Should more be done to attract people to Great Yarmouth’s North Denes dunes?

Resident Penny Carpenter calling for more investment in the North Denes area of Great Yarmouth.
North Denes beach and dunes.

Picture: James Bass Resident Penny Carpenter calling for more investment in the North Denes area of Great Yarmouth. North Denes beach and dunes. Picture: James Bass

Lauren Rogers lauren.rogers@archant.co.uk
Sunday, April 20, 2014
10:28 AM

Peace and quiet is what makes Great Yarmouth’s northern end appealing but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored, claim residents who are 
calling for more investment in the dunes area.

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Resident Penny Carpenter calling for more investment in the North Denes area of Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James BassResident Penny Carpenter calling for more investment in the North Denes area of Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

Speaking out as the holiday season gets under way, Collingwood Road resident Penny Carpenter said she would like to see information boards and seating around the North Denes SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), highlighting the area’s importance.

Neighbour Dr John Langley, who sits as a resident on Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s Yarmouth Area Committee, agreed. “If Yarmouth has a future as a seaside town it has to make the best of everything it’s got, not just the peaceful end and not just the candy floss end,” he said.

Ms Carpenter added: “This area is beautiful but I get incensed when there’s nothing for people.

“There’s nothing to tell them about the wildlife or the wind farm. We have to level out the quaintness which attracts people with investment in the area. It needs some TLC.

“I often wonder what on earth the holidaymakers think as they leave the holiday camp at the top of North Drive. They must feel that they are in the land that time forgot.”

Dr Langley likened the contrast between the bright lights of Yarmouth’s Golden Mile and the tranquil North Denes to the differences between Brighton and Hove, and Blackpool and the Fylde – neighbouring seaside spots that sit side by side but “offer two very different types of tourism”.

“If we had an interpretation board telling you what you can see, it might entice a few more people,” he said.

“There’s a great deal of botany, but also the fauna: snakes, the little terns, the seals. We can see seals out of our window every day of the year.”

When asked if an information board could be installed on the dunes, a spokesman for Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “The council is always seeking new ways to further promote the varied attractions of the borough and is happy to meet with anyone with appropriate ideas.

“However, North Denes is a SSSI and SPA (Special Protection Area). Any promotion must be sympathetic, measured and considered to ensure the number of visitors does not increase the risk of damage to this precious habitat.”

They added that the council worked with Keep Britain Tidy and Anglian Water to run regular litter picks at the dunes to aid their “protection and management”.

What do you think? Email lauren.rogers@archant.co.uk.

14 comments

  • I went fishing in this area not so long ago and the amount of dog mess and litter was truly disgraceful. i myself witnessed at least 6 dog owners not picking up after their dogs had defecated and rubbish was blowing everywhere.

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    timmy_two_sheds

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Daisy Roots – 1.6 Miles to be precise (Not Miles off shore) a slight exaggeration on your part. Not a long way off at all, even stood next to the fields they are in you STILL can’t hear them.

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    YesToWind&Solar

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Miles off shore are they DR..! I think not. All I can say is “You should have gone to Specsavers.” I'd say about a mile and a half.

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    MickB1

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • MickB1-the wind farm is miles offshore-very different to having turbines close to housing. The turbines are also situated conveniently to link to the grid at Yarmouth so no massive semi industrial installation linking to the overhead grid. They might be offshore and quite because they are a long way off, but they are never invisible-flicking red lights as the blades go round, they cost far more to install than land based turbines because of the cost of offshore engineering and because a boat is more expensive to run than a flat bed truck. I always though GY missed an opportunity by not having the company paint them to look like beach sandcastle windmills ! As for the tourism-the beach is one of the few remaining decent parts-the camps are owned by big national companies, the major sea front attraction is now bleak and depressing and lost any appeal it might once have had when it was still surrounded by caravans. The long term owners have the casino licence in their pocket but seem to be sitting on it when other bidders are adamant they could have progressed themselves by now. The tourist industry in GY seem to think they are still big hitters but in comparison with many -even smaller places-it is very weak indeed. As for the town-not quite as bad as some like to paint it but successive councils have done their worst. I would suggest that potential holiday makers to the region see Yarmouth as a place to base themselves whilst visiting the beautiful beaches to the north of the town which begin at North Denes, and the countryside-the Broads start at Filby and Ormesby and few are more enchanting than the "seaside" broads of Martham and Horsey just a few minutes drive away.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • “Peace and quiet is what makes Great Yarmouth’s northern end appealing” Look at what is in the back ground on the photo “A Windfarm” and the residents say it is “Peace and quiet” It just goes to show the NIMBY’S are moaning about NOTHING. I used to live just over a mile from a windfarm and Guess what………… IT IS QUIET.

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    MickB1

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Create a secluded car park and then you will have more of a dogging area in Great Yarmouth. This site needs more action.

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    wes1975

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Sounds like a good idea but what is there to attract people?? Gt Yarmouth is dead as a holiday resort, far too expensive for a summer holiday compared to the 60's and 70's. The other problem is actually feeling safe wandering about, you always need to treble check over your shoulder before going to a cash point. I was born and bred in the town and wonder just how many locals there are left.. I fortunately moved out many years ago before it deteriorated to the level it currently sits at.. Lost cause.

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    Mr T

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • I would rather put a deckchair up in my garage than to even go and Visit Great Yarmouth not alone North Denes.. its a mirror imagine of every British seaside resort in the Country...

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    Footyboy16

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • We need more at north Denes end as we have a lot of guest houses in the area that tourism forget about,we need money spent to get more people this end

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    Dene House

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • What is the problem with dogs? as long they are under control? I find the rubbish people leave behind worse. broken glass, cans, even sh*tty pants. as long we clean up after our dogs there should be no problem.

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    Peter PdcPic

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • It's a lovely area to walk or at least it would be if it wasn't for the dogs running wild and the dog mess everywhere.

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    Arthur Ritick-Joints

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • No to development of any kind-the loos and tea rooms are only a stroll away but a big yes to boards explaining the heritage of the area. Boards telling about Grubbs Haven and the Roman port , about the Danes settling the dunes as a fishing haul up, about North Denes and the racecourse which were used by the militia and the yeomanry for centuries,great camps of soldiers marched across Norfolk. Yarmouth was a naval base in the Dutch wars and in the Napoleanic wars. -Nelson came several times. Then there were the beach companies and the WW 1 & 2 batteries and search lights -and the much earlier gibbets near White Gates Farm.The town and the denes are central to Dickens' David Copperfield and we make nothing of any of this-nor of the Anna Sewell connection.We have a very rare form of town plan-now almost destroyed by car parks, an ancient town wall crumbling away, so it is not just North Denes that needs explaining to locals and holiday makers but the whole town-and the philistines on our town council need compulsory history lessons.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Yes absolutely, it's a fabulous area, but first something must be done about the rubbish and that feckless lot of people who lets their dogs run wild over what is a beautiful area.

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    Old Long Balls

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • gy_bourne

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

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