The B1375 at Rackhams Corner will be closed between 1st June and 6th June for road improvements. The notice of closure can be found here.
Waveney District Council is consulting on the future ownership of the many Lowestoft Borough Council artefacts that they inherited and have stored away. The artefacts are being kept safely in a secret location. They are no longer in the Town Hall, which has been left empty by the District Council and is now pending plans for development by the new owners, Lowestoft Town Council.
PARISH OF LOWESTOFT PAKEFIELD
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that due to the resignation of Mathew Owen, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.
1. A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if ten electors for the parish give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Returning Officer not later than
21 May, 2018
2. The Address of the Returning Officer is
First Floor, 2 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0EQ
3. If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.
Dated 30 April 2018 Signed: ……………………………………………… (Clerk)
Ms S. Bendix (Clerk)
Lowestoft Town Council
Battery Green Road
Printed and published by the Returning Officer, First Floor, 2 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0EQ
You may have noticed the Town Hall Clock is currently stopped. The Town Council has commissioned long overdue maintenance, and we hope it will not be too long before it is working again.
The Town Council is about to embark on the process of a Neighbourhood Plan for Lowestoft. It is envisaged that the Plan will include the whole of the parish area. If you have any initial comments on this, we would be delighted to hear from you. The Neighbourhood Planning process will involved a series of public engagement events - it will be your chance to have a voice and a choice. Further details will be published over the next few months.
The Town Council has made the decision to remove the charges for its leisure facilities from April 2018. We will be developing an online booking system which will be accessible on the Council’s website but in the meantime visit one of the Council run facilities such as Kensington Gardens or Normanston Park and ask one of the friendly team to book you a place.
Lowestoft Town Council has a strong commitment to Lowestoft’s heritage and locally-significant archive collections and is concerned about the threatened closure of the Records Office in Lowestoft. The Town Council is pleased that the decision has been put on hold and hopes this indicates that there is due recognition to the importance of maintaining and safeguarding relevant records locally. The Town Council is always watchful and concerned when policy positions appear to favour Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds and should changes proceed, would wish to see full recognition not only of the importance of local heritage but also the need to ensure local people are able to access this information. The Council, newly created in 2017, will be greatly disappointed if there is not meaningful consultation with the Council and the community about the options which might now be explored to ensure preservation, enhancement and accessibility of Lowestoft’s heritage collections. The Council continues to monitor developments at the Records Office and to consider the impact any changes might have on Lowestoft library. The Council would welcome any views from local people.
Lowestoft gets the most Easterly Charter Oak.
One of the earliest acts of Lowestoft Town Council was to sign up to the Charter for Trees, Woods and People. It seemed highly appropriate to mark the beginning of the new council with committing to one of our most important resources, especially as they both took place in the same year.
The Charter was initiated by the Woodland Trust in response to the crisis facing trees and woods in the UK. On 6 November 2017, on the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest, the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People was launched at Lincoln Castle – home to one of the two remaining copies of the 1217 Charter of the Forest.
In 1217 the Charter of the Forest was signed by Henry III to protect the rights of free men in England to access and use the Royal Forests which has been set aside as the King’s hunting grounds. Prior to this, anyone entering Royal Forests to access sustainable benefits, such as firewood, could be punished severely for stealing. 800 years on the role of trees and woods in the lives of people living in the UK has changed, but trees and woods are in need of protection more now than ever.
As part of the Charter Tree initiative 800 Charter Trees will be planted across the UK to commemorate the 800 years that have passed since the Charter of the Forest. The town council applied to have one of these trees for Lowestoft but have been lucky enough to get two, a Sessile Oak and a Scot’s Pine. They are both very young native trees which will hopefully grow and become recognisable features of our landscape and a source of pride for Lowestoft.
The Sessile Oak was planted by the Mayor, Cllr Ian Graham, in Sparrow’s Nest at 1pm on the 5th of February. Local Councillors from both the Town and District Council were present as well as student and staff representatives from the Denes High School, representatives from the Lowestoft Maritime Museum, Royal Naval Patrol Service and Museum, the War Memorial Museum, the Lowestoft Movie Makers Club (who filmed the event), Waveney Norse and several members of the public as well as local media. The Scot’s Pine will be planted later in the year when the work on the East of England Park allows.
The town council is committed to caring for the trees and open spaces it looks after for the town. It has already drafted a tree policy and is starting to set up Friends groups for our parks, open spaces and play areas to give a wider voice to the local community. The council also wants to work with local community groups and schools to catalogue all our trees as well as annually inspect and measure them so that future generations know their history and can enjoy them as well.
Contact details for the Council:
Tel: 0330 053 6019