£370,000 funding will see 136 small highway schemes go ahead across Norfolk

17 March 2017

Funding of £370,362 for 136 small scale highway projects across Norfolk has today been approved by councillors at Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport committee meeting.

This will be the sixth year running that funding has been allocated through Norfolk County Council’s popular Parish Partnership scheme.

The money will be matched by parish and town councils across Norfolk who were invited in June 2016 to put in bids for funding for schemes important to their local area.

The Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership (SafeCam) has again agreed to contribute £80,000 towards SAM2 bids in 2017/18. This welcome support boosts the total available County Council funding and emphasises the important role that the Parish Partnership Programme can have in casualty reduction initiatives.

Martin Wilby, Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “Over the past six years over £2 million has helped meet local highway priorities such as reducing speeds in towns and villages, paying for a bus shelters and creating new roadside paths.

“This year we encouraged bids for the mobile SAM2 speed awareness signs that flash the driver’s actual speed as checks show that these are more likely to be effective in reducing speeds than the fixed type of sign that simply flashes up the speed limit.

“And we have been successful in encouraging parishes who have never bid for parish partnership funding in the past with 35 first time bids received this year.”

The most popular bids this year have been for SAM2 signs with 56 applications made in this round, another perennial favourite is the trod which has attracted 26 bids. Trods are a simplified lower cost alternative to footways and are often constructed using recycled road surface material. And funding for six part-time advisory 20mph speed limit signs with flashing warning lights is also set to be given the go-ahead to help promote safety at schools.

Notes to editors

The Parish Partnership scheme has developed over time since its start in September 2011 when the County Council first invited local Councils to submit bids for highway improvement schemes, offering up to half the cost of successful bids from an initial £100,000 fund, with town/parish councils contributing the balance. The intention was to ensure that limited funds could be used to meet local needs, helping promote the developing localism agenda.

The scheme has been run every year since with improvements being made over time including a boost to the available funding pot which now stands at £300,000, and for the first time bids from unparished wards were invited in this round.

For more information about the parish partnership and types of schemes that can be funded visit our Parish partnerships scheme page.

For a list of the types of schemes funded please see table which shows individual viable bids, listed in Parish order. The schemes highlighted in yellow are parishes who have bid for Parish Partnership funding for the first time.

NB the figures shown are for the full cost of the scheme which is split between Norfolk County Council and the parish/town council.

For political comment

Cllr Martin Wilby (Conservative) Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, on 07920 286618 or 01379 741504
Cllr Jonathon Childs (UKIP) Vice Chair of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, on 07899 037719 - text only
Cllr Terry Jermy (Labour) on 07742 157967
Cllr John Timewell (Liberal Democrat), on 07717 881857
Cllr Andrew Boswell (Green) on 07787 127881

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