New environment minister Liz Truss promises to look at Lowestoft flood defence and beach restoration work

Newly appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Liz Truss meeting with Lowestoft MP Peter Aldous and Waveney District Council leader Colin Law to see the damage to Lowestoft seafront caused by the storms and erosion.  Picture: James Bass Newly appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Liz Truss meeting with Lowestoft MP Peter Aldous and Waveney District Council leader Colin Law to see the damage to Lowestoft seafront caused by the storms and erosion. Picture: James Bass

Friday, July 25, 2014
4:07 PM

The environment secretary Liz Truss has said she will “look closely” at multi-million pound plans to restore Lowestoft main beach to its prime and protect the town from another devastating tidal surge.

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Ms Truss made her comments this afternoon as she was given a tour of Lowestoft’s seafront by Peter Aldous, Waveney MP and Colin Law, leader of Waveney District Council.

She heard how the council is looking to find up to £5m to fund work to restore the award-winning south beach back to its former glory after a winter of severe flooding and extreme weather, which led to part of it being sealed off.

And Ms Truss heard how the council wants protect Lowestoft from further tidal surges by build a tidal barrier from Hamilton Dock to South Pier as part of a project revealed in November that is costed at £18m.

After her tour Ms Truss, who is MP for South West Norfolk and was made environment secretary earlier this month said: “I will be looking closely at the plans proposed.”

See tomorrow’s Eastern Daily Press and next Friday’s Lowestoft Journal for a full report.

10 comments

  • when you are all finished admiring our damaged beaches, and the sea defences, do lowestoft a huge favour get it repaired, myself and other flood victims, do not want a repeat of last december tidal surge thank you very much.

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    patricia56

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • what good is helping to protect beach buildup when out at sea the dredger of the broyal estate dredges sand 247and for 365 days per year? Sand will flow and with a strong easterly currents scouring the coast, these now decrepid sea defences, in some cases victorian, should be made to last the next 150 years. Marrying sea defences with tidal energy schemes could make our need for Chinese cheap nuclear generators, I did not say 'safe' cause its dangerous, disappear alltogether.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • The sea defences have been neglected for many moons now. By sea defences I mean protecting the dunes and helping beach build- up before the sea reaches the existing walls or banks, No work on groynes or sea pacification measures and the commercial extraction of shingle in the North Sea goes on apace. The results of this neglect are now becoming apparent and the so called "managed retreat" in the SMP is also a dangerous fallacy. Defences in front of built-up areas were supposed to be maintained according to the SMP!

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    NorCas

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • It appears that nobody with the power to do anything about this appreciates the importance and urgency of the remedial work required here - probably because they don't live in Lowestoft and don't care. There is no beach here now, even at low tide, and the seafront is in real danger of being undermined. I have known the seafront for over fifty years and I do not recall that it has sloped towards the sea as noticeably as it does now - the photograph at the top of the report shows this. The work here is essential and should be carried out now while the weather is reasonably good. The consequence of failing to do so is the loss of this section of promenade, and the potential loss of what stands behind it in the event of another rough winter.

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    point du jour

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • The sea damage has now occurred for some 2 12 to 3 months and apart from looking at the damage nothing has been done. Apparently before any work to be carried out the Council has to get planning permission from itself to carry out the work. How stupid. There is a need for money for this important work to be carried out. It is important that the sea defences of Lowestoft (protection for the town) and also for the tourist business of Lowestoft.Are repaired. People used to come to Lowestoft from the award-winning beach, Punch and Judy and playing in the sand. So the beach needs to be repaired for these two important reasons. Plus flood defence. The money that could be used to repair and carry out the work is earmarked for the town in the shape of the pedestrian bridge which nobody wants (apart from the Council). Why not use this pot of money and get on and repair the damage. Lowestoft needs to work for the people of Lowestoft and the kids.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • I'm certain Truss's education jolly trip to China will hold her in good stead for this new post!

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    beverley

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • And after she'd looked she said, "Oh yes, there it is"...

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    ThePresence

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Just what Lowestoft needs. A Flood Defence TRUSS !!

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    MacRob

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Maybe Ms Truss would want to meet and talk to climate scientists, soon, to get an idea of how important it is to think and act sustainable.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • british taxes for british people . Thats the way forward . You only get what you vote for . The recent floods exposed how british taxes which should be used for essential flood defences are being used by other goverment departments

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    milecross

    Friday, July 25, 2014

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