Lowestoft is set to celebrate the town’s unique position as the most easterly place in the UK with the development of a new park in the north of the town below the historic Lighthouse.
In 2019 ‘The Ness’ is to be established next to Birds Eye in Whapload Road, delivering a new gateway to Ness Point. The site will be regenerated with £1m secured from the Coastal Community Fund.The location also includes the seafront walkway and the most easterly point in the UK. There are further plans to develop a public artwork at Ness Point, making it a Cardinal Point destination in line with Lands’ End and John O’Groats, which would help to further promote Lowestoft as a tourist destination.
Following consultation with local businesses and the community, Lowestoft Town Council and East Suffolk Council - working in partnership - aim to secure the future of the net drying racks which were used by the fishing industry in the heyday of the herring trade, create a play and picnic area and celebrate the history of the Denes, including: The Grit - Lowestoft’s lost Beach Village, Naval bases and defences from WWI and WWII, ‘taking the waters’ a popular Lowestoft activity in the 1700’s and The Scores and Historic High Street. The Ness is within the boundary of the Heritage Action Zone, which will bring further funding to the area to uplift North Lowestoft through heritage led regeneration.
The Ness will improve access, knowledge, participation and enjoyment of north Lowestoft and its unique maritime heritage. The Ness will be naturally landscaped to maintain its heritage features with improved cycling and pedestrian access to the sea wall and the coastal path.
An events programme is being developed to include festivals and heritage/educational events along with markets arranged by both community groups and professional organisations. Project activities for sports and leisure will be developed alongside the cultural offer. The park, which will be completed in 2020, will not see the site over developed, the area is a haven for wildlife with some unique flora and fauna and is enjoyed by local people as a wild landscape which is a compliment to the fantastic offer in South Lowestoft.
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