Members of a local lifesaving club are helping to keep visitors to Lowestoft and Southwold beaches safe this summer, by volunteering as beach wardens.
East Suffolk Council is introducing a scheme for street and market traders, which it hopes will make it easier for events to take place and breathe new life in to high streets as the district looks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
East Suffolk Council has started trialling a new scheme which helps reconnect older residents who are vulnerable due to social isolation.
Preparation work is underway as East Suffolk Council starts the process of re-opening play areas and skateparks following further easing of lockdown restrictions.
Work will begin this Monday, 6 July, on a £1.6 million project to demolish 58 concrete beach chalets in Lowestoft as part of a wider investment programme for the location.
This scheme, at Jubilee Terrace, will ensure the cliff is stabilised and also includes the construction of a retaining wall, to prevent any slippage and risk to the public. A platform will also be installed for new beach huts. The work is scheduled to last around 40 weeks and be completed by May 2021.
The chalets are unsafe and East Suffolk Council, in consultation with structural engineers, has determined that the work cannot be delayed further. Although there may be some minor disruption, primarily in the first preparatory stage of the work, the promenade will remain open and starting the work now reduces the cost and means that the scheme will be completed ahead of next year’s summer season.
As restrictions begin to ease, more people are enjoying time at East Suffolk’s beaches, open spaces and countryside however the increase in visitors has also brought an unwelcome increase in litter.
East Suffolk Council is working closely with local hospitality businesses to help them re-open safely on Saturday, however the Council Leader is asking everyone to approach what has been termed as 'Super Saturday' with care and common sense.
To help identify what support may be necessary in future, young people living in East Suffolk are invited to take part in a survey about how they have been affected by Covid-19.
Responses to this survey, launched by East Suffolk Youth Voice, will be used to help identify what support might be needed for young people as lockdown restrictions are eased, or if a similar situation was to happen again.
Cllr Letitia Smith, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism said: “The restrictions have been difficult for many people however our young people have been particularly affected through school and college closures, uncertainty about their future career or education pathways and missing out on vital social activity. We want to find out how young people are feeling so we can help ensure the necessary support is available.”
A well-used, but unadopted, alleyway in Felixstowe has been cleared to ensure it remains safe for people to use as a cut-through to the town’s high street.
Work on a new café/restaurant in the heart of Felixstowe’s South Seafront is set to start later this summer – bringing a new exciting resort experience to the area.