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North Denes caravan site

PUBLISHED: 15:10 21 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:29 05 July 2010

I WOULD like to respond to Phobe Less' request (January 11) asking me to explain my crusade to save the North Denes.

Firstly, the "eyesore that is the North Denes", I believe, is a result of Waveney District Council's actions.

I WOULD like to respond to Phobe Less' request (January 11) asking me to explain my crusade to save the North Denes.

Firstly, the “eyesore that is the North Denes”, I believe, is a result of Waveney District Council's actions.

Secondly, when the Lowestoft Charter Trustees, who are the nearest thing Lowestoft has to a Town Council, were consulted by Waveney Council regarding the proposals to dispose of the Denes as a caravan site, they voted against it.

Thirdly, when Waveney Council consulted people via its Note on Implementation, 1,200 people said they didn't want the North Denes sold, 35 said they did. Yet despite this the council proposed to dispose of it.

Fourthly, the North Denes does not, as Ms Less claims, “surely need redevelopment”.

It should all be returned to natural open space for the enjoyment of all the people, not by placing static mobile holiday homes on it for the few.

The only reason Waveney District Council are proposing to “preserve 33 acres for the use by Lowestoft residents” is because of my “insane campaign” because the majority of the legal costs which have been incurred by myself and Waveney Council was regarding barristers' opinions and legal arguments, etc, when Waveney Council proposed to sell the whole site. The only reason the 33 acres on the Gunton Denes part are not going to be sold now is because of the enforceable covenants on that land that stops it being sold for a caravan site which my solicitor threatened to enforce by court action if Waveney Council continued with its plans to dispose.

Indeed the same story happened at Southwold where Waveney Council are also facing legal bills where they have also attempted to sell a caravan site which, it would appear, does not even belong to them having been left to the people of Southwold.

I was accused of having my own self interest because I owned a house overlooking the site, however, I have sold this house and no longer live I Lowestoft but I have continued to financially support the people of Lowestoft who mostly overlook the site and who do not wish the North Denes blighted by a caravan site.

To those residents of Lowestoft who live some distance away who obviously like caravans on their open spaces, I apologise if I have “cost them any money they can ill afford”. Furthermore if Ms Less and other like-minded persons believe placing caravans on open spaces is a good thing may I suggest they write to Stephen Ardley, the portfolio holder of Waveney District Council responsible for this.

MERVYN LAMBERT

Garboldsham

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