Arsonists target derelict Pontins site in Hemsby

The former Pontins site at Hemsby.; May 2011; Picture: James Bass

The former Pontins site at Hemsby.; May 2011; Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2011

A fire in a chalet at the former Pontins site in Hemsby was started deliberately.

Firefighters were called to the derelict holiday camp yesterday (July 28) evening at around 9.15pm.

One appliance from Martham fire station dealt with a small fire in a derelict building on Beach Road.

Crews used hose reel jets to extinguish the fire which had been deliberately ignited.

An application to build 200 houses on the former Pontins site in Hemsby was refused in April by six votes to five.

Planning permission to build homes at the site has been refused four times since the camp closed with the loss of 55 jobs.

At its peak the holiday site could accommodate 2,000 people.

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Former accommodation on the Pontins site comprised extensive ranges of flat roofed chalet blocks together with a large facilities building.

It had boasted a swimming pool and arcade, both of which were closed in the years before the site shut.