Community supermarkets could open on coast

Great Yarmouth Food Bank has seen a 90pc increase in use since Universal Credit was introduced in Ap

Great Yarmouth experienced the greatest number of food requests in Norfolk during the coronavirus pandemic - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

A pair of charities could open community supermarkets this year in response to increased food poverty in Great Yarmouth.

The proposal will be discussed next week (June 10) at a meeting of the borough council's housing and neighbourhoods committee, when it is expected that Shrublands Youth and Adult Centre in Gorleston and the Salvation Army in Great Yarmouth will be invited to prepare business plans and submit grant applications to open the proposed stores.

View south along Hall Quay in Great Yarmouth towards the town hall.Picture: James Bass

Councillors will discuss a proposal to open two community supermarkets in Great Yarmouth at a meeting on June 10. - Credit: James Bass

A report prepared ahead of the meeting states that Great Yarmouth experienced the greatest number of food requests in the county during the coronavirus pandemic.

The community food stores would "address a need for a more accessible, long-term and sustainable solution for affordable food provision locally", it says.

The intention is to open the Shrublands Community Store this summer this year and the Great Yarmouth store in the autumn.

The charities would work with Town Hall and the Norfolk Community Foundation (NCF).