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'The town centre is still a great place to visit': Events lined up to boost area

PUBLISHED: 17:36 07 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:36 07 May 2019

Lowestoft Vision chairman Dan Poitras. Picture: Mick Howes

Lowestoft Vision chairman Dan Poitras. Picture: Mick Howes

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A new event, the return of a popular summer trail, and clean up campaigns form part of continuing efforts to make a town centre more appealing and attractive.

A successful community clean up and litter pick was held in the Heritage Action Zone around the High Street area of Lowestoft. Picture: Community Action SuffolkA successful community clean up and litter pick was held in the Heritage Action Zone around the High Street area of Lowestoft. Picture: Community Action Suffolk

Lowestoft Vision - the town's business improvement district (BID) - will be hosting a new event in August as classic vehicles are showcased.

The Discover Lowestoft in Motion transportation event will welcome scooters, cars, bikes, trikes, tanks and trucks to town for an inaugural display.

Dan Poitras, chairman of Lowestoft Vision, said: "We are looking at having six different zones from the Triangle to Station Square featuring displays from a range of cars, bikes, scooters, military and classic vehicles.

"We also hope to have some stalls as we aim is to cater for everyone's taste and need, and give them another reason to come to the town centre."

Ahead of that, the popular Freddie the Fish and Friends trail will return in the summer - running from July 27 to September 1 - and this year there will be a couple of other "secret friends" to find.

Mr Poitras said: "Lowestoft Vision will be launching a 'Don't Feed The Birds' poster campaign in the coming weeks.

"Posters will be on display throughout the town centre as we are working with the businesses and traders to spread the message to convince the public to not feed the birds.

"Its about making the town centre more appealing and an attractive place to visit."

With more than 70 benches throughout the town centre, work is currently being carried out by Waveney Norse to repair, refurbish and repaint the benches in time for summer.

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"The town centre is still a great place to visit," Mr Poitras said.

"There is interest from businesses about coming into the town and there is still lots to see here and to do."

In the coming weeks eight A Boards - complete with litter pickers - will be set up in London Road North and the High Street for the public to help "further cleanse" the town, similar to the #2minutebeachclean idea.

To supplement this, two community clean-up events were held around Lowestoft last month.

Volunteers came together on April 13 to clean up their streets, as a Heritage Action Zone community clean up was held.

Two teams of collectors spent more than two hours picking up "a staggering" 18 bags of rubbish from around the High Street and Scores areas.

Roy Emmerson, senior community enabler for Community Action Suffolk, said: "It was a wonderful event to be a part of and it was fantastic to hear all the positive comments and words of appreciation from members of the public.

"I'm really grateful to all the local residents and business owners that gave up their Saturday to help tidy the streets in the High Street area of Lowestoft."

On April 18, East Suffolk Council, Waveney Norse and volunteers teamed up as the Lowestoft community clean-up was held along London Road North.

Mr Poitras said: "A sweep of the area was carried out, including cleaning the grates around the trees and digging out all the cigarette butts to make the area look more appealing, which all helps to keep our town clean and safe."

■ If anyone is interested in being part of the Discover Lowestoft in Motion transportation event, email BID Manager Amie Mullen on amie@lowestoftvision.co.uk

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