East Suffolk Council is celebrating following an award of over £43 million by the Government to deliver a tidal barrier and walls to protect and safeguard the future of Lowestoft.
The Council have said that the scheme is a ‘once in a century’ opportunity and it will provide certainty for the prospects of the Suffolk town. It would also help galvanise Lowestoft’s huge economic potential - heralding a bright and secure future for residents and businesses.
Lowestoft Port already supports billions of pounds worth of offshore projects plus international trade. However, Lowestoft has had no formal flood defences and was severely impacted by the storm surge in December 2013.
The design of the flood protection scheme will incorporate innovation, with glass flood walls at South Pier including words and artwork designed by local children to maintain the Town’s important connection to the sea. Work is expected to get underway next year.