Southwold seafront pathway consultation extended

NEW designs for a seafront pathway threatened by erosion on Southwold cliffs will be on display for a further three weeks to encourage more people to share their views.

The two designs for Ladies Walk on Kilcock Cliff include a traditional concrete footpath with pre-cast concrete and a retaining wall, and one featuring a steel walkway elevated on posts.

A surveyor for Waveney District Council drew up the proposals and held a consultation meeting at Southwold Town Hall last week to collect feedback on the plans.

The exhibition will be open at Southwold Town Hall daily from 10am till 12pm every weekday until March 9, as well as between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday, February 22.

Sue Allen, Waveney District Councillor for Southwold and Reydon, said: 'Two options have been progressed to an early design stage and each would provide a long-term and sustainable solution for both the cliff and provision of enhanced pathways along the existing line of Ladies Walk.

'We held a well-attended consultation meeting last week, and our officers also met with the Town Council last night, when it was agreed it would be a good idea to put the plans on display for longer so more people can see them and give their views,'

At present, surveyors are unable to disclose how much each design will cost, but they say they would be similar in price and offer long-term solutions to the problems caused to the cliffs by heavy rainfall, heavy footfall, burrowing rabbits and 'soil creep', a slow adjustment of soil where it slides away.

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Both designs use prefabricated materials, which will help to minimise disruption by allowing some work to be done off site.

If anyone has any comments on the proposals they can fill in the forms at the exhibition or email them to Sue.Bowyer@NPS.CO.UK by Friday, March 9.

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