Communication links in North Norfolk condemned

Computers and commuters have bad links in north Norfolk councillors have agreed.

A motion to the full district council by Walsingham councillor Hugh Lanham attacked the road and rail links and the lack of fast broadband internet.

He said successive governments had poorly served the area which had 'adversely impacted on its economic development' and frustrated the council's efforts to stimulate the economy.

Mr Lanham proposed a four-pronged motion which called for the government and communications companies to be urged to:

?give priority being given to completing dualling the A11 at Elveden

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?carry out an urgent review of transport links into the west of North Norfolk

?ensure rail investment was not solely put into making intercity trains quicker, but also improving the rural network including the Bittern Line services, and restoring a rail link to Fakenham.

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? make full fast broadband coverage a high priority.

Councillors agreed to back the motion but also included a call to protect rural bus services.

Michael Baker said he agreed with the broadband move, but against the A11 improvements saying dualling 'all the way from the east end of London' would spell the end of north Norfolk as a 'lovely place to live.'

But Graham Jones attacked his 'little England approach' saying 'East Anglia needs to modernise' and that regular users of the road knew Elveden was a death trap.

Sue Arnold feared the Fakenham rail link reconnection was 'kite flying' while all the other objections were achievable, and Philip High said there were major logistical problems getting the railway through Holt which he would fight.

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