Residents of Gorleston have scored a key victory in the fight to preserve the sea front as a place for family leisure.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council announced plans on their website to extend the car park at the lower esplanade after concerns of overcrowding at peak season. After seeing the announcement, hundreds of local residents went online to protest over concerns that the proposed car park was too close to the nearby paddling pool and play-park, potentially putting children at risk.
Now the council have backed down, and are looking for an alternate site which will serve the sea front without affecting Gorleston’s unique beach attractions. Protester Brenda Fuller welcomed the news, telling the BBC that the decision was “a victory for the people of Gorleston,” and everyone who currently enjoys the “lovely Victorian sea front”.
The council will be meeting owners of a privately-owned car park on the pier next week to see if it can be reopened and made available to the public.