You are here : Home > Council & Democracy > Council Information > Latest News

Latest News

Coastal Community Funding Boost for Sheringham and Blakeney Welcomed

20 January 2017
Coastal Community Funding Boost for Sheringham and Blakeney Welcomed
Photo credit: christaylorphoto.co.uk

Two bids supported by North Norfolk District Council to fund ‘Coastal Community Teams’ have been given the green light today by Government.

The successful bids for Sheringham and Blakeney Channel will receive £10,000 each from Government and become part of a nationwide network of Coastal Community Teams.

Today’s announcement brings the total number of Coastal Community Teams to four in North Norfolk. Back in 2015 CCT funding was approved for Wells-next-the-Sea and the ‘Deep History Coast’ (Weybourne to Cart Gap – centred on Cromer) The bid for Blakeney is a consortium of local organisations primarily concerned with addressing the navigation of the Channel. The Sheringham bid is for a wide range of community organisations to work together to develop innovative ways of maintaining the vitality of the town centre.

In Sheringham, the money for the Coastal Community Team will be used to develop ideas to help keep the town centre and the seafront vibrant and attractive, for example by exploring options for improvinglighting on the promenade and possible measures to better accommodate pedestrians in the town centre.

The Sheringham Coastal Community Team will involve Sheringham Town Council, Sheringham Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Norfolk County Council.

In Blakeney the grant will be used to develop a plan for the management of the marine waters inland of Blakeney Point. The first stage of the project will be to develop an Economic Plan, which has to be submitted to the Department by 31st March 2017.

The Blakeney team is keen to involve stakeholders and other interested parties of the local community in this project. The Team membership and structure is currently being developed, with an initial public meeting planned for 21st February 2017 in order to communicate the objectives of the project and to invite comments and volunteers.

The Team plans to communicate further details of this project once the membership of the Team has been formed and following feedback from the community.

The Coastal Community Team initiative is to provide a catalyst for local people to get together to address the needs of their areas and help improve local economic prospects. North Norfolk District Council is happy to support these new teams, to provide help and advice and further assistance in applying for further funding to help put the ideas into action.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “Sheringham and Blakeney are great locations. North Norfolk has fantastic towns and coastline and has such a lot to offer residents and tourists alike.

“These grants will help Sheringham and Blakeney to develop new projects and schemes which will benefit the economy of the area.”

Council calls on ‘Absent Voters’ to refresh their signatures

19 January 2017
Absent voters call to refresh your signatures

Keep your right to a vote

More than 2,500 people defined as ‘long-term absent voters’ will receive letters later this month from North Norfolk District Council asking them to return a form showing their fresh signature.

The letters will be sent out from 19 January to postal voters and anyone who has a postal proxy vote, whose signatures have been held for more than five years and not updated in that time. Anyone in this category who wants to remain an ‘absent voter’ will need to send in a new signature.

Returning the completed form by 2 March will ensure absent voters remain eligible to vote by post in future elections. However, reminder notices will be sent to those who have not returned their form by 9 February. If the deadline of 2 March is missed, their right to an absent vote will be removed and they will be required to complete a new absent voter application form if they wish to vote by post in the future.

Anyone with concerns about the process should contact Electoral Services at register@north-norfolk.gov.uk or by telephone on 01263 516046.

Storm surge clean-up operation – heartfelt thanks from North Norfolk District Council

18 January 2017
Storm surge clean-up operation – heartfelt thanks from North Norfolk District Council

Efforts across the district recognised by Council leader

Leaders at North Norfolk District Council have said a big thankyou to the wide range of agencies, individuals, rescue services and volunteers who have contributed to the clean-up following the storm surge of January 13.

With several communities affected to different levels of severity along the coastline, the project has been wide ranging and involved many organisations.

Work is still ongoing and the latest news as of Wednesday is that Cromer promenade is fully open from east to west with public access along its entirety. Among various elements of today’s efforts, clean up works have continued and a rope access team has been working under the pier to conduct repairs.

There will be a need for repairs over the next few weeks at various locations along the coastline, including to missing handrails and access steps. Localised promenade closures will be in place when these works are undertaken.

Leader of North Norfolk District Council, Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, said: “The pre-surge work of warning, preparing and informing, which was carried out by a huge number of people, was an excellent example of careful advance planning and teamwork on the day.

“It demonstrated the best of public service, with many staff putting in long hours in difficult conditions to ensure the safety of residents in our coastal communities at a time of real challenge.

“Since then the work which has been carried out, again by a large cohort of organisations, has been impressive and should be a source of great pride to the district as a whole.

“I want to say a very heartfelt thank you to all those involved, your efforts have been enormous and there is a palpable sense of gratitude among those people I have spoken to on the ground.”

Public drop in session success at Mundesley

18 January 2017
Public drop in session success at Mundesley

Hundreds of people attended the Mundesley Coast Management Scheme drop in session yesterday Tuesday 17 January.

The public drop in session and exhibition was held at Coronation Hall in Mundesley on Tuesday 17 January from 2pm to 7.30pm.

An outline business case for Mundesley Coast Management Scheme is being developed to help attract funding and gain approval for the work. It is expected that the final scheme will cost between £1 million and £1.5 million pounds.

The public drop-in session helped to explain what options have been shortlisted for further consideration for the scheme and what the next steps will be.

The event explained the need for the scheme, what is and isn’t possible; helped raise awareness of how coastal management schemes are funded and what the next steps are, and enabled people to give feedback on the shortlisted options.

Cllr Angie Fitch-Tillett, Cabinet Member for the Coastal Management and Environmental Services at North Norfolk District Council said: “I would like to thank people for attending in the numbers they did. All the information from the day is now on our website and we will be contacting people shortly to keep them updated.”

“We spend around £310,000 every year to maintain 21 miles of coastline that’s £14,700 a mile. On top of this defences do require more substantial investment and in order to do this we have put an additional £300,000 of district council funding towards this scheme to help secure further government funds.”

The scheme is in the outline stage and the more detailed proposals are being finalised this Spring.

Public Inquiry – Sculthorpe

18 January 2017
Public Inquiry – Sculthorpe

A Public Inquiry will be held in April into a planning application to build more than 200 homes at Sculthorpe which was turned down by North Norfolk District Council.

The public inquiry, which will be held in the Council Chamber at North Norfolk District Council’s offices at Holt Road, Cromer, is due to be held on the 25 April 2017 and is scheduled to last for six days.

The planning application by Amstel Group Corporation Ltd was for 71 homes, a new access road, side rounds drainage works, play areas, landscaping works in phase 1; with a further 129 homes, primary school, community centre, play area.

North Norfolk District Council Development Committee refused the planning application in January 2016 because it was against planning policy as the area was designated as an area of open countryside; too far from local services or facilities and that it would cause harm to heritage assets including the character and appearance of Sculthorpe Conservation Area.

A planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State will lead the public inquiry into the appeal. Members of the public will be invited to attend the inquiry and can, if the inspector allows, express their views.

Cllr Sue Arnold, Cabinet Member for Planning said: “It’s vital that the local issues and concerns are fully taken into account when deciding planning applications and it’s my sincere hope that the public inquiry respects the views of the communities and upholds the decisions of the local planning authority, who are well placed to be able to understand what is best for their area and reflect local feelings.”

If you would like to look at the appeals please go to the Planning Inspectorate website https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk and search for APP/Y2620/W/16/3150860

Flood Update - Clear Up Operation

14 January 2017
Cromer Pier

A clear up operation is underway this weekend following Friday night’s high tide and gale force winds.

Officers from North Norfolk District Council have been out assisting people overnight and have been out today checking for damage along the North Norfolk seafront and promenades.

  • At Walcott 23 people used the Stalham Rest Centre overnight and have now returned to their homes.
  • Cromer Pier has been closed for safety checks and a damage assessment;
  • NNDC property and coastal teams have been out to check the Pier, Cromer Promenade, Mundesley Promenade and the seafront at Overstrand, Sheringham and further west to Cley, Blakeney and Wells.
  • Cromer West and East Promenade – focus on clearing the debris;
  • Cromer sea walls have not been damaged.
  • Cromer Pier has suffered some damage from the impact of the waves and contractors have been called out to assess the extent of that damage. It is likely that the Pier will remain closed until Monday. Renosteel are working on the Pier decking at the Pier entrance and the west side of the raised decking.
  • Officers from NNDC are hopeful of opening the central area of Cromer Prom on Sunday
  • Some beach huts at Cromer East and West Beach have been lost and there is damage to doors of chalets on the Prom
  • West Prom – it is likely that this section of the prom will need to remain closed until into next week because of damage to the surface of the promenade, the sea walls are undamaged.
  • Sheringham Prom – debris on the promenade is being cleared today, Saturday.
  • Overstrand – some beach huts have been lost along with railings in front of the promenade

At this stage the advice is that people need to be careful on beaches and cliff tops and please respect any signs advising that the area has been cordoned off, as this is for their safety.

Coastal management team officers are also concerned that people are accessing the promenade at Overstrand via Clifton Way and this is dangerous.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “We are out in force today to assess and repair the damage caused by the storm surge and I would like to urge people to respect the safety signs.

“Staff have been working alongside the community flood wardens, police, fire and coastguard to help our communities in the face of the surge and gale force winds; and for our teams the focus now is on helping the community to clear the debris and get everything safe and open to the public as quickly as possible.”

Waterside Ward District by-election

13 January 2017
Waterside Ward District by-election

Nominations have closed for the North Norfolk District Council by-election which will be held in Waterside ward next month.

Four candidates will contest the election. They are Tony Lumbard (Conservative), Marion Millership (Liberal Democrat), David Russell (Labour) and Barry Whitehouse (UK Independence Party).

The by-election will be held on February 9.

The Statement of Persons Nominated can be found here:

Statement of Persons Nominated (PDF)

Mundesley Coast Management Scheme – Public Drop-in Session

6 January 2017
Mundesley Coast Management Scheme – Public Drop-in Session

Outline proposals for the Mundesley Coast Management Scheme will go on public display on Tuesday 17 January.

The public drop in session and exhibition will be held at Coronation Hall in Mundesley on Tuesday 17 January from 2pm to 7.30pm.

An outline business case for Mundesley Coast Management Scheme is being developed to help attract funding and gain approval for the work. It is expected that the final scheme will cost between £1 million and £1.5 million pounds.

The public drop-in session will explain what options have been shortlisted for further consideration for the scheme and what the next steps will be.

It is hoped the event will help people understand the need for the scheme, what is and isn’t possible; be aware of how coastal management schemes are funded, enable people to give feedback on the shortlisted options and understand what the next steps are.

People are invited to drop into the event and speak to a member of the North Norfolk District Council coastal management team to find out more about coastal management options for Mundesley.

Cllr Angie Fitch-Tillett, Cabinet Member for the Coast and Countryside at North Norfolk District Council said: “Coastal management is an ongoing process. The Mundesley Scheme has been included in the Environment Agency’s six year programme and this is the next step in the process.”

“We spend around £310,000 every year to maintain 21 miles of coastline that’s £14,700 a mile. On top of this defences do require more substantial investment and in order to do this we have put an additional £300,000 of district council funding towards this scheme to help secure further government funds.”

The scheme is in the outline stage and this is an opportunity to find out more about coastal management, what it means for Mundesley and what options are being shortlisted for a proposed scheme.

North Norfolk District Council will host a 1960s Revival Festival on Cromer Pier

3 January 2017
BT consultation on payphones

When Britannia Ruled The Airwaves – Celebration of the Sixties

From The Beatles through to Thunderbirds, from mini-Skirts to mopeds – if you remember the 1960s then come and celebrate in Cromer next year.

The 60s festival will be held on Cromer Pier and along the promenade on St George’s Day - 23 April 2017 to mark the decade when Britain was truly leading the way in music, fashion and the arts.

The community event will be hosted on Cromer Pier and Promenade on St George’s Day and feature a display of memorabilia, music and fashion.

With a mixture of stalls, displays, exhibitions and music the festival promises to be one which will grab people’s imagination and showcase all that is still Great about Britain.

Cllr Maggie Prior, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Health and Wellbeing, at North Norfolk District Council said: “Our hope is that this community event will be popular and become a regular highlight in the North Norfolk festival calendar. The 1960s showcased all that this country is great at – and what better day to hold it than St George’s Day!”

Cllr Nigel Pearce, Ward Member for Suffield Park, Cromer who has championed and promoted the 60s festival for Cromer, said: “The 1960s is the decade when Britain led the world in music and fashion; it was a decade of mods, rockers and the mini-skirt.

“The Beatles became the global musical force and they still are very relevant and powerful today helping to influence music and social attitudes; they went outside of music and helped to shape today’s society in ways we may not still understand. The 1960s caught the world’s imagination and put Britain at the top, my hope is that this festival does the same for Cromer.”

“All of today’s popular culture owes a debt of gratitude to these pioneers from the 60s era and the hope is that the festival captures just a part of that energy and enthusiasm.”

We want people to join in the day, bringing in their memorabilia – clothes, photographs, and stories with everything related to that magical decade.

This event promises to capture the sights and sounds of the sixties with music on the day provided in the Theatre and by Rock The Lobster, a charitable group for promoting unseen and unheard musical talent. They will be playing songs from the 60s at the entrance to the Pier.

The event will feature:
  • A collection of photographs and memorabilia in the Theatre and the bar at the end of the Pier
  • Public memorabilia and their stories in Tides Restaurant at the front of the Pier
  • A music and video tribute to the 1960s in the Theatre
  • A display of Gerry Anderson memorabilia featuring Stingray, Thunderbirds, Supercar, Fireball XL 5, Captain Scarlet and more
  • A display of Beatles’ memorabilia including records, CDs, DVDs, books and more
  • Mopeds, scooters and motorbikes on the Pier
  • BBC Radio Norfolk’s Wally Webb complete with Lambretta and Parka coat

Organisers are looking for people to share their memories of Cromer from the 1960s and if you have photographs and stories that you would like to put into the exhibition please contact Cllr Pearce on 07733056067. There will be a video diary on the day for people to share their stories of the sixties.

Cllr Pearce added: “If any vintage clothing shops or 60s fashion inspired labels would like to take part by organising a 60s inspired fashion show on the Pier we’d love to hear from them. We also hope that the public will take part by dressing up for the day in 60s gear so that the whole area can celebrate the era when "Britannia ruled the waves"

Rory Holburn, Director of Openwide which currently manages the Pier for the Council said: "Openwide are delighted to be working with North Norfolk District Council to continue to grow Cromer Pier’s events calendar attracting new and diverse visitors to the region and adding yet more appeal for local residents to delight in.

“From a Pier that used to offer only a short summer season Cromer now has an all year round attraction bringing life and vibrancy to the local economy. This new 60s event has the potential to grow into another full weekend in the North Norfolk diary”.