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Community plans to create a new Great Yarmouth green space

PUBLISHED: 05:00 05 July 2014

The former railway track bed between Salisbury Road and Drake Ave, bordered by Blake Rd (to the east) and Sandringham Ave (to the west).

Picture: James Bass

The former railway track bed between Salisbury Road and Drake Ave, bordered by Blake Rd (to the east) and Sandringham Ave (to the west). Picture: James Bass

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A community fight to save a strip of land from being developed has picked up pace, with neighbours laying out plans to regenerate the green space.

Community cleaning up land behind Salisbury Road, Great YarmouthCommunity cleaning up land behind Salisbury Road, Great Yarmouth

Residents have already batted away one plan to put homes on former railway land off Salisbury Road in north Yarmouth. And now, neighbour have formed “collective” with sights set on reclaiming the site for public use.

Councillor Mick Castle accused the Great Yarmouth North against Development (GYND) group of Nimby-ism after Saffron Housing’s planning application for 12 new homes was turned down. But Russ Byer, newly appointed chairman of GYND, said that was not only unfair, it was incorrect too.

“This is a community trying to regenerate the land and keep it as a common amenity,” said Russ.

“It’s about using the land, sharing it.”

GYND is transforming itself from a band of campaigning neighbours into a formal body with a constitution, secretary and treasurer. Its aim is to take on the strip of land and refurbish it into a green space for everyone to use.

Russ explained: “We’ve put in a tentative proposal to the council so we can redevelop or regenerate the land.

“We would love for the schools to get involved.

“We could put in a cycle path and more lighting, make it safer for the youngsters to use.

“It could be another green space for Yarmouth.”

Russ added that GYND would retain the unofficial parking area at one end of the site, but above everything would like to see the land used by people of all ages.

“I’d love to see people down there having barbecues and kids learning to ride their bikes.

“We’ve formed this collective so everyone has a say in what happens.”

The land is owned by the borough council.

Russ suggested GYND pay a peppercorn rent to use the site - and take on responsibilty for keeping it clean and safe.

Last weekend, the group spent Saturday morning litter picking, cutting the grass and removing overgrown shrubs.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Saffron Housing said the trust had not yet decided if it would appeal against Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s refusal.

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