Yarmouth Borough Council will be leading the way in bringing life back to Norfolk's town centres with a £55,000 study set to recommend retail moves back into the high street
. The full 600-page report is still being digested by Yarmouth Borough Council officers but senior planner James Harland yesterday told the EDP that the main conclusion drawn was that more needed to be done to protect the town centre. The moves to increase town centre retail development were welcomed by senior county councillors yesterday, who said Yarmouth could provide an example to other Norfolk towns. Cabinet member for planning and transportation Adrian Gunson said: “I very much welcome attempts by the borough council to strengthen the retail centre of the town and I hope that Yarmouth will be successful. And Richard Rockliffe, cabinet member for economic development, added: “We need to do anything we can to reinforce what goes on in the centre of town.“If Yarmouth has found the magic formula I'm sure there will be a lot of other towns following in their footsteps, and we will support district, borough and town councils in their attempts to reinvigorate their centres.”
Let us hope that in ten years time we are not trying to reinvigorate the centre of Sheringham because we allowed a Tesco to be built on the edge of the town centre.