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Bright ideas needed for drab area

PUBLISHED: 10:08 01 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

WITH the euphoria of the Olympics fresh in everyone's minds the suggestion has been made that for the 2012 event to be held in London, the Olympic flame should be taken to the four points of the compass in the UK.

WITH the euphoria of the Olympics fresh in everyone's minds the suggestion has been made that for the 2012 event to be held in London, the Olympic flame should be taken to the four points of the compass in the UK.

With this thought in mind, BBC Radio Suffolk decided to highlight the anonymity and drabness of Ness Point in their Tuesday morning Mark Murphy Breakfast Programme and quickly seized on to the point that I made about the benches fixed to the ground so close to the sea wall that you are unable to face the sea and can only sit on them facing inland to admire the sewage interceptor plant.

As part of the programme, the chairman of Waveney District Council, George Hawes, was interviewed and gave what can only be described as a negative and aggressive impression of the outlook of the council to what was a light-hearted look at raising the profile of Britain's most easterly point.

Not only did he attack Radio Suffolk for not attending the local Olympic flag unveiling but included the local television companies, and radio as part of his criticism.

He appeared to me to blame private business for the condition of Ness Point. Surely the area in question is the responsibility of the district council and it wouldn't take much effort for the planted shingle area to be tidied up and any rubbish collected on a regular basis.

The remarks made in the programme about the approach to Ness Point being in an industrial estate and the road being called Gas Works Road, I can live with, as the road name is an indication of what was there in the past.

The representative of 1st East seemed most anxious for members of the public to come forward with ideas and suggestions - why? Isn't this the organisation that has taken up the challenge to revitalise Lowestoft and Yarmouth and is being paid to do so. Surely, paid employees of this organisation should be coming up with ideas to submit for local consideration. It does appear to me that outside of making sure that there are nice new paving slabs for chewing gum to be dropped on, their imagination is limited.

To repeat a point a point I've made previously, we need someone with their finger on the pulse.

JOHN SOANES

Meadowlands

Blundeston

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