08 Aug Regent Road update from Great Yarmouth Council
Great Yarmouth Borough Council update: Great Yarmouth Borough Council is continuing to support recovery action following the fire at the Regent Superbowl and Indoor Market on Friday morning.
Great Yarmouth very much remains open during the peak tourist season, with Regent Road again packed with thousands of tourists today after the council re-opened it as a thoroughfare at the weekend.
The borough council would like to thank the emergency services, council officers and others who have worked at the site over the last four days.
The council’s immediate priorities are public safety and supporting the affected businesses. The council is continuing to liaise with the emergency services, property owner and market traders to support the recovery.
What the council has done:
- Officers were on site at 4am on Friday – half an hour after the fire started.
- By 6pm on Friday, officers had secured the site and made it safe with fencing.
- By 7am on Friday, the council had set up an emergency rest centre in the Marina Centre for any affected residents. Fortunately, this was not needed.
- On Friday night, council officers worked with UK Power Networks to restore power to about 100 households.
- By 6pm on Saturday, the council had opened up a 3-metre walkway past the site to re-connect Regent Road for businesses and tourists.
- On Saturday afternoon, in liaison with the fire service, the council arranged for the damaged windows opposite the fire scene to be made safe.
- On Friday, the council set up an emergency phone number for affected businesses – 12 businesses got in touch over the weekend.
- Environmental Services officers have carried out welfare checks at nearby businesses over the last four days and offered support, where possible, to those who have damaged stock.
- The council’s Housing Options Services has re-housed 2 households in temporary accommodation on an emergency basis.
What the council is doing now:
- The council has contributed £2,000 to a fighting fund to help affected businesses, working in partnership with the EDP and Norfolk Community Foundation
- To further help the affected businesses, the council is investigating potential alternative buildings from which they could trade. The council is also willing to discuss a business rate holiday.
- The council is continuing to liaise with the property owner and will provide any advice and support within the council’s remit to support the recovery.
- Council officers are continuing to monitor the site and liaise with emergency services and the property owner, in order to ensure it continues to remain safe.
The collection of bins around Albion Road has been affected by the fire. Any bins left out will be collected as soon as possible.