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Residents who could lose homes to make way for a new bridge will get to question council planners

PUBLISHED: 16:28 17 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:46 18 December 2017

Residents near the location of the proposed third river crossing in Great Yarmouth have faced years of uncertainty over their futures. Photo: George Ryan

Residents near the location of the proposed third river crossing in Great Yarmouth have faced years of uncertainty over their futures. Photo: George Ryan

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Those whose homes are set to make way for a new bridge will be able to speak to council officers about their plans.

One of the options is for a lifting, or bascule bridge. Image of the proposed new third river crossing in Great Yarmouth.Photo: Norfolk County CouncilOne of the options is for a lifting, or bascule bridge. Image of the proposed new third river crossing in Great Yarmouth.Photo: Norfolk County Council

The chancellor Phillip Hammond pledged £98m for a new bridge over the River Yare in Great Yarmouth, linking the port area to the A47.

The new dual carriageway third river crossing will likely pass through an area of terrace housing on the Southtown Road side of the river.

Since 2010 a total of 17 properties in the area have been acquired by Norfolk County Council in order to construct the £120m structure.

Now, residents who could be forced to move, or those who will live in the shadow of the new bridge, will be able to ask questions about the scheme to transport bosses.

A county council spokesman said: “Early in the new year, we will stage a drop in session near the bridge location, so residents and businesses can talk to county council officers about the scheme. Later in the year, we will hold wider consultations and exhibitions and will publicise the details, nearer the time.

“Feedback received will help us to finalise the scheme and we hope to commence constructions in late 2020.”

Residents have faced years of uncertainty about the exact location of the bridge will take to connect South Denes Road to the Harfreys roundabout.

Earlier this year the county council confirmed they could not rule out more homes being bought in order to construct the bridge.

A housing association tennant who lives nearby in Queen Anne’s Road said the plans were a source of worry.

Dawn Potter, 56, said she tries to keep positive, but it was hard, adding: “I think ‘where are they going to put me’ and ‘do they need to rehouse me?’ Sometimes it gets to me and I get a bit low.”

The new bridge is a boost for the region’s growing renewable sector, as the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership runs the Great Yarmouth Energy Park based near the planned location of bridge.

Its head of Enterprise Zones and innovation, Julian Munson said the bridge is the latest piece in the jigsaw, providing a boost to infrastructure which would help attract more businesses and jobs for the town.

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