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Over 6,000 new trees have been planted near Lynnsport in King’s Lynn. A further 500 trees have been replanted in King’s Reach. Cllr Paul Kunes, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “This is the first large-scale planting programme as part of the borough council’s strategy to tackle climate change and offset carbon dioxide emissions. “We started the year by planting a small number of whips in The Walks, followed by more than 400 trees being planted in Sedgeford. It’s a great way of helping our environment, through planting native species, and will help towards being net carbon zero by 2030."
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Work to create a new library, university and learning centre in the heart of Great Yarmouth has stepped up a gear thanks to a £3.5m partnership with the University of Suffolk and East Coast College. Plans were unveiled in 2020 for a new education and community hub in the former Palmers department store in Great Yarmouth Market Place, including an enhanced Norfolk County Council public library. Last year Great Yarmouth Borough Council bought the building and began initial planning for the new centre. Now East Coast College and the University of Suffolk have formally committed to the scheme, with a £3.5m contribution that will see the college teach degree level courses at the new centre, accredited by the university. The University of East Anglia is also backing the project, with…
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A school in Rackheath has received a hedgehog home donation for National Hedgehog Awareness Week, to help reverse the decline of the species. Developer Barratt and David Wilson Homes donated the habitat as part of the annual National Hedgehog Awareness Week, which took place at the beginning of May. The awareness week is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, and aims to highlight the issues hedgehogs face, whilst providing solutions for what people can do to support them. Following the society’s suggestion to buy or build a hedgehog home, the housebuilder donated a ‘hogitat’ hedgehog home to Rackheath Primary School, located on Willoughby Way near the developer’s Woodland Heath development.
Monday, 09 May 2022 00:00

Breckland Mobile Food Store launches

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A new mobile food store is launching to serve the rural communities of Breckland. The service will provide a way to shop for healthy, nutritious food and store cupboard staples at a reduced price, to help residents tackle increasing living costs or difficulties getting to other shops due to isolation. Friendly expert staff on the bus are trained to offer wider support such as advice on debt management, isolation & loneliness and mental health, and will signpost customers to a range of services that can offer further help, where needed. Informed by data, the bus will begin its route in early May, stopping in Swanton Morley, Bawdeswell, Shipdham, Carbrooke, Saham Toney, Ashill, Necton, Narborough, Weeting and East Harling.
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This Jubilee year, South Norfolk Council, are tripling the amount of funding they are giving to community groups to support local initiatives. Grants of £1,000 to £15,000 are available through their Community Action Fund for projects that will enhance residents’ quality of life. Cabinet Member Cllr Alison Thomas, Chair of the Community Action Panel, said: “Over the years we have helped countless projects come to fruition through these grants, funding everything from skate parks to befriending schemes and as seed funding to support larger scale projects like the Pennoyer Centre. This year to mark the Jubilee and to help give our communities a boost, we have tripled the money in the pot.”
Wednesday, 20 April 2022 00:00

GRIDSERVE opens new Electric Forecourt® in Norwich

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GRIDSERVE, the tech-enabled sustainable business that runs the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway - one of the UK’s leading electric charging networks, today opens a new state-of-the-art Compact Electric Forecourt® in Norwich. The first-of-its-kind EV experience facility delivers the latest charging technology, supplied by 100% renewable energy, and helps to pave the way for mass EV adoption well ahead of the 2030 ban on new petrol and dieselcars. The new Electric Forecourt® is one of the most advanced EV charging facilities in the world, hosting 36 EV chargers, including 22x high-power chargers with up to 350kW of power – the fastest chargers commercially available today, capable of adding up to 100 miles of range in only five minutes. The Norwich site forms part of GRIDSERVE’s £1 billion UK-wide investmentbeing rolled outintoitscharging infrastructure…
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A reusable cup scheme has been launched today as part of a drive for a Norfolk resort’s greenest ever holiday season. Cafes and restaurants in Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, will offer customers a reusable cup from today to help put an end to single use disposable takeaway cups. Tea and coffee drinkers will be encouraged to borrow a ‘Hemsby Cup’ in return for a £2 deposit, use and then return back to any participating café to get their money back. The launch at Richardson’s Yacht Club on Beach Road heard how each cup can be used over 1,000 times and is fully recyclable. Nine businesses in the village have signed up to the scheme, which is free for businesses to participate in.
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Dozens of Thetford residents and representatives from local community groups have taken part in a litter pick to help tidy and brighten up the town. The event, which took place on 30 March, was organised by Breckland Council in support of Keep Britain Tidy’s national #SpringClean project. Over 60 bags of litter were collected by the 34 participants, along with three discarded bikes and a mattress. The event was supported by Thetford Fire brigade, Thetford Town Council, UPP Broadband, Norfolk Waste Partnership, Thetford River Group, and local residents, who all volunteered their time to help reduce the impact of litter on wildlife and the natural environment.
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Norfolk’s newest leisure centre is now recruiting for its top team as plans gather pace for its opening this summer. The new £26m Marina Centre on Great Yarmouth’s seafront will boast a six-lane swimming pool, learner pool and leisure water with flumes; along with a gym, sports hall, indoor climbing zone, community spaces and a café. With only a few months to go until its planned opening in late summer, an exciting recruitment campaign is underway to find some outstanding individuals who will play a crucial role in the opening of the new centre and providing excellent customer service to the residents and visitors. The centre will be operated by Freedom Leisure - one of the most successful and growing not for profit leisure and cultural trusts in the UK…
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Exciting new plans for the future of Watton and Swaffham have been drawn up as part of the Future Breckland project. Future Breckland: Thriving People and Places is a project to revitalise Breckland’s five market towns and equip them for the future. The project has already seen a plan drawn up for Dereham: plans for Attleborough and Thetford will follow. Now, the newly-revealed plans for Watton and Swaffham are setting out proposals that are individually-tailored for each town. The proposals include long-term goals for the next decade and shorter-term goals for the next one to three years. The plans have been drafted by economic specialists Hatch, with urban regeneration experts, We Made That, after being commissioned by Breckland Council. The programme is being backed by Norfolk County Council and local…
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