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Have Your Say! | Sports Facilities Provision

29 February 2024

WEBSITE Sports Facilities ProvisionLowestoft Town Council are seeking public opinion on sports facilities within our parks and open spaces.

Taking part in sport and recreational activities is important to everyone's health and wellbeing, and in order to encourage uptake and participation in sports and recreational activities, Lowestoft Town Council are looking at how it can invest in and improve the facilities on offer.  Lowestoft Town Council already manage a number of different sport facilities (from a putting green to basketball courts and tennis courts) across Lowestoft which are all free-to-use.

Each section of this survey covers a number of sites in Lowestoft (all owned by Lowestoft Town Council) which have some sports facilities in them already and asks how often you use the existing facilities and what new facilities you would like at each site.  You are welcome to fill in as much or as little of the survey as you like (there are options to skip sections if you wish).

The survey will be open until Friday 5th April.

To complete the survey, please follow this link: https://forms.office.com/e/mMYZZfzHuM

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Vacancies at the Town Council

14 February 2024

Lowestoft Town Council are currently looking to recruit to our expanding grounds maintenance team by hiring new Seasonal Park Assistants, Grounds and Building Maintenance Officers and a Workshop and Maintenance Officer.

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us at admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk for more details and to receive an application pack.  Please clearly state which vacancy you are applying for when contacting us.  The deadline for all applications is 8th March 2024, 9am with interviews from the week commencing 18th March 2024.

Seasonal Park AssistantsSeasonal Park

  • Some weekdays 3pm-7pm and Saturday and Sunday working
  • £12.01 per hour

The role includes a range of tasks which ensure the gardens are maintained to a high standard and park users are able to access the sports facilities.

GroundsGrounds and Building Maintenance Officers

  • 37hrs per week
  • £23,114 p.a.

Experienced and practical tradespeople with a strong DIY, building maintenance or horticultural background are sought to help us maintain and improve our parks, open spaces and buildings.

Workshop and Maintenance OfficerWorkshop

  • 37hrs per week
  • £23,114 p.a.

An organised person is required to take responsibility for the safe running of our workshop including stock management and the overall site cleanliness whilst also helping our grounds maintenance team to maintain our parks, open spaces and buildings.

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Marina Theatre | Design Services Tender

5 February 2024

Tenders are sought for Design Services for the redevelopment of the Marina Theatre. The Marina Theatre is owned by Lowestoft Town Council and operated by the Marina Theatre Trust.

The redevelopment includes a new link building, works to the auditorium and refurbishment works. Design Services include developing the project through RIBA Stage 4 to 7, acting as Principal Designer under CDM regulations, M&E design, structural design, QS, preparation of construction tender documents and acting as Contract Administrator for JCT construction contracts.

The overall maximum project budget, including design service, surveys and construction value is £3.4 million.

Deadline for bids: 23rd February 2024

All information is available by request to admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk

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Local park tennis courts in Lowestoft set for renovation

23 January 2024

  • Lowestoft Town Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) agree a partnership to breathe new life into local park tennis courts.
  • The project will see c.£374,000 of investment across Lowestoft Town Council’s three tennis court venues and public parks
  • Investment comes from the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation’s Park Tennis Project.

Normanston Park Aerial 2Lowestoft Town Council and the LTA have today announced a partnership to invest in and refurbish public park tennis courts. Three park tennis venues will be renovated, with investment of c.£374,000 ensuring quality facilities are available free of charge for all who live in and visit Lowestoft. 

The project is part of a nationwide investment by the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation, delivered by the LTA, to refurbish public tennis courts across Great Britain, and open up the sport to many more people.  At a national level, this programme will see thousands of existing park tennis courts in poor or unplayable condition brought back to life for the benefit of communities across the country through renovation works and improved court accessibility with new gate-access technology and booking systems.

Kensington Gardens Aerial 2Park tennis courts are vital in providing opportunities for children and adults to get active, delivering significant physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits to participants. Accessible facilities in parks are particularly critical in opening up the sport to those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and women and girls.

In Lowestoft, a total of 16 tennis courts and 8 pickleball courts at three venues (Normanston Park, Kensington Gardens, Denes Oval) are being upgraded, including resurfacing works, new access gates, an online booking system and floodlights (at Denes Oval only).  Investment of £174,000 has been secured through the LTA's Park Tennis Project with Lowestoft Town Council contributing approximately £200,000.Denes Oval Aerial 2

Alongside the investment in refurbishing the courts, Lowestoft Town Council will work with the LTA to deliver a range of activities across the venues. This will include weekly organised free park tennis sessions for all ages, to include provision of equipment and playing partners, meaning that people will not need someone to play with or their own racket to join in. Local Tennis Leagues will also be established to provide friendly, sociable, opportunities to get active through local competition. 

Work on sites is anticipated to start in February 2024 and be completed in the Spring.

Mayor Sonia Barker, Chair of Lowestoft Town Council and Mayor of Lowestoft said:

“Securing this investment to refurbish our tennis courts and introduce free to all tennis participation across our park tennis venues is a real win for the Town Council and we welcome the opportunity to work with LTA in enhancing tennis provision to increase inclusion and participation. As a Town Council we are keen to ensure our substantial leisure assets are enjoyed by all and support us in achieving increased levels of physical activity in our communities, leading to improved health and wellbeing for Lowestoft residents.”

Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer at the LTA, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Lowestoft Town Council to improve their park tennis facilities and provide more opportunities for anyone to pick up a racket and get active. This investment is part of the UK Government and LTA’s Parks Tennis Project, and will mean that courts will be available for people to use for years to come. We will also be working closely with Lowestoft Town Council to ensure that the local community have a range of accessible opportunities to get on court, and open up our sport to many more people.”

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Tennis Court Operator

22 January 2024

Lowestoft Town Council is currently undertaking a significant programme of investment in its parks tennis courts and is now looking to commission an operator to maintain the courts and deliver a programme of tennis activities across the three venues (16 tennis courts and 8 pickleball courts) on a year-round basis.

The deadline for applicants is 4th March 2024.

To receive further details of this opportunity, please email admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk

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By-Election Timetable

22 January 2024

The timetable for the by-elections for Pakefield Ward and St Margarets East Ward has been published.

Nominations will open on Thursday 25 January 2024.  All details will be available on the East Suffolk Council website.

If you are interested in standing for the position of Town Councillor, further details on what the role entails can be found on our website.

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