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Seafront work

PUBLISHED: 11:05 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 05 July 2010

I READ about the £4m facelift to Lowestoft seafront with interest but also with concern that a lot of money could be wasted if regular monitoring by wardens is not put in place to prevent vandalism.

I READ about the £4m facelift to Lowestoft seafront with interest but also with concern that a lot of money could be wasted if regular monitoring by wardens is not put in place to prevent vandalism.

As a regular visitor to Kensington Gardens I am appalled that the intention is to dig up the island in the middle of the large pond and replace it with a 2 metre square floating island which will certainly not be large or suitable enough for all the ducks, moorhens and the few coots that are at present roosting on the island and will breed there in late March and early April - this has been the patter of life in the gardens for many years.

Now I understand that the Model Yacht Club does not want the island there because it makes the water dirty and therefore is not the most suitable place to sail their boats, so why not use some of the £4m to build a large sailing pond further along the seafront where a small one used to be in the 1960s.

When my family first came to Lowestoft my boys enjoyed some very happy times sailing their model yachts and speedboats and this would benefit local families and tourists if it was well maintained.

The smaller pond in Kensington Gardens certainly does need a thorough clean out but even as it is, it provides food and shelter for the waterfowl in the breeding season, but does need a larger island on which they can rest.

In my opinion money should only be spent on cleaning, improving and maintaining the ponds mainly for the wildlife which many people enjoy; I know this as I have met and spoken with other regular visitors and holidaymakers, especially those with young children who love to watch and feed the ducks and squirrels that congregate there.

Of course everyone wants the gardens to look attractive and well kept, but the ducks and other wildlife keep it alive and interesting. I hope there will be a re-think before work is begun and money wasted on projects which will leave many local residents not very happy.

S KING

Rectory Road

Lowestoft

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