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Cash boost for Holt town improvement group

13:37 14 May 2013

The centre of Holt.

The centre of Holt.

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012

A committee dedicated to boosting a Georgian town has received a £50,000 windfall.

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The money for the Holt Vision Strategy Committee, made up of town councillors, was given through a section 106 agreement.

The agreement was decided on following planning approval from North Norfolk District Council for a supermarket on the Thaxters DIY and timber yard site on Old Station Way, just off the town’s bypass.

Five town councillors now run the Vision Strategy Committee, which will next meet in July to discuss how the money would be spent.

The original vision group, set up to “improve the town centre”, was established in 2012 by the North Norfolk Community Partnership, which no longer exists.

A report from the vision group was published in February and included areas in Holt which could be improved.

Ideas included creating an open space for pedestrians on Shirehall Plain; starting up a market on Fish Hill and Star Plain; improving the town entrances; and landscaping the roundabout on the edge of town.

It was also hoped public transport and job opportunities could be improved.

Holt Town Council clerk Di Dann said in a council meeting last night it was hoped the roundabout would be re-landscaped under the Thaxters plan.

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