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


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.


  • I agree with Ollie, in that there are hundreds of great examples worldwide of riversideseaside regeneration projects that take advantage of people's love to be near the water and yet allow mixed use living, retail and light industry. Look close to home or far way, it's possible. We in Lowestoft have a fantastic opportunity to redevelop some sadly misused and wasted riverside brownfield areas. It's a crying shame about the opportunities we are letting lie fallow. I don't know if I agree with Mr. Colby's ideas or not, because I haven't looked into them in detail, but he certainly must be given kudos for persistently working for the betterment of Lowestoft. I regret very much that I won't be able to attend the meeting (won't be back in town that day) but I will be there in spirit. Lowestoft needs and deserves a riverfront that is as nice as other towns and a few people's lack of imagination, energy and contentment with being below average shouldn't stand in the way.

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    A. Taylor

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Why invite WDC they never listen to what the people of Lowestoft want.

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    kevin bacon

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • I have always said the council should be looking at Riverside in Norwich as an example of what we should be doing. Link the retail park up with nice places to eat along the waters edge, nice cinema and entertainment complex as well, some bars, extra parking, leading to the train station which in turn would then bring footfall into the town centre. If people are prepared to drive 45 mins to Norwich just to visit riverside, why shouldn't they come here instead? Of course a third crossing is a must as well for traffic flow but its not about which scheme is best, a crossing is a crossing, its which can be delivered the fastest as it needs doing now not later!

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    Friday, May 2, 2014

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