The Beccles Society - News Section
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Signage on the corner of George Westwood Way and Common Lane North.
Signage on the corner of George Westwood Way and Common Lane North. This corner is a ‘Gateway’ into town for visitors and tourists and we feel that in its present condition the sign is not showing the town in the best of lights or particularly welcoming. The good news is that the sign will hopefully be replaced with the coming of Lidl which will offer a much more attractive background. This corner is a ‘Gateway’ into town for visitors and tourists and we feel that in its present condition the sign is not showing the town in the best of lights or particularly welcoming. The good news is that the sign will hopefully be replaced with the coming of Lidl which will offer a much more attractive background.
Beccles Skate Park
At the January 2017 meeting of Beccles Society Executive Committee, Nik Rose and Ashley Lever were invited to make a presentation in respect of the Beccles Skate Park. They had raised £50,000 over the past 2 years to replace the existing structure with a new improved version.
The presentation took place on 1st February 2017
Beccles Public Hall
The group of volunteers have worked tirelessly to achieve a high standard and quality of workmanship in renovating this important building in Beccles.
Beccles Society, who are interested in the preservation of the architectural heritage of the town, were therefore very pleased to support the Public Hall’s latest appeal with a donation of £200 on Thursday 16th March 2017.
St Mary's Meadow
We recently received the following enquiry from Beccles and District Historical Society
One of our committee members has said that
about 10 years ago there was a plaque/notice in St Mary’s Meadow giving the interesting history of the Meadow (once a leper colony), St Mary’s house (residence, hospital etc) and the London Plane Tree circa 230 years old and one of the best in Suffolk. The notice then disappeared.
He mentioned it to the Beccles Society some time ago that it should be replaced.
Several members of our Executive Committee were able to throw some light on this matter, and it is reported here for interest purposes.
The original sign on this site was damaged it is believed by a road traffic incident.
It raises a couple of interesting points – the most obviously being when replacing the sign why was the opportunity not taken to site the post at the back of the footway? Its present position presents an obstruction for pedestrians and as such can be classified as street clutter. An opportunity has been missed to enhance this part of our conservation area.
Ingate / Grove Road Yellow Lines
The yellow traffic regulation lines in Ingate between the level crossing and the Grove Road junction - near the Ingate public house, have been laid in 100mm width, rather than the appropriate 50mm width specified for use within a conservation area.
How Well Do You Know Beccles
This building is on a busy road somewhere in Beccles. Do you know where it is and what is the significance of the initials carved in the brickwork?
Richard Bellefontaine is checking if it is listed – but we believe it is not, but should it be listed as a non-designated heritage asset?
The seating area outside The Kings Head - Newmarket
Footway Improvements Along Hungate
Thanks to the persistent efforts of member Cllr. Jeff Harris essential improvements have been made and which therefore enhance the area. Recent highway work in Hungate has seen the very narrow path widened. It is now wide enough for it to be used by a buggy and for two people to pass without one being forced into the carriageway.
New Local Plan
The Waveney District Council has currently carried out public consultations on a new Local Plan. The deadline for comments was September 2017. The Beccles Society has made representation to the Waveney District Council expressing our views on the council proposals.
The new Local Plan will have far reaching effects upon the whole of Waveney for many years to come and our
comments were shown in our Autumn Newsletter.
In January this year (2018) we met the consultants who are preparing the next stage of the Local Plan as it relates to the "Garden Village" proposals adjacent to the Southern Relief Road where approximately 1200 to 1300 houses are being considered.
We are currently actively involved in helping to produce "The Beccles Neighbourhood Plan" which will work in conjunction with the Local Plan.