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Gorleston lifeguard hut future unclear

PUBLISHED: 09:26 26 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:51 30 June 2010

THE future of the former lifeguard hut in Gorleston remains uncertain after campaigners celebrated proposals to turn it into a café being quashed.

Following recommendations to approve the works being rejected by councillors last week, a council spokesman said it was “considering its position” with regards to the site on Lower Parade.

THE future of the former lifeguard hut in Gorleston remains uncertain after campaigners celebrated proposals to turn it into a café being quashed.

Following recommendations to approve the works being rejected by councillors last week, a council spokesman said it was “considering its position” with regards to the site on Lower Parade.

Local objectors were told earlier this year they could not put in an application that sought to demolish the hut and extend a nearby shelter. The rejection was made on the grounds the site was deemed one that had to be used to generate income.

Marcelle Swann, who runs a number of businesses in the area, backed the objectors' proposal to demolish the shelter and was instrumental in campaigning against the application.

She said: “Lots of people have come in to talk to me about the decision, and 99.9pc of them have said they would like the shelter demolished and seating put there, which I agree with.

“They've also wanted to know what is going to be done now, but that really is up to the council to decide - it's not down to me.”

Planning officer Tim Major sought to reassure people left confused by the council's decision to reject one application to create the food and drinks stall but accept another, put forward by applicant Jay Formosa at the same time, to advertise on the site.

He said: “In practical terms, if someone wanted to implement the advertising they wouldn't be able to.”

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