Parish councils across Norfolk were urged to take advantage of a “golden opportunity” to choose their own highway upgrades after an improved funding offer from the county council.

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Norfolk County Council’s “parish partnership” scheme was launched for 2012/13 with £100,000 and an offer to pay 50pc of the cost of highways improvements put forward by town and parish councils. The fund was later increased to £165,000 to allow 32 projects to be accepted.

This year, the council’s cabinet has proposed increasing the funding level to £1m and increasing the authority’s contribution to 75pc.

Parishes which received 50pc match funding during the last year will receive a refund, raising their grant to 75pc.

The proposed changes are subject to the approval of the full council at its 2013/14 budget meeting on February 18.

Graham Plant, cabinet member for planning and transportation, said: “This is a golden opportunity for town and parish councils to bring forward those local improvements that will make such a difference in their communities. I am confident that by offering to meet three quarters of the cost we will see many more projects brought forward.”

Projects funded in 2012/13 included crossing points, traffic islands and pavement widening. For the next year, the county council has suggested the conversion of parish-owned street lights to low-energy LED lights.

8 comments

  • What is this nonsense? Instead of road engineers inspecting roads and deciding which ones need work on the basis of safety problems and the known traffic volume and pedestrian numbers we have the prospect of special pleading from parish councils. Well by the time my dozy lot have worked out what is happening all the money will have been spent.How about looking at where the largest schools are and seeing if they would benefit from cycle paths? Or whether crossing points have been created where new estates have been built?

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • My I suggest to all Parish Councils that if they have any problems like deep potholes which could ruin cars and cause severe injury to people that they place the County Council on notice. If after a huge number of claims come in on injuries caused by negligence on the part of the County Council where they had prior notice of the repair required I dont think that the County Council's insurers will be filled with the joys of Spring. As I understand it if a person or company is made aware of a problem and take no steps to ameliorate it then the insurance company may choose to refuse to pay out

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    Electra

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Where are parish councils going to get the money from for there part of the bargin? We already pay tax for roads and loading the parish precept to help county is not the answer. Perhaps county should stop wasting money on stupid ideas like coltishal and incinerators back handers

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Come along, Bradwell Parish Council or is this beyond your capabilities of doing nothing ?.

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    "V"

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • I tell you what the parish partnership is on highways everyone. 100% County Council responsibility 0% Parish Council responsibility. Is anyone out there, apart from Daisy Roots who falls for this complete rubbish. You do all realise that the sudden appearance of this money like a rabbit out of a hat at about 96 days before the County Council elections is a clumsy attempt at vote buying. Any Parish Council who wants stuff done should write to the County Council pointing out their statutory duties and warning them that should any accidents happen because of the failure of the County Council to carry out their statutory obligations the County Council will be sued by the injured parties. And if anyone out there who has been injured or had their car ruined by this failure, contact a P I solicitor. After a couple of million quids worth of claims the County Council will start behaving themselves again.

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    Electra

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Hope this will not be mistaken for another pre-election gimmick. I think it would be helpful to know how the work would be managed, for example to ensure parishes do not waste a huge wedge of taxpayers' money on "improvements" that turn out to be not what was requested or end up in the wrong place. Not suggesting that NCC has a history of incompetence in such matters...the evidence is all around us.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • here is some money for roads, vote for us in May.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • You expect to be believed when the Sheriff of Nottingham turns into Robin Hood?Highways remains the duty of the County Council.It is their service for which they are democratically accountable,not the parishes or the districts.75% is still not good enough.Put your money where your mouths are and do the right thing.Make it 100%!

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

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