Have your say about the future of rural Norfolk

the future of rural Norfolk

Norfolk County Council (NCC) and Collison and Associates Limited are working in partnership on a review of the Norfolk Rural Strategy. The partnership is inviting people who live and work in Norfolk to have their say and help shape the future of Norfolk.

Previous versions of the Norfolk Rural Strategy have been used to secure funding, such as the £9m of LEADER funding awarded to hundreds of community and small business projects across Norfolk since 2016. The previous strategy also initiated campaigns to improve rural digital connectivity and the work to develop the Norfolk Natural Capital Assets Evidence Compendium, which provides a detailed evidence base on our natural environment.

The aim of this survey is to ensure that rural Norfolk continues to thrive, setting out a blueprint to deliver a positive change for its rural communities. NCC believes that to create this positive change, partnership with the community is important and feedback from residents vital to its success.

If you would like to have your say on the future of rural Norfolk you can complete the online survey. 


Two new special schools announce public consultations ahead of opening

new special schools

Plans are progressing at speed for two new special schools currently being built in Fakenham and Great Yarmouth by Norfolk County Council as part of its £120 million programme to transform special education.

Both schools have announced their new name and confirmed the appointment of new headteachers.

And six-week public consultations have launched for both settings. These aim to give local people including parents, residents, community groups, school leaders, parent/carer organisations and others, the chance to express their views, and ask questions about a range of issues including plans for the site, access and transport, how the school will operate within the local community, and the vision and ethos.

Budget for investment and recovery agreed

Budget for investment and recovery agreed
A budget for recovery has been agreed by Norfolk County Council to support communities, the economy and the environment. A £439 million net revenue budget, a £102 million boost for roads and infrastructure and a 3.99 per cent Council Tax rise have been agreed, at the full council meeting on 22 February The decision means the council will: Today’s decision means the council will:

New service from Norfolk Libraries helping families learn from home

New service from Norfolk Libraries helping families learn from home

Families that are struggling with home learning have a new place to turn to for advice and support. Norfolk Libraries has set up a phone line which serves as a first stop for parents and carers in the county using new devices to teach their children.

The phone line aims to provide a friendly voice to families that aren’t familiar with home learning technology, including those that have received a new laptop or tablet as a result of Norfolk County Council’s ‘Every Child Online’ campaign.

Funding boost for sports facilities and green spaces in Norwich

Ketts Heights - COG media

The Greater Norwich Growth Board have recommended four new projects for approval that will give local people greater access to sports facilities and improved green spaces in the Greater Norwich area.

Two of the projects will see the creation of 3G artificial pitches at the Brundall Sports Hub and the Football Development Centre in Bowthorpe.

Kett’s Heights will receive over £300k in investment which will significantly improve access to the site with the creation of a new habitat to improve biodiversity.

The Bure Valley Path will also benefit from improved access with a new crossing over the A140 to deliver safe passage for cyclists and pedestrians, and the establishment of six circular walks.

Two existing Marriotts Way projects have also been allocated an additional £341,000 in funding.

Photograph : Martyn Oakley COG media

1 Million Trees for Norfolk – County’s ambitious planting project gets underway

National Tree Week

National Tree Week 2020

This National Tree Week (28 November – 6 December) planting starts in Norfolk County Council’s 1 Million Trees for Norfolk project.

Thousands of trees and hedge plants will be going into the ground as the first planting season in the five-year project gets underway.

The goal is for Norfolk to achieve a net gain of 1 million trees helping towards the county council’s wider ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030. This represents more than one tree per resident in the county (population of 908,000 in 2019).