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Annual Assembly 2023

23 February 2023

The Annual Assembly for the Town is taking place at Hamilton House on Thursday 2 March, 6pm.  This is a chance to hear from different organisations and authorities on what is going on in the town, and to ask questions.

Some of the organisations have submitted written reports in advance on the meeting.  These have been published on our website alonside the agenda.

Everyone is welcome to attend to find out more about what is going on in Lowestoft.  If you have any questions for any of the organisations or local authorities, these can be submitted in advance to admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk

The meeting will also include information on the Neighbourhood Development Plan.  This is currently out for public consultation.  More information can be found on our website.

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Denes Oval gables removed

22 February 2023

The gables on the Denes Oval wall have been removed due to urgent health and safety concerns. All the components are being stored and will be reused when the wall is repaired in full.

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Contract Tender - Tree Works

20 February 2023

Lowestoft Town Council are looking for qualified and competent contractors to tender for a range of tree work;

  • Tree Mapping – to identify and document the Town Council’s tree portfolio.
  • Tree Inspections - identification of works and risk management plan.
  • Tree Management - Contractors required for planned and reactive inspection, maintenance and other arboriculture services.
The full tender documents can be found on our website: https://www.lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk/vacancies/
Deadline for applications: 2 March 2023

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Lowestoft Town Council to raise Ukrainian Flag to mark one year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine

10 February 2023

On 24th February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War, which began in 2014. The invasion has caused tens of thousands of deaths on both sides and has instigated Europe's largest refugee crisis since World War II.

To mark the one year anniversary of this, Lowestoft Town Council will be raising the Ukrainian Flag at Lowestoft Town Hall on Friday 24th February 2023, at 12noon.

A short ceremony will take place at Compass Street Pocket Park, just opposite the Town Hall.

Lowestoft Town Council would like to express their thanks to Froggy Hire Ltd for their help in raising the Ukrainian Flag, and to Orbit Housing for their kind permission to use Compass Street Pocket Park.

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The Ukrainian Flag flying over the Town Hall in March 2022

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Lowestoft Town Council 'Love Parks' campaign recognised on a national level

10 February 2023

Lowestoft Town Council’s ‘Love Parks Week” campaign was recognised on a national level at the Keep Britain Tidy local authority Network Awards which took place in Liverpool on Thursday 9th February 2023.

The ‘Love Parks’ Award recognises the efforts put in by councils and organisations around the UK to celebrate their green spaces during Love Parks Week, which was celebrated in July-August 2022.  Lowestoft Town Council’s online awareness campaign was shortlisted in the final three after hundreds of nominations within its closely contested category, which was eventually won by Southend-On-Sea City Council.

The campaign aimed to highlight a number of parks around Lowestoft, raising awareness of their history and the care taken by Lowestoft Town Council to ensure that the parks can be enjoyed by everyone. Much of the engagement during the campaign fed into the Neighbourhood Development Plan Open Green Spaces document stakeholder consultation which looks to provide protection for the parks and open spaces that the people of Lowestoft cherish in different ways.

Before the awards Councillor Alan Green, Mayor of Lowestoft said: “I am delighted that our Love Parks Week campaign has been recognised on a national level.  As the Town Council, we take great pride in our parks and open spaces across Lowestoft so to see our efforts being publicised nationally is a great achievement that the whole town should be proud of.”

A Keep Britain Tidy spokesperson said “Our Network Awards celebrate the most innovative litter, waste and space solutions developed by local authorities, often with the incredible collaboration and contribution of residents. Our hope is that these fantastic initiatives will inspire others to do the same.”

The Town Council are currently seeking public comments on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan which includes many parks and open green spaces which are being designated for protection against future development.  The plan can be read online or at the next drop-in session on Tuesday 21st February, 10am-12noon, with members of the public encouraged to give feedback on the draft policies and if there are any other areas of local green spaces that should be protected.

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Groundworks at Britten Road

6 February 2023

Lowestoft Town Council has instructed contractors to undertake essential groundworks between 7th-9th February at Britten Field Open Space.  There may be some noises associated with the work being undertaken during this time.

Works will be taking place on these days between 9am-5pm.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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International Women's Day

2 February 2023

International Women's Day falls on 8th March with the theme #EmbraceEquity.  Lowestoft Town Council are seeking your submissions to form a video montage celebrating inspirational local women.

Submissions are open to everyone. There are different ways for you to be involved:


    • Film yourself with your phone in landscape (or get someone to help you) for no more than 30 seconds
    • Look directly at the camera and say:
        • Your name;
        • Where you see yourself in five years time
    • Send your video to admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk (you might need to use WeTransfer to send us the video file)

If you can't film yourself but still want to be involved, there are other ways to join in

Written Submission

    • If you prefer writing, you could submit a couple of sentences that will appear in the film saying where you see yourself in five years.

Submit an Image

    • If you would prefer to draw, you could send in a picture of where you see yourself in five years.  This image would then be used in the video.

Both written and image submissions can be sent in to us at admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk

The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday 1st March, 9am.


Terms and Conditions:

  1. Submissions are open to everyone who lives in the Lowestoft Town Council parish area.
  2. Permissions must be obtained from all people present in the filming.  If the person being filmed in under 16, permission must be obtained from a parent or guardian.
  3. No copyrighted media (including photos, film clips or music) should be used in any submissions without the appropriate permissions being obtain.  Lowestoft Town Council would need to see confirmation of these permissions for the media to be used within the film.
  4. Lowestoft Town Council reserves the right to edit or not consider any submissions felt inappropriate or which do not meet the criteria set out.

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"Guava" crew remembered as part of 1953 North Sea Flood Commemorations

31 January 2023

On the morning of Tuesday 31st January 2023 a new memorial plaque to commemorate the Lowestoft Trawler "Guava" and it's eleven-strong crew was unveiled.

A large number of people, including surviving family members of the crew, gathered on the South Pier to commemorate the lives lost during the 1953 North Sea Floods.

The plaque remembers by name the eleven crew members who lost their lives on the night of 31st January/1st February with nine of the crew coming from Lowestoft, one from Gorleston and one from Great Yarmouth.

You can find out more about the 1953 Floods at exhibitions taking place at The Grit: Lowestoft Centre for the Arts & Heritage this week.


Changes since the 1953 North Sea Floods

Since the 1953 North Sea Floods, a number of changes have come about to help forecast and warn people of severe weather.  Thank you to the Environment Agency for supplying these facts.

  • Flood forecasts have since been introduced, including the use of tide, wave and weather data, meaning businesses and emergency responders were now better prepared. 
  • We also have much longer lead forecasting than in 1953, allowing us to prepare well in advance. 
  • In 1953 there was no flood warning system. Now, over 1.6 million people are signed up to receive flood warnings, giving them vital time to prepare.
  • New flood defenses have been built as a direct result of the 1953 Floods.  This includes London's famous Thames Barrier.

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Neighbourhood Development Plan begins six-week consultation

24 January 2023

A six-week public consultation on Lowestoft’s Neighbourhood Development Plan is being launched today.

The consultation, which will be open until Tuesday 7th March, is asking members of the public to submit comments on the wide range of policies that have been created to form the plan.  These policies have been strongly influenced by an initial consultation by the Town Council to find out what the people of Lowestoft think is good and bad about Lowestoft.

Alongside the documents being available on the Town Council’s website, two in-person drop-in opportunities to view and comment on the plan have been organised as the Town Council seeks to hear from a wide range of people.  The sessions will take place on Tuesday 7th February, 4pm-6:30pm and Tuesday 21st February, 10am-12noon at Hamilton House, Battery Green Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1DE.

Neighbourhood Development Plans are a powerful tool which are back and informed by local debate and support.  The plan aims to shape the future development and growth of Lowestoft by making a direct contribution to the planning decision-making process whilst also striving to protect our unique heritage and green spaces.

This public consultation, known as the Regulation 14 Consultation, is part of the process of developing the plan before it comes forward for a public referendum.  Residents are encouraged to read the plan and submit any comments on the proposed policies into the Town Council by the 7th March 2023.  The comment submission form is available to download from the Town Council website, with hard copies available at the drop-in sessions.

If you require a hard copy of the plan and submission form, please contact the Town Council offices by calling 0330 053 6019 or by writing to the Town Council at Lowestoft Neighbourhood Development Plan (LNDP), c/o Lowestoft Town Council, Hamilton House, Battery Green Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1DE.

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Lowestoft Town Hall Project: What do you think?

23 January 2023

The project to bring the Town Hall back into public use has reached a crucial design stage.

The Lowestoft Town Hall project is seeking your views on design proposals.  These have taken on-board many of the comments from the initial public consultation in 2021.

A short presentation on the plans and their justification, alongside a short survey to collect your opinions has been created for people to fill in.

Designs can be viewed in-person on Friday 20th January, 2pm-5pm and Saturday 21st January, 10am-4pm at The Grit: Heritage and Arts Centre with the opportunity for you to ask questions to the architects.  

The design document is also available to view online.

Exterior image of the regenerated Town Hall

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