Plans could see bowls green on Great Yarmouth seafront turned into parking
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Bowls players in the town may soon find they have one less green to play on, as proposals have been submitted to extend a seafront car park.
One of the three greens on North Drive is set to become an extension of the Euston Road car park, if the planning application is approved.
The site, opposite the mini roundabout at the eastern end of Euston Road, is currently available for public play from May to September, 10am to dusk, each day.
It is owned by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, and is used by individuals and local clubs throughout the summer months.
The existing car park on the site needs extending, according to the plans, as it is 'regularly full to capacity during the summer months due to its close proximity ti the seafront, and the surround amenities.'
'Whilst the adjacent bowling greens are used during the summer months, they are not commercially viable to maintain. Whilst the scheme will see the loss of a bowling green, it is believed there are still sufficient numbers of outdoor bowling greens along the seafront, including the remaining two immediately adjacent to the proposed extension.'
The car park extension would offer an extra 52 spaces to seafront visitors, bringing the total up to 99 spaces.
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Derek Webster, organiser of the annual Festival of Bowls tournament in the town, said a boost in car parking spaces was needed.
'I think it will actually be of benefit,' he said. 'We did used to use the greens at North Drive but have since used other ones,
'I think it will be positive because parking does get full and it will be quite close to other greens.'
The extended car park would re-purpose some of the railings at the bowling green, and will have the same distinctive sail-shaped sign as at other pay and display car parks in the town.
The plans conclude the proposed car park is 'intended to both relieve the congestion faced by the town during peak holiday season and also increase wealth of the council and local businesses, with limited loss of local amenities.'
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