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Delighted by opposition

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

I AM delighted to see the strength of opposition to the possibility of Lowestoft being absorbed into Norfolk and to follow the excellent campaign led by The Journal.

I AM delighted to see the strength of opposition to the possibility of Lowestoft being absorbed into Norfolk and to follow the excellent campaign led by The Journal.

You have kindly mentioned my close involvement with Lowestoft and Waveney through the years 1964-1990 - first as county planning officer until 1971 and then as county chief executive.

Through these years I forged partnerships and friendships in the area. The sole objective of all that we did - councillors and officers from all authorities - was the health and well being of the area. Lowestoft became, and is, effectively the capital of north Suffolk for the purpose of providing local government services for an area of some 130,000 population.

As many jobs as possible were decentralised to Suffolk's second town. Much was achieved and the foundations are there for the future. Lowestoft is important for a string of smaller towns - Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth, Southwold and even as far as Saxmundham and Aldeburgh. This applies to most county as well as all district services.

Not only would Lowestoft lose out as just another place in Norfolk but this wider area would lose its focus. Jobs would go and priorities long nurtured would suffer as, unfortunately, the status quo is ruled out. I have to advise support for the One Suffolk solution. This would leave Lowestoft as a key centre serving and influencing a larger part of the unitary county. What is good enough for Norfolk is good enough for Suffolk.

My love for Lowestoft, fostered from long years of working with town clerk Anderson Taylor, chief executive Malcolm Berridge, planner Lawrence Monkhouse, George Smallman, former editor of The Journal, and many outstanding town and county councillors for 26 years, means that I care. If I can contribute more to the effort to save Lowestoft then I will happily do so.

CLIFFORD SMITH

Rushmere Road

Ipswich

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