Ship impounded in Great Yarmouth on the verge of being sold.

A ship which has been impounded in Great Yarmouth port for more than two years is on the verge of being sold.

The Indian owned supply vessel  Malaviya Twenty that has been stuck in Great Yarmouth since June 2016 due to “missing” wages for its staff members is now being sold by the Admiralty Marshal.

The ship, which is estimated to be worth between £700,000 and £800,000, was “arrested” by the Admiralty Marshal when the crew’s lawyers secured a High Court order last month. The boat’s owners went into liquidation in January.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) had said 33 crew members had been on and off the vessel since October 2015 and not received wages.

Its sister boat, Malaviya Seven, was sold last year after being stranded with a crew for more than a year in Scotland.

Opposition to ‘huge and overpowering’ homes at Broads marina

An action group has been formed to flag concerns over a bid for new riverside homes and footpath access.

The Friends of Bure Park have come up with a list of issues they want the authorities to consider when they decide on a proposed development for the former Marina Quays site in Great Yarmouth.

Under the plans the East Anglian Group and Everitt Marine Services want to provide a mix of homes, and public and residential moorings on the site.

But opponents say the area lies outside the settlement boundary and are concerned about the potential erosion of public access. The group wants people to think about the nature of the eight new homes and whether they will benefit the people of Great Yarmouth and about whether the impact will justify the touted tourism benefits.

The group is also concerned about traffic, especially with the access being close to the traffic lights at the filling station on Caister Road.

The group can be contacted via

Online shopping service launches at Great Yarmouth market

Lovers of Great Yarmouth’s historic marketplace can now browse and purchase their favourite items 24 hours a day.

The ‘click and collect’ service works by people logging onto the ShopAppy website or app for iOS and android where they can browse and choose products from a variety of stalls and pay for them in one transaction.

The Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership is piloting the service for 12 months with 21 market trader’s already signed up to the scheme.

Jonathan Newman, of the town centre partnership, said: “I’m very excited to see the service finally launch here and I hope people will adapt to it to suit their different tastes and requirements.

He goes on to say “We’ve had a mixed reaction from traders as they’re used to trading with people face-to-face but we expected it to take time. We’re hoping it is going to encourage local people to shop in local businesses.”

Some traders and customers have expressed scepticism about the scheme. However, the service offers those who don’t have the time to visit the market during working hours with the opportunity to collect their purchases at a time and location that is convenient for them.

Collections can be made either directly from the market stall or The Market Tavern pub.

The service is part of the EU-funded Go trade initiative aiming to revitalise nine markets across England and France.

To give it a try go to or download the app

Former Norfolk MP and hospital chairman given top NHS job

A former Norfolk MP and hospital chairman has been given one of the health service’s top jobs.

David Prior will take over as chairman of NHS England this autumn.

He served as MP of north Norfolk between 1997 and 2001, and in 2002 was made chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Lord Prior, who is from Swannington, was caught up in an investigation into financial irregularities at private psychiatric hospital Cawston Park in 2006, but was cleared of any involvement in 2007.

He still has significant Norfolk links, including being involved in the founding of Jane Austen College and Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, and is the chairman of Norwich Primary Academy.

Lord Prior’s appointment could still be challenged by the House of Commons health and social care committee, but the government does not have to heed its advice.

Historic buildings to open their doors

Heritage Open Days events are being held at buildings and venues across the borough of Great Yarmouth over the next two weekends.

Following its success in previous years, this national event has now been extended over two weekends and offers the rare chance for people to take a glimpse at fascinating, historic buildings, some of which are not normally open to the public, for free.

Visits to buildings such as the Fisherman’s Hospital, the Royal Naval Hospital, the Nelson Museum, Tolhouse Gaol and Great Yarmouth Masonic Lodge and Royal Assembly Rooms are but a few that are included in this annual event on the list for Great Yarmouth area venues.

Many of these buildings will also be offering tours.

The first Heritage Open Days event runs September 6 to 9 and is followed next week on September 13 to 16.

Check out the website for more information, opening times and tours, by visiting             

Volunteers Needed For Emergency Exercise

Volunteers are needed for a emergency rest centre training exercise at a Great Yarmouth seafront leisure centre and swimming pool.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is holding the exercise at the Marina Centre on September 11th between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

Volunteers would be acting as evacuees or more specific roles, including an individual with dementia, someone who has forgotten their medication and someone who requires a space for prayer.

Other roles advertised are a breastfeeding mother, someone having a panic attack, a smoker trying to smoke inside and someone who is acting hostile.

Organisers also say this is an opportunity to learn more about rest centres, give some feedback on rest centre operation, and meet new people.

Free refreshments will be provided.

For more information, or to say you would like to come, email

For details on the borough council’s emergency response plans visit


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