Harbour car park to reopenWednesday 30th May 2012
The harbour car park at Gorleston, which has been closed for three years, will reopen in June.
Ian Scott, managing director of the Pier Hotel, has signed a ten-year lease on the site and contractors were due to begin work this week on levelling the site. It will then be resurfaced and white-lined and have lighting and pay-and-display machines installed.
“We are absolutely delighted to be able to make a start on the work at last,” said Mr Scott. “Parking on the seafront is proving difficult even this early in the season and opening the harbour car park will go a long way towards alleviating the pressure.”
The car park, which has space for 131 vehicles, is owned by Great Yarmouth Port. The area was closed in June 2009 after it fell into disrepair and was considered unsafe.
Mr Scott opened negotiations with the port last year with a view to taking on a lease and carrying out repairs. The news was welcomed at a public meeting in November attended by more than 300 people.
The lease was finally signed by both parties this week. “It might seem as though we’ve taken a long time to get to this point but these things are never as straightforward as you think,” said Mr Scott. “The good thing is that the car park will be open for the summer season, and that will benefit not only visitors but all the businesses near the beach.”