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Norfolk Prepared launches free app

Know what to do before, during and after an emergency with the Norfolk Resilience Forum’s official Norfolk Prepared app. It’s free, simple and practical to use!

20 October 2014
Norfolk Prepared launches free app

With the latest live emergency warning alerts and simple step-by-step advice, it’s never been easier to know the risks, be informed and get prepared for an emergency.

Get expert tips on how to prepare for Norfolk’s Risks and some practical advice from creating an emergency kit, business continuity plan or putting together your own communities’ emergency plan.

Send “I’m Safe” notifications to friends and family during an emergency; test your Norfolk Prepared knowledge by taking our interactive quizzes and share your scores with friends on Twitter and Facebook.

Get Norfolk Prepared at your fingertips now! www.norfolkprepared.gov.uk

Prospective councillors enjoy a date with a difference

We welcomed 24 prospective councillors to our ‘candi-dating’ event on Wednesday 15 October.

17 October 2014
Prospective candidates enjoy a date with a difference

Members of the public were invited to find out what being a councillor involves and to learn about how the council works ahead of the District Council elections on Thursday 7 May 2015.

The group enjoyed a ‘speed-dating’ session with 22 existing councillors. The prospective candidates had the opportunity to chat to each of the councillors about key elements of the role and in more detail about different service areas of the Council, including housing, planning, licensing, economic development and environment.

The next elections for all 48 seats (representing 34 wards) on North Norfolk District Council will take place on Thursday 7 May 2015.

If you would like further information about becoming a councillor, please contact Emma Denny on 01263 516010 or email emma.denny@north-norfolk.gov.uk or see our 'Be a Councillor' webpage.

 

Wetherspoon proposed investment in North Walsham welcomed

North Norfolk District Council has welcomed an announcement from British pub chain JD Wetherspoon of a proposed investment in North Walsham town centre.

16 October 2014
Wetherspoon's £1.6m investment proposal welcomed by NNDC

Wetherspoon approached NNDC with an expression of interest its New Road offices, currently partly occupied by North Walsham Town Council. The chain is looking to open a pub with a restaurant to attract a broad range of customers. It is expected that the investment would result in the creation of 45 to 50 new jobs in the town.

A formal report to NNDC’s Cabinet detailing the proposal is being prepared for discussion at its next meeting on 3 November, which will include relocation options for existing tenants. Any formal proposal will be subject to the normal planning and licensing approval process.

JD Wetherspoon spokesman, Eddie Gershon said, “We are looking at the site in North Walsham. We would be keen to open up a pub in the town.

“If the plans come to fruition we would look to invest £1.6 million on the development project and create up to 50 new full and part time jobs. We also believe that a Wetherspoon pub in the town would act as a catalyst for further investment by other businesses”.

NNDC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Assets, Rhodri Oliver said, “We welcome this proposed investment in the heart of North Walsham’s town centre. We are committed to looking at how to make the best use of all our assets and using them to help us in supporting and encouraging the long-term prosperity and success of towns such as North Walsham. I see it as a positive step in bringing people to the town centre.

Statement following Heinz annoucement

North Norfolk District Council has issued a statement concerning the proposed closure at the Heinz Westwick factory.

09 October 2014
Statement following Heinz annoucement

North Norfolk District Council is extremely disappointed to hear that Heinz has announced proposals for the closure of its Westwick factory, near North Walsham, which employs 200 people.

Leader of North Norfolk District Council, Tom FitzPatrick, said: “We are concerned about the impact that this decision will have on those people who work at the factory and on the local community, the ripples of which will go far beyond the Westwick factory site, and for the long term economic impact on North Walsham and its surrounding area; we’ll do everything we possibly can to limit it. We have made contact with representatives of Heinz to organise a meeting as a matter of urgency to establish how we can offer the best support to those affected.”

Steps have already been taken to make sure that there is strong support in place and that guidance and advice is readily available for local workers and their families during and following the outcome of the 45 day consultation period.

Public art gallery hosts exciting debut exhibition

Our public art gallery is set to host a collection of cleverly engineered amalgamations of old and new photographs by local artist, James Fox.

30 September 2014
Gallery hosts exciting debut exhibition

Featuring an array of views across the county and country, this interactive display allows the viewer to quite literally move from the present day into the depths of the past. Over the course of several months, James travelled to the locations captured in photographs taken more than 100 years ago to recapture the scene today. Through the use of lens, the pictures are painstakingly processed as a 3D morphing print showing the two worlds colliding with captivating results.

We are delighted to present this commercial debut collection of prints to the public prior to the ‘Time Travel Exhibition’ at The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in November. Prices range from small prints at £12 through to larger framed pictures at £50-80, with commissions available on request. For more information visit www.facebook.com/timetravelimages

We seek to offer free opportunities to local artists to display their work in the well-lit first-floor ‘gallery’ area in its Holt Road offices in Cromer, and in turn provide staff and visitors to the building the opportunity to see a variety of different artists’ work.

Currently six exhibitions are held annually; open for view to the public during normal office hours, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am – 5pm; Wednesday 10am – 5pm; Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm.

For information on art events in north Norfolk visit our arts minisite.

Holt Rugby Club celebrates Big Society Fund grant award

Holt RFC players and spectators celebrated the completion of works to improve the club’s toilets facilities with Deputy Leader, Rhodri Oliver, at a recent derby match at Bridge Road.

30 September 2014
Deputy Leader, Rhodri Oliver celebrates with Holt RFC members

The club was awarded a grant of £12,500 from the Big Society Fund (BSF) to contribute towards phase one of the ‘Clubhouse Redevelopment Project’ which the BSF Panel agreed was essential to support the club’s viability and growth. 

The programme was focused on improving the toilets which now offer brand new toilets for men and ladies, a modern disabled toilet and baby-changing facilities, and disabled access.

Guy Roper, Holt Rugby Club’s Chairman said “I am delighted with the new toilet facilities. The Big Society Fund grant has enabled us to make really positive changes which I am sure will benefit everyone who visits Holt Rugby Club.”

Rhodri Oliver, NNDC’s Deputy Leader, added: “I am delighted that NNDC’s Big Society Fund has been able to support Holt RFC in providing better facilities for not just its members, but for the wider community who can hire the club to host business or social events.”

The total cost of the project is expected to be £85,000. Holt RFC has launched its own fundraising campaign including a ‘buy a brick’ initiative to support further improvements to the club.

eastlaw wins second prestigious national award

eastlaw, North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) legal team has been named ‘In-house Legal Team of the Year’ at the Halsbury Legal Awards 2014.

29 September 2014
eastlaw team with Marcus Brigstocke

The award is the second national accolade for the team, and comes hot on the heels of them being declared winners of the ‘Legal Services team’ category at the prestigious MJ Achievement Awards in June.

The eastlaw team saw off stiff competition from other entrants who ranged from small public sector bodies to large, multi-national organisations. Vying for the ‘In-house Legal Team of the Year’ award alongside eastlaw were Dell, Kent County Council, Simplyhealth, OneSavings Bank and thetrainline.com.

The Halsbury awards are a celebration of excellence in the law and the legal profession. They celebrate the values of the legal community and recognise and reward those who have made an exceptional contribution.

The trophy was awarded at a ceremony hosted by comedian Marcus Brigstocke and was attended by some of the most talented and highly regarded names in the legal world.

Cllr. Rhodri Oliver, NNDC’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet portfolio holder for Legal Services added: “Congratulations to eastlaw for winning this important award. eastlaw demonstrates what can be achieved by a small district council, focussing on the quality of its service and the outcomes it delivers for the community, whilst at the same time innovating.”

The concept of eastlaw was developed by NNDC’s legal team itself to deliver services both in-house and on behalf of external clients. Aiming to combine the best aspects of public sector practice with the efficiency and dynamism of the private sector, eastlaw has been particularly successful in its innovative ways of helping non-for profit organisations, setting up the coastshare group and bringing down costs.

Funding available for local businesses!

Are you a local business looking to grow and to create new jobs?

19 September 2014
Funding available for local businesses

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership is calling for local businesses wanting to grow and create new jobs to apply for grants through the £12m Growing Business Fund and the £1.4m Small Grant Scheme. This is supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

  • Are you an established and growing small or medium-sized enterprise?
  • Are you looking to invest, expand and recruit new staff?
  • Are you able to secure match funding from private funds?

If so, you may be eligible for a grant of between £5,000 and £500,000.

The funds can provide up to 20% of the total funding needed for investment, and be used to leverage funding from other sources, such as banks and other financial organisations. Each application must also create at least one new job for every £10,000 worth of grant.

The current fund programme closes for new Expression of Interest Forms on 31 October 2014.

For further information, visit http://www.newanglia.co.uk/how-can-we-help-you/my-business-is-growing/growing-business-fund/

Norfolk’s Recycling Revolution is here!

For the first time you can now put plastic food pots, tubs and trays in your green recycling bin, along with juice and soup cartons and glass bottles and jars.

03 September 2014
Recycling Revolution

Fewer materials will be sent to landfill and instead, more materials will be sorted, processed and turned into useable items.

New materials can now be recycled along with the existing materials of card, paper, steel and aluminium cans and plastic bottles.

Please ensure that food residue is rinsed off any containers, bottles or jars before placing them loose in the bin. Clean recycling has a greater value and helps prevent bins from becoming smelly and by leaving the items loose in the bin, they can be easily sorted. 

The new service is set to increase recycling by between 5% and 10% across the county.

More information about the Recycling Revolution campaign and the new recycling service is available to view at www.recyclefornorfolk.org.uk .  Follow the campaign on Twitter using #RecyclingRevolution

Thornage community to benefit from Big Society Fund

All Saints Parish Church in Thornage is the latest community facility to benefit from a grant from North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) Big Society Fund.

01 September 2014
Thornage community to benefit from Big Society Fund

The church recently celebrated the completion of improvements, including a kitchen installation, upgraded toilet facilities and the provision of disabled access during a service attended by Tom FitzPatrick.

The £56,000 project was given a boost with a £10,000 grant from NNDC’s Big Society Fund which has awarded grants totalling almost £900,000 to over 80 community groups in the last two years for a range of projects that have been making a significant difference to the people of North Norfolk.

A generous legacy left to All Saints Parish Church by the late Joan Ayden, who lived in Thornage and was a regular worshipper at the church, has also helped fund the improvement work. A donation of £1,500 was given to the Church Council by Tesco.

Have you got a community project that could benefit from funding?  See our Big Society Fund webpage for more information.

Work starts on Mundesley multi-use games area

Work has started to construct a brand new multi-use games area (MUGA) in Mundesley.

26 August 2014
Work set to start on Mundesley MUGA

The MUGA is the final phase of a four part development project, led by Mundesley Youth and Community (MYC), which has turned a piece of disused land, owned by Mundesley Parish Council, into a community hub for residents and visitors. The first three phases of the project have already been successfully completed, providing a children’s play area, skate park and outdoor gym.

North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) Big Society Fund panel awarded £45,000 towards the project in March 2013, and in April 2014 MYC announced that they had successfully raised the full £121,650 cost. In addition to the Big Society Fund award, other funding bodies include Sport England Inspired Facility Fund (£50,000), Victory Housing Trust (£5,000), Mundesley Golf Club (£2,000), Geoffrey Watling Charity (£2,000), Shell UK - Bacton Gas Site (£2,000), North Norfolk Youth Advisory Board (£500), Norwich City Football Club Fans Community Cash Back (£500), Tesco (£500) and a staggering £14,150 has been raised by Mundesley Youth and Community through local fundraising.

Wyndham Northam, NNDC Cabinet Member said: “Big Society Fund awards are granted to enable local communities to take greater ownership for their immediate area and am delighted to see that in action in Mundesley.

“The development of the MUGA is a wonderful example of a community coming together and working closely with other groups for the benefit of local people. The transformation of the disused land has been remarkable, and as a great addition to the children’s play area, the skatepark and the outdoor gym, the MUGA will be a wonderful community asset for everyone to enjoy.”

It is anticipated that the MUGA will open in mid-October.

For more information on how to book or use the new MUGA facility, please visit www.mundesleyyouthandcommunity.org.uk

Southrepps community benefits from Big Society Fund award

Southrepps children and their families can now enjoy new play equipment thanks to a grant from our Big Society Fund.

22 August 2014
Southrepps to benefit from Big Society Fund award

Two very popular ‘nest swings’ have been installed; suspended from large timber frames the nest swings provide great swinging fun for lots of children to enjoy all at the same time!

The swings were funded by a £5176 grant from NNDC’s Big Society Fund which has awarded grants totalling almost £900,000 to over eight community groups in the last two years for a range of projects that have been making a significant difference to the people of North Norfolk.

The Big Society Fund award has contributed to Southrepps Parish Council’s fantastic fundraising efforts which have enabled them to provide £47,000 worth of play equipment, together with fencing and signage, creating a safe, welcoming and fun environment for the local community to enjoy.

The Big Society Fund was set up in 2012 to help build strong communities in North Norfolk. In the last two years the Fund has awarded grants totalling almost £900,000 to 80 community organisations across the district for a range of projects that are meeting local needs and are making a real difference to communities in North Norfolk.  Do you have a project that could benefit from funding?  Check our Big Society Fund webpage for more information.

 

One of world's largest mammoths walks again

A life-sized animatronic mammoth has taken its first steps on the North Norfolk beach next to where the most complete and best-preserved skeleton lay undiscovered for around 700,000 years.

14 August 2014
Mammouth walks the beach at West Runton

The four-metre high skeleton of steppe mammoth, Mammuthus trongontherii, was discovered in 1990 and has been brought to life over four months for the Norfolk Museums Service. The model, with articulated limbs, is made with aeroplane plywood and pine.

“The beautiful skeleton is too delicate to display so I dreamt of making a life-size model as a way for people to experience its magnitude," says the museum service’s Suzie Lay.

She had previously used a bamboo cane to show the height and set aviation engineer Jeremy Moore to the construction job.

“It was built in a hangar and, until the practice at a secret location, we weren’t completely sure the doors were big enough for it to make it safely outside,” says Lay.

North Norfolk District Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Services, Glyn Williams says: “As well as 45 miles of beautiful coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the mammoth highlights that we have millions of years of rich natural heritage - making North Norfolk a first class tourist destination.”

As well as the mammoth itself, the excavation completed in 1995 revealed a wealth of information about the ancient environment in which it lived that set the palaeontology world alight.

“The detail from accompanying fossils including plants, beetles, fish, frogs and many mammals made the discovery of the West Runton mammoth pretty well unique,” said director of the excavation Professor Tony Stuart from Durham University.

Green Flags hoisted again in North Norfolk

Holt Country Park, Sadler's Wood and Pretty Corner have again been named among the best open spaces in the UK.

13 August 2014
Green Flag award winning Holt Country Park

Each site has won the right to fly the prestigious Green Flag for 2014/2015.  It is the tenth year in a row that Holt Country Park has earned a Green Flag for being welcoming, safe, clean and well-managed.

In 2005, the country park was the first in Norfolk to win a Green Flag - an award that demands year-on-year improvement for the status to be retained. A new ‘wildlife garden’ has recently been added to the park. Designed by our countryside rangers and members of Holt Day Services, it contains a range of ‘themed’ plant beds and offers visitors a peaceful and tranquil spot to enjoy the many wildlife species that thrive there.

Holt Country Park was joined by Sadler’s Wood, just outside North Walsham, when it achieved a Green Flag in 2012, and then by Pretty Corner Woods the following year. Pretty Corner was awarded a Green Flag on its very first application, which is very rare and a clear acknowledgement of the excellent work that is being carried out by our staff and dedicated local volunteers.

The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Sheringham west prom cafe - open for business

We are delighted to announce the re-opening of the west prom cafe 'Tidal Wave' in Sheringham.

13 August 2014
Tidal Wave cafe in Sheringham open for business

Sheringham seafront, including the cafe, operated by Ian Roper, suffered significant damage following the storm surge in December 2013.

Major structural work to the Lees slope was necessary before work to refubish the cafe could take place.

The cafe has been fully refurbished internally and externally with a number of improvements that have been designed to improve the cafe's resilience in the event of any future flooding.

Handing the keys over to Mr Roper, NNDC Leader, Tom FitzPatrick, said: "Council officers have worked very hard with contractors, Thrower and Rutland and Stead, Mutton and Griggs to manage the repair work in such a short period of time.  The cafe looks great and I am sure residents and visitors to Sheringham will be delighted to see it up and running again."