A vital part of the project is working with and consulting local communities, businesses and organisations. Your views are important. At various points in the project there have been public consultations, providing everyone with a chance to have their say. We will also be meeting with communities and businesses throughout the process.
In addition, a Business and Community Advisory Group were formed to support the project.
Details of forthcoming public consultations can be found here.
The 2017 consultation events were held with the public and with specific stakeholders. To view the presentations please click on the links:
Welcome and flooding from the sea presentation - Sharon Bleese (Project Manager, Coastal Partnership East), and Ben Purkiss (Ch2M)
Flooding from rivers and extreme rainfall - Matt Hullis (Head of Environment Strategy, Suffolk County Council)
Environmental Considerations - Ben Purkiss (Ch2M)
Flipside Festival were commissioned by the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project to work with the community to produce a lasting legacy for the flood walls that will help to protect Lowestoft from flooding from the sea.
The Watertight Words project was established by Flipside Festival and has seen over one thousand primary and secondary school children engaged, as well as many other community groups in Lowestoft, with the involvement in the work to understand and reduce flood risk in Lowestoft. The Watertight Words workshops used audio and visual materials to explore, through language and poetry, people’s reactions to the sea, it’s history of flooding and what the building of the new flood wall will mean. These words have been brought together by the poet Dean Parkin and the art installation is by Gary Breeze.
These installations can be seen in various locations around the town and will be permanently engraved on to the glass sections of the sea wall. If you visit Lowestoft you will see many others filling boardings and other spaces in Lowestoft.
Alongside this and as part of our commitment to working with schools, the project hosted the National Schools Takeover day on 17th November 2017, working with Waveney Youth Council. Schools came together to present ideas for a social and digital media initiative. Their efforts were judged by a panel and the winning school, Ormiston Denes Academy, was awarded £2,500 for filming equipment to produce materials to support project engagement.