PUBLISHED: 15:02 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:27 30 June 2010

AS a regular user of Great Yarmouth railway station, I am heartened to hear about the “Fix Our Station” campaign. With any luck, the railway company will act to redress the problems highlighted by the campaigners.

AS a regular user of Great Yarmouth railway station, I am heartened to hear about the “Fix Our Station” campaign. With any luck, the railway company will act to redress the problems highlighted by the campaigners.

One suggestion that has not yet been put forward is what to do with the derelict station kiosk. As a bustling railway terminus, most notably during the summer, the station desperately needs a permanent outlet where rail passengers can buy newspapers, drinks, food, etc. Similar facilities already exist in Norwich, helping to make their station far more user-friendly for passengers.

Maybe, due to its close proximity to Yarmouth station, Asda should consider expanding into the currently empty kiosk, as the availability of food and drinks would undoubtedly serve to enhance railway journeys to and from the town.



REFERENCE last week's article about the disappearance of Hopton's Beach. I would like to offer an explanation why the Outer Harbour could be the cause, its simple O-level physics. A venturi effect has been created between the beach and the offshore sandbanks by the building of the outer harbour sea walls ie if you squeeze the end of a hose pipe you increase the water pressure.

Before the outer harbour was built there was a natural movement of sediment (sand) north to south and vice versa off the coastline between Hopton/Corton and the coastline north of Great Yarmouth. The speed of the water between the sandbanks and the coastline was governed by wind speeds and the state of the tides.

This has gone on for many, many years moving sand north to south and back again. Thus sand would be depleted in the winter months due to the easterly winds but always returned with westerly winds in the summer months, this can be seen from old beach photographs. By reducing the distance between the beach and the offshore sandbanks, ie by building a wall out to sea, the rate of the passage of the tides will be accelerated resulting in the Littoral flow, or East Coast Drift being upset.

Secondly by pushing the tidal streams out to sea the natural flow has been interrupted bringing about a counter current which did not exist before the construction of the outer harbour.

Prior to this construction, the natural flow of the tidal waters was north and south. Now south of Yarmouth piers the flow is always in a northerly direction whatever the tidal conditions. This has doubtlessly caused the Gorleston beach to vastly increase in size leaving a vacuum in the East Coast Drift, which has picked up again to the south of Gorleston causing a depletion of Hopton Beach and further south.

This technical information was given to me by a Master Mariner of 35 years, 25 years of that spent as a pilot in and out of Yarmouth. Great Yarmouth Borough Council will not like this theory, they will say prove it, but proof is what you can see with your own eyes. Can they disprove it? All too easy to blame global warming.


Sea View Rise

Hopton on Sea

GREAT Yarmouth Mercury, January 22: Gorleston Beach is growing, Hopton Beach is shrinking. It's getting back to how things were before the Old Dutch Pier (Gorleston's South Pier) was turned into the concrete eyesore of today.

When the pier was a piled wooden structure, Gorleston's beach was hundreds of feet wide, one could never walk behind the “Keep Off” breakwater into the Ham. The sea at high water used to break 50 yards from the base of Hopton “Broken Cliffs”.

Then in the 1950s the Dutch Pier was replaced with a sheet piled concrete pier. Slowly Gorleston beach got smaller; all the beach huts went and sometimes the sea used to break over the model boat pond - and Hopton beach got wider.

In 2007, after vast sums of money was invested in models and surveys of the impact of how a breakwater structure would effect movement of sand north and south of the harbour entrance; our councillors decided that the Outer Harbour should be built.

These same councillors are now assuring us that this loss or build up, depending where you are is a natural phenomena and has nothing to do with the harbour. A dredger has just been sucking out sand from the Outer Harbour for nine days, how many thousands of tons are unknown. It would have been prudent, instead of them dumping the dredged sand into the Yarmouth Roads channel off Scroby if they had helped Hopton by recharging it's beach.

The Mercury's Gt Yarmouth Boats website link is so useful in seeing what shipping is doing around our coastline.

But recharging Hopton would have possibly implied councillors got their surveys wrong. I had to smile at the statement in the Mercury by the council head of regeneration, that if erosion is caused by harbour activity, then EastPort would deal with it.


Burnt Lane


JUST what is going on with parking nowadays. I thought double yellow lines meant no parking but people seem to think they can park where they can and when they want. Gorleston's Magdalen Way outside the shops and King Street in Great Yarmouth are prime examples. Why can't people park a bit further away (legally) and use their legs. Come on, let's have some proper enforcement!


Church Road


IT is nice to be able to write a letter of praise: the company installing new street lights in Great Yarmouth are doing a wonderful job. Since Christmas they have replaced the lamp-posts in Northgate Street, Estcourt Road and North Denes Road. They have not only placed the new lamps, they have connected them to the mains and they are all working. On top of which, all the old posts have been removed and the paths made good. They have achieved this with such smooth efficiency that is almost as if they have waved a magic wand. The company is called Amey and they work in conjunction with Norfolk County Council. When you take into account the bad weather we have had since Christmas, this is a first class achievement.


Mission Place

Great Yarmouth

I AM all in favour of the government scheme allowing children internet access and computers. But what about the poor children of parents who DO work, who DO NOT claim benefits but cannot afford this luxury. Is this fair? When it comes to education surely all children should be treated equally!


Second Avenue


I HAVE never been so ashamed of the pathways of Ormesby St Margaret. Previously we have seen the occasional incident of irresponsible ownership, but since the bad weather set in it appears some dog owners have forgotten their responsibility of clearing up after their dog. It is happening throughout the village but especially bad in Symonds Avenue and the adjoining footpaths, where it appears to be the same dog on the same diet.

I no longer take my dog out after dark for fear of what we will take home with us! What a pity this has happened in our otherwise lovely village.



AS printed in last week's Mercury a new planning application has been put in for the old First Aid building on Gorleston seafront, this time without including the shelter, which doesn't mean to say it won't be included at a later date if this application goes through. One wonders why, when most of the residents keep objecting to the plans for reshaping an area that is best left alone.

The shelter does not need pulling down as suggested by a councillor two weeks ago but the shabby awful brick building next to it certainly could be. With no useful purpose to serve and totally out of place in our charming Edwardian resort, it is a blot on the character of that part of the area which is now a conservation area, quite apart from the fact we have no need of more cafes or food purveyors in that area.

This is a plea to everybody who enjoys Gorleston to register their objections with the planning office at Maltings House before February 12. We have a pleasant family resort of character with a splendid beach and ample facilities for those that flock here for that reason. Remember time is short. The objection should refer to the "Former First Aid Station, Application numbers 06/10/0026/F and 06/10/0025/A".

Either take into the Planning Office with the envelope bearing the application numbers or post to P C Warner, Head of Planning and Development, Maltings House, Maltings Lane, Gorleston, Norfolk NR31 0GY. Please do it this weekend and if you need any help in submitting an objection please phone 600452 and I will collect your written objection to take in if you are unable.


Brett Avenue,


I HAVE examined the planning application submitted by Mr Formosa for a café on Gorleston seafront and wish to make the following comments. Firstly, the areas showing soft ice cream, scoop ice cream and iced lollies appear to be beyond the perimeter of the building and actually on the promenade. If this is the case, in my opinion, it is unlawful. It is a place to which the public has access and they must not be impeded. The disabled bay is positioned at the rear of the kiosk and their access to and from the promenade will also be impeded.

The position of the building is prime, but a duplication of what is already available from the terrace. Furthermore the applicant will enjoy the benefit of a much lower rateable value than those in the terrace. The opening hours are also a matter of contention and will only increase the level of vandalism, which is already an enormous problem in that area.

I believe that tenants in the terrace are so concerned for their futures that they have expressed a willingness to purchase the old first aid hut and to completely demolish it. They would then renovate the area to a suitable standard and arrange for seating, obviously facing the sea and acceptable to the public and the borough council. This offer would solve the problem of an unnecessary extra café and greatly enhance the area. I understand that some members of the public are so concerned as to what they regard as the destruction of this area that they are offering financial assistance towards such a project, as am I.

It is to be hoped that when making their decision the planning committee will give serious consideration to this idea.


Roslyn Road


DOES anyone remember the Runham Cycle Speedway team, 1949 to 1954. A photograph would be appreciated. Please call me on 01493 750350.


THREE weeks ago, I saw a letter in the Mercury from Mrs Christine Jay who would like to see Yarmouth as it was years ago, so would I. For a start her husband Peter should turn back the clock and bring back the Windmill and Empire to theatres. Now I'll have a go at the council: they wasted money on the big TV screens and that money could have been spend on seafront illuminations and a stage for events. They could also have brought back the bandstand. It would be a better Yarmouth.


Ashwood Close,


I FIRST brought the problem regarding the receding beach at Hopton to The Mercury last February, and as I then pointed out the erosion started at an alarming rate when the outer harbour was under construction. We have always seen a slight reduction in sand each year when the easterly winter winds set in, and this is then replenished in the spring but as I pointed out at the time I have walked that coastline through summer and winter most days for over the past twenty years and have been alarmed by the dramatic changes which have taken place over the last couple of years.

The outstretching harbour has caused a bay effect which has changed the direction of the tidal flow affecting the shoreline from Hopton down to Corton. We don't need the expense of a 10 year project to determine the cause of erosion, when it is plain to see that the development of the outer harbour was no coincidence. If they conclude it is due to “climate change” then we should all be very concerned on a global scale on the speed of change.

What has happened to the report regarding the effects of the outer harbour which was submitted to the borough council and which they said was not in an “acceptable” format? Surely it doesn't take over 12 months to change it, or was it not in the public interest to publish it?

When it is proven that the outer harbour has had an affect on our shoreline, how is EastPort going to deal with it? One suggestion that is rumoured is that they will replenish the beach with the sand dredged from the harbour, what a ludicrous idea! Logistically it would just not be feasible.

I'm afraid whoever did the initial survey got their calculations wrong or they knew what the outcome would be and the conclusion was that the outer harbour was more important than the effects it would cause on the environment and the local community.


Potters Drive


I AM writing to express my support for the campaign to improve the standard of Great Yarmouth railway station through negotiations with National Express East Anglia. As a resident of the town, I am thoroughly ashamed of the state of our station, which is a terrible advert for Yarmouth, and makes an extremely uninviting destination for visitors arriving here.

Indeed, I am embarrassed when going to meet friends or relatives who come to stay with me. This being the case, what must holidaymakers think when arriving here for that special break?

The station is in a shabby state and lacks the facilities one ought to expect from such an area, as it deals with visitors, and commuters to Norwich, all the year round, and extra holidaymakers at other times of the year. For instance, what about a coat of paint, and some flowers to brighten up the place. More staffing would also help. It is often unmanned, and the main station closes too early, leaving only a side exit in use, with no appropriate place to shelter.

Even when the booking office is open, I have seen a notice regarding its closure whilst the staff member concerned has a break. Is this adequate cover? We are not talking about a small village station, but the gateway to an important town and coastal resort.

I feel the facilities within the station should also be considered. At present I am led to believe that one cannot even buy a paper or magazine before travelling. Let us see a useful franchise in there, offering a wider variety of services. It would be good also to know we could expect the station to be serviced regularly and kept up to any new standard that we hope can be reached.

The footbridge and ground surrounding this, as travellers approach the station, also require attention. However, I understand this falls under the jurisdiction of the local authority, so I trust they will try to find funds for this as a priority in the near future. Who knows, if action is taken on these issues, it might help to boost the valuable tourist trade at this time of economic decline when more people are reconsidering the merits of a holiday in this country. So please support this campaign.


Lichfield Road

Great Yarmouth

THE Outer Harbour is nearly in full operation, no thanks to the “Luddites” who would have us revert back to the 18th and 19th Centuries all for the sake of a sea view! Try the cliff-top in Gorleston, you'll get a much better view - no cranes, no works, nothing but sea.



I HAD the very enjoyable experience of visiting Winterton Seal Hospital last weekend and witnessed seals being cared for by very dedicated people. We paid £4 each which goes directly to the care of the seals and I thought to be good value for money. Unfortunately, during my visit I was told by volunteer staff that Great Yarmouth Borough Council limits the amount of days the sanctuary can be open during the year. This reduces the amount of revenue the hospital can generate and prevents the public from viewing the good work being done by the team there. I would like to urge the council and Mercury readers to consider backing the “Save our Seals” campaign. A seal can be adopted for £35 - not a great deal of money.


Wolseley Road

Great Yarmouth

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