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Council buys used car dealership to knock it down and make way for bridge

3 months ago

A used car dealership in Great Yarmouth is to be bought then demolished to make way for a river crossing.

South Denes Car and 4×4 Centre and all its stock is to be bought by Norfolk County Council as it’s in the way of the Third River Crossing over the Yare, reports the Eastern Daily Press.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is the landowner but business operator Cecil Spinks has the leasehold, which doesn’t run out for another 43 years, and will be in line for compensation as well.

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Artist's impression of third crossing over River Yare via Norfolk County Council

An artist’s impression of the third crossing over the River Yare. Image: Norfolk County Council

Compulsory purchase orders will be used to buy the business. The sum being paid has been kept confidential, but the council will be able to recoup some of the cost by selling the vehicles.

The Tory-led county council agreed to the purchase yesterday (Feb 1), with the Eastern Daily Press quoting commercial services and asset management cabinet member Greg Peck as saying it needed to make the decision because of the number of years left on the lease.

Had there been fewer than 20 years, the decision could have been handled by council officers under delegated powers.

The land will be mainly public highway, with areas deemed unnecessary for the crossing staying with the borough council and made available to it after the £121m bridge is built.

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Building work is due to start soon with the aim of opening the bridge to traffic by early 2023.

Main image: Google Street View

John Bowman

John has been with Car Dealer since 2013 after spending 25 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter then a sub-editor/assistant chief sub-editor on regional and national titles. John is chief sub-editor in the editorial department, working on Car Dealer, as well as handling social media.

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