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Have a Green
             p7
Christmas


Big Society             p11




                                             Working for a          cleaner
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                                                                     Summer seems to pass

                      First Words                                    by quicker every year
                                                                     and with winter already
                                                                     with us I feel it’s worth
                    Hello everyone and welcome to the                reflecting on what a
                    latest edition of Borough News.                  successful summer it
                                                                     was for Great Yarmouth.
As you will read in Richard’s column, what a successful year of
events it has been for the Borough.                                The Maritime Festival was bigger and
                                                                   better than ever, and included the BBC
The events just seemed to keep coming and following the
success of the Maritime Festival, I was thrilled by the visit of   science programme ‘Bang goes the
HMS Dauntless in October.                                          theory’ (see our cover picture). Around
                                                                   30,000 visitors attended and a further
The visit was the first of many to come, following the affiliation
between the vessel and the Borough. What a sight that ship         50,000 people came to witness the
was in the Outer Harbour.                                          fantastic Out There Festival.
Like me, many of you enjoyed being toured around the giant           Thousands more visitors watched the
vessel and coupled with the enthusiasm shown for the parade          exciting finish to the Norfolk stage of
through the town, it clearly demonstrated what a fantastic           the Tour of Britain right throughout the
level of support and interest exists for the Royal Navy in Great     Borough and finally on South Beach
Yarmouth.
                                                                     Parade.
The Borough being a home port is all the more fitting – as
two locals businesses, Norfolk Capacitors and C-MAC Micro       Add to that the success of the usual
Technology, provided essential parts for the largest and most   tourist events that we are famed for, the
powerful air defence destroyer ever operated by the Royal       Festival of Bowls, the Eastern Festival of
Navy.                                                           horse racing, the Viking Festival, and the
I continue to be encouraged by the emergence of opportunities Volleyball England Beach Tour, to name
in the offshore wind sector for the Borough and our businesses. but a few, and what an action packed
Within this edition you can read how we are in the process of   summer we put on for residents and
putting together our five-year economic strategy and whilst we visitors!
have many different industry sectors within the Borough that we
will continue to boost, the renewable energy sector is going to We should be really proud of being able
be particularly key to our economy in the coming years.         to host events that draw performers
One of the main economic drivers of securing wind sector        from around the globe to our Borough
business for Great Yarmouth and local companies is the deep- and bring such a large amount of people
water facilities offered at EastPort.                           enjoyment.
Whilst opportunities in the container and ferry sectors continue     It’s testament to the partnership working
to limited by the financial climate, EastPort has been able to       between local councils, local businesses,
work closely with both the public and private sectors to look
to maximise the opportunities that the offshore wind sector is       voluntary groups and residents, that
bringing, and will bring, to the Borough and to Norfolk.             we continue to be a leading location for
                                                                     entertainment and leisure.
This has already been vital to securing business and the
port has already established itself as England’s number one          With that partnership ethos in mind, I’d
offshore support port.                                               also like to congratulate all those involved
With a 1000 turbine wind farm to be created off our coastline        in Big Society event held in September.
over the coming years, the future is full of opportunities in this   You can read about the successful event
sector for Great Yarmouth.                                           on page 11.
Christmas is fast approaching and the back page of this edition
tells you about some local shopping opportunities. The festive I will leave you by saying Merry
period brings a real boost to our local retail sector and I hope Christmas and I wish you a very
many of you will be joining me in shopping locally this year.    prosperous New Year.
Barry Coleman                                                        Richard Packham
Leader of the Council                                                Managing Director

2   Borough News        • ••••       keeping you in touch      • ••••       www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk
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                                            TO THE CURRENT OCCUPIER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              08000 251 044 (24 HOURS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And when prompted, please enter BOTH parts of this security code:
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                                                                                                 21 – 07 – 10                                                                                                                     One:                                                                                       Two:




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            years elections. Forms were sent to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Register by Mobile Phone Text Message (SMS):




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                                            Do not use this form for any address other than the one above.                                                                                                                                                    Text both parts of your security code to 07797898744
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (24 hours standard network rates apply)
                                            New Occupier?
                                            If you have moved within the last six months, please give previous                                                                                                                                                RETURN YOUR FORM BY POST IF:
                                            address and date of move:                                                                                                                                                                                         ●     You wish to make any other changes;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ●     You wish to add or remove residents, or;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You are unable, or do not want, to register by phone




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            every household in the Borough in
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    or internet.

                                           1. What are the details of the people resident at this address who are 18 or over?




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Enquiries                    01493 856100
                                            Names                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nationality                               Postal and proxy                                 Jury                         Edited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             As it would                                     Voting                                   Service                       Register
                                               If the information below is correct, you can CONFIRM your details by phone,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           exemption
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             appear on a                                ✔ If you want a                                                            ✔ If you do
                                               internet or posting the form back. If the information below is NOT CORRECT,                                                                                                                                                    passport.                               postal or proxy vote.                           ✔ if you                      not want
                                               please cross out the names of anyone who no longer lives in the property, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           will be                     your name




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            September, and a reminder was sent
                                               add the full names of anyone who is living in the property on 15 October 2010.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        70 or over                    to appear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         on                          on the
                                               You can only register amendments by posting the form back to us.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Postal                   Proxy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     15/10/10.                       edited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    register.
                                                   Surname Please print in BLOCK LETTERS. First Name (and middle initials)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Environmental Health         01493 846478
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to those who didn’t respond in October.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There may be a few people that still          Homeselect                   01493 846140
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                                           2. Are there any 16 and 17 year olds living at this address?
                                           Young adults can vote as soon as they are 18. They should register now. Please list any 16 and 17 year olds.
                                           Please write in BLOCK LETTERS                                                                                                                                                                                                               Date of Birth                                          Postal                                   Edited
                                           Surname                                                                                 First name and middle initials                                                                   Nationality                              Day                 Month                     Year               vote                                     register




                                           3. People not entitled to register to vote
                                           If nobody at this address is entitled to register to vote (including you), please tick the appropriate box below and complete
                                           part 4 before returning this form.
                                                   Property empty on 15 October
                                                                                                                                                  All residents not entitled to vote due to their nationality.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            haven’t sent their form back and if you       Housing Rents                01493 846233
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            are one of them, the Council urges you
                                                                                                                                                  (Please give details)
                                                   Business premises                                                                              Other reason (Please state why)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Housing Repairs              01493 846381
                                           4. Sign here before returning this form
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                                           ●    I declare that, as far as I know, the details on this form are true and correct.
                                           ●    All those whose names are entered are British or Commonwealth Citizens, Citizens of the Republic of Ireland, or Citizens of other European Union Member States.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to return your form as soon as possible.
                                            Signed:   .........................................................................................................................................................................     Date:   .......................................................................       ......................................................................



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Phone no:
                                            Print name:        ................................................................................................................................................................     (in case we need to contact you)                               ......................................................................................................................




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Planning                     01493 846430
                                           PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT RETURN THIS FORM IF YOU HAVE REGISTERED BY INTERNET, FREEPHONE OR SMS.
                                           BUT IF YOU ARE RETURNING THE FORM, PLEASE DO NOT DETACH ANY PART - SEND THE COMPLETE FORM.




“It only takes a matter of minutes to deal with the form, but                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lines and offices are open Monday to Friday
it can be one of those things that gets put aside and then
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          9.00 am to 5.00 pm
forgotten” says Elections Manager, Linda Mockford.

Whilst May 2011 may seem a long way ahead, the register                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rubbish Collection           01493 846846
that is used for next years election is published in December                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Street Services              01493 846846
this year, so failure to respond to the form could see                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lines and offices are open Monday to Friday
individuals lose their right to take part in any referendums,
local and general elections.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8.30 am to 4.30 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Email us at:enquiries@great-yarmouth.gov.uk
Local elections are being held in most areas of the Borough
on 5 May 2011 and this is also the date that the Government                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Fax us on:                    01493 846285
has chosen to hold a referendum on changing the UK’s
parliamentary voting system. The referendum will involve a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Send a text message to:       07760 166366
direct vote in which the electorate is asked either to accept or
reject changing from first-past-the-post to the alternative vote                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Find lots of information
(AV).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     on our website: www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk

It is therefore important that people register now to be sure
that they can vote next year. Registering for other services
or paying Council Tax does not automatically register you to
vote.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Office Closures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Greyfriars House will be closed to the
Forms must be returned as soon as possible, as the new
register has to be published by 1st December 2010. Don’t wait                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             general public from Friday 5th December
until the next election to find out that you cannot vote IT WILL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2010 so that we can carry out necessary
BE TOO LATE.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              refurbishments to be able to offer you advise
If you wish to check that you are on the electoral register
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          regarding Housing, Housing Benefits,
or you wish to apply for a postal vote, please telephone the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Council Tax and Payments all under one
helpline 01493 846327.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roof. Read more on page 8.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          During the closure you will be able to visit
Direct Debit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trafalgar House Reception regarding your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Housing Needs.
Direct Debit is the simplest way to pay
bills like Council Tax, Rents and Business                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                All other offices will be open as usual until
Rates. It saves time, is more                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Christmas Eve (24th December) when we
convenient and gives you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  will close to the public at 2 pm. We will re-
greater control over your                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 open on Tuesday 4th January 2011 at 9 am
money.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    including Greyfriars House.
For more details on paying                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In an emergency you should call our out of
by direct debit contact the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hours service on: 01493 330369.
service you require using the
numbers at the top of this
page or visit our website
www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Front Cover Credit: BBC


 Borough News                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               • ••••        keeping you in touch          • ••••      www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk             3
     Brighten yourself up

    With the lazy days of summer            Some helpful tips on how to stay       In Great Yarmouth, Sustrans Bike
    gone by and autumn firmly upon          safe on darker evenings:               It officer, Kevin House, works in
    us, families across the Borough                                                11 schools where he organises
                                            • Always plan your route in
    are settled back into their school                                             various cycling related events
                                            advance - choose a direct, well-lit
    run routine. But as the clocks have                                            and curriculum activities to give
                                            route
    gone back and the nights are                                                   children the skills, confidence and
    quickly drawing in, parents may         • When cycling, ensure that            encouragement to cycle to school.
    become concerned about their            children have the correct lights on
                                                                                   For further information about
    children’s safety on the journey to     their bike. Encourage children to
                                                                                   Sustrans please visit the website:
    and from school.                        decorate their bike with fluorescent
                                            stickers and ‘spokie-dokies’ to help   www.sustrans.org.uk
    However, darker nights shouldn’t
                                            make them stand out
    prevent you from encouraging your
    children to walk or cycle to school.    • Encourage children to wear
                                            bright clothing. School uniforms
    UK charity, Sustrans knows that
                                            are usually dark, so encourage
    half of all children in the UK want
                                            children to wear hi-vis jackets and,
    to cycle to school, however, just
                                            brightly coloured hats and other
    two per cent actually do. Cycling
                                            accessories
    and walking to school is a really
    great way to incorporate daily          • Use fluorescent back-
    exercise into your child’s routine      pack covers on school bags.
    – especially in winter when they        Alternatively, choose brightly
    probably won’t be playing outside       coloured bags or decorate with
    as often.                               fluorescent stickers.


                        A real community asset
    A deal that has seen Great              The charity, which has operated        If the charity sells the building in
    Yarmouth Borough Council                in the building since 1991,            years to come, a share of any
    transferring the ownership of           expanded in 1997 to include            surplus profit from the sale or
    a property to a charity that has        the re-cycling of furniture and        development will go back to the
                                            white goods which they resell          Council.
    leased the building for nearly          on to people who are in receipt
    twenty years will allow the             of benefits. It also provides a
    charity to push on with plans to        variety of community focussed
    do further beneficial work for the      services; giving basic IT
    community.                              courses, CV’s, food hygiene
                                            certificates, kitchen hire support
    The ’Council Asset Transfer for
                                            and assistance to all who
    the benefit of the Community’
                                            require their help.
    has seen ownership of the
    Nelson Drill Hall, Artillery            Patricia Page, said:
    Square on Nelson Road                   “I cannot stress how pleased
    Central, pass from the Council          and relieved I am that all this
    to First Move Furnishaid Ltd - a        hard work has at last come to
    local charity.                          fruition. We can now look to
    Chairman of First Move                  raise capital funds with which to
    Furnishaid Ltd, Patricia Page,          repair and refurbish the building
    spent around eighteen months            to safeguard its future and
    exploring future options for the        therefore the long-term future of
                                                                                   For all her hard word it can only
    charity before working at length        our charity. Owning the premise
                                                                                   be said that Patricia, as well as
    to secure the deal with the             will allow us the raising of
                                                                                   the building, are true community
    council.                                funds that wouldn’t be available
                                                                                   assets.
                                            otherwise.”

4     Borough News        • ••••           keeping you in touch      • ••••         www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk
 Summer campaign targets underage
 drinking
More than 50 youngsters were stopped by police in Great
Yarmouth during the summer holidays as part of an operation
to combat underage drinking.
During the six-week campaign, codenamed Operation
Calm, 55 people were stopped and alcohol was also seized
including 71 cans of lager and nine bottles of vodka.
The operation was successful in reducing incidents of anti-
social behaviour and criminal damage with offences down by
more than 30% in some areas compared to last year.
High-visibility patrols were carried out in trouble spots and warning letters were sent to the parents of
30 young people stopped by police.




  Rise in burglaries prompts                      Receive crime updates direct to your
  warning                                         mobile
  Towards the end of September and                People living across the Great Yarmouth Borough
  beginning of October the Borough                are being urged to sign-up to Norfolk Constabulary’s
  suffered a number of burglaries with 29         community messaging system Police Direct to receive
  offences taking place in two weeks.             the latest information about crime in your area.

  As the darker evenings approach                 You can sign up to receive police information by email,
  officers are reminding householders             mobile, landline or fax – the choice is yours.
  to pay extra attention to home security
                                                  • Simply select the type of information you want to
  and not to make it easy for potential
                                                    receive from e-newsletters to regular crime updates
  burglars.
                                                    and crime prevention advice.
  Superintendent Jim Smerdon,
                                                  • You can be kept up-to-date with news from your
  commander of the Great Yarmouth
                                                    local Safer Neighbourhood Team, the latest
  district, said: “Most burglaries are
                                                    priorities they’re working on, action they’ve taken in
  carried out by opportunist thieves.
                                                    recent weeks and news about how offenders have
  The darker nights can bring with them
                                                    been brought to justice.
  thieves using the cover of darkness
  to look out for lapses in security – such       • We can also tell you the dates, times and locations
  as doors and windows left insecure or             of when you can meet your local offices face-to-
  property left on display in cars.                 face.
  For further crime prevention advice visit       That’s not all - you can opt to have police information
  www.norfolk.police.uk.                          sent to you about on different topics including Home
                                                  Watch, retail and business, leisure and tourism,
                                                  schools and agriculture.
                                                  Sign up to Police Direct today at
                                                  www.norfolk.police.uk




 Borough News      • ••••        keeping you in touch     • ••••        www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk            5
    Dauntless sails in
    Thursday 7th October 2010 marked another piece of
    maritime history when the HMS Dauntless docked for
    the first time in the Borough’s outer harbour.




                                                                   More Dauntless Facts:
                                                                    •	 She is the the fifth ship to bear
                                                                       the name Dauntless. The first
                                                                       HMS Dauntless was built at Hull
                                                                       and launched in November 1804.
                                                                    •	 The ships motto is Nil
                                                                       Desperandum (‘Never Despair’)
    The state of the art type 45 air destroyer and its crew of
    190 spent five days in the town which it was affiliated to      •	 The Roman soldier shown on the
    in May this year.                                                  HMS Dauntless crest is Horatius
    Captain Richard Powell, Commanding Officer of HMS                  Cocles, Latin for “Horatius the
    Dauntless and his crew hosted a reception for 170                  one-eyed” who, in 509 BC, single
    guests on Friday evening. He spoke of his pride at being           handedly defended the Pons
    affiliated with Great Yarmouth and joked ‘especially as            Sublicius bridge on the outskirts
    they built a harbour for us to dock in’                            of Rome, against the Etruscan
                                                                       army.
    During their stay the ships football team played in a
    charity match again Gorleston FC XI with proceeds going         •	 Her fuel tanks have a volume
    to Help the Heroes and Save the Children.                          equivalent to half an Olympic-
    On Sunday Winterton cadets, TS Warriors band lead                  sized swimming pool.
    the 80 ships officers and crew who paraded from the             •	 At the end of September ,HMS
    Town Hall to St Nicholas Church for a public service.              Dauntless successfully tested
    Residents cheered the parade and welcomed them with                the Sea Viper, the Royal Navy’s
    applause and waving of flags.                                      groundbreaking new air defence
    The ships visit concluded with HMS Dauntless opening               missile, when she fired an Aster
    her gangway to the public.                                         30 missile and hit a moving
                                                                       target drone.
              Barry Stone, Deputy Leader of Great
              Yarmouth Borough Council, said:                       •	 The Sea Viper can engage
                                                                       multiple targets simultaneously,
             “In the summer edition of Borough News I                  meaning it is capable of
             spoke about the forthcoming visit of HMS                  defending the new Type 45
             Dauntless and how it would be a real draw                 fleet and ships in their company
                                                                       against multiple attacks from the
             for local people. At the time I expected a
                                                                       most sophisticated aircraft or
number of you would take the opportunity to visit the ship             missiles approaching from any
but I was amazed at how many actually did. During the                  direction.
ships visit over 4,000 people, including groups of school
children, toured the ship.
I am sure that I am not alone when I say the town is
immensely proud to be affiliated with such a magnificent
ship and professional crew.”


6     Borough News      • ••••        keeping you in touch       • ••••   www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk
Have a green Christmas
                                                              This Christmas, Borough residents will send
                                                           and receive around a million greetings cards, use
                                                            thousands of glass bottle and jars and decorate
                                                           hundreds of real Christmas trees. Here’s what to
                                                               do with these festive items in the New Year
                                                                            Christmas cards
                                                         These can be recycled at selected supermarkets
Christmas and New Year collection changes
                                                         and other retailers and the proceeds will go to
Over the festive period some collection days for your    various charities. Alternatively, why not keep
green and black bins will change. Please make sure       the children entertained over the holiday period
that you put out your bin on the rescheduled day.        by making next years gift tags - simply cut out
                                                         decorative shapes from the cards and use recycled
                                                         twine and ribbon to tie them.
If your collection would    Your collection will be
                                                                            Wrapping paper
                                                         You can’t recycle wrapping paper as most of it
normally be
                                                         contains plastic, foil and waxes as well as paper.
Monday 27th December        Wednesday 29th December      Unfortunately, the only way to dispose of it is to put
Tuesday 28th December       Thursday 30th December       it in your black bin. However, for those of you who
Wednesday 29th December     Friday 31st December         do not tear off their paper to get to your presents as
                                                         quickly as possible, smooth out the paper and re-
Thursday 30th December      Monday 3rd January           use. Reuse your bows too.
Friday 31st December        Tuesday 4th January                              Christmas tree
Monday 3rd January          Wednesday 5th January        Recycle from 3-17 January at;
Tuesday 4th January         Thursday 6th January         Homebase car park southtown road
Wednesday 5th January       Friday 7th January           Gapton Hall Retail Park near McDonalds
Thursday 6th January        Saturday 8th January         Gorleston Morrison’s recycling area
Friday 7th January          Monday 10th January          Tesco’s Caister car park
Monday 10th January         Tuesday 11th January                          Glass bottle and jars
Tuesday 11th January        Wednesday 12th January       Recycle them at your local glass and bottle banks.
                                                         There are a number of banks across the Borough
Wednesday 12th January      Thursday 13th January        situated at Supermarkets, Community Centres,
Thursday 13th January       Friday 14th January          Public Houses and other public areas. For your
Friday 14th January         Saturday 15th January        nearest bottle bank visit our website
                                                         www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk


A Tree is for Life, not just for Christmas
 Many of us celebrate the birth of a baby by recording the event in the local paper, sending new arrival
 cards and in this age of technology even adding pictures and information to social networking pages
 A more permanent and greener alternative is to plant a tree. Once again Great Yarmouth Borough
 Council in partnership with GYB Services is offering
 parents, grandparents or carers the opportunity to plant a                  Jim Shrimplin, Cabinet
 tree to celebrate the birth or adoption of a child.                         Member (Environment),
 If you have given birth between December 2009 and now or                    Said:
 adopted during the same period you can commemorate the
 happy event. Parents can register in advance by obtaining                   “ The ceremony proves
 an application form or alternatively can just turn up on the                very popular each year.
 day as forms and information will be handed out prior to the                Parents, grandparents
 planting.                                                      and others are welcome to come and
 For more information or to obtain an application form          watch or take part in the tree planting
 call Patrick Tabor on 01493 846459. The meeting place          on Thursday the 25th of November
 for Trees for Life is the car park at Magdalen Recreation      at 2.30.”
 Ground, off Edinburgh Avenue, Gorleston.

 Borough News       • ••••        keeping you in touch   • ••••         www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk                 7
New Reception Facilities for Greyfriars House


Changes to the number of
buildings that Great Yarmouth
Borough Council operates from
is set to deliver better value for
money and a better service to
the public.
Work is being undertaken to
safeguard the future of our
listed buildings - the Town Hall
and Greyfriars House. Trafalgar
House and the Old Fire Station
will no longer be in use allowing




                                                    “
extensive maintenance costs to
be saved
The scheme will see alterations take place to
the interiors of the Town Hall and Greyfriars
House, so that, along with Maritime House, the
council can accommodate all of its workforce
within these premises.
                                                            I believe we have come up
Customers will benefit from the first phase
                                                            with a scheme, which will
of this renovation with the opening of a new                not only protect our heritage
reception area in Greyfriars House in early
January.                                                    buildings for generations
The reception will deal with all benefits and
                                                            to come but also provide
housing needs. Previously, someone calling                  a 21st century business




                                                                                     ”
into Greyfriars, may also have had to go across
the road to Trafalgar House and maybe also to               environment for all our
another council site, depending on the issue                customers.
that they wanted to resolve.
This will now be a thing of the past, as an
improved customer waiting area will deliver a                 Barry Stone, Deputy Leader,
better experience to residents, with staff able               Great Yarmouth Borough Council
to handle all of their
issues about housing,
benefit and other related
matters, within the one
location.
Later in 2011 the Town
Hall will also house an
improved reception area,
providing a similar one-
stop service to business
customers.




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                                                                                            Ian Southam
                                                                                            (Chairman GYOPN)




  In the last issue of Borough News we stated that the
  next issue would have specific items dealing solely
  with issues and information affecting older people.
  We should have said some issues, because we face
  many different issues but at different times.            Exciting times for Age Concern
  We need help, information, advice and service            Gt. Yarmouth!
  support at different times, but we need it at the time
  we need it. We have included six specific articles       In July we heard that we had been successful
  on items that you might find informative now, or         in our Lottery Bid. This will enable us to employ
  in the future. The back page refers to services and      a development worker to enhance our services
  telephone numbers that could be useful now. Why          and activities. We have also begun negotiations
  don’t you keep the four pages for reference, Pin them    with the new charity, Age UK, with the aim of
  up somewhere. You might need them at a later date.
                                                           becoming a brand partner.
  It is pleasing to know that through the last issue an
  elderly couple contacted us who needed help. We          Services presently provided are- ‘The Pop-In’
  were able to direct them to the appropriate services.    held every Wednesday morning at The Priory
  Should you require information, support or advice        and Lunch Club on Fridays at St.James’s. The
  telephone the appropriate service, or Age Concern,
                                                           social events- Turkey and Tinsel and Reunion
  and if they can help they will.
                                                           are extremely popular and we organise Open
  In the Borough we (at present) are fortunate to have     Meetings which are geared towards informing
  so many services provided by the statutory bodies        people about matters of importance to older
  and voluntary organisations, they are there for us to    people. We also produce a regular informative
  use.                                                     Newsletter which is sent free of charge to our
  Since our last issue I am pleased to inform you that     affiliated clubs.
  the OPN has been accepted onto the Boroughs
  Local Strategic, Health and Independent Living           During its 60 plus years of existence Age Concern
  Delivery Partnership. This means that the OPN is         Gt. Yarmouth has striven to help the people of the
  formally representing older people within part of the    Borough to make retirement as healthy, fulfilling
  Borough’s decision making structure. We will make
                                                           and as happy time as possible.
  sure that the voice of older people is heard.
  You might have noticed our new logo at the top of
  the page. This will appear on future publications.         If you would like more information on any of our
  My sincere thanks are expressed to the group that          services or are interested in joining a club, then
  were instrumental in collating this information which                    please contact us at;
  we hope you will find useful. Remember. If you need       Age Concern Gt.Yarmouth Office,
  help, seek it.                                            Priory Centre,

  Best wishes to you all.   Ian                             Priory Plain,
                                                            Gt.Yarmouth.
For more information on GYOPN please contact;               NR30 1NW.
Toni Tingle,                Tel: (01493) 845925             Tel.no. 01493 743052.
The Neighbourhood Centre,   E-mail: admin@gyvsp.org.uk
                                                            e-mail-
143 King Street,
                                                            Lydia-middleton@gyctrust.co.uk
Great Yarmouth
NR30 2PQ
   Patients can raise community concerns while being
              treated by their district nurse
Patients can now raise concerns about their          explaining why they went along and to explain
community while being treated by their district      more about the scheme for them – and any
nurse. In a new unique scheme members of the         family or friends. Feedback from patients and
community who are seen by a district nurse may       their families about the scheme has been
also receive a visit from their Police Community     overwhelmingly positive.
Support Officer (PCSO) at the same time.
                                                     The success of the scheme has been
The scheme, named Operation Comfort,                 recognised by Norfolk Constabulary awarding it
offers patients a chance to talk to the Police       the Diversity in Action Team Award as part of this
Community Support Officer (PCSO), during their       year’s Norfolk Safer Community Awards.
appointment with a community nurse.
                                                     If you would like to find out more about
NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney’s                     Operation Comfort please contact;
Community Services District Nursing Service          Walter Lloyd-Smith
has joined up with the police to develop this        Safeguarding Adults Lead
scheme so members of the community already           NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney
being visited have the opportunity to speak          Community Services
about any issues they have. Following a              Tel: (01493) 334 113
successful pilot in Bradwell area
the scheme is now being rolled out
across the Borough.

Patients are asked if they are happy
with the PCSO joining the visit
before they go into that person’s
home. Patients are also given an
information leaflet from the PCSO




               DIAL Great Yarmouth
               Disabled Information
               and Advice Line

D.I.A.L Great Yarmouth was formed in April           meetings, held at the Priory Centre, on
1985 and is a free confidential service offering     Wednesday mornings. They are available to
information and advice on benefits and financial     answer questions on all aspects of the benefit
issues.                                              system booking appointments for personal,
Our advisors endeavour to give advice on all         confidential benefit checks when necessary. A
benefits, undertaking benefit entitlement checks     home visit service is provided where visits to the
and helping to complete the relevant paperwork.      office are not possible.
Our service is available to all and we can be        D.I.A.L provides Message in a Bottle
contacted by telephone, letter or a personal visit   –Emergency Information Scheme and at a
to us at the office.
	                               cost of £3.50 universal Radar Keys, these are
Our advisors attend fortnightly the Age Concern 
    available from the office.
Do you need advice, information or a demonstration
of equipment to help you live independently at
home? The Norfolk Coastal Centre for Independent
Life at the Beacon Park, Gorleston, offers practical
support for people with disabilities who want to live
independently.

The Centre provides a variety of services that may
help people to live independently at home. Under
the guidance of the occupational therapy team visitors can try out a wide range of equipment and
adaptations ranging from small kitchen items to armchairs and a fully operational stairlift. The service
that they offer is free and you can make your own appointment to see them.

The Red Cross Medical Loans Service operates from the Centre and there is also a drop-in session
on the fourth Wednesday of every month for the Hearing Support Clinic for those people with hearing
difficulties. You can contact the Norfolk Coastal Centre for independent life on: 0845 054718 or by email:
nccfile@redcross.org.uk. Website: www.redcross.org.uk



                         Dementia and Mental Health

Dementia can affect us all, via family or friends. If   health problem including anxiety, depression,
you are concerned about a person’s memory, or           confusion, dementia and related behavioural
related behaviour then do not delay seeking help.       problems.
In the Borough we have superb services.
                                                                                      is via a general
The Dementia Memory Clinic is located at                   Refer ral to the Service
                                                                                  e Memory Clinic
Northgate Hospital and provides early detection,              practitioner or th
                                                                                                   3
diagnosis and information. Where requested it                                   n telephone 0149
                                                         For further informatio
offers a home based service, information, advice
                                                         337636
and support.                                                                                  tre,
                                                                            ic Resource Cen
                                                         The Memory Clin
Referral to the Memory Clinic Service is via a                             tal, Northgate St.
                                                         Northgate Hospi
General Practitioner.                                                                         ble
                                                                           Society, a charita
                                                          The Alzheimers                   lephone 01493
The Older Peoples Community Health Team
                                                          organisation  offers support, te
is also located at Northgate Hospital. They offer
                                                          655989
a service to adults over 65 years of age who are
suffering from acute severe and enduring mental
Useful Contacts


  •	 Age Concern Great Yarmouth: 01493 743052

  •	 Age UK (Concern) Norfolk: 01603 787111

  •	 Welfare	Benefits/Age	UK:	07796320996

  •	 Norfolk County Council Customer Services: 0344 800 8014

  •	 Door to Door: 01493 332253

  •	 GY VIP (Visually Impaired People): 01493 721167

  •	 Great	Yarmouth	Borough	Council:	Benefits:	01493 846291

  •	 NHS Direct: 0845 4647

  •	 NNAB (Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind): 01493 745973

  •	 NDA (Norfolk Deaf Association): 01603 404440

  •	 DIAL (Debt advice): 01493 856900

  •	 Norfolk Trusted Trader (Trading standards): 08454 040506

  Great Yarmouth Borough Council operates and hosts a range of different
  services that older people may find useful:


   •	 Community Outreach Service, a free service providing short term
      housing related support to older people to help them access services and
      information they may not be aware of. Telephone 01493 852784
  •	 Safe at Home, Home Improvement Agency Service that can offer practical
     advice and help to improve your home by organising a variety of works.
     Telephone 01493 846190
  •	 Yare Care Community Alarm Service a 24-hour response service,
     particularly for people on their own, people with a disability, or those at risk.
     Telephone 01493 852784
  •	 Sheltered Housing, for older people provides supported accommodation
     with emergency alarm system and a regular visiting service. 01493 852784
  •	 Norfolk Swift Response, a response service that deals with urgent
     unplanned support requests from older and vulnerable people. Telephone
     01493 843097
                            Meet your councillor
                            An Informal introduction to one of the
                            Council’s ward members

                           Name?                    How would you like to see the area
                           Valerie Pettit           develop?
                                                    I would like to see more industry come to the
                           Councillor for?          area to enable people to obtain 52 week a
                           Nelson Ward              year jobs.
   Day time job?                                    What annoys you most in your working
   Ward Councillor                                  life
                                                    Bad manners.
   Have you always lived in the Borough?
   No, I moved to Great Yarmouth 23 years ago,      Where do you look for advice and
   with my daughter and my son.                     inspiration?
                                                    I look for advice from all who have a better
   Why did you become a councillor?                 knowledge of things than I and inspiration
   I wanted to know more about what and how         from those I meet.
   the council wheels worked and to hopefully
   help residents with their problems, or at the    What do you do away from work to relax?
   very least explain to them why things cannot     Talk to my children and play with my
   happen, or take so long, to try and dispel       grandchildren, read and when I have the
   some of their fears.                             opportunity going to the theatre.

   What aspect of council work do you enjoy         What makes you laugh?
   the most?                                        Anything and everything, especially if it
   Getting the answer to a problem and meeting      involves my family.
   the residents and staff.
                                                    Headstone to describe yourself?
   Being involved with ‘Comeunity’                  I won’t have a headstone, my ashes will be
   (Neighbourhood Management Board) of              scattered.
   which I am currently Vice Chair, has seen
   the development of working groups, Safety,
   Pride, Together and Wellbeing, where staff,
   residents and other agencies come together
   to take on ideas, discuss and plan, with all
   of us working together to get things done.
   Street forums are also held, this involves
   setting up a gazebo on a street corner
   and then asking people who are passing
   by what their idea of the area is, this way
   we can see what concerns they have and
   take these back to the Together group and
   try to work out a solution. The Pride group
   has helped residents with garden areas at
   Swirles Place and Fox’s Passage. A group
   of young people organised themselves as
   the Revolution Skate Squad and with help
   from the Neighbourhood Development Officer
   obtained funds for a skate park to be built on
   St Nicholas Playing Field.




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                        Spotlight
                          on a Service
                          Each issue we speak to a Service Manager to find out a bit more about
                          what they do and the services they provide. This issue we ask....


                                                              What are you most proud of?
     Karla Symonds                                            In my private life, my daughter Danielle. I am
     Who are you ?                                            always amazed at what a grounded, delightful
                                                              and wonderful young women she has grown up
     My name is Karla Symonds                                to be. She too has chosen to work in the public
     and I am the Service Unit                               sector and is training as an early years teacher.
     Manager for Communications.
                                                            In my working life it’s the small but magnificent
     What do you do?                                        team I have around me. I can often be a
     It’s my job to make sure that                          complete nightmare – especially during busy
     we let local residents, businesses                    times such as meeting print deadlines so I would
     and other customers know what’s going on.           like to take this opportunity to say thank you -
     This is done in a number of ways - through          Anna, Rachel, Steve and Joshua.
     the press and media, via our own website and        What is happening at the moment?
     publications such as Borough News.                  Communication is a two way process and we do
     How	does	this	benefit	our	residents?                listen to our customers as well as informing them.
                                                         Part of my role involves consultation so I am talking
     Hopefully, by ensuring that they are fully          to colleagues about questions we will be asking our
     informed about the Council and the services         Citizen’s Panel. 

     we provide. The public sector provides
     numerous services that really make a difference     We always ask readers to tell us what they think 

     to people’s lives. The Borough Council is           and we do value your feed back – so if you have
     responsible for numerous things not only the        any comments on our publications please let me
     obvious such as emptying bins and keeping our       know.
     streets clean but also giving advice on benefits,   What are your plans for the future?
     providing sheltered accommodation for our           We are looking at a different ways to communicate
     older residents, play areas for the younger ones    with residents and businesses. More and more
     and producing ratings for restaurants and food      information is now being accessed electronically so
     establishments so that we know its safe to eat      we are looking at ways to improve our website.
     there.                                              We are also joining the world of social networking
     What is the most rewarding part of the job?         and will be having a Great Yarmouth Borough
     Knowing that publications and information we        Council facebook page and you will also be able to
     put out can make a difference. For example          follow us on twitter.
     you will have read in the Great Yarmouth older      Any last words
     peoples network supplement that they were           Local government is often the subject of a lot
     able to help an elderly couple that found out       of bad press, in my opinion some of it is unfair
     about the service through Borough News.             and unwarranted. Doing this job I have learnt
     I was also involved in the ‘Your Borough –          that headlines sells papers - but public services
     Your Chance’ campaign that helped a number          change lives.
     of residents take up skills training or find
     employment.                                              Karla Symonds
                                                              Service Manager - Communications
                                                              Telephone: 01493 846512
                                                              Email: krs@great-yarmouth.gov.uk


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 The Big Society
 Born in the Borough of Great Yarmouth
 September 30th found the Town Hall full of delegates from across the
 county and from Government departments – who all heard why Great
 Yarmouth is at the forefront of the Big Society.
                                                                   Photos Credit: Rachel Hardie
Intended to bring citizens, communities and
public services closer together than ever before   Examples of Big Society in
in order to increase public involvement in
decision making, the Big Society concept has in    Great Yarmouth
many ways already been pioneered by a host of         Local Residents getting out there
organisations in the Great Yarmouth area.             and making a difference in their
                                                      street, in their community and in
At the event a number of local residents and
                                                      their borough.
community leaders gave examples of how their
involvement in decision making and projects           Tireless volunteers making
made a real difference to their every day lives       Yarmouth ‘Bloom’ every year
and those of their friends and neighbours.
                                                      Local businesses and volunteers
These included                                        sponsoring and organising a range
                                                      of local festivals across the Borough
Marion and Brian Hardisty who talked about            throughout the year.
their work with the Hopton Youth Club, run by
a team of volunteers supporting over 60 young         Young people planning, fund raising,
people each week.                                     designing and project managing
                                                      their own skatepark
Christine McDonald, Margaret Jennis and
Michael Blank from the urban neighbourhood            Local residents running their own
boards, explaining the impact of neighbourhood        community library
working and the benefit of localised budgets in
their communities.                                    Community run youth clubs leading
                                                      to a noticeable decline in anti-social
Semsem Kuheri, Katie Folkes and Matt Sadler           behaviour
who described their journeys from community
work and volunteering into employment.                Young people encouraging their
                                                      peers into volunteering leading to
The day also included a number of speeches            paid employment.
and presentations, including; Senior Civil
Servant Sarah Benioff and Great Yarmouth MP           The Borough Council highlighted as
Brandon Lewis setting out the government’s            National Community Empowerment
vision for the Big Society and a presentation         Champions as far back as in 2007.
by Great Yarmouth Community Trust
demonstrating the impact local voluntary           Tony Smith,
organisations have had in supporting over 70       Cabinet member
local people into employment.                      Communities,
                                                   said:
If you would like to know more about The           “The Big Society
Big Society, Neighbourhood Management or 
         concept fits
Participatory Budgeting please contact:
	          well with our
                                                   neighbourhood
Rob Gregory
	                                      management approach. This has
Service Manager - Neighbourhoods & 
               greatly improved the extent to which
Communities                                        local people feel they can influence
Telephone: 01493 845921                            local decisions and I hope that this
E-mail: rg@great-yarmouth.gov.uk                   continues in the coming years.”


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      Boosting the Borough’s economy
     Great Yarmouth Borough Council is currently in the process
     of finalising its economic vision for the borough for the next
     five years (2011-16).
     Recognising the broad range of sectors that make up the
     Great Yarmouth economy, the strategy will outline the
     opportunities that exist for the area as we continue to climb
     out of the one of the worst recessions in recent history.
     With tourism, healthcare, manufacturing and creative
     industries continuing to be vital to the local economy,
     the strategy particularly outlines the need to react to the
     opportunities that are fast emerging in the renewable energy
     sector.
     Following from the development of Scroby Sands as part
                                                                      The offshore industry in Great
     of a programme to develop additional UK offshore wind            Yarmouth accounts for 400
     capacity, East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd are to construct         companies, employing around 12,000
     around 1000 wind turbines off the coast of Great Yarmouth        people. Some energy related local
     over the coming years.                                           success stories include:
                                                                      •	 Gardline Marine Sciences Limited:
     The opportunities for related local businesses to benefit           the largest privately-owned survey
     from this development are huge and whilst ensuring local            company in the world. Having
     businesses take advantage of the opportunities before them,         provided surveys for other offshore
                                                                         wind projects, the company were
     a large amount of work is also going on to attract businesses       recently awarded the contract to
     from further afield into the local area.                            conduct seabed surveys on the first
                                                                         section of the East Anglia Array.
     One of the main economic drivers of securing wind sector
     business for Great Yarmouth is the deep-water facilities         •	 Red7Marine: a diving and marine
     offered at EastPort.                                                construction company, who have
                                                                         seen increased demand from the
     With the container industry hit hard by the recession, the          wind sector. Over the last year they
     strategy to design and build the outer harbour to be able to        have continued to invest in their
                                                                         premises at Gapton Hall Industrial
     cater for a range of trades and commodities has proved to           Estate, spending around £5 million.
     be a wise one, with EastPort able to already establish itself
     as England’s number one offshore support port.                   •	 CLS Offshore Ltd: providing total
                                                                         construction solutions to the oil, gas
                                                                         and renewable energy industries.
                                                                         Recently completed the installation
                                                                         of 100 turbines for an offshore wind
                                                                         farm off Kent.

                                                                      •	 Alicat Workboats: a specialist
                                                                         provider of aluminium catamaran
                                                                         workboats specifically designed for
                                                                         the offshore renewable energy sector.

                                                                      •	 Seajacks: a leading owner and
                                                                         operator of vessels that facilitate
 Graham Plant, Cabinet Member for                                        installation and maintenance of
 Regeneration and Tourism, said:                                         offshore wind turbines.
 “Our local expertise in the energy, renewables
                                                                      •	 Iceni Marine Services: supplying
 and decommissioning sectors sees us perfectly
                                                                         crew and vessels to the offshore wind
 placed to benefit from emerging opportunities in
                                                                         sector.
 the wind sector over the coming years.”



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     Summary of Financial Statements 2009/10
   This summary gives an insight into the Council’s finances and performance for the year ending 31 March
  2010. These summary accounts have been audited by the Audit Commission.
  If you would like to view the full audited Statement of Accounts, please visit
  www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/statement-of-accounts.htm


   REVENUE EXPENDITURE
   For 2009/10 the Council’s outturn was a shortfall of £397,000, against a budgeted shortfall of £791,000,
   thereby improving the expected outturn by £394,000.
   The full set of statement of accounts, including the areas outlined, can be found at the website above.


                                            Income	and	Expenditure	Account	for	2009/10
                                                                                   Gross       Income         Net
                                                                                 Expenditure     £000     Expenditure
                                                                                    £000                     £000


                                            Central Services to the Public             2,024      (733)         1,291
How your money is spent:
                                            Cultural, Environmental,
                                                                                      21,201    (6,754)        14,447
                                            Regulatory and Planning Services
               Cultural,
  Central   Environmental,    Highways      Highways and Transport Services            4,039    (3,269)           770
 Services     Regulatory         and        Housing Services                          80,297   (64,605)        15,692
   to the    and Planning     Transport     Adult Social Care                            392      (134)           258
  Public       Services       Services      Corporate and Democratic Core                871       (41)           830
                                            Non Distributed Costs                         67          0            67

 19.46%        58.30%           3.90%
                                            Net Cost of Services                     108,891   (75,536)        33,355
                                            (Gain) / Loss on Disposal of Fixed
                                                                                                                  146
 Housing      Adult      Corporate          Assets
 Services     Social        and             Parish Council Precepts                                               284
               Care      Democratic         (Surplus) / Deficit of Trading
                                                                                                               (2,894)
                                            Undertakings or Other Operations
                           Core
                                            Interest Payable and similar
                                                                                                                1,672
                                            charges
  12.48%      1.54%          4.32%          Amounts Payable into the Housing
                                                                                                                  566
                                            Capital Receipts Pool
                                            Interest and Investment Income                                       (142)
                                            Pensions Interest Cost and
                                            Expected Return on Pensions                                          2,392
                                            Assets
  Where the money comes
  from:                                     Net Operating Expenditure                                          35,379
                                            Demand on the Collection Fund                                      (4,788)
   Council Tax          23.57%
                                            General Government Grants                                          (6,899)
   Area Based           23.44%              Non-domestic rates redistribution                                  (8,623)
   Grant
   Revenue               9.80%              (Surplus)	/	Deficit	for	the	Year                                   15,069
   Support Grant                            Accounting Adjustments –
                                            mainly capital, pensions & HRA                                    (14,672)
   National Non         42.46%              Surplus
   Domestic                                 The Council’s Net General Fund
                                                                                                                  397
   Rates Grant                              Deficit	for	2009/10
                                            Add the General Fund Balance
   Other Grants          0.73%              b/f	on	1	April	2009
                                                                                                               (1,856)
                                            The Council’s General Fund
                                                                                                               (1,459)
                                            Balance	c/f	31	March	2010



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      Summary of Financial Statements 2009/10
                                                 CAPITAL EXPENDITURE
                                                Capital expenditure for 2009/10 totalled
     The Council’s Balance          £000’s      £12,409m. The capital spend is summarised
     Sheet	for	2009/10                          below:

     Fixed Assets                  298,138                                             £’000
     Long Term Debtors                2,269       Private Sector Housing               1,167
     Stocks                              52       Improvement Grants/Loans
     Debtors (money owed to         12,172        SHIP/SHARP Project –                  748
     the Council)                                 Improvements to Properties
     Cash                                74       St George’s and King Street          1,838
     Current Liabilities           (16,655)       Project
     (money owed by the
     Council)                                     Footway Lighting                      325

     Long Term Liabilities         (97,914)       LEGI – Novus Centre                   223
     The Council’s total           198,136        Improvement to Council Houses        4,766
     assets less its
     liabilities                                  Other Projects                       3,342

                                                  Total Capital Spend                 12,409

 Financed By:
                                                  This	was	financed	by:
 Reserves                            194,966
                                                  Borrowing                            1,820
 Revenue Balances                       3,170
                                                  Capital grants & contributions       7,356
 The Net Worth or ‘Value’            198,136
 of the Council at 31 March                       Income from sale of land and         2,156
 2010                                             Buildings

                                                  Revenue Contribution to Capital      1,077

                                                  Total Financing                     12,409




 Steve Ames, Cabinet Member for Resources,
 said:
 “We understand the importance of being
 open and transparent with our budgetary
 information. We aim to publish our financial
 summary in a way that is clear and simple
 to understand and hope you find this
 information of interest”.

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l Housing	Revenue	Account	2009/10


Housing is the only Council service where a separate account has to be kept by law. In addition, control is
exercised on the items which can be charged or credited to the account. The Housing Revenue Account balance
at the end of 2009/10 was £1,730k surplus.

  Income                                                                          £000’s            £000’s

  Dwelling Rents                                                                (17,233)
  Other Income                                                                     (893)
                                                                                                   (18,126)
  Expenditure
  Repairs and Maintenance                                                          5,553
  Supervision and Management                                                       4,298
  Negative Housing Subsidy                                                         2,124
  Depreciation and Impairment of Fixed Assets                                     17,553
  Other costs                                                                        218
                                                                                                    29,746
  The net cost of HRA services to the Council’s
  Income and expenditure account                                                                    11,620

  Gain on Sale of HRA Fixed Assets                                                                   (298)
  Interest Payable and Similar Charges                                                                 772
  Interest and Investment Income                                                                        (7)

  Deficit	for	the	year	on	HRA	Services	                                                    	        12,087

  Accounting Adjustments – mainly capital and pensions                                             (12,983)

  Housing Revenue Account Surplus for the year                                                       (896)

  Add the HRA balance brought forward at 1 April 2008                                                (834)

  Housing Revenue Account Surplus Carried Forward                                                   (1,730)


l The	Collection	Fund	Account	2009/10


The Collection Fund deficit at 31 March 2010
                                                          Great Yarmouth
was £169,000, which is within tolerated levels,
                                                         Borough Council
given that more than £71,000,000 worth of
                                                                    10%
taxation is accounted for in this fund.

As well as raising funds for its own services,
the Council collects funds on behalf of other                 Norfolk Policy
                                                                  Authority
authorities. The table below shows how this is
                                                                       13%
split through your council tax bill.
                                                                                               Norfolk County
                                                                                                      Council
                                                                                                         77%




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                             Christmas News in Brief

     Christmas Fayre                      Shop Local                          Members are encouraged to
                                                                              save regularly, and then borrow
     Great Yarmouth’s Annual              With a whole host of                up to twice their savings, at a
     Christmas Fayre will this year       independent retailers
                                                                              very low rate of interest. For
     coincide with the Christmas          throughout Great Yarmouth
     Lights switch on and will            and Gorleston you’ll be             example, a loan of £500 paid
     now run for five days from           sure to pick up that perfect        back over one year would only
     Wednesday 1st December               present without the hassle          cost £32 in interest. Members
     through to Sunday 5th                that Christmas shopping can         are given free life insurance,
     December.As always the               sometimes bring at this time of     with their next of kin receiving
     festive fayre promises to            the year                            the savings plus an insurance
     tempt you with a wonder of
                                          Great Yarmouth Borough              payment. Loans are also
     handmade Christmas delights,
     whilst being set in the winter       Council are pleased to              insured at no cost - if you die
     wonderland of the market             support this years “Shop local      your loan is paid off.
     place                                for Christmas” scheme and
                                          encourage you to support local      There are three local branches
     The Yarmouth Market will be          businesses in the borough           in the Great Yarmouth area and
     held every Wednesday and             and do your shopping in Great       if you are interested in finding
     Saturday as usual (except            Yarmouth or Gorleston this          out more, please contact the
     Christmas Day of course!)            year instead of heading to the      Credit Unions direct:-
     including every day during the       city.
     Christmas Fayre, every Friday                                            Lichfield and Southtown Credit
     up to Christmas (including           In the run up to the big day
                                                                              Union
     Christmas Eve) and also on           shops in the area will be selling
                                          some superb unique gifts            Contact: Catherine West
     Thursday 23 December. It’s
                                          and by “Shopping locally for        Tel: 01493 651307
     the ideal location to pick up all
     your fresh fruit and vegetables      Christmas” you will be helping      Cobholm Island Credit Union
     for that Christmas dinner.           to raise the local economy,         Contact: Ray Jacobs -
                                          raising the profile of the towns    Tel: 01493 651330
     Council reduces Car                  involved and joining us to          Rainbow Saver Anglia Credit
     parking charges to                   make it a more welcoming            Union Ltd
     support Shop Local                   place to shop.
                                                                              (in partnership with the 2
     To encourage more residents          Don’t feel the financial            other credit unions, the CAB
     to shop local in the run up to       pinch this Christmas.               and Great Yarmouth Borough
     Christmas, Great Yarmouth                                                Council)
     Borough Council is reducing          The average family spends           Tel: 01502 584854
     its car parking charges on           £600 on Christmas and to
     Saturdays. Please see local          make sure everyone has those
     press or our website                 ‘must have gifts’ its tempting to
     www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk            borrow that extra bit of money.
     for further details.                                                     If you are worried about
                                          Coming up to the festive            money there are a range of 

     However, for those of you who        period we are bombarded by          organisations that can offer 

     prefer to shop on a Sunday
                                          companies offering quick loans      advice on benefits, debt and 

     car parking will be free, on all
                                          and credit deals. However, we       other support
     Council run town centre car
                                          should, be very careful as often
     parks, on 28th November, 5th,                                            Welfare Rights 01493 846238
     12th and 19th December.              the amount to be paid back is
                                                                              Job Centre Plus 0845 604
                                          hundreds of pounds more than
                                                                              3719
                                          what was borrowed.
                                                                              Citizen Advice Bureau 01493
                                          Credit Unions, a savings            845455
                                          and loans club, are a better        Dial 01493 856900
                                          alternative.                        The Samaritans 08457 90909



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