Cabinet approves proposals to develop council assets in north Norfolk despite protest
Cabinet members have decided to press ahead with proposals to develop four of the council’s assets in north Norfolk.
Members of North Norfolk District Council met today to decide whether to take the plans to the next stage.
Proposals include building a hotel on the Cadogan Road car park in Cromer, and developing the former council depot in Grove Lane in Holt, which it has been proposed could accommodate eight new homes.
Highfield car park in Fakenham has also been identified as a potential site for housing for the over 55s, and the site of the public toilets at
Beach Road in Wells could be redeveloped to accommodate a new retail and restaurant development with holiday apartments above.
The district council proposes to replace the toilets and upgrade them.
The proposals have been put forward by the district council in a bid to freeze its share of the council tax - £138.87 for a Band D property - for a seventh successive year.
NNDC deputy leader Judy Oliver has claimed council tax would have to be increased by 25pc or services slashed to fill a projected funding gap of £1.3m over the next three years,
About a dozen people opposed to the proposals attended today’s meeting in Cromer including Jim Rockett, from Fakenham, who said: “While it’s laudable NNDC plans to freeze council tax again, only a fool or a desperate man sells his assets. And a 25pc increase on the NNDC proportion of the council tax would only be £34.71 a year on a Band D property.”
Meanwhile, Roger Arguile, a town councillor from Wells, called for a detailed consultation to be held on the proposals, and Peter Rainsford, also from Wells, questioned the morality of using public money to set up a business to compete against existing traders in the town.
The meeting also heard that, while Cromer Town Council might support a hotel in principle, it felt a more suitable site could be found.
The plans will now go before NNDC’s overview and scrutiny committee on Wednesday, February 15, and then the full council on February 22, when the final decision will be made.
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