West Norfolk communities to benefit from transport money

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Villages and towns in West Norfolk will be getting new paths, speed signs and road improvements thanks to nearly £100,000 worth of funding.

Norfolk County Council is working with 16 town and parish councils on projects to improve safety.

The county has given a total of £206,500 to 68 initiatives across Norfolk under the parish partnership scheme.

Great Massingham will be getting support for a £10,000 project to install two static interactive vehicle signs.

Parish council chairman Olaf Brun said the need for the signs was highlighted by the village’s speedwatch scheme.

He said: “A lot of Norfolk villages have these and my impression is that they are fairly effective in slowing the traffic down.”

Speedwatch co-ordinator Andrew Bickerton said: “It is excellent news and long overdue. This will help with speeding in the village.”

The county is also supporting static cameras in Wimbotsham, Walpole Highway, Heacham, Hilgay and Magdalen.

Mobile speed interactive signs will be placed around Downham in a bid to slow down motorists.

Town clerk Jean Markwell said the cameras will be spending time in 13 sites, including Lynn Road and Bexwell Road.

She said: “This is excellent news for the town. Speeding is a safety issue and we feel very strongly about the safety of pedestrians and motorists.”

Middleton and Gayton will also be receiving money to provide mobile speed signs.

Residents in Feltwell will be getting a “trod”, which is an unsurfaced path.

The parish council applied for support for a £9,600 scheme to extend a footpath in Long Lane.

Chairman Jane Batten said this will improve safety in the area as residents are currently walking on a grass verge.

She said: “We are very pleased. It was brought to our attention by residents that it was needed.”

Runcton Holme and Crimplesham will be receiving cash to put up gateways, which are timber fencing designed to make the road appear narrow, in a bid to stop speeding.

Watlington will be receiving funding for schemes worth nearly £4,000.

The parish council will be helped in putting up signs and removing a fence and shrubbery to improve a blind bend near the village hall. It will also receive cash to stop motorists parking on the green close to the railway station.

Chairman Sue Miller said: “We are hoping to make it safer for people using the village hall and for residents around the station.”