Suffolk webcam is blocked by stalls

WAVENEY District Council's webcam for Lowestoft seafront looks set to be moved after the council allowed food stalls to block the view.The website, which was awarded webcam site of the day on a BBC Radio Two show because of the beautiful views, provides information about the Waveney district for residents and visitors.

WAVENEY District Council's webcam for Lowestoft seafront looks set to be moved after the council allowed food stalls to block the view.

The website, which was awarded webcam site of the day on a BBC Radio Two show because of the beautiful views, provides information about the Waveney district for residents and visitors.

But, with one of the town's most attractive attributes being hidden by ice cream, chips and hot dog sellers, local politicians have demanded action.

Waveney District Councillor Steve Barrett described the decision to grant permission to place the stalls there as "lunacy".

"I've got the old view as a screen saver showing our lovely beaches. This one shows three stalls. What sort of image are we trying to promote?"

It is the same local authority that has issued the licences to the food vendors to trade on the promenade which also controls the camera on top of East Point Pavilion.

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Mr Barrett has asked that the council's leisure department move the stalls to a different location, but has been told they will have to move the camera instead.

Bob Blizzard, Labour MP for Waveney, said: "The internet is a very powerful tool and the webcam is our opportunity to promote a positive view of Lowestoft to the world. It would seem the council is not taking the best advantage of the situation."

The traders, who run the pitches from April to the end of September, said they knew about the camera but did not realise the upset it was causing.

Ice cream seller Kim Croft said he was quite amused by the thought of receiving worldwide advertising for free after someone told him they had seen him on the web.

Council spokesman David Holland said the matter was being investigated.

"We are aware of the complaint and we're thinking of moving the camera to get another view. We can't move the stands as electricity has been specially supplied to the site," he said.

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