A project to protect Lowestoft from tidal flooding has moved a step forwards this week.
Vital ground investigation works began this week in and around the port area as part of the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project which, when complete, will protect over 500 homes and businesses from the devastating effects of tidal flooding.
Work will last for approximately six weeks and will include small scale coring work and drilling of small bore holes. The work will mainly take place on private land at the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club, ABP Land and in the Hamilton Road area, with some ground investigations needed on the promenade near to the South Pier.
Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Coastal Management said: “This is an important step forward for the project. The ground investigations are vital to inform us of concrete strength and possible obstructions. This information will inform the final stages of the project ahead of construction.
“We will make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum, but there may be some additional noise. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to the local community and hope that they will bear with us during these vital works. Construction of the tidal flood walls is planned for autumn this year and should completed in 2022”.
The timetable for the ground investigations and the construction has been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and operating practices.
Cllr Ritchie said: “Although the current works are due to last around six weeks, the project team will need to remain flexible to allow them to conform to the current restrictions and operating practices”.