Traffic, the state of our roads and impact of housing are main issues facing Mid Norfolk

A typical traffic jam on Tavern Lane, Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher

A typical traffic jam on Tavern Lane, Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher

High traffic levels, the state of our roads and the impact of new housing developments on local infrastructure are the issues most urgently needing attention in Mid Norfolk, a survey has found.

Liz Hunton, chairman of the Mid Norfolk Labour Party. Picture: HARRY CLARKE.

Liz Hunton, chairman of the Mid Norfolk Labour Party. Picture: HARRY CLARKE. - Credit: Archant

In the rural areas around Swaffham, Litcham and Necton, older people's services also scored very poorly with people, but in all other areas housing, traffic, and infrastructure were identified as key issues needing attention.

Residents shared concerns about planning approvals being given for housing developments that do not have sufficient infrastructure, they also said they were worried that the cost of social care for older residents was unaffordable for many families.

More than 100 residents responded to the survey carried out by the Mid Norfolk Labour Party to find out what issues local residents wanted their councillors to pay more attention to.

Liz Hunton, chairman of Mid Norfolk Labour Party, said: 'People throughout Mid Norfolk are fed up with more and more housing being approved without adequate infrastructure and this really came through in our survey.

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'We're also concerned about the feedback on adult social care. This is a ticking time bomb and we urgently need to address the issue in Norfolk so that families are supported and people are well looked after if they need care later in life.

'I'm sure this is not a reflection on the people who do such good work in that sector, but more to do with the levels of funding that the county council receives to try to deliver these essential and much needed services.'

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The Labour Party has elected representatives throughout the Mid Norfolk area, who have many people raising issues to them directly, but felt it was important to find out what matters to people who don't necessarily get in touch with their councillors.

There was some positive feedback, the survey found that most people were happy with the state of public transport, recycling and waste services, and community services like leisure centres.

MS Hunton added: 'Our councillors are really keen to build on this work to get as clear a picture as possible on what works and what doesn't for everyone who lives in the area and we'd welcome any feedback from readers who would like to be part of that conversation.'

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