The coast of Yorkshire’s East Riding faces the fastest coastal erosion in Europe, presently accelerated by the rising sea level. On average, every year two meters is lost to the sea. Over the decades, tens of villages have disappeared into the sea. The government has now given up on the area, apart from a few towns which are fortified with seawalls and will end up as islands.
People are urged to relocate to safer grounds. Since there is hardly any compensation and homeowners basically lose their homes, many resist and want to stay until the last moment. As one resident said: “I will only move feet first, which is in my coffin.”