Council joins energy alliance to ensure north Norfolk coast does not miss out on wind farm investment

PUBLISHED: 12:06 17 April 2012

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Council chiefs have agreed to sign up to a regional alliance to ensure north Norfolk does not miss out on investment from the growing number of offshore wind farms and renewable energy schemes.

For a one-off contribution of £20,000 North Norfolk District Council is now joining the Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance, a public/private coalition of councils and business groups which aims to promote investment in both counties stemming from energy firms and future developments.

The authority will join Norfolk and Suffolk County, Waveney District and Great Yarmouth Borough Council in the alliance, which was established last spring, after voting to sign up to the group at yesterday’s cabinet meeting.

Tom FitzPatrick, cabinet member for economic development, put forward the case for joining the group - in part to ensure north Norfolk does not become the “poor relation” to Yarmouth and Waveney - and will now represent the district on its board.

He added: “It’s very, very important that we don’t lose out on what’s happening on our coast. This represents an exciting opportunity for the council to work with partners to make sure we’re fully involved with attracting jobs and investment from this area.”

Members also voted to help develop the locally driven North Norfolk Renewables Partnership, with Wells harbour commissioners and the Holkham and Walsingham estates, in a bid to further promote the district to energy firms and businesses related to the sector.

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