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Bawsey owner reveals country park proposals

A businessman who owns Bawsey Pits has spoken of his aspirations for the beauty spot in years to come.

It follows an illegal rave in woodland there over the weekend, which one man was arrested in connection with.

Bawsey Pits (2060109)
Bawsey Pits (2060109)

Stephen Bacon, who bought the site in 2015, said he was "appalled" at the incident, which involved around 30 people.

Residents had raised concerns about the state of the park following the event, though an attendee who contacted the Lynn News claimed they cleared up after themselves.

There are weekly litter picks with paid contractors at the site, Mr Bacon said.

He also admitted there is "an awful lot to do" to make his aspirations for Bawsey become a reality.

Mr Bacon, who is the fourth generation of his family to live in the village, said: "I'm passionate about the countryside and Bawsey is my home.

"I would like it to be something I am remembered for in a good way, I don't want to spoil it."

Among his ideas for the park are an amphitheatre, an arboretum and residential units for on-site security.

"I think we could create something absolutely stunning."

Mr Bacon said on-site security would ensure that if "anything untoward" was going on, someone would be aware of it.

"There's an area there I think is destined to be an amphitheatre, with outdoor picnics," he added.

The area is "effectively a dish", he said, and so would keep noise to a minimum.

He also hopes to create an outdoor arboretum, or a collection of trees, for people to plant in memory of a person or an animal.

"I want it to be a lovely place for people to go of all ages, as it is a huge asset to the region. I want to get it right."

He said he also wants to offer education, conservation and fitness opportunities there.

The next steps for the site are resurfacing works, which are set to take place soon.

"I can't wait for it to be open," he added.

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