Lowestoft Erosion damage

With the sand stripped beach at Lowestoft now permitting further sea encroachment, waves have begun to undermine and erode the foundations of the 170m stretch of flint sea wall at Lowestoft South Beach between the South Pier and Claremont Pier, breaking it up and ultimately leading to a major section of the promenade going with it.

Steel piling being placed to front the old flint sea wall at Lowestoft

Steel piling being placed to front the old flint sea wall at Lowestoft. Picture by Nick Butcher

Using funding from part of the £400,000 Waveney District Council project, 295 sheet-metal panels are being driven into place by excavators equipped with a powerful vibrating piling hammer, to be followed by the next stage which involves connecting the sea wall to the sheet panels using concrete slabs. Once the concrete is put in place, sand will then be placed over the protective foundations. It is hoped to complete the task by the end of March well in time for the tourist season.

At this time whilst work progresses the surrounding beach area along with parts of the promenade and the ramps leading down to the beach within the construction site are closed to public access. Waveney’s development control committee approved the £400,000 project after it had been passed by the council’s cabinet. A further £40,000 will also be spent improving adjacent groynes by the sea wall.

Details may be seen at Anthony Carrol’s item in the 15th February ’13 Lowestoft Observer

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