NCC Consultation – Budget 2019/2020

Norfolk County Council helps make the county better for everyone who lives or works here or travels to Norfolk. The many services we run include ensuring children and young people have the best start in life, providing the fire and rescue service, protecting vulnerable people, maintaining a safe road system and helping improve the economy. We spend over a billion pounds every year providing public services.

Even though we are proposing to increase council tax next year, by the minimum required to put our finances on a sound footing, the amount of money we hope to raise wouldn’t be enough to balance our budget.

This means we must continue to make some difficult decisions about how we spend your money.

You can find out more at www.norfolk.gov.uk/budget and have your say using our online feedback form. Using our online feedback ensures we have a clear record of your response and that your views are accurately recorded.

We appreciate that not everyone has online access and people who are unable to respond online can send us send their views in writing to:

Freepost Plus RTCL-XSTT-JZSK Norfolk County Council, Ground floor – south wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH.

People can request individual consultation documents in other formats, including paper form, by calling 0344 800 8020 or emailing haveyoursay@norfolk.gov.uk. We will make all materials as accessible as possible.

Our consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 23 December 2018. Please note that if we receive any consultation responses after this date we cannot guarantee that we will be able to take them into account.

NCC Consultation – Norwich Western Link options

In early November, Norfolk County Council published four potential route options for a Norwich Western Link, to connect the western end of Broadland Northway (formerly the Northern Distributor Road) to the A47. The council wants to improve travel between these two major roads and to tackle the transport problems that exist in the area to the west of Norwich, including slow journey times, rat running and roads not being suitable for the volume and type of traffic.

The four routes have been published following months of work to identify which options would be most effective as a Norwich Western Link. The shortlisted options were also informed by the results of an initial Norwich Western Link consultation which was held earlier this year. This consultation had more than 1,700 responses and showed there was very strong support for creating a new link between the A47 and Broadland Northway, with the majority of those responding suggesting a new road as their preferred solution.

The shortlist is made up of three new dual carriageway roads and a single carriageway upgrade to the B1535, and all of the options also include improvements to the A1067 Fakenham Road.

A public consultation on these routes will run between

                                       Monday 26 November 2018 and Friday 18 January 2019.

During the consultation, people will be asked for their views on the options and these responses will help the council identify a preferred option for a Norwich Western Link in spring 2019. The consultation is also an opportunity to tell the council about any relevant information they should consider before deciding on a preferred route.

You can find out more about the options and respond to the consultation online via www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl from Monday 26 November. You can also respond in person, and ask any questions they may have, at a series of staffed consultation events taking place throughout the consultation period. Information on these events is below, all the events will run between 2 and 8pm unless otherwise stated and people can drop in at any point between these opening times.

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NCC Consultation – Transforming our Children’s Centres

Norfolk County Council have been working on the re-design of a proposed new service 
for children’s centres which reflects national and local changes as to how families 
are supported and considers the needs of parents with children aged 0-5 years across Norfolk.

The proposed new service aims to:

1.Bring the services out of the buildings and into the community, to the children and  families who need it the most.
2.Help communities and parents offer local activities and groups.
3.Make it easier for families to access the information and advice they need, through  providing better joined up online and digital services.
4.Change how we work to make sure we deliver in the best way for today’s families.

We are  consulting  on this proposed new model and wanted to direct you to the 
webpage www.norfolk.gov.uk/childrenscentres where the consultation proposals are 
published and open for consideration and your responses.  The consultation is open 
until 12 November and we look forward to receiving your feedback,