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£30,000 funding approved to explore proposals to demolish and replace seafront pavilion

PUBLISHED: 19:54 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 20:07 18 July 2018

East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.

East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.

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A seafront pavilion could be demolished and replaced with a new landmark building as councillors approve £30,000 funding to explore the proposals.

East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.

East Point Pavilion was opened on Lowestoft’s Royal Plain in 1993 and over the years has been home to the tourist information centre, as well as housing restaurants, children’s soft play and pay to use toilets.

However a recent survey has shown that £546,000 worth of work is needed to bring the building back into working order, including a new roof, heating, ventilation and electrical systems.

And tonight, at a meeting of Waveney District Council’s cabinet, councillors agreed to spend up to £30,000 to explore proposals to demolish the pavilion and replace it with a new building.

Councillor Bruce Provan said: “This offers a huge opportunity for the enhancement of Lowestoft seafront.

East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.

“When the pavilion was constructed it was recognised it had an economic life of about 20 years and that has now been reached.

“The building is now inefficient and in need of considerable expenditure to bring it back up to standard.”

The building and surrounding area has been identified as a key site for the Lowestoft Seafront Vision, a project being developed by designer Wayne Hemingway on behalf of the council to regenerate the south beach area.

While supportive of the proposal, councillor Chris Punt urged cabinet members to have plans in place for the redevelopment before demolition work started.

Councillor Michael Ladd said: “I think we need to be clear that we are not proposing to demolish anything at the moment because when you start to say we are going to demolish an iconic building I think we might have some problems with residents. So it is really just approving money to look at the options available to us.

“It’s an iconic building but it is not really fit for purpose and I think we all know it is a huge greenhouse. It’s boiling hot in the summer and during the winter it is freezing cold, so I think we need to do something with it because it is a bit of a white elephant in its location.

“But it is very important looking at our south Lowestoft seafront vision that we have a landmark building there which reflects that vision.”

As well as approving funding for further investigation and preliminary design work, the cabinet also approved a bid to the Coastal Revival Fund to support work to the surrounding area.

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