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King Street group in Norwich holds ‘Question Time’ event

King Street pictured last year

King Street pictured last year


A ‘Question Time’ event held to celebrate the first anniversary of a group set up to promote one of Norwich’s most historic streets could become an annual fixture.

The King Street Cultural Quarter is made up of residents, businesses and others with an interest in the area and was set up a year ago with the aim of putting King Street back on the map.

And to celebrate its birthday a Question Time event was held with representatives from Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council, the police, Broads Authority, VisitNorwich, Norwich Society and the Evening News forming a panel to take part in an hour of questions about the local area.

It was held at the King’s Centre in King Street last night, and afterwards, Jason Borthwick, who agreed to remain as chairman for another year, said: “It went very well and there were a lot of interesting ideas. It was not just locals sitting back, but people genuinely getting involved.

“There was talk about how the river could be used better, discussions about community gardens, and how to prettify King Street with trees without making it unsafe for CCTV coverage.

“There was also talk of a neighbourhood plan for the area, to include what sort of buildings are required and what the area needs.”

He said the Question Time event could be held each November, but added that there was no update on the planned backbackers’ hostel at the former Ferry Boat pub in King Street.

“There is a lot of uncertainty about the economic climate at present and no-one is rushing to leap into projects. But it’s not dead and buried. It just has to be economically viable,” he added.

The meeting was held in the same week that a vision of how new life could be breathed into the wider King Street area was unveiled.

A draft plan is being drawn up for the area and feedback from the public and businesses has revealed the enthusiasm for a blueprint aimed to attract investment into that part of Norwich.

People who live and work in the area have said they want to see homes with gardens built, more done to showcase the river and an area which is rich in heritage already transformed into a cultural hub for the city.

Norwich City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) asked people to help plan for the future of the area between the River Wensum, Ber Street and Rose Lane.

The initial findings have been identified by the project team and the results of it will be revealed at a two-day public exhibition on Friday and Saturday next week.

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