Better broadband and a bypass are priorities for leader of South Norfolk Council

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The count at South Norfolk - Credit: Archant

The leader of South Norfolk Council says his authority will focus on improving broadband, building a bypass for Long Stratton, investing in infrastructure and boosting the economy of market towns such as Diss and Wymondham.

John Fuller was speaking after the Conservatives increased their grip at the district council on May 7's elections.

The ruling Conservative group saw it gain five more seats, with the group ending up with 40 out of 46.

The Liberal Democrats remained the party of opposition by ending up with the other six seBettats.

Mr Fuller, who represents the Brooke ward, said: 'We took great pains to run a positive campaign based on a strong record of running South Norfolk well to improve everyone's quality of life whilst freezing council tax year after year.

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'We've already met to plan out how we're going to make sure that faster broadband is rolled out more quickly to every neighbourhood, and ensuring that the most isolated homes and businesses don't get left behind.

'Sorting out the Long Stratton bypass is a top priority, as is delivering other improvements in our market towns to make sure local shopkeepers can compete more easily against the internet.

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'Investment in new facilities and transport infrastructure where new homes are being built have an immediate focus from our new team.

'Keeping our streets clean and tidy and maximising recycling opportunities to make our district an attractive place to live and visit is a key part of what we want to achieve as well.

'A refurbishment of our £4m three leisure centres is underway and will continue with the aim of doubling the number of people able to get fit and healthy.

'And we will be looking to extend the opportunities for sports facilities in other areas that are currently under-represented.'

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