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.
Cllr Craig Rivett, Deputy Leader of East Suffolk Council said: “I am really pleased that this work can now get underway and although we would rather not begin this during the summer months, delaying the start until Autumn would cause more problems. If we did that, the shorter days would mean a longer scheme duration, going into next summer instead and would cost taxpayers more.
“The project will achieve a lot. It will of course clear an area which is a bit of an eyesore at the moment and allow us to create a much greater and more attractive offering for visitors. In September we will be discussing further plans for new beach huts and further enhancements which will really improve the area for everyone.”