Plea over plans for many new Hellesdon homes

Residents are being urged to have their say on proposals for large numbers of new homes which local chiefs fear would be bad news for Hellesdon.

Greater Norwich – which includes Hellesdon – has to find sites for nearly 43,000 new homes between now and 2036.

Some 30,000 have already been identified but a further 7,200 have still to be found. Public consultation is under way on the Greater Norwich Local Plan, which details the proposals.

Up to 1,000 homes are already due to be built in Hellesdon, on the former Royal Norwich Golf Club site.

A parish council spokesman said: “In Hellesdon the grassed area close to Arden Grove Primary School, now known as Cottingham’s Park, together with part of our allotments, accessed from Bush Road, feature as development sites in the plan which is not good news as it will take away valuable recreational space which is already in short supply in the parish.

“Looking across the parish boundary into Horsford, which starts just beyond the medical practice, The Greater Norwich Local Plan has earmarked all the land up the Reepham Road to the NDR roundabout on the south side of Horsford and bounded on the eastern side by the A140.

“Housing built here will of necessity put additional loading onto both of these roads and the local infrastructure, having a direct impact on the local schools, shops and medical facilities together with the invisible infrastructure of the water, drainage and sewage systems, already subject to some overloading. Some smaller site proposals in the parish of Drayton adjoining Hellesdon will also have a similar impact.”

The parish council also fears that Hellesdon would lose out financially if homes were built in this Horsford block as future residents would be likely to use Hellesdon’s schools, doctors and other services, which would be nearer for them.

But, because their homes would not actually be built within Hellesdon’s boundaries, other parish councils would receive “CIL” money levied from developers – used for community benefits – and from the new home owners via the parish precept element of the council tax.

The spokesman added: “Hellesdon Parish Council needs all the support it can muster from its residents to ensure Cottingham’s Park and allotments are not lost and that any development within Horsford’s block of land is kept to an absolute minimum.”

* Residents will have the chance to learn more during the week beginning Monday February 19 at the parish council’s Diamond Jubilee Lodge office between 10am and 3.30pm.

The office will also reopen on Wednesday  February 21 between 6pm and 8pm.

Every resident is also urged to make an individual response to the consultation which runs until March 15.  Visit or collect a response booklet from the parish council office.

* Broadland District Council officers will be holding a roadshow on the proposals in Hellesdon Community Centre on February 28 from 2pm-8pm.

Pictured: Cottingham’s Park looking towards the allotments.

Arson attack at Hellesdon Community Centre

Police are appealing for information following an arson attack at the public toilets at Hellesdon Community Centre on Wood View Road.
On Friday August 4 between 7am and 3.40pm a toilet roll was set alight and the holder melted to the wall.
Because of a similar incident the week before both sets of toilets at the centre have had to be closed for repairs.
Anyone with information is asked to please call PC Sue Weatherburn at Taverham Police Station on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Dog groomer helps homeless in city centre


Horsham St Faith dog groomer Kerry Davis has been helping out the homeless this Christmas by offering free dog washing in the city centre.

She was outside The Missing Shoe on Castle Meadow from 7-10pm on December 17 and said: “I often see people coming up with creative ideas to help other people at The Missing Kind, where I volunteer, and I thought this was something I could do to give back.

“We had four dogs with owners and several other homeless people who came for a cuppa and were able to pick up some of the many donated items including clothes, food, dog food etc.”

Kerry said the event had been a “fantastic success” and created a “wonderful sense of community”.

She said: “For me it was all about the dogs. I adore my dogs and if I was in a position like them I’d appreciate a similar gesture to enable me to look after them and know that they were healthy, happy and clean. I hope it inspires other people to go away and consider what they could do to help other people and then go and do it.”

She said  people’s reactions when they heard about what she was doing was overwhelming. “People started offering their time, donating items to be given to the homeless and just sending messages of support. I’ve been blown away by the reaction on social media,” she said.

A vet, Sarah, and veterinary nurse, Lucy, from All Creatures Healthcare were on hand to advise the owners where necessary. Food was donated by Pandora’s kitchen, plus the Missing Shoe held a pop up cafe to raise fund for Safe Rescue for Dogs.

Dogs Donations Kerry Some volunteers Volunteers singing

Need help planning your 2015 getaway?

This Saturday, 24th January is Norwich International Airport’s annual Travel Show held in the airport terminal building. The event, now in its sixth year, offers local holidaymakers the perfect opportunity to meet with, and chat to, representatives from the tour operators and airlines flying from Norwich International, as well as providing a chance to pick up a copy of the Fly Norwich 2015 magazine which will be launched at the event.

The Travel Show running 10am – 3pm is open to everyone with free entry and free parking for all visitors in the short stay car park.

Over 20 tour operator and airline representatives will be on hand throughout the day offering first hand destination and product advice on their departures from Norwich International and the airport encourages everyone to pop along for some holiday inspiration and talk to the experts; as it’s the only time of the year they will collectively be in once place in this region and its right on the doorstep!

There is also the opportunity to enter the airports free prize draw to win one of the fabulous prizes on offer including: – Return flight tickets to Edinburgh and Aberdeen, Helicopter pleasure flight, flying lessons, restaurant voucher and much more. Additional free to enter competitions will be taking place on individual stands throughout the day with many more great prizes to be won.

Break will also be present promoting the work of the charity along with some of the GoGo Dragons and the airport is delighted to be part of the 2015 trail with the Norwich International Airport dragon being unveiled at the travel show.

Historically this day has always been a huge success with people eager to book and in keeping with tradition, any holidays booked on the day will receive free parking at Norwich International for their holiday and a fantastic 5% booking discount.

High School hosts Anti-Bullying event

Over a hundred young people from local schools in Norfolk have received training and shared top tips on how to prevent bullying in their schools and communities. The training day was held at Aylsham High School on 10th October 2014. 

The training day brought together young people from primary and secondary schools, of all ages and abilities, across the region and trained as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Including students from Reepham High School, Fakenham Academy, Hellesdon High School, Colby Primary School and Bure Valley Junior School. The young people creatively explored and understood the issue of bullying. They networked with other young people and exchanged ideas. They gained practical ideas and received top tips on how to stop bullying. Ultimately these Ambassadors left with an action plan aimed at helping them to prevent bullying and ensure everyone feels safe and happy in their school.

The Diana Awards runs the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme, a nationwide peer led initiative with over 7,250 trained Ambassadors in over 600 schools across the UK.

Alex Holmes Programme Manager says: “As a former victim of bullying I know how isolated and unhappy a young person can feel when they are being targeted and I am passionate about helping these people. The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme gives young people the confidence to stand together against bullies and support one another.  We give Ambassadors the skills and tools to successfully spread the message – bullying will not be tolerated.”

Kirsty Connor said: “We are delighted to be part of the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme and proud to host the training event at Aylsham which will enable schools in Norfolk extend their effective anti-bullying programmes in the same way we have with our Diana Award winning peer support group Friendly Faces.”

The Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, as a legacy to her belief in the power of young people to change the world.

Students awarded Anti-bullying ambassador of the day by the staff from the Diana Award. James Hubbard (Aylsham High School) Josh Cant (Downham Market Academy) David Bannon-Ryder (George White Junior School) Hannah Galey (Buxton Primary School) Pippa Randall (Ayslahm High School) Lily Moore (Aylsham High School) Ben Arthur (Hobart High School)

Students awarded Anti-bullying ambassador of the day by the staff from the Diana Award.
James Hubbard (Aylsham High School)
Josh Cant (Downham Market Academy)
David Bannon-Ryder (George White Junior School)
Hannah Galey (Buxton Primary School)
Pippa Randall (Aylsham High School)
Lily Moore (Aylsham High School)
Ben Arthur (Hobart High School)







Get ‘Gok-ed’ by Chrissi

Norfolk’s answer to Gok Wan is coming to Wroxham and North Walsham to give locals the chance to check out what suits them.
The Style Show is touring Norfolk to give everyone the opportunity to learn about their style.
The event is for women who want to know the perfect colours to wear and how to dress to flatter their shape but don’t want to pay the price of a personal stylist. They can buy designs from the world’s fashion capitals.
Chrissi Rix, stylist and partner at The Style Show explained: “No woman wants to waste money on clothes but according to some studies, a staggering 85% of women own clothes they never wear, and some are brand new. They might not fit or look good, or they are just uncomfortable. At our shows we have some fun with a Style Surgery. Anybody can bring along an item they don’t wear and we’ll show them why it never sees the light of day.”
The shows start at 7pm and most have plenty of parking available.
Chrissi added: “We are also working with groups of women where medical issues have impacted their bodies, for example breast cancer.”
The shows will be at Hotel Wroxham, on June 11.
You can also catch Chrissi on the following dates:
June 18, Town Hall Kings Lynn.
July 2, Holiday Inn, Norwich North.
July 10, The Atrium, North Walsham.
July 23, Carlton Manor, Lowestoft.

Tickets are available at www.the and include discounts. Contact Chrissi on 07768 584452.