December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Stretches of Lowestoft beach will be closed tomorrow amid safety fears following structural damage and scouring caused by storms and high tides this month.
The beach between Lowestoft South Pier and Parade Road South continues to suffer from erosion.
Meanwhile, rough seas and unusually high tides on October 10 and 11 caused further scour that has worsened the condition of the T-shaped ramp at Children’s Corner, near to South Pier, to the point where the lower part of the ramp is at imminent risk of collapse and is no longer safe to use.
In response, a barrier will be placed across the promenade at the entry to the ramp and another at the first groyne south of the ramp tomorrow.
A Waveney District Council spokesman said: “It is probable that the ramp and the beach in the vicinity will remain closed to public access for several months while options for works to replace it are assessed, planned and implemented.
“It is also possible that works will be necessary to part demolish and make the structure safe in the interim.”
The spokesman said concerns were also increasing over hazards on adjacent parts of the shoreline from the Royal Green frontage as far south as Parade Road South.
The spokesman added: “Council officers are in the process of assessing those risks and considering how best to manage them.
“It is possible that further measures, including other restrictions on public access, will be put in place over the coming weeks to ensure public safety.
“Members of the public should not cross barriers and should heed warning signs.”
Partial restrictions were already in place on the ramp at Children’s Corner after damage sustained earlier in the year