This week Mary Portas announced in her high street review that that one of the keys to ensuring people ‘shop local’ is to implement lower car parking charges. Our District Council is set to ignore this advice next year when it introduces a two-tier scheme for north Norfolk towns – increasing prices in only some towns in our district. The proposals, set to begin from next April, will leave one half of the district paying the existing amount (North Walsham, Fakenham, and Stalham) while the other half of the district is expected to foot the bill with an increased amount (Holt, Wells, Cromer and Sheringham). The reason for this seems purely because the District considers some towns better-off and affluent – believing that the tourist factor puts these towns in a better position. No statistics have been provided as yet to support this claim, and it appears neither the Chamber of Trades or Parish Councils have been fully consulted about it. The real loser of these proposals will be business, and the residents who shop in the area all year round. These successful towns succeed by enticing villagers from around the area to shop in their high streets. For example, Holt and Sheringham rely on villagers like Bodham, Baconsthorpe, and Plumstead to spend their income – and often they are not affluent shoppers. The towns rely on these people – knowing many could choose to go further afield to shop where there are more spaces and free parking. Moreover, these…
After a long period of silence from Norfolk County Council we have finally achieved a comment from Councillor Cliff Jordan in today’s Eastern Daily Press. Right of access talks: it’s now in the owner’s hands Cliff Jordan, Cabinet Member for Efficiency, Norfolk County Council Norfolk County Council has no wish to obstruct or delay a new car park for Holt, but it will not shirk its responsibility to secure a fair return for Norfolk tax payers for a valuable right of access needed by a commercial enterprise. The council’s actions have been grossly misrepresented. Far from increasing its demands or “moving the goalposts” it has negotiated in good faith while being flexible. When the owner objected to a one-off capital payment, it was the council that proposed a profit sharing approach. Various proposals have been put on the table, but none has included a demand by the council of anything close to the reported “20-30 percent of gross profits” – although that is the scale of contribution that a private owner of the access strip might have expected. In September the council made its recent proposal, varying an offer made to the site owner, in part simply to link payments to inflation. The council has received no formal response to this. Instead, the owner decided to pursue a claim, which he made earlier, that the access he needs is covered by a Public Right of Way. Unfortunately, legally securing a Public Right of Way involves a protracted legal process in…
A letter from North Norfolk Labour Party in the Eastern Daily Press today.
A story in the EDP about the Cromer Crab Company provides hope for workers at the factory.
The Keep It Cromer petition handover was reported in the EDP this morning. The article is below.
North Norfolk Labour Party’s Keep It Cromer campaign has been reported on the New Statesman magazine’s website this weekend. Rowenna Davis, who visited Cromer to report for The Observer, included a piece in her blog on the website. She called the campaign a “grassroots lesson for Labour” that the “rest of Labour should take note” of. You can read the full article here on the New Statesman website.
Saturday’s event appeared in the EDP today. You can read more below.
Young’s have committed to keeping the Cromer Crab factory open but could not guarantee that the 230 jobs would remain. The report is in the EDP today and mentions Labour’s rally on Saturday.