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Residents across the city are feeling safer thanks to alley gates provided by the city council, through a scheme which is being extended for another 12 months due to its success so far. The scheme's criteria has been widened so that residents can also apply for repairs to existing gates, even if they were not provided by the council. Since the scheme was initiated in 2021, almost one hundred households have benefitted from the installation of new gates. The gates are provided through funding made available by the Safer Neighbourhoods Initiative, set up to provide a coordinated response across the council and external partners to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour. This includes increasing neighbourhood engagement, looking at physical means of improving safety and a city-wide community fund to support measures…
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Winners and finalists of the second annual Broadland and South Norfolk Business Awards attended a glittering event on 23 March at Norwich City Football Club sponsored by Fosters Solicitors. It was a fantastic evening where both councils were joined by some of the most exceptional businesses in the area, and provided a chance to celebrate business innovation, entrepreneurialism and excellence. Jewellery and accessories company Lisa Angel won the Business Growth Award, sponsored by Big Sky Living. Despite a difficult couple of years, the company has managed to expand their high street presence, explore new lines and increased their online offering. Broadland Council Portfolio Holder for Economic Development Cllr Jo Copplestone said: ‘’They have continued to invest in their staff and have a clear understanding of the challenges ahead and what…
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Having been put ‘on ice’ for the last two years due to the Covid pandemic, Cromer’s popular ‘Folk on the Pier’ festival is now set fair for the second weekend of May. Since its last outing in 2019, festival producer Scott Butler has managed to keep the majority of both artists and bookings for the 2020 production intact through the 2020 and 2021 ‘no shows’, and is delighted to be back on track and full steam ahead with the final preparations for what in real terms is the 22nd event, since it started in 1999. Apart from having to re-arrange two acts in the 2020 line-up, the real change concerns the fringe events whereby a new team will now be running this element of the festival. ‘Folk off the Pier’ …
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A £1.8m project to provide modern, quality emergency accommodation to homeless people in Breckland is nearing completion. The Breckland Council project has seen Elm House, a former pre-school in Thetford, completely refurbished over the past year. When opened this spring, the service will provide temporary housing to single adults, couples, and families from Breckland district area. The building work is now complete, and once opened, Access Community Trust will manage the centre on the Councils behalf, residents will be supported to if they seek further services where required.
Monday, 14 March 2022 00:00

New greenery for Swaffham town centre

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Breckland Council has installed new planters in the centre of Swaffham to help brighten the town for residents and shoppers and create a barrier for air pollution. The cost of approximately £5,000 to purchase and install the planters was funded by Breckland Council’s Market Towns Initiative scheme. The Market Towns Initiative aims to make improvements across the district’s five market towns, by ringfencing £150,00 for each town, and it has funded a diverse range of projects that reflect the unique natures of the towns. The new Swaffham planters are located on Lynn Street, close to the junction with the A1065, and screen the pedestrianised area from the busy road. The planters cover just over 10 metres of ground and are filled with green screens constructed of ivy, with space for…
Tuesday, 08 March 2022 00:00

Nar Ouse Business Park development begins

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Work has begun at the new Nar Ouse Business Park which will provide approximately 15 hectares of serviced, development land for office, industrial and research space in King’s Lynn. The scheme is a partnership between the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the New Anglia LEP. Two buildings are currently being constructed by RG Carter. New Anglia LEP has contributed £3.22m from its Growth Deal with government. Cllr Richard Blunt, Cabinet member for Development and Regeneration at the borough council, explained: “It is one of the largest brownfield regeneration projects ever handled in West Norfolk and is conveniently located adjacent to the A47 in King’s Lynn, with easy access to the A10 to Cambridge, and to the A17. This first plot is office premises, of up to…
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After being in storage for more than forty years Gorleston's Carnegie clock is set to returning to its rightful place at the heart of the high street. Back in 1907, the then County Borough of Great Yarmouth purchased the clock for a sum of £110 and placed it on the corner of Gorleston's Carnegie library, making it viewable from all directions. It passed into the ownership of Norfolk County Council during local government reorganisation. Following the demolition of the old library in 1975, the clock was put into storage for safety. Now thanks to the hard work of community volunteers and the support of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the clock will be returned to Gorleston High Street with a new home at Palace Cinema. As part of the move the…
Friday, 11 February 2022 00:00

Electricity Upgrade Will Switch on Snetterton

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Work has begun on a new primary electricity substation that will 'switch on Snetterton' by increasing the power supply at Snetterton Heath, making it easier for businesses to set up and grow. The new substation will help to support and sustain business growth on the site which is in a prime position on the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor. The project is being led by Breckland Council, working in partnership with UK Power Networks. Grant funding totalling £3.43M has been received for the upgrade from New Anglia LEP and the BRP (business rates pool). Councillor Sam Chapman-Allen, Leader of Breckland Council, hailed the 'significant' development, commenting: "This new electricity substation represents a huge step forward for Snetterton Heath and will help to maximise the potential this key site offers for business…
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Children from Costessey Primary School joined local volunteers to plant a heritage orchard at Queen’s Hills Community Park as part of a project run by South Norfolk Council.Year 6 pupils from Queen’s Hills Primary School planted 36 fruit trees, including apples, cherries, plums, damsons, quinces, meddlers and pears. All the trees are rare heritage varieties from the region and grown in Norfolk. The children were helped by new volunteer group ‘Friends of Queen’s Hills Community Park’.Volunteer Pauline Williams said: “These trees will enrich the biodiversity of the area and help feed our wildlife. The community will also be able to enjoy the fruit for many years to come.”
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A unique new archaeology mission is set to launch next week allowing residents to join with professionals to explore Great Yarmouth’s history. As part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone Scheme, Great Yarmouth Borough Council is partnering with Cotswold Archaeology to create the ‘Uncovering Yarmouth’ project, which will see them investigating the history of the Great Yarmouth Minster churchyard and around the Market Place. The project will kick off on Monday 14 February, using ground penetrating radar to extend our knowledge of the area’s past. Radar is used by archaeologists to identify structures beneath the ground without having to dig it all up. The aim of the survey is to discover the line of the medieval town wall and the probable St. Nicholas' Gate, which was totally demolished in…
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