Part Funded Police Community Support Officer
In 2015 Lowestoft Vision, on behalf of BID businesses, began to part-fund a full-time Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to work solely within the BID area.
As part of the agreement with Suffolk Constabulary, Lowestoft Vision is able to set the priories each quarter for the PCSO that are based on the needs of our businesses within the BID area. These priorities included reducing crime, reducing street drinking and street begging and to enforce parking restrictions.
Because of this, from April 2015 to April 2017 there has been a 23.8% reduction of shop thefts in the BID area. Anti-social behaviour has been reduced by 34.5% from April 2015 to April 2017. 778 Parking notices have been issued by BID PCSO from April 2015 to April 2017 and over 2390 PCSO patrol hours delivered in the BID area (April 2015 – April 2017).
26th February 2018
New pedestrian signs have been installed throughout Lowestoft linking together key attractions and encouraging visitors to explore the town.
Officially unveiled on Monday 26 February, the new ‘wayfinding’ signage will guide visitors from Kensington Gardens in the south through to Sparrows Nest Gardens in the north. The signs will improve navigation around the town and highlight places of interest, interesting side streets and ‘hidden gems’. Signs also give walking times between key attractions.
Jointly funded by Waveney District Council and Lowestoft Vision, the signs are located in key positions around the town and will encourage visitors to explore the award-winning South Beach, Kirkley Village, Royal Plain, Station Square, the town centre, the historic High Street and Ness Point.
Cllr Michael Ladd, Waveney District Council’s cabinet member for Tourism and Economic Development said: “These attractive new signs will help visitors navigate the town, allowing them to discover interesting destinations such as the beach, the historic Scores and a variety of public spaces. The town has much to explore and by raising the profile of these ‘hidden’ areas, visitors will be more likely to enjoy longer stays and more frequent return visits.
“The wayfinding scheme is part of a wider vision to attract new visitors to Lowestoft and boost the local economy and sits alongside a number of other regeneration projects for the South Beach and seafront area.”
Danny Steel, Chairman of Lowestoft Vision said: “We are delighted to have been involved with this joint project with Waveney District Council. The new signage will be a great benefit to residents and visitors to Lowestoft. The project was the direct result of requests from town centre businesses to improve the information offered to the public. We have already had very positive comments from businesses."
Improved wayfinding was identified as a priority in the Lowestoft Coastal Community Team’s Seafront Strategy, after a 2015 visitor survey highlighted a need for better pedestrian signage and increased availability of displays and maps. The signs, which are one of the first projects to be delivered from the Seafront Strategy, compliment Lowestoft Vision’s existing banners in the town centre.
The new eye-catching signs, which cover an area of approximately 4 miles, carry the Discover Lowestoft branding with blue signs denoting seafront areas, pink showcasing the town centre and orange signage in the historic High Street. The signs were created by Suffolk-based Mödel Signage.
To celebrate the official launch of the wayfinding scheme, the Council and Lowestoft Vision will be running a competition to encourage residents and visitors to explore the town. Leaflets will be available from Lowestoft Library or can be downloaded from the Discover Lowestoft website here.
Hnaging baskets and Planters will be erected by Waveney Norse in late May.
For this year WaveneyNorse will included a few different species of plants.
Sign up to Shop Watch
Our Shop watch scheme aims to reduce and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, in order to create a safer and more secure environment within the BID area.
The online platform enables businesses to share information and intelligence between Suffolk Constabulary and other local businesses signed up to the scheme. Businesses wishing to take part in Shop Watch are provided with a secure login and are able to view details of crimes reported, report crimes committed, report damage and input intelligence reports. The programme also provides businesses to issue banning orders for those who have been caught shop lifting on more than one occasion.