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Villagers decide to take action against Northern Trust owners of derelict Hemsby Pontins site

PUBLISHED: 07:42 24 October 2017 | UPDATED: 18:59 24 October 2017

Norfolk Fire Service on the scene of a chalet block fire at the former Pontins holiday park site in Hemsby.

Picture: James Bass

Norfolk Fire Service on the scene of a chalet block fire at the former Pontins holiday park site in Hemsby. Picture: James Bass

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Villagers fed up with the state of a derelict holiday camp have voted to taken action.

The fire at Pontins was reportedly visible from Seacroft car park. Photo: James Webster The fire at Pontins was reportedly visible from Seacroft car park. Photo: James Webster

A group of residents in Hemsby have resolved to set up a committee to call on the owners of the former Pontins to clean up the vast site.

At a public meeting held at The Bell pub, nearly 20 villagers voiced their concerns about a recent spate of arson attacks.

The meeting was chaired by Kim Mcadoo who said she had had enough of the vandalism at the site.

Another meeting will be held to decide the remit of the committee, but those at Monday night’s meeting said they would print posters to display around the village and write to Northern Trust, the owner’s of the site.

Aerial pics of the Pontins site in Hemsby. Photo: Simon Carter Aerial pics of the Pontins site in Hemsby. Photo: Simon Carter

The 22 acre site has fallen into a state of disrepair in the nine years since Pontins closed.

In its heyday, the Pontins holiday camp at Hemsby housed tens of thousands of holidaymakers during the season.

Then at the end of 2008, staff were given just 48 hours notice to leave when the camp closed suddenly.

The site’s 50 plus buildings have since fallen into disrepair and have become a target for vandals and arsonists alike.

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