A Real View of Lowestoft on the
the Lowestoft harbour conservation
area and the 'improvements' brought about by the sunrise
The infamous WDC 'Open plan'
bus shelter. Don't worry about getting your hair wet in the rain with the
missing roof panels.The wind blowing through the missing windows will soon
dry it off.
Unfortunately this piece of
Lowestofts history was dismantled in April 2007 (or rather assisted in
falling down) It's been replaced by ......well,actually
"News from the sunshine
Suffolk Road 2002.Would you want
to walk up here at night?
Same area nearly £15 million
pounds later (nice paving though).|
.Suffolk Road Lowestoft ,the old
bookies Feb 2004.Bookies moved to Station Square (see
Suffolk Road July 2004 after
Waveney District Council have spent 14.7 million pounds on their "Sunrise
Scheme" Note new sign.Shop opened again as a DVD shop but closed before I
could get a picture.Now shut yet again.|
Station Square 2003.A pigeon
later knocked off part of the wooden facia.(Pigeon was
Station Square a year later,June
2004.Note missing facia board.|
Suffolk Road late 2003.The
building is known locally as "The swamp" now (2007) being slowly repaired
by its owners.|
Nov 1 2004 with remembrance day approaching
work started on digging up the area round the war memorial on Royal Plain .This
was for a water feature,part of the Sunrise Scheme.50 yards behind it is another
much larger water feature,it's called the North Sea,and was provided for all to
enjoy by the Almighty (without funding from the E.U.).
Dec 1 2004 work on building the glorified
paddling pool was on schedule.Its meant getting rid of the free sea front car
park, apparently this sea side down doesn't need visitors.
Dec 2005 by removing the no cycling,signs
kids on mountain bikes and skateboards get to share the promenade with people
out enjoying a liesurely stroll.
Feb 2006 The esplanade now has pavements
with wavy edges,turning into a giant slalom or chicane.Lowestoft will presumably
be hosting the next British Grand Prix.Three more car parks have vanished.Why
not park miles away,why not shop miles away.why not just stay miles
July 2006.Barricaded in by over 25
"diversion","lane closed","stay in lane" and "tidal flow not in operation"
(yes,really) signs and road cones,and with the news that wastefull district
council are to dig the road up and add diversions etc for the next six months
the restaurant just down the road closed up .
August 2006.The council have stuck up still
more signs and announced three months of roadworks right outside,work on the
bascule bridge and still more roadworks are to last till the end of
2007 I've closed the shop to concentrate on our mail
order of obsolete tools,we've more cones than Mr Whippy stuck outside making
collections and deliveries a pain.Shops all over town are complaining about the
pemanent roadworks killing trade and,further down the river the council have
slung out eight firms so they can take over their land for fancy offices.HRH the
Princess Royal came to mark the 'end' of the scheme in April (after two days
were spent washing the traffic cones!) but the roadworks and chaos are still
going and the council have now banned all vehicles from ever loading and loading
anywhere near my shop........................Hello and "Welcome to the Sunshine
Early in 2008 WDC
won a prize for their Sunrise Scheme.The minister presenting it said the scheme
had provided 480 new jobs and encouraged 53 new firms to Lowestoft.When it
emerged he was in fact quoting from the entry form WDC had filled in.he and the
'manager' of the sunrise scheme who invented the figures in the first place were
asked to name these firms by various people.So far they have been unable to name
more than two.What a load of rubbish.
July 2008.Work that was supposed to have finished in
December 2007 to repair the bascule bridge hasn't finished.Further repairs are
to be delayed till the winter so as not to impact on the Air Show.Meanwhile the
rest of us have to just muddle on.