Brandon Lewis welcomes victory for localism

Following the news that Great Yarmouth Borough Council has rejected an application from William Hill to open a bookmakers at 19 Market Place, I want to offer some praise to the Localism Act 2011, which was instrumental in giving the power for such decisions to local authorities, rather than being held in Whitehall. One of the first pieces of legislation introduced by the Coalition Government was the Localism Act 2011, which gave local authorities across the UK an unprecedented amount of power over decisions such as these. Only local authorities, working in conjunction with local people, have a real knowledge … Continue reading Brandon Lewis welcomes victory for localism

Brandon welcomes Hospice site unveiling

I have today welcomed the official unveiling of the site of Margaret Chadd House in Hopton. The site, which received planning permission in September, is less than a mile from James Paget University Hospital and will be home to the long-awaited palliative care hospice, put in place by East Coast Hospice. The planning permission granted to East Coast Hospice for the Sidegate Road site is for a 10 bed in patient and 10 place day-care specialist palliative care unit. I am delighted that, after so much hard work by East Coast Hospice, the site for Margaret Chadd House has been … Continue reading Brandon welcomes Hospice site unveiling

Right to Buy on the increase in Great Yarmouth

I was very pleased to hear that, in the last year, the number of council house tenants in Great Yarmouth choosing to buy their property from the council has risen by 133%. Launched in April last year, the new Right to Buy offers council tenants discounts of up to £75,000 to help them buy their home.  After years of Labour running down the Right to Buy, Conservatives have radically increased the discounts.  More and more people are now taking advantage of this opportunity – real proof that Conservative policies are helping those people who work hard and want to get … Continue reading Right to Buy on the increase in Great Yarmouth

Gorleston Post Office to be upgraded

I was delighted to hear yesterday that Gorleston Post Office has been chosen to be upgraded in the Post Office modernisation scheme.  As with Hopton and Filby Post Offices, the Gorleston site will be upgraded to provide: a newly refurbished branch providing a modern open plan environment for customers, the same products and services as before, and longer opening hours. The Gorleston site will close for refurbishment on 19th March and will re-open on 22nd March at 8.30am. I am very pleased that a third Post Office in our area has been chosen for modernisation.  The new regime of longer … Continue reading Gorleston Post Office to be upgraded

Sign up to keep our beaches safe!

As reported on the Great Yarmouth Mercury this morning the RNLI are looking for recruits aged 16 and over to join their lifeguard team. The RNLI perform a vital role in keeping our beaches safe during the summer months, attending 673 incidents between Gorleston and Sheringham in the holiday season last year. Working as an RNLI lifeguard is challenging and rewarding, with the added bonus of knowing you are supporting a very worthwhile charity. RNLI lifeguards are paid at least £7.11 an hour and also gain invaluable experience and qualifications on the job. If you are interested in becoming an … Continue reading Sign up to keep our beaches safe!

Cost of Living Q&A

I’ve just come back from the Pier Hotel where I met residents who had responded to the Cost of Living survey I held over the last few months. The session was a chance to discuss issues raised by the survey and any other matters that people wished to bring up. I was very pleased to hear the range of views expressed during the expression, on topics from the NHS and the European Union to Great Yarmouth Fire Service and the Acle Straight. We certainly didn’t agree on everything but I was glad for the opportunity to state my case and … Continue reading Cost of Living Q&A

More money on offer for Great Yarmouth Council

Yesterday, in the House of Commons, I announced a 25% increase in the Efficiency Award Grant available to Great Yarmouth Borough Council.  The Grant, first described in the announcement of the Local Government Finance Settlement, is there to help councils who look to make efficiency savings and spend residents’ money effectively.  The original figure of £1.8 million has been increased by a further 25% if Great Yarmouth Council can put in the necessary measures to make savings and build their finances on the firm foundations required for the future. The extra money now available to GYBC is a further incentive to … Continue reading More money on offer for Great Yarmouth Council

Great Yarmouth to receive £600,000 jobs boost

My boss, Eric Pickles, has today announced that Great Yarmouth is to be awarded £600,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund.  I, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, businesses and residents have been campaigning for this money since 2011.  Today marks the success of that campaign. The money will be used to create new, sustainable jobs by improving skills in the area and then matching those skills to local job opportunities.  It will allow resident-led social enterprises to create jobs through improving training.  It is estimated that the money will help to create two hundred new businesses and around 300 jobs.  This money … Continue reading Great Yarmouth to receive £600,000 jobs boost