Gorleston Pier

Last week, I met with over sixty local residents who wanted to discuss issues about Gorleston Pier. It was an unexpected meeting, as originally I was invited to meet just two people. However, it was a useful meeting and it was an opportunity to dispel a few of the myths that have circulated around the community recently.

As a result, I have undertaken the following for concerned residents:

1. Asked Eastport to outline their plans for the pier and ask them to consider re-opening the car park.

2. Asked First Buses to investigate extending local bus routes to include a stop in the pier area.

3. Forwarded the petition presented at the meeting to the responsible authorities, in this case Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk County Council

4. Started organising a full public meeting, so that councillor can listen to residents’ concerns and answer questions. Anne Edwards, the editor of the Great Yarmouth Mercury, has kindly agreed to chair the meeting and I am sure she will publicise it through her newspaper. Cllr. Steve Ames, Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, and Cllr. Ann Steward, Cabinet Member for Economic Development on Norfolk County Council have also accepted my invitation to attend. As soon as a date and venue is confirmed, we will send out further details.

11th August 2011