How would you improve North Walsham? Residents urged to give town council suggestions

An illustration of what North Walsham's Woodville Park play area could look like when it is finished

An illustration of what North Walsham's Woodville Park play area could look like when it is finished. North Walsham Town Council and North Norfolk District Council's Big Society Fund have already paid for some equipment and the town council is allocating another sum in its budget for next year. Picture: ALEX HURRELL - Credit: Archant

Toilets or a pavilion in the Memorial Park are two possible ways of improving North Walsham - and now residents are being asked for their ideas.

Town councillors are preparing their budget for the next financial year and they are urging residents to let them know about any projects which might be included in their calculations.

The council is already planning to allocate cash towards more equipment for the Woodville Park playground, and a dog training area on Trackside.

The Trackside scheme, thought to be the first in Norfolk, would see an area approximately 90m long by 60m wide securely fenced and gated where dogs could unleashed, away from other park users.

It would be sited at the Cromer Road end of Trackside, which includes the town's skate park.

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Mayor Brenda West said there had been a lot of 'positive response' about the idea and the council would be pleased to discuss other suggestions.

If workable, they could be included in this year's figures, or roll forward for consideration in the future.

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In January the council is expected to agree the amount of money it wants - known as its 'precept' - as its share of the district-wide 2016-2017 council tax.

'I know people will have some fantastically good ideas. They pay the precept so it's important that they are involved in how it is spent,' said Mrs West.

Town clerk Nick Clancy said now was the time for people to get in touch with their thoughts as staff prepared the budget for council approval.

North Walsham Town Council's precept for 2015-2016 was 24pc higher than the previous year. One reason for the rise was the £21,500 needed to pay for CCTV cameras in the town after North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) withdrew from the scheme.

A Band D council tax payer's total bill this year was £1,539.42 compared to £1,534.17 last year.

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