Committee approves cash for dozens of West Norfolk transport projects

Dozens of new safety measures are set to get the go-ahead after funding bids were approved
Dozens of new safety measures are set to get the go-ahead after funding bids were approved
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Dozens of community transport projects across West Norfolk look set to get the go-ahead after funding bids were approved by a county committee.

More than 40 different schemes across the borough were allocated money through the annual parish partnership initiative at a meeting of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee yesterday.

In total, the committee voted to invest almost £135,000 in 44 projects across West Norfolk. Nearly £25,000 more will be spent on schemes in other nearby communities, including Narborough, Necton and Weeting.

The amounts allocated will be matched with funds already committed by town and parish authorities, meaning around £317,000 will be spent across the area in total.

The biggest single contribution will go to the village of Dersingham, where a total of £50,000, the maximum amount permitted under the scheme, will be spent on a new crossing point. A new hard-standing area was also allocated half of the £5,689 funding it required.

More than £33,000 is set to be invested in two projects in Necton, while schemes worth between £10,000 and £20,000 in Hilgay, Marham, North Wootton, South Wootton and Terrington St John also received funding.

Around a quarter of the successful bids were for signs that show motorists how fast they are going when they are in a restricted area, known as SAM2. The Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership has contributed £80,000 towards such schemes across the county during the forthcoming financial year.

The same number of approved schemes, 13, were for trods, which are intended to be a lower cost alternative to traditional footpaths.

Committee chairman Martin Wilby said: “Over the past six years over £2 million has helped meet local highway priorities such as reducing speeds in towns and villages, paying for a bus shelters and creating new roadside paths.

“This year we encouraged bids for the mobile SAM2 speed awareness signs that flash the driver’s actual speed as checks show that these are more likely to be effective in reducing speeds than the fixed type of sign that simply flashes up the speed limit.

“And we have been successful in encouraging parishes who have never bid for parish partnership funding in the past with 35 first time bids received this year.”