We want to breathe new life into Pakefield cliff top

PUBLISHED: 06:30 22 June 2012

The Promoting Pakefield Group is creating a cliff to project to promote the area

In one pic is one of organisers Tim Harris on a bench provided by the group

The Promoting Pakefield Group is creating a cliff to project to promote the area In one pic is one of organisers Tim Harris on a bench provided by the group


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.”


  • @Shepie - The caravans beyond Arbor Lane were there the last time I looked. The only café on the cliff I can think of in the last 50 years or so is the fishermen's shed at the top of Grand Avenue which used to sell ice cream and drinks. There might also have been a similar shed on the beach below the church for a while in the 1960s. My objection to the planting is that it has destroyed one of the few reminders of the village of Pakefield. I am a keen gardener and would not have attempted to replace the natural vegetation in this context. It is probably not useful to discuss here the aesthetics of what has been planted.

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    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • whats wrong with Pakefield just as it is ? i cant see why you want to deface our wonderfull place to live with information board,s no matter what they say they do not belong here and I would thank you to go away and leave Pakefield as it is thats its real charm just being here without all the bling that has ruined most other places that have a natural charm and buzz as a comunity

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    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • Replace the missing stones from the Promenade wall. That would be a start.

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    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • There have already been static caravans removed from the cliff edge we had cafe's in the past they have closed and as for the planting unless you want to do it yourself be grateful for those who want to do it!

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    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • I've not seen the consultation leaflet yet, but I think that Pakefield cliffs are fine as they are - that is their charm. I suppose an information board by the church might be nice, but I would not want to see a plethora of 'information'. The trouble with information boards is that they are very soon vandalised in this area, and I would rather see none at all than graffiti and damage. Look what happens to the ones on the seafront which are supposed to record the cleanliness of the sea water. The area would be improved by dog owners taking their pets' deposits home with them. A decent café would be nice; we already have a great fish and chip shop. The views would be vastly improved by the removal of the caravans from the cliff edge. A well defined coastal path, that was actually along the cliff top towards Kessingland and Southwold would be good. There are indeed a number of rare plants, but I'm unsure about whether it is a good idea to draw attention to them. I hope there are no plans for hanging baskets or the kind of planting which has taken place in recent years on the boundary of Pakefield churchyard. This has destroyed almost the last of the ancient field banks in Pakefield and replaced the wild native plants with ill-chosen garish ones.

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    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • If you look at the cliff top you will see a big green space where once caravans stood to the west of the lovely path that the council put in a couple of years ago wasn't there a cafe in pakefield street opposite the car park ?

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    Saturday, June 23, 2012

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