Beach repair works are progressing well in Lowestoft

Repair works close to the Childrens Corner area in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes

Repair works close to the Childrens Corner area in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Essential repair works to protect the Children's Corner area of Lowestoft's South Beach have rapidly progressed thanks to the completion of two major rock structures.

Following the delivery of 14,000 tonnes of rock in July, both the 'knuckle' and the 'reef' rock structures have now been completed- offering protection to the Children's Corner area of the beach.

Over the next few weeks, work will focus on completing the promenade guard-rail foundation and drainage channels, as well as the construction of a new concrete access ramp to replace the original which collapsed in 2013.

However, the council has warned residents and visitors to the beach that the work to build the replacement ramp may generate high levels of noise and vibration.

Promenade resurfacing will then begin at the south end of the guard-rail foundation works and as this work progresses, fencing will be moved back towards the sea allowing the public to access a wider area of promenade.

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Cllr David Ritchie, Waveney District Council's Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management, said: 'This second phase of essential coastal protection work is progressing well, with the rock delivery stage now complete.

'Whilst the rock deliveries did actually attract visitors, we do appreciate that this work was disruptive to residents and businesses and we thank them for their ongoing co-operation.

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'We are working to keep the local community informed throughout this project and fortnightly updates are issued to all concerned. As work progresses, we ask that people continue to be patient as we continue with this important work.'

The works are part of a two-phase scheme funded by a £2.9m contribution from the Environment Agency, with a further £450,000 provided from Waveney District Council's Coastal Management budget.

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