Lowestoft residents are invited to learn more about the installation of a 40m tidal barrier, which will be the final phase of the town’s permanent flood defences.
With the completion of the tidal flood walls in Lowestoft set for spring 2023, the next step towards building the final phase of the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project, the 40m tidal barrier, moves a step closer. The flood gate will be the first such structure in the UK to be built without diverting the navigation channel.
Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management said: “To enable us to build the tidal barrier, the second largest in the UK, we need to apply to Defra for a Transport Works Act Order. This allows us to install the barrier in the channel, to access land to build it and to have that access to maintain and repair it in the future.
“Building something of this nature is disruptive, even if it is in the short-term and so it is important that we understand what people’s views and concerns are and that the local community and businesses are clear about what is planned.”
A public consultation will run from Monday 21 November to Thursday 12 January 2023. Information will be available to view at Lowestoft Library and at the Marina Centre as well as by visiting the online virtual engagement room.
Cllr Ritchie said: “Our project team will also be available to chat to at our two drop-in events, taking place at the recently refurbished East Point Pavilion* on Wednesday 23 November from 2pm to 7.30pm and Thursday 24 November from 10am to 4pm. All are invited to view materials and find out more about the tidal barrier, how it will be constructed, the environmental and navigational impacts, and how the barrier will be operated and maintained.”
When complete, the tidal walls and tidal barrier will protect more than 1,500 homes and 825 businesses in the town.
*Change of venue: The drop in events on 23 and 24 November will now take place at the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club.