Council will repair wall if deemed unsafe

PUBLISHED: 06:30 17 July 2016

The state of an old wall in Great Yarmouth is drawing concerns, but repairs have stalled because no-one is sure who owns it.

The state of an old wall in Great Yarmouth is drawing concerns, but repairs have stalled because no-one is sure who owns it.


Investigations are continuing into the ownership of a problem wall as engineers declare it is “not in a dangerous condition.”

Safety concerns have been raised over the wall in St Nicholas Terrace, which residents and county councillor Mick Castle fear could become a magnet for youngsters over the summer holidays.

Progress over its repair has stalled because no-one can work out who owns it.

In a statement, Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “The council is investigating ownership of the wall, liaising closely with Norfolk County Council, which has a clear interest in that it owns the footpaths on either side.

“The borough council’s expert building control surveyors continue to monitor the wall routinely. At the time of their most recent inspection on Wednesday July 13 the wall was not considered to be in a dangerous condition. Some loose pebbles had to be removed recently to ensure this.

“The borough council is liaising with the county council to ensure that those responsible for the wall remove or repair this section of wall as soon as possible. However, public safety is the borough council’s top priority and if the structure becomes dangerous, then the borough council will act swiftly under building control legislation to ensure that the danger is removed, with the costs covered by the owner.”

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