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PUBLISHED: 11:29 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:30 05 July 2010

A COASTAL resort's beach has been badly damaged by rough seas and strong winds just months after millions of pounds were spent on bringing the sand ashore.

A COASTAL resort's beach has been badly damaged by rough seas and strong winds just months after millions of pounds were spent on bringing the sand ashore.

Freak weather has shifted most of the sandy beach in Southwold leaving someone with the huge task of shovelling up hundreds of tonnes of sand.

Town mayor Teresa Baggott said: “We have had some complaints about the sand mainly to do with it becoming sticky when wet and being difficult to walk on.

“As to whose responsibility it is to clear it I am not sure no-one has come forward to take responsibility yet, but I am sure someone will have to soon.”

The controversial new beach was created in the Suffolk town 18 months ago by pumping ashore thousands of tonnes of sand from a dredger as part of a £7 million sea defence project.

The project over-ran by several months which meant that much of the town's seafront was out of bounds to tourists and holidaymakers during the crucial summer period.

Now the sand has been washed and blown to the southern end of the beach threatening to swamp some of the Southwold's famous beach huts, one of which is believed to have been sold recently for £90,000, and leaving behind large shingle banks.

A large section of the town's famous promenade, which featured in the hit BBC television series Little Britain, is now covered with about 12 inches of sand while breakwaters and the sea wall have been buried.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “If they had bothered to ask any of the locals they could have told them this would happen.

“Any sand on the beach is inevitably washed away and ends up miles down the coast.”

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