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Have your say on plans for Hall Quay

12 July 2019

A consultation is underway asking people for their views on proposals for the Hall Quay area of Great Yarmouth.

Norfolk County Council has been working with Great Yarmouth Borough Council on the project, which aims to regenerate the area and return it to its historic status as a central hub, helping to attract more visitors.

Plans include accessibility improvements for pedestrians, better links for cyclists and changes to landscaping to improve the look and feel of the surroundings and to pave the way for potential future work.

Some changes to the junction of Haven Bridge with Hall Quay are also being put forward but the current capacity of the road would be maintained for general traffic.

The scheme will be funded as part of a £3.2m package to tackle congestion in the town, awarded to the county council from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal with government. The final cost of the project will be decided once the consultation and detailed design has been completed.

Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Transport, said: “It’s fantastic that we’re able to invest in this historic part of Great Yarmouth, thanks to funding support from New Anglia LEP.

“The proposals are designed to bring more people to the area by improving sustainable transport connections and creating larger landscaped areas with new lighting and seating, making it a more pleasant place to be.

“We’d like as many people as possible to get involved to share their views and help us finalise the details for the finished design.”

Councillor Carl Smith, Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “With its historic riverside setting, Hall Quay is one of our town centre’s most special spaces and has huge potential to become a much-needed new restaurant and cafe quarter.

“The public realm improvements are designed to better frame the historic buildings along Hall Quay, attract inward investment and create a landscaped, pedestrian and cyclist friendly environment – a key deliverable of the Great Yarmouth Town Centre Masterplan.

“The proposed improvements by Norfolk County Council are part of making this happen. I therefore encourage people to take a look at the plans and have their say on the proposals during this consultation period.”

Doug Field, Chair of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This exciting project will help regenerate the historic Hall Quay area and make it more accessible and pleasant for pedestrians and cyclists. This is an important scheme being funded through the LEP’s Growth Deal, which supports projects that will help deliver the Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk. Great Yarmouth has a great deal of potential for growth and improvements like these will help to unlock that.”

The deadline for comments is 5pm, Friday 2 August. Consultation responses will be reported back to councillors who will then decide how to proceed with the project. The final design is due to be confirmed in October and, if approved, construction will begin early next year. Full details on the proposals and a link to the online consultation are available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/hallquay.

The same information has been sent to residents and businesses in the immediate area and is on display in Great Yarmouth Town Hall until Thursday 2 August 2019, 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. 

During this time, there are also two opportunities to talk to people working on the project. Members of the County Council’s design team will be available on Thursday 18 July between 12pm and 4pm and on Wednesday 24 July, between 3.30pm and 7pm to discuss the plans with anyone wanting to talk through them in more detail.

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