Roger Smith’s Monthly Update 8th October 2012

Every month, Roger Smith, member of Norfolk County Council (NCC) publishes a newsletter for people in this area.  Here’s the newsletter for October 2012.

About Roger

Roger Smith  is the Member of Norfolk County Council (NCC) for Henstead Division covering Bixley, Bramerton, Caistor St Edmund, Framingham Earl, Framingham Pigot, Kirby Bedon, Poringland, Stoke Holy Cross, Surlingham, Trowse with Newton.  You can contact Roger directly (Telephone: 01508 538225   e-mail:


  1. Norfolk’s construction industry and community-led building projects will benefit with the launch of a £3.5million fund . Local community led organisations can apply for a share of the new Norfolk County Council Community Construction Fund. The fund has been created to help get a wide range of construction schemes off the ground such as: village hall extensions, sports facilities, play areas and other community facilities such as improved access for disabled people in an attempt to provide economic stimulus and growth. Grants are £100 to £100,000, to be spent within 12 months of the award.
  2. Norfolk County Council has approved BT for a project to make broadband available to every Norfolk property by June 2015. It means that 83% of Norfolk’s homes and businesses will be able to access superfast broadband services (24 Mbps and above) in less than three years’ time, and every single property in Norfolk will be able to receive a minimum broadband speed of 2Mbps. It makes Norfolk County Council the first local authority to announce their intended better broadband partner through the national Broadband Delivery UK contract framework.
  3. An innovative new Norfolk road safety campaign, using targeted local advertising to urge road users to keep their mind on the road, has been launched. The new campaign uses localised advertising to target drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and joggers and features everyday scenarios that have the potential to be dangerous.
  4. Such is the concern about road safety in Surlingham that a public meeting is being held in the Parish Hall on 25 October at 7:30pm to seek solutions.
  5. The long-awaited Caistor St Edmund/Stoke Holy Cross Stoke Road/Norwich Road 40mph Speed Limit Order has now come into force and new signs erected this week.
  6. A new service aimed at supporting older people living in their own homes to maintain their independence has launched in Norfolk. The community outreach service for older people supports vulnerable people who live in their own homes but might need some extra help to live full and active lives in their communities. It is free to use for up to two years, has been created and funded by Norfolk County Council. It will see trained staff or volunteers visiting older people’s homes and providing them with help and advice on areas which can become challenging in older age.
  7. R.G. Carter has been awarded the contract for £14m of essential maintenance to Norfolk County Hall, Norwich. County Hall, built in the late 1960s, is the cornerstone of a new strategy aimed at driving down property costs, including a potential £2m a year saving by bringing all Norwich-based county council staff to Martineau Lane. But the building – opened by Her Majesty the Queen in May 1968 – needs significant maintenance.
  8. The retention of an existing 28,000 square metre concrete pad and its use for green waste co-composting and phytoconditioning at Whitlingham Waste Water Treatment Works, Kirby Bedon has been approved. Health impacts of bioaerosols were considered.
  9. The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election for the Norfolk area will be held on Thursday 15 November 2012 from 7am to 10pm. Its purpose is to replace police authorities with a PCC for each police force area – with local people electing their chosen candidate. The Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for Norfolk is Philip Hyde. He will be responsible for the co-ordination of this election across Norfolk.
  10. Revised Conservation Area Character Appraisals & Management Plans for Stoke Holy Cross & Trowse with Newton have recently been published by South Norfolk Council.

My Web Page is where an electronic copy of this & the previous newsletter can be found.


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