September 2 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, June 21, 2014
A major consultation over plans to ease congestion in Lowestoft by building a multi-million pound crossing over Lake Lothing has got under way.
Suffolk County Council (SCC) has identified three possible locations for the crossing and is asking people for their views on where it should be.
An exhibition of the proposals opened at Lowestoft 60+ Club in Clapham Road South yesterday and will continue until 4pm today before moving to the Marina Customer Service Centre on Monday, where it will remain for four weeks.
The options for the new crossing are a bridge to the west of Bascule bridge, one further up Lake Lothing at Silo Quay and then one at the adjoining Brooke Business park.
Details of current flood defence work and future plans for protecting the town from the sea are also on display.
The exercise is being carried out by consulting firm WSP on behalf of SCC.
Consultants and council officers are on hand to answer visitors’ questions.
Paul Moss, SCC’s programme manager, urged people to get involved with the consultation and make their views known.
“Flooding and the road scheme are two crucial issues for the town and the more people that get involved the better,” said Mr Moss. “It will affect their futures and the futures of their children and grandchildren going forward.”
The current consultation is seeking to identify a location for the crossing and the next stage will be to look at the detail of the crossing design.
The evidence gained from this exercise will help form the basis of SCC’s justification for government funding for the crossing project, which is expected to take 10 years to complete.
■The consultation can be viewed online at www.suffolk.gov.uk/your-council/decision-making/consultations