Refurbishment of our iconic Pier nearing completion
A programme to refurbish Cromer Pier’s box office, gift shop and the restaurant following the significant damaged caused by December’s tidal surge is nearing completion.
Work has been completed since the surge to make significant structural repairs to the areas underneath the box office, gift shop and the restaurant and a full refurbishment programme of these facilities is almost complete. These areas felt the full force of the storm as waves hit the sea wall and were propelled up underneath the structure.
Our iconic Pier had already been the subject of extensive, £1.4million renovation and repair in the 18 months before the surge struck; work which potentially saved the structure from far greater damage.
We're looking forward to the completion of the refurbishment programme which we hope will coincide with the onset of warmer weather and increased visitor numbers.
Bodham man prosecuted for fly-tipping
Rodney Drake, 58, of Hart Lane, Bodham pleaded guilty to a number of waste offences following an appearance at Norwich Magistrates Court (18/2).
Mr Drake was prosecuted by the Council following an investigation by its Environmental Protection Officers after reports were received from members of the public of a vast quantity of waste, fly-tipped in a field in Colby. The waste was discovered to have originated from the clearance of a property in North Walsham which was undertaken by Mr Drake’s company, ‘Call Rodney’.
Despite the householder paying Mr Drake to legally dispose of the waste, large quantities of plastics, furniture, textiles, white goods, electrical items, carpet, glass and crockery were later found dumped.
Mr Drake pleaded guilty to the following waste offences:
(1) transporting waste without being registered as a waste carrier [Contrary to S1 of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989];
(2) knowingly cause controlled waste to be deposited [Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990];
(3) failing to comply with Duty of Care to prevent a fly tipping offense [Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990];
(4) failing to transfer the waste to an authorised person and secure the transfer of a written description of the waste [Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990];
(5) failing to produce a waste transfer notes when required to do so by the Council [Contrary to Regulation 35 Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 and Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990].
Mr Drake will be sentenced at Norwich Magistrates Court on Wednesday 18 March 2015.
The Council would like to thank the members of the public who reported this incident and provided witness statements. This community-spirited act helped the Council to take action. If you witness fly-tipping please report it by contacting Environmental Protection Team at North Norfolk District Council on 01263 516085 or by using our online report-it form.
Take part in our recycling survey
The average UK family throws away 1.5 tons of rubbish a year - that's the equivalent of half an elephant!
But what do you throw away and what do you recycle?
Tell us what you do with the things you throw out by taking part in our survey and you can enter a prize draw to win an iPad Mini. Whether you recycle a lot, a little or not at all we want to hear from you. With your help, we can improve our waste and recycling service.
Complete our online questionnaire to take part.
The survey will only take around 10 - 15 minutes to complete and is open from now until Monday 2 March. The prize will be drawn by 16 March and the winner notified by 20 March.
Thank you and good luck!
Big Society Fund award helps Mundesley Table Tennis Club
Mundesley Table Tennis Club is the latest community group to benefit from our Big Society Fund (BSF).
A grant of £3,000 has enabled the Table Tennis Club to purchase four modern table tennis tables and a range of other equipment. This will be used to enable existing members to develop their game as well as promote the sport of table tennis to people of all ages and abilities.
Cllr. Wyndham Northam, North Norfolk District Council’s local member for Mundesley, attended a meeting of the club in December and said: “I was impressed by the commitment and dedication of the club members; two of whom are qualified national umpires and coaches.
“I highly commend the Committee for its hard work, dedication and commitment and am delighted to that North Norfolk District Council has been able to help fund the new equipment. I hope that it will encourage many more local residents to take up table tennis.”
Equipment purchased by the grant will also help support the development of an after-school club at Mundesley Junior School which aims to encourage young people to take up table tennis which, as well as increasing physical activity, also improves hand-eye coordination and stimulates mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategy.
Mundesley Table Tennis Club meets every Thursday at 7pm at the Coronation Hall, Cromer Road, Mundesley and welcomes people of all ages and playing standards or those interested in taking up table tennis. Free coaching is provided. For more information contact Derek Sidaway (secretary) on 01263 722930.
Do you have a community project that could benefit from funding? See our Big Society Fund webpage for more information.
Swafield Village Hall refurbished with help from Big Society Fund
Swafield residents can now enjoy a much improved village hall thanks to a £3,000 grant from our Big Society Fund.
Swafield Village Hall Committee applied for a grant from the Big Society Fund to undertake refurbishment works to the hall floor, wood work, guttering, drainage and grounds. The effects of damp in the floor in particular meant that the hall, which is a focal point for this small community, could no longer be used for certain activities.
Originally a Victorian School which opened in 1852, the building became the village hall in the 1930s.
Vice Chairman, Annie Claussen–Reynolds attended an event at the hall and commended the committee for their hard work, commitment and dedication to improving the village hall. She said: “I am delighted that, with the help from Big Society funding, Swafield Village Hall can continue to be used for activities that benefit the local community. Village halls are often the focal point for the community, and I hope the improved facilities will encourage many more local residents to make the most of it.”
Do you have a community project that would benefit from funding? Check out our Big Society Fund webpage for more information.
North Norfolk based charity benefits from North Norfolk Big Society Fund
‘Food for Thought’, a newly formed North Norfolk based charity has recently been awarded a grant from our Big Society Fund.
The charity runs support groups and lunch clubs for people with dementia and their carers. It was set up when the organisation that had been running the groups had to withdraw their support.
Food for Thought was awarded £2000 from North Norfolk District Council’s Big Society Fund after the awarding panel commended the dedication and commitment of the Food for Thought volunteers who have worked hard to ensure that vital groups for people affected by dementia are still available.
Cabinet Member and Big Society Fund panel Chairman, John Lee said: “Dementia has a devastating effect on those affected by the illness and their carers. NNDC has recently pledged to become a dementia friendly Council and was pleased to be able to offer a Big Society Fund grant to ensure the continuation of these vital support groups.”
Food for Thought runs supports groups in Bodham, Cromer and North Walsham on a monthly basis. For more information contact Catherine Moorhouse on 01263 721344 or visit Food for Thought’s website www.foodforthoughtnorfolk.weebly.com
Has your community got a project that could benefit from funding? See our Big Society Fund webpage for more information.
Our ‘Sport Clubs and Hubs’ project is off the starting blocks!
Our ‘Sports Clubs and Hubs’ project has started to help more local people get into sport with a variety of different activities available for the over 50s.
Classes ranging from Belly Dancing to Badminton are now available in community ‘hubs’ across North Norfolk and are a cost-effective way to participate in and try a range of new activities. The courses are available for the 50+ age group, cost just £1 per session and can be joined at any stage during a 10 week programme.
The project aims to build on the work we've already delivered through our highly successful mobile gym service. Emphasis will be placed on making these activities self-supporting in the longer term, something that has already been achieved with a number of ‘community gyms’ in the district.
The second phase of the project will start in February and will see sporting activities delivered in local schools for 14 – 25 year olds. Activities will include Street Dancing, Martial Arts and Boxing.
To book any of the activities or for more information, please see www.northnorfolk.org/clubsandhubs or contact Wyn Nurse on 01263 516305.
Help shape sport provision in Stalham
We are seeking your views to help shape sports and activity provision at our community sports centre in Stalham.
In a bid to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our residents, and to encourage greater participation in sport and exercise, we're asking you what you would like to see offered at your local sports centre.
We'd like you to take a few moments to complete an online survey. All completed surveys will be entered into a prize draw to win a free monthly swim pass at Victory Swim & Fitness Centre in North Walsham.
Stalham Sports Centre plays host to a variety of great value activities for children during the school holiday periods. These range from traditional sports such as football and cricket to archery and rounders. Completing the survey will give you the chance to indicate what you would like to see form part of the holiday activity programme in future.
The centre has plenty to offer, including a sports hall, a multi-use games area and tennis courts. Each can be used to host a range sporting activities, and we are is committed to using the feedback to help improve our activity offer to fit the needs of local people.
We're celebrating ten-year relationship with Holt Day Centre
We are celebrating ten years of working together successfully with volunteers from Holt Day Centre at Green Flag award-winning Holt Country Park.
For the last ten years, our Countryside Rangers have been joined by volunteers from Holt Day Centre to undertake practical conservation work including building a sensory garden, making butterfly habitats, planting trees, gardening and creating habitats for mini beasts and amphibians.
Glyn Williams, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Cultural Services, said: “Many of the projects that have been completed at Holt Country Park could not have been done so without the help of the volunteers from Holt Day Centre. Together with our Countryside Rangers, they have formed an enduring partnership that I hope will continue for many more years to come.
“The volunteers have made a significant contribution to improving the natural environment at Holt Country Park while building confidence and self-esteem and developing strong working relationships with the Rangers”
Shrubs and a selection of gardening tools were presented to the Holt Day Centre members by Cllr. Williams at an event held at Holt Country Park on Wednesday 19 November in recognition of the successful ten-year partnership.
Activities, events and supervised school visits take place at Holt Country Park throughout the year. Facilities include a visitor centre with toilets. Car parking, including disabled parking bays, is available at £1.50 per day. There are way-marked routes suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Interested in volunteering and helping out with conservation work? See our Muddy Boots webpage for more details.
Support pledged to Heinz Westwick factory workers
The Council is continuing talks with Heinz management at its Westwick factory near North Walsham to offer support and assistance in a bid to secure continued employment at the site
Leader, Tom FitzPatrick, together with Chief Executive, Sheila Oxtoby met with Heinz management shortly after the announcement of proposals for the closure of the Westwick factory near North Walsham which employs 200 people was made.
Cllr. FitzPatrick said: “We made contact with representatives from Heinz to organise a meeting as a matter of urgency to establish how we can offer the best support to those affected. Steps are being taken by our Economic Development team 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 what will be an extremely difficult time. We appreciate the work being done by Heinz to find alternative uses for the site.”
Support available will include access to training, job-search and careers advice and practical assistance with business start-ups for those considering self-employment and will be offered through the Council’s ‘Learning for Everyone’ support service and Enterprise North Norfolk, a business start-up support programme jointly funded by NNDC and Norfolk County Council.
An offer to Heinz has been made for ways in which financial assistance can be provided for prospective investors to help secure the long-term future of the site and the prospects of those facing unemployment. Working with Norfolk County Council and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, advice concerning access to funding from the ‘Growing Business Fund’ and the ‘Regional Growth Fund’ was given to Heinz for any enquiries they may receive regarding a purchase of the site or potential inward investment. Advice will also be available to potential investors concerning planning matters, environment health issues and workforce recruitment.
We're undertaking a review of our polling districts and polling places
We are about to embark on a four-yearly review of out polling districts and places to make sure voting is convenient for people and polling stations are up to the job.
The review will look at whether communities are properly served by the places and the facilities chosen for polling at election times; and will take in to consideration how a sparcely populated rural area can sometimes pose challenges.
It will look at populations and facilities to see whether any changes can, or should be made and whether new locations and more appropriate locations have become available. The review will be completed by 31 January 2015.
You can suggest new places for polling stations, or comment on the suitability and accessibility of existing ones. Please write to Suzanne Taylor, Electoral Services Manager, North Norfolk District Council, Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9EN. Or you can email email@example.com
Free spaces introduced and evening car park charges removed
'Mini-stay’ free spaces are to be introduced and evening charges will be removed from our car parks from Friday 14 November.
From 14 November three free 30 minute parking spaces will be provided at Sheringham (Morris Street), Cromer (The Meadow), Fakenham (Bridge Street), Stalham (High Street), North Walsham (Bank Loke), Holt (Albert Street) and Wells-next-the-Sea (Staithe Street) car parks. These locations cover the district’s seven main towns and these car parks have been selected as providing the best town centre locations.
From the same date parking on all our car parks will be free from 6pm.
Cromer coast protection work re-starts
The second phase of the £8m ‘Cromer Coast Protection’ scheme has started; work will take place on the seafront from October to March 2015.
The scheme has been designed not only to maintain the existing level of defence, but also to withstand many years of predicted sea level rise.
The sea defences at Cromer protect the town from the force of the North Sea. They were built in various phases as the town expanded, the earliest dating back to 1836. Over the years, the walls and groynes have withstood many storms and have been maintained, enhanced and repaired as and when required.
The coast protection scheme will reduce the impact of the sea along the Cromer frontage as well as helping to maintain a stable beach in front of the seawalls for future years. The historical significance of some of the structures has been carefully taken in to consideration and the overall character of the promenade should not change.
Pedestrian access to the Pier will remain during the work, and signage will be installed to direct visitors away from work areas when required. Cromer will remain open for business and the engineering operations are a spectacle that can be viewed from many cliff top vantage points. Work will not be carried out for two weeks over the Christmas holiday period.
As vehicle access will be limited during the course of the works a discounted taxi service will be offered for the audience of this year’s Cromer Christmas Show from the town centre. Visitors to the show who would normally use the disabled car park will be able to collect a temporary car park pass for the promenade from the Box Office when they collect their show tickets The Cromer Christmas Show opens on Saturday 29 November and runs until 27 December
The Cromer Coast Protection Project has been chosen by the Institute of Chartered Engineers (ICE) to be part of its ‘This is Engineering’ campaign. The campaign has been designed to bring together construction projects across the UK to show how civil engineers shape the world around and also aims to encourage young people to consider a career in engineering.
December flood victims continue to benefit from grant awards
We've so far approved flood recovery grants worth £520k to help victims of last December’s tidal surge undertake work to help protect their properties from future flooding events.
And following the approval of grants earlier in the process, works to the value of £119k have already been completed, while further payments continue to be arranged. We are still receiving grant applications and these continue to be fed through to the decision panel on a regular basis
We understand that 230 residential and 66 business properties were directly affected by flooding in December, and since applications opened in April 2014 a total of 217 grant applications, in respect of 190 properties (businesses can apply for both grants if they are eligible), have been received.
Angie Fitch-Tillett, NNDC Cabinet Member for Coastal Management and Environmental Services, said, “We are very pleased that 64% of properties identified as being affected by flooding have applied to the fund. The government has informed us that the uptake of the grants in North Norfolk has been very high, and our community events to inform residents and businesses as to how they could access the grants have been included in their good practice guide, which is a great credit to everyone involved."
The highest number of applications has been received from the most affected community, Walcott. Of the 72 applications from Walcott businesses and residents, 60 have been approved so far, and of those approved 12 have been paid either in part or in full. 146 applications in all have been approved to date, meaning 41% of the applications approved are from Walcott alone.
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- Refurbishment of our iconic Pier nearing completion - 24 February 2015
- Bodham man prosecuted for fly-tipping - 19 February 2015
- Take part in our recycling survey - 16 February 2015
- Big Society Fund award helps Mundesley Table Tennis Club - 27 January 2015
- Swafield Village Hall refurbished with help from Big Society Fund - 27 January 2015
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