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Community transport projects worth nearly £250,000 are set to move a step closer under proposals to go before council chiefs next week.

More than 30 schemes in West Norfolk and surrounding areas have been earmarked for funds under Norfolk County Council's Parish Partnership initiative.

The scheme, which is now in its 10th year, sees County Hall provide up to 50 per cent of the money required for individual projects, with parish and town councils funding the rest themselves.

Bus shelters are among the projects to be funded under the Parish Partnership scheme this year.
Bus shelters are among the projects to be funded under the Parish Partnership scheme this year.

A total of 24 projects in West Norfolk, around a fifth of the total, have been recommended to receive funding through the scheme, ahead of a county council cabinet meeting next Monday.

They are expected to cost around £180,000 to deliver. A further nine, worth just over £60,000, are in neighbouring parts of Breckland and North Norfolk.

Martin Wilby, the authority's cabinet member for transport, said: “I’m so pleased that 2021 marks a decade for the ever-popular Parish Partnership scheme.

“The match funding we provide for bids from parish and town councils will see more than £715,000 spent this year on 113 locally important schemes such as new trod paths, bus shelters and speed awareness (SAM2) signs.

“Our aim is to build and improve our network so that it works for both businesses and residents, whether you’re travelling on foot, by bicycle or in a car."

The full list of projects from our area that are included in the report, and their value, is as follows:

Bircham: Access, £8,000; Brancaster: Village Gateways, £12,607; Burnham Thorpe: Village Gateways, £1,905; Castle Acre: Trod, £11,700; Clenchwarton: Village Gateways, £1,500; Downham West: Trod, £16,300; East Rudham: Kerbing, £2,200; Fakenham: SAM2, £8,735; Feltwell: Footway, £7,300; Village Gateways, £5,921; Gooderstone: Footway, £16,000; Bus Shelter, £10,000; Gayton: Trod, £4,100

Great Cressingham: Village Gateways, £9,000; Grimston: SAM2, £3,665; Helhoughton: Village Gateways, £2,920; Hockwold: Village Gateways, £7,169; Litcham: Village Gateways, £4,000; Mileham: Trod; £6,000; North Creake: Village Gateways, £3,164; Outwell: Lights, £4,036; Shouldham: Trod, £15,500; SAM2, £750; Snettisham: Trod, £9,173; Swaffham: Surfacing, £3,000; Signs, £530

Terrington St John: Footway, £41,400; Walpole: Village Gateways, £4,777; Walsoken: Bus Shelter, £7,500; Guard Rail, £456; Passing Bays, £0; Watlington: Trod, £9,600; West Dereham: Signs, £1,540.



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