Archive for October, 2016

Warning of Reepham Road closure from 14 November Reepham Road will be closed from early on Monday 14 November for five days (to Friday 18th) to complete construction of the NDR roundabout and tie in the surface to the existing carriageway. The work, which will involve the use of heavy plant, will be carried out between 7am and 7pm, but the road will have to remain closed to all traffic throughout, including pedestrians and cyclists. Diversion route Traffic approaching the closure from the north will be diverted via Fir Covert Road, the A1067 Fakenham Road, Boundary Road (Norwich Ring Road), returning to Reepham Road at the Boundary Junction. Traffic approaching the closure from the south will be diverted in the reverse direction. Local access The physically closed stretch of Reepham Road will be between Furze Lane and Drewray Drive, allowing access to Thorpe Marriott from the Norwich direction via Long Dale and Drewray Drive. Access to other premises on Reepham Road will be from one or other side of the closure. Other NDR traffic management Diversion of utility services, including gas, water and sewerage, electricity and telecom, is continuing at a number of points along the NDR, including Holt Road, Wroxham Road and North Walsham Road. Temporary traffic control may occasionally be needed. Where possible, advance warning will be given, but these signals may be imposed and removed at short notice, depending upon the work being carried out.

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NDR update – surfacing to start on main carriageways The promising dry start to autumn is becoming hard to recall day by day, and this has led to the tremendous earth-moving effort being rapidly scaled back. There’s still a small amount of earth we aim to shift in the next week or so, but the season has virtually come to an end thanks to the rain. Even so, it has been very productive, with around 1.2m cubic metres of bulk material shifted, as well as 0.6m cubic metres of topsoil. This excellent progress has allowed the preparation of much more of the route for surfacing than expected. This stabilisation process is carried out by specialist plant that mixes cement and water into the underlying earth. It is then sprayed with bitumen to allow the material to cure, after which it can be used as a base for asphalt surfacing. Mike Page’s latest aerial video of the route shows these stabilised sections as black strips along the carriageway. Click here to view on YouTube. Stabilisation will continue over the coming weeks, and these stretches will need to be protected quite quickly by a base layer of asphalt. Surfacing will soon begin in earnest on the main carriageway, possibly as soon as next week, with base and binder layers being laid by Tarmac between Fakenham Road and Reepham Road. You may also see the asphalt base layer being laid between Wroxham Road and North Walsham Road. Traffic Management At the moment, next week does not look quite so bad for temporary traffic lights and stop/go boards. Those on Fakenham Road, Cromer Road, North Walsham Road should be at an end, along with the overnight works on the Postwick junction. There’s still some tree clearance on Wroxham Road that will need daytime two-way lights on Wroxham Road, and expect them at any time on Reepham Road as work continues on the roundabout. A closure of Reepham Road will be needed to complete the tie-in. This is still being processed, so no details yet, but it is likely to be the middle of November

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Call for more people to adopt brothers and sisters as National Adoption Week gets underway Could you give a home to some of the county’s most vulnerable children, including brothers and sisters who need to stay together? To mark National Adoption week (17 to 21 October), Norfolk County Council is calling for people from a range of backgrounds to come forward to offer a permanent, loving home to children and young people waiting to be adopted. The County Council is also keen to hear from anyone interested in adopting older siblings over the age of two. Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Children’s Services Committee, Councillor Roger Smith said: “Depending on the circumstances, it is almost always in children’s best interest to stay together. The bond between siblings gives children a sense of security and continuity and avoids the potential further trauma of separating them from their brothers and sisters.” This year, as National Adoption Week gets underway the County Council is encouraging anyone who is interested in adoption to come along to an information event at The Forum in Norwich on Monday 31 October, between 11am and 7pm. If you have been thinking about adopting but need to know more, this is an ideal opportunity as specialist staff will be there to answer questions and discuss all aspects of the adoption process. From January 2016 to date, Norfolk has successfully placed 12 sibling groups for adoption – five were within Norfolk and seven out of county. Marie* and her husband adopted their son and daughter – a brother and sister aged three and five. “When we first talked about adopting, we imagined it would be just one child,” Marie recalls. “But we kept an open mind and as the adoption process progressed, we found ourselves drawn to our children and felt they were a natural fit for our family.” “Our children are very close and have a strong connection through their shared life story. They have completely changed our life and it’s a thrill to see them thrive and grow in confidence. We love family life and our children enjoy getting stuck into all the fun things we do together like trips to the park and the library, swimming and baking.” Like any family, there are challenges and potential adopters need to have the time and commitment to give to an adopted child, who may need extra support in areas of their lives. “Our children can get quite anxious” continues Marie, “especially if there is any change to their usual routine but we give them lots of reassurance to help them feel secure and build their trust. We were also able to have ‘Attachment Focused Therapy’ which was amazingly helpful for us all to bond as a family. As new parents, it also gave us ideas and techniques we could use to support the children through any difficulties as they settled in.” To anyone thinking of adopting Marie has some advice. “Never be afraid to ask for help. We had wonderful support from our social workers throughout the process. Adoption support continues even after you become a parent, so there is always someone to turn to if you need advice.”

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Yesterday at County Hall I chaired a meeting to discuss future provision for ICT support given to Councillors. Norfolk County Council currently budgets £180,000 over 4 years for ICT for our 84 elected councillors. Despite the advances in technology, I made it very clear to the meeting that I could not justify pushing to increase this budget at a time when we are under severe financial pressure across the County Council #LocalGov

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South Walsham School Road Footway Works are due to commence on or shortly after 24 October 2016 to carry out highway footway works along School Road in South Walsham. The works are expected to take 7 weeks to complete. Works will include constructing new footway sections on the north side of the carriageway together with a new trod in the adjacent farm land. Traffic management will be via two way signals to enure safety of the workforce and the public. Vehicular access will be maintained for properties and disruption will be kept to a minimum. The County Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. The work which will cost £36,500.00 will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and their contractors.

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Just caught up with Theresa May’s excellent first speech on Brexit to Conservative Party Conference. Really pleased to see that she’s tackling the issue of exiting the European Union head on and not beating about the bush. Due to commitments in Norfolk this week I’m not at the Party Conference but am wishing everyone in Birmingham a successful week!

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May and Davis announce a bill to restore self-government. Next we need a date for Article 50 to be moved. | @ConHome https://t.co/9rYHRD6BdS

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Could this be the best school playground in Norfolk? – Politics – Eastern Daily Press https://t.co/MxCI5WpwPZ

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For some reason I missed this! Many congratulations @BrandonLewis! https://t.co/RUphPnLXg0

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