The Lowestoft Coastal Community Team has welcomed the news that two major coastal regeneration projects can officially begin having been awarded development grants from the Coastal Revival Fund.
Earlier this year, the Lowestoft Coastal Community Team (CCT) applied for development grants for the regeneration of both the South Lowestoft Seafront and the Historic Scores and these were both successful in receiving £25,000 each from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as part of the £3m Coastal Revival Fund (CRF).
The highly competitive CRF application process attracted over 220 submissions from coastal projects around the UK to be used on a number of projects around improving heritage structures or public areas, such as seafronts and public squares, as well as piers, parks and promenades. Applications for the Lowestoft projects, which were rated amongst the best by the DCLG, were submitted following discussions with local residents and businesses who are part of the CCT.
Cllr Michael Ladd, Waveney District Council’s cabinet member for Tourism, Economic Development and Rural Affairs said: “This is wonderful news and will enable the Lowestoft CCT to begin developing these significant projects. Successfully securing this funding has only been possible due to the joint working and commitment shown by the Coastal Community Team, along with Waveney District Council, Lowestoft Rising, Lowestoft Tourism Group, Lowestoft Vision, Kirkley Business Association, Community Action Suffolk and other organisations.”
Funding will be used to create a coherent regeneration vision for, and support future investment in, Lowestoft’s seafront and historic Scores, which are key tourist areas for the town.
The seafront vision will take into account the changing nature of the northern end of the seafront and the coastal defence works on the South Beach which are approaching completion. The seafront development framework will help provide a new vision and purpose for this part of the seafront, as well as providing new visitor facilities and improving existing facilities and attractions for the wider area.
The Scores are a key location in the Lowestoft Area Action Plan and the vision to regenerate this area aims to improve community confidence, support economic growth by looking at development opportunities and enhance the area in order to attract investment into the northern end of the town. The project will focus on key destination Scores that lead to the East of England Park and other community spaces.