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Fakenham Town Council mayor Angela Glynn wants to see swimming pool project through and improve parking woes

Seeing a milestone swimming pool project through to completion and reducing parking woes are among a town mayor’s ambitions.

Cllr Angela Glynn has been re-elected as Fakenham Town Council’s chair and mayor for a third successive year.

Among her priorities is continuing to contribute to a North Norfolk District Council project to deliver a new £11million swimming pool in town.

Fakenham Town Council chair and town mayor Angela Glynn (centre)
Fakenham Town Council chair and town mayor Angela Glynn (centre)

That scheme recently had its funding from central government confirmed - much to Cllr Glynn’s relief.

She told the Lynn News that work is set to start in October, with an estimated completion date of March 2026 set.

“I would very much like to see the swimming pool project through to the next phase,” Cllr Glynn said.

Cllr Glynn at a Remembrance parade in Fakenham
Cllr Glynn at a Remembrance parade in Fakenham

“I think there will be a bit more work for the town council to consider.”

She also wants to find a solution to the “awful problems” Fakenham has had since the early 2000s with drivers parking in the marketplace and town centre streets due to a lack of double yellow lines.

Delivery drivers often park outside restaurants while they wait on orders, Cllr Glynn said, therefore blocking pavements.

“If does mean that mums with buggies and people with mobility scooters have to go around onto the road to get by,” she said.

“People have been accustomed to parking on footways for the last quarter of a century. It is a danger, and I would like to do something about that.”

Cllr Glynn says tackling the issue will most likely be done by teaming up with Norfolk County Council’s highways department.

The town council is also in the midst of a project to improve the parks in Fakenham, with members currently waiting on funding.

Cllr Glynn also hopes to re-establish a District Chamber of Trade in the town, having been an active member of one in Sussex in years gone by.

Meanwhile, she says a new transport hub would make a “huge difference”.

“When all the bus services collide, you can have six parked on Oak Street and hardly anything can get through,” she added.

“I think there is a lot of concern about it.

“During Covid, not much happened - and so there are quite a lot of projects that we have to catch up on.”

Fakenham Town Council is set to celebrate the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, with a talk in the parish church by Col Martin Todd, music in the marketplace and an an air-raid siren demonstration among the events on offer.

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