We want to breathe new life into Pakefield cliff top
06:30 22 June 2012
Residents living by a picturesque and archaeologically-important stretch of north Suffolk cliff top are being asked what can be done to promote the area.
People at Pakefield, near Lowestoft, have until July 10 to air their views on plans to set up information boards and a history trail along the cliff top and the village.
The Promoting Pakefield Group is applying for a £32,000 grant from the Community Spaces organisation so it can help visitors and residents find out more about the cliffs and the area.
Under the group’s Cliff Top Project, 1,500 leaflets are being circulated, asking Pakefield people their views on how to promote and improve the area, which is home to several rare plants such as the sea pea and the violet horned poppy.
Pakefield was also the site of an archaeological dig in 2005, which revealed evidence of dwellings from more than 700,000 years ago – some of the earliest evidence of human activity in northern Europe.
Included in the questionnaire are plans to set up information boards which would outline the ancient and modern history of the area and the wildlife that lives there.
The survey also asks: “Would you feel it is of value to have designated walks and a historical walk with booklet, including new local memoirs, giving an insight into and experience of Pakefield’s past?”
A history trail could feature Pakefield Church which was reduced to ruins in a German bombing raid in April 1941. The questionnaire also asks if there should be easier access from the cliff top to the beach and more benches.
Paul Hobbs, chairman of the Promoting Pakefield Group, said: “What we want to do is educate people who live here and visitors all about Pakefield.”