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£32.5million scheme to protect Lowestoft from flooding should be built by 2020

PUBLISHED: 13:23 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:23 31 October 2017

New flood defences costing £32.5million will protect Lowestoft by 2020. Picture: MIKE PAGE

New flood defences costing £32.5million will protect Lowestoft by 2020. Picture: MIKE PAGE

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Residents and business owners in a Suffolk coastal town are being invited to have their say on proposals to reduce flooding from rivers and extreme rainfall, as well comment on the appearance of the permanent defences.

The £32.5 million Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project, due for completion in 2020, includes the creation of a permanent tidal wall which will be built around the harbour to protect against tidal surges.

There will be a tidal gate located near to the Bascule Bridge to prevent surge water entering Lake Lothing.

Consultation on the scheme to reduce flooding risks is now under way and runs until December 14.

People are asked to comment on the look of the permanent defences and also have their say on proposals for reducing flood risk to properties vulnerable to flooding from rivers and rainfall. The project team are also looking for views on the environmental aspects of the permanent tidal defences.

David Ritchie, Waveney’s cabinet member for planning and coastal management, said: “A number of areas in Lowestoft are vulnerable to surface water flooding, particularly around Kirkley Stream.

“The unfortunate flooding in Aldwick Way and Velda Close in July 2015 demonstrated what can unfortunately happen.

“We are looking at the best ways to further reduce these risks and would like local communities, businesses and organisations to give their views on the proposed options.

“The consultation also gives people an opportunity to comment on the proposed look of the tidal defences which will provide permanent and effective flood protection for years to come.”

Consultation documents, including visuals of the barrier design, are available online at www.lowestoftfrmp.org.uk. Comments can be submitted online or in writing.

In addition, a drop-in event will be held between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday, November 30 at the Riverside building in Lowestoft, allowing residents the chance to view consultation documents and plans. A presentation will be given at 2.30pm and repeated at 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

The multi-agency scheme is managed by Coastal Partnership East on behalf of Waveney District Council as the lead authority working with Suffolk County Council, the Environment Agency, Anglian Water, Associated British Ports, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Waveney and Lowestoft Chamber of Commerce.

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