After a recent BBC documentary it can be tempting to see Lowestoft as somewhere suffering after the loss of a primary industry. However it is important to see both sides- there are also new employment opportunities coming to the area!
One of the biggest boosts to the area is the increasing investment in green technology. While the area traditionally benefited from the discovering of North Sea oil windfarms and other renewable energy sources are also becoming resources for employment.
The area has also received a boost (alongside Ipswich, Felixstowe and Jaywick) from government funding. Part of this funding will include the development of the East of England heritage park in Lowestoft, an area that is designed to be both a heritage and cultural asset for the town (which is also helped will further boost tourism).
The other big development that it is hoped will boost the area is the third bridge crossing. While there is some debate as to what is the best location for the crossing and how much of an effect it will have on easing congestion the fact is the crossing is something that local people have wanted for some time and hopefully its development will help to ease fears about the level of traffic and congestion in Lowestoft.
While there are challenges ahead for Lowestoft there are a lot of positive signs and if the right support comes in there is every chance that people can benefit from this investment in both the short term and the long term.