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PUBLISHED: 10:32 16 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:30 05 July 2010

MORE than enough has been said in The Journal to convince folk that Lowestoft is sadly lacking in investment and regeneration. My pet rant is the total waste of the harbour area for so many years.

MORE than enough has been said in The Journal to convince folk that Lowestoft is sadly lacking in investment and regeneration. My pet rant is the total waste of the harbour area for so many years.

The fishing industry did not disappear yesterday, the empty harbour is no sudden surprise.

This has happened to every fishing port in the UK, not to mention docklands in general.

When I visit other small ports and see the reworked harbours, the marinas, cafes, boutiques, pubs etc, teeming with tourists I am angered by the lack of effort in Lowestoft.

In the long summer evenings the tourists elsewhere leave their hotels, B&Bs, caravans and chalets and go to the harbour for entertainment, dining and recreation, all of which involves spending money. You can add to this the folk from several hundred yachts in the harbour.

The waterside in Lowestoft is a ghost town at night, with the existing tourist attractions nothing more than a joke.

First there is Ness Point, what a scruffy site, then the wind turbine that must pull them in from all over the country as no one has seen one before, a bunch of sticks on the pier with a blue bulb glowing on top, and a flight of swans in Station Square that looks as if it is the runner up in "Scrapyard Challenge".

Until Station Square is drastically improved both leisure and commercial visitors will get the the first impression that Lowestoft does not care about itself.

I have heard people say that Lowestoft has not yet cleared up its Second World War bomb damage as they look at the black shell of the station.

Rant over. I hope I will live long enough to see Lowestoft become the town that it deserves to be,

JOHN PERRING

Rivendale

Carlton Colville

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