Yarmouth town centre manager praises cinema and leisure complex plans

Heart of Town Centre

Heart of Town Centre - Credit: Archant

Great Yarmouth's town centre manager has said that a cinema and leisure complex is something which was 'much needed'.

The Rows artist design

The Rows artist design - Credit: Archant

The idea is part of a new vision for Great Yarmouth's town centre which was launched last week.

Draft plans have been produced by Great Yarmouth Borough Council with the aim of making the seaside town more attractive for residents, visitors and investors.

A wide spectrum of ideas have been put forward, and a consultation is to take place in January to get people's views.

Jonathan Newman, town centre manager said: 'The cinema and leisure complex is something that has long been needed in the town and could boost Yarmouth's evening economy.

Hall Plain

Hall Plain - Credit: Archant

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'There are a lot of towns who face similar struggles but it is good that Yarmouth has a plan and I would urge everyone to make their opinions heard during the consultation period.

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What the proposals will mean

Strengthening the heart of the town centre - Implementing a cinema and leisure complex including cafes, bars and restaurants on part of the King Street car park.

Market Place -Moving the market further north to create space for a new outdoor event and performance space. That would mean repositioning the six day and two day market stalls closer towards the Minster.

The Conge - Mixed use residential led development on the Conge linking it to the Market Place.

Station Gateway - Improve the overall arrival experience by both road and rail. This would inclear clear information, signage and safe well-lit spaces. Also the creation of a new urban waterfront and attractive waterfront walkways and provision of moorings and marine activities.

Hall Plain - Long term plans linked to the introduction of the third river crossing. The project aims to make it a location for 'premium leisure based development' with the creation of a food and drink quarter and promotion of guest houses and hotels.

The Rows - Improved signage, lighting and overall appearance of the rows to help improve footfall

The vision

The council's ultimate vision behind the masterplan is for new investment and employment in the town centre to generate 'renewed pride' in Great Yarmouth by 2025.

From January 9 to January 30, people will be able to complete a consultation form which will be available in electronic and paper formats.

There will also be staffed drop-in exhibition stands in Market Gates on January 18 and 25.

Sheila Oxtoby, the chief executive of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said the council was currently looking to boost the town centre as well,

with the Shopfront Improvement Scheme.

Eligible applicants can ask for grants of up to £3,000 each to help fund shopfront renovation,

decoration and new signage though businesses must cover 25 per cent of the total cost themselves.

Application forms, and a map showing the area covered by the scheme, are available by visiting www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk, emailing shopfront@great-yarmouth.gov.uk or by calling enterpriseGY on 0800 458 0146.

What do you think of the

plans? Email Kieran.Lynch@archant.co.uk

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