Funding boost for footpaths, a new roundabout for Hempton and safety cameras on the A149 up for discussion on packed committee agenda

10 January 2019

Speed cameras, public rights of way, roads spending, and how city roads will be managed in the future are all on the agenda for next week’s EDT committee.

The meeting at County Hall on Friday 18 January will cover a range of topics including the £500,000 a year savings that could be brought by a move of highway maintenance work, currently done in-house, to Norse Highways Ltd.  The plans would see no jobs put at risk and could bring considerable savings in the future.

Members will also be getting more detail on how some of the extra £20m, allocated for roads by the administration back in November 2017, will be spent in 2019-20.  Councillors will hear that £1.2m from the pot is set to be spent on an upgrade to the Hempton junction on the B1146 near Fakenham.  Work is likely to start on a new roundabout next year to improve safety and reduce congestion on the increasingly busy section of road.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said:  “We’re constantly looking at how we can bring improvements to Norfolk’s vital infrastructure in the most effective and efficient way possible.  We want to make sure that Norfolk stays a great place to live, work, visit and do business.”

Councillors will also be asked to approve an extra £119,000 to be spent on Norfolk’s public rights of way.  If the go-ahead is given, the money will go towards maintaining the 2,400 miles of paths that the county council is responsible for across Norfolk.

Also on Friday 18 January committee members will be considering whether a review of the county’s current policy on brown tourist signs is necessary.  If agreed, it is likely that a detailed paper on options will be brought to a future committee meeting this spring.

And if plans are approved next week drivers could see safety cameras on the A149 in West Norfolk.  The scheme could also include a cut in the speed limit to 50mph on two sections of the road and a number of junction improvements to make the road safer for all road users.

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