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Southwold beach in Suffolk rated excellent in Good Beach Guide

Good Beach Guide released.

More of our beaches than ever before have been praised for their water quality.

All of our beaches met the minimum standard required by the Marine Conservation Society in this year's Good Beach Guide.

All but seven achieved the highest rating.

Last summer's dry weather's been credited for the figures.

One of the 32 resorts judged to have excellent water quality was Southwold in Suffolk.

The town's mayor hopes it will help attract more visitors to the area.

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Waveney District Council urges residents in threatened homes to vacate as soon as possible

Waveney District Council is urging residents in threatened properties to vacate as soon as possible.

Reports suggest that the tide is far higher, far earlier than expected and residents should not presume to wait until immediately before the predicted surge peak at around 11pm.

The rest centres in Lowestoft, Kessingland, Southwold and Carlton Colville are now open and receiving people.

Details can be found here.

Waveney District Council consider closing parks, footpaths and promenades

Waveney District Council and their operational partners Waveney Norse are considering the closure of parks, footpaths and promenades as the threat of flooding escalates. Closures under consideration include:

  • Nicholas Everitt Park and the Mutford Lock footpath in Oulton Broad
  • Beccles Quay and Fen Park
  • Lowestoft beach promenade

In addition, signage will be placed in various locations, such as Southwold Harbour, warning people to keep their distance from areas which may be susceptible to flooding.

"We must take every precaution to ensure public safety. This weather event is not a show for people to watch and enjoy, it is a serious situation which needs to be managed very carefully and the wellbeing of our communities is a top priority."

– Council Leader Colin Law

Local seaside piers thriving

It seems our seaside piers are thriving, despite a tough few years for the economy.

A new report suggests piers in other parts of the country are under threat, because of the high cost of insurance and upkeep. But here in the Anglia region, the likes of Cromer, Southwold and Clacton piers are bucking the national trend.

They are in good condition, and remain popular tourist attractions.

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Festival goers head to latitude

Campers have begun pitching their tents for this year's Latitude Festival in Suffolk as temperatures continued to soar.

Up to 35,000 people are expected to attend the music and arts event at Henham Park, Southwold, over the weekend with day tickets for the Saturday now sold out.

The headliners are Kraftwerk-3D, Foals and Bloc Party and other performers include Bobby Womack, soloist classical trumpert player Alison Balsom and Eddie Izzard in the comedy arena.

Organisers have urged as many festival-goers as possible to use public transport, cycle or walk in order to minimise disruption on the roads but some tailbacks are expected.

Forecasts suggest the event should be rain-free - avoiding scenes of muddy car parks and fields experienced in previous years.

Final Latitude preparations underway ahead of the weekend

The Latitude Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk Credit: PA Images

Final preparations are taking place today near Southwold for the start of this year's Latitude festival.

The organisers say tickets for Saturday have all sold out. It's the 8th year the music and arts event has been held at Henham Park.

Thousands of festival goers will start arriving at the site later today.

Cameron pays tribute to Suffolk rescuers

David Cameron has paid tribute to the lifeboat crew which helped to rescue dozens of swimmers in Southwold last week.

During Prime Minister's Questions, he said that the RNLI should be treated as an emergency service after Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey asked him to join her in thanking the volunteers.

Hundreds of swimmers got into trouble during the Southwold Pub to Pier swim after the tide suddenly turned.

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