Sea damages Felixstowe's promenade

PUBLISHED: 18:41 16 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

THE breath-taking power of the sea is clearly visible on Felixstowe seafront after the first fierce storms of the autumn caused damage to the promenade.

THE breath-taking power of the sea is clearly visible on Felixstowe seafront after the first fierce storms of the autumn caused damage to the promenade.

Three sections of the popular walkway at Manor End have been cordoned off for safety reasons after the enormous slabs of concrete were snapped, lifted and moved by the waves.

Gale-lashed seas pounded the southern end of the seaside resort after winds turned northerly, sending tonnes of shingle on to the prom along various parts of the seafront between Cobbold's Point and the Manor Club.

A number of beach huts were shifted from their positions on sleepers and jostled together, but no major damage was caused to any of the wooden chalets.

Suffolk Coastal council workers have visited the area to monitor the damage and have placed cones and warning tape around the pieces of prom which have been moved.

The sea has lifted sections along the edge of the prom between the Herman de Stern and Manor End, in some cases breaking and in one just moving the whole piece – 6ft x 8ft and 6ins thick – up and along.

The seafront is bracing itself for more damage, though the worst of the havoc does not usually occur until January and February when winter storms are at their most dramatic.

Last week's storm though has improved beaches in most places, sweeping hundreds of tonnes of sand and shingle ashore, protecting the groynes.

Consultants Halcrows have been employed to examine and report on the main seafront because many of the concrete breakwaters are now in a poor condition, and there have been particular concerns about the end of the prom at Manor End, where railings have been put in place because of the deep drop to the beach.

The consultants have produced a first phase report and are due to make their full report next spring.

They have also been asked to take a look at the new £3 million sea defences at Cobbold's Point because of the concern about erosion on the East Beach opposite the Fludyers pub in Undercliff Road East.

The scheme has been working well in the most part, but has not cured the problem of the drop to the beach from the prom at the bottom of Maybush Lane.

Emergency work costing £140,000 is taking place to stop that part of the prom collapsing, with hundreds of tons of rock is being used to bolster its foundations.

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