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Date published: 25th February 2021

North Norfolk District Council’s budget for 2021-22 was approved at last night’s Full Council meeting.

Councillors voted after a debate to approve the proposed budget, which includes a freeze on NNDC’s Council Tax precept residents will be asked to pay and a commitment not to reduce any key services.

Parking charges in Council-run car parks will not increase and the budget agreed will also see the Council inject £550,000 into its reserves, to help ensure key NNDC projects are delivered effectively during the financial year.

These include:

- New leisure centre to open in Sheringham in August and within budget

- Roll-out of a £1.4m programme to support more affordable homes

- Tree planting scheme to plant 110,000 trees in North Norfolk by 2023 under Council’s Green agenda to continue, supported by a £300,000 budget and with two dedicated environment officers appointed

- Seafront chalet refurbishments in Cromer and Sheringham with a budget of £101,000

- Implementation of £3m North Walsham Town Centre Heritage Action Zone regeneration scheme to revitalise and re-energise this important North Norfolk town centre

-  More temporary housing accommodation being obtained by the Council for residents in high housing need, with 11 properties bought or being purchased to date. This is projected to save the Council £187,000 in a full year by no longer using more expensive bed and breakfast accommodation and providing a better form of housing for homeless residents

- Information and Advice Budget doubled, with an extra £70,000 to provide support to residents who are vulnerable and/ or in need of advice and support in the current challenging environment.

Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet  Finance Portfolio holder Cllr Eric Seward highlighted the Council’s sound financial position in being able to freeze Council Tax while maintaining and improving the Council’s services. He said: “I am delighted that the Council has approved a budget that does not  burden householders at this difficult time with an increased charge for the services it provides. I am particularly pleased that the Council is able to do this whilst making no cuts to our services and continuing with our ambitious investment programme to improve them.”

Last updated: 25th February 2021