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Date published: 22nd November 2019

North Walsham is about to embark on an exciting scheme to renew its historic town centre. The nearly £2 million programme of work is designed to secure lasting improvements for the town’s historic core and the communities who use it.

Funding of up to £975,000 has been secured from the Historic England Programme with North Norfolk District Council committed to matching this sum through a decision taken at Full Council on 20th November. The four-year scheme will begin in April 2020 with a range of projects to restore and enhance the town’s historic character, making it a more attractive, engaging and vibrant place for residents and visitors.

Over the next few weeks, North Norfolk District Council will be working closely with the Town Council and Regenerate North Walsham (RNW CIC) to develop a wide range of proposals that will include projects such as grants for the repair and restoration of key heritage buildings and support for local businesses.

It will also build on the improvements to public spaces already started as part of North Norfolk District Council’s Market Town Initiative. This work is already transforming St Nicholas Court into an open space for local events and activities and this new funding will carry these improvements through the town’s Market Place and lokes.

Alongside these physical works there will also be a number of to community-led programmes to bring the town’s rich history to life. A consortium of cultural groups and community organisations, such as the North Walsham Heritage Group and Paston College, will also help bring the town to life.

Regenerate North Walsham CIC director Bob Wright said: “This grant and NNDC’s match funding, will enable North Walsham to enhance our historical town centre and promote its heritage, making it a more attractive and interesting place to live, work and visit. North Walsham is delighted that Historic England chose us for this funding as one of just 69 towns selected across the UK”

An NNDC spokesperson said “North Walsham is a wonderful market town, with a rich medieval history, beautiful Georgian architecture and associations with Nelson and the Paston family. Working closely with a range of community groups, this funding will embed these stories into the heart of North Walsham’s town centre creating a social, cultural and economic hub for the area.”

The programme has been designed with North Walsham’s community at its heart and consultation is being carried out throughout the process. Local community groups are encouraging people to get involved and add their voice to help shape the future of the town centre by visiting North Walsham Market on a Thursday, completing the online survey by visiting the community shop or Café Kitale in St Nicholas Court.

Last updated: 26th November 2019