Review of 2016
2016 has been another busy year for Lowestoft Vision and it has been a pleasure working with all of our members during the past 12 months.
2016 was the third of our five year term as a Business improvement District (BID). Throughout the year we continued with projects such as the dedicated town Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), providing floral displays and street decoration throughout the town, promoting the town via the Discover Lowestoft destination website and social media pages and more recently providing the Christmas lights throughout the town centre.
We are delighted to have seen an increase in members taking part in Lowestoft Vision initiatives such as the cardboard collection service and the Security Radio Scheme.
2016 has provided a number of challenges, including the closure of BHS in Lowestoft and over 100 other towns nationwide. In addition, the town centre lost Argos and QD and the Post office moved into WH Smith.
Despite these challenges, Lowestoft Vision continued to attract new business with Starbucks, Boundless Realms and Warren James a few of the businesses opening in 2016. In addition Newlook, Millets and Greggs all invested in their existing Lowestoft stores and late in 2016 Kerry’s officially opened their new department store – the result of a multi-million pound investment.
Throughout 2016 Lowestoft Vision continued to deliver a wide range of events which have helped to boost the numbers of people coming into the town. The 2016 Lowestoft Turtle trail was our most successful event to date and it was a pleasure to work with local schools and local company Scenic Projects to design the turtles.
The annual Lowestoft Halloween event grows year on year and we were delighted with how many members of the community supported this particular event on what was one of the busiest day in the town centre.
Through all of our events we are very grateful for your support and guidance as we deliver these popular events which help to increase trade to the town.
In October 2016 Lowestoft Vision agreed to fund free parking in the town multi-storey car parks all day on Sundays. Since this time we have seen footfall to the town increase on Sundays. We are also pleased to announce that the proposed closure of the Battery Green Road car park car will now be postponed until the end of March 2017. During this time we will be ensuring that Waveney District Council carry’s out a review of signposting to car parks.
In 2017 Lowestoft Vision will be delivering a new project which will look to attract new business into the town. In addition we are looking forward to the completion of the town wayfinding project we are developing in partnership with Waveney District Council.
2017 will continue to deliver a number of challenges for the town but Lowestoft Vision looks forward to working with you all and tackling these challenges and continue to deliver projects on your behalf.
From Danny Steel (Lowestoft Vision Chairman)
on behalf of The Lowestoft Vision Board of Directors and the team at Lowestoft