December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
Residents of Halfway House have voted to keep the estate’s name off official maps, with some fearing association with drug rehab.
The Make it Happen community group had applied to Great Yarmouth Borough Council for the area to be known officially as “Halfway House Estate”, with the name becoming part of residents’ postal addresses and used on maps.
But proposals were shot down in a vote, with 122 against it and just 60 people in favour. A total of 391 voting slips had been sent out to households.
And comments left on the Mercury’s sister website www.streetlife.com give clues as to why the name was rejected.
One read: “I see the history, very well explained. Unfortunately since that time the name halfway house has been used for drop-in centres and for drug rehabilitation. Would this then affect the area?”
Another agreed the name has “negative connotations”, and a third said it was a “daft” idea.
The people pushing the idea said they were “disappointed”, and are now pursuing a blue plaque to remember the area’s heritage instead.
It would be installed on the former site of the long-demolished Halfway House pub, off Beccles Road, after which the estate is still unofficially known.
Reg Taylor, the chairman of the Make it Happen Neighbourhood Board, said: “We are disappointed, because the
aim was to highlight that this area
has an individual identity and
history, but the result of the vote is clear and we must listen to the community.
“However, many people will continue to call it Halfway House and I think a blue plaque would be an ideal way to commemorate the origins of the name and remember the area’s history.”
The Halfway House pub was the halfway point between Haven Bridge and the Feathers Pub in Gorleston, originally used as a stopping place for horse-drawn trams and buses.
The building was demolished in 1968 to make way for the dual carriageway on Beccles Road, and most of the site is now occupied by council homes.
But the name stuck and some people still unofficially refer to the neighbourhood and the existing bus stop as Halfway House.
Penny Linden, the borough council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “This was a community-led proposal, and the council’s role was to carry out the ballot to test the will of the community.
“The proportion of responses shows people were engaged in the debate.”
Others had suggested naming the area the Gorleston Angel Estate, after the pub’s earlier name, the Gorleston Angel.
A variety of official names are used to refer to the neighbourhood. It is referred to by some as Southtown, but has the postal address as Gorleston.
And while it is within the Claydon borough ward, it has little association with Claydon.
It also comes under the Breydon county ward, but again has no geographical link for residents.
The proposed area for Halfway House included William Adams Way, Beccles Road to the White Horse roundabout, the southern end of Suffolk Road into Harfrey’s Road, Common Road, Manor Road, Manor Close, Alpha Road and Southtown Common.
To share your views on the idea of a blue plaque, call community development manager, Holly Nocutt, on firstname.lastname@example.org