Broadland Community Safety Partnership is offering Community groups in the Acle area the opportunity to bid for a slice of £15,000 earmarked to combat crime and anti-social behaviour.
The scheme is called “Your NR13 – Your Decision” and is open to all community organisations such as parish councils, schools, police safer neighbourhood teams and youth clubs. The 17 parishes in NR13 are Acle, Beighton, Blofield, Brundall, Cantley, Freethorpe, Great and Little Plumstead, Halvergate, Hemblington, Lingwood and Burlingham, Rackheath, Reedham, Salhouse, Strumpshaw, South Walsham, Upton with Fishley and Woodbastwick.
The point to note make here is that Rackheath, Salhouse and Great and Little Plumsteads are part of a larger rural area and fit naturally into this group of villages. What Broadland District Council have decided to do is to take a huge bite out of the side of this group and tack these villages onto the outskirts of Norwich itself - effectively re-classify it as urban - perhaps 'suburban' might be a closer definition. The majority of the residents of these villages want to remain as part of the existing rural community - either because they grew up there and enjoy the way of life or because they actively chose to live in a rural community. BDC and its GNDP friends have chosen to ignore the aspirations of local residents and preferred to chase their own dreams even when question marks over their choice have been forthcoming.
"If you think about how far we have come in three and a half years" says Councillor Andrew Proctor " there is no point in stopping now."
You are wrong Mr Proctor - there is every point in stopping now before you waste even more of our money. Wayne Rooney? Small fry compared with what councils can get through in pursuit of their own aspirations!