Members Forum update from February
Our Lowestoft Vision members were invited to the first forum of 2017 at Marina Theatre on the 23rd February 2017.
The forum was hosted by Lowestoft Vision Chairman and owner of Steel and Co Commercial property Danny Steel, and included presentations from Lowestoft Vision Director and Britten Centre Manager Dan Poitras, Lowestoft Vision manager Darren Newman and guest speaker Chief Executive for Waveney & Suffolk Coastal councils, Stephen Baker.
Darren began by updating members on all Lowestoft Vision projects. This included updates on crime and, town decoration, Way finding project, Car parking, benefits of being Lowestoft Vision members and Events for 2017. As part of the update, Darren took a number of questions from members which included ideas on future projects.
This was then followed by a presentation on the changes to local councils from Stephen Baker Chief Executive for Waveney & Suffolk Coastal Councils.
Stephen announced that Waveney District Council and Suffolk Coastal Council’s have formerly agreed to merge in May 2019. It was confirmed that there would be new policies, a financial merge and an equalisation of Council Tax’s. Savings have already been made by having a joint management structure and the merger would align policies and procedures.
It was also confirmed that the new town Council takes effect from May 2017 and will be offered to be positioned in the town hall.
This then followed with a Q&A session with Stephen and the members, which enabled businesses to air their views and concerns.
Danny Steel Lowestoft Vision Chairman thanked Stephen and invited him back for the next forum. We will update on his confirmation.
Lowestoft Vision Director and Britten Centre Manager, Dan Poitras provided members with Lowestoft Vision’s latest project DISC”. DISC (Database, Intranet for Safer communities) is an online platform which enables businesses to share information with crime and security issues in the BID area.
Dan explained that Lowestoft Vision had been developing the system over the past couple of months, the system was now being used by town security teams and is now available to BID members.
Those members wishing to take part are provided with a secure login were they agree to the terms, conditions and data protection. In return they are able to view details of crime, report crime, report damage and input intelligence reports.
Dan added that to support the scheme Lowestoft Vision would be developing a Shop Watch programme which would be a banning order for those who have been caught shop lifting on more than one occasion.
This final session was then hosted by Lowestoft Vision Chairman Danny Steel where he gave an update on the BID renewal for 2018. It was discussed weather certain areas of Lowestoft should still be in the BID are and if it was able to change to include other businesses.