District Councils join forces to host ‘Grow Your Community’ fair
North Norfolk District Council is joining forces with neighbouring Broadland District Council to host Wroxham and Hoveton’s ‘Grow Your Community’ fair on Thursday 5 December at Hoveton Village Hall from 10am – 2.30pm.
Come along and gain valuable information on local groups offering health services, sports clubs, social groups, education and classes and much more.
Flood update 11.30am Thursday 12 December - Cromer Pier to re-open!
We're thrilled that, despite the devastation caused by the tidal surge last week, Cromer Pier will be re-opening this afternoon (Thursday 12 December). Cromer Pier's Christmas Show will go on!
Some stretches of the coast are still cordoned-off and members of the public are asked not to cross any of these cordons, for their own safety’s sake. It is hoped that most of these areas will be accessible by the weekend, keep checking here for regular updates.
The beach car park remains closed.
The East Prom has reopened. The west promenade is open between Beach Road and the ‘Marble Arch’. Beyond the ‘Marble Arch’ remains inaccessible due to significant damage although it is hoped that partial access will be granted at the weekend. Pedestrian access is permitted for RNLI personnel only. The beach huts have suffered major damage; please see our Beach Huts and Chalets page for more information.
The area of the car park by the Coast Watch cabin has been cordoned-off, but the gravel car park is open, as are the toilets.
The East Prom has reopened from the Pier. Beach huts and chalets have been badly damaged, with some sections cordoned off east of the Rocket House as debris is still being cleared away. The Rocket House has now re-opened. The Pier is due to open today (Thursday 12 December) and the curtain will go up for the Pier Christmas Show at 2pm. West of the Pier to and including the Melbourne Slope will also reopen later today.
Access to the beach remains closed, clearing up is continuing and it is hoped that it will be open by the weekend.
The prom remains closed – it is hoped that it will be partially opened at the weekend.
NNDC's Civil Contingencies team are currently based at the Kingfisher Cafe. All known homeowners that have been affected by the surge have been visited by the Housing and Environmental Health teams. They've been working with the Red Cross, Kier and staff from Bacton Gas Terminal.
Please see our flooding pages, which contain advice on what to do before, during and after a flood.
Please see our latest news page for ways in which you can donate money to help those who have been affected by the tidal surge.
North Norfolk loo blocks flushed with success…again!
Fresh from their success in the 2012 awards, North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) loo blocks in Happisburgh and Sheringham (East Prom) have again both achieved Gold Awards in the 2013 Loo of the Year Awards.
The two toilet blocks, both built for NNDC in 2011/12 by Thrower & Rutland of Felthorpe and designed by Stead Mutton & Griggs of Sheringham, were among 1432 entries from across the UK including Male, Female, Accessible, Changing Places and Family (baby change) loos, which required Loo of the Year inspectors to visit and judge over 5,000 individual toilets over the summer. The Happisburgh toilet block is now managed by Happisburgh Parish Council.
NNDC Cabinet Member for Corporate Assets, Rhodri Oliver, said, “We’re delighted that these two excellent and relatively new toilet blocks haven’t gone down the pan, but are still amongst the best in the country. And I am particularly pleased that both survived last week’s tidal surge that caused so much damage down the North Norfolk coast. They are very important not just for people who live nearby but also in supporting the local tourism industries and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in their continuing success.”
Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal
Help to raise funds in support of victims of last week’s tidal surge.
North Norfolk District Council is joining with the EDP and Norfolk Community Foundation in the Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal, to help raise funds in support of victims of last week’s tidal surge, which devastated parts of the North Norfolk coast. One community particularly badly affected is Walcott where homes have been lost and some people have been left with virtually nothing.
You can donate to the appeal via North Norfolk District Council by dropping a cheque off at the Council Offices in Cromer. Cheques should be made out to NNDC, and anyone wanting their donation to be earmarked specifically for victims of the storm surge in Walcott, mark the back of your cheque or just let us know and we will make sure that is the case.
Others ways to donate are:
- Online through PayPal
- Phone by calling 01263 513811 - have your debit card ready
- Bank transfer to THE EDP NORFOLK AND LOWESTOFT FLOOD APPEAL - Handelsbanken account number: 32314046 Sort code: 40-51-62
Council to provide free parking on the two Saturdays before Christmas
Parking in North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) car parks will be free on the two Saturdays before Christmas (14 and 21 December, 2pm – 11pm).
The Council has decided to waive parking fees for the afternoons and evenings on 14 and 21 December to help encourage local people to buy their Christmas gifts and supplies locally, to support North Norfolk’s traders at this crucial time of year, and as a gesture of goodwill for the festive season.
On Saturdays 14 and 21 December from 2pm shoppers will be able to stay all afternoon and evening without a ticket in any District Council run car park, saving them up to £1.20 an hour.
Councillor Rhodri Oliver, NNDC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Assets, said, “One of North Norfolk District Council’s key aims is to support local businesses and with Christmas being critical for traders we want to encourage people to use the wealth of shops on their doorsteps. I hope that investing in some free car parking in the run up to Christmas will encourage people to shop and to keep their shopping local.”
Meet Father Christmas and his reindeer at Bacton Wood and Holt Country Park
Father Christmas will bring seasonal joy to local children (not to mention quite a few adults!) when he and his reindeer visit Bacton Wood near North Walsham (Saturday 14 December) and Holt Country Park (Sunday 15 December).
As well as the chance to meet Father Christmas, children and their accompanying adults will have an opportunity to follow a Christmas trail through the woods to learn about animals and their winter hibernation habits, collect items to make a wildlife treat, and make a Christmas spectacle! At the end of the trail reindeer from Melsop Park Farm will be waiting for their Christmas snack, and of course there’ll be presents for all the children.
Father Christmas and his reindeer will visit Bacton Wood on Saturday 14 December, and Holt Country Park on Sunday 15 December, 10.30am – 12.45pm on each day (last entry to the trail 12.15pm). £3 per child, adults free (all children to be accompanied by an adult, please), no booking required – and everyone is advised to wear appropriate footwear and to wrap up warm! Dogs on leads welcome. Hot drinks will be available and note there is a small parking charge at Holt Country Park.
Emergency responders benefit from Big Society Fund support
Norfolk and Suffolk 4x4 Response are celebrating the arrival of £4000 worth of new equipment at a special training day at Santon Downham near Thetford on Sunday 1 December.
Funds for the equipment, which will be used by the volunteer responders in their work across the two counties to support the emergency services, councils and other organisations and charities during floods, have been provided by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) Big Society Fund, South Norfolk Council and Broadland District Council. Tom FitzPatrick, NNDC Leader will be attending the celebrations.
The new kit provides the responders with improved personal protection equipment, specifically 30 life jackets, 9 dry suits, helmets, gloves, boots and throw ropes.
Jim Whiteside, Chairman of Norfolk and Suffolk 4x4 Response, said, “Together with our nationally accredited training, received thanks to Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, the equipment will allow us to safely work in support of flood rescue operations in the ‘risk area’, where only those with approved training and equipment are allowed.
“We are all very grateful to the councils that have supported our work by funding the new equipment. Our members are all volunteers and so any financial help we receive is very welcome. Coastal flooding is a particular risk in Norfolk and the new kit will allow us to support flood rescue operations in ways that we would not previously have been able to.”
Do you have a community project that could benefit from a cash boost? See our Big Society Fund page for more information.
Council calls for guarantee on ‘crucial’ Coasthopper service
North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) has called for Norfolk County Council to guarantee that there will be no reduction in the Coasthopper bus service that links isolated towns across the district throughout the year.
In a motion approved at a meeting of NNDC Full Council last night (Tuesday 26 November) councillors agreed to urge the County Council not to cut the service, and that if there were any proposals for changes to the service there should be full and meaningful consultations with residents and stakeholders in North Norfolk before any changes could be implemented.
The Coasthopper bus service, currently run by Norfolk Green, carried 545,523 passengers in 2012, with an estimated increase to over 570,000 this year. Norfolk Green has said that any cuts in County Council funding over the next two years would force them to reduce the level of service, most especially in the winter.
The full wording of the motion as passed is:
“North Norfolk District Council calls for Norfolk County Council to guarantee that there will be no reduction in the service and to consult fully with the residents and stakeholders in North Norfolk on the details of any potential changes when these are known.”
Barsham benefits from Big Society Fund support
New exercise and sporting equipment will be formally unveiled and ‘launched’ by the Leader of North Norfolk District Council, Tom FitzPatrick, at a ceremony to be held at the playing field in Water Lane, East Barsham, at 10am on Wednesday 27 November.
Following an application from Barsham and Houghton Parish Council, NNDC’s Big Society Fund provided £3000 towards the £5000 final cost of the purchase and installation of a ‘double air walker’ and ‘double rower’ exercise equipment and goal posts for the village’s sportsmen and women. The remaining £2000 was drawn from the Parish Council’s own play-ground funds.
Council gallery hosts new exhibition
North Norfolk District Council’s public art gallery is presenting a debut exhibition featuring a collection of observational and creative works by young local artist Charlotte Rowlands from 26 November 2013 to 27 January 2014.
Self-taught 24 year old North Norfolk Artist Charlotte Rowlands, from Roughton, near Cromer, has achieved an inspiring portfolio of mixed media from original portraits and wildlife to stained glass 3D work. She has been encouraged and creatively nurtured by her artist mother Karen Rowlands, who formally exhibited at NNDC last year.
The exhibition will provide original and great value seasonal gifts ranging from £8 to £180, with the additional offer of commissions for drawings and stained glass.
NNDC seeks to offer 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 provides 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.
North Norfolk District Council approves former HL Foods site development
An application to redevelop the former HL Foods site and adjacent land in North Walsham has been approved by North Norfolk District Council’s Development Committee today.
The site has been a long standing eyesore since closure of the factory and demolition of the buildings some years ago.
Today’s approval will lead to the construction of 176 family homes, the provision of public open spaces and land for employment development. Commitment has also been given to providing a 50 space car park for North Walsham railway station and road connections to allow development of further homes.
The approval gives the opportunity to bring the brownfield site back in to positive use and represents a vote of confidence in North Walsham. It will also provide much needed footfall for the town centre and support the North Walsham economy. Additionally, it will secure the £2.3m investment loan from the Greater Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership making future site development possible.
NNDC Leader, Tom FitzPatrick, said: “I am delighted by this decision which represents another major investment in the town.
“When faced with a site that has stood derelict for many years and that looked set to remain so for many more to come, I am pleased that the committee supported the positive move to invest in the town. For too long North Walsham has been blighted by a lack of action and we are determined to deliver change for a better future.”
High Kelling Village Hall Entrance Project completed with help from Big Society Fund
A gathering of all those who have contributed to the funding of the project will celebrate the formal opening of the refurbished village hall at High Kelling, near Holt, at a special event commencing at 2pm on Friday 29 November.
The project was made possible through a North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) Big Society Fund grant of £10,000 with local donations and Village Hall fundraising activities raising a further £30,000. Grants were also received from the Norfolk Rural Communities Council, the Norfolk Community Fund, the Big Lottery’s Awards for All and through the Land Tax environmental fund. The event will be attended by NNDC Leader, Tom FitzPatrick.
Everyone who uses the 44year-old village hall will now be able to enjoy smart new facilities. These have replaced cramped and chilly toilets, and an awkward, damp and musty entrance that leaked heat and attracted leaves. Visitors will now be greeted by a warm, welcoming spacious entry. Off this are bright new toilets (including a baby changing station), a small store, and a well fitted-out cleaner’s room. New energy saving measures include led lighting, waterless urinals and the latest standard of insulation to windows, doors, floor and walls.
In the evening, from 7pm, local residents are invited to visit the hall, view the improvements and enjoy displays from many of the user groups.
The mark of success for North Norfolk’s new entrepreneurs
The successes of new businesses in North Norfolk will be marked by a special presentation event in Alby on 14 November.
North Norfolk District Council Leader Tom FitzPatrick will make a presentation to members of the Enterprise North Norfolk (ENN) entrepreneur training programme at a special event hosted by The Flavour Parlour Arts and Cabaret Coffee House, Alby Craft Centre, on 14 November.
The presentations will mark the budding entrepreneurs’ success in setting up new businesses, which range from chauffeuring and wedding services and business transformation and economic engineering consulting, to opening an osteopathy clinic and running a travelling music recording studio.
Twelve successful new businessmen and women will be presented with a copy of ‘The Essential Business Guide’, essential reading for all entrepreneurs and full of vital information for further success in their chosen fields of business.
NNDC Cabinet Member for Business Enterprise and Economic Development, Russell Wright, said, "The project is really making a difference. It is vital that new entrepreneurs have appropriate support and advice available during the first year of business operation, to ensure their survival and success. And it is crucial that they are given help to create credible business plans, to give the business focus and direction, and which are also important if they are to be able to obtain business loans.
“We will continue to build on this project to find more ways of reaching out and assisting North Norfolk’s businessmen and women of the future.”
Make sure you can vote in next year's elections
North Norfolk residents are being urged not to lose their right to vote in next year’s elections.
Every year a revised Electoral Roll is compiled by the Electoral Registration Office for North Norfolk. This is to ensure the electoral register is as up-to-date as possible ahead of next year’s elections, which will include the European Parliamentary election.
All residents should have received their annual canvass electoral registration forms through the post during the last two weeks of October. A form needs to be returned for all properties, whether occupied or not, including empty properties, second homes and holiday lets.
Suzanne Taylor, North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) Electoral Services Manager, said: “Registering to vote is quick and simple. All you have to do is update the annual canvass form with details of everyone who lives in the household and is eligible to vote. If the details on the form are those of a previous resident they should just be crossed off and your own details added. It only takes a few minutes to secure your right to vote.’’
Canvass forms should be returned immediately in the pre-paid envelope provided. The earlier the forms are returned, the lower the cost of the process to the council tax payer. If householders don’t return their forms by the middle of November, a final reminder form will be delivered to those households from which no electoral canvass forms have been received.
It is a legal duty to register and individuals are breaking the law if they do not, facing a fine of up to £1,000. Credit reference agencies use the Electoral Roll as proof of residence, so anyone not registering may find it difficult to obtain a bank account, loan, credit card or mobile phone contract.
Don’t lose your right to vote; remember to register for your place on the Electoral Roll.
North Norfolk building excellence in the spotlight at national awards
Three North Norfolk developments have won their way through to the finals of the national Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards for 2013.
Projects from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire competed to be named the best in East Anglia, in 12 categories covering different types of building design, construction and use. Three North Norfolk developments were named regional winners, more than any other local authority at the East Anglia awards, with Cromer and District Hospital winning two categories, and they will now feature in the national finals to be held at The Brewery, London, on 12 November. The awards recognise projects that have been built to the very highest standards, and demonstrate innovation and sustainability in design.
The three North Norfolk projects nominated by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to feature in the national finals are:
- Best Small Commercial Building – The Atrium, North Walsham, which will be competing against such buildings as Denbigh Castle Visitor Centre
- Best Technical Innovation – Cromer and District Hospital, which will be up amongst the highest quality buildings, including the Shard
- Best Individual Dwelling – The Glass House, Holt, a remarkable house in competition with some other remarkable houses from around the country
- Best Community building – Cromer and District Hospital, a national finalist in two categories, a fantastic achievement
NNDC Cabinet Member for Planning, Benjie Cabbell Manners, said, “We’re very fortunate in North Norfolk to work with builders and architects who are determined to reach the very best standards in their work. I wish our entrants all the very best — they deserve to be honoured for the lengths they go to, and the contribution they make to our communities, especially in these difficult financial times.”
- North Norfolk loo blocks flushed with success…again! - 12 December 2013
- Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal - 11 December 2013
- Council to provide free parking on the two Saturdays before Christmas - 10 December 2013
- Flood update 11.30am Thursday 12 December - Cromer Pier to re-open! - 12 December 2013
- Meet Father Christmas and his reindeer at Bacton Wood and Holt Country Park - 05 December 2013
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