“I hope it makes a difference, but we have been regenerated more times than Dr. Who.”

That was the comment from a local resident on BBC Norfolk following the announcement that Great Yarmouth is to become an enterprise zone. It is a fair point, why should we believe this would make any difference. Over the last decade, the town has received millions in regeneration money, but its use was restricted to specific projects, seldom having a benefit outside the immediate area.

Forget the technicalities – the tax relief and relaxed planning rules. The enterprise zone means new jobs for the Great Yarmouth area. It will encourage companies in the energy sector to relocate to or expand in Great Yarmouth. We can now compete for millions being spent on constructing and servicing the new offshore wind farms. With those companies come new training opportunities, apprenticeships and well-paid skilled jobs.