Great Yarmouth Borough council makes more than £50,000 from parking fines in a year

Howard Street car park was the worst hit area for drivers in the borough with 325 motorists being fined, this was followed by the car park at King Street which saw 289 people fined and Market Place car park at 178.

Howard Street car park proved to be the most costly for drivers, who were fined a total of £9,725. King Street was second at £8,650.

Tribune, a political party in Great Yarmouth has previously called on the borough council to scrap parking charges completely,

The £51,475 the council made from fines in 2017/18 is considerably less than the amount they received from parking fines in 2016/17 with £65,100.

Council leader, Graham Plant, believes this decrease is down to drivers learning they cannot get away with illegal parking.

Mr Plant added the money the council receives from parking fines goes solely towards highway maintenance.

The party has suggested the first two hours could be made free, with any stay over that being charged at the standard rate.


 Shocking shortcomings in Norfolk’s end-of-life care revealed

People’s dying days are being made even tougher by a shortage of 82 specialist beds and services that vary hugely across Norfolk, councillors heard.

A meeting was dedicated to examining the services for those who are dying – called palliative care.

It heard that families who expected their loved ones to go into an NHS community hospital in their last days were “surprised to find these beds are not available”.

Robert May, 76, from Great Yarmouth, spoke about when his terminally-ill wife Sylvia was taken into hospital with sepsis last year.

Mrs May, 73, has a range of conditions which are only seen combined in 40 in every 250,000 patients.

One of her illnesses, fibrosing alveolitis, had never been seen by her doctor it was so rare. She cannot walk, has to use a catheter, and often cannot breathe.

But after a stay in the James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) for sepsis, as nurses were discussing her moving back home, the couple’s daughter asked what happened at night if her mother needed to use the toilet.

Mr May said she was given the shocking news about be left “padded up” overnight without being cleaned.

Mr May, whose wife never came home and is now cared for at Ritson Lodge, in Hopton, spoke as councillors grilled health bosses.

At Tapping House, in King’s Lynn, up to seven beds are available on the NHS. Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich provides 16 specialist in-patient beds for those who still needs focused care. Some beds are available in Suffolk at St Elizabeth Hospice and St Nicholas Hospice.

There are also some beds available in Norfolk’s hospitals. But these were only for those who needed to be under the supervision of clinicians.

The NHS nationally and locally prefers people to be cared for at home in their final days.

In all areas apart from Great Yarmouth and Waveney a hospice at home team is in place, offering the care of a hospice but in the community.

A new service for Great Yarmouth and Waveney is currently out for procurement.

A carers’ advice line is about to be launched and health bosses said they were looking to address inequalities across the area.


Bid for 45 new homes in Broadland village gets go ahead

Planners at Great Yarmouth Borough Council said the scheme – which has drawn concerns – would be a significant boost to housing supply.

The application came from developers La Ronde Wright who asked to build on agricultural land to the south of Somerton Road, close to Flegg High Ormiston Academy in Martham.

The development will see an existing barn on Church Farm converted into two homes, with the addition of 43 further homes and associated infrastructure.

It includes a new network of access roads, public green spaces and a pond area, and would be situated to the east of White Street.

Six of the homes have been earmarked for social housing and three as affordable homes.

One objector tagged it a “horrendous ill-considered” development which would see property prices dip and spoil countryside views.

Concerns were also raised about traffic, pressure on local services, and flooding.


Landowners of old Pontins site warned to ‘sort themselves out’

The landowners of the fire ravaged former Pontins site have been warned by a councillor to ‘sort themselves out’ before a potentially “fatal incident” takes place.

Great Yarmouth Borough council issued Northern Trust, owners of the former holiday site in Hemsby, with a notice to clear out asbestos from the affected buildings following another fire there last Tuesday.

Councillor for East Flegg, James Bensly, has described the site as “an accident waiting to happen” and is concerned with Northern Trust’s lack of action.

Mr Bensly said: “Northern Trust just do not seem to care about the site. It is an accident waiting to happen and we are all starting to fear the inevitable.

“There is a serious risk of a fatal incident taking place and the whole community is extremely concerned.”

Great Yarmouth Borough council have served Northern Trust with a statutory nuisance order which requires them to remove asbestos-containing materials from the fire-damaged buildings.

The fire which took place last Tuesday night was the second blaze in less than three months at the site on Beach Road.

The holiday park in Hemsby was hit by a devastating arson attack in August which had to be tackled by 90 firefighters.

Following this the borough council advised Northern Trust to secure the perimeter of the 22-acre site and demolish the buildings which had been affected by the fire.

Chairman of the Great Yarmouth Borough Council environment committee, Carl Smith, said the council is continuing to “liaise positively with the site owner and their contractor to ensure the community and immediate area remain safe.”


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