New talks over Cromer park improvements

Improvements to facilities in Cromer's North Lodge park are still under discussion between the town and district councils.

Earlier plans for a major revamp of the area had stalled over concerns about car parking, which a 2007 parish poll rejected in the park.

But moves are now afoot to look at the park toilets, which the town council would like to take over and run for the benefit of park users including children and guests at weddings at North Lodge, reported town clerk Julie Chance.

She had been on a walkabout in the area with North Norfolk District Council strategic director Nick Baker, looking at the toilets which the town council would like refurbished before it considered taking them over. They also visited the play area in the former tennis courts which is in need of work.

Town councillor Phil Harris said the council needed to do a budget review in the next six months to consider projects such as the toilets.

Councillors also raised concerns about the lack of signage for the Rocket House toilets on the seafront, which many people seemed unaware of.

Members felt that some of the 'dog mess' being reported on the promenade might actually be human excrement because people were unaware of how close the toilets were.

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They also complained about the lack of any putting in the park at Easter, due to a delay in letting the contract, and about the poor state of the tees at the Meadow pitch and putt course.

People with ideas on where to add extra litter and dog mess bins at Cromer are being asked to contact the town council which is seeking to do an audit of where bins and problem areas exist around the town.

Councillors agreed to clean graffiti off the new Church Street bus shelter bought by fund-raising efforts by town councillors and which was supposedly graffiti-proof, as well as alerting police to the problem.

Police are also to look into groups of horse riders going through Cromer town centre and on to the seashore, after town councillors raised concerns including them heading the wrong way down parts of the one-way system.

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