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Norfolk Citizens Advice Grants for Individuals database

Norfolk Citizens Advice has launched their Grants for Individuals in Need database.  The database contains largely small local grant giving organisations that operate in Norfolk.

Visit Grants — Norfolk Citizens Advice (ncab.org.uk) for more information

His Royal Highness, Prince Philip

With much sadness, His Royal Highness Prince Philip passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.  Our thoughts are with Her majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.

An ebook of condolence will be available from tomorrow (10/4/2021) on the Royal website www.royal.uk

Messages of condolence can be emailed to the district council at [email protected]  All messages will be archived following the period of mourning.

Notice of Road Closure (16th – 19th April and 23rd – 26th April 2021)

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the A1067 Fakenham Road from its junction with Weston Hall Road to its junction with St Faiths Close in the PARISH OF GREAT WITCHINGHAM because of carriageway resurfacing works.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) between 19:00 and 06:00 hours from 16th April 2021 to 19th April 2021 and from 23rd April 2021 to 26th April 2021 for the duration of the works, expected to be 6 nights within the period.

Alternative route is via: A1067 Fakenham Road/ Sparham Hill/ Main Road/ Norwich Road/ Pensthorpe Road/ Clipbush Lane, A148 Fakenham Bypass, A1065 Raynham Road/ Gravelpit Hill/ Swaffham Road/ Fakenham Road/ Castleacre Road, A47, A1074 Dereham Road, A140 Sweet Briar Road, A1067 Drayton High Road/ Fakenham Road/ Norwich Road (Honingham, Ryburgh, Costessey, Stibbard, Fakenham, Morton on the Hill, Necton, Great Witchingham, Newton By Castle Acre, Sparham, Weasenham St. Peter, Pudding Norton, Kettlestone, Wendling, Hellesdon, Dunton, Taverham, East Tuddenham, Lexham, Scarning, Attlebridge, Foxley, Swaffham, Weston Longville, Easton, Dereham, Fransham, Sculthorpe, Guist, Wellingham, Bawdeswell, Hockering, South Acre, Twyford, Hempton, Drayton, Raynham, Weasenham All Saints, North Tuddenham, Sporle with Palgrave).

The person dealing with enquires is Alison Wilton (01603 222591)

Safer Neighbourhood Team’s local priorities for your area

The Safer Neighbourhood Team held a virtual public meeting to discuss the setting of local priorities for Reepham and surrounding areas and they were agreed as:

  • Speeding and Road Safety
  • Scam/Fraud Awareness to include cold callers

Local police will be focussing on these areas and if you have any information or concerns, they would like you to contact them on [email protected]

Click here for more contact details

Share your thoughts on Norfolk’s recycling centres

Norfolk County Council’s annual recycling centre survey enables householders to provide feedback about the recycling centres. The survey is run each year to give them a picture of what is working well, what could be improved and how residents are using the centres. The survey runs until 31 March 2021.  Even if you don’t use them, they would like to hear from you so that they can understand why. Link to survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/norfolk-recycling-centre-survey-2021/

Help shape Norfolk’s Rural Strategy

NCC are updating Norfolk’s Rural Strategy, and the team there want to hear your views on a vision for rural Norfolk in the coming years. Please click here to find out more and to give your feedback in the survey. The proposed principles are to:

  • Be ambitious for Rural Norfolk so it delivers quality of life for all age groups
  • Make the case for Rural Norfolk to decision makers at every level – from local to national
  • Ensure businesses, communities and partners have access to the data and evidence to make the case for investment in Rural Norfolk
  • Learn from other areas and build on successful models of rural development elsewhere.

If you would like to also submit documents to support your response (such as a report or a case study which could help make the case for investment) email it to [email protected] . If you have queries, email or call  0344 800 8020. This survey closes on Friday 19 March.

New grants available for Broadland businesses

New business grants from £2,000 to £20,000 are available to support large, small and micro businesses from South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils through the second phase of its discretionary business grant.

The Councils welcome applications from South Norfolk and Broadland businesses of any size, whether home based or based in business premises, business rated or not rated, self-employed or employing staff. They are particularly keen to hear from businesses that have so far been unable to receive any COVID-19 financial support.

To qualify for the Additional Restrictions Grant, businesses must have experienced a loss of income (turnover) of at least 20% or £40,000 and fall into one of the following categories:

  1. A rated business that did not qualify for Local Restrictions Support Grant payments during national lockdowns or local restrictions
  2. A business that has so far been unable to receive any COVID-19 financial support – including businesses with premises which are not business-rated, or without its own business rating
  3. A business that employs 10 or more full-time equivalent employees and wishes to request a top-up to a previous Local Restrictions Support Grant award

Any business that needs support is encouraged to get in touch to find out what funding they may be eligible for. Please share with your business networks and fellow business owners.

To find out more and apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant or another business grant visit  www.broadland.gov.uk/coronavirus/businesses

Census 2021

The decennial census is almost upon us.

Households across Norfolk will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is March 21.

In Norfolk there are plans for a number of Census completion events to be held where Census staff will be deployed to assist residents with completing the Census questionnaire. (Clearly these will only be provisional until Covid restrictions at that time are known.)

If there are any suggestions of suitable locations in Norfolk for completion events please contact Paul Walmsley ONS Census Engagement Manager – [email protected]

For more information, visit census.gov.uk

Norfolk County Council’s Cold Winter Support scheme

The scheme aims to offers a package of support to help give families peace of mind in the run up to Christmas and over the winter months by helping those suffering from financial hardship due to Covid-19.  The support includes food vouchers for the school’s holidays and emergency food ingredient boxes, as well as help with fuel costs and everyday living expenses.  Please click here for more information.

Casual Vacancy for Councillor

Weston Longville Parish Council is looking to co-opt a new parish councillor to fill a vacancy.   This is an exciting time to join and we would love to hear from you if you fit the following criteria and would like to make a real difference in your community.    Please contact the parish clerk ([email protected]) with a paragraph about yourself by Friday 29 January 2021 to put your name forward. Co-option will take place at the meeting on Monday 8 February 2021.

You should consider becoming a parish or town councillor if:

  • You would like to do something positive for your community
  • You would like to spend your time productively
  • You can think, listen and act locally

To become a councillor, you must satisfy the following criteria on the day you are co-opted:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a British citizen, a qualifying citizen of a Commonwealth country, a citizen of the Irish Republic, or a citizen of another member state of the European Union

You must also meet at least one of the four following qualifications on the day you are co-opted:

  • be registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which you are standing
  • have occupied as an owner or a tenant any land or premises in the local authority area in which you are standing during the whole of the 12 months before the day you are nominated
  • have had your main or only place of work during the last 12 months in the local authority area in which you are standing
  • have lived in the local authority area in which you are standing during the whole of the last 12 months