Should more be done to attract people to Great Yarmouth’s North Denes dunes?
10:28 20 April 2014
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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.
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”.
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