Pigs in the Park
a curly tail…
Countryside rangers at North Norfolk District Council have struck up a deal with a Norfolk pig grazier to help reduce dense bracken and bramble in a section of Holt Country Park.
The innovative approach to keeping bramble and bracken at bay will see six Large Black Pigs let free to munch their way through the undergrowth.
If left to grow unchecked the bracken and bramble would smother out other species of plant and make it harder for them to flourish.
The pigs will be let free to roam in a 20mx20m area in Holt Country Park on Monday 30 November.
The pigs, owned by Mark Tasker of Wildwood Farm in North Elham, have come hot-foot from Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.
Cllr Becky Palmer, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture at North Norfolk District Council said: “I think this is fantastic. It makes perfect sense to use the pigs’ natural instincts to curb the dense bracken and bramble and I hope that this idea really catches on for other areas of the district.
“We will post warning signs up in the park and make sure the signs are visible from the path so country park visitors and dog walkers are aware.”
People are being urged not to feed the pigs as Foot and Mouth disease can be spread from kitchen scraps; and dog walkers are being asked to keep their dogs on a lead in this small area for the benefit of the pigs and dogs.
The pigs will be kept in a 20m x 20m area that will be penned in and provided with everything they need, a warm shelter, water and some supplementary feed. They will also be checked at least twice a day to ensure the highest standard of animal welfare.
A survey of the ground flora will be taken before and after and compared to other areas of the park where bracken and bramble has been thinned without pigs.
The Large Black has lop ears with a long deep body and a placid temperament. For more information about the breed check out the Large Black Pig Breeders Club.
Community Sports Centres offer pre-Christmas activities
Christmas Roller Discos and a wide range of sport
A wide ranging line up of children's activities has been organised at North Norfolk District Council-managed community sports centres during the run up to Christmas.
The varied sessions have been designed to offer healthy and fun activity for four to 12 year-olds, while helping busy parents meet the challenge of school holiday childcare.
Both Cromer and North Walsham sports centres will host three days of activities from December 21 to 23. The sessions are aimed mainly at seven to 12 year-olds, with one activity for four to seven year-olds.
Staff at North Walsham Sports Centre will hold an Activity Day featuring various sports and a quiz on Monday, December 21, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. On Tuesday, December 22, there will be a Pirates session from 9.30am to 11am; Capture the Flag from 11.15am to 12.45pm; and Dodgeball from 1pm to 2.30pm. On Wednesday, December 23, there will be a Football Fun Day from 9.30am to 2.30pm. All are open to seven to 12 year-olds.
At Cromer Sports Centre on Monday, December 21, there will be Football from 9.30am to 11am; Capture the Flag from 11.15am to 12.45pm; and Dodgeball from 1pm to 2.30pm. On Tuesday, December 22, there will be Rocket Sports from 11.15am to 12.45pm; and Basketball from 1pm to 2.30pm. On Wednesday, December 23, there will be an Activity Day from 9.30am to 2.30pm. All are open to seven to 12 year olds. There will also be a Playground Games session on Tuesday, December 22, from 9.30am to 11am, for four to seven year-olds.
All day activities are priced at £9.50. Shorter sessions are priced at £2.50.
On Saturday, December 19, there will be a special treat for roller skating enthusiasts.
All three Council community sports centres at Cromer, North Walsham and Stalham, will hold Christmas Fancy Dress Roller Discos. All sessions have a strict 80 skater limit and there will be prizes for the best costumes. The Cromer disco will run from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, the Stalham disco from 4pm to 6pm and the North Walsham disco from 7pm to 9pm.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing Cllr Becky Palmer said: "As a Council we promote all sorts of healthy activities for a wide range of ages.
"These pre-Christmas sports centre sessions promise to be both fun and healthy.
"Please come and get involved, your child may discover a sport or an interest which they have never had the chance to try before."
You can book online at www.northnorfolk.org/book
Council to provide free parking on the weekend before Christmas
No charges on December 19 and 20
Parking in North Norfolk District Council’s car parks will be free over the weekend before Christmas (19 and 20 December).
The Council has decided to once again waive the parking charges prior to Christmas, as in previous years.
The decision supports North Norfolk's businesses and traders by encouraging people to buy their Christmas gifts and supplies in their local towns. At a crucial time of year for the retail community, it is also a gesture of goodwill for the festive season in response to requests from businesses.
Cabinet Member for Assets Cllr John Rest said: "At such an important time of the year for retailers, it is vital that the Council supports local businesses.
"There are scores of excellent shops across the district offering a wide range of goods and services.
"By providing this weekend of free car parking, we hope to encourage people to use that wealth of provision."
On December 19 and 20, shoppers will be able to stay throughout the day without a ticket in any North Norfolk District Council run car park, saving them up to £1.20 an hour.
RAF West Raynham Development Brief
Public urged to have their say
A development brief for the former RAF West Raynham site has been submitted to North Norfolk District Council.
The public are being invited to have their say on the proposal which acts as a ‘masterplan’ for the 158 acre site before Monday 14 December 2015. The proposal has been submitted on behalf of FW Properties by Lanpro Services.
It proposes the creation of up to 500 new homes and the creation of 37,000sq metres of work space with potential to provide 1,400 new jobs through a mixture of new build and conversion / re-use of existing buildings.
The brief also outlines how the site could support sport and recreation with a children’s play area, an existing gym which could be refurbished as well as squash and tennis courts.
The former RAF airbase was developed as an airbase in 1937-1939 and closed in 1994, the development brief outlines how the brownfield land site could be used as a ‘sustainable heritage garden village’.
The site houses a range of former RAF buildings including hangers, the Station Headquarters, Officers’ Mess, and a Grade II listed post-War Control Tower.
The full development brief is on the Council’s web site and North Norfolk District Council is urging people to have their say.
The district council, acting as the planning authority, will have to decide whether to adopt the proposed development brief, either as it is or with proposed changes. If it is accepted then future planning applications will be judged against it.
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Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “I would urge people to have a look at the development brief and give their views. This is a major proposal for homes and jobs in our district and the development brief will help the Council to judge any future planning applications – that’s why it’s so important for people to have their say now.”
Once the consultation is complete it is expected that the council will consider the proposal at the Cabinet meeting in early February.
Cromer Pier toilets in line for national award
Shortlisted for Loo of the Year
North Norfolk District Council’s refurbished toilets on Cromer’s iconic pier are in the mix for a national award.
The North Norfolk District Council entry to the 2015 Loo of the Year Awards has been shortlisted, with winners due to be announced in early December.
Winners of national awards (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) then have the chance to compete for the UK Award, which is announced on the night.
National and UK awards will be announced and presented at an event on Friday 4th December at the St Johns Hotel in Solihull.
The Cromer Pier toilets were refurbished following severe damage incurred during the destructive storm of December 2013. The toilets feature energy saving lighting and dementia friendly signage.
Cabinet Member for Assets Cllr John Rest said: “The shortlisting is clear recognition of the quality of work carried out on the Cromer Pier facilities. Excellent public toilet facilities contribute to a good first impression among our thousands of visitors.
“Following the storm in late 2013 there was a great deal of repair and refurbishment work carried out along several sections of the council’s coastline and this was part of that successful project.
“We have had previous success at these same awards for toilets at Happisburgh and Sheringham, and we hope to repeat that success.”
The Cromer toilets were refurbished by Thrower & Rutland and designed by SMG Architects of Sheringham – the same team was responsible for the Happisburgh and Sheringham projects.
Interim Shared Management Agreed
Two Norfolk district councils will share a Chief Executive and S151 Officer on an interim basis.
At North Norfolk District Council’s Full Council meeting on Wednesday 21 October, following a constructive debate councillors unanimously agreed to the interim shared arrangement which will see Chief Executive Sheila Oxtoby shared with Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
As well as sharing the Chief Executive role North Norfolk District Council’s Section 151, Chief Finance Officer, Karen Sly, will also take up an interim shared role for Great Yarmouth.
The new interim arrangements will begin from 7 November and enable both authorities to test out the shared management approach while a business case is worked up with Elected Members from each authority on the opportunity for sharing services.
Cllr Graham Plant, Leader at Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “This is a good opportunity for Great Yarmouth to test out whether shared management can work both for ourselves and our neighbours in North Norfolk.”
Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader at North Norfolk District Council added: “It’s a unique chance to get first-hand experience of what it will mean in practice to share a Chief Executive and a Chief Finance Officer and will allow both authorities to be better informed about what a shared arrangement would mean in practice.”
Orchestras Live Comes to Cromer – London Mozart Players
The Orchestras Live North Norfolk concerts conclude in Cromer on Saturday 28 November at 7.30pm with the London Mozart Players supported by Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society.
The finale features the exceptionally talented London Mozart Players, performing with Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society. An evening of 20th century classics is promised, including the beautiful County Premier of Vespers by Norfolk-based composer Richard Allain, showcasing north Norfolk’s most illustrious choral tones and John Adams's exciting piece of continuous music Shaker Loops, giving this concert a strong contemporary feel as well as celebrating great English and Norfolk compositions.
London Mozart Players with Sheringham & Cromer Choral Society
Saturday 28 November, 7.30pm Cromer Parish Church
Charles Hubert Parry, I was Glad
John Adams, Shaker Loops
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Richard Allain, Vespers
Conductor: Harry Ogg
Soprano: Rosamund Walton
Mezzo Soprano: Evie Anderson
Tenor: Oliver White
Organ: David Ballard
Sports club and hub launch
A new community sports hub has been launched at Briston Sports Pavilion and a new sports club is up and running at Sidestrand Hall School.
A Sports Club was launched by Cabinet Member, Angie Fitch-Tillett (pictured) at Sidestrand Hall School recently. The club offers martial arts and street dancing for students attending the school. Set up our Senior Sport Activator, Wyn Nurse in February 2015, the Club will now be run by students and staff with professional coaches.
The latest Community Sports Hub was launched at Briston Sports Pavilion. Introduced in January by Wyn Nurse, Briston Community Hub offers yoga and archery and will now be run by a voluntary committee formed by participants of the classes including yoga teacher, Cecile Pons.
The launch of Sidestrand School Club and Briston Community Hub follow on from the Council’s ‘Sports Clubs and Hubs’ project which started in January 2015 to help more local people get in to sport. Classes ranging from Belly Dancing to Badminton have been offered at community hubs across the District and sessions including street dancing have been delivered to three north Norfolk schools with plans for clubs to be set up in more schools in 2016.
Interested in setting up a hub in your community? Please contact Wyn Nurse on 07795265671.
eastlaw shortlisted for two prestigious awards
Our award-winning legal team, eastlaw, has made it to the finals of the British Legal Award 2015 and the Modern Law Awards 2015.
eastlaw, 2014 winners of The Lawyers in Local Government Award for Information Management, has been shortlisted for the In-House Innovation category of the British Legal Awards alongside national organisations including Barclays and Carillion. The British Legal Awards are the leading awards for the UK's thriving business law community acting as a showcase for the achievements of one of the country's most successful sectors.
The team will be battling it out against five other high-performing legal practices for Modern Law Awards’ Team of the Year. The Modern Law Awards celebrate and identify sparkling talent and success in entrepreneurship, market development, business management and best practice in the modern legal services arena.
The concept of eastlaw was developed by the 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 acting as the legal arm of our drive to bring empty homes back into use, in setting up the coastshare group to help charities and other not-for-profit organisations, and in generating income for the Council.
eastlaw’s innovative and agile approach has not only secured it position as a value for money, specialist legal service which is efficient, effective and highly regarded, it has been recognised nationally with a number of prestigious awards. More recently, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPRA) has recognised eastlaw as offering exceptional value for money with a cost of £ 1.69* against an average of £5.30 making the team financially competitive in a group of comparable legal service providers.
First community sports club launched
Sheringham Badminton Club becomes the first of our 'Community Sports Clubs'.
Sheringham Badminton Club was set up through our Sports Clubs and Hubs project in January and will now be community led by and self-sustainable.
A group of keen badminton players have attended a weekly hour-long class at Sheringham Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre on Friday at 2pm and will have now taken over the running of the club. A badminton coach, James Tuthill, attends the sessions every fortnight to advise the players on all aspects of the popular sport.
Players of all abilities are most welcome and should contact Wyn Nurse, 07795265671 for more details and to book.
Erpingham Community Leisure Hub launched
We are pleased to announce the launch of a ‘Community Leisure Hub’ in Erpingham, the second of its kind in north Norfolk.
The Community Leisure Hub will be self-sustainable and will be run by a voluntary committee from the participants of the classes. It will offer Walking Football (at the Multi Use Games Area) and Pilates (in the Village Hall).
The launch of the hub follows on from the Council’s ‘Sports Clubs and Hubs’ project which started in January 2015 to help more local people get in to sport with a variety of different activities specifically designed for the over 50s.
The project, which was designed in response to local demand, was made possible thanks to £211,512 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.
Classes ranging from Belly Dancing to Badminton have been offered at community hubs across the District.
The Council is delighted that the hub at Erpingham follows on from the success of the Fit and Active Hub in Holt where volunteers have taken the lead and steps to provide sustainable sports activity programmes for their respective communities.
For more details about the activities that will be run by the hub, please contact: Ann Goreham (email@example.com)
Sheringham tourist spot handed over to North Norfolk Railway
We are pleased to announce that Sheringham Tourist Information Centre and Station Approach toilets has been handed over to North Norfolk Railway (NNR).
The handover paves the way for a newly redeveloped TIC and toilet facilities and improved opening hours and has offered NNR the opportunity to shape how local services are run.
NNR submitted a Localism Act Expression of Interest to the Council to provide and manage the Sheringham Tourist Information Centre and the public toilets at Station Approach, Sheringham.
The transfer was dependent on a successful Coastal Communities Grant bid by the NNR for £450,000 for a wider development of the site at Sheringham, which was awarded in January 2015.
Following the handover, NNR intends to demolish the toilets at Station Approach together with the TIC and then rebuild a new shop, office, TIC and toilet facility. NNR, following the signing of a service level agreement, will run the TIC and the toilets and has committed to re-opening the facilities in April 2016.
It is expected that the new TIC will be run by railway staff and will open throughout the year.
Temporary toilets have been installed on Station Approach car park and will be available for the duration of the project (subject to opening hours).
Latest Big Society Fund grants awarded
Eleven local community projects are on course to benefit from our Big Society Fund.
The eleven grants, totalling approximately £62,000, will support a range of community based projects across north Norfolk.
The Big Society Fund was set up by NNDC to help build strong communities in the district. The Fund aims to help communities to develop new and innovative projects which will improve their social and economic wellbeing.
Conditional BSF grant awards in this round were awarded to:
- Erpingham Leisure Hub (£921) to help establish a community leisure hub aimed at promoting, encouraging and supporting engagement in sporting and physical activities by all members of the community.
- Gimingham Parish Council (£5,000) to upgrade the well-used and valued village hall. New front doors, chairs and improved kitchen facilities will benefit the many groups and local residents who use the hall.
- Southrepps Parish Council – (£2,000) towards the cost of upgrading the recreation ground football pitch.
- Thorpe Market Parish Council – (£750) towards the purchase of a community defibrillator located at the village hall.
- Walcott Parish Council – (£11,000) towards the purchase and installation of a generator to maintain electricity at the Lighthouse Inn which is used as an operational command post and evacuation centre by residents from Walcott and the surrounding area in the event of civil emergencies.
- Fakenham Town Youth Football Club – (£9,000) to purchase three sets of portable aluminum goals which will provide age appropriate training facilities for the youth football teams.
- North Walsham Good Neighbour Scheme – (£1,000) to provide equipment to help set up a new Good Neighbour Scheme in North Walsham. Local volunteers will offer a range of help and support to people in North Walsham such as the elderly or disabled, those temporarily in need through illness or anyone who may be isolated within the community.
- North Walsham Town Council – (£5,400) to purchase three pieces of play equipment for Woodville play area.
- Sheringham Museum Norfolk Trust – (£15,000) partnership contribution to secure the Heritage Lottery Fund grant which will enable the construction of a £1.2million new education, archive, exhibition and research space within Sheringham Museum.
- Sculthorpe Hawk and Owl Trust – (£10,000) grant towards a project to replace an uneven footpath with a boardwalk to improve access to the site particularly for people with mobility difficulties and families with young children.
- Worstead Queen Elizabeth Hall – (£2,000) grant towards the installation of a specialist sound system to improve the acoustics in the hall.
Kettlestone Barn Conversions Win Graham Allen Award for Conservation and Design
The North Norfolk District Council Graham Allen Award has been won by Manor Farm Barns, The Street, Kettlestone.
The barns, which lie on the entranceway to the village, had been lying derelict and were in an extremely poor state of repair. The project involved the complete restoration and refurbishment of the barn complex into four new dwellings.
The scheme has been extremely successful in bringing this historic group of derelict barns back into use. The sympathetic use of traditional materials and detailing has meant the character and original charm of the barns has been retained.
The Graham Allen Awards 2015 has also seen the introduction of the People’s Choice Award where people at Greenbuild were invited to vote for their favourite shortlisted development.
Cllr Sue Arnold, Cabinet Member for Planning said: “The level of interest and interaction was extremely pleasing with the award attracting over a thousand votes. It would seem the very concept of design and heritage in North Norfolk is close to people’s heart and never fails to stimulate debate.”
The People’s Choice Award was won by the restoration and conversion of the Grade II Listed primary school and former field study centre, The Old School, Polka Road, in Wells which also took the Highly Commended Award.
The primary school built in 1838 was purchased by Homes for Wells and converted into ten affordable dwellings earmarked for keyworkers and local families within the town. The project involved adapting a listed building for a new use while maintaining its original character
The scheme has been extremely successful in providing important affordable housing to meet the needs of the local community, whilst positively repairing and securing the long-term conservation of an important heritage asset.
The complete restoration and conversion of one of the District’s Buildings at Risk The Old Maltings, Holt Road, Letheringsett was Commended - this project has saved three Grade II Listed Buildings which were on the brink of collapse.
The Old Maltings has now been fully restored, providing eight new bespoke dwellings. The project has found a sustainable new use of the site and should be noted for the quality of the workmanship and endeavour shown by the owners in such challenging circumstances.
The awards were presented at North Norfolk District Council’s offices on Thursday 17 September by Edward Allen, the eldest son of the late Graham Allen who was the first chairman of North Norfolk District Council.
Sheringham Market steps back in time
Market traders in Sheringham showed great 40s spirit as the town was transported back in time.
- Book seller Mark Wye Harris, winner of Best 40s Dressed Trader
- Norfolk Pie Man (and Hog Roast), Tony Mattocks, winner of Best 40s Dressed Stall
- Haberdashery trader, Bill Hartland, runner up of Best Dressed Stall (pictured)
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- Pigs in the Park - 26 November 2015
- Community Sports Centres offer pre-Christmas activities - 24 November 2015
- Council to provide free parking on the weekend before Christmas - 24 November 2015
- RAF West Raynham Development Brief - 17 November 2015
- Cromer Pier toilets in line for national award - 17 November 2015
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