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Mid-Wales coastal village of Fairbourne facing abandonment to sea in 40 years

Mid-Wales coastal village of Fairbourne facing abandonment to sea in 40 years

Rising sea levels threaten the mid-Wales coastal villagers of Fairbourne near Barmouth. Sybil Ruscoe meets some of them, and finds out why the local authority, Gwynedd Council, says it's planning to abandon the village to the sea in the mid century. Built on a low-lying coastal strip one hundred years ago, residents are campaigning for improved sea defences to protect their homes from the collapse in their value since the Shoreline Management Plan was announced. The residents are seeking to take legal action. A Welsh government spokesman says that "it is important that all those at risk of coastal flooding or erosion are aware of the risks they face and plan for future change."

Presented by Sybil Ruscoe and produced by Mark Smalley.

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