Villagers out in force to have their say on controversial Pontins homes plan
PUBLISHED: 16:55 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:55 08 February 2018
A village turned out in force to have its say on controversial plans for a former holiday park at a public exhibition of a masterplan for the east coast site.
Developers Northern Trust invited residents of Hemsby to an exhibition at the Bell public house in the village, as they unveiled their latest plans for the former Pontins site.
More than 100 feedback forms were printed for the five-and-a-half hour exhibition - a stock that was exhausted in less than an hour, sending representatives dashing for the photo copier.
The plans, the latest in a long line of proposals for the site, could see 190 new homes built on the development, as well as the installation of 50 static caravans and other residential units.
Hundreds of residents attended the exhibition to view the plans and share their feedback to developers, with some even daubing messages on the display boards.
One person made their views abundantly clear, writing “no more homes” on the very first board in the exhibition.
Kim McAdoo, chairman of the Hemsby Residents’ Action Group, attended the exhibition and was unimpressed with what she saw.
She said: “It is just the previous application tweaked. As a group we conducted a survey of residents and found that 49pc of people wanted the land to be used for tourism purposes only.
“As a village we do not have the infrastructure to deal with this many new homes.
“When Pontins closed it had a big impact on the whole village and this development would have a massive impact too - but not in a good way.”
Barry and Sheila McGrath, of Beachwood Road, also raised concerns about how sustainable the development would be.
Mr McGrath said: “The 190 new homes would no doubt see another 400 cars and probably another 800 people. The doctor’s surgery will not be able to cope, there would need to be a dentist. The infrastructure just will not cope.”
Mrs McGrath added: “It would be pandemonium. It also does not seem to give enough to the village’s tourism.”
The representative from Northern Trust attending the exhibition refused to give any comment.