It reads: “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. “It is possible to increase the levels of defences.
The embankment could be raised, shingle could be brought in to defend the shoreline, and pumps could be installed to deal with increased rainfall.
More: Abandoned to the sea - the fate facing more than 50 Welsh communities Locals say the plan has made Fairbourne the “village of the damned” with falling house prices and businesses struggling for long-term investment.
They take issue with the assumption guiding the plan – that sea levels will rise by more than a metre in the next century, Campaigner Pete Cole told the Daily Mail the council was relying on an “aggressive model” not used on other stretches of the coastline.
Other forecasts predict the rise will be only half as much – and by just 20cms to 30cms in the next 50 years.
Mr Cole said: “We have been hurt by the actions of the agencies who adopted these plans without thinking of the ramifications.” The village’s 1,100 residents are now clubbing together to pay for legal action and say they have already got 10% of the amount they need to hire a barrister.
More: Abandoning coastal communities could cost Wales billions in tourism revenue Built in around 1900 the village’s first properties were constructed on land reclaimed from the sea and are only just above sea level.
The sea defences protecting the village from the fate the council feel is inevitable were built in the 19th century.
A council document laying out the planned changes suggests trying to defend the village could ultimately put people’s lives at risk.
Families in a Welsh coastal resort say they are living in the “village of the damned” as they have been left trapped in homes abandoned to the sea by the authorities.
Residents in Fairbourne, Cardigan Bay, are preparing for a lengthy legal tussle with Gwynedd council over the plans to “decommission” the village and see its streets swallowed by the Irish Sea.