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Two local councils are calling on residents and businesses to dispose of their waste responsibly, or they could face a hefty fine.In the last 12 months, Broadland District and South Norfolk Council have carried out 206 fly-tipping investigations, resulting in fines for businesses and residents who have broken the law and blighted the countryside with their waste.South Norfolk Cabinet Member for Clean and Safe Environment Councillor Michael Edney said: “We live in a beautiful part of the world and we want to keep it that way. Fly-tipping is selfish and harmful to the environment and wildlife, it blights our countryside and costs taxpayers over £50K a year to clean up. If you are caught fly-tipping, we will not hesitate to fine you.”Just this month, a mobile catering business was issued…
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Visitors to Great Yarmouth’s Market Place can now access free public wi-fi as part of the cross-Channel Go Trade project that’s helping to revitalise historic markets. Great Yarmouth Borough Council is launching the new service to enhance the town centre experience for residents and visitors alike, supporting the £4.6m Market Place redevelopment currently underway. The wi-fi is available for free out-of-doors use by residents, visitors and market traders, and can be found on mobile devices under the name “Gt Yarmouth Free Wi-Fi” within the Market Place area. A dedicated extender to boost the signal underneath the market canopy itself will be fitted as part of the redevelopment of the market facilities. Go Trade aims to support the visitor experience and offer at nine traditional markets in England and France, with…
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Residents and businesses in Hemsby are invited to take part in a consultation to explore, assess and comment on important design options for a proposed rock berm intended to help reduce coastal erosion. As part of ongoing work, Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Coastal Partnership East have been working with the community to consider ways to respond to coastal change along this dynamic stretch of coastline. With a rock berm identified with the community as the preferred short- to medium-term solution to help reduce the rate of erosion and give Hemsby extra time to adapt to change, the council commissioned independent experts Jacobs to progress an outline design, technical and environmental studies. As the next stage in the process, the whole community is now invited to take part in a…
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Big Issue founder Lord John Bird of Notting Hill and his wife Lady Parveen were in Norwich on Wednesday to do the Norwich: A Black History tour, led by Tour Guide Paul Dickson and Chairman of Norfolk Black History Month, Danny Keen. They followed in the footsteps of 'Norfolk's Black Prince', Frederick Duleep Singh and his sister Sophia, who was a leading suffragette. The tour also looked at the role of Norwich and Norfolk in the abolition of slavery movement, notably the work of Thomas Fowell Buxton, Edward Harbord 3rdLord Suffield, Amelia Opie and Harriet Martineau. There was the story of William Darby (Pablo Fanque), Britain's first black circus entrepreneur, and the impact of African-American servicemen in World War II and beyond was discussed. Lord Bird also met up with…
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Great Yarmouth Borough Council, with Historic England and Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, is today (Wednesday, April 14) launching a £1.9m four-year scheme putting heritage and the local community at the heart of revitalising the town centre. The new High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), covering the Market Place, the Rows and the northern end of King Street, involves local people in repairing, conserving and building a better understanding of the area’s historic buildings and sites, working with a range of partners. Supporting regeneration and recovery, conserving buildings at risk, creating new facilities and giving people new skills, the High Street Heritage Action Zone is a four-year programme, led by the borough council in partnership with Historic England, which has awarded grant funding of £980,743. It will complement the wider investment…
Thursday, 01 April 2021 00:00

Market Place redevelopment works get underway

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Redevelopment of Great Yarmouth’s Market Place is getting underway, as the borough council’s exciting vision of town centre regeneration and revitalisation starts to become a reality for residents and visitors. This £4.6m investment will see the market facilities significantly improved in the heart of the Market Place area, with new units under an architecturally-striking wooden canopy – a unique design which will mean the market is brighter, more inviting and compliments the historic setting. Following a formal procurement process, the council has appointed Norfolk-based construction company Pentaco as main contractor, bringing their expertise working within conservation areas and with timber structures. Pentaco is currently making preparations on-site and is scheduled to start phase one of construction in mid-April, completing the works in spring 2022. This major investment comes from the…
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The £5m Ella May Barnes building, providing state-of-the-art laboratories and workspace at Norwich Research Park, is complete and has been handed to South Norfolk Council. It is designed to attract and provide space for organisations interested in joining the region’s growing food, life and health knowledge economy. The building, delivered by Big Sky Development, is expected to unlock further opportunities at the Enterprise Zone site that could lead to the creation of up to 150 jobs, adding to the community of 12,000 people that are already working at Norwich Research Park. 
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As Sure as the Sun Rises in the East is the new folk rock album by Norfolk songwriter and musician Tim Lane. Inspired by the landscape, heroes and folk tales of Lane’s home county and surroundings, it was composed and recorded in his home studio during the lockdown. Combining an indie rock feel with melodic folk stylings and lyrics that delight in storytelling, this ten song collection unselfconsciously celebrates Norfolk and the East of England. At fifty-six years old, Lane is veteran of the music and theatre scene in Norwich, working as the musical director and composer for The Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company, and the Crude Apache Community theatre. He is also the leader of up-and-coming Norwich folk group The Punch House Band and his focus over recent years…
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Broadland District Council and Horsford Parish Council have worked together to rejuvenate three of the village’s play areas.Park View was the first to be completed in April 2020 followed by play areas in Coltsfoot Road and Beckside. The £70,000 project was inspired by 10 year-old-resident Charmaine Blythe, who petitioned the Parish Council to ask for a new swing at Park View play area by Horsford Village Hall.She said: “The play area had hardly any play equipment and what was there was old and wasn't any good for playing on, I really wanted a swing.”With the help of her parents, Charmaine petitioned the local community for improvements to the play area and gathered over a hundred signatures.
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South Norfolk Council’s leisure centres are offering free online gym membership until 1 March, allowing members access to more than 30 live streamed classes and more than 60 on demand classes. By signing up to Your Home Workout, members can try a range of professional classes, from energetic Dance Fit, Body Pump and High Intensity Interval Training to Yoga and Pilates, free of charge, and then for just £10 a month after 1 March. An online class timetable, for those wanting to join in live, is on the South Norfolk Council website – search ‘Your Home Workout from the homepage to view it and see what you’d like to try. 
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