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So that was 2015 – reviewing last February’s events in Lowestoft and Southwold

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 January 2016

Public meeting on the third crossing in Lowestoft, held at Orbis Energy on Wednesday, February 18.

Public meeting on the third crossing in Lowestoft, held at Orbis Energy on Wednesday, February 18.

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Welcome to That Was The Year That Was, a review of an eventful 2015, as compiled by MICK HOWES and MARK BOGGIS. In the second part, we look back at some of the stories making the headlines in The Journal last February.

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Funding for safety improvements – Campaigners calling for action to resolve traffic problems outside Carlton Colville Primary School welcomed a Suffolk County Council decision to fund congestion-easing measures. Proposals include improving footpaths so that families can feel safe walking to and from school, better road signs, creating a new pedestrian and cycle entrance to the school from Rushmere Road, a new crossing patrol at Secrets Corner and better policing of the parking restrictions.

Furious row at third crossing debate – A heated public meeting over Lowestoft’s long-awaited third crossing ended in disagreement as political leaders were urged to ditch the recommendation of an official report in favour of a more publicly popular alternative. Suffolk County Council organised the event at OrbisEnergy to discuss a recent report published by engineering consultants WSP outlining three options for a new road crossing over Lake Lothing. It was designed to give people a chance to discuss the choices “fully and openly” after WSP recommended a crossing in an eastern location, next to the existing Bascule Bridge, as the most cost effective and appropriate option. But after a presentation, residents quickly criticised the idea and a furious debate developed.

Later an independent survey by Mike Holroyd brought ‘600 to nil’ response in favour of a central crossing.

David Cameron’s flying visit – Prime Minister David Cameron visited the region to pledge investment in infrastructure – flying in by helicopter for his “long term economic plan” tour.

Much to disappointment of some residents he avoided experiencing traffic problems caused by Lowestoft’s Bascule Bridge opening to shipping. The Prime

Minister turned apprentice during a visit to MS Oakes at the new Mobbs Way enterprise zone in Lowestoft. Weeks later he made a second visit just ahead of the general election.

Flippin Good Fun – Team Wilkinsons reclaimed their Lowestoft Pancake Race crown by narrowly beating The Beach Radio in a competitive final.

There were thrills and spills galore in front of a good crowd, with a wide array of competitors displaying the colours of their businesses, schools and charities. Three-time winners Iceland were knocked out in the semi-finals.

Fisheries laboratory future secured – Fears for the future of one of Lowestoft’s biggest employers were allayed with the “fantastic news” that marine research organisation Cefas will be remaining in the town, safeguarding more than 400 jobs. Prime Minister David Cameron announced that funding would be provided to the Centre for Environment, Aquaculture and Fisheries Science for the redevelopment of its site at Pakefield.

Golfer’s life saved – In an emotional reunion, golfer Glyn Bishop got to say thank you to the emergency team that helped save his life after he collapsed during a game in Gorleston. But the quick thinking actions of the friends he was playing with, and the rapid response of two ambulance crews, meant he survived and was able to return to the green at Gorleston Golf Club, to thank the 999 team.


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