Funding boost for sports facilities and green spaces in Norwich

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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.

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Beryl e-Scooters rolled out across Norwich

Beryl e-Scooters rolled out across Norwich

Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for highways and infrastructure has welcomed the roll out of Beryl e-Scooters across Norwich.

As part of the agreed 12-month trial with Norfolk County Council and the Department of Transport (DfT), Beryl will slowly introduce up to 100 e-Scooters available for hire alongside their existing bicycles and e-Bikes through the free to download Beryl App.

The introduction of the Beryl e-Scooter will see Norwich become the first city in the UK to have access to a three-tiered vehicle scheme, allowing residents and visitors to the area a chance to take safe, affordable and connected journeys in a range of ways. During the trial period, e-Scooter riders will be required to provide a valid UK Driving License to participate and asked to provide feedback on their experiences to inform central government.

Beryl e-Scooters can be used on roads, cycle lanes, carriageways and other areas where cycling is permitted but not on pavements. Every Beryl e-Scooter has vehicle approval from the DfT, ensuring it meets the highest safety standards.

Councillor Wilby, said: “I am delighted to see the first e-scooters arrive on the streets of Norwich, bringing further sustainable transport options to an even wider range of people and supporting our shared aims to reduce pollution and congestion across the city.”

 “It’s important to note that while this is a government-backed trial, it is still illegal to use privately owned e-scooters on the highway. Safety will be of paramount importance, which is why we are introducing the scooters gradually, in a controlled manner. We’ve already put a number of measures in place and will be working closely with the police and key local stakeholders to ensure their use is appropriate and does not impact negatively on the wider community.”