Question over whether A47 to get share of budget highway fund

A question mark hangs over whether a major Norfolk road will get a share of a war chest to improve the nation’s highways.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has put improvements to the UK road network at the top of his agenda in Monday’s Budget, with £28.8bn set to be announced to upgrade the country’s motorways and major local routes.

Of that, £25.5bn will go to Highways England for major road upgrades between 2020 and 2025. This will largely be funded by road tax, the first time the tax has been “ring-fenced” for use on roads.

A further £3.5bn will be allocated to major local routes, and will come under the remits of local councils.

But it remains to be seen whether the A47 will see any of this cash to support a bid to fully dual the road.


Residents’ worries over homes scheme

“Please listen to our concerns and change your plans”  is the plea from concerned residents of a Great Yarmouth road after a planning bid to build 76 homes on the Northgate Hospital site was lodged with the borough council.

G and C Homes wants to build 76 properties on empty land on the site on the corner of Northgate Street and Beaconsfield Road, with the properties aimed at first time buyers and those using the help-to buy-scheme. A fifth of the 76 will be affordable homes.

However the plans have met stiff opposition from residents of Beaconsfield Road who fear three-storey buildings will over look their properties and will cause road chaos, with a new roundabout built by the only entrance point to the proposed development in their road.


Controversial principal to speak about school’s ‘turnaround’ at House of Lords

A controversial Norfolk principal credited with “transforming” a failing school is to share his experiences in a talk at a prestigious political venue.

Barry Smith, who took over at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy last year, will be speaking about his turnaround of the school at the House of Lords on Monday, November 12.

Mr Smith was recently interviewed by the Times Educational Supplement (TES) about his time at Charter Academy, in which he said the school – which merged with Trafalgar College in September – had been “reclaimed” from “chaos”.

He enforced a strict behaviour and uniform policy which met mixed responses from parents – but exam results at the school have improved over his tenure.


Community improvement project gets major funding boost

A project to build stronger communities by allowing residents to develop their own ideas to improve people’s lives across the borough of Great Yarmouth is to run for a further two years following a funding boost.

The Great Yarmouth Borough Council-led Neighbourhoods that Works scheme has been handed more than £700,000 by the Big Lottery Fund.

It aims to help communities to develop their ideas for improving lives, helps existing services to work better together to support vulnerable people, and helps people into training, volunteering and work.


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