Lowestoft beach seawall repairs to begin next month

Lowestoft beach seawall Image copyright Waveney District Council
Image caption The seawall was damaged during the North Sea tidal surges in December 2013

Repairs are due to get under way to a beach seawall that was damaged during last year's storm surge.

The Environment Agency money will be used to restore defences on the south beach in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

The beach will be closed between the harbour and Claremont Pier for about eight weeks from 8 September.

A groyne will be replaced by steel sheeting and rocks will be used to form a protective slope on the beach, the agency said.

Image copyright Mike Page
Image caption Parts of the beach have been eroded leaving the promenade exposed between the harbour and Claremont Pier
Image copyright David Spalding
Image caption Waves battered the promenade in December 2013, causing parts of the seawall to collapse
Image caption The tidal surge caused flooding either side of Lowestoft's harbour in Station Square (above) and London Road South

The beach will be excavated to create a temporary access road for the large vehicles involved in the project.

It is the first phase of works to improve sea defences costing a total of £1.5m.

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