School children from across Lowestoft have given their ideas on how to celebrate the towns maritime heritage as part of a long term plan to transform one of the most historic parts of the town.
Work has taken place to progress proposals for an exciting new park and community space on a swathe of underutilised land in North Lowestoft known locally as North Denes. This land includes the open space between the Bird’s Eye factory and North Denes Caravan Park and stretches along the seawall Lowestoft Ness, the most easterly point in the UK. The project called the East of England Park will seek to breathe new life into the area and forms part of a long term vision for the area through an Area Action Plan (AAP) which aims to shape the future of Lowestoft.
To give the project a helping hand pupils from nine local schools; Ormiston Denes Academy, Beccles Free School, The Ashley School Academy Trust, Benjamin Britten High School, Sir John Leman High School, The Warren, Gunton Primary School, Somerleyton Primary School and St Margret’s Primary School have each come up with a range of unique ideas for improving the area to make it more attractive for local residents, businesses and tourists.
The ideas include a maritime inspired play space, a history trail, a welcome sign, improving the drying racks, parkour, a visitor centre, yearly outdoor gaming conference, performance space, benches, lighting on the seawall, art work.
Pupils were asked to research, consult, design and submit their ideas to the AAP Team, which they then presented to Lowestoft Deputy Mayor Malcolm Cherry and other participating schools at events organsied by the AAP Team.
Without understanding the thoughts and views of the local community, it would be difficult to deliver a project which is of value and interest. Following two community events a number of local residents have come forward to form a Community Group and they will work with the Councils AAP team to progress the project towards a submission for external funding.
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