Southwold sea wall concern

A BREACH in a wall which protects homes and land around an historic harbour worsened yesterday as more of the concrete structure fell into the sea.Two more sections of the wall at Southwold harbour collapsed yesterday - just two weeks after an emergency meeting was held after a six foot piece of concrete fell from the crumbling north wall.

A BREACH in a wall which protects homes and land around an historic harbour worsened yesterday as more of the concrete structure fell into the sea.

Two more sections of the wall at Southwold harbour collapsed yesterday - just two weeks after an emergency meeting was held after a six foot piece of concrete fell from the crumbling north wall.

Earlier this month, a team of divers took to the water to survey the damage to the wall, which protects a caravan park, marshes and roads leading into Southwold from flooding.

John Huggins, operations manager for Southwold lifeboat, said: 'One of the pieces which has now fallen was relatively small, but the other was significantly larger and next to the void left by the last piece that fell. Now the wall is in a real state.'


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Mr Huggins said he is also concerned about subsidence of the north dock wall, where the lifeboat station is located. 'A patchwork job was done beneath the station two or three years ago, but I've still got many concerns about the ability to launch the lifeboat should there be a large failure of the wall in that area.

'The main deep water channel in and out of the harbour runs right against that wall, so I think it is dangerous to be motoring along there,' he said.

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A spokesman for Waveney District Council said that the harbour is currently safe to use and another meeting with harbour users is going to be held later this week.

'The wall is being inspected at the moment, but it isn't currently considered necessary to cordon off the area. We have been doing daily checks there and we will take immediate action to close the area off if that becomes necessary,' she said.

The news of further deterioration of the wall came as the names of the people who will make up the Southwold Harbour Lands Trust were announced.

Once it is formally set up, the trust will officially receive the harbour, its car parks and the adjacent caravan and camping site back from Waveney District Council.

The trustees will be district and town councillor Sue Allen, Andrew Blois, Alan Davies, Simon Flunder, Brian Haward, Robert Lee, Mark Sargeantson and Walberswick parish councillor David Webb.

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