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Work has begun on a major project to help protect Lowestoft from flooding, as a removable flood gate is to be built on the South Pier.

This demountable gate is part of a wider flood defence plan, which will see the construction of glass floodwalls around the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club and the South Pier.

Work started on Monday and is expected to continue until March, when a summer break for tourism will be welcomed, and work will recommence in October. They are due to be completed in spring 2023.

Work has begun on a major project to help protect Lowestoft from flooding as a removable flood gate is to be built on the South Pier.
Work has begun on a major project to help protect Lowestoft from flooding as a removable flood gate is to be built on the South Pier.

The flood gate and floodwalls are the second section of the wider Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project, with construction already underway on floodwalls on Hamilton Road and Waveney Road.

These will work in combination with a 40m mitre flood gate tidal barrier, the second largest of its kind in the UK, which will be built in the entrance to Lake Lothing.

Once complete, the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project will protect over 1,500 homes and businesses from the risk of flooding.

Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk Council’s cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management said: “It is fantastic to see the next phase of construction of the tidal floodwalls begin, which will bring vital protection against flooding to the residents and businesses of Lowestoft.”

To find out more about the project, visit the virtual visitor centre: https://www.lowestoftfrmp.org.uk/consultations.