Recycle your old textiles
Your unwanted textiles can be used again whatever condition they are in.
Torn, damaged or worn out items can be recycled and made into new products like padding for sofas. Recycle them at main recycling centres, many charity shops and textile banks or by using collection bags.
Find out more at www.norfolk.gov.uk/textiles
'Business Magic' forum for local businesses
North Norfolk District Council and North Norfolk Business Forum are inviting local businesses, both large and small, to participate in a ‘Business Magic’ forum taking place at Davenport’s Magic Kingdom in North Walsham on 25 March 2014.
The aim of the event is to enable business people to explore issues and opportunities which will lead to the development of a skilled workforce, and to encourage them to play a proactive role in the career development of young people in the locality.
Local business leaders, including Mark Pendlington, recently appointed chair of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and executive director of Anglian Water, will deliver ‘keynote’ addresses on the competitive advantages to be gained from skills development along with examples of business working with schools, and of the practical help that is available to enable businesses to become involved in work experience. Speakers will be followed by networking opportunities with other local businessmen and women, training providers, schools and other strategic agencies. There will also be opportunities to investigate funding prospects, and to finish the session, an open discussion on significant issues and solutions.
The event begins at 4:00pm, when drinks will be available prior to a 4:15pm start. For further information, telephone 01263 519454 or email L4E@north-norfolk.gov.uk Follow us on Twitter@NorthNorfolkDC #bizmagic
Council announces new Cabinet member
North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) Leader Tom FitzPatrick announced that Councillor Glyn Williams would be joining NNDC’s Cabinet.
This followed the announcement at the Full Council meeting on 26 February 2014 that Councillor Trevor Ivory had decided to stand down from the Cabinet.
Mr Williams, who lives in Long Common, Swanton Abbott, was first elected to the council in May 2011. His ward includes Felmingham, Skeyton, Suffield, Swanton Abbott, Westwick and Worstead.
He came to local prominence in 2008 as chairman of Cetag - Coltishall Eco-Town Action Group - a campaigning body of 14 parish councils surrounding the former RAF Coltishall base which were opposed to a proposal to turn it into an eco town.
Mr Williams will join the seven existing members of the ruling Conservative Cabinet, Tom FitzPatrick (Leader), Rhodri Oliver (Deputy Leader), Angie Fitch-Tillett, Russell Wright, John Lee, Benjie Cabbell Manners and Wyndham Northam. His portfolio will include Leisure and Cultural Services and Customer Services.
Cllr. FitzPatrick said: “Cllr. Trevor Ivory has made a huge contribution to both North Norfolk District Council and the Conservative Group since we took over the administration of the Council nearly three years ago. Trevor has made a real impact in areas such as Housing and Legal Services and his vision in establishing the Big Society Fund has greatly benefited communities and organisations across the whole of North Norfolk.
“I am extremely grateful for the unfailing support he has given me personally during my time as Leader, particularly during the early days. The group is sorry to see him leave Cabinet and he leaves with both our regrets and good wishes for the future. I am pleased that we will continue to have the benefit of his knowledge and enthusiasm.
“I am delighted to welcome Cllr. Williams to the Cabinet. Glyn has had a long career working as an officer in local government. He has brought a wealth of experience to the group and I am pleased that we will be able to make full use of this expertise in his portfolio responsibilities. I am looking forward to working even more closely with him in the coming months.”
Full details of Cabinet members’ portfolios can be found at our Cabinet webpage.
Council tax frozen for third year running
Council tax has been frozen for residents of north Norfolk for the third year running, it was announced at Full Council on Wednesday 26 February.
The decision means that from April, residents in an average band D property will continue to pay £138.87 for the district council element of the precepts.
North Norfolk District Council announced it will not increase council tax following a government tax-freeze grant of £58,000 — extended for a further two years.
Former Cabinet member, Trevor Ivory, whose departure from Cabinet was later annouced by the Leader, said: “I've been extremely proud to be part of a Cabinet that has delivered a freeze on council tax for the residents of North Norfolk for three years running’.
Deputy Leader wins ‘Young Councillor of the Year’ award
North Norfolk District Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Corporate Assets, Democratic Services and Electoral Services, Rhodri Oliver, was named ‘Young Councillor of the Year’ at the annual Councillor Achievement Awards ceremony, held at Westminster City Hall in London on Tuesday 25 February.
Judges at the annual achievement awards, organised by the LGiU and CCLA (Local Government Information Unit), awarded Councillor Oliver for ‘setting a fantastic example for young people in politics’. They went on to comment on how they were ‘impressed that Councillor Oliver has achieved a leadership position at a very young age’.
North Norfolk District Council Leader, Tom FitzPatrick, said: “I was delighted to be at Westminster City Hall to see Councillor Oliver receive his award as ‘Young Councillor of the Year’. He is a great example of how young people in Local Government can really make an impact and I believe his success will encourage many others to consider how they too can get involved in making a difference within their own communities.
“He is the youngest deputy leader in the country, a position he achieved solely on merit and I regard him as a one of NNDC’s most valuable assets.
“He makes a huge contribution as a member of the Cabinet and as a local Member for Sheringham South Ward. His work to gain funding for a skate park for Sheringham and to ensure improvement works were made to Sheringham Little Theatre has proved that he has a lot to offer residents of north Norfolk in what I hope will be a long and rewarding career in politics.”
Councillor Oliver became the youngest deputy leader in the country at the age 22 in January 2013.
Council proud to support Hate Free Norfolk campaign
The campaign, supported by Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Police, the NHS and other district councils as well as North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), aims to raise the profile of hate crime by educating people on what it is, how it impacts on lives as well as encouraging the reporting of hate crime incidents.
NNDC Leader, Tom FitzPatrick and Chief Executive, Sheila Oxtoby will be officially signing the Hate Free Norfolk Pledge at 11.30am on Monday 3 March 2014 at NNDC’s Cromer offices supported by representatives from North Norfolk Older People’s Forum and About With Friends (Cromer based charity supporting people with learning disabilities). The Pledge is a commitment to helping making Norfolk hate free.
People can become victims of hate crime because of an actual or perceived aspect of themselves, their appearance, and their lifestyle or because of who they associate with.
North Norfolk District Council Leader, Tom FitzPatrick, said: “North Norfolk is one of the safest places to live in the country, but hate crime does exist often as a result of ignorance or prejudice and can have a significant impact on victims’ lives.
“The launch of the Hate Free Norfolk Pledge has the full support of NNDC and its Members. Our staff are committed to treating our customers fairly and with respect and as a Council, we will work with our partners and local community groups to tackle discrimination and intolerance, and to promote the rights of everyone equally. We aim to make north Norfolk a place where no one should suffer hate crime because of who they are and where no one feels that they should put up with it.”
Hate Free Norfolk Chairman, Michelle de Oude, said: “The Pledge is something anyone can sign up to and stand up for the right of everyone in the county to live free from hate.
“We want to see the attitudes and behaviours that lead to hate challenged, reporting of hate incidents made easier, and victims and witnesses supported and taken seriously. We’re delighted that North Norfolk District Council has committed to signing the Pledge and hope to see many others across north Norfolk doing the same.”
Anyone who has been affected by hate crime – either as a victim or a witness – can contact the police direct on 999 for emergencies or 101 for non-emergencies. Alternatively they can report it online or via www.hatefreenorfolk.com
Cromer coast protection scheme gets underway
Work has started to reduce the impact of the sea along Cromer’s sea front.
The sea defences at Cromer protect the town from the force of the North Sea and were built in various phases as the town expanded, the earliest dating back to 1845. Over the years the walls and groynes have withstood many storms and have been maintained, enhanced and repaired as and when required.
Work is now underway to not only maintain the existing level of defence, but also to withstand up to 50 years of predicted of sea level rise.
The Cromer coast protection scheme will:
- reduce the impact of the sea along the Cromer frontage
- help to preserve a stable beach in front of the seawalls for as long as possible
- preserve the amenity of the beach, including beach access
- maintain the historic and visual character of Cromer’s sea front.
Construction work has been planned to take place until the end of March 2014, and will start again in the autumn until spring 2015. No work will take place during Easter, the summer season or Christmas. Shops, restaurants and seafront and pier businesses will all be open and operating as normal.
How the works will affect you
- The west prom will be closed while work progresses and there will be times when the prom between the Melbourne Slope and the pier will be closed due to slippage repair work.
- There is a lack of access back on to the prom at the west end of Cromer, so be aware if you walk along the beach from the Runtons, you’ll have nowhere to exit the beach once you get to Cromer.
- Public car parking at the bottom of the Melbourne Slope is currently not available. We are looking at ways to provide alternative disabled parking for pier theatre goers.
Information boards are situated along the sea front and more information can be found at our coastal protection webpage or by downloading our Refurbishment of sea walls and groynes 2013-2015 leaflet.
Supporting local schools in prestigious orchestral project
Pupils from North Norfolk schools are to perform, present and attend a series of concerts headlined by the iconic BBC Concert Orchestra in Great Yarmouth (13 March) and King’s Lynn (14 March).
The BBC Concert Orchestra (BBC CO) and Orchestras Live bring orchestral music to students in Norfolk through ‘MusicMix 2014’, working in partnership with Norfolk Music Hub and seven local authorities, including North Norfolk District Council.
Following the success of MusicMix 2010 and 2012, the BBC Concert Orchestra are back in Norfolk to present their free concerts, which have been specially designed to engage Key Stage 3 students in the visceral power of live orchestral music. Over two days the orchestra will reach over 2,000 students. This year for the first time they will be welcoming two students from Sheringham High School to present the concert alongside BBC presenter, Rebecca Keatley.
Participation is at the heart of MusicMix and it starts before the concert. To link with the BBC’s World War One Centenary season, the BBC CO and Orchestras Live teamed up with Writer’s Centre Norwich to run schools workshops with local poet Tom Warner. Using poetry written by the students at the workshops, he created the words for a song composed by BBC Concert Orchestra Associate Composer Guy Barker. Sixty Yards Over No Man’s Land will be performed by school choirs from Alderman Peel High School from Wells-next-the-Sea, Flegg High School and Thetford Academy.
BBC CO percussionist Stephen Whibley will work with students from Aylsham High School to create a new piece written by Stephen called World Cup Fever and two local student rock bands will perform a specially arranged version of Avicii’s Hey Brother, both alongside the orchestra on stage. The day of music making will come to a climax when singer Claire Bloor leads the students in a rousing sing-along finale.
Council gallery hosts new exhibition
Our public art gallery is presenting an inspiring collection of landscape images by local artist and professional photographer Ivan Daly.
Photography is Ivan’s main profession. Landscapes are Ivan’s personal work. Most of his time is spent shooting food, drink, and restaurants around the UK. Ivan works and resides between Cromer and London.
After graduating from Ealing School of Art and Photography, Ivan started out as a fashion photographer, working for most of the top hair salons in London and receiving credits in Vogue magazine. Additional major clients include Dunlop and Beechams.
The exhibition will provide high quality framed prints from £85 to £125
We seek to offer opportunities to local artists to display their work in our well-lit first-floor ‘gallery’ area in our Holt Road offices in Cromer, and in turn provide staff and visitors 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.
Councils to discuss transfer of North Lodge Park, Cromer
We are pleased to announce that we are looking forward to discussing detailed terms of an asset transfer with Cromer Town Council (CTC). The asset transfer will enable CTC to manage the town’s popular North Lodge Park, which we (NNDC) currently own and manage.
Discussions on the detail of the transfer can now take place following CTC’s having agreed to express an interest in the asset transfer at a meeting in December and NNDC Cabinet’s agreeing in principle to the transfer of the park to the town council on a 99 year lease, at its meeting held on 3 February.
In addition Cabinet agreed that a sum of up to £150,000 could be granted to the town council as a contribution towards the running costs of the park for the first five years.
NNDC Cabinet Member for Assets, Rhodri Oliver, said: “The transfer of North Lodge Park from the district council will provide the opportunity for Cromer Town Council to achieve long-term benefits for the park and its users, both local people and the many visitors to the town. It will put decisions about how the park is maintained in the hands of local people, and will enable NNDC to reduce expenditure, making long-term savings.”
Councillor Phil Harris for Cromer Town Council, said: “Cromer Town Council is delighted that it will have the opportunity to maintain and develop North Lodge Park for the benefit of residents and visitors. It has also made a pledge not to develop any of the park as a public car park.”
February half-term fun for everyone at Holt Country Park
Our Countryside Rangers are hosting a range of activities for children and adults at Holt Country Park over the February half-term holiday, which this year coincides with National Nest Box Week, 17 to 24 February.
Activities include building mini beast homes, bird tables and pine cone bird feeders and helping plant native trees in the park.
There is no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day! Come and join our rangers for lots of fun designed for all the family to enjoy. For times, prices and more information see our Holt Country Park web page, or contact our Countryside Ranger by calling 07920 576634 or email email@example.com
Tough action taken to tackle empty homes blight
North Norfolk District Council’s Enforcement Board, set up just over a year ago, has been busy tackling the blight of empty properties and managing difficult enforcement cases across the District.
In its first year, the Board has achieved success in 45 out of the 86 cases it considered. The Council has targeted long term empty properties, those which cause blight to the local community and those which cause a danger to others.
Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “When we took over the running of the Council we were quite shocked to find that there are about 1,400 empty homes in the District. This is not acceptable when we face such a need for housing, especially when many of those houses, along with a number of commercial properties, have deteriorated and become eyesores and in some cases and a health risk.
“Part of the reason for this is that the owners have never believed that the Council would be prepared to take action like forcing necessary repairs or even the sale of the properties and so they have ignored threats. The owners of problem properties are now aware of the need to take action quickly otherwise the council will continue to do whatever is necessary to resolve the problem once and for all.
“Despite the tough financial times, we are making money available to undertake necessary repairs, although we would always fully intend to recover these costs from the owner, to enforce sale, or even to buy these properties if necessary. We want to make it very clear to the owners of problem properties throughout the District that they must address the situation. Empty homes and other eyesore properties are a source of concern for many communities and I am delighted that we are showing very clearly that we have the will to support those communities.”
Get on your bike! Holkham Estate to host three-day cycling festival
We are pleased to announce that, for the second year running, we are supporting ‘Pedal Norfolk’, a three-day cycling festival. The picturesque Holkham Estate with its lake, deer and parkland, will host the event during the Bank Holiday weekend of 3-5 May.
During the course of the extended weekend there will not only rides of all distances for all levels of cyclists, but also plenty of other activities to enjoy. For those looking for a cycling challenge, there will be 20 and 50-mile signposted, fully supported routes each day. And for the Sportive rider, there’ll be 100-mile routes on Saturday and Sunday, plus a tough 50-mile route on Monday.
While the Sportives will deliver amazing rides throughout North Norfolk, the festival will include a wealth of entertainment and family fun, tons of trade stands on show and fantastic food to ensure visitors of all ages have a truly memorable weekend. Throughout the weekend guests are invited to camp within the grounds, offering a unique opportunity to stay at this prestigious landmark and enjoy its natural setting. We will be on hand with loads of sporting and environmental activities as well.
Set your expectations high - this is one cycle festival you don't want to miss!
For more details and to sign up visit www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk
More North Norfolk communities to benefit from District Council’s Big Society Fund
North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) Big Society Fund Panel met recently to consider the latest grant applications.
The Panel awarded conditional grant funding totalling £44,186.10 to seven community projects across North Norfolk.
Successful applications include North Walsham Rugby Football Club, which was awarded £12,500 to improve club facilities for the benefit of players and spectators, as well as for the wider community to use the club for social and community events.
As well as the grant awards from the Big Society Fund, conditional funding has also been approved by NNDC Cabinet for projects through the Council’s Enabling Fund.
The latest awards mean that since being established in 2012 NNDC’s Big Society Fund has made 67 awards totalling £542,730.18 from the Grant Fund, along with two awards totalling £165,000 from the Enabling Fund for community projects across North Norfolk.
There is still funding available for the current financial year, which ends in March. Further information about the Fund, including application submission dates, can be found on our Big Society Fund web page.
Report estimates December storm surge will cost council around £3m
Repairing the damage caused by the Tidal Surge of 5/6 December 2013 will cost North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) around £3m says a report published earlier this month.
The report has been written to inform MPs, Central Government and other interested stakeholders of the devastating impact of the storm and point out the vulnerability of coastal communities. It also stresses the importance of sound emergency planning and emphasises the resilience of the communities affected.
Initial estimates listed in the report put the total cost to the council at around £3m with, potentially, £1.6m of this being recoverable from insurers. Where possible the council will apply to the central government ‘Bellwin Scheme’ for reimbursement , however it is understood that repairing essential infrastructure such as sea defences, promenades and associated structures such as railings, lighting, paths, steps and ramps is not covered. We are therefore seeking central government support through whatever mechanism to help cover our costs and provide future security.
- Recycle your old textiles - 07 March 2014
- 'Business Magic' forum for local businesses - 06 March 2014
- Council announces new Cabinet member - 06 March 2014
- Council tax frozen for third year running - 04 March 2014
- Deputy Leader wins ‘Young Councillor of the Year’ award - 27 February 2014
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