Tax on new homes in Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk to bring £1.7m boost for footpaths, football and libraries

Riverside Walk, Norwich.

Riverside Walk, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Seventeen projects in and around Norwich are set to share in a £1.7m boost, which will bring improved walking routes, better football pitches and longer opening hours for libraries.

Footballers in action at Eaton Park. Pitches could be improved as part of a �100.000 scheme.

Footballers in action at Eaton Park. Pitches could be improved as part of a �100.000 scheme. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

And a further £2m is due to be put aside to help to pay for new and improved schools, with 16 new primary schools and a high school planned across the Greater Norwich area.

The money for the projects comes from the community infrastructure levy. Developers of new homes pay that money which is pooled by local councils and then distributed.

For 2017/18, just under £1.7m is earmarked for six projects in Norwich, three in Broadland and seven in south Norfolk.

In Norwich, £20,000 will be spent in the next 12 months towards a £200,000 scheme to make the city's Riverside Walk more accessible.

Footballers could be in for a boost, with £25.000 to improve pitches at Eaton Park, Sloughbottom Park, Britannia Barracks and Fountain Ground. That is part of a £100,000 project.

Plumstead Road Library would be one of three, along with Wroxham and Diss, to share in £120,000 to bring in self-service technology, which would mean people could use libraries outside current opening times.

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Some £150,000 would be spent next year on improving the Marriott's Way, where it starts in Barn Road, near Halfords, as well as along Anderson's Meadow and Sloughbottom Park. The total cost of that project is £290,000.

Work to restore the Castle Gardens and Castle Green is also in the pipeline, with £75,000 of the £150,000 scheme to be used in 2017/18.

A seventh project in Norwich – £160,000 to improve the Fye Bridge to Whitefriars section of the Riverside Walk – is also planned, but is unlikely to happen in the next 12 months.

In Broadland, there are plans to improve the Broadland Way route, connecting Green Lane North to Plumstead Road and to make Strumpshaw Pit more attractive for dog walkers.

South Norfolk schemes include: protecting and enhancing the Lizard and Sillfield Nature Reserves in Wymondham; better connections between Cringleford and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the creation of new circular walks in Costessey.

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