Decision day on plugging £30m funding gap for Norwich Northern Distributor Road

George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council, Toby Coke, chairman of the environment,development a

George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council, Toby Coke, chairman of the environment,development and transport committee and Tom McCabe, the council's executive director of community and environmental services. The council will today consider how to plug a £30m funding gap for the Norwich Northern Distributor Road. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A decision will be made today on how to plug a £30m funding gap in the cost for the controversial Norwich Northern Distributor Road.

It emerged earlier this month that the cost of the 12.5-mile road, from the A47 at Postwick to the A1067 Fakenham Road, had soared from £148.5m to £178.5m.

A deal has been tentatively forged which would close the funding gap. The government has told Norfolk County Council it is prepared to contribute £10m, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership will consider putting up £10m, which would leave the council to find the final £10m.

Norfolk's county councillors will today be asked, at an extraordinary meeting of the full council, to agree how to provide that £10m. Officers are recommending £2m is taken from reserves and from the highways budget for the next four years, although councillors could decide to borrow the cash - or not to provide it at all.

The LEP board will consider whether to provide its share at a meeting next week.


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