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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 steve.blatch@north-norfolk.gov.uk 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: paul.rhymes@north-norfolk.gov.uk

Holt Fit and Active Community Hub launched

The first 'Community Hub' has been launched in Holt.

14 May 2015
Holt Fit and Active Community Hub launched

The Holt 'Fit and Active Community Hub', the first of its kind in north Norfolk, will be self-sustainable and will be run by two volunteers, Pauline Pattinson and Kin Hendry.

The Hub will offer Tai Chi (9.45-10.30am) Seated Exercise (11-11.45am) and Nordic Walking (2-3.30pm) every Tuesday.  Each session will cost £3.50.

The launch of the Hub follows on from our 'Sports Hubs and Clubs' project which started in January to help more local people get in to sport with a variety of different activities specifically designed for the over 50s.

East Runton is due to launch its hub in June with Monday sessions of Pilates and Tuesday belly dancing - both from 10-11am.

For more information, please email davepaulinepattinson@gmail.com or call 07500 898278.

Rinse and Recycle!

Rinse and recycle is the new message of Norfolk’s successful Recycling Revolution.

27 March 2015
Rinse and Recycle

The ‘revolution’ has meant thousands of tonnes more waste is being brought to the county’s recycling plant since £8 million of improvements were made five months ago.

This has been a great success, with an increase of 40% more waste arriving for sorting but the challenge now is to boost how much of this increase can actually be recycled by reducing contamination.

The main two contamination issues at the Norfolk recycling plant are when loads are brought in with items covered in food or liquid residue or when recyclables arrive on conveyor belts contained in carrier bags.  In both cases it means those items unfortunately cannot be recycled.

The ‘revolution’ meant a wide range of new materials could be added to recycling bins. These included plastic food pots, tubs and trays, cartons, aluminium foil and trays, envelopes and shredded paper and many homes could also recycle glass bottle and jars for the first time. 

Taking just a couple of extra minutes to rinse out your recycling with water is really important.  If you collect recycling in a bag or use a bag to carry it outside to your recycling bin, please remember to empty the recycling out loosely and dispose of the carrier bag separately.

A new three-minute video produced at the recycling plant, which is run by Norse Environmental Waste Services (NEWS), shows how waste is sorted at the plant
and the importance of only putting the correct and cleaned recyclable items in the recycling bin.

To find out more about rinse and recycle visit www.recyclefornorfolk.org.uk or follow #rinseandrecycle on Twitter @NorthNorfolkDC

 

The Tour of Britain is coming to north Norfolk!

Fakenham Racecourse is set to host the start of the seventh stage of Britain’s biggest cycling event, the Tour of Britain, on Saturday 12 September.

19 March 2015
The Tour of Britain is coming to north Norfolk!

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

Active Norfolk, Norfolk County Council and Adnams have worked together to bring the Tour of Britain back to the region. The return of the race to the county has also been made possible by the support of Breckland Council, Broadland District Council, North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “Our unique and beautiful countryside will be a fantastic backdrop to this world-renowned spectacle. I am delighted that we have been able to secure Fakenham Racecourse as the starting point for the penultimate stage and I can’t wait to join the thousands of locals and visitors to the area that will line the route to witness such a great event".

It is likely that some 20 cycling teams will enter this year’s event, with six riders per team, and at least half of those riders having recently completed the world’s biggest cycling race, the Tour de France.

North Norfolk District Council will be organising many activities to entertain spectators wishing to catch a glimpse of their cycling idols. It will be a fantastic opportunity for locals and visitors to the district to get close to some of the household names that played such a significant part in Team GB’s hugely successful London 2012 Olympics.

Supporting Isla in her quest to become a professional cyclist

We are supporting local athlete Isla Rush's training by giving her free use of the gym and pool at Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre in Sheringham.

19 March 2015
Isla Rush given free pass for Splash Leisure Centre

16-year old Isla competes in Track, Road and Time Trials cycling. She already has an impressive portfolio of accolades under her belt and is currently ranked 10th in the country of her age group (Youth A girls). Isla’s accolades have included representing the Eastern Region twice at the UK School Games (Road inter-regionals 2013, Track inter-regionals 2014), as well as cycling for the Eastern Region at Road inter-regionals. She also holds titles of being the 2013 U14 Girls National Circuit, 25 Mile and Hill Climb Champion.

Together with Places for People, we are supporting Isla’s training by giving her free use of the gym and pool at Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre.  We are committed to showing strong support for athletes in the local community to help them reach their potential.

Good luck, Isla!

Cromer wins coveted Pier of the Year award for 2015!

Our beautiful, much-loved iconic Pier has been voted Pier Of The Year 2015 by the members of the National Piers Society.

17 March 2015
Award winning Cromer Pier

Cromer Pier is in its 114th year. It was designed by John James Webster (1845-1914). Initially a toll of 2d (1p) was levied, rising to 4d when concerts were given on the bandstand. In due course this was roofed over and converted into a roller skating rink. 

Astonishingly the Pavilion Theatre has survived ever since and is now home to the UK’s last surviving End Of The Pier show which runs twice daily for 13 weeks in the summer and 4 weeks at Christmas.  Only four other pier theatres survive in the UK.

Cromer Pier is picturesquely situated below the Victorian splendour of the Hotel de Paris, where Oscar Wilde stayed in 1892 and Stephen Fry worked as a waiter in the 1970s. Children (and adults!) love to fish for crabs from its decks. An RNLI lifeboat station at the pier head contains a museum and shop. The pier has been used in films such as Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, and will feature in a forthcoming BBC drama series Partners In Crime, starring David Walliams and Jessica (Call The Midwife) Raine.

The pier sustained severe damage during the winter storms of 2013, and yet despite the battering, it was up and running again within a week of the storm.  Almost £2m has been invested in the pier recently to repair and refurbish it, returning this signifcant part of not just Cromer, but north Norfolk, to its former glory.

Big Society Funds awarded to local community groups

Our Big Society Fund Grant Panel has awarded funding totalling £49,000 to eight community projects across North Norfolk.

17 March 2015
More money awarded from Council's Big Society Fund

The Big Society Fund was set up 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 include: Southrepps Parish Council (£5,372), Ingworth Parish Council (£7,500) and Sculthorpe Parish Council (£7,500) for projects to improve play provision.

Grants to improve facilities and help support the sustainability of village halls were given to Kettlestone (£6,000) and Ludham (£4,500).

A grant of £7,500 was awarded to Wells Town Tennis Club towards a replacement club house with toilets. The Panel heard that this would improve the facilities for all users of the tennis club as well as encourage the local community, in particular, children and people with learning disabilities interested in playing tennis. The club house will also be available as a meeting venue for the local community.

St Andrews Church Hall in Holt will receive a grant of £2,628 towards new chairs at the hall which will benefit people attending community events and activities.

A grant of £8,000 was awarded to Stalham Town Council towards an intergenerational community project which will include the creation of a heritage trail with interpretation boards sited at key locations in Stalham.

If you have an idea or a project that you wish to develop and apply for funding, you are encouraged to get in touch with Sonia Shuter tel. 01263 516173, email supporting.communities@north-norfolk.gov.uk) or visit our Big Society Fund webpage.

NNDC - 'strong and ambitious' council

We've recently undertaken a peer review for an independent, objective assessment of our performance, particularly focusing on economic growth and housing.

11 March 2015
NNDC - 'strong and ambitious' council

The review found that we are a strong and ambitious council which through innovation we are improving services to benefit local residents and businesses whilst stimulating growth. It was also recognised that we have a strong and visible political and managerial leadership with a clear strategic direction and alignment of resources.

Particular praise was given to:

  • Our exemplary response and leading role in the 2013 storms which demonstrated strong community leadership and resilience.
  • The successful push on empty homes which is providing additional housing for residents.
  • Our commitment to working well with Town and Parish Councils, for example, the close liaison in response to the Fakenham fire in May 2014, flood relief and the storms of 2013 where the Council “moved heaven and earth”.
  • Being an ambitious council with a positive attitude for change and strong record of achievement by working in new ways.
  • Our spirit of innovation as evidenced by the eastlaw legal service which has been described by partners as “excellent” in providing in-house and external services.
  • Introducing a ‘housing incentive delivery scheme’ that works with developers to promote development and where appropriate, relax affordable housing requirements which has stimulated the number of houses built in the district.
  • Positively intervening to retain local businesses and their expansion requirements. A good example of this was the council’s support to the expansion of Kinnertons in Fakenham. This created 90 new jobs and new investment of £25m into the local economy.

The purpose of the review was also to identify recommendations for improvement in the areas of economic growth and business transformation.

Suggestions for improvement included:

  • Ensuring broadband in the district remains competitively fast and attractive for future investment.
  • Consideration to develop a distinctive place and brand that markets the area.
  • Whilst it was recognised that the economy of North Norfolk is comparatively strong, there are still considerations to improve this even further with an economic growth strategy.

The full peer review and findings are available to download.