D-day looms for missing link

CONSULTANTS will next week draw up a preferred option for the next stage of Felixstowe's sea defences - which could include a new stretch of prom to close the “missing link.

CONSULTANTS will next week draw up a preferred option for the next stage of Felixstowe's sea defences - which could include a new stretch of prom to close the “missing link.”

People have until Monday to give their views on the multi-million pound project and the final scheme will be revealed seven days later.

Unless new sea defences are built, 525 homes, 99 businesses, the prom, Spa Pavilion and its historic gardens, a coast road and the resort's main sewer could be at risk of being washed away.

Consultants Mott MacDonald and Terry Oakes Associates have put forward a range of ideas to protect the area between Jacob's Ladder in Old Felixstowe and the War Memorial on the main seafront.

“Although seven choices, three for Cobbold's Point and four for the main frontage, have been proposed, people should not feel constrained by them when telling us what they think would work in central Felixstowe,” said Suffolk Coastal cabinet member Andy Smith.

“In the end a combination of different coast defence structures could be built, if it emerges that this would best protect homes and businesses along this stretch of the coast.

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“Informed comments, even if they suggest something that is not strictly up for discussion, will always be welcomed.”

The preferred option will be unveiled at an exhibition on March 30 from 1pm to 7pm at Felixstowe Town Hall.

Suggestions for the defences include:

Rock groynes similar to those built on the south beach;

Timber groynes - though cost and the massive amount of wood needed is a concern;

T-shaped rock groynes;

Offshore reefs - though at low water these could be unsightly and spoil the sea view;

Building a new prom around Cobbold's Point with either rock or timber groynes;

Modifications to the existing wishbone-shaped reefs at the Point.

The scheme may involve raising the prom by one metre or building a similar height wall behind it to protect the area from anticipated rising sea levels due to climate change.

Should Felixstowe's missing link in its prom be bridged to create a new coastal walk? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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