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Council wants seaside revamp investor

PUBLISHED: 07:15 30 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:07 22 October 2010

A Norfolk council has launched a new website dedicated to finding a company willing to invest tens of millions on a prestigious new seaside attraction.

A Norfolk council has launched a new website dedicated to finding a company willing to invest tens of millions of pounds on a prestigious new seaside attraction.

Within three years Yarmouth Borough Council wants to knock down the Marina Centre sports village, an unloved white elephant built in 1982 and out-of-place among other seafront attractions.

In its place, and on 30 acres of land stretching from just south of the Pirate's Cove crazy golf to just north of Sealife gardens, the council wants a landmark tourist attraction to complete the regeneration of the Golden Mile.

A worldwide search for investors was launched yesterday with a new website - www.goldenmile.org.uk - and a £10,000-plus advertising campaign in trade journals.

"Unleash your imagination and think about creating a tourist attraction of regional or national importance," implores the website. "There is now a real buzz of excitement here as residents and businesses can see the future potential."

Yesterday, council deputy chief executive Mark Barrow said: "We would very much like to work in partnership with potential developers and we are open to a variety of different proposals.

"We will of course carefully consider all proposals in light of the town's current offerings to minimise any potential impact to existing businesses and to the local population."


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