December 22 2014 Latest news:
by Sam Russell
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Foundations are being laid for the long-term economic growth of Great Yarmouth, with the future a “positive picture”.
Business leaders say the borough’s growing energy sector has caught the interest of international firms.
And the next generation of engineers will train at Nexus Engineering Training Centre –officially opened this month in Gorleston – to help meet this demand.
Strategic plans also aim to encourage growth, including an earmarked South Denes energy park and an A12/A143 link road at Beacon Park to open access towards Bury St Edmunds.
Bernard Williamson, the borough council’s cabinet member for transformation and regeneration, said: “It’s a positive picture and we’re very hopeful.
“There’s a lot of interest from the Chinese and right through the spectrum to use Yarmouth as a base.”
He added the outer harbour was “going very well” and turned a profit in its most recent accounts.
The newly-constructed Nexus Engineering Training Centre was officially opened on December 14. It was built by Wellington Construction, and offers a range of course subjects, including renewables.
Keith Loveys, centre manager, said: “Engineering has had a bit of a glut for some time, and we need skilled engineers. This is going to raise the aspirations of young people into engineering, and fill that void in local industry.”
A wider blueprint for Beacon Park would see 1,000 homes and a new school built, as the area grows with the economy.
And more than 300 jobs will be created if a proposed Sainsbury’s superstore gains planning permission at the site.
Meanwhile, the tourist industry has recorded a strong quarter.
Alan Carr, chief executive of Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority, said September was boosted hugely by thousands of visitors to the Maritime Festival, heritage open days, the Bowls Festival, the Out There Festival, the Eastern Festival and the International Brotherhood of Magicians’ convention.
He added that October half-term was also strong and group visits to the borough continued throughout November with turkey and tinsel breaks.
Further investment is in the pipeline with a £35m seafront casino complex planned, but building work will not be started until autumn 2013 – a year later than originally planned. Albert Jones, managing director of Pleasure and Leisure, is the man behind the scheme.
Plunging oil prices will have a damaging effect on the region’s energy sector, but the impact will be more keenly felt in Scotland, industry experts have warned.