More details have emerged of the investigation into a town's market revamp.

It has been revealed that an inquiry is under way into Great Yarmouth's multi-million-pound regeneration project.

It follows a councillor's claims it was due to a "£2.5m cost due to a lack of signing a contract".

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has since confirmed the investigation is to probe the reasons behind the escalating costs of the project which it says has been caused by delays.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Inside the covered market in Great YarmouthInside the covered market in Great Yarmouth (Image: James Weeds)

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A Great Yarmouth Borough Council spokesman said: "The original market had reached the end of its life and there were increasing concerns over the structure, so the decision was taken to invest in a new covered market.

"There has been cost escalation for a number of well-documented reasons – including the need to widen the foundations, wind bracing design changes and unexpected cabling. These all contributed towards delays impacting on cost.

‘’The council procured experts in their field to design and build the scheme and is now undertaking a review into the delays. Once the review is complete members will receive a report."

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Great Yarmouth Mercury: Docwras chip stall in Great YarmouthDocwras chip stall in Great Yarmouth (Image: James Weeds)

The council has said the market originally required the council to make a capital contribution of £2.1m which has been increased by £450,000.

It is just one of many "ambitious" plans for the borough, GYBC has said, which has been funded by more than £30m secured through the government's Future High Street Fund, Lottery funding and Town Deal.

Councillor Michael Jeal revealed the investigation at a scrutiny committee meeting on Thursday (September 21) when he questioned a positive report on the project despite the investigation under way.

The market revamp has been taking shape since April 2021 and the first traders moved in the following year.

It was predicted that the final phase of the project would be completed by the end of the summer.