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New seafront attractions open at Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 15:37 06 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:37 06 July 2016

The new land train is running along Lowestoft seafront. Picture: Mick Howes.

The new land train is running along Lowestoft seafront. Picture: Mick Howes.

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Visitors to Lowestoft’s award-winning South Beach can once again ride the land train, as the first of several new seafront activities opens for the summer.

In addition to the train, an inflatable opens this week, located on the beach next to the Claremont Pier.

The new ventures are part of an economic regeneration plan developed by the Lowestoft Coastal Community Team called Seafront Strategy.

The plan was launched in March to coincide with the official reopening of the South Beach following the completion of a £3.5 million coastal protection scheme. The strategy highlighted the need for new activities and improved facilities along the seafront in a bid to encourage visitors.

Michael Ladd, Waveney District Council’s cabinet member for tourism, economic development and rural affairs, said: “We are delighted to have these new ventures operating along the seafront.

“A similar land train over the Easter weekend proved extremely popular and we hope this new venture will encourage increased numbers of visitors to the seafront and award-winning beach.”

Earlier this year Waveney District Council advertised concession opportunities for the seafront area and received significant interest from a number of vendors. It is hoped that further entertainment, activities and new facilities will be introduced later in the summer.

The CCT was formed in 2015, supported by funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and comprises representatives from local authorities, organisations and businesses from across Lowestoft, who have an interest in improving and promoting the town.

Partners include Waveney District Council, Lowestoft Rising, Lowestoft Vision, Kirkley Business Association, Lowestoft Tourism Group, the Claremont Pier, the South Pier and Community Action Suffolk.

The land train and inflatable will be open daily from 9am and will stay open while there is sufficient demand (weather permitting). There will be a small charge for the land train which will be stopping at Royal Plain, the Claremont Pier and Kensington Gardens.

For more information about the Lowestoft CCT, visit www.coastalcommunities.co.uk/coastal-teams/lowestoft.


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