Community leaders in Lowestoft call on ministers to keep funding pledges

Environment secretary Liz Truss visits Lowestoft.

Environment secretary Liz Truss visits Lowestoft. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Community leaders have welcomed a series of announcements which have promised funding for infrastructure vital to Lowestoft's future - but have urged the government to make good its promises after years of waiting.

A week of good news came when environment secretary Elizabeth Truss visited to inspect work on the town's Northern Spine Road, with a pledge that the area would see the benefit of a £300million host of improvements to the A47. Two days later it emerged that Lowestoft had won a £7million slice of a £2.3billion pot of cash set aside for flood defence schemes.

However work on the flood defences would start in 2016 at the earliest - and only provided the cash for the rest of the £30.3million scheme can be found. There are also no specific details of further improvements to the A12 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, only that it will be renumbered as the A47 and therefore be more likely to attract new funding as part of a major trunk road.

James Reeder, chairman of the Waveney and Lowestoft Chamber of Commerce, said:

'The chamber certainly welcomes news of investment for the A47.

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'Once again, we would welcome the fact Lowestoft has been mentioned within the flood defence strategy. However we want to see these things actually happening as soon as possible.'

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