To commemorate the first anniversary of the passing of Cllr Sue Barnard, the Gunton Residents’ Association today held a small service to unveil a new memorial bench in her honour, part funded with funding from Lowestoft Town Council.
Many local residents, including the Mayor, Cllr Alan Green, and Sue’s beloved dog, Bluebell, were in attendance to celebrate Sue’s life and her dedication to the town she loved.
Suitably qualified and experienced professionals are invited to submit fee tenders for managing all aspects of the development phase and delivery phase (pending funding) for this Grade II building and complying with requirements of National Lottery Heritage Fund and Architectural Heritage Fund.
Lowestoft Town Council would like to announce that it will be holding an event to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2022. The service will be held at Lowestoft Railway Station on Thursday 27th January at 10am. All welcome to attend.
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place annually on 27th January , the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, to remember the six million Jewish people that were murdered during the Holocaust alongside the millions of other people killed under the Nazi regime and the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda , Bosnia and Darfur.
The Kinder Transport commenced in November 1938, when the British Government agreed to allow temporary admission for up to 10,000 unaccompanied children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia who were at risk from the Nazis. Some 520 child refugees arrived at Lowestoft Central Station the following month. In all it is believed that 9,500 children came to the UK, hosted by foster families, hostels and camps, before the Kinder Transport ended with the outbreak of War. The majority of children saved never did see their families again.
Whilst there are currently no legal restrictions, could all those attending please pay a part in making the event as safe as possible for all attending. The event is taking place outside. Please wear a mask, do not attend if you are feeling unwell and during the service keep as much space as you can around you. We reserve the right to cancel or change the event.
Lowestoft Town Council would like to take this opportunity to thank Wherry Lines Community Rail partnership and Lowestoft Central Project in supporting this event.
Anglian Water has provided the following update regarding the pipe relocation works in the Links Road area:
Clearance work along the new pipeline route has been completed and some trees will need to be removed. Anglian Water will be removing a 30 metre corridor of trees along the pipeline route, which is currently dominated by sycamore and holm oak, which offer little ecological value to the area.
Expert ecologists will be on site throughout this work to ensure there are no other species found in the working area. This should take around three weeks, following this the main work will start which is expected to take 10-12 months.
From 4 January and for the duration of this project (between 10 and 12 months) the Links Road Car Park will be closed to the public to ensure work can be carried out while protecting the public and the workforce. Safety is Anglian Water's top priority. There are three complex sewer connections to complete in the car park, which will require a large working area, and space is also needed to store materials and new pipes. The temporary site compound will also be erected here, to ensure the team has the facilities needed to complete the work.
Later in the project there will be a need to temporarily close Links Road whilst the connection in the highway is completed and the footpath adjacent to Links Road along the coastline. The dates of this closure will be published as soon as they are known and will give advance warning to the public and stakeholders.
The dedicated project webpage will show updates and latest information https://www.anglianwater.co.uk/lowestoft-pipeline-relocation
Anglian Water is using the Links Road car park as its compound for an important piece of work due to start at the Gunton Warren Nature Reserve.
Three sewer pipelines running through the Nature Reserve are being put at risk by a rapidly eroding coastline, meaning that the pipes need to be relocated urgently to ensure residents can continue to use their washing and toilet facilities for years to come and protect the natural environment.
Construction work should cover a period of 44 weeks from 4 January, during which time the use of Links Road will be restricted and the Links Road car park will be out of use.
Following Sunday’s Remembrance Service and Parade, the Royal British Legion Lowestoft and District Branch were awarded the Freedom of the Town of Lowestoft by the Mayor of Lowestoft Councillor Alan Green. Also in attendance for the award ceremony were the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare Countess of Euston, Sgt Major Philpott, Battery Commander, F (Sphinx) Parachute Battery Royal Horse Artillery whose soldiers had lead the parade and members of the Town Council and British Legion Branch.
On making the award, the Mayor said that the Lowestoft and District Branch was formed in the same year as the Royal British Legion was formed and was one of the earliest branches in the Legion’s existence. Ever since then, Lowestoft has had a close and proud association with the Royal British Legion. The town and its people have kept the spirit of Remembrance alive throughout that time, so that the sacrifices made by servicemen and women are not forgotten.
The Mayor also stated that the Legion is not just about remembering the two World Wars where the number of survivors dwindles each year and memories are fading but the Legion also works for servicemen and women who have been involved in more recent conflicts providing financial, social, and emotional support for current and former servicemen and women and their families and how, in this centenary year, it was his absolute pleasure that the branch will be honoured for its lifetime of commitment and service.
In response, Phillip Turner, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Branch said they were overwhelmed with the honour and recognized that the work of the Lowestoft and District Branch was due to the commitment of all branch members.
The Town Council wishes to thank all those who contributed to or attending this year’s Remembrance Service and Parade. After the postponement of the 2020 event, a significant parade formed up at Claremont Pier and was greeted by large numbers in attendance at the war memorial on Royal Plain. A gun was fired by members of F (Sphinx) Para Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery and the first, of many wreaths to be laid was by the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare Countess of Euston. The Town Council is honoured to organise this service with the Royal British Legion on behalf of the Town and appreciates the efforts by so many to make the service a chance to commemorate and reflect.