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South Norfolk Council’s Leisure Centre in Long Stratton has achieved a rating of ‘excellent’ from Quest – the industry’s go-to scheme for quality assurance.The assessment focussed on the Leisure Centre’s recovery from the pandemic and its ongoing Covid-19 security measures. A range of areas were put under the spotlight including cleanliness and hygiene, how effectively the Centre was managed, the customer experience and community engagement. South Norfolk Councillor Alison Thomas, Cabinet member for Better Lives, said: "The team at Long Stratton Leisure Centre have worked extremely hard to keep our customers safe during this pandemic and its fantastic they have received this top accreditation as recognition. It’s also an assurance to all our customers that they can continue to keep fit and healthy in a Covid-secure environment.”
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With a shared cultural history linked to the sea, beautiful beaches, historic buildings and bordered by the unique Broads National Park, Great Yarmouth Borough and East Suffolk Councils have joined forces for an exciting bid to become UK City of Culture 2025. Announced today, their bid aims to showcase the region’s rich and multi-layered culture, its diversity, its people and their creativity, experiences, buildings and landscapes, opening them up to be enjoyed and engaged with by all and creating a cultural legacy for future generations. Aiming to create a groundswell of enthusiastic support and engagement amongst everyone involved, it will play a key role in the efforts of both communities to overcome the challenges of low social mobility and disadvantage in the area, helping it to recover from the effects…
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The Norfolk Association of Architects, The Norwich Society and Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement, have launched the search for the best new architecture in the county, in the lead up to the announcement of their 2021 Norwich + Norfolk Design and Craftsmanship Awards. These biennial awards celebrate outstanding buildings and places in the county. A presentation ceremony will be held this Autumn. The awards will go to projects that are well designed, meet the needs of their users and also contribute to the public enjoyment of places. The Sir Bernard Feilden award will also be presented for the best conservation scheme in Norwich. The judges will be looking for a high standard of design and craftsmanship in their construction and finishes. The winners will also have…
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Two local councils are calling on residents and businesses to dispose of their waste responsibly, or they could face a hefty fine.In the last 12 months, Broadland District and South Norfolk Council have carried out 206 fly-tipping investigations, resulting in fines for businesses and residents who have broken the law and blighted the countryside with their waste.South Norfolk Cabinet Member for Clean and Safe Environment Councillor Michael Edney said: “We live in a beautiful part of the world and we want to keep it that way. Fly-tipping is selfish and harmful to the environment and wildlife, it blights our countryside and costs taxpayers over £50K a year to clean up. If you are caught fly-tipping, we will not hesitate to fine you.”Just this month, a mobile catering business was issued…
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Visitors to Great Yarmouth’s Market Place can now access free public wi-fi as part of the cross-Channel Go Trade project that’s helping to revitalise historic markets. Great Yarmouth Borough Council is launching the new service to enhance the town centre experience for residents and visitors alike, supporting the £4.6m Market Place redevelopment currently underway. The wi-fi is available for free out-of-doors use by residents, visitors and market traders, and can be found on mobile devices under the name “Gt Yarmouth Free Wi-Fi” within the Market Place area. A dedicated extender to boost the signal underneath the market canopy itself will be fitted as part of the redevelopment of the market facilities. Go Trade aims to support the visitor experience and offer at nine traditional markets in England and France, with…
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Residents and businesses in Hemsby are invited to take part in a consultation to explore, assess and comment on important design options for a proposed rock berm intended to help reduce coastal erosion. As part of ongoing work, Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Coastal Partnership East have been working with the community to consider ways to respond to coastal change along this dynamic stretch of coastline. With a rock berm identified with the community as the preferred short- to medium-term solution to help reduce the rate of erosion and give Hemsby extra time to adapt to change, the council commissioned independent experts Jacobs to progress an outline design, technical and environmental studies. As the next stage in the process, the whole community is now invited to take part in a…
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Big Issue founder Lord John Bird of Notting Hill and his wife Lady Parveen were in Norwich on Wednesday to do the Norwich: A Black History tour, led by Tour Guide Paul Dickson and Chairman of Norfolk Black History Month, Danny Keen. They followed in the footsteps of 'Norfolk's Black Prince', Frederick Duleep Singh and his sister Sophia, who was a leading suffragette. The tour also looked at the role of Norwich and Norfolk in the abolition of slavery movement, notably the work of Thomas Fowell Buxton, Edward Harbord 3rdLord Suffield, Amelia Opie and Harriet Martineau. There was the story of William Darby (Pablo Fanque), Britain's first black circus entrepreneur, and the impact of African-American servicemen in World War II and beyond was discussed. Lord Bird also met up with…
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Great Yarmouth Borough Council, with Historic England and Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, is today (Wednesday, April 14) launching a £1.9m four-year scheme putting heritage and the local community at the heart of revitalising the town centre. The new High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), covering the Market Place, the Rows and the northern end of King Street, involves local people in repairing, conserving and building a better understanding of the area’s historic buildings and sites, working with a range of partners. Supporting regeneration and recovery, conserving buildings at risk, creating new facilities and giving people new skills, the High Street Heritage Action Zone is a four-year programme, led by the borough council in partnership with Historic England, which has awarded grant funding of £980,743. It will complement the wider investment…
Thursday, 01 April 2021 00:00

Market Place redevelopment works get underway

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Redevelopment of Great Yarmouth’s Market Place is getting underway, as the borough council’s exciting vision of town centre regeneration and revitalisation starts to become a reality for residents and visitors. This £4.6m investment will see the market facilities significantly improved in the heart of the Market Place area, with new units under an architecturally-striking wooden canopy – a unique design which will mean the market is brighter, more inviting and compliments the historic setting. Following a formal procurement process, the council has appointed Norfolk-based construction company Pentaco as main contractor, bringing their expertise working within conservation areas and with timber structures. Pentaco is currently making preparations on-site and is scheduled to start phase one of construction in mid-April, completing the works in spring 2022. This major investment comes from the…
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The £5m Ella May Barnes building, providing state-of-the-art laboratories and workspace at Norwich Research Park, is complete and has been handed to South Norfolk Council. It is designed to attract and provide space for organisations interested in joining the region’s growing food, life and health knowledge economy. The building, delivered by Big Sky Development, is expected to unlock further opportunities at the Enterprise Zone site that could lead to the creation of up to 150 jobs, adding to the community of 12,000 people that are already working at Norwich Research Park. 
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