A Community Group is in place for this exciting project to make sure the project supports community needs whilst still providing interest for future visitors and tourists. The group has clear aims and objectives to ensure the community can influence the project.
The East of England Park project is part of Lowesfofts wider Area Action Plan which has identified the potential to transform this underutilised open space into an exciting new park and community space which celebrates the history of the area. The location also includes the seafront walkway and the most easterly point in the UK, Lowestoft Ness.
The project area is known locally as North Denes, and is located east of Whapload Road, south of the Birds Eye factory and east of the Beach Industrial Estate. It covers an area of around 8 hectares, the size of approximately 12 football pitches!
Neil Kelsey, who, sits on the project’s Community Group, said: “I came to Lowestoft in 1967 and witnessed the bustling fishing port, with cargo ship and ship-building next to the beauty of the Broads struck a chord with me. Lowestoft has been a frequent port-of-call for me ever since and following my retirement in 1999, I arrived in my own boat and have lived here ever since. I have always been interested in marine history in all its forms, but by accident in 2001, I saw the model Beach Village at Wilde’s Score. This fascinated me and the more I learned the more determined I became to play a part in bringing the history of that vibrant community to the fore, not letting it be forgotten and buried in the mists of time. Lowestoft has played a long and important part in the history of our country, including revolutions, sea battles and historic trading links, as well as being a key to our defences in both World Wars. We must never let it be forgotten. This is why I am passionate about being a member of the East of England Park community.”
If you would like to join the group call 01502 523354 / email firstname.lastname@example.org / write to the Active Communities Team, Waveney District Council, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0EQ.
Read the latest EE Newsletter at http://www.waveney.gov.uk/AreaActionPlan