The Ladies’ Walks, which run along the seafront below Southwold’s North Parade, have been closed for nearly two years, but now plans to restore the footpaths have been revealed by Waveney District Council.
Over 30 yards of the cliff walk has been off-limits since 2010 when cliff slippages forced councillors to declare the walks unsafe. Now NPS Property Consultants has been contracted to provide two alternative plans which will see the paths return to their former glory.
The first option is a traditional cast concrete path with a retaining wall, although some locals are concerned that this option will be vulnerable to further slippages and cracking. The second option is a contemporary steel path which will be raised on posts.
Sue Bowyer, consultant from NPS, told the BBC: “The problem is the soil creep caused by human and rabbit activity and a lack of vegetation due to lower rainfalls. There’ll be a certain amount of re-landscaping with either option.”
The plans are on show daily at Southwold Town Hall from 10:00 until 13:00 GMT.