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Public meeting to be held on third crossing plan for Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 09:30 02 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:30 02 May 2014

Lowestoft harbour and bascule bridge
Photo: Mike Page

Lowestoft harbour and bascule bridge Photo: Mike Page

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Another public meeting is to be held in Lowestoft next month on ambitious plans to build a third crossing over Lake Lothing.

Businessman Peter Colby has set up the meeting at the Hotel Victoria on Wednesday, June 11, when it is hoped hundreds of people will hear about his £30m plans to construct a tidal barrage crossing.

His scheme, incorporating a lock and two lifting bridges to allow for continual traffic flow, is based on the North Sea polder dams in Holland.

As well as the barrage to protect Lowestoft from flooding, his crossing also aims to open up large areas of dockside land for development.

As previously reported, Mr Colby says his plans would be ideal for Lowestoft and there is no need for Suffolk County Council-led proposal to build a new crossing for the town.

Mr Colby, who hails from Lowestoft and runs Sprowston-based Peter Colby Commercials, will also use the public meeting to discuss and look at Waveney District Council’s Area Action Plan for Lake Lothing and the Outer Harbour – a regeneration scheme Mr Colby says will not benefit the town.

Mr Colby has invited Colin Law, leader of Waveney, Mark Bee, county council leader and Waveney MP Peter Aldous to his public meeting, which will be the third he has organised with Bob Blizzard, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Waveney.

The meeting starts at 7pm, with people arriving from 6.30pm. It will run until 9.30pm.

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