Ambitious plans to boost infrastructure and the economy

26 November 2021

Ambitious plans to boost infrastructure and the economy to support Norfolk’s communities are to be considered by councillors.

Three reports – on infrastructure investment priorities, boosting the rural economy and supporting digital inclusion – will be considered by the county council’s cabinet on 6 December.

Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, Councillor Martin Wilby, said: “The county council plays a key role in putting the infrastructure in place to boost the economy and support our communities.

“These reports show our ambition to work with partners and put the support in place to achieve that.”

The first report, the strategic infrastructure delivery plan, outlines priorities for the council and its partners over the next 10 years, including:

  • Road schemes, including link roads in the Broadland growth triangle and Attleborough, the A10 West Winch housing access road and the Norwich Western Link
  • The Broadland business park railway station proposal
  • Energy supply projects in Snetterton, Thetford and Attleborough
  • Sustainable projects, such as the Burlingham and Broadland country parks and Weaver’s Way

The rural economic strategy report shows how the council and key partners are identifying priorities for investment in rural areas, following the end of European Union funding.

Broad themes, which will lead to a more detailed delivery plan, include:

  • Support for e-commerce and tourism to boost market towns
  • Investment in walking, cycling and improved countryside access
  • Development of bioenergy, biotechnology and bioplastics, from agricultural by-products
  • Improved rural bus services, including a £700,000 pilot scheme for Swaffham

The third report is about supporting digital inclusion – giving every resident of the county “the appropriate digital access opportunities to meet their needs and enable them to be digitally included in all aspects of their lives”.

Priorities include:

  • Seeking funding and inward investment to aid digital inclusion
  • Refurbishing and distributing devices from the council and other public and private sector organisations, to schools, digitally excluded adults and voluntary and community groups – the council provided 5,000 devices in 2021 and is committing to a further 1,000 devices per annum.
  • Providing advice and support at libraries
  • Supporting 500 businesses through the Go Digital scheme

Cabinet will consider the reports when it meets at 10am on Monday, 6th December.

Watch the meeting and read the reports, live or afterwards.

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