Lottery cash for seafront vision

Lowestoft's seafront is set for a £4.5m revamp if lottery funding is awarded.

Landscape architects at firm Allen Scott are hoping they will win a bid to transform a seaside resort with £4.5m funding. The Tunbridge Wells-based firm has spent more than two years researching and re-designing Lowestoft’s seafront to restore and regenerate the resort. Together with Waveney District Council, it is waiting to hear if the Heritage Lottery Fund bid for £3.2m has been successful. Practice partners Matthew Scott and David Scott will then have to wait as the scheme is re-tendered in the summer to see if the council views its designs as the best-value option before it begins. The proposals, which have planning approval, would restore the esplanade and two gardens from Royal Green to Kensington Gardens — a 1,500m stretch. Scott said: “We have proposed to restore and enhance the seafront gardens with everything from bespoke lighting to new paving. There would be new tree planting and shrub planting. “The quality of the environment would be dramatically improved and we hope that would draw in more tourists and improve Lowestoft’s economy.” The plans include installation of 1930s-style lamps to replace the 1980s lighting, restoration of 1930s beach chalets and the Japanese Gardens, installation of new railings and seating and building of an extension to a café. Council regeneration project manager Jim Rowe said: “This will be the biggest investment in the gardens since they were first laid out in Victorian times.”

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