A Norfolk district council is set to strengthen its links with Norwich with proposals to join a new partnership to promote economic growth and become part of an existing tourism body.

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South Norfolk Councillors backed plans today to join a City Deals bid to the government, which if successful, would give more power to authorities in the Greater Norwich area to control growth.

Members of the council’s cabinet also agreed proposals to join an enlarged Visit Norwich to help boost tourism in South Norfolk.

John Fuller, leader of the district council, said the new partnerships had the potential of boosting the area’s economy.

Twenty towns and cities have been invited to enter the second wave of the government’s City Deals scheme, of which 12 bids will be accepted. Winning applicants would be able to keep a greater proportion of business rates to spend on local projects.

Mr Fuller said the bid, which involves Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council, Broadland District Council and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, would look to enhance the life sciences sector in and around Norwich, including the expansion of the Norwich Research Park in Colney.

“There is no new money. It is a question of getting our arms around money that has not been spent as effectively,” he said.

Cabinet also agreed proposals to enter a partnership with Visit Norwich for the next three years, with no planned increase in the £33,000 the district council spends on tourism promotion every year.

Officers said that tourism funding was shifting away from the public sector to the private sector and joining an existing destination management organisation (DMO) was better than the district council setting up a new one for the South Norfolk area. Mr Fuller said the council did not have “sufficient scale” to establish its own DMO.

6 comments

  • Norwich City council has expressed its opposition to burning jobs, whether its in Kings Lynn or in Cringleford. South Norfolk cllr.s on the other hand want to expand incineration with one site being considered near Diss and are fully behind this backward policy. Our economy cannot ignore the jobs that come with recycling our resources, we need to be part of the circular resource economy, not run away from modern, future jobs. We ought to mine landfill sites for valuable resources, not expand them and burn the waste which should be recycled.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • If further incinerators are given the go-ahead in South Norfolk it will kill off all tourism in the district. "Come to sunny South Norfolk where the levels of toxins emitted are monitored on one day a year"? I can't see it myself.

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    Kenny Bunkport

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • nrg, Germans, as you say, don't burn the lot, indeed they are shutting incinerators for lack of waste and practise ELFM. Result? They recycle 13% of their total raw material needs, I leave you to guess how many billions that is and how many jobs this involves.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • ingo, tourism and rag picking don't mix. 9 recycling chaps have been k*lled doing their rag picking duties, between June and September this year, recycling is bad for people...burn the lot, just like dem Germans!!!!!!

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    nrg

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • How are they going to get people to actually stop in South Norfolk on their way to the North Coast and the Broads? Roadblocks?

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    alecto

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Rule No 1 for dealing with South Norfolk. When you sup with Councillor Fuller you sup with a very long spoon.

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    alecto

    Monday, November 26, 2012

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