Minister visits Lowestoft

Minister praises Lowestoft Vision projects

Lowestoft Vision welcomed Brandon Lewis MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of state at the Department of Communities and Local Government to the town on Friday 28th March.

Mr Lewis was given tour of the town to showcase what had been achieved since the town was award Portas Pilot funding by the government and achieved it Business Improvement District Status.

Mr Lewis was updated on new shops and services that had opened in the town, projects that had been developed as a result of the Portas Pilot Scheme and the town’s plans for the future.

The tour which also included Waveney District Council Leader Colin Law and Chief Executive Stephen Baker was conducted by Lowestoft Vision Chairman Danny Steel and BID manager Darren Newman. Along the route Mr Lewis was introduced to businesses and members of Lowestoft Vision’s Management Board as well as the town’s street ambassadors which was introduced as part of Portas Pilot.

Mr Lewis was impressed with how large stores such as Marks and Spenser’s had engaged with the project and how they had worked with impendent retailers. He said “I have to say I really like the street ambassadors. I think it is a fantastic idea. Hopefully businesses will be able to benefit from it.

“Certainly in Westminister I will be talking about it. I will be talking to other town centres about it”.

Danny Steel, Lowestoft Vision Chairman said “It is fantastic to hear what Brandon said about the work of our street ambassadors – they are seen as faces of the town”

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