Coastal Communities Strategy
The formal launch of the Lowestoft Coastal Community Team's (CCT) economic regeneration plan will took place on 10 March, to coincide with the official reopening of the seafront.
Entitled Lowestoft Coastal Community Seafront Strategy, the plan identifies potential opportunities in key coastline locations, including the historic Scores and the south Lowestoft seafront.
Developed by the Lowestoft CCT and based upon recent research and consultation results, the Strategy sets out priorities to enable economic growth in the seafront area of the town and improve connectivity to the town centre.
The CCT was formed in 2015, supported by funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The team comprises representatives from local authorities, organisations and businesses from across Lowestoft, who have an interest in improving and promoting the town. Partners include Waveney District Council, Lowestoft Rising, Lowestoft Vision, Kirkley Business Association, Lowestoft Tourism Group, the Claremont Pier, the South Pier andCommunity Action Suffolk.
Darren Newman Lowestoft Vision BID Manager said “Lowestoft Vision is proud to be part of the Coastal Communities Team to help shape our towns Future. Lowestoft Vision has already begun the process of developing projects that fit with the objectives of the strategy”.
In December 2015, the Lowestoft CCT was awarded two £25,000 development grants as part of the £3million Coastal Revival Fund (CRF) for the regeneration of both the South Beach seafront and the Scores. Potential improvements for both areas are detailed in the Strategy, including the provision of new visitor facilities, improved activity options and accessibility along the seafront, as well as opportunities for economic growth and enhancement of key destination Scores.
To further celebrate the opening of the seafront, a free land train will be available throughout the Easter weekend. Organised by the Lowestoft Tourism Group and supported by the CCT, the land train will run along the promenade between the Royal Plain Fountains and Kensington Gardens from 10.30am until 17.30pm from Good Friday to Easter Monday.
Lowestoft Vision in partnership with Waveney District Council have begun the next project under the CCT team in developing a new wayfinding project for the town. Following an audit of the towns current wayfinding the project in expected to get underway in the Spring.
For more information and to view the Strategy, please visit www.coastalcommunities.co.uk/coastal-teams/lowestoft