A council leader has bemoaned the lukewarm reaction to plans to revamp a popular Cromer park.

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Keith Johnson, leader of North Norfolk District Council, said “whatever we do, we will be knocked back” as he welcomed a joint NNDC and Cromer Town Council initiative to put it in the hands of a community trust.

At a recent meeting, it was agreed that district and town council support would be sought to set up a partnership working group to evaluate the idea.

Mr Johnson, a Cromer town and district councillor, said it was the best way to “move it on”.

He said: “We are not dragging our feet on this one. We want to get this in motion.

“But whatever we try to do there seems to be unease. Because of that, we think it’s best to get it all out into the open and let the public decide what they want.

“For some reason, perhaps because we suggested it, people don’t like the idea of the outdoor gym - even though there are ones at Bodham and Mundesley, and both are very popular.”

He added: “Whatever we do at North Lodge Park, we will be knocked back, so we will get the community trust set up and move it on that way.”

The move follows the failure earlier this year of a planned £200,000 revamp put forward by NNDC.

It included removing the pitch and putt and bowling greens, relocating the public toilets, landscaping the park, constructing new children’s play facilities and setting up an adult outdoor gym.

After a stormy public meeting in May, NNDC agreed to look again, and the town council subsequently agreed to push for a nine-point plan to improve the park.

It included retaining and properly promoting the putting and bowling greens, opening up the rose garden to better public access and abandoning a plan for an all-age outdoor gym at the former Kiddies’ Corner.

Reacting to the news that the community trust option is on the table, Cromer mayor Gwen Smith said she was “pleased” to see the councils working together to ensure the “best possible future” for the park.

And Trevor Ivory, NNDC cabinet member for localism, who will join deputy leader John Lee on the working group, said: “A visit to North Lodge Park is one of the highlights of a visit to Cromer.

“I am really encouraged by the high level of commitment of members and officers of both councils to seek agreement on the best way forward.”

14 comments

  • Reading these comments I doubt any of you actually live in Cromer. I spent my childhood in North Lodge and totally agree it needs a makeover, as it hasn't been touched in over 40 years. Some tlc and some modernisation in some places. As for turning it into a carpark, no thanks. We have barriers on the carparks for a reason, people taking advantage. We have many caravan & camping sites that cater for overnight stays for motor homes. Although parking in the summer is a nightmare, where are you all in the winter? As for the councillors I know many of them and know how passionate they love Cromer & do the best with what they have, no matter what party they are. It should be the decision of Cromer people, it is our only park. A park for the community and our kids, we are not just a holiday town.

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    artyfee

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • Leave the park alone. Money belongs to the tax payers and please remember that.

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    weaversway

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • The park should be kept just as it is with putting and bowling and open space for everyone to enjoy. We certainly do not need any more parking for visitors - what about a small area for residents of the many properties in this town that have no parking?

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    Tinkerbell

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • This is just Tory pique at the plebs not taking what they should be grateful for. This lot at NNDC are so far out of touch, not having been properly elected.

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    Mr Majika

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • An area to be used as park and a section allocated for motorhomes would be be an innovative idea So many towns deny overnight parking and this lack of foresight keeps trade away Cromer could become a landmark area in welcoming such vehicles which would attract business and allow such holidaymakers to feel welcome rather than being denied facilities Overnight charges would also benefit the town coffers but as usual many council portfolio cabinet personages have little or no business acumen Such a facility would be welcomed by this sector who in the main are responsible owners but are restricted by crass jobsworths The carpark on the Sheringham Road has an height barrier whilst parking in town is hopeless and no overnight parking is permitted Welcome to Cromer I dont think so

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    Claire Voyant

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • The concrete play area looks a mess, apart from that, leave it be.

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    upminstertonorwich

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • There are plenty of green spaces for locals and visitors to enjoy in Cromer. Why can't this space be set aside for familys and children to enjoy - of all ages. From tots to teens. Teenagers in this town desperately need outside space. A sunken skate park would have been ideal. This type reduces much of the noise from the boards, is more fun than a ground level one and take up less space allowing other leasure activities in the surrounding area. Could this not be included as well as the 'Adult Gym'. Don't waste this opportunity to make a change for the better and include the youth of the town.

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    Jane

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • lets turn it into a mult story carpark

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    grumpy

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Keith Johnson didn't even bother turning-up at the public meeting held in May.

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    Wandering Crab

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • Let's be honest the Conservative rule at NNDC leaves a lot to be desired for.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Is the outdoor Gym in Bodham really "Very Popular" Keith?

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    Callum Ringer

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Is it too much for Keith Johnson to appreciate that people like the putting green, so they are not going to want it replaced with an outdoor gym, however lovely he thinks they are. Perhaps Keith could try a round of putting and see how much fun it is! Then he can file his plans for the bulldozers in the bin.

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    a fine city

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • How about the radical idea of just leaving it as it is. Just needs a small dose of tlc. What is this need to change everything?

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    weaversway

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • I've got an idea! Spend £25000 of the £200000 on refurbish, repaint etc, then leave it as it is. Put the remaining £175000 back into the pot and reduce our council taxes, or parking charges. Simples!

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    windup

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

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