Anglian Water has provided the following update regarding the pipe relocation works in the Links Road area:
Clearance work along the new pipeline route has been completed and some trees will need to be removed. Anglian Water will be removing a 30 metre corridor of trees along the pipeline route, which is currently dominated by sycamore and holm oak, which offer little ecological value to the area.
Expert ecologists will be on site throughout this work to ensure there are no other species found in the working area. This should take around three weeks, following this the main work will start which is expected to take 10-12 months.
From 4 January and for the duration of this project (between 10 and 12 months) the Links Road Car Park will be closed to the public to ensure work can be carried out while protecting the public and the workforce. Safety is Anglian Water's top priority. There are three complex sewer connections to complete in the car park, which will require a large working area, and space is also needed to store materials and new pipes. The temporary site compound will also be erected here, to ensure the team has the facilities needed to complete the work.
Later in the project there will be a need to temporarily close Links Road whilst the connection in the highway is completed and the footpath adjacent to Links Road along the coastline. The dates of this closure will be published as soon as they are known and will give advance warning to the public and stakeholders.
The dedicated project webpage will show updates and latest information https://www.anglianwater.co.uk/lowestoft-pipeline-relocation
Anglian Water is using the Links Road car park as its compound for an important piece of work due to start at the Gunton Warren Nature Reserve.
Three sewer pipelines running through the Nature Reserve are being put at risk by a rapidly eroding coastline, meaning that the pipes need to be relocated urgently to ensure residents can continue to use their washing and toilet facilities for years to come and protect the natural environment.
Construction work should cover a period of 44 weeks from 4 January, during which time the use of Links Road will be restricted and the Links Road car park will be out of use.
Following Sunday’s Remembrance Service and Parade, the Royal British Legion Lowestoft and District Branch were awarded the Freedom of the Town of Lowestoft by the Mayor of Lowestoft Councillor Alan Green. Also in attendance for the award ceremony were the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare Countess of Euston, Sgt Major Philpott, Battery Commander, F (Sphinx) Parachute Battery Royal Horse Artillery whose soldiers had lead the parade and members of the Town Council and British Legion Branch.
On making the award, the Mayor said that the Lowestoft and District Branch was formed in the same year as the Royal British Legion was formed and was one of the earliest branches in the Legion’s existence. Ever since then, Lowestoft has had a close and proud association with the Royal British Legion. The town and its people have kept the spirit of Remembrance alive throughout that time, so that the sacrifices made by servicemen and women are not forgotten.
The Mayor also stated that the Legion is not just about remembering the two World Wars where the number of survivors dwindles each year and memories are fading but the Legion also works for servicemen and women who have been involved in more recent conflicts providing financial, social, and emotional support for current and former servicemen and women and their families and how, in this centenary year, it was his absolute pleasure that the branch will be honoured for its lifetime of commitment and service.
In response, Phillip Turner, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Branch said they were overwhelmed with the honour and recognized that the work of the Lowestoft and District Branch was due to the commitment of all branch members.
The Town Council wishes to thank all those who contributed to or attending this year’s Remembrance Service and Parade. After the postponement of the 2020 event, a significant parade formed up at Claremont Pier and was greeted by large numbers in attendance at the war memorial on Royal Plain. A gun was fired by members of F (Sphinx) Para Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery and the first, of many wreaths to be laid was by the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare Countess of Euston. The Town Council is honoured to organise this service with the Royal British Legion on behalf of the Town and appreciates the efforts by so many to make the service a chance to commemorate and reflect.
Yesterday’s Armistice Day service at Royal Plain and laying of wreaths and crosses at Lowestoft Cemetery marked the start of Remembrance 2021. The Annual Remembrance Service and Parade will take place on Sunday at the war memorial at Royal Plain. All welcome. Please download the service sheet here.
Pictured: standard bearers and Frankie Ayers of East Coast Sinfonietta who sounded the Last Post to mark the start of the two minutes’ silence. Children from Roman Hill Primary School with Councillors Peter Lang, Wendy Brooks and Andy Pearce at the War Memorial in Lowestoft Cemetery (photo credit Bob Collis).
The CoP26 summit in Glasgow has brought hope that the world will unite to address climate change. The impacts of climate change are already being felt with stark warnings of what will follow if we do not act. The world no longer has a choice.
The Town Council first declared a Climate Emergency in June 2019. Making change is not easy but it is essential. We owe a duty to the existing population and the future of their children. We will continue boldly to face the challenge of rethinking open spaces in urban settings and updating old buildings and energy supplies.
Some of the actions we have already taken on our land and buildings include:
Defining our ambitious actions and appointing specialists to assist us with assessing and addressing our carbon footprint
Introducing more bulbs and plants into our open spaces and parks
Managing the new park, The Ness, as an important habitat with more coastal planting to come
Making our administration near-paperless and with reduced mileage
Committing to re-wild some areas (partnering with Wild East)
Committing to considerable tree planting (partnering with the Woodland Trust)
Supporting Friends Groups and volunteers to enhance our special open spaces and parks
Doing what we can to manage contamination and pollution on our land
Increasing litter management to help prevent pollution
This is just the beginning and a sample of our current actions.
However, it is not all about what your local council can do. Everyone needs to play their part in making a difference to protecting and enhancing our environment. We will provide more information on how to access support and develop your own ideas for actions you can take individually. As a first step, why not calculate your own climate footprint using this tool
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY, 14TH NOVEMBER 2021, PARADE (10:15am from Claremont Pier) AND SERVICE (10:45am at the War Memorial, Royal Plain)
If you would like to join the parade or lay a wreath at this service, please download and complete the booking form via the following link: Booking Form. Please return to the Town Council as soon as possible.
After last year’s postponement due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we are very much looking forward to the return of the event. Whilst there are currently no legal restrictions, could all those attending please play a part in making the event as safe as possible for all attending; please wear a mask, don’t attend if you are feeling unwell, and keep as much space as you can around you.
Some car parking in the town will be free of charge from 08:00 to 13:00. Further details will be shared or will be available at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk