Have your say on plans for the River Wensum

Local people are being encouraged to have their say on plans for the River Wensum.
Enhancing the River Wensum has been at the heart of a project to develop a strategy aimed at breathing new life into the river corridor.
The draft strategy will be published on Wednesday, July 26, and its publication will be combined with the start of a public consultation.
The launch will also include an open house event at Blackfriars Hall, featuring display boards illustrating main sections of the draft strategy and Norwich City Council would like to get views from local people along with offering the chance to speak to some of the partners involved in the project.
Mike Stonard, cabinet member for sustainable and inclusive growth, said: “The River Wensum is such an important feature of Norwich which needs to be championed along with raising awareness about all the fantastic benefits it can bring to our vibrant city.
“The draft strategy reflects various aspirations and sets out possible ways to revitalise the river corridor with improved access and a high quality environment so we very much want to hear people’s views on it.
“Such improvements have the potential to contribute to the city’s regeneration by attracting private sector investment as well as making it an even better place to live, work and spend leisure time.”
The draft strategy and questionnaire will be available on the council’s website from Wednesday at
The consultation will run from July 26 to September 15.


NNDC to review management after three leading officers resign

North Norfolk District Council is considering its future management structure following the resignation of three leading officers.

Chief executive Sheila Oxtoby, Karen Sly, the section 151 officer, and Julie Cooke, the head of organisational development, are leaving to take up roles within Great Yarmouth Borough Council, which has been sharing services with NNDC since November 2015 under an interim arrangement.

Mrs Oxtoby is to become the new full-time chief executive in Yarmouth, having filled the post part-time during the arrangement. The two other appointments had also been shared staff.

Great Yarmouth’s full council met on September 8 to decide next steps after it looked likely that NNDC would vote at full council on September 21 not to continue with the interim shared arrangements. Councillors at Yarmouth voted unanimously to offer the position on a full-time, permanent basis to Mrs Oxtoby and the two other officers.

NNDC is now planning a review of its staffing and business to consider its future management structure.

Leader councillor Tom FitzPatrick said: “We received notice of resignations from the three officers concerned yesterday. North Norfolk had entered into the interim shared management arrangements on the basis of good faith, openness and transparency.

“I have now written to GYBC Council Leader ending the interim shared management agreement in order that North Norfolk can focus on the handover to the new management structure we will need to put in place.

“As an authority North Norfolk remains totally committed to delivering on our four-year plan for our communities and that’s where our focus will remain.

“Cabinet believes that as an authority North Norfolk District Council requires its own dedicated management team. We will carry out a strategic management review to ensure we can deliver the programme of work we are elected to deliver and the savings we need.”

In a joint statement, councillors Graham Plant, Kay Grey and Trevor Wainwright said: “During their 10 months at Great Yarmouth, these three officers have done exceptional jobs, working well with existing staff to support the ambitions of the council and the borough. Sheila, as chief executive, has proved both a genuine ambassador for Great Yarmouth and an experienced strategic thinker.”

Mrs Oxtoby said: “I am honoured to be offered this position at Great Yarmouth. During the last 10 months, I have been impressed by the ambition and dedication of Great Yarmouth’s councillors and officers to deliver for communities. There are many exciting opportunities ahead for the borough and I look forward to working on a full-time basis with councillors and officers to make the most of these for residents and businesses.”


Review: Summer Show success at Cromer Pier Pavilion

The Fantastic Cromer Pier Show had its debut night on Saturday, June 25, and what a show.
Each year it gets better and more entertaining, if thats possible, and this year is no exception.
There’s a talented and international line-up of star performers. Comedy juggler from Australia, James Bustar, had the audience amazed by his skills and, at the same tim,e laughing at his banter, what a find for Cromer.
The two lead vocalists, Emily Yarrow and Rob McVeigh, were an absolute joy to listen to. Rob with his mellow voice was equally at home with ballads and pop, Emily had the audience enthralled with her excerpt rom Die Fledermaus, known as the laughing song.
A local homegrown talent is comedy impressionist Marea Smithson, who appeared on the 2012 Britain’s Got Talent. Marea can also sing and dance. The seaside special dancers are the backbone of the show and, in their fabulous costumes, dazzle and delight throughout. The young performers from Marlene’s School of Dance were charming and danced beautifully.
The man making the show flow seamlessly is compere and comedian Phil Butler, a very funny man with enormous talent.
The costumes, lighting, scenery and music all go to make this as much an experience of the magic of theatre as a variety show. Cromer is very fortunate to have such a venue that is supported by North Norfolk District Council, which brings a variety of talent and entertainment to Norfolk. The Famous Cromer Pier Show runs throughout the summer season.
Kevin and Sandra Stone
Pictures by Dave (Hubba) Roberts
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