Have your say on the plans for Yarmouth’s Venetian Waterways

Waterways regeneration project, Great Yarmouth

Waterways regeneration project, Great Yarmouth - Credit: Archant

The public will have another chance to comment on a £1.3m improvement scheme for the seafront Waterways on Saturday, after a grand unveiling was postponed due to bad weather.

The Waterways in Great Yarmouth.August 2014.Picture: James Bass

The Waterways in Great Yarmouth.August 2014.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Organisers hope that as well as laying out the plans people will spread picnic blankets in the gardens where a raft of fun family events are being laid on to entertain visitors.

The Waterways is a popular spot for walkers looking for a peaceful haven away from the lively hubbub of the Golden Mile - but has lost some of its appeal over the years as cheaper low-maintenance options took over.

Now all 7.5 acres including the boating lake are at the heart of a restoration plan to restore the gardens to their original glory as a unique, listed, attraction.

But its borough council owners need to know what people think about the plans and a public consultation is running until July 1.

PLACES / YYARMOUTH - BOAT LOAD OF HOLIDAYMAKERS TAKE A TRIP ON THE VENTIAN WATERWAYSDATE; 24TH JULY

PLACES / YYARMOUTH - BOAT LOAD OF HOLIDAYMAKERS TAKE A TRIP ON THE VENTIAN WATERWAYSDATE; 24TH JULY 1967C3887FOA AUg 2014 - Credit: Archant


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The masterplan is on display in the Town Hall foyer and will travel to the Waterways for the day.

Subject to the weather, the event will also include gardening activities such as potting, a tin can alley, rock/stone painting, boat blowing, giant noughts and crosses, and bottle bowling.

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Currently, there is a sign at the Waterways directing people to four seafront cafes in the area (the Beach Hut, the Waterways Café, the Coffee Shack, and Munchies) where people can view smaller displays for the design proposals and pick up a consultation form.

The designs have been drawn up following a trawl of documents and original plans to ensure the restoration is as accurate as possible.

Under the plans the gardens will see exuberant planting, pergola walkways and a cafe-style island.

Timber pedalos and rowing boats will also make a return to the boating lake but the Venetian style gondolas have been deemed beyond repair.

However, it is hoped there will still be a place for the figureheads in the gardens, possibly adding a sculptural element as bench ends.

There will also be general repairs to the bridges and thatched shelters.

The Waterways opened in 1928. As well as being a unique survival it is also unique in social history having been commissioned as a job creation scheme by the council.

The original scheme was considered 'bold' for moving away from familiar seaside bedding.

People can also still view the design proposals online and take part in the consultation until July 1 at www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/have-your-say.

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