Pre-planning application fees to be charged across borough

A full meeting of Great Yarmouth Borough Council has agreed that prospective planning applicants who seek advice and guidance before submitting a bid will be charged.

The full council vote on Wednesday night will lead to the introduction of the new fee regime from the beginning of October.

Exemption would include charities, parish councils, adaptations for disabled people and enquiries relating to a refused or withdrawn planning application or any follow up enquiry within six months of the original one.

Scheme to root out unethical landlords is approved

A selective landlord licensing scheme for a deprived Great Yarmouth ward that will root out unethical and rogue landlords has been approved.

A full meeting of Great Yarmouth Borough Council has agreed to introduce the five year scheme from January for the Nelson ward, which would involve inspections to find unethical and sub-standard landlords.

The scheme will require landlords of most private rented housing to be licensed and meet conditions around health and safety and standards.

The council says improved property management standards will contribute to an overall improvement in living conditions and a better quality of life for residents.


Market relocation petition is not discussed by councillors

A decision has been made to defer discussing a petition over a contentious consultation about relocating Great Yarmouth’s market.

The borough council is consulting on possible plans to move the market towards the Minster end of the Market Place area as part of an overall town centre masterplan.

It has met opposition from market traders who say they have invested a lot of time and money in their current lots, with council leaders saying nothing is set in stone.

A petition against any possible relocation which had gathered more than 3,000 signatures was presented to the council and was due to be discussed on Wednesday night by councillors, but they heard the petition organiser, after discussions with the council, wanted to defer the debate to a later date.

County’s emergency services welcome tough sentences for assaults

Norfolk’s emergency services chiefs have welcomed a new law which will double the maximum sentence for anyone convicted of assaulting an emergency service worker to twelve months.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday, September 13, and will come into force in November.

The crackdown comes just months after Home Office figures revealed a 32pc rise in assaults on police officers in Norfolk, with 515 attacks recorded between April 2017 and March 2018.

The figures equate to a further 125 officers assaulted, compared to the 390 assaults in 2016-17.

Search for missing Yarmouth man Tony Green continues

Photo Source – Great Yarmouth MercuryTony Green Picture: Tony Green's family

Norfolk Police are continuing their search of Great Yarmouth for missing man Tony Green.

A spokesperson for Norfolk Police has confirmed searches have been carried out around the River Yare and River Bure with the help of a drone.

The 25-year-old was last seen on Saturday night in Bar X on Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth.

His family are growing increasingly concerned as he suffers from type one diabetes. They believe he will have ran out of insulin as he only had enough to last him a couple of days.

They were expecting him to return to his grandmother’s house in Yarmouth after his night out on Saturday.

Inquest opened into the death of three-year-old who died in Gorleston beach tragedy

An inquest has opened into the death of a three-year-old girl who died after being thrown from a inflatable trampoline on Gorleston beach.

Ava-May Littleboy, of Princes Gardens, Lower Somersham, near Ipswich, died on Sunday, July 1, when she came off the trampoline at Lower Esplanade.

Opening the inquest into Ava-May’s death, Jacqueline Lake, senior coroner for Norfolk gave the medical cause of death as a traumatic head injury.

She said Ava-May had been playing on an inflatable trampoline in Lower Esplanade and was seen to come off it and land on the beach.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The hearing was adjourned for a pre-inquest review at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Carrow House, Norwich, on December 11.

Ava-May Littleboy, who died after being thrown from a trampoline in Gorleston.

Photo Source – Great Yarmouth Mercury

 Circus performer practices death-defying act on edge of church in Great Yarmouth

Amazing footage has emerged of a circus performer practicing his act for the Out There Festival on the edge of a church in Great Yarmouth.

Residents watched on in shock as the performer balanced on two stacked chairs on the edge of the Church of Saint Spyridon.

He appeared to control a drone which was hovering above him.

You can catch this incredible act and many others at the Out There festival this weekend.

 A circus performer practices his death-defying act on the edge of the Church of Saint Spyridon. Picture: Joseph Norton

Photo Source – Great Yarmouth Mercury

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