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Brighter future for Lowestoft Together

PUBLISHED: 12:45 22 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:44 06 July 2010

AFTER months of speculation surrounding a community action group the future of Lowestoft Together is looking much brighter.

A way forward for the neighbourhood management group was discussed and agreed upon at a board meeting, thus ending months of speculation.

AFTER months of speculation surrounding a community action group the future of Lowestoft Together is looking much brighter.

A way forward for the neighbourhood management group was discussed and agreed upon at a board meeting, thus ending months of speculation.

Waveney District Council's community development and performance manager Richard Best has joined the board, replacing Arthur Charnovia.

Lowestoft Together chairman Sue Henderson introduced the council's new support team which consists of Karen Hubbard, service manager, community development; Stuart Halsey, community development team; Cath Scott, grants monitoring; Jo McCallum, training and support; and Ben Ablett, who has experience of the housing sector.

“The council are providing this support at no charge to Lowestoft Together - a new experience for the group as they had been obliged to fund the posts of four support staff until recently,” a spokesman for the group said.

They will join members of the board who include Mrs Henderson; Rev Mark McCaghrey, deputy chairman and Vicar of St Andrews, representing Faiths Groups; Margaret Oldham, of Dial; Reg Brine, community member, Credit Union and Gunton St Margaret; Richard Jolley and Clare Strachan, community members representing Whitton and Fen Park Friends; Vic Kirk, community member Harbour linked with The Yard Project and Brick Yard Café; Ian Robb, community member; Anne Hubbard, community member; Alan Osborne, statutory member representing Suffolk Police; Lynn Blizzard, statutory member Primary Care Trust; Vicki Snelgrove, statutory member; and Deanna Law, councillor.

“The meeting was upbeat, positive and allowed a lively exchange of views and aspirations,” Mrs Henderson said.

The next board meeting of Lowestoft Together will be on July 14 where funding for the group will be revealed.

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