Ask the Mercury: is a new Costa branch coming to Yarmouth?

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This week, readers have asked us about broken lampposts, the Gapton Hall Road width restrictors and a rumoured new branch of Costa Coffee in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: PA / Archant

From broken lampposts to a rumoured new branch of Costa Coffee, here is the next set of Ask the Mercury questions.

Google image of Whimbrel Park in Bradwell.

A reader has said three out of four lampposts in Whimbrel Park, Bradwell have not been working for several months. - Credit: Google

J M Keeling asked: "Why are three of the four lamp posts at Whimbrel Park in Bradwell still not working after being out for eight months and regularly being reported as out by concerned residents and dog walkers in the area?"

A spokesperson from Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: "We’re aware of the fault with these lights.

"Unfortunately they are difficult to access and they currently need scaffolding to be put up for repairs.

"The good news is that the council plans to replace them in February with new, hinged columns that are easier to maintain, so they should be back working soon."

Google image of Gapton Hall Road narrows

The width restrictor on Gapton Hall Road has been in place for around 30 years. - Credit: Google

Mr S Crickmore from Bradwell asked: "Are there any plans to remove the out dated Gapton Road narrows? With all the roadworks going on, I have seen several HGV lorries get stuck trying to get to Morrisons. It must be time to ditch this ridiculous idea."

Chris Alston, highways area manager, said: “The Gapton Hall width restriction has been in place for around 30 years and restricts the movement of HGVs ensuring they use the nearby A47 trunk road.

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"There are no plans to remove the width restriction, which is clearly signed to warn drivers well in advance that they are approaching a narrow section of road.

"As with any roadworks there will be official fully signed diversion routes in place, and these will direct traffic along roads of the same or a higher classification to help ensure large vehicles use appropriate routes.”

File photo dated 10/07/20 of a general view of a Costa Coffee sign as the chain is to create 2,000 j

A reader has asked whether there will be a new branch of Costa Coffee in the B&Q carpark. - Credit: PA

Ashley Lucas asked: "A Costa Coffee branch has been rumoured for the B&Q car park for months but still no progress, what's happening with this?"

A spokesperson from Costa Coffee said: "We can confirm that we will not be opening a new Costa Coffee Drive-Thru store on Pasteur Retail Park, Thamesfield Way, Great Yarmouth at this current time."

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