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Pontins. Hemsby. Norfolk. September 2013. shot on Velvia 50 35mm Film Visited here with my good friend and my daughter. I new the site well but had never visited, so decided that we would as I had a roll of Velvia 50 35mm film to shoot to test my new canon eos 5 out prior to starting uni. Absolutely stunned with the results. This is the 1st time I had loaded a roll of film, let alone shoot film. All the images are as they were taken in the camera, but some of them have had a minor crop to straighten them. The weather was very over cast and kept spitting with rain, so the images are taken in a random order as kept nipping back into the old pool to keep dry HISTORY Weeds now flourish on the 2,440- capacity camp which has sat empty since 2008 when PontinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s closed it Ã¢â‚¬Å“following a period of sustained operating lossesÃ¢â‚¬Â. Landowner Northern Trust had pinned hope on developing the site for residential use, but following heated objections from residents the plans were withdrawn in January 2012 before they came before the development control committee. Residents feared the development would place a strain on schools and doctorsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ surgeries, put more cars on the road and take a valuable tourism asset away from Hemsby. In a change of tack, the site has gone back on the market advertised for Ã¢â‚¬Å“tourism/ leisure usesÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Decided to pop back and have a little look about, it had been 14 months since I had last gone and to be honest not much has changed, a few more broken windows, more chalets are now sealed up properly, and somebody has thrown the medics storage cupboard in the pool. Last time I visited I shot on a eos 5 film camera with Velvia 50 film and a 50mm f/1.4 usm lens.... This time I shot with a 6d and a Canon 17-40mm f/4 L so got something a little different this time. Bit of History and what's going on from the local rag The 2,440-capacity camp in Hemsby has been empty since 2008 when PontinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s closed it Ã¢â‚¬Å“following a period of sustained operating lossesÃ¢â‚¬Â. Grass was overgrown , it was full of weeds and a number of break-ins have been reported this year. But following negotiations between Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the property agent for the site it has been tidied up. After receiving complaints from the public about the condition of the privately-owned site, the borough council asked for improvements to the former Pontins site, which closed in recent years. Now this gateway site, in Beach Road, has been spruced up at the instruction of Northern Trust, the siteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s agent, following discussions with the authority. The council did not pay for any of the work. If this informal agreement had not been reached, the borough had the option to serve a legal notice ordering the responsible party to undertake the work by a certain date, or else face criminal prosecution. In October this year, the borough council used these legal powers to press for improvements to Vauxhall House, next to the railway station, which must be upgraded by January 20, 2014. The agreement over the Pontins site required the boarded-up windows to be painted white, the grass, weeds and low-lying vegetation to be cut to ground level, and the hedge along Back Market Lane to be cut. This was completed during November. Cllr Trevor Wainwright, the leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The former Pontins site is a prominent property, visible on the main route through Hemsby, so its appearance influences how residents and visitors feel about the borough. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This site has been a persistent cause of public concern since it was vacated. And although thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been some minimal maintenance, these negotiations have secured a more comprehensive schedule of works which should alleviate the visual harm. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Discussions are ongoing to agree a long-term viable use for the site, but in the meantime the borough council will work with the agent to ensure it does not fall below our standards.Ã¢â‚¬Â The former Pontins site is 8.877 hectares (21.94 acres), with an extensive road frontage. The central leisure and entertainment facilities extend overall to approximately 6,785 sq m (73,033 sq ft). Chalet accommodation for 2,440 people is provided within 512 chalets. - See more at: http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/former_hemsby_pontins_holiday_camp_is_tidied_up_1_3076290#sthash.zCSCJXtZ.dpuf