Heartbroken traders react to controversial plans to redevelop town’s market place

Traders on the historic Great Yarmouth market have described their heartbreak at the council’s controversial plans to redevelop the market place.

On Tuesday, Great Yarmouth Borough Council announced proposals for a £2.7m redevelopment which would see 36 new single and double stall units installed under a new “architectually-striking” market canopy.

The council claim the new facilities will make the market “fit for the 21st century”.

Stallholders have accused the council of showing a lack of compassion and messing with their livelihoods.

Council leader for Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Graham Plant, believes the meeting they had with traders on Tuesday night helped to identify problems “which need to be looked at”.

The plans will be considered by the council next Tuesday with the aim of the new market opening in spring 2020. During the redevelopment traders will be moved onto a temporary site on the Market Square.


Balmy Autumn temperatures set to give way to a wet and windy weekend

Summer temperatures are set to give way to gales as the east feels the affects of storm Callum over the weekend.

Norfolk’s record breaking summer, has continued into Autumn but we have seen the last of the blue skies and sunshine as things are set to turn cloudier, windier and a lot wetter.

Norfolk has enjoyed highs of 22.7C recently , just 1.1 degree below the UK high of 23.8C which was reported in Gravesend, Kent.

While the warm temperatures are set to continue over the next day or so the sunshine will disappear giving way to rain overnight and Friday into Saturday.7


Holidaymaker describes his shock after blaze at former Pontins site

A holidaymaker has described his shock after he went out for a walk and returned to see the old Pontins site in Hemsby up in flames.

It is the second fire in less than three months at the site on Beach Road with residents calling for landowners, Northern Trust, to “do something” to the derelict holiday park.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service say they were called to the fire at 10.20pm on Tuesday night but the cause is still unknown.

An eyewitness said they could see 10ft flames coming from the site.

Dave Penny, 52, is staying at Florida Chalet Park and Clubhouse which neighbours the former Pontins site.

He said: “We heard banging when we left last night and when we returned the fire brigade were here putting a fire out. We saw smoke and it was quite a shock to come back to.

“It’s really sad because we used to go to Pontins regularly as a family but now the site just seems to have been left to rot.”

Brian Tomlinson, 70, who lives on Newport Road which backs onto the site, said he saw two cars parked on the opposite side of the road last night which rose his suspicions.

In August, more than 90 firefighters tackled a large fire which caused extensive damage to the derelict holiday park.

Following that blaze, Northern Trust was advised they needed to secure the site.


Teen to live the football dream after this donation

A teenager has been gifted a wheelchair worth more than £8,000 so he can progress in the world of wheelchair football.

Edward Boca, from Great Yarmouth, plays wheelchair football in goal for Norwich City Powerchair Football Club.

The 17-year-old started the sport when his mother, Dorinela Boca, 42, worried that her son was becoming isolated when he was diagnosed with Spinal muscular atrophy type 2 aged nine.

The condition affects the East Norfolk Sixth Form College student’s muscles leaving him with little movement in his arms and legs.

Mr Boca relied on borrowing a spare specialist wheelchair the club had to play which made it difficult to play regularly as the chair had to be shared with teammates, but buying his own was a financial issue as the Strike Force sports wheelchair that was ideal for Edward cost an eye watering £8,026.  Caudwell Children, a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, was able to step in and help the family.

Now Mr Boca, and his Norwich City teammates, have progressed to the national league and are about to kick-off the new season in the Muscular Dystrophy UK Championship.



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