Road closure will put pressure on roads in Hellesdon, Drayton and Horsford

Extra long-term pressures on roads through Hellesdon, Drayton and on Church Street, Horsford, are expected following the permanent closure of the B1149 Holt Road, south of Horsford.

The closure has been brought forward to Wednesday August 9 after BT Openreach announced earlier dates for moving their fibre optic cables. The closure had been put back until late August after BT said diversion of the cables would not begin until after the World Athletics Championships (August 4-13). However, that work has been rescheduled by BT to start on July 31. This will allow more of the complex final phase in constructing the major A140 Cromer Road/A1270 Northern Distributor Road (NDR) junction to be carried out in the school summer holidays. Altogether, it is expected to take around three months to complete the junction. Following the B1149 closure, traffic will be diverted via New Drayton Lane – which has recently opened – on to Reepham Road. This diversion will remain in place until traffic can use the NDR dual carriageway and A140 junction, or part of it, to restore access to the A140. Norfolk County Council and Balfour Beatty has apologised for the unavoidable disruption to normal travel.


Hedgehog ‘hogspital’ gets a boost over the finish line

A Hellesdon-based campaign to raise money to build a hospital for poorly hedgehogs has been given a final boost by children from West Sussex, meaning work can get started sooner than expected.
Paula Pithers runs Hellesdon Hedgehog rehab, Hellesdon Hogwatch and Hodmedods Hedgehog Support and was heavily involved in the campaign to raise £5,000 for a purpose-built hospital for sick hogs at the Hallswood animal sanctuary, in Stratton Strawless.
She said they were delighted to announce that, thanks to children from Steyning Primary, who chose the appeal to receive the £2,500 they raised by taking part in the Walk4Wildlife, the appeal had not only hit that target – it had exceeded it by around £1,000.
“Not only can we build it, we can start to equip it too,” said Paula. “We hope that we can start getting things in place at the end of August.”
Paula and Hallswood are overwhelmed by the number of hedgehogs brought in needing specialist care, with 12 being brought in just last weekend.
“Liz at Hallswood overwintered 140 last year and that number is rising all the time,” said Paula. “We try to spread awareness about hedgehogs but the more people know, the more hedgehogs we have in because people know what to look for.”
She said hedgehogs were having an especially hard time because their habitat was under threat, with smaller gardens and greater use of slug pellets and other pest controls. With this in mind she is launching an awareness campaign which will teach schoolchildren what they and their families can do to help their prickly neighbours.
The campaign will be launched at Hellesdon High School on September 9 between 11am and 1pm and leaflets are being printed.
“We want to let more people know what they can do to make their gardens more hedgehog friendly and what to look out for if they see a hedgehog who needs help,” said Paula. “We will see a lot of juveniles who are not big enough to make it through the winter.”


Hellesdon residents – have your say on Norwich Airport’s future plans

Hellesdon residents have until August 17 to make their views known on Norwich Airport’s plans for the next 30 years, which include extending night-flying times.

Hellesdon  Parish Council is hosting an exhibition about  the airport’s draft Masterplan from Tuesday July 25 to Friday July 28 from 10am to 4pm, at the Parish Office, Diamond Jubilee Lodge, Wood View Road, Hellesdon, Norwich NR6 5QB.

The council will have copies of its own questionnaire available on the exhibition days.

The 140-page Masterplan makes the case for expansion hopes which include:

Flights from 6am to 1.30am up to four days a week in the summer months.

A 500m eastern extension to the runway to be earmarked for the future, to accommodate larger aircraft.

Extra parking for aircraft to the north-east of the terminal building.

Identifying land for future expansion of maintenance, repairs and operations .

Possible upgrade of the airport’s Delta taxiway.

An extra 750 car-park spaces by 2030, taking the capacity to 1,734 spaces.

Passenger numbers at Norwich Airport broke the 500,000 barrier last year for the first time since 2008, and chiefs say they could rise to 1.4m by 2045.

The draft Masterplan says the airport is worth about £70m to the local economy and this could increase to £170m in the same period.

It is estimated it supports 1,240 jobs in the local economy and contributes approximately £70m to the regional economy. If the airport grows as predicted, jobs would  increase to 1,950 by 2030.

Current destinations from Norwich Airport include Bulgaria, Corfu, Gran Canaria, Guernsey, Ibiza, Jersey, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Paphos, Rhodes, and Tenerife.

And a number of specialist charters fly to destinations including Croatia, Friedrichshafen, Lapland, Naples, Venice, and Verona.

The airport is also a transport hub for the southern North Sea offshore gas, oil and windfarm industries.

The new International Aviation Academy – Norwich (IAA-N) – opened in April near the airport offering training facility for careers in the aviation industry.

The airport dates from 1933 when it was opened on Mousehold Heath. The current site was opened in 1939 as an RAF bomber station.

The draft Masterplan can be viewed on Norwich Airport’s website:,masterplan where consultation response forms can be downloaded.

Hard copies of the draft Masterplan are available to read at the Hellesdon Parish Council and Broadland District Council offices.

Completed questionnaires can be emailed to or posted to Norwich Airport Masterplan c/o Barton Willmore LLP St Andrews House St Andrews Road Cambridge CB4 1WB.

Hard copies of feedback forms are available at: Broadland District Council, 1 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0DU; Hellesdon Parish Council, Diamond Jubilee Lodge, Wood View Road, Norwich, NR6 5QB; Mile Cross Library, Aylsham Road, Norwich, NR3 2RJ; Norwich City Council, St Peter’s Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH; Old Catton Parish Council, The Pavilion, Church Street, Old Catton, NR6 7DS; Spixworth Parish Council, Village Hall, Crostwick Lane, Spixworth, NR10 3NQ; The Black Swan Inn,  25 Norwich Road, Horsham St Faiths, Norwich, NR10 3HJ.

Norwich Airport


Fitness sessions will help sick children

Enjoy an exercise class and help poorly children at a special fitness fundraising day at Hellesdon Community Centre.
Matt Philpot, of ATP Health and Fitness, in Taverham, is organising the day – Let’s Move – to raise money for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each) Nook appeal. He hopes to raise more than £1000 towards the appeal to build a new hospice at Framingham Earl, near Norwich, from a day of classes and taster sessions on September 9.
“There will be nine exercise classes on the day, running from 9am and finishing at 4pm,” said Matt. “Each class starts on the hour lasting 50 minutes each and all members of the public are welcome to join at any point of the day. They can stay for one class or participate in more depending on how they are feeling.”
Classes cost £3 and all proceeds go to the charity.
To book yourself on a class please contact Matt on or call 07785105381


Top award for Hellesdon housing development

A development of eco-homes in Hellesdon has scooped the top prize at the United Kingdom and Ireland’s most prestigious planning awards.
Carrowbreck Meadow, on Drayton High Road, came first in the Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing category at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017.
The development is made up of 14 Passivhaus homes in a woodland setting, designed to be ecologically friendly. The positioning of the homes maximises the access to solar energy in winter and prevents overheating in summer, leading to lower power bills. Electric car charging points, rainwater butts and connection points for photo-voltaic installation are also standard.
Andrew Proctor, Chairman of Broadland Growth Limited and Broadland District Council Leader said: “Winning such a prestigious national award with our first development is a huge honour for Broadland Growth.
“The award is testimony to the excellent teamwork and vision of our planning teams working alongside design and building consultancy Hamson Barron Smith to deliver an innovative Passivhaus project that delivers excellence in housing.”
Nick Raynsford, former planning and housing minister and chairman of the judging panel, said they were impressed with the innovative approach taken and the excellent use of publicly owned land, adding: “With over 40pc of affordable housing on the site, it is a great example of how innovation, quality and affordable housing could be delivered hand in hand.”


Pupils help the homeless and hungry

Youngsters at Hellesdon High School have been out and about helping to feed the homeless and to raise awareness of their problems.

Pupils and staff all contributed with donations after seeing a video made by the Shield (Supporting Hellesdon’s Inclusion, Equality, Love and Diversity) team to let the rest of the school know about the work of The People’s Picnic.

This is a group of volunteers who prepare and distribute hot meals and other supplies to homeless people in the city centre and who are seeing an increase in the number of people desperate for their help.

Donations included items such as tins of pasta and meat, biscuits, powdered milk, wet wipes and nappies and a group of sixth formers went along to deliver the supplies and to see how they were distributed.

English teacher Jess Baker said: “When we’d researched homelessness in Norwich prior to our trip, we’d been shocked by the high numbers of people who use this food bank for both hot meals and supplies, but nothing could have prepared us for what we encountered.

“There was a huge crowd of people when we arrived at 8pm.”

Younger pupils also played their part, making sandwiches to hand out – and they threw themselves enthusiastically into the challenge.

The students who accompanied Miss Baker to deliver the sandwiches and donations helped to distribute bottles of water, which gave them the opportunity to meet those in the queue.

The sandwiches, in particular, proved popular and were gone in 10 minutes.

After their experience, the sixth formers praised the volunteers who organise the service twice a week.

Georgia Leeds said: “I spoke to one man who told me the food we supplied will go far. I found that really touching.”

Scott Palframan expressed surprise at how many people there were using the facilities. “I was shocked at how busy it was… It shows you what a great need there is in Norwich,” he said.

Miss Baker added: “It was profoundly moving to see so many people of all different ages and walks of life coming together and using this service. The People’s Picnic organisers are absolute heroes.”

Hellesdon High School intends to continue to support the vulnerable through further fundraising campaigns and donations.

Road in Hellesdon to close for 12 weeks for footway maintenance

Works will begin on or shortly after Monday, March 6 to carry out essential maintenance on the footway on Bernham Road, Hellesdon. This will involve reconstructing the footway including replacing all kerbs. It is anticipated that these works will take approximately 12 weeks to complete.
The works will be undertaken under a road closure at Bernham Road (north east-south west section only).
Access to properties within the works will be maintained at all times. Emergency services and bus operators will be informed of the works so that alternative arrangements can be made.
Norfolk County Council recognises that the works may cause some disruption and apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
The works, which will cost £106,000, will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and its contractors.

Bernham Road in Hellesdon will be closed for up to 12 weeks for essential footway maintenance.

Hellesdon and Sprowston among most desirable places to live

If you live or work in Hellesdon or parts of Sprowston then you should be the envy of the rest of the country, according to a study by Royal Mail to identify the most desirable places to live and work in England based on postcode.

The findings were released on the last day of February and highlight the NR6 postcode as the second most desirable place to live and work in England, behind CH63, Bebington, Wirral.

The study, which was undertaken by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), looked back at the past two years and calculated the most desirable areas based on a range of factors including good schools, access to green spaces, good employment prospects, working hours, affordable housing and average commuting times.

The research was conducted by reviewing a number of data sources at the local level, including the 2011 Census, the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Indices of Multiple Deprivation, General Land Use database and numerous releases from the Office for National Statistics.

The inclusion of NR6 in Norwich leads an increase in the number of areas in the south included in the top ten. In 2015, there were just three postcodes from the south compared to six this year. Good local schools and lower unemployment helped facilitate the change.

Hellesdon Parish Council chairman Shelagh Gurney said: “Whilst it is undoubtedly flattering to be rated so highly in this study, it is a testament to the tireless work of civic, community leaders and groups, and the residents of Hellesdon as a whole that this has been achieved. However, it comes with a price. As soon as a community becomes desirable to live in, for all the right reasons, housing prices escalate and consequently affects the opportunity for first time home buyers to afford to live in Hellesdon.

“Hellesdon has many desirable qualities as mentioned in the report, but we should not become complacent about the need to continuously improve services and the environments for our residents. Schools are very good, with high levels of achievement. Community facilities are good, but I know that residents want better recreational opportunities which other areas already offer, such as sports halls and running tracks.

“Shops are varied and offer good service levels to support our community. There are also many small businesses which offer high stands of service to our residents.

“Employment statistically is very high. Home ownership is at a high level, but Hellesdon does need more social housing to cater for growth. The loss of the green open space of the golf club, although not publicly accessible, will, in my view, have a detrimental effect on our community, and although we will eventually see the build of 1,000 new homes, this will come with consequences which many will perceive as most undesirable, such as more traffic and more stress on our community services.

“As a councillor I am conscious of the need to maintain and enhance the parish in which I work and live, but clearly this is not sustainable without the dedicated support, devotion and efforts of the people who work and live in my community, so in essence this accolade is a delightful recognition of the community spirit which dwells in the heart of our parish of Hellesdon.”

Top ten most desirable places to live in England:
1. CH63 – Bebington, Wirral
2. NR6 – North and North West Norwich
3. BH18 – Broadstone, Bournemouth
4. M33 – Sale, Greater Manchester
5. PO32 – East Cowes, Isle of Wight
6. SO53 – Eastleigh, Hampshire
7. IP5 – Ipswich, Suffolk
8. LS18 – Horsforth, Leeds
9. S18 – Dronfield, North East Derbyshire
10. RG6 – Earley, Reading

GREEN SPACE: Mountfield Park in Hellesdon.

GREEN SPACE: Harrison’s Wood in Sprowston.

Hellesdon Parish Council chairman Shelagh Gurney.