South Norfolk Help Hub Bulletin 37

Please see attached edition 37 of the South Help Hub bi-weekly bulletin – south norfolk help hub bulletin 18012019 (1)

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Temporary closure of Hempnall Road in the Parish of Long Stratton

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL has made a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the footpath Long Stratton FP1 from its junction with A140 Norwich Road to its junction with B1527 Hempnall Road in the PARISH OF LONG STRATTON because of utility works and site clearance works in advance of construction of a new roundabout.

The footpath will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 28th January 2019 to 1st February 2019 for the duration of the works, expected to be 5 days within the period. Further details attached – long stratton stro2321 hm (footpath) (1)

Would you pay more for policing in Norfolk? Consultation now live.

As he launches the 2019/20 police budget and council tax consultation, Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green asks….

Would you be prepared to pay more for policing in Norfolk?

The PCC will soon have to decide whether to increase or freeze the policing element of council tax. First, he wants to know what the Norfolk public thinks and is asking how much people would be willing to pay.

“I want to hear from the people of Norfolk. Do you support keeping the policing part of the council tax at last year’s level, or do you support a rise? And, if so, how much would you be prepared to pay?” asked Lorne.

“I have spent a great deal of time over the past year listening to Norfolk communities. They tell me not only do they want to be safe, they want to feel safe. Our constabulary has a responsibility to offer that assurance in our homes, on our streets and in our communities.

“At the same time I recognise the financial situation for policing continues to be extremely challenging. The nature of crime continues to change and is becoming more complex. Ahead of December’s police funding announcement, I made representations to the Home Secretary, Policing Minister and Secretary to the Treasury to impress upon them just how serious the financial picture here in Norfolk is and the threat it poses to our policing service.

“The Chief Constable has told me that a precept freeze would, inevitably, lead to police officer and staff reductions. He has also said that were I to raise the council tax by the maximum amount of 46 pence a week, this would allow significant investment in the force, including the addition of 40 extra officers. I would urge people to listen to what the Chief Constable has to say before having their say.

“To help inform my budget decision, I would like to know your views. Some 56% of Norfolk’s policing budget is funded by central government, meaning your council tax makes up the rest – so I want all Norfolk residents to have the opportunity to have their say.”

For more information and to have your say, please visit www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk.

There will also be a chance to give your views when the PCC and Chief Constable Simon Bailey answer questions from the public at their first Q&A session of 2019. Lorne will host the event at The Forum in Norwich on Wednesday 9 January from 6pm.

Recruitment to Norfolk Local Access Forum

Norfolk Local Access Forum is seeking new members.  

The Norfolk Local Access Forum is comprised of up to 22 people covering a range of interests in countryside access in Norfolk, including walking; cycling; horse riding; landowners; conservation; other interests (including health, tourism, business, access for all, heritage, education). The Forum provides independent advice to a number of organisations including Norfolk County Council on improving access to land in Norfolk.

We are looking for enthusiastic and proactive people with a passion for the outdoors with good communication skills to fill 5 vacancies on the Forum. In particular, we are keen to find new members from the following interest areas: landowners and managers, younger people (or those who can represent young people), equestrians and local business/tourism.

Further information and a link to the online recruitment form can be found here: www.norfolk.gov.uk/nlaf
If you have any queries, please email nlaf@norfolk.gov.uk or contact 0344 800 8020

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2019. 

Yes, you can get better broadband now!

South Norfolk Council and our partner InTouch Systems (www.itswisp.co.uk) have been working together to make fast wireless broadband available to everyone in South Norfolk.

InTouch Systems’ hassle-free service gives you download speeds to get you streaming and gaming, generous data allowances (more than you need we think) and a robust network built with the latest technology.  Further details attached – SNC and InTouch Systems Poster