Make B1145 a clearway, says West Norfolk councillor

A West Norfolk councillor representing Bawsey and the surrounding area has voiced his opinions on the future of Bawsey Pits.

Alistair Beales has said that he is working with the local authorities on the main issues associated with the pits.

Cllr Beales said: “I am pressing Norfolk County Council to complete the work required to make the stretch of road a clearway and then the borough council can start patrolling the area – at the moment only the police can respond as they have done on a number of occasions.”

He added that he had a close working relationship with the past owners of the pits to discuss what was next for the area, but has not spoken in as much detail with the new owner, businessman Stephen Bacon.

Cllr Beales said: “I was part of the panel of local people that put forward ideas for its future as a leisure facility and amenity space. Such ideas as walking trails, cycling, camping, a visitor centre and café were mooted and enjoyed widespread support among local residents.

“I have talked to Stephen and he has said that we will visit the site together at some stage and he will explain his ideas in more depth – this has not yet happened.”

It comes as the warm weather has attracted more people to the pits – causing concerns about safety while swimming and road use.