Boosting jogging and walking, backing a duck race and building improvements to a community centre are part of a plan to boost a "neglected" Norfolk town. 

Richard Crook, Active Fakenham chairman and trustee at the town’s community centre, is leading two bids for grants to make the projects happen.

Mr Crook said Fakenham was in desperate need of more investment to reverse a slow but steady decline. 

He said: “When I moved to Fakenham there were two swimming pools and five banks, now there are no pools and two banks and there is an obvious decline that needs to be addressed.

“Fakenham is a great town, but it needs some help and support, these funding bids are aimed at bringing a small amount of help at a time when we should all be pulling together.

Fakenham & Wells Times: Richard Crook, chair of Active Fakenham and trustee at the town’s community centreRichard Crook, chair of Active Fakenham and trustee at the town’s community centre (Image: Archant)One bid, from Active Fakenham, is for a National Lottery grant to fund a walking and jogging map covering the town centre and the newly refurbished River Wensum paths.

Grant money would also be used to support cycling and help pay for Active Fakenham's Get Active week as well as an annual cardboard raft and duck race day.

The other bid is to North Norfolk District Council and would fund a walled garden at the Oak Street community centre, and upgrade the building's acoustics and storage space.

The bid includes plans for a mobile stage, which could be used at the centre or elsewhere in the town.

Fakenham & Wells Times: Fakenham Community CentreFakenham Community Centre (Image: Aaron McMillan)Mr Crook said: “The activities will be aimed at local people, and we expect to increase visitor numbers which should help our economy a little.

"I am often told that Fakenham sometimes feels neglected in the district and county, but these ideas will not cost the councils anything and will obviously bring benefits to our communities.

“These projects will be fully accessible, low cost and will increase resources available to the whole community.”