Overwhelming public approval to Waterways plans

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

The public has given its nod of approval to plans that would rejuvenate Great Yarmouth's Waterways.

Waterways consultation in Great Yarmouth 11/06/2016

Waterways consultation in Great Yarmouth 11/06/2016 - Credit: Archant

The first major consultation into the proposals took place on Saturday, and large crowds of people flocked to see what plans are in store for the peaceful haven on the town's busy seafront.

The £1.3m restoration scheme would see timber pedalos and rowing boats brought back to the boating lake.

It also features a small cafe installed on the island, exuberant planting and pergola walkways.

Under the restoration, the gardens will be returned to their former glory and be as historically accurate as possible.

For Michael Pearson, who lives near the site, the site is a big part of his family's history.

He said: 'Both my father and grandfather worked at the Waterways and I can remember what it was like when I was a child.

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'I am happy to see they are sticking to the historical plans while also implementing some modern technology. New planting, the re-thatching of the shelters and the boating lake are all something which will excite a lot of people.

David Allen, a landscape architect behind the plans said: 'There was an overwhelming level of approval to the plans, a lot of positivity, especially towards the boating lake and floral displays and there have been some good questions raised such as the security of the site.

'We are looking to have two full time gardeners and we have ideas on how we can maintain the site such as gating off the bridges at night to restrict people's access to the island.'

Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the owner, is working with the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, on the plans and the next step is to encourage the Heritage Lottery Funding to put some money towards the proposals.

People can d take part in the consultation until July 1 at www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/have-your-say.