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‘If you had £25m, what would you do?’ - Have your say in shaping ‘Town Deal’ bid

PUBLISHED: 12:17 26 August 2020 | UPDATED: 12:17 26 August 2020

Great Yarmouth town centre. Market place, shops reopening as lock down is lifted. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Great Yarmouth town centre. Market place, shops reopening as lock down is lifted. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

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Residents of Great Yarmouth have been invited to take part in shaping a bid for a potential multi-million cash investment in the borough’s urban areas.

Busy Regent Street in Great Yarmouth as people enjoy the summer in the town. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYBusy Regent Street in Great Yarmouth as people enjoy the summer in the town. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Known as a ‘Town Deal’, the government funding worth £25m could be awarded to Great Yarmouth, Norwich, King’s Lynn, Lowestoft and Ipswich under the government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund initiative.

A board of local ambassadors from private and public organisations is currently planning how the money could be spent in Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Bradwell.

After consideration of public feedback from the initial ‘My Town’ survey, the board is developing ideas for investment across four themes: regeneration and business development, skills and aspiration, arts, culture and tourism, and connectivity and sustainability.

Now they are inviting residents, businesses and others to take centre stage and to share their priorities for investment through a short survey entitled ‘Our Place is Your Stage’.

Great Yarmouth town centre. Market place, shops reopening as lock down is lifted. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANGreat Yarmouth town centre. Market place, shops reopening as lock down is lifted. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

The survey can be completed until Thursday, September 10, online at www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/town-deal.

Paper survey forms are also available in Great Yarmouth Library.

Chris Sargisson, vice chairman of the Town Deal Board and chief executive of Norfolk Chambers of Commerce, said: “These are really exciting times for our place. We are Norfolk’s biggest seaside resort and England’s offshore energy hub, with an incredibly rich cultural heritage. We have some great strengths and opportunities, which we’re doing everything we can to maximise, and we’re keen to put the community centre stage and hear your views as we take the next steps on this exciting journey. If you had £25m to invest in our place, what would you do?”

Cllr Carl Smith and Cllr Trevor Wainwright, leaders of the council’s main political groups, said: “As a council, we’re doing everything we can to invest in our place. We’ve already seen the lovely Waterways restored with the help of volunteers, the exciting new Marina Centre is taking shape, and soon we’ll have a welcoming new Market Place as part of the town centre regeneration.

“The prospect of £25m Government investment, along with this fabulous partnership working, is a huge opportunity to support further investment and job prospects for communities, and we’d like as many people as possible to take part in shaping that Investment Plan by taking part in the survey.”

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