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New Play Area Opened at St Margaret's Plain

6 September 2022

Yesterday (Monday 5th September), some of our Councillors paid a visit to the newly refurbished play area at St Margaret's Plain.
 
Work on the play area was completed a few weeks ago and has been a success with local residents and families who have all praised the new equipment and improved facilities.
 
The play area now includes a new swing set, slide, and rocker alongside a play "market stall", chalkboard and making a feature of the mound.
 
This investment comes as Lowestoft Town Council look to continue to improve our parks and open spaces.
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Councillors visit the new play area at St Margaret's Plain

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The play area at St Margaret's Plain before the refurbishment

St Margarets AFTER

The play area now includes a wider range of equipment

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#ZeroWasteWeek - 5th-9th September

5 September 2022

This week is #ZeroWasteWeek. In line with our Climate Emergency Declaration, Lowestoft Town Council are promoting this environmental cause as we look to encourage a reduction in waste of all kinds - from food waste to landfill.

There are simple ways that you can make changes to reduce your waste.

  • Take your reusable bag to the shops
  • Use a refillable water bottle
  • Reduce food waste
  • Reduce the use of single-use plastic
  • Swap a disposable item for a reusable one
  • Make sure you are recycling everything that you possibly can

Our website has some pages on ways you can reduce food waste, repair clothes and recycle for more details. Taking this simple steps not only can help with the environment but also help save some money.

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Fitness Equipment Open at Normanston Park and Fen Park

12 August 2022

Lowestoft Town Council are pleased to announce that the new Fitness Equipment at Normanston Park and Fen Park are now open.
The equipment at Normanston Park features traditional outdoor fitness equipment for adults whilst the Fen Park equipment is an all-age assault course.
When using the equipment, please make sure you warm up beforehand, wear sensible clothing and shoes and read the instructions displayed on each piece of equipment.
A formal opening of these sites will take place at a later date.
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£24.9m regeneration programme given go ahead

9 August 2022

Original article published on East Suffolk Council Website

Following a two-year development process, a £24.9m programme to transform Lowestoft has received final Government approval enabling work to progress on five major regeneration projects.

In 2019, Lowestoft was chosen as one of 100 UK towns to benefit from the Government's £3.6 billion Towns Fund. Each town was invited by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (now the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities) to develop a proposal for a Towns Deal, with up to £25 million available to bid for.

In 2020, a Town Investment Plan which sets out Lowestoft’s ambitions, opportunities and challenges over the next ten years was submitted to the Government as the basis of a £24.9m application to the Towns Fund, focusing on five transformational regeneration projects. 

The full funding was provisionally secured in March 2021, in which a Town Deal was agreed in principle with Government, subject to the completion of detailed businesses cases for each of the five projects. These were completed in March 2022 and all five projects have now received final approval from Government.

Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development said: “Securing £24.9m through the Government’s Town Fund was great news and since then, there has been a huge amount of work ‘behind the scenes’ to prepare a detailed business case for each of the five major regeneration projects. Receiving Government approval for all of the business cases is incredible news and means we can now move forward at pace with our ambitious plans to enhance the town, driving economic growth and attracting future investment.”

The five projects are:

  • The Station Quarter, which will see both the former Post Office and front of the vacant Lowestoft railway station building fully restored and brought back into full working use.
  • The Cultural Quarter, which will see improvements to the Marina Theatre, the redevelopment of the Council’s current Customer Services Centre to provide a new cultural facility with associated eatery, and the redevelopment of the former Battery Green multi-storey car park to provide a new leisure offer.
  • The Historic Quarter which will focus on the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Town Hall along with enhancing the historic Scores.
  • The Seafront Vision which will see the redevelopment of Royal Plain including the Royal Plain fountains, Royal Green and associated public realm to complement the recently refurbished East Point Pavilion.
  • The Port Gateway project which will support the development of the Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF) to secure Lowestoft’s future as an Operations and Maintenance hub for the offshore renewables sector. 

All five projects have now advanced to the design phase and in the coming months, residents, businesses and visitors will be able to view proposed designs and learn more about each project. 

The Lowestoft Town Investment Plan was developed in partnership with the Lowestoft Place Board, which comprises representatives from public, private and voluntary organisations and is overseen by East Suffolk Council.

Stephen Javes, Chairman of the Lowestoft Place Board said: “Over the past two years, the Lowestoft Place Board has been working with officers at East Suffolk Council to secure the Towns Deal. Firstly, through the development of the Town Investment Plan and then by endorsing the business case for each project. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the delivery process and are excited to see the opportunities this brings to the town as well as looking to add value that improves the town beyond the Deal.”

Waveney PM Peter Aldous said: “It is great news that these five major regeneration projects have secured final Government approval and construction work can now get under way. It’s necessary to thank all those who have worked so hard in preparing the business cases for each project as they have left no stone unturned to get to this stage. 

“Lowestoft faces both tremendous challenges and opportunities in the coming years, and projects like these will help us to address the former and to take advantage of the latter. I shall continue working with local councils, the Government and businesses to ensure that the necessary policies and support are in place, so that the town realises its full potential for the benefit of the whole community.”

Lowestoft Mayor and Town Councillor Alan Green said: “Lowestoft Town Council is delighted to be working with East Suffolk Council on this funding designed to benefit Lowestoft people, business and visitors. The inclusion of our assets, including the Marina Theatre and Town Hall (the latter with generous contributions also from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and Architectural Heritage Fund), should make a significant contribution to transformation work underway.” 

Andrew Harston, ABP Director for Wales and Short Sea Ports, said: “We are delighted that Lowestoft’s ambitious Towns Deal, which includes ABP’s Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF), has gained final government approval. 

“The LEEF project, which recently won ‘Best Project’ in the regional Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2022, has the potential to attract many supply chain companies to Lowestoft and create an offshore renewable energy cluster, bringing new jobs and prosperity to the area.”

All projects are due to be completed by March 2026.

Further information at www.thinklowestoft.co.uk 

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Heritage Open Days 2022

9 August 2022

With over 100 FREE events taking place in Lowestoft there’s lots of opportunities to find out more about the town’s rich and varied history. The brochure for this year’s content is now available or you can find out more on the website (Homepage | Heritage Open Days)

Look out for a number of events which are running as part of the Lowestoft Town Hall project.

The Town Hall will be open on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th for tours of the Council chamber, more information about the project, pop up exhibitions on Town Hall history and local industries, information about the local museums and what they have to offer.

Book tickets to hear Local Historian David Butcher talk about the history of the town hall site from 1300 to the present day. Wednesday 14th September 10-11am in the Town Hall.

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The Town Hall and High Street in 1905. Photo Credit: Alice Taylor

We’re also bringing history into the 21st century; Lowestoft museum’s priceless porcelain pugs are getting an upgrade! Tim Cross, local ceramic artist, has 3D scanned the pugs and they’ll be 3D printed in Lowestoft Ceramic Studio shop window throughout the HOD's festival. This pair of extremely rare Lowestoft porcelain pugs were recently acquired by Lowestoft Museum and are available to see in the Lowestoft Porcelain gallery in the Museum. There will also be a video of the 3D scanning process which can be seen at the Museum and also Lowestoft Heritage Workshop Centre. 

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The Lowestoft Pugs which can be found in the Lowestoft Museum

Book your ticket to catch Tim talking about Lowestoft Porcelain, how it has influenced his work and the process of 3D scanning. Saturday 10th September 3.30-4.30pm in the Town Hall.

You’ll be able to explore a new and improved Virtual Town Hall, created by Hugh Davies. See places in the Town Hall that you can’t normally visit, ring the Town Hall bell, find out more about the history of the building. Over the coming months, it’ll be the go-to place to find out updates about the project, more rooms will be added and also be acting as a virtual heritage hub with changing exhibitions which tell the story of Lowestoft and link to the many museums and heritage organisations in the Town.

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A screenshot from Virtually Here. Created by Hugh Davies and licensed under Creative Commons 4.0

As part of our ‘Your Lowestoft Stories’ project, working with Poetry People, we want to find out about your memories and experiences of living and working in Lowestoft which will contribute to a new video poem.  Look out for our 'Stories/Memories Boat', (an adapted tricycle designed to look like elements of a historic fishing vessel) which our Heritage Engagement Coordinator, Liz Ballard will take on a voyage around Lowestoft to capture people’s memories and stories, there’ll also be children’s activities that link to the history of the town and share news about the project.  Events | Heritage Open Days

HODs Brochure

The Lowestoft Town Hall development project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Towns Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund and Historic England.

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More hot weather predicted

9 August 2022

The Met Office have put out further Amber Weather Warnings across the UK this week from Thursday 11th August.

With the continued hot weather predicted, it is important that we keep cool and hydrated.

The NHS recommend that we all:

  • try and stay out of the sun between 11am-3pm
  • drink plenty of fluid (utilising and refilling a reusable bottle - check out the Refill app for locations)
  • don't leave children, older people, vulnerable adults or animals in parked cars at any point
  • check on vulnerable neighbours, friends or family

Amber Weather Warning

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Ways to Save Water

4 August 2022

Although there are currently no plans to enforce a hosepipe ban in the Lowestoft/Suffolk area, it is still important that we conserve water.  This not only protects our water supplies and our environment but can also save you money!

Essex & Suffolk Water have put together some handy guides for how you could save water - from turning off your taps (saving 6litres per minute) to taking showers instead of baths.

They also have a FREE water saving kit that you can order to help with your water economy.

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Work to start on new play equipment at St Margaret's Plain

29 July 2022

Work on installing new play equipment at St Margaret's Plain is scheduled to start on Monday 1st August. The new equipment will give a nod to the site's history of being a Goose Market whilst the equipment is also environmentally friendly in its construction.

We are looking forward to when this site is completed. Please keep an eye on our social media and website for further updates for when the site is ready for use.

A 3D mock-up of how the play area will look

An artists impressions of how the play area will look once the work has been completed

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#LoveParks Week comes to Lowestoft

29 July 2022

Today is the start of #LoveParks week, a national initiative set up by 'Keep Britain Tidy'. Next week we will be looking at some of our parks, celebrating their history and showing you how we are caring for them. You can follow these updates on our Social Media or read them at the end of the week on our website.

Lowestoft Town Council are responsible for a number of parks in Lowestoft with each one having its own unique history and character.  As a Council, we take great pride in our parks and open spaces as we endeavour to make them freely accessible to everyone.  We can all do our little bit to look after our parks by:

-          Caring for the wildlife and nature around us

-          Clearing up our litter

-          Respecting the equipment

By doing our part, we can all benefit from the parks and open spaces around us.

Why not join in with the week by downloading this bingo sheet to see what you can find in our parks?

Bingo Sheet for Love Parks Week

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Plaisirois visit Lowestoft after three-year delay

27 July 2022

After three long years, friends from Plaisir and Lowestoft were able to meet up again recently. The Plaisirois arrived after their 12 hour long journey to be met by their hosts for the next five days.

Their first day was spent with their families which ended with a show at the Seagull Theatre which had been arranged especially for them. They were entertained by different acts including FABBA and “My Choir Rocks”, which included some of the children that had visited Plaisir on our last Twinning trip.

A visit to Kensington Gardens during its 100 year anniversary was followed by a very interesting visit to the site of the construction of the Gull Wing Bridge; they had a presentation and afterwards were shown the site.  Visits were also made to Sutton Hoo where a guide explained that the Saxon word Hoo is believed to mean a spur of land and to Carlton Marshes.  Our friends in Beccles Twinning welcomed the Plaisirois to their town and guided them on a tour of the Town and the Church Tower after which refreshments were enjoyed.

The final evening was spent dining together at the Masonic Hall.  We were pleased to have the Mayor of Lowestoft and his wife dining with us and receiving gifts sent from the Mayor of Plaisir; gifts were also exchanged between the Chairs of the Lowestoft Twinning and Plaisir Twinning Associations.

The following morning, at an early hour, the Plaisirois were waved off by their hosts, following the usual group photograph taken with the coach.

A coach will be leaving Lowestoft during the first week of the school Easter holidays in 2023. If anyone would like to travel with our group or join in local activities, please do email lowestoftplaisirtwin@hotmail.co.uk or telephone Richard on 01502 723648.

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The first night included evening entertainment from FABBA and other acts

The group visit Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens was also visited to celebrate its centenary year

Members of the visiting party look out over the construction site of Gull Wing

A visit and presentation about the construction of the Gull Wing Bridge was enjoyed by all

The Mayor of Lowestoft gives a speech and hands out gifts

The final evening included a speech by Cllr Alan Green, Mayor of Lowestoft (centre right) and the receiving of gifts

The touring party stand in front of a blue coach

The visit ended with the traditional photo in front of the coach before departure

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