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Chance to see what second phase of Lowestoft beach works will look like

PUBLISHED: 10:59 13 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:59 13 March 2015

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Residents will be told what the second phase of coastal protection works to Lowestoft's south beach will look like during a drop-in session today.

A event at the Kirkley Centre, in London Road South, Lowestoft is open to anyone interested in the project, with officers from Waveney’s coastal management team on hand to answer questions.

The second phase will focus on the Children’s Corner area of the south beach, funded by a £2million contribution from the Environment Agency and £450,000 from Waveney’s coastal management budget.

Work is due to start in April and will continue over the summer period. It is due to be completed in September.

The work will create a modest amenity beach at Children’s Corner.

It will include creating rock structures on the beach to protect the seawall at Children’s Corner, a beach access ramp, replacing damaged coping stones and beach nourishment work.

It will mean access to parts of the promenade will be restricted, particularly from the East Point Pavilion to Parade Road South, and there will be temporary access restrictions on the beach on both sides of the Claremont Pier while beach recycling work is carried out.

Councillor David Ritchie, Waveney’s cabinet member for planning and rural affairs said: “We are pleased to be nearing the start of the next stage of protection works to the south beach and look forward to the restoration of public access to the beach as soon as possible.

“The nature of the work means that beach access will be partially restricted during the summer months and we understand the frustrations this may cause.

“However, this work is entirely necessary in order to protect the south beach and we will make every effort to minimise the impact of these restrictions.

“We therefore ask once again for tolerance and co-operation from residents and businesses during this time and to remember that the long term benefits of carrying out these works greatly outweigh the temporary negatives.”

More information on the work can be found at www.waveney.gov.uk/lsbphase2. There will also be signs along the promenade and at various information points.

The drop-in session runs from 2pm to 4.30pm and then again from 5.30pm to 8pm.

What do you think? Write, giving your full contact details, to polly.grice@archant.co.uk

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