Lowestoft Town Council runs the rule over its new assets on whistle stop tour
PUBLISHED: 13:19 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:27 02 August 2017
Lowestoft’s new town council has taken the opportunity to run the rule over some of its newfound assets.
After being formed in May, Lowestoft Town Council was transferred an extensive list of assets by Waveney District Council, for which they are now responsible.
On Wednesday, town councillors began a thorough two-day tour of these landmarks and facilities, as they look to set out their approach to maintaining them.
Starting in Sparrow’s Nest and Gardens and led by Lowestoft mayor Ian Graham, the councillors were shown around a number of museums and attractions, including the Maritime Museum and the War Memorial Museum.
Mr Graham said: “The idea of the exercise was mainly to meet the people behind the assets, let them know we are here to help them, and get to grips with our task at hand.
“This is the town council making its initial contact with the community and letting them know where we are and what we own.”
Among the assets transferred to the town council are various parks and playgrounds, community centres and the Marina Theatre.
The councillors went on to visit Arnold’s bequest, Fen Park and Gunton Warren nature reserve, with more than half of the newly-formed council in attendance.
Mr Graham added: “Lots of people in the town do not actually realise some of the museums exist and have lived here for years without visiting.
“Most of them are run solely by volunteers so one thing we are keen to do is help get the word out about them, attract more volunteers and generally make people more aware of what they offer.”
As well as being the first point of contact with matters regarding the long list of assets, the town council will also be responsible for CCTV cameras across the town.
“The biggest challenge for us as a council will be the sheer volume of assets that have been transferred to us,” Mr Graham said. “Getting on top of them all will be tough, as we have found ourselves very asset rich, but cash poor.”
The town council is made up of seven parish wards, with 20 councillors in total serving across them. It was introduced this year, alongside a parish council for Oulton Broad.