1. ITV Report

£1 million funding boost to create visitor destination in Lowestoft

A view of the popular Lowestoft beach Credit: ITV News Anglia

£1 million pounds of funding is being awarded to Lowestoft to regenerate Ness Point, turning it into a landmark destination like Land's End and John O'Groats.

The idea is to improve access, knowledge, participation and enjoyment of the area and its unique maritime heritage.

The money is coming from the Department of Communities and Local Government and will be used to regenerate the town's most easterly point, by creating a new visitor destination.

Ness Point is Lowestoft's most easterly point Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This is absolutely fantastic news for Lowestoft and huge congratulations must go to the Funding Team here at Waveney who put together an outstanding bid, which entirely succeeded in its aims."

– Stephen Bakler, Chief EXecutive of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils
Lowestoft's Ness Point Credit: Waveney District Council

Waveney District Council, working on behalf of the Lowestoft Coastal Communities Team, put forward the bid for the money and received the full amount they asked for.

Thew council says it provides them with a 'fantastic opportunity' to create a major new visitor attraction by transforming a currently semi-derelict green space and seafront promenade into an events and cultural heritage space.

Funding bids from across UK

£80 million worth of projects were competing for £38.1 million in funding.

"It is also worth remembering that this is just the latest in a string of good news stories for the town. Last month, in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council, we secured over £700,000 worth of funding for arts and culture in the two towns and we are also excited that international designer Wayne Hemingway is spending time with us to support our vision for the revitalisation of the South Beach seafront."

– Stephen Bakler, Chief EXecutive of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils