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The Summer Season cometh and –

It's good to see SOME investment taking place on “The Front”, especially as the cost of getting to GY is now so very high let alone the prices people are being charged in so many places once here but there are a few things that are in serious need of a shake up / clean up.

One “hobby horse” of mine is the scruffy state of Landau drivers.  I mentioned this in the past.

Would it be so very difficult for the Council to impose a dress code for the drivers? Nothing too flash, maybe just a “Straw Boater for fine days and a Sou'wester or some such if (!) it ever rains. Add a standard waistcoat and a standard waterproof cape for when it's needed and Robert's your mother's brother – a marked improvement from the scruff bags that we presently have.

Another thing that gets to me is the appalling state of the Pleasure Beach.

Have the proprietors never heard of paint?

Especially on that awful giant who looks as if he's got terminal psoriasis at present.

Then there's the limited opening hours. “We close 'cos there's no business” will be the wail.


Provide an attraction and they will come! Apart from anything else you guys are supposed to provide a facility and an attraction for GY, not just an expensive money magnet raising the maximum profit for the minimum cost to yourselves.

These are things that GY council could, and more importantly SHOULD be taking more than an interest in.

Anyone got other things they believe could be improved by a little investment from those who claw in their money from?

I can think of a few more but those I've mentioned are the ones that I believe could deliver the biggest bang for the buck.


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One of the things that really gets my blood up are the dodgy businesses that set themselves up in Regent Road for the summer. You know, the ones that have a big sign at the front proclaiming Playstation 3 consoles for £5 that usually attract a crowd of tourists thinking they're getting an amazing deal. I've not seen one of those in the past few years (although I've not been to Regent Road recently) but certainly a few years back, for a few summers on the trot, I'd see them and wonder why they weren't being actively closed down by trading standards.
Then there's the arrival at the train station. If you've ever arrived by train to great yarmouth, the last 200 metres or so into the train station are utterly depressing. Also, if you've ever tried to walk from the train station to the sea-front, you'd soon realise what a horrible experience it is. Something needs to be done about that part of town too.
Great Yarmouth had a fantastic set of amenities, unrivalled for many miles and for a small town, possibly unrivalled throughout the whole country, I am very proud of the town, and feel privileged to live in such a beautiful area HOWEVER it has always seemed to me that the council is in a state of paralysis, confused about what to do for development, is it an offshore industry town or a tourist town, and a a consequence NOTHING got done for many years. Of course we've seen the outer harbour in the last few years and the redevelopment of the sea front, but sadly it was all a bit too late, too many people had been and seen the shambles the town had been allowed to become, and all the oil companies had up sticks to other more accomodating Towns.

I agree that the train station and it's surrounds are depressing and shabby, but I don't think they are much worse than many other railway environs, just think of the walk from Norwich station to the city centre, or the sights that would greet anyone unfortunate enough to go to Lowestoft on a train! Besides, the days of hundreds of visitors coming by train are so far gone, it's amazing anyone even remembers them!

Nowadays, rightly out wrongly, most people visit will come by
(clicked post by accident)... Car. And that means bad roads - don't even talk about the acle straight - and really really really bad parking. Simply, there's not enough and what there is is too expensive. Look where trade is thriving: out of town retail parks and large supermarkets, what do they have in common? FREE PARKING.

The strip could be used to host street markets, and other attractions and.exhibitions. oh, and please stop wasting money on the summer fireworks!!

So, what's here is amazing, now the council just needs to wake up shout about what we have and make it easier to get here and stay here!
East norfolk friendship
I came to Gt. Yarmouth in the 50's and my parents had a boarding house on Victoria Road, the 60's were fantastic for holidays in Great Yarmouth and the beaches were packed, but then came the cheap package holidays abroad and bit by bit the town went down, especially when businesses got greedy and holidaymakers didn't get a fair crack of the whip, everything was costly, and then more recently bedsit land brought the whole area down.  I remember all of the houses in and around the sea front were in excellent condition, but look at them now.  such a shame.

I love Great Yarmouth, but dearly love Gorleston (now there is Great Yarmouth's secret) and it's up and coming on the beach area, lovely area to be summer and winter alike, I recommend it.
Lorraine R
If people parked correctly and did not use up 3 places for one parked car there would be so so so much more space.l cant understand why the council dont mark off the bays beside the road on the front...then people would have to park better ... it would also bring in more money for the council and more people would happily come to the resort  l have heard visitors say they wont come again there is nowhere to park  where is the common sense?
I believe some local volunteers are about to paint some murals depicting Yarmouth's history along a section of the station up towards the Vauxhaul bridge. I read about it in the Advertiser this week (front page). This must improve the look of our very depressing station.
Jackie F
Well said Lorraine R.

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