Local residents oppose plan to sell bequeathed land

Council plans to sale land dedicated as a public garden "for all time"

Plans to sell part of a riverside open space promised as a public garden “for all time” have angered local residents and community groups. Bequeathed to the people of Gorleston in Norfolk, by Addison Williamson in 1937, Williamson’s Lookout is the subject of a Great Yarmouth Borough Council land sale to developers. Opponents say the sale goes against an agreement to keep the area a public space “for all time”. The move to sell a two-metre slice of the garden as access for a developer has angered local conservationists, who feel the sale threatens the landscape. Gorleston on Sea Heritage Group member Tom Harrison said: “I do not think anything that is a bequest to the public should be sold. In that part of Gorleston there is not much open space.”

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