Disappearing UK village told its beyond saving and will be gone by 2054

Brits who face their homes going underwater have been told their village is 'beyond saving'.

The picturesque coastal community of Fairbourne surrounded by Wales' impressive Snowdonia mountains, has been given only three more decades before it lies beneath the Irish Sea.

Despite being warned that the village will likely be no more by 2054, many of several hundred remaining residents are refusing leave and are calling on more support as it suffers the effects of climate change.

Gwynedd Council, of which Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is a member, confirmed in 2013 that sea defences would not be maintained by NRW in the long-term.

Left in the lurch, residents complained earlier this year that they were still waiting for answers about what will happen if the worst case scenario comes to pass.

A spokesperson for Gwynedd Council told the BBC’s Future Planet: "The latest forecasts predict that it would not be safe or sustainable to defend Fairbourne beyond 2054.”

The village near Barmouth is protected by a sea wall with more than £6.8million invested in sea defences by Natural Resources Wales over the past decade.

But experts say climate change means flooding is inevitable and its residents will at some point be forced to abandon the village.

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According to NorthWalesLive, around 850 residents face being evacuated from their homes and relocated to surrounding areas, if Gwynedd Council decides to decommission the village.

Sian Williams, head of operations in North Wales for NRW, added: "2054 is the tipping point when the cost-benefit no longer stacks up to maintain the flood protection systems.”

Resident Stuart Eves said in January that the way villagers have been treated "borders on criminality".

"To tell people that you're going to demolish their homes in 2050 and then come up with no answers of what you're going to do with the people who live there is mental cruelty, in my point of view.

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"Every time we have a meeting with Gwynedd Council they always tell us what they've done to resolve the issue but in my view the village is no further forward than when the news broke.

"We need to go forward and try to get this resolved because you cannot leave this axe hanging in mid-air over the village people's heads."

The 72-year-old defiantly said he and neighbours enjoy a sense of "peace, tranquillity, security and community” that money can't buy which is why so many are reluctant to leave.

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“It's more than just losing your home; it's losing your whole identity," he said.

Sian Williams told the people of Fairbourne in 2020: "We are committed to maintaining Fairbourne’s flood defence in the short and medium term to help reduce the risk of flooding.

“But this work is not easy as we are working against nature to hold back the tide and the tide’s impact on the ground water table at Fairbourne.

“We are grateful to the local community for their patience and co-operation.”

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