Ambitious park vision to help celebrate maritime heritage in Lowestoft

Lowestoft's maritime heritage looks set to be celebrated under long-term plans to transform one of the most historic parts of the town.

Talks have taken place to progress proposals for a new 'contemporary park' on under-used land between the North Denes sea wall and Ness Point.

The scheme – called the East of England Park – will seek to breathe new life into the area and help showcase a part of the town which tourism leaders acknowledge is 'steeped in history'.

The long-term vision for the area forms part of Waveney District Council's Area Action Plan (AAP), which was adopted in January 2012 and aims to shape the future of central Lowestoft.

Bruce Provan, Waveney's cabinet member for tourism and economic development, stressed talks were still in their early stages and that the start of any work could be a number of years away. He said: 'Waveney District Council's major project team has held an initial internal meeting to scope out ideas to move the East of England Park forward. Options include a heritage project linking the area to the Scores, historic High Street, surrounding parks and Ness Point. While this project is a medium to long-term proposal within the AAP, work to consider future development options is progressing.'

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According to the AAP's proposals for central Lowestoft, the East of England Park scheme centres on 'a high quality landscaped area that celebrates its location as the most easterly point in England, including improved links to the High Street and town centre'.

The park would take in the green space and promenade between the beach and Whapload Road, including Ness Point and the historic drying racks overlooked by the Scores.

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Mr Provan added: 'It is hoped that a community working group can be created in the very near future.

'This particular area is steeped in history and this project provides a real opportunity to consider how we can make the most of our hidden gems.'

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