The notice of election for May 2023 can be viewed below
Are you struggling to dispose of bulky waste?
Are cost and transportation a barrier to correctly disposing of your bulky waste?
Lowestoft Town Council will soon begin a trial of a scheme to help households in Lowestoft who are on low or no income by offering a free to access collection and disposal of bulky waste items such as sofas, fridges, wardrobes and play equipment. Full details will follow.
The scheme is part of the Town Council’s aim to decrease fly-tipping and restore pride in the town. We are already working with volunteers who give their time to pick litter in our parks and open spaces as well as employing environmental support officers who complement this work. Would you like to be involved in improving the environment as well? If so, simple steps such as ensuring you take your litter home and dispose of this correctly can make a huge difference or if you have time to spare contact us about opportunities for volunteering in our parks and open spaces.
On Saturday 5th August, Lowestoft Town Council will be hosting Britain's Most-Easterly Pride!
Our aim is to make this Pride event somewhere everyone will feel welcome as we are aiming for a family-friendly feel to the day.
To make the event as open and inclusive as possible, we are asking performers to get in touch. Whether you're a musician, a poet or a dance group, we want to hear from you!
If you are interested in performing at Sparrows Nest as part of the Most-Easterly Pride, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 23rd June. In your email, please include your details, a brief description of your act and links to your material (these can be YouTube links, spotify etc. but please note, if you are sending us video files, these will need to be compressed or sent via dropbox/google drive/wetransfer).
We look forward to hearing from you!
A new disabled access has been installed at the Links Road Car Park to give direct access to the sea wall. This follows extensive work by Anglian Water to protect infrastructure at the site from coastal erosion. Three critical sewer pipes which run through Gunton Warren Nature Reserve were at risk because of the erosion, and have been relocated by the water company to protect customers’ wastewater service and prevent pollution in the North Sea.
The Links Road car park had been closed whilst Anglian Water used the site for their compound as work took place on moving the town’s sewer network. As part of the agreement between Anglian Water and Lowestoft Town Council for use of the site, improvement works were carried out on the car park, including a new disabled access.
Speaking on the project at Links Road, Rebecca Shaw, Project Manager for Anglian Water said ‘We took the opportunity to make improvements to the car park, working alongside the Town Council, while we were in the area working on a vital project which saw infrastructure moved inland to protect the town’s sewer network. We've installed a new disabled access at North Beach car park and we hope residents will feel the benefits of this.’
Cllr Butler said, “On behalf of Lowestoft Town Council, may grateful thanks be offered to Anglian Water for their generous provision of a disabled access from Links Road car park, through the inner parapet of the seawall, onto the promenade. The issue arose from a simple comment from a member of the public that no direct access, disabled or indeed pedestrian, existed onto the popular promenade. Having occupied the car park as a construction site for diversion of the main sewers, Anglian Water’s construction team kindly offered to cut an opening through a section of damaged parapet, thus saving the cost of a repair, as a beneficial gesture to the local community. Thanks are also due to East Suffolk Council (Coastal Management Team) for their assistance and approval of the design. Since completion, there have been several appreciative comments from members of the public for such a simple yet so effective asset for the people of Lowestoft.”
The car park remains free to use and it is hoped that the new access will allow more people to enjoy the North Lowestoft promenade.
Are you interested in making a change in Lowestoft?
Ever thought about becoming a Town Councillor?
Local town councils and councillors make a massive difference to local people's quality of life. They are passionate about their communities and seek to make a change to help improve their residents' lives.
Councillors are elected to represent the local community, so you must either live or work in the council area. Becoming a councillor is a rewarding experience as you will be able to make a change in your community to help improve residents' lives. A councillor’s role can include developing strategies and plans for the area, helping with problems and ideas, representing the community, working with other local community groups, decision making and reviewing decisions and talking to the community about their needs and what the council is doing.
If this interests you, the deadline to enter your nomination is 4th April 2023 at 4pm. Nomination forms and more information on the timetable can be found on the East Suffolk Council website.
If you are successfully elected, the Town Council will be holding two training sessions for new councillors. These will take place on Wednesday 10th May, 6pm-9pm and Monday 15th May, 9:30am-12:30pm.
More details and resources can be found on our 'Become a Councillor' page.
For International Women's Day 2023, we asked you to get involved in a video montage celebrating our local women. This video highlights some of the amazing women who live and work in our town.
The video is available to view on our YouTube channel
Lowestoft Town Council would like to pay tribute to all women in our town who all make a positive impact to Lowestoft and the wider world.
The newly refurbished play area at Bentley Drive is now open.
This bug-themed play area features a range of new equipment to develop different play methods, with a new play tower, climbing block and three-way seesaw amongst some of the new features.
The play equipment comes from Kompan's "Made Green" range with some of the equipment being made from post-consumer ocean waste, recycled textiles and plastic waste.
The play area is the latest in a series of improvements across Lowestoft Town Council-owned assets.
Lowestoft Town Council is working with Gunton Estate Residents’ Meeting Hall users to create a new management committee. Please come along to this meeting to find out more about the future running of the Hall.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday 14 March, 6pm at Gunton Estate Residents' Meeting Hall, Hollingworth Road, Lowestoft.
Please contact Lowestoft Town Council on email@example.com with your name, postal address, email address and to confirm your attendance. On confirmation a document pack will be sent to you ahead of the meeting.
Lowestoft JobCentre (Rishton House, Clapham Rd S, Lowestoft NR32 1RL) are hosting their Jobs Fair on Wednesday 8th March, 10am-1pm.
All are welcome to attend.