Meeting Details

Gorleston Area Public Forum
11 Dec 2018 - 18:30 to 19:30
  • Documents
  • Attendance
  • Visitors
  • Declarations of Interests



Standard Items

You have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in a matter to be discussed if it relates to something on your Register of Interests form. You must declare the interest and leave the room while the matter is dealt with.

You have a Personal Interest in a matter to be discussed if it affects
•    your well being or financial position
•    that of your family or close friends
•    that of a club or society in which you have a management role
•    that of another public body of which you are a member to a greater extent than others in your ward.
You must declare a personal interest but can speak and vote on the matter.

Whenever you declare an interest you must say why the interest arises, so that it can be included in the minutes. 



There were no declarations of interest.


To receive any apologies for absence. 



Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Borg, Fairhead and Flaxman-Taylor.



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To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 18 September 2018.





The minutes of the meeting held on 18 September 2018 were confirmed.



To consider any matters arising from the above minutes.



(i) Disabled drivers on Ravine


It was reported that Councillor Plant had looked into this and could find no evidence of this.



(ii) Dykes


Councillor B Williamson reported that all of the dykes from Burgh Road through to Southtown Common had now been cleared out and the water levels had returned to normal.



To receive an update on Beach Huts.




It was reported that 13 out of 20 had been sold and building of the amenities block would start on the 10th December and would be completed by February 2019.  The beach huts would start being built by 1st March 2019 which could be occupied by April. 



To receive an update on the work carried out by Anglian Water.




Councillor Williamson reported that since the early 2000's Burgh Road has had flooding issues.  Anglia Water had now agreed to put in one large pipe down Burgh Road round into Harfrey's Road onto Southtown Common to the pumping station at a cost of £4.5m and this was scheduled in for 2019 and it was hoped to start work on this in March 2019.


Councillor Plant stated that this was a joint effort involving Anglia Water, Norfolk County Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council and was a real achievement.  


A resident from Burgh Road stated that the highway drain outside their property had flooded with the flash floods the week earlier and Councillor Plant stated that he would arrange for this one to be cleared out again.



A public question time session will be held for a fifteen minute period.




(i) Pedestrian Lights


A Member of the public asked if pedestrian lights could be installed at Magdalen Way/ Crab Lane as it was quite dangerous to cross in this area and Councillor's Plant and C Walker stated that they would look into this and would consider merging of ward budgets to fund this.  It was reported that Norfolk County Council were monitoring this area to get an evidence base but it was suggested that a longer delay on the traffic lights might help pedestrian with their crossing time.



(ii) Gorleston Library


Members of the public asked if Norfolk County Council could pledge to keep Gorleston Library open and Councillor Plant stated that it was their policy to keep libraries open, however concern was expressed that Norfolk County Council could pledge this due to cuts across the country and the savings that they were required to make.  Councillor Plant stated that Norfolk County Council had made savings in other areas and that they would be writing to Government to ask them if the RSG Grant reduction could be spread over 3 years in order to help. Councillor C Walker stated that with the levels of cuts coming from Government they could not categorically state that they would not be closing the library. 



(iii) Beacon Park Housing


A Member of the public asked if with the addition of  287 properties on Beacon Park would there be any additional services provided such as doctors, schools and dentists.


Councillor Wainwright stated that the Government tells the Council how many houses it needs to build and if this figure is not met then they are fined and this figure is currently 350 houses a year for Great Yarmouth Borough Council and that space has been allocated on Beacon Park for a school, supermarket and retail along with affordable housing which will include 6 flats.  The Council's Local Plan details where housing should be built and this is a 15 year plan.  



(iv) Duncan's Pump


A member of the public stated that the lights were out at the steps and it was dangerous to use and asked when this area would be repaired.  Councillor Plant stated that he would look into this.



(v) Gorleston Model Boat Pond


A member of the public asked if there could be a better water fountain in the middle as the current one is a dribble.  It was reported that the current one is blocked and that this is going to be cleaned out.



(vi) Children's Centre 


A member of the public asked when they were able to see the plans at Norfolk County Council level on what was planned for the Children's Centre services as a user of the services they would like to know what was happening.  It was reported that the Consultation Process had now closed and feedback from this was available on the Council's website.



(vii) Gorleston Promenade Corrugated fencing 


A member of the public asked if it was cost effective for the Council to still keep erecting this fencing and removing it after each winter as there would be a cost for labour of this and a storage cost.  Councillor Plant stated that yes this was cost effective as the bill for removing the sand with a bulldozer at the end of the winter for higher. 



(viii) Splash Pad Pumping Station 


A member of the public asked if the Council could improve the look of the pumping station by painting pictures on it as it currently looks out of place as a bright green box on the promenade.  It was suggested that local school children or a community group could paint it.



To consider any other business as may be determined by the Chairman of the meeting as being of sufficient urgency to warrant consideration.



There was no other business.



To note the date and time of the next meeting as Tuesday 5th March 2019 at 6.30pm.





It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on Tuesday 5 March 2019 at 6.30 pm.


In the event of the Committee wishing to exclude the public from the meeting, the following resolution will be moved:-

"That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part I of Schedule 12(A) of the said Act."


No other member attendance information has been recorded for the meeting.
NameReason for Sending ApologySubstituted By
No apology information has been recorded for the meeting.
NameReason for AbsenceSubstituted By
Carol Borg  
Marlene Fairhead  
Kay Grey  

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.





Councillor Wainwright (in the Chair), Councillors Pratt, B Walker, C Walker, Williamson and Wright (Great Yarmouth Borough Council).


Councillors Plant and C Walker (Norfolk County Councillors).


Karline Smith (Member Services Officer) and Julie Woods (MESH).



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