Shops? A medical facility? Here’s what you want to see replace Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court
PUBLISHED: 11:42 15 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:09 15 April 2019
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As the owner of Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court asks for the public’s input on its future, readers have been having their say on its replacement.
Businessman Peter Colby, who owns Peter Colby Commercials, struck a deal to buy the court last year and is keen to bring it back into use for the community.
The site has not been used since its closure in 2016 due to widespread cutbacks, but Mr Colby has expressed his determination to “create meaningful jobs” for the people of Lowestoft.
Among his own ideas are a medical centre, sports facilities or office space for those working offshore, and now the 77-year-old wants those who live and work in the town to come forward with their suggestions.
With the court's future up for debate, we asked what you would like to see occupying the premises and there was a clear winner.
Nearly a third of voters (31pc) said they would like to see the magistrates' court replaced by a medical facility.
The town has been without a significant medical centre since the closure of Lowestoft Hospital in 2016 and, although its buyer vowed to be “sympathetic” to its history, it seems the site on Tennyson Road is destined to host new homes.
Second place in our poll was shared by calls for a nightclub or a leisure complex, both notching 12pc of the vote, while 11pc said the court should be turned into a community centre.
A restaurant or pub was the ideal choice for 8pc of voters and another 8pc said something other than the suggested options should be considered.
Retail outlets, housing, sports facilities, office space and an antiques centre received 5pc of the votes or less.