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Work gets underway at Fakenham Connect office

Work is underway at our Fakenham Connect office to enable the Department for Work and Pensions to move in later this year.

27 August 2015
Work starts at Fakenham Connect office
The building work, which is not affecting existing services at the office, is expected to take eight weeks to complete with the DWP will relocate from Fakenham Job Centre in Norwich Road to Fakenham Connect in November.

The work, being carried out by Thrower and Rutland, will give us the opportunity to bring our services together with the DWP in one location.  It will also help reduce the cost of services by sharing the building and ensuring vital public services remain in the town.

Opening hours will remain the same throughout the work, 8.30am - 5.30pm, Monday to Thursday (closed 12.30pm - 1.30pm for lunch) and 8.30am - 4.30pm on Friday (closed 12.30pm - 1.30pm for lunch).

The customer service advisor for North Norfolk District Council has been temporarily moved to another spot on the ground floor (it is signposted) and there is no change to the Registrar's area or that of the Town Council.

New play equipment unveiled in Ingworth

Ingworth residents are the latest to benefit from our Big Society Fund.

25 August 2015
Ingworth play area receives Big Society Fund grant

Local children and their families are now enjoying a new play area in Ingworth after we awarded £7,500 from our Big Society Fund.

The grant of £7,500 towards a total project cost of £16,500 has enabled Ingworth Parish Council to buy a new swing and climbing tower.

The Big Society Fund Panel recognised the Parish Council's strong desire to improve the play facilities for the local community and in support of the work it had already undertaken to secure funding for the project, was happy to contribute.  Ingworth Parish Council has also secured funding from Awards for All England.

Our Big Society Fund was set up in 2012 to help support, benefit and strengthen communities across north Norfolk.  Since then, the Fund has awarded grants in excess of £1million to over 120 community projects that are making a real difference to communities in north Norfolk.

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

Count down is on for Tour of Britain in north Norfolk!

Fakenham Racecourse is gearing up to host the start of the seventh stage of Britain's biggest cycling event on Saturday 12 September.

17 August 2015
Tour of Britain coming to Fakenham

The Tour of Britain is returning to Norfolk for the first time since 2012 and the historic market town of Fakenham will be the start of the penultimate and longest stage of the Tour.  World class cyclists will be heading through north Norfolk's unique and beautiful countryside for the closing weekend of the tour. The 2015 tour will be taking place from Sunday 6 September to Saturday 12 September with stage seven of the race heading from Fakenham towards Thetford via Norwich and then to finishing the stage in Ipswich.

Gates will open at Fakenham Racecourse at 7.30am and the race is expected to start at 10am.  Arrive early for your chance to get close to the cyclists as they start the penultimate leg of the epic race.  Parking will be available at the Racecourse and NNDC car parks will be available for parking throughout Fakenham.  There'll be lots going on at the Racecourse and if you've got the day free, why not make the most of it and head in to Fakenham for a coffee or a bite to eat in one of the town's many cafe bars and restaurants?

For more information visit and follow on Twitter #ToBNorfolk 

Your Vote Matters - Local residents to receive important voter registration information

Households in North Norfolk will soon be receiving a form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct as part of North Norfolk District Council’s annual household enquiry canvass.

03 August 2015
Register to vote

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

With the Police and Crime Commissioner election taking place across the country in May 2016, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure that when the election takes place they will easily be able to take part.

Sheila Oxtoby, Electoral Registration Officer at North Norfolk District Council said: “Anyone that wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, be sure to respond to the form straight away.

“We have invested in new automated services to make this easier than ever; you can make changes online at or confirm details are correct by Freephone to 0800 197 9871. You can even now confirm details via text message. Full details on how to do this can be found on the front of your form.”

“If you’re not currently registered, we’ll send you information explaining how to do this online or by post.”

It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered. Research by the Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. Be mindful that just because you have registered for Council Tax at a new address, this does not automatically update the electoral register.

Kay Jenkins, Head of English regions at the Electoral Commission said: “The annual canvass is an opportunity for people to easily check whether they’re registered. It’s essential for a healthy democracy that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to, and for those who need to registering is now easier than ever with the online system of registration.”

“If you have changed address in the last year, it’s particularly likely that you will need to register at your new address, so check the form as soon as it arrives.”

Residents seeking further information or guidance are encouraged to visit to view frequently asked questions about the annual canvass and Household Enquiry Forms.

North Lodge Park – Open for Business

North Lodge Park’s café will be open for business from Friday August 7 after North Norfolk District Council met with Friends of North Lodge Park yesterday, Thursday.

31 July 2015
North Lodge Park Cafe

North Norfolk District Council has gifted the café free of charge to the Friends to operate for a four month period, the remainder of the summer season.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “The council is very keen to see something up and running at North Lodge Park as quickly as possible and it’s a good opportunity for the Friends to get involved and get the café open for business.

“I hope that the public gives the Friends the support they deserve; and it feels very good to be able to get the café open once again.”

As well as the café the Friends group will be looking to improve the Rose Garden and hedges nearby the cafe as well as the bowling green area.

The Friends of North Lodge Park were handed the keys to the café yesterday afternoon after the morning meeting, and will be in the café over the weekend cleaning and painting the interior preparing it for the grand public opening.

Cllr John Rest, Cabinet Member for Corporate Assets added: “It feels really good to be working with the Friends and enabling the café to reopen and be an attraction for everyone to enjoy this summer.”

It's official - our green spaces are award-winning again!

Holt Country Park, Sadler's Wood and Pretty Corner, near Sheringham have been named as Green Flag award winners for 2015/16.

23 July 2015
Green Flag award-winning Pretty Corner Woods

It is the eleventh year in a row that Holt County Park has earned a Green Flag for being welcoming, safe, clean and well-managed.

In 2005, Holt County Park was the first in Norfolk to gain a Green Flag, an award that demands year on year improvement for the status to be retained.  It's been a busy year for the park with the addition of a new wildlife garden and the sighting of a Scarce Tortoiseshell butterfly.

Holt Country Park was joined by Sadler's Wood when it achieved a Green Flag in 2012 and then by Pretty Corner Woods the following year.

The three sites are among a record-breaking 1582 parks and green spaces that have been awarded with a prestigious Green Flag, awarded by Keep Britain Tidy for 2015/16.  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.

Come and visit our country parks this summer - our Countryside rangers have a full programme of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Cromer hosts major tennis tournament

Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association (CLTSA) is hosting the AEGON County Cup from Monday 20 - Friday 24 July.

20 July 2015
Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association hosts AEGON County Cup

The event features six teams from Norfolk, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Cheshire, Middlesex, Kent and Essex all competing in the Group Two Ladies competition at the Norwich Road based association.

Nick Amis, Chairman of the Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association hosted a barbeque to welcome the County Ladies' teams.

Cllr. Judy Oliver, our representative on the CLTSA committee said: "North Norfolk District Council is delighted that Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association has yet again been asked to host County Week an the club's ten grass courts have yet again been recognised for their superb condition.

"We are looking forward to some great tennis this week and lots of spectators.  Inspired by GB's David Cup team's quarter-final triumph we are hoping even more members of the public will take the opportunity to come and play at Cromer once the tournament is over.

The Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association has ten grass courts which are open to the public to pay and play.

For more information visit 

Norfolk’s Heritage Funding Success

Success of the Wells Maltings Trust and Mo Sheringham Museum in securing nearly £3 million pounds of Heritage Lottery Funding is fantastic news for North Norfolk.

03 July 2015
Heritage Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Wells Maltings Trust £1,917,600 and Mo Sheringham Museum £1,098,700.
Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “This is absolutely fantastic news for Wells Maltings, Mo Sheringham Museum and the area as a whole.

“North Norfolk is a great place to live and a great destination for visitors and these major heritage projects will help to make it a must see tourist destination all year round.

“The story of Wells is one which highlights the changing nature of our coast and this is an imaginative use of a historic building right in the centre of town which continues to contribute to the economy of Wells.

“The Mo Sheringham Museum has a historic fleet of life boats and fishing vessels, including an Atlantic 75 lifeboat and the grant award will help to create an education centre and ensure the Atlantic 75 lifeboat can go on permanent display.”

Cllr FitzPatrick added: “I’d like to congratulate the Wells Maltings Trust and Mo Sheringham Museum for securing the funding. The awards will help to tell the stories of Wells and Sheringham to more people while providing improved visitor attractions and an arts venue which is great for residents and attracting more people to Norfolk.”

Building Excellence award wins for North Norfolk District Council

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) scooped two awards at the 2015 East Anglia Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence awards held at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich on Friday 26 June.

30 June 2015
Three Ties Barn, Brumstead Road, Stalham

The LABC Building Excellence Awards recognise the importance of Building Control in England and Wales in creating safe, accessible and sustainable buildings that are constructed to high standards. The awards are a celebration of the best projects in the region (including Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk) for quality and compliance with building regulations.

The wins this year were for:

  • the best small housing development, awarded for Three Ties Barn Brumstead Road, Stalham,
  • the best social or affordable housing development, awarded for Goulders Lane, Felmingham.

Cllr Sue Arnold, Portfolio Holder for Planning said: “This is great news and reflects the excellent work which North Norfolk District Council Building Control team does, and showcases how they can help deliver award winning projects for their clients.”

The award winning projects will now go forward to the national awards held later this year in November.

Both categories reflect the excellent work which is on-going in delivering good quality, sustainable housing in North Norfolk.

The awards were accepted on stage by the developers accompanied by Stuart Tate, Sue Wootton, Daniel Theobald and Elliott Schubert of NNDC’s Building Control department who attended the awards ceremony.

If you would like to share in this success, why not become a partner of North Norfolk District Council Building Control?

All of our surveying team have a wealth of experience in building control and we can assist with pre-application advice and plan checking, regardless of where your project is located within the country.

Once work is in progress on site, the relevant Local Authority will take over inspection of the work in the usual way, from plans already approved by us, so you always have a consistency of approach and interpretation.

For further details of how NNDC Building Control can help with your project, contact Stuart Tate, Building Control Manager on 01263 516132.

'Poppies in Steel' commemorative sculpture unveiled

More than 150 guests attended a ceremony at our Cromer offices to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

25 June 2015
Major General Sir William Cubitt unveils 'Poppies in Steel'

The ceremony, led by Chairman, Annie Claussen-Reynolds, included the unveiling of 'Poppies in Steel', a commemorative sculpture kindly donated to us by local artist and master blacksmith, Nigel Barnett (pictured). 

Major General Sir William Cubitt (pictured), unveiled the sculpture shortly before a fly-past of a Tornado GR4 from 31 Squadron RAF Marham closed the ceremony.

Commemorative events and activities will continue across north Norfolk at dates and times of national and local importance until the centenary of the end of World War 1 on 11 November 2018.  More details can be found at our World War 1 webpages.

Scooper Heroes swoop in to tackle dog fouling

Our Scooper Heroes are taking their fight against dog fouling to Sheringham Primary and North Walsham Infant and Junior schools.

16 June 2015
Scooper Heroes swoop in to tackle dog fouling

Our Environmental Protection team are meeting parents and children at both schools during the morning and afternoon school runs on Tuesday 16 June and Thursday 18 June.  Our Deputy Leader and Scooper Hero, Angie Fitch-Tillett will be joining the team on Tuesday afternoon,

The visits are to mark this year's 'Big Scoop' campaign, run by the Dogs Trust charity.  Our Sccoper Heroes, easily recognised in yellow capes, masks and rosettes will be talking to parents about what steps we are taking to reduce the blight that is dog fouling and encouraging responsible dog ownership.  They'll be handing out stickers and free dog poo bags and will be talking about our community dog warden scheme with a view to signing up more volunteers - come along and say hello!

Smallburgh and Dilham Bowls Club awarded Big Society Funding

Smallburgh and Dilham Bowls Club is the latest community group to benefit from our Big Society Fund.

29 May 2015
Smallburgh and Dilham Bowls Cluib latest to receive Big Society Fund award

A grant of £12,000 towards a total project cost of £15,000 has enabled the club to buy and erect a new club house, connect a water and electricity supply and install paving and fencing.

The Bowls Club had to undergo an unexpected move following the re-development of its former home, the Dilham Cross Keys pub. Smallburgh Village Hall offered land on its playing field and volunteers went on to help level the new site and lay the bowling green.

Leader, Tom FitzPatrick, said: “I am delighted that NNDC’s Big Society Fund has been able to support the Bowls Club in its quest to establish a new home.

“The club has demonstrated a strong will to reach out to the community by encouraging people of all ages to take up bowls. They’ve also indicated an intention to work with Stalham Sports Centre to encourage greater participation and thus the sustainability of the club so I am very pleased to see that NNDC has been able to play a part in supporting the development of their new home and their long term future.”

Tom FitzPatrick will be attending a celebratory opening event at Smallburgh & Dilham Bowls Club at 1pm on Sunday 31 May which will be followed by a bowls match.

Do you have a community project that could benefit from funding?  Check out our Big Society Fund webpage for more information.

Cabbell Park consultation opens

We have opened a formal consultation to seek your views re lifting the open space restriction at Cabbell Park in Cromer.

27 May 2015
Open space restriction consultation opens at Cabbell Park

This consultation follows the recent unveiling of detailed plans by Cromer Group Practice and their development partner, MedCentres for a new surgery at the Cabbell Park site.

A map of the site area is available to download, together with an public notice which is scheduled to be published in the North Norfolk News on Thursday 28 May and again on Thursday 4 June 2015.  A full copy of the Trust Deed is also available.

Any objections or representations with respect to the proposed removal of the open space restriction should be sent to Steve Blatch, Corporate Director, North Norfolk District Council, Council Offices, Holt Road, Cromer. NR27 9EN or by email to be received no later than close of business on Friday 3 July 2015.

Leader of North Norfolk District Council, Tom FitzPatrick, said: “The Council is wholly supportive of the provision of new primary care facilities in Cromer and recognises that Cromer Group Practice has outgrown its existing Overstrand Road surgery and that a new facility would be of huge benefit to existing patients and future population growth in the area served by the practice.

“Our seeking of views concerning the lifting of the open space restriction is the next step towards a development that would see significant investment in improving primary care facilities while securing money from any resulting sale which will go on to be committed towards the provision of a much-needed new community sports facility for the people of Cromer.”

The Practice has been supported by the Council’s Planning Policy Team to help identify sites well-related to the town which could potentially accommodate a new surgery facility with key criteria such as size, accessibility and value for money all considered.

Despite extensive consideration of these requirements, few sites within the established boundaries of the town were deemed suitable and on this basis, the Cabbell Park site is now being further explored. Any proposals for development of a new facility on the site will be considered through the Council’s statutory planning process and which will involve further public consultation.

The Council would seek to use monies from any sale of the site to support the provision of new community sports facilities for the people of Cromer. Long-term, better equipped and more modern facilities would give local clubs the ability to expand and encourage greater participation in sport. Such a facility would also allow for the designation of open space, thus meeting the original bequest of Mrs. B E Bond Cabbell. A consultation exercise has garnered public views on four sites, the outcome of which will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on 8 June 2015.

NNDC is committed to retaining a football pitch on the Cabbell Park site for the medium term by relocating it within the site while development opportunities for a new facility are explored. In the longer term, any proposed development of the balance of the Cabbell Park site would be a matter for Cabinet consideration in conjunction with the programmed review of the North Norfolk Local Plan and again, would involve further public consultation.



Flags out for north Norfolk beaches!

Keep Britain Tidy has announced the winners of this year’s Blue Flag and Seaside Awards and once again, north Norfolk’s beaches are the place to be!

20 May 2015
Wells beach - first time winner of the Seaside Award

Flying the flag for North Norfolk’s seaside resorts this year are Sheringham, Cromer, Mundesley and Sea Palling. All four are continuing the standard of excellence that was recognised with the awards of Blue Flag status last year.

We're celebrating an extra award this year; alongside East Runton beach which has been awarded a Seaside Award for the second year running, Wells-next-the-Sea beach has won the coveted award for the first time. The Seaside Award is in recognition of high standards of beach management.

Each award-winning north Norfolk beach has scooped the awards based on offering visitors great facilities, a litter free and safe environment and, in the case of the Blue Flag awards, meeting the highest international water quality requirements.

Leader, Tom FitzPatrick, said: “We are absolutely delighted that four of North Norfolk’s Blue Flag resort beaches have retained their awards this year and it is fantastic news that Wells-next-the-Sea has joined East Runton as a Seaside Award-winning beach for the first time.

“We are immensely proud of our coastal resorts and these awards are testament to the hard work that goes on to ensure that North Norfolk beaches are among the best beaches in the country and allows us to keep the Blue Flags flying.

“Our award-winning beaches are a wonderful place for both residents and visitors to enjoy; they put North Norfolk firmly on the map as a first-class visitor destination.”

Want to hire a beach hut on one of our award-winning beaches?  Or bring the kids to the seaside for one our beach events?  See our beaches webpage for more information.


Call for entries for Graham Allen Awards 2015

Could your renovation project or new building be in line for a prestigious award?

20 May 2015
Last year's winner - Bessingham Manor

Renovation projects and new buildings that sensitively capture the distinctive character of our local architecture could be in line for a prestigious award from the Council.

North Norfolk has a history of producing high quality innovative developments and renovation projects, and entries are now being sought for this year’s Graham Allen Awards, our annual awards for excellence in conservation and design. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 30 June.

The awards were inaugurated in 1982 as a memorial to the late G.S. Allen, our first Chairman, to recognise the scheme that makes the biggest contribution to north Norfolk’s unique built heritage.

Winners have ranged from an extension to Binham Priory, refurbishment of the Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, and last year’s winner, the restoration of Bessingham Manor.

For more information, or an entry form, please visit our Graham Allen webpage or contact Paul Rhymes tel: 01263 516367, email: