Sea defence work coming to an end

WORK on south Felixstowe's new £10 million sea defences are progressing well and should be complete next month.

WORK on south Felixstowe's new £10 million sea defences are progressing well and should be complete next month.

Contractors are now working on all parts of the shore along Sea Road and away from the public eye at Landguard, too.

The beach next to the common and the start of the nature reserve has been fenced off to make sure people stay off the beach where the heavy diggers and trucks are working.

Huge amounts of shingle are being removed to enable the giant rocks to be embedded in the shore.

All along the beach the 21 new T-shaped rock groynes are rapidly taking shape, with a number now finished, though others are still to be started or are in the very early stages.

In addition, piling has been taking place along the edge of the prom - reinforcing the walkway which two years ago suffered a part-collapse after sea eroded material beneath it and caused it to give way.

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Contractor Team Van Oord said the sheet steel piles will form a solid barrier to keep the walkway safe even if there are extreme tide and storm conditions which give the prom a pounding.

Environment Agency project manager Andrew Rouse said some areas of the prom would have to remain closed during the work for safety reasons and said the groynes were “flood defence controls and are not for playing on”.

“Public safety is very important to us and we urge people to follow all safety signs,” he said.

“It is a dangerous area for members of the public and staff at the site have spent a lot of time making sure people are safe instead of being able to work.

“The sooner the work is finished, the sooner we can hand the frontage back to the town.”