Essential repairs and ‘snagging’ works have started at The Ness in Lowestoft, the UK’s most easterly park.
The park is owned and managed by Lowestoft Town Council however as part of a contractual agreement, East Suffolk Council is responsible for any repairs and remediation works which arise during the twelve months since formal completion.
The council’s contractor, Blakedown Landscapes, has begun work this week. This work will include minor repairs to the play park and the construction of a new permanent footpath to formalise a route regularly used by local communities. This will involve reseeding some grassed areas and temporary fencing will be installed around these areas to ensure the grass can get established.
Cleaning and repair work on the play park and picnic areas, which were damaged during flooding in April, has already been completed.
Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development said: “The Ness is a unique maritime heritage site which was created for the Lowestoft community, and visitors, to enjoy. Our contractors have already carried out repairs following recent flood damage and they will now return to site to carry out further minor work and ensure the park is ready to be enjoyed once again.”
Cllr Alan Green, Mayor of Lowestoft commented: “The Town Council has been pleased with the rapid popularity of the new park so far, we look forward to these works being completed and the park open to all to enjoy for the rest of the summer season and beyond.”
Work is expected to be complete by early August.
Completed in November 2020, The Ness was delivered in partnership with Lowestoft Town Council, East Suffolk Council, Concertus Design and Property Consultants along with Blakedown Landscapes, Allen Scott Landscape Architecture, JP Chick and Immersive Studios. The site was regenerated with £1m secured from the Coastal Community Fund.