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MP asks Pontins site owner if tourism use bids were made

PUBLISHED: 17:06 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:58 04 June 2018

The proposed plans for the Pontins site in Hemsby. Image supplied by Northern Trust

The proposed plans for the Pontins site in Hemsby. Image supplied by Northern Trust

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An MP has asked the company that owns the former Pontins holiday camp in Hemsby if other businesses or individuals are interested in buying part of it.

Pontins, Pakefield.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherPontins, Pakefield. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Brandon Lewis, MP for Great Yarmouth, has written to a director of the Northern Trust, Mike Grindrod, to see if other parties have expressed interest in the site, which shut more than 10 years ago.

Mr Lewis says there is a strong desire in the village for the site to be eventually returned to tourism-related use.

MORE; Pontins site plans revealed

His letter adds: “My constituents state that they are aware of a number of individuals who have expressed either a new interest or an ongoing interest in potentially acquiring a portion of the site for tourism use.

“However, they are unsure as to whether these expressions of interest are known to Northern Trust and whether, as a business, you remain interested in exploring further any tourist use.

“These individuals’ proposals appear to represent a wide range of potential tourism uses and a range of different experiences in the industry.

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“Whilst I fully appreciate that you are unable to reveal any confidential business discussions, I would be grateful if you could confirm whether you have received any new expressions of interest in acquiring part of the site for tourism use from either individuals or companies?”

A spokesman for Northern Trust said Mr Grindrod would be replying to the letter in the near future.

In February Northern Trust revealed a masterplan for the former Pontins site.

It included 190 homes being constructed as well as new shops, the installation of static caravans and what were called “residential units”.

When it was open the Pontins camp was made up of a reception and information centre, amusement arcade, fast food outlet, play area, entertainment hall seating 1,700, smaller hall accommodating 800, and a shop.

There was also an indoor swimming pool, a pub, snooker rooms, tennis courts, adventure playground and go-karting track.

Its closure saw 55 jobs go.

The Hemsby Residents Action Group has been formed to try and persuade Northern Trust to repair the derelict site.

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