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  • Consultation closes for Long Stratton Leisure Centre investment
    Consultation closes for Long Stratton Leisure Centre investment dstorey 9 August 2017
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    Originally released on 02/08/2017

    South Norfolk Council’s consultation into its plans for a £2million improvement scheme to Long Stratton Leisure Centre has now closed.

    South Norfolk Councillor Yvonne Bendle, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Leisure and Early Intervention said. “ I would like to thank the hundreds of people who took the time to take part in our consultation. We have looked at all of the responses and have made some changes to our plans, including increasing the number of showers, as a result.

    “Our investment in Long Stratton Leisure Centre will provide modern, affordable leisure facilities that can be used by the whole community. The improved centre will become a hub where friends and family can spend quality time together for many years to come.
    “As a council we understand the importance and health benefits of keeping active and we also recognise the need to make sure that Long Stratton has the facilities that it needs to service the planned growth in population.”

    Long Stratton Leisure Centre is an integral part of the local community and as such improvements to the centre will work alongside the plan for the whole community set out in the Long Stratton Area Action Plan.

    Long Stratton is planned to grow with more than 1,800 new houses being built and this investment will mean that the leisure centre is ready for the increased demand that this planned growth will bring.

    South Norfolk Council has recently invested £4 million in its leisure centre in Wymondham. In the year since the centre re-opened that investment has resulted in an 87% increase in membership and 72,000 more visits.

    To find out more about leisure facilities offered by South Norfolk Council visit

  • South Norfolk Council, taking the sting out of summer
    South Norfolk Council, taking the sting out of summer dstorey 9 August 2017
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    Originally released on 02/08/2017

    If you are having a problem with uninvited guests this summer the Pest Control Team at South Norfolk Council provide an expert service for both domestic and commercial premises.

    South Norfolk Council Cabinet member Kay Mason Billig said. “At this time of year people can often have problems with a variety of pests. The team at South Norfolk Council can help you get rid of wasps, rats, mice and even fleas. You can book online and when the team arrive they will assess your problem and carry out the appropriate course of action. They will also give you advice on protecting your home or business against future infestations.”

    To make sure that the treatment is as effective as possible before the team arrives we will ask you to do a few simple things.
    For wasps, we will ask you to locate the wasp’s nest. For rats, we want the rodents to find the poison we put down more attractive than anything else. Therefore, to make your treatment successful you should make sure there are no other sources of food to distract them. If you have been feeding birds it is wise to stop while the treatment is carried out and do not leave animal food down on the ground.

    For fleas, before we carry out the treatment, we ask that you treat all pets, wash their bedding and thoroughly vacuum the household including all soft furnishings. The property will need to be vacated for at least three hours after treatment. We then recommend that you vacuum the house after five days. Complete control of the infestation may take several weeks. The Pest Control Officer will give further advice on the day of the treatment.

    You can book a visit from the pest control team by visiting


  • South Norfolk Council's Kids Camp is officially Good
    South Norfolk Council's Kids Camp is officially Good dstorey 9 August 2017
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    Originally released on 08/08/2017

    A holiday play scheme run by South Norfolk Council at Wymondham Leisure Centre has been graded as ‘good’ following a recent Ofsted inspection.

    Kids Camp which has been registered with Ofsted since 2008 is open Monday to Friday during school holidays for children aged between five and fifteen. The scheme offers a range of activities including swimming, Trampoline, football, arts and crafts and can be booked as either full or half day sessions.
    South Norfolk Council Cabinet member Yvonne Bendle said. “Kids Camp has been a great success and averages more than 50 children a day during the school holidays. The team work hard to ensure that there are plenty of activities available to keep the children busy and entertained and this result is a great reward for their efforts.”

    The Ofsted inspector found that:

    “Staff create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. They plan a wide range of interesting activities and introduce new experiences. Visitors with specialist skills are invited to come in and share their knowledge with the children. Children are very eager to engage and talk animatedly about what they enjoy during their time at camp.

    “Staff help children to develop positive attitudes and good behaviour. Relationships between children of different ages are strong. Older children are willing to support and guide younger children, which has a positive impact on their emotional well-being."

    “Staff maintain good levels of communication with parents. They keep parents informed about what children do and enjoy at the camp and forthcoming activities.”

    “Staff work well together and have a good understanding of their role in complementing children's learning and development. They join in with the children's activities and demonstrate a genuine interest and enthusiasm for their work.”

    Councillor Bendle added. “We realise how important it is to keep kids active during the holidays and the importance of learning through play. Being rated as good is a real achievement but the whole team will be doing their best to make Kids Camp even better.”

    Kids Camp is also available at Long Stratton Leisure Centre and this holiday, for the first time at Diss High School.

    Kids Camp is available during all school holidays and can be booked online by visiting


  • More opportunities to get active in South Norfolk
    More opportunities to get active in South Norfolk dstorey 9 August 2017

    South Norfolk Council is continuing to roll out access to sports and leisure services, across the district, by teaming up with Hethersett Academy.

    Local people can now use the sports hall, gymnasium and outdoor netball and tennis courts after school and at the weekends.

    The Council’s experienced leisure team is also running fitness classes including Boogie Bounce, Kickboxercise, FitSteps and Blast FX to encourage people to get active and keep active.

    Other bookable activities including football, badminton, table tennis, tennis, netball, cricket nets, volleyball and basketball and at the moment tennis and badminton are both half price.
    South Norfolk Council Cabinet member Yvonne Bendle said “The Council understand the importance and health benefits of keeping our residents fit and active. By teaming up with Hethersett Academy, local people can now enjoy sporting facilities on their doorstep. This is part of our drive to give people of all ages and abilities greater opportunities to participate in a range of sport.”

    The facilities are available for use between 5pm and 9pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am until 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Members of the public and sports groups will be able to book and pay for use of the facilities online via the Council’s website.

    South Norfolk Council recently invested £4million to refurbish and expand Wymondham Leisure Centre and is in the process of investing £2million to improve Long Stratton Leisure Centre.

    For more information or to book please visit


  • Winning was a piece of cake for Wednesday
    Winning was a piece of cake for Wednesday dstorey 31 July 2017


    Local business woman Wednesday Batchelor from Unicorn Cakery and Delectables in Wymondham won top prize in South Norfolk Council’s Victoria Sponge Bake Off competition.

    Her prosecco soaked Victoria sponge, with white chocolate buttercream and homemade cherry jam had the judges heading back for seconds and thirds when the competition ran earlier in the month at South Norfolk on Show.

    Having quit her job in May as a facilities manager to spend more time with her one-year-old daughter Isabella, Wednesday was keen to raise the profile of her new business.

    She said: “It was a great opportunity to get my name out there and good fun too. It was lovely to see everyone enjoying my baking, I don’t think there was much cake left after the judging! It was fantastic to win.”

    Her prize included two tickets to the world’s biggest cake decoration event in Birmingham plus a bag of goodies from sponsors Cake International.

    The competition was open to all local businesses that have been awarded 4* or 5 * hygiene ratings by the Council.

    South Norfolk Council’s Deputy Leader Councillor Michael Edney, who was lucky enough to sample the winning cake, said:

    “We are one of the best local authority areas in the country for our food hygiene ratings and this was a great - and delicious way, to say thank you to local businesses for maintaining such high standards. Well done Wednesday, it was a very tasty cake!"

    A recent study by the Food Standards Agency revealed that out of 360 Council areas in England, Wales and Northern Island, South Norfolk has the 2nd highest percentage of eateries with top marks, with 98% achieving 4* or above.

    Councillor Edney added:

    “Businesses in the area are working hard when it comes to hygiene and are exceling, which is great news for our residents and visitors to the area. Our Food and Safety Team are always on-hand with support and advice if needed and work with businesses to help them achieve top marks.”

    If you are thinking of starting a food business and need some advice, or an existing business that would like to gain a higher rating, please visit

  • Keep recycling clean and loose in South Norfolk
    Keep recycling clean and loose in South Norfolk dstorey 28 July 2017
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    Originally released on 25/07/2017

    Residents in South Norfolk are now able to recycle more items than ever before. The Council would like to thank its residents for taking the time to ensure that the items put in their recycling bins are clean and loose – not in a bag.

    South Norfolk Council Cabinet member, Kay Mason Billig said “It might sound strange for us to ask our residents to rinse things that they’re putting in their bins but if the items are not clean they can’t be recycled. If they're covered in food it might mean that everything in that bin and possibly even the lorry will be contaminated and the whole load will then have to be disposed of as general waste.

    “It is important that we prevent as much material as possible from being sent to landfill and that is why we ask our residents to take a few seconds to rinse their recycling.”

    Just as there are items that the Council asks residents not to put in their recycling bins, there are also items that you are asked not to put in your rubbish bins. These include hot ash, batteries, sharps, including needles, chemicals, oils and paints, fluorescent tubes and gas bottles.

    These can all be taken to centres around the district and shops selling batteries will also dispose of the old ones for you.

    You can find a list of items that can be put in your bins, including your garden waste bin on South Norfolk Council’s website. Just visit


  • South Norfolk Council run car parks remain free for first hour
    South Norfolk Council run car parks remain free for first hour dstorey 28 July 2017
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    Originally released on 18/07/2017

    Motorists wishing to park in South Norfolk Council run car parks will no longer have to hunt for change following the introduction of a new system that lets you pay for parking with your credit or debit card or via your mobile phone.

    South Norfolk Council Cabinet member, Lee Hornby said. “The first hour is free in all car parks managed by South Norfolk Council to encourage a rapid turnover of the spaces closest to the shops, as all day parking in the best spaces doesn’t help the businesses in our market towns.

    “We have installed new, state of the art machines offering visitors modern payment options and have introduced a choice of short and long stay car parks. This means that spaces nearer the shops will be used by customers, while business owners and their staff will be able to use the long stay option, with big discounts for essential users and residents who do not have their own parking.”

    “You can still pay for parking in the conventional way, but card and mobile payment is being introduced alongside cash payments as an added service. This has a number of benefits, including the ability to extend your stay, within the allowed time limit, without having to return to your vehicle.”

    The new machines that have been installed in South Norfolk Council’s car parks will accept coins, credit or debit card payments, pay by phone (RingGo) or there is a new Check-in, Check-out option.
    Drivers check-in by tapping their credit card on the terminal, they then key in their car’s registration number and when they return, by tapping the terminal with their card they only pay for the exact time used. This will remove the worry if your visit takes longer than expected.

    Another payment option is RingGo, a quick, easy-to-use mobile phone service that allows users to pay for parking by credit or debit card, rather than with cash. People choosing the RingGo option can pay for parking online, via text message or by calling a standard rate telephone number that will be displayed on signs.

    Once registered, RingGo can issue text reminders to notify you 10 minutes before your parking is due to run out – giving you time to return to your car or extend your stay to the maximum period allowed in that parking place.

    Councillor Horby added. “The Council does not make a profit from car parks and the introduction of a short and long stay option is the first change in parking charges in ten years. It’s important that the cost of maintaining car parks should fall on the motorist rather than our other residents, a pensioner for example, who does not drive.”

    For more information about parking in South Norfolk visit


  • South Norfolk Communities benefit from Action Fund
    South Norfolk Communities benefit from Action Fund dstorey 28 July 2017
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    Originally released on 20/07/2017

    Community groups and sports clubs across South Norfolk are celebrating after receiving funding from South Norfolk Council’s Community Action Fund.

    Groups that benefitted from a share of grants totalling nearly £50,000 include Alburgh Village Hall, Norfolk Windmill Trust, Breckland Park, Caistor Roman Town, Diss Air Training Corps, Harleston Magpies Hockey Club, Kimberly and Carleton Forehoe Parish Council, Norfolk Knights Wheelchair Rugby, Wortwell Bowls Club, and Wymondham Town Football Club.

    South Norfolk Council Chairman Barry Duffin said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has been successful in securing funding from the Council’s Community Action Fund. The grants are designed to work alongside funding from other sources and organisations in order to enable the bigger projects to take shape.

    “Our grants are also intended to help projects become self-sustaining so that they can be of benefit to the local communities not only now but for many years to come.”

    Smaller grants are also available form South Norfolk Council with each Councillor having £1,000 to help support projects in their ward.

    Councillor Duffin added. “Whether it’s getting a project off the ground, paying for sports equipment, or supporting activities for the elderly, then we might be able to help. So, if you have a project that will improve the quality of life of local people, please contact us”

    South Norfolk Council working with Norfolk County Council also offer Go For It grants of up to £300 to help get local initiatives off the ground.

    For more information on grants and funding and how to apply


  • South Norfolk's Reuse and Recycling event returns to Diss
    South Norfolk's Reuse and Recycling event returns to Diss dstorey 28 July 2017
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    Originally released on 21/07/2017

    South Norfolk Council’s popular Reuse and Recycle event is returning to Diss Community Centre on 23 August.

    This award-winning scheme is always very popular in Diss and local residents are already sorting out their unwanted items to be either reused or recycled and at the same time raising money for charity.

    Textiles and furniture along with toasters, kettles, TVs, hairdryers, vacuum cleaners and other small electrical items, whether working or not, can be dropped off between 9am and 3.00pm. If the electrical equipment passes on-site safety checks, event goers will be able to take items home for free or for a small donation to charity from 11am to 3pm.

    At the end of the event all unwanted furniture and working electrical items will be donated to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

    It’s not just at Reuse and Recycle events that residents can reuse and recycle. South Norfolk Council also collects garden waste that is then composted and used on the open spaces in the community. There are also banks, around the district, where light bulbs and batteries can be recycled and banks for old cooking oil and fats that are recycled and turned into biofuel.

    South Norfolk residents can also now recycle more items in their green bins, including: glass, plastic food pots, tubs and trays, juice cartons and aluminium foil.

    To find out more about how you can recycle and reuse visit


  • Grants available to support Silver Sunday in South Norfolk
    Grants available to support Silver Sunday in South Norfolk dstorey 28 July 2017
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    Originally released on 25/07/2017

    Local community groups are being invited to apply to South Norfolk Council for funding to help celebrate Silver Sunday, this October.

    Grants of up to £200 are being offered to fund community led events that raise awareness of the services and support available to older people in their Community. The events must be held between the 1 October and the 8 October 2017.

    South Norfolk Council Cabinet member, Yvonne Bendle said. “This is the third year that the Council has supported Silver Sunday. We have seen some fantastic events with fun and free activities designed to help older people get out and about, try new things and meet new people.”

    “Silver Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate the value and knowledge that older people contribute to our communities while helping to combat loneliness and isolation.”

    The grants are open to community groups or organisations, town and parish councils based in South Norfolk and are to cover the costs associated with staging and promoting the events or activities. For example, these can include the cost of performers, venue hire and promotional literature.

    You can download an application form from the South Norfolk Council website at Applications close 15 September.

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  • So we are on way way out of The European Union

    The option to Vote has now driven us out of The Union.

    We now have to take the advantage and not carry on blaming ourselves or others.It was a shock the way it went BUT GET OVER IT.

    The European Union is an organisation that tries to represent Europe.
    It is now nervous that a country has dared to take control of themselves.

    It will not be easy to deal with them because they want us to fail.
    We will not fail and maybe others will split away.That is their biggest fear.

    Northern Ireland now needs to be used as a trade Area to negotiate with Europeans direct.Taking advantage of its doorstep location with Southern Ireland. The UK needs to lower corporation rates to be the same as Ireland.This will be an advantage for all business.

    We need to create a small coordinating and marketing organisation and use CBI and Group Trading organisations to promote Great Britain.The commonwealth needs to be a bigger part of our trade. Our main objective must be to trade globally.
    The social legislation and general laws need to be rewritten and but back into British Law. Maybe a 5 year project.There is going to be lots to sort. In the meantime we can still use Modified European Law and call it that.

    For Info
    The European Union is a politico-economic union of 28 member states. It has an area of 4,324,782 km², and an estimated population of over 508 million, and operates through a hybrid system of supranational ... Wikipedia
    Area: 4.325 million km²
    Founded: November 1, 1993, Maastricht, Netherlands
    Headquarters: City of Brussels, Belgium
    Unemployment rate: 9.6% (Apr 2015) Eurostat
    Government debt: 87.4% of GDP (2013) Eurostat
    Largest city: London
    Founders: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, Germany

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