Reader letter: Major challenges for people in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 15:16 07 March 2018
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Re “Quality of life in Norfolk”.
In response to this survey I would say that the quality of life in Norfolk is good for home owners who have retired here from the wealthy south or people who have a regular private pension to rely on. House prices here are high if not exorbitant in some areas. Second home ownership is too high pushing locals out of the property market. Affordable private rentals are in short supply and social housing is desperately inadequate. Salaries are approximately £10,000 lower per annum than elsewhere in the country with a hefty reliance on seasonal and low paid contracts.
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Our lack of decent public transport services means that employers do not have to compete for employees because they know people need to work locally.
Our mental health services are acknowledged to be appalling. Our crime rate is increasing and our services are getting poorer by the day exacerbated by the fact that this is a rural community where people need to be able to travel to access services at all.
There are also pockets of racism in certain areas … typical of communities where there is little ethnic diversity.
I think the “Love Norfolk” campaign is a great idea but until our infrastructure improves and salaries and property prices are in alignment I suspect businesses will find it difficult to move here.
So, in summary, some beautiful beaches and countryside, lovely for holidays, great for the wealthy and retired but pretty desperate in the rural areas for youngsters just starting out in life and difficult for people who don’t have access to their own transport.
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