Date published: 5th February 2020
North Norfolk District Council met local businesses in North Walsham to hear the concerns of those affected by the gas mains works undertaken by tRIIO, for Cadent Gas Limited.
Economic Development Officer, Stewart Damonsing said: “We have listened to the concerns of businesses and are working continually to support them by putting measures in place to help minimise the disruption and encourage footfall around the town. We would like to remind shoppers that North Walsham is open for business and that it is important to continue supporting the shops and businesses especially those on Mundesley Road, Market Street and Vicarage Street who have been particularly affected during the early phase of works.”
Despite the disruptions to the town centre, local businesses and shoppers are continuing with business as usual, and signage has been put in place to remind visitors that all car parks remain open. The Council has also removed short-stay parking charges by offering two-hours free parking in the Vicarage Street and Bank Loke car parks.
NNDC is already committed to supporting the vitality and vibrancy of the town centre through the Heritage Action Zone funding, which will see the Council and a range of partners make significant investment in the town centre environment following the completion of the gas main works.
The works undertaken by tRIIO are futureproofing North Walsham’s gas infrastructure. The aging piping is to be replaced with durable new pipes that have an operational lifetime of over 80 years.
North Walsham Town Council, who operate the market, may have to consider its temporary relocation as works are carried out on the Market Place. For the weeks it could potentially not operate from its regular location, NNDC is prepared to accommodate the Market in the Bank Loke Car Park, if the request is made by the Town Council.
Work on the Market Place is not expected to begin until March.
North Norfolk District Council will meet again this week with North Walsham businesses as part of ongoing support.
Last updated: 5th February 2020