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Free brown bins handed out after Venetian Waterways survey

PUBLISHED: 14:11 22 May 2018

Peter Esposito collects the bin on behalf of partner Jacqueline. 
Picture: GYBC

Peter Esposito collects the bin on behalf of partner Jacqueline. Picture: GYBC

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Five lucky people who took part in a survey about the Venetian Waterways project on Great Yarmouth seafront have won a free brown bin.

Pippa Futter-South recieves her bin from Michael Trett, environmental services, and Alison Hall (Venetian Waterways project coordinator.
Picture: GYBCPippa Futter-South recieves her bin from Michael Trett, environmental services, and Alison Hall (Venetian Waterways project coordinator. Picture: GYBC

Earlier this year, to celebrate the start of on-site work for the £2.7m project to restore the Grade II-listed Waterways and Boating Lake, Great Yarmouth Borough Council teamed up with the Mercury to give away five brown wheelie bins plus free fortnightly collections for 12 months.

It saw 194 people take part and share information about how they use the Waterways, their views of the attraction and its community and historic value.

Five winners were picked at random, and prizes were presented by staff from the borough council, Michael Trett, from environmental services, and Alison Hall, Venetian Waterways project coordinator.

Three of the winners were Joy Vallance, Pippa Futter-South and Keith Simmonds.

Keith Simmonds receives his bin from Michael Trett, environmental services, and Alison Hall, Venetian Waterways project coordinator.
Picture: GYBCKeith Simmonds receives his bin from Michael Trett, environmental services, and Alison Hall, Venetian Waterways project coordinator. Picture: GYBC

This winter, on-site preparatory work started on the project, which is supported by a £1.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund/Big Lottery Fund Parks for People Programme, plus further support from New Anglia LEP and the Department for Communities and Local Government

Ahead of bird-nesting season, GYB Services Ltd, the council’s operational partner, prepared the gardens by removing much of the existing planting, which is not in keeping with the original planting scheme, dating from 1928.

The original planting scheme will be reinstated by community volunteers as part of the project.

Before these restoration works to the gardens, contractors will need to undertake on-site landscaping and engineering works, which are scheduled to get underway soon.

Joy Vallance receives her bin from Michael Trett, environmental services, and Alison Hall, Venetian Waterways project coordinator.
Picture:GYBCJoy Vallance receives her bin from Michael Trett, environmental services, and Alison Hall, Venetian Waterways project coordinator. Picture:GYBC

The research and interpretation element of the project has now begun, with volunteers being trained by BBC Our Voices to record people’s memories of the Waterways, which will be archived and also played on listening posts at the restored attraction.

The borough council continues to seek volunteers from across the community to get involved with the project in a wide range of roles. To find out more and register an interest in becoming a volunteer, visit www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/waterwaysproject-volunteer

To sign up for the council’s brown wheelie bin kerbside collection service for garden waste, call 01493 742142.

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