More emergency work for resort

ANOTHER part of Felixstowe seafront is to have emergency work to protect it from possible flooding because of falling beach levels, it was revealed today .

ANOTHER part of Felixstowe seafront is to have emergency work to protect it from possible flooding because of falling beach levels, it was revealed today .

Contractors working for Suffolk Coastal will next week rebuild the rock support wall along Undercliff Road East, near Cobbold's Point.

Erosion has now undermined the rocks, which were put in place in 2001 as a “temporary measure” to protect the prom after the shore level dropped dramatically and the waves started sucking material out from underneath the sea wall.

The problems with the falling beach level and shifting of the rocks was highlighted earlier this year by resident Peter Wheatley, who monitors the coast.

He was concerned for the prom and also the safety of the public who climb on the rocks, as the movement of the boulders had opened up deep holes between them into which a child could fall.

He said the situation was now getting worse.

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“When you stand on the prom now and look down among the rocks, you can see the waves washing right through them and hitting the sea wall,” he said.

“I have been trying to get a remote-controlled camera to put down between the rocks to see exactly what is happening because I think the prom could be at risk.”

Suffolk Coastal council deputy leader Andy Smith confirmed action was to be taken.

“We need to urgently rebuild the rock support for the sea wall. This unfortunately will mean some noise and disruption to local residents and visitors alike but our contractors will clearly try to minimise any problems,” he said.

“This work will involve the use of heavy machinery, and lorries delivering rock. Access to the site is also only possible at low tide and there will be times when the contractors are there early in the morning and late into the evening.

“We are writing to those homes most likely to be affected by the inevitable noise, and to beach hut owners affected to warn them that work will begin on June 22 and should be completed within a few days. I would apologise publicly for any problems that occur but I would stress that this is vital work that will help protect the sea defences in this part of Felixstowe.”

Work is also taking place in the south of the resort, where 3,000 tonnes of rock is being placed to protect 400 metres of coast where the prom is collapsing.

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