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Seashore erosion calls for work

PUBLISHED: 14:52 13 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

VITAL repair work is taking place to breakwaters where a shore has suffered severe erosion over the summer months.

Workers are concreting gaps exposed by the waves beneath groynes on Felixstowe's East beach - in the hope that improved groynes will help stabilise the loss of sand and shingle and encourage the shore levels to grow.

VITAL repair work is taking place to breakwaters where a shore has suffered severe erosion over the summer months.

Workers are concreting gaps exposed by the waves beneath groynes on Felixstowe's East beach – in the hope that improved groynes will help stabilise the loss of sand and shingle and encourage the shore levels to grow.

It will also remove the temptation of children to play under the groynes, which had gaps big enough to crawl through.

The work gang employed by Suffolk Coastal council has also removed some sharp obstacles which had been revealed by the fall in beach level and were a potential danger to people walking or playing on the shore.

A council spokesman said: "Some routine minor beach management repairs are being carried out, including filling in a gap beneath one of the concrete groynes that was exposed during the recent storms."

The resort's beaches have fell and risen in recent weeks as the first of the autumn high tides and storms have arrived.

But while there have been big improvements in many areas, a section two breakwaters wide opposite the Fludyers Inn in Undercliff Road East is presenting a real problem.

The beach has dropped by more than six feet and the council has been forced to paint a warning of the dangerous drop onto the promenade.

It has also put up plastic mesh fencing to keep people away from the edge and prevent an unsuspecting visitor plunging onto the shingle.

Sea defence engineers are confident the beach will rise to former levels in time and say shore levels do tend to fluctuate in this area.

Erosion at the East Beach next to Cobbold's Point has proved cyclical in the past with at times a big drop from the prom and at other times just a few inches from prom to shingle and they are monitoring the situation closely.

But the situation has been growing worse for sometime and since last summer, when a £3 million sea defence scheme was completed at Cobbold's Point it has become quite serious.

During the project, thousands of tonnes of sand and shingle was pumped ashore to replenish beaches, but this has all been swept away by the waves.

The council has also employed consultants Halcrow Fox to investigate the problems to see what solutions might be possible.

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