Facilities, Maintenance & Access Projects

The applications for 2020/2021 have now been submitted and were reviewed by the board in January 2021.  The board voted on which projects they were able to support taking into account the aims of the business plan. For future projects GYTABIA are keen to involve the whole borough in it’s funding application process.  Do you or your community have a project that GYTABIA could financially support in the future.  Please find funding application forms below for you to fill in and return to us – if your project increases footfall within the borough then it has a good chance of being accepted.

New ideas are the lifeblood of the events calendar. However the ‘ideas’ phase is often the easy bit! All projects have to go through a rigorous scrutiny process based on the following criteria:-

1. How will this project impact on existing and new visitors? Ie will in bring new visitors to the Borough or merely move visitors from one area of the Borough to another?
2. Are we getting visitors to visit the project or are we taking a project to the visitors? Ie where is the best site for a particular project?
3. Does the project stack up financially? Does the project generate any income to offset the cost?
4. Is the project a ‘one-off’ or is it a long term sustainable project.
5. Who will ‘champion’ the development of the event and what support is the ‘champion’ going to need?
6. Who will actually co-ordinate the project – ie translate the ideas into an actual project?

If you have a project and you would like to talk to someone about filling in the application form to best advantage please do not hesitate to call us on Great Yarmouth 07786911936 or contact via email at info@gyta.com

Facilities/Maintenance and access projects funded and agreed by the GYTABIA board in 2021 and previous years are listed below :

Facilities Projects 2020/2021

CCTV/Radio Link Gapton Hall and Pasteur Road Retail Park – A business crime reduction scheme with funding provided for a radio link to the CCTV control centre for each of the retail businesses.  Also provision of additional CCTV cameras on the parks

Bee Friendly – Caister Protecting the friendly bee population by planting wildflowers at selected areas within and around Caister

Hemsby & Newport Beach Cleaning – Cleansing of the beaches on a regular basis from Easter through to the end of October

Caister in Bloom – Investment support towards the highly successful Caister in Bloom project

Filby in Bloom from Spring through to Autumn.  Filby is known nationally for it’s flower display and receives many visitors who come to see the magnificent array of flowers throughout the village year after year.  Gardens are also open for for a weekend in July for further details please visit their website http://www.filbyinbloom.org.uk/

Kingsway Island – Hemsby  Tidying of Kingsway Island, the focal point of the village for both residents and tourists, including refurbishment of the red K6 phone box; renovation of the ‘wave’ railings and bench; work to put down membrane and bark to help keep weeds down in the planted areas; and additional maintenance visits

Hemsby in Bloom – A voluntary group named Hemsby in Bloom was formed in February 2020 to plant flowers and shrubs around Hemsby village with the support of the Parish Council. The feedback from resident’s and tourists alike was incredible as the displays brought a smile to faces with much appreciation in what was a difficult year for everyone. The floral displays were a boost to the well-being and mental health of all those involved in the project.

Winterton In Bloom and Fisherman’s Trail – Tidy the general area up toilets with bin storage and planters. Create a professionally designed interpretation and information board on fishing culture and to create a trail to other interest points in the village. Explain the evolution of the dunes to visitors and raise awareness for climate change/coastal change via use of a podcast walking trail that is already based at Winterton and was launched in early March 2020

Gorleston in Bloom – To supply Gorleston with hanging baskets to encourage footfall and support businesses

Pop Art -This project is a public artwork by artist Alan Kane which takes the form of a series of free standing ‘head through’ photo boards commonly found at the seaside. images of key pieces of intellectually heavyweight icons of 20th century sculpture onto these boards instead of the usual ‘fat ladies’, pirates and cartoon animals. This work has grown out of Kane’s recent adoption of Great Yarmouth as his inspirational workplace and home making possible a direct, accessible, and engaging encounter with contemporary art in a work to develop new audiences for art.

Hemsby Village Toilets – Funding Support for remodelling of the Ladies & Disabled toilets by replacement of sanitary wear, hand driers & Cubicles. Installation of time locks, LED lighting & baby change unit. Replace existing flooring with a non-slip surface, walls & ceiling to be clad with waterproof/damage resistant/easy to clean surfaces.

Hemsby Beach Toilets – To clean and maintain the public toilets throughout the main holiday season.

Footfall Counters – Continued funding for footfall cameras situated at the junction of Regent Road and Marine Parade and is used as key performance indicators to measure footfall along Regent Road and Marine Parade.  These are used in conjunction with car parking figures and the volume and value figures Cambridge model which is a recognised industry standard

Decorative Lighting – Annual investment into the decorative lighting along Marine Parade an essential part of the seafront experience

Gorleston CCTV & Town Link Radio – Funding for upgrade of CCTV equipment a scheme makes the streets a safer environment enabling local residents and tourists to be able to enjoy the shops, beach, cliff top and attractions thus hopefully local businesses will benefit by the extra foot fall, increase their revenue and make it a pleasurable experience for visitors.

Winterton Toilet Cleaning – Funding to contribute towards the cost of toilet cleansing. This will ensure that the toilets in Winterton can stay open for the summer season and at least weekends and school holidays during the winter.

Facilities Projects 2019/2020 –

Decorative Lighting – Annual investment into the decorative lighting along Marine Parade an essential part of the seafront experience

Bee Friendly – Caister Protecting the friendly bee population by planting wildflowers at selected areas within and around Caister

Hemsby Beach & Toilet Cleaning – Cleansing of the public toilets and beach on a regular basis from Easter through to the end of October

Caister in Bloom – Investment in a new project for Caister funding support towards a highly successful Caister in Bloom project

Filby in Bloom from Spring through to Autumn.  Filby is known nationally for it’s flower display and receives many visitors who come to see the magnificient array of flowers throughout the village year after year.  Gardens are also open for for a weekend in July for further details please visit their website http://www.filbyinbloom.org.uk/

Seafront CCTV & Radio Network – to ensure the safety of people living, working, visiting and holidaying promoted through the use of public space surveillance supported by a 24 hour control room with direct radio links to police headquarters and participating businesses

Footfall Counter – Situated at the junction of Regent Road and Marine Parade and is used as key performance indicators to measure footfall along Regent Road and Marine Parade.  These are used in conjunction with car parking figures and the volume and value figures Cambridge model which is a recognised industry standard

Facilities Projects 2018/2019

Hemsby Hanging Baskets – In previous years GYTABIA has also funded the Hemsby Hanging Baskets which have gained fame far and wide.  This year once again due to it’s success the board agreed to fund them for 2019

Hemsby Beach & Toilet Cleaning – Cleansing of the public toilets and beach on a regular basis from Easter through to the end of October

Caister in Bloom – Investment in a new project for Caister funding support towards a highly successful Caister in Bloom project

Filby in Bloom from Spring through to Autumn.  Filby is known nationally for it’s flower display and receives many visitors who come to see the magnificient array of flowers throughout the village year after year.  Gardens are also open for for a weekend in July for further details please visit their website http://www.filbyinbloom.org.uk/

Seafront CCTV – to ensure the safety of people living, working, visiting and holidaying promoted through the use of public space surveillance supported by a 24 hour control room with direct radio links to police headquarters and participating businesses

Footfall Counter – Situated at the junction of Regent Road and Marine Parade and is used as key performance indicators to measure footfall along Regent Road and Marine Parade.  These are used in conjunction with car parking figures and the volume and value figures Cambridge model which is a recognised industry standard

Facilities Projects 2017/2018

The Board of Directors of the GYTABIA agreed to fund the following projects for 2018 :

Restoration of the Caister Village Sign – the sign was originally installed in 1971 by the womens Institute and th paintwork and support pole were in a weathered state.  Through funding it has been restored to it’s original state using traditional materials.

Caister Village Sign

Hemsby Hanging Baskets – In previous years GYTABIA has also funded the Hemsby Hanging Baskets which have gained fame far and wide.  This year once again due to it’s success the board have agreed to fund them for 2018

Hemsby Beach & Toilet Cleaning – Cleansing of the public toilets and beach on a regular basis from Easter through to the end of October

Winterton in Bloom – Investment in the very successful Winterton in Bloom project

Seafront CCTV – to ensure the safety of people living, working, visiting and holidaying promoted through the use of public space surveillance supported by a 24 hour control room with direct radio links to police headquarters and participating businesses

Footfall Counter – Situated at the junction of Regent Road and Marine Parade and is used as key performance indicators to measure footfall along Regent Road and Marine Parade.  These are used in conjunction with car parking figures and the volume and value figures Cambridge model which is a recognised industry standard

Facilities Projects 2016/2017

Fritton Village Sign – Support to Fritton Village Sign project

Hemsby Toilets and  Beach Cleaning Cleansing of the public toilets and beach on a regular basis from Easter through to the end of October

Filby in Bloom – Support for the Filby in Bloom voluntary team to provide all year round colour and environmental responsibility for the Filby area.

Seafront Decorative lighting – Improvements to seafront decorative lighting

Footfall Monitoring – Situated at the junction of Regent Road and Marine Parade and is used as key performance indicators to measure footfall along Regent Road and Marine Parade.  These are used in conjunction with car parking figures and the volume and value figures Cambridge model which is a recognised industry standard

Facilities Projects 2015/2016

Access Gateways – To install decorative landmark creations on key roundabouts to the Borough – this project is ongoing throughout the period of the BID.

‘Park & Save’ Car Park Charges Offset Scheme  – The existing car parking tickets were used to promote discounts to local attractions, restaurants and shops.  The ticket was valid for 48 hours which will enabled visitors to use their tickets at participating businesses throughout the Borough.

Great Yarmouth Town Centre & Seafront CCTV – Support funding for the ongoing monitoring, maintenance and transmission of the CCTV which includes 33 cameras in the area.

Filby in Bloom – Support for the Filby in Bloom voluntary team to provide all year round colour and environmental responsibility for the Filby area.

Gorleston Community Heritage Tearoom – Love Flo’s@Ivy Lodge. To convert Ivy Lodge into a functioning heritage tearoom offering work experience placements to young adults with learning disabilities.

Hemsby & Newport Replica Flower Display – Provided a quality all year round flower display in Hemsby & Newport without the need for watering to improve the local environment.

Directional signs to Scratby – To provide information for passing traffic of the shops, holiday parks and accommodation available in Scratby – on hold

Great Yarmouth Welcome Hosts – To provide welcoming assistance and information for inbound visitors to Great Yarmouth during the main holiday season.  The service is operated by volunteers.  The GYTABIA is providing funding for new uniforms for the staff – on hold

Vauxhall Links – GYTABIA is supporting the completion of the restoration of Vauxhall Bridge to preserve the heritage and enhance the surrounding area which is the main link for railusers to the town – on hold

Winterton Tourism – Investment in the creation of between 5-7 Winterton based walks using branded maps of varying lengths to improve the tourism offer in Winterton.

Facilities Projects 2014/2015

Hemsby Village Sign -Hemsby & Newport has more visitor beds than Brighton and represents one of the highest concentration of self-catering visitor accommodation in Europe.

Filby In Bloom – National Award winning Filby in Bloom is one of the wonders of the Borough and a magnet for 1000s of visitors a year. It has become an attraction in its own right. GYTABIA is keen to help with Filby in Bloom’s continued success.

The Welcome Host service based at Great Yarmouth Vauxhall Station – This provides a welcome for inbound passengers with information and advice about the area and its attractions. The service is staffed by volunteers who are all trained to the Olympic ‘Gamesmakers’ standards in customer service.

Gorleston In Bloom – Hanging baskets are aimed to make Gorleston High Street a nicer environment in which to shop and trade thereby encouraging increased footfall to the area.

Ivy Lodge Project, Gorleston – The overarching goal is to get the currently derelict Ivy Lodge in Priory Gardens transformed into a functioning Heritage tearoom and offer work experience placements to young adults with learning disabilities.

Decorative Lighting – On the 2nd May one of GYTABIAs early projects – new decorative lighting for the seafront in Great Yarmouth – was officially switched on by Her Worship the Mayor of the Borough of Great Yarmouth. The switch-on was also marked by the first fireworks display of the season.