Bid for safety cash scheme claims West Norfolk councillor

Views of King's Lynn

The view of Chapel Street with the Junction of Austin Street King's Lynn

The King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council Office is the building on the left, with the Lattice House Pub further down on the right. ENGANL00120130322090123
Views of King's Lynn The view of Chapel Street with the Junction of Austin Street King's Lynn The King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council Office is the building on the left, with the Lattice House Pub further down on the right. ENGANL00120130322090123

District councils should be given the power to bid for transport funding to areas that do not have their own parish authorities, according to a West Norfolk councillor.

Norfolk County Council already operates a Parish Partnership programme, in which the authority provides up to half the funding required for community road safety schemes.

And almost 30 schemes in West Norfolk are likely to receive funding if a schedule of works for 2016-17 is approved by the authority’s environment, development and transport committee at a meeting today.

But the scheme does not yet cover areas which do not have a parish council, such as Lynn.

And Alexandra Kemp, who has been campaigning for funding for a new road crossing in West Lynn, says that must change.

She has called for the committee to extend the scheme to allow district councils, in this case West Norfolk Council, to bid for partnership funding towards schemes in those areas.

She said: “Excluding them from the scheme is a democratic deficit.”

The committee meets in Norwich this morning.