in Wales is to be swallowed up by rising sea levels.
For some time now scientists have been warning us about the possible consequences of global warming - most notable of which being a rise in sea levels fueled by the melting of the ice caps.

Low-lying coastal regions will be most at risk over the next few decades, but for one small village on the west coast of Wales, the worst case scenario has all but happened already.

Home to around 1100 people, Fairbourne resides right at the edge of the sea and now the local council, fearing that its existing defenses will be insufficient to stem rising sea levels, has decided that the entire village should be decommissioned and simply abandoned to the waves.
The plan has been universally condemned by the village's residents who have since nicknamed the place "the village of the damned" due to the fact that it has now become almost impossible to sell houses there and no businesses want to invest money in the area.

"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," the council wrote.

"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."

Efforts to challenge the decision and to claim compensation from the council are now ongoing.

Source: Wales Online | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 6 years ago
What they are not telling everyone........... http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27202192 Subsiding land is a bigger immediate problem for the world's coastal cities than sea level rise, say scientists.In some parts of the globe, the ground is going down 10 times faster than the water is rising, with the causes very often being driven by human activity. Decades of ground water extraction saw Tokyo descend two metres before the practice was stopped.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Black Monk 6 years ago
The picturesque coastal village of Fairbourne in Wales is to be swallowed up by rising sea levels. No, it isn't. Sea levels aren't rising and there is no global warming. Fairbourne is perfectly safe and will still be around 200 years from now. I can guarantee it.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Cat_From_Hell 6 years ago
Leave Fairbourne alone, Flood Rhyl instead.
Comment icon #4 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 6 years ago
Not 'rising sea levels' but 'fear of rising sea levels' is what's behind the council's actions. Any local increase in observed sea level is necessarily a product of subsidence.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Mark One 6 years ago
It does rain alot in Wales. Water seems to be a right bug-bear in that part of the UK.
Comment icon #6 Posted by McFakename 6 years ago
Wait....property values tanking because of something that's not real? I'll take 31 houses
Comment icon #7 Posted by Black Monk 6 years ago
Leave Fairbourne alone, Flood Rhyl instead. Yeah. We could turn it into a reservoir to provide water to nearby English towns and cities like Liverpool, just like we did with Capel Celyn.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Black Monk 6 years ago
It does rain alot in Wales. Water seems to be a right bug-bear in that part of the UK. It rains much more in the western parts of Britain than it does in the east. That's why it's always raining in Wales whereas Lincolnshire is relatively dry.


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