A £3.5 million coastal protection scheme at Lowestoft’s South Beach is approaching completion, with the promenade and majority of the beach reopening to the public.
The second part of the two-phase project began early last year and provides protection to the Children’s Corner area of the beach which had been badly affected by erosion pressures. The completion of the work allows full re-opening of the promenade and most of the South Beach, although a small part will remain closed for safety reasons for the foreseeable future.
In 2015, 14,000 tonnes of rock was delivered to the beach and used to create two major structures. Additionally, Phase 2 work included the creation of a new concrete beach access ramp, replacement of damaged coping stones, improvements to drainage channels, beach nourishment using sand taken from the healthy beach to the south and the installation of new guard-railing at the prom edge from Parade Road South to the East Point Pavilion.
Cllr David Ritchie, Waveney’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management said: “These essential works have required that parts of the seafront be closed for sixteen months and we would like to express our gratitude to local businesses, the community and visitors for their patience and co-operation during this time. The work will restore access to a popular part of the seafront and offer protection to this stretch of coastline for future generations.”
To celebrate the completion of the works and re-opening of the seafront, Waveney MP Peter Aldous and Council Leader Cllr Colin Law will be unveiling an information board on the seafront on Thursday 10th March. The board, which will be located at the top of the new ramp, will provide details of the beach works for future visitors. Members of the public are invited to attend the short unveiling ceremony, which begins at approximately 12pm.
To further celebrate the opening of the seafront, a free land train will be available throughout the Easter weekend. Organised by the Lowestoft Tourism Group and supported by the CCT, the land train will run along the promenade between the Royal Plain Fountains and Kensington Gardens from 10.30am until 17.30pm from Good Friday (25th March) to Easter Monday (28th March)
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