Joy as ‘exciting new’ seafront play area gets go-ahead
PUBLISHED: 12:50 04 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:58 04 April 2019
Work to create a new children’s play area along a popular seafront will begin over the next few weeks.
Play area facilities on Lowestoft seafront will receive a boost after East Suffolk Council approved funding to make major improvements.
At the final cabinet meeting of Waveney District Council last month it was agreed that £123,500 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding would be made available to support an extension to the play area at Royal Green in Lowestoft.
An additional £1,500 in funding was made available from Section 106 contributions.
Delivered by East Suffolk Council, in partnership with Sentinel Leisure Trust and Norse, the extension to the play park will provide a self-contained toddler play area with inclusive play equipment for disabled users.
Additional funding of £10,000 was contributed by the Lowestoft Tourism Group.
Representatives from the group, along with officers from the council’s funding, planning and economic regeneration teams, local businesses, Norse and contractors Sutcliffe Play visited the site on Wednesday, April 3 to officially break the ground.
A spokesman for East Suffolk Council said: “These exciting new facilities will provide play opportunities for younger children and give families another reason to visit our beautiful beach and seafront area.
“Our contractors, Sutcliffe Play, will begin work shortly and it is hoped the play area will be ready for children to enjoy during the summer season.”
A Lowestoft Tourism Group spokesman said: “The group is delighted that phase two of the Royal Green children’s play park is finally happening.
“We have been campaigning and fundraising for this to happen for the past 12 years – wonderful news!”
Hayley Clarke, owner of nearby Tides Reach, said: “The park, which is supported by local businesses, will be a great addition to the area and will attract more families.”
The project is part of wider regeneration plans for the seafront and achieves several of the objectives within the Lowestoft Seafront Vision, developed by the council and the Lowestoft Coastal Community Team, working with Hemingway Design.
These include the development of new seafront amenities, increasing visitor numbers and promoting an active seafront.