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Southwold promenade to be reopened with temporary safety barrier

11:31 07 March 2014

A small stretch of Southwold promenade closed off for safety reasons.
Picture: James Bass

A small stretch of Southwold promenade closed off for safety reasons. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk © 2014

A temporary barrier is to be installed along part of Southwold promenade to protect public safety before the walkway is reopened.

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Significant amounts of sand and shingle from the beach just south of Southwold Pier have been swept away leading to a concrete apron beneath the promenade becoming exposed.

Following concerns that people would fall on to the concrete below, a 60-metre stretch of the walkway was fenced off by Waveney District Council on February 21.

Work to install the new safety barrier is now planned to take place during the early part of next week, with materials being delivered to the work site on Monday.

The promenade will be reopened once the barrier is in place.

A Waveney spokesman said: “The council apologises for the short-term inconvenience but asks the public to respect the current closure and necessary diversions until the proposed work is complete.”

He added that monitoring of the beach had found the sand and shingle had started to build up again naturally on the beach below the promenade and it was hoped conditions would continue to improve.

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