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Lowestoft receives letter of thanks from HM The King

22 December 2022

Lowestoft Town Council were delighted to receive this card of thanks from HM King Charles III today on behalf of the people of Lowestoft.

After the sad passing of the late Queen Elizabeth II, the Mayor of Lowestoft, Cllr Alan Green, sent a letter of condolence to HM The King on behalf of the people of Lowestoft.

The card, signed by HM The King and addressed to the residents of Lowestoft reads:

"It was so very kind of you to send me such a wonderfully generous message following the death of my beloved mother. Your most thoughtful words are enormously comforting, and I cannot tell you how deeply they are appreciated at this time of immense sorrow."

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Town Council Offices Opening Times over Christmas

20 December 2022

From everyone at Lowestoft Town Council, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, however you choose to celebrate it.

Please note that the Town Council’s Offices will be closed from Friday 23rd December 2022 until Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

Please do continue to enjoy the range of parks and open spaces our town has to offer.  If you spot a problem at any of our assets please call East Suffolk Norse on 0345 040 2020.

Any incidents of anti-social behaviour or unfortunate vandalism should be reported to Suffolk Police on 101.

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Park Toilet Facilities over Christmas

20 December 2022

As in previous years, the toilets within our parks will be locked from Christmas Eve afternoon until Boxing Day.  Toilet facilities outside of parks will be left open as usual.

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Civic Artefacts Statement

16 December 2022

The Community Governance Review of 2017 which lead to the formation of a new council for Lowestoft stated that civic artefacts, memorabilia and other items donated to, or purchased on behalf of, the town of Lowestoft and its residents would be transferred to the new Lowestoft Town Council.

These items have been in long-term storage and a detailed programme of inspection and audit has been completed.  We are pleased to confirm that the full list of items, as included the legal framework for the transfer to the Town Council has been identified with very few relatively low value exceptions, including a small rug with Polish emblem, a book entitled 'Education Civique (a guide to Plaisir)', a small wooden cased thermometer, a coat of arms painted with the motto 'Point Du Jour', a watercolour of a moored sailing boat, a royal lifeboat citation and a pennant which says 'Borough of Lowestoft'.  The Town Council will not be pursuing these items further due to the low valuation figure recorded on these items in 2017.  However, the Town Council is keen to hear if anyone knows the whereabouts of a silver two handled cup on a shaped plinth which was engraved with the inscription ‘Lowestoft Drama Festival Comedy’ which is approximately 18 cm in height and has not yet been accounted for.  Perhaps this was awarded to a local drama club or theatre group?   

The long term plan for these civic artefacts is that selected paintings and items of historic interest will be displayed in a renovated Town Hall where they will be available for all to view and enjoy.

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UPDATED: Tennis Courts Closure

14 December 2022

UPDATED: 20/12/2022

The Tennis Courts at Normanston Park and Kensington Gardens have reopened after a surface inspection.  Please be aware that the surfaces may become slippery due to changes in the weather.

 Due to the adverse weather, the Tennis Courts at Normanston Park and Kensington Gardens have been closed.

Please keep an eye on our social media and website for further updates.

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Winter Water Safety

14 December 2022

Following the tragic incident that took place at Babbs Mill Lake in Solihull, there has been increased awareness on water safety, especially during the winter.

With this in mind, Lowestoft Town Council are promoting the resources and advice from the Royal Life Saving Society.  The RLSS are a UK charity who raise awareness of water safety education and training.

Advice for the Winter Months

For the winter months, their advice is to:

  • Teach Children not to go on the ice
  • Not go on the ice to rescue someone or an animal (call 999 in an emergency)
  • Keep dogs on a lead and not throw sticks or balls into water
  • Only use well lit areas - this reduces the risk of slipping and falling into water
  • Keep back from the edge

There are a number of great resources available to download for free from the RLSS website, including an awareness activitiy sheet for children and an information booklet.

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What to do if you fall through the ice:

  1. Keep calm and shout for ‘help’
  2. Spread your arms across the surface of the ice in front of you
  3. If the ice is strong enough, kick your legs to slide onto the ice
  4. Lie flat and pull yourself towards the bank
  5. If the ice breaks, work your way to the bank-breaking the ice in front of you anyway
  6. If you cannot climb out, wait for help and keep as still as possible. Preserve heat by pressing your arms by your side and keep your legs together. Keep your head clear of the water
  7. Once you are safe, go to hospital immediately for a check up

What to do if you see someone fall through the ice:

  1. Shout for assistance and phone the emergency services – call 999 or 112
  2. Do not walk or climb onto the ice to attempt a rescue
  3. Shout to the casualty to ‘keep still’ and offer reassurance to keep them calm
  4. Try and reach them from the bank using a rope, pole, tree branch, clothing tied together or anything else which can extend your reach
  5. When reaching from the bank, lie down to avoid being pulled onto the ice
  6. If you cannot reach them, slide something which floats, such as a plastic bottle or football, across the ice for them to hold onto to stay afloat whilst help is on the way
  7. If the casualty is too far away, do not attempt to rescue them. Wait for the emergency services while calming and reassuring the casualty

What to do after the casualty has been rescued from the ice:

  1. Make sure the ambulance is on its way
  2. Lay the casualty flat, check for normal breathing and begin resuscitation if necessary
  3. Prevent them from getting colder by covering them with warm clothing, blankets etc.
  4. Get them out of the cold under cover or create some shelter around them
  5. Until the casualty is in a warm place, do not undress them
  6. Do not rub their skin, do not apply hot water bottles and do not give an alcoholic drink
  7. Keep them wrapped up so they warm up gradually

All the above information has been supplied by the Royal Life Saver Society.  Please share these safety tips with your friends and family.

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Town Hall Project - Opening Up Works

12 December 2022

Lowestoft Town Council seeks a contractor to undertake a series of opening up works throughout the Grade II listed Lowestoft Town Hall. This work will provide key information to the design team, including architects and structural engineers, during their RIBA3 stage work.

The Town Hall has been vacant since 2015. Due to lack of use, the historic fabric of the building is now in a precarious state, leading to the building being placed on the Buildings at Risk register. The building is a key strategic element within the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone (NLHAZ).

This project, which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund, Historic England, East Suffolk Council and Towns Fund, will transform the Town Hall into a multifunctioning building that will be in the heart of historic Lowestoft and the Harbour Ward.

The contractor will undertake room-specific opening up works throughout the Town Hall, enabling the design team to understand better the underlying structure and current condition of key elements of the building, currently hidden by modern additions, floor finishes etc. No geotechnical work is required at this stage.

Potential bidders should note that there is asbestos present within the building, and they must manage any asbestos containing materials, or suspected ACMs, that are disturbed as a result of the opening up works, in accordance with the asbestos register recommendations and in line with all health and safety regulations.

The appointed contractor will have experience of work in listed buildings, and must provide details of how they will deal with ACMs in the building. All applicants must hold a minimum of £5m Public Liability Insurance and £5m Employer's Liability Insurance. All quotes must be inclusive of all fees, expenses and other costs, and note whether VAT is applicable.

Suitably experienced contractors should contact Lowestoft Town Council to register their interest and request copies of:

a)    the opening up specifications schedule and accompanying plans

b)    the asbestos refurbishment survey, completed Aug 22.


All bids must be submitted by 4 January 2023 at 12 noon.  It is expected the work will be completed by 6 February at the latest.

To register interest and receive the documents, please email admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk.

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Lowestoft Town Council shortlisted for Keep Britain Tidy's "Love Parks" Award

12 December 2022

Lowestoft Town Council has been shortlisted for the ‘Love Parks’ Award at Keep Britain local authority Network Awards 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 has been shortlisted for its online awareness campaign which achieved a high level of interest and engagement during the week.  The campaign focused on a number of parks around Lowestoft, highlighting their history and raising awareness of 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.

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 who town should be proud of.”

Out of the around one hundred entries that Keep Britain Tidy receives, just three local authorities are shortlisted in each category. So the competition is tough.

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.”

Lowestoft Town Council will find out if they’ve won at Keep Britain Tidy’s local authority Network Awards that take place at the Crowne Plaza, Liverpool on 9th February 2023.

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