Search

Future plans for quay revealed

PUBLISHED: 12:40 22 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:40 22 July 2018

Beccles Quay. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Beccles Quay. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

One of Beccles’ most prized community assets will soon be under control of its town council.

Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, mayor of Beccles. Picture: Nick ButcherElfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, mayor of Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

Following negotiations with current owners Waveney District Council (WDC) last year, Beccles Quay will be handed over to Beccles Town Council.

The process of changing hands began in April but the WDC will operate the quay until September.

Beccles mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw has spoken of the council’s future hopes to improve the picturesque location.

She said: “The quay’s full potential wasn’t being met; it was a small asset among larger, more profitable assets.

“We feel it is not an area to be run for profit – to get the most out of it, it must be run for the community.

“All the money it makes will be put back into the quay. Now it is firmly rooted in the community we want to improve it just for the sake of it.”

Improving the children’s play equipment is one of the council’s top priorities.

Mrs Brambley-Crawshaw said: “As part of my mayoral appeal I am raising money for new play equipment – some of the equipment down there is more than 35-year-old.

“It has been assessed by experts who say it is currently fine but will be critical in a couple of years and need replacing.

“We want to show children that we value them in our community.”

The mayor also expressed the council’s desire to increase and improve the amount of mooring available at the quay.

Mrs Brambley-Crawshaw said: “The reason for this is twofold; it brings more people into Beccles, which is brilliant for the town, and it provides money for the town council which can then be put back into the quay.”

The empty tourist information centre at the quayside is also set to be given a new lease of life as the neighbouring Beccles Quay Café has been granted permission to extend into the property.

The café will provide leaflets and tourist information from the new site.

Mrs Brambley-Crawshaw added: “We are happy because it breathes life into and old building and it is important for tourist to have that information.

“They run a brilliant facility that is beneficial to the area and the town.”

Other news

Yesterday, 17:45

A 24-year-old man has been charged with a host of driving offences after a police chase through Lowestoft.

Yesterday, 17:23

A woman in her 80s was taken to hospital with serious chest injuries after a car crash during the morning rush hour, with another driver also hospitalised.

Yesterday, 16:12

A woman has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car outside a department store.

Yesterday, 14:56

Police are “keeping an open mind” as the investigation into the disappearance of a swimmer continues.

Most Read

Yesterday, 17:45

A 24-year-old man has been charged with a host of driving offences after a police chase through Lowestoft.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:56

Police are “keeping an open mind” as the investigation into the disappearance of a swimmer continues.

Read more
Suffolk Police
Yesterday, 11:17

People in Norfolk and Waveney can expect a “shock to the system” this week as temperatures dip sharply after a spell of unseasonably warm weather.

Read more
Adam Dury
Yesterday, 17:23

A woman in her 80s was taken to hospital with serious chest injuries after a car crash during the morning rush hour, with another driver also hospitalised.

Read more
James Paget University Hospital
Yesterday, 16:12

A woman has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car outside a department store.

Read more
Suffolk police

Autumn Supplement

cover

Click here to view
the Autumn
Supplement

View

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Lowestoft Journal weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy