Works begin to make Ness Point a destination to rival Land's End
PUBLISHED: 16:56 08 January 2020 | UPDATED: 16:56 08 January 2020
Major work has started on transforming Britain's most easterly point in Lowestoft, into a landmark visitor destination rivalling Land's End and John O'Groats
A new park and gateway at Ness Point, in the north of the town, celebrates Lowestoft's unique position and its maritime heritage, and improves access to the area.
The Ness, which is being delivered by Lowestoft Town Council, East Suffolk Council and Concertas Design and Property Consultants, using £1million secured from the Coastal Community Fund in 2017, aims to secure the future of the net drying racks, which were once used by the fishing industry in the heyday of the herring trade, to create a play and picnic area and to celebrate the history of the Denes.
As the site also includes the seafront walkway the park will be naturally landscaped to maintain this feature with cycling and pedestrian access to the seawall and the coastal path.
Overdevelopment of the site will be avoided as the area is a haven for wildlife with some unique flora and fauna.
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Alice Taylor, mayor of Lowestoft, said Lowestoft Town Council was thrilled to see The Ness park project move from an aspiration to shovels in the ground.
"The Ness is a gift to everyone, but mostly it's a gift to our children. It will benefit generations of Lowestoft residents . . . as it improves the entire town environmentally and socially."
Work is scheduled to be completed by spring 2020 when the Friends of The Ness group, with council support, is expected to hold an official celebratory opening event.