Parish Council moor up for potential success at national environmental awards

Cantley Parish Council has been short listed for a prestigious national award at the 2011 Biffaward Awards, a ceremony which recognises the people that transform their communities through Biffaward funded projects. Selected from over 80 hopeful applicants, the parish council will now compete against five other organisations from across the country, for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Outdoor Recreation’ category, and receive prize money totalling £2,000. The award is to recognise the council’s tireless work on the ‘Cantley Staithe Project’, which saw the creation of an attractive new community space with moorings, fishing facilities and one of only two slipways on the River Yare. The group received £50,000 in funding from Biffaward to complete the project, for which Rural Action east helped them to obtain.

Broadland District Council aids after-school clubs

Broadland District Council has stepped in to ensure the survival of popular after-school clubs run by a Norfolk high school.Spiralling fuel costs and budget cuts had threatened a 'late bus' school-to-home transport service run by Acle High School and regularly used by more than 300 pupils attending out-of-hours clubs or exam revision classes.Now a £2430 lifeline from the council means the transport home service is secure for another academic year, starting this September.  Funding for the transport has also been provided by the school's parent-teacher association and from the school's own budget.

Broadland District Council Grants Aid to Improve Community Life

More than 30 projects and organisations working to improve the quality of life in Broadland are to receive grant aid worth a total of £231,408.The money, which comes from funds that Broadland has put aside specifically to help relieve the effects of the recession will help a wide range of activities and projects such as guided walks for health, an after school bus service, a furniture restoration and recycling project and the rebuilding of a village hall.

Conservative led Broadland District Council signs up to 'Save Our Villages'

Broadland District Council has become one of the first local authorities in the country to pledge its backing for a national campaign to build more affordable homes in rural areas.The National Housing Federation 'Save Our Villages' initiative seeks to ensure a fairer deal for thousands of young people and low earners who struggle to find homes they can afford in the communities in which they grew up. All too often, locals are priced out of the market.To enable this to go ahead, the council has launched a policy to fast track affordable residential development on small sites adjoining existing villages where a local need has been identified.Five families in Halvergate have recently moved into solar-heated homes specially built for people with a connection to the village and Broadland intends to continue these schemes across the district.

Conservative administrations returned to both Councils

All the Candidates who stood for election to become a District Councilor for Broadland and North Norfolk give you their thanks for supporting them and returning Conservative administrations to both Councils.