Thorpe End shelter is first to benefit from council’s £2m building fund

PUBLISHED: 08:45 02 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:45 02 February 2013

Councillor Ian Mackie right with Alf Townley, thatcher Ben Thompson and Richard Claxton, left infront of the bus shelter in Thorpe End that was renovated partly by the Community Construction Fund. Photo: Steve Adams

Councillor Ian Mackie right with Alf Townley, thatcher Ben Thompson and Richard Claxton, left infront of the bus shelter in Thorpe End that was renovated partly by the Community Construction Fund. Photo: Steve Adams

The first of 41 community projects made possible by £2m of county council cash was unveiled yesterday.

A grant of £1,920 was given to Great and Little Plumstead Parish Council to re-thatch the historic shelter on the village green in Thorpe End.

Norfolk County Council’s Community Construction Fund was divided between ‘shovel-ready’ projects in December to get them up and running, with grants of up to £100,000 being handed out.

Councillors gathered yesterday to see the finished shelter and present a commemorative plaque to mark its completion.

Thorpe End parish councillor Alf Townley said the funding was crucial to restoring an important village building.

“We were delighted when we found out we had been successful in receiving funding to make improvements to the shelter,” he said.

“It is an important landmark within the village as it is an instantly recognisable and attractive building which has been part of Thorpe End’s heritage for many years.”

Councillors hope the fund will create or enhance community facilities and stimulate activity in construction by employing Norfolk workers and contractors at every opportunity, as the Thorpe End project did.

County councillor Ian Mackie said he was “thrilled” at the work, adding: “This fund is about helping both large and small projects across the county and the grant provided by the Community Construction Fund has enabled this parish project to become a reality. The grant, in conjunction with that received from Broadland District Council, has enabled this to become the first completed project of the fund and will be a fantastic focal point of the village.”

Another funding round is now open – go to or call 01603 623958.


  • Come on EDP, get investigating this glaring pre-election stunt. I've heard this is just the tip of the iceberg. Expect even more handouts over the next 2 months and cashback to parishes if they've already paid for pretty much anything. Not sure though what they will do with the air miles.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Ah yet more money appearing out of a hat like a rabbit. Is there anyone who takes this seriously? Mr Mackie, who loves having his photo in the news standing proudly and thrilled (what a ghastly description) while the County Council spends yet more money on Vote for Me, I'm Lovely and Tory, exercises when they could have been using the cash to save jobs and essential services. I love thatched dwellings but £2,000 on thatching a shelter in a Tory held district? Purlease! Do you think we are all idiots?

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    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • This shelter is being built with the jobs of around 1,000 people and heartless cuts to vulnerable people.Osborne did not insist upon front-end loading of council cuts for nothing, so the cuts came early and the local councils would get the blame when their effect started to hit.This is precisely the untenable position the Tories are in locally.Spending money like water only reinforces the impact of the earlier cuts.Osborne has set a trap for his own side and they have jumped into it like lemmings over a cliff.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Cllr. Ian Mackie's name runs through the QC's Standards report like a red line and these sort of spending antics on bus shelters, placating the public just before an election, are outrageous.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Get in there Ian! You lot have got some bridges to rebuild. Another predicatble NCC handout within living memory of the election. Thorpe End, is it considered a vulnerable marginal by the ruling party? Cut boring old services and make people redundant - no one really cares anyway - needed to free-up cash for headline-chasing initiatives. Expect many more before May!

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • The shelter looks great. Just think how many more projects could be funded if a lot more waste was cut out, especially on the numerous non jobs left! And without the need to cut out essential services!

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    Monday, February 4, 2013

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