Report from County Councillor

— Tidings, October 2019 —

September 2019 Report from Margaret Stone,
Norfolk County Councillor for Clavering Division

Covering: Alburgh, Aldeby, Broome, Burgh St Peter with Wheatacre, Denton, Ditchingham, Earsham, Ellingham, Geldeston, Gillingham, Haddiscoe, Hales, Heckingham, Hedenham, Kirby Cane, Norton Subcourse, Raveningham, Stockton, Thurlton, Thwaite St Mary, Toft Monks, Topcroft and Wortwell

Schools set to extend Nurseries

Under the new Early Childhood and Family Service four more schools are to grow their nursery and childcare places as part of the move to Norfolk’s to a service targeted at families that need extra support and provide services in local community venues and people’s homes, reducing the need for stand-alone buildings.

Norfolk County Council has been working with schools, childcare providers and other community groups to find alternative uses for the buildings that will no longer be needed as children’s centres.

The council has already revealed its proposals for 16 buildings, which include new nurseries across the county and a child friendly café, in Holt.

A further four are to be used by the county’s primary schools: Dussindale currently operates out of Woodside Community Hub, in Witard Road. This building is also used by the County Council’s Early Years team, who will now take on the space to support their work with nursery and pre-school providers.

Task and Finish committee to look at Rural Transport

We are convening a committee tasked with reviewing all transport in rural and urban areas. We continue to subsidise some routes and also subsidise the Border Hopper.

The voluntary car scheme is a great initiative by Alburgh to support their community and people who do not drive.

Forty libraries across Norfolk open for longer

Under the Open Library scheme customers, partners and community groups gain access even when a library is unstaffed. The scheme was rolled out in June 2018 with 30 libraries; 10 more libraries have been added this year.

To sign up, people just need to talk to a member of staff who can add the access to their library card and give them a PIN number. The library user then presents their card at the scanner and, after entering their PIN number on the keypad, will be able to enter. They can use the computers and borrow and return books using self-service machines as they would if staff were present.