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Second phase of the beach works scheme begins in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 10:30 15 May 2015

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Phase two of the beach works improvement scheme on the south beach in Lowestoft, got underway last Monday.

The protection work will enhance the Children’s Corner area with the creation of new rock structures on the beach to protect the seawall, a concrete beach access ramp to replace the original which collapsed in 2013 and replacement of damaged coping stones. Improvements will also be made to drainage channels and a new guard rail at the promenade edge from Parade Road South to the East Point Pavilion, will be installed.

Due to the location of the work site, there will be restricted access along the promenade, with the cycle track is out of use until the work is completed.

The work is the second 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.

A Waveney District Council spokesperson said: “The second phase of the beach work is now underway which, along with the existing rock slope installed last year, will offer erosion protection to the south beach.

“Due to time constraints, it is necessary for the work to continue through the summer and whilst we understand this may be frustrating for residents and local businesses, we must also bear in mind that this is essential work and there is no feasible alternative.

“Once this phase is complete, we can fully restore public access along the promenade and to parts of the beach, with some conditions.”

The work at Children’s Corner will compliment the first phase of coast protection work – the installation of a rock slope covering the seawall - which was successfully completed in December 2014.

Work to build rock defences and an access ramp is expected to begin in late June.

As with the first phase of work, the delivery of the rock will sometimes take place overnight and at weekends and as a result, there may be some noise and disturbances to residents.

Further information regarding Phase two is available via www.waveney.gov.uk/LSBPhase2 and through the Coastal Management Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/CoastManSuffolk.

What do you think about the improvements? Email: joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk

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