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Work to Save Pakefield Cliffs

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Work has been underway this week on building temporary coastal defences to protect Pakefield beach.

The work is in response to erosion that has been occurring to cliffs in the area – and will involve moving beach material from Lowetoft’s south beach to help build up the shoreline at Pakefield.

The work is set to take place during low tides and be complete by the end of this week.

Coastal Partnership East are part of East Suffolk Council (ESC) and are responsible for coastal management. They have appointed the Water Management Alliance (WMA) to carry out beach protection works.

The WMA will be completing works at Pakefield as part of that contract. The work is spread along the beach from Rectory Road, Lowestoft to the beach south of Arbor Lane, Pakefield. There will be a temporary support compound on the beach at All Saint’s Road.

As part of the relocation of the former WW2 rifle range walls, the WMA will be extracting a small amount of beach material from Lowestoft South Beach between Rectory Road and Kensington Road. Beach material will be transported along the beach by dumper truck to Pakefield and used to recharge some of the beach material behind the former WW2 rifle range walls at the southern end at the base of the cliff and beach south of Arbor Lane, Pakefield.

The temporary work will take place on 13th and 14th September 2021. This will allow the maintenance contractor to maximise work around daily low tides. All work is subject to safe working conditions i.e. tide and weather condition dependent.

This work is taking place to support efforts to help reduce the risk of erosion to cliff top properties for this winter. It is hoped, but not guaranteed, that this will reduce the effects of the wave action to the base of the cliffs whilst engineers continue to work closely with the community to investigate the longer term options to manage this beautiful and important coastline both environmentally and economically for many generations to come.

Please be aware of the use of heavy plant in the area.

Written by: John

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