More than £100,000 has been handed out to boost community projects across north Norfolk from a new Big Society Fund.

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But there was disappointment for two schemes and a boost for a third when North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) cabinet voted this morning on applications to the fund for more than £10,000.

Sheringham Skate Club’s recommended bid for £30,000 towards a skatepark was knocked back to £10,000 while a recommendation to give nothing to Cromer Skatepark - which had applied for £15,000 - was overturned, with cabinet members voting instead to give the project £10,000.

Meanwhile supporters of the Wells Maltings Trust will have to wait for the outcome of further talks between trustees and NNDC to find out whether their recommended £38,000 bid will finally be approved.

The Wells application, towards a £5m revamp of the Maltings and Sackhouse into a hub offering a range of uses, was the largest to the fund which was launched this year using money from second-homes council tax.

Trevor Ivory, chairman of the Big Society Fund board, asked fellow cabinet members to support the changes affecting the skateparks because the fund had already agreed to give Wells Skatepark £10,000 and Mr Ivory said it would be fairer to treat all three the same.

The grants are conditional on the projects being properly-constituted organisations, having sites and planning permission, and having the rest of their funding in place.

Cabinet members rubber-stamped recommendations to reject two other larger bids, each for £15,000, by Fit Together in North Norfolk, and Visit North Norfolk Coast and Countryside, because they didn’t match the fund’s criteria.

Fourteen schemes for sums of £10,000 and under were given approval last month by the board from the Big Society Fund’s pot for 2012-2013 of nearly £500,000.

They included North Walsham Town Football Club which has been given £7,525 to increase dressing room accommodation and provide disabled toilets, and Stalham Brass Band, awarded £5,000 towards a project getting young people to play brass instruments.

Councillor Barbara McGoun, who represents Barton Turf, Horning and Neatishead, was disappointed that 10 of the 14 applicants were from north of North Walsham. She felt the southern part of the district was a “Cinderella area” which often missed out.

Mr Ivory said the fund was open to groups from across the district and urged others to apply. For more information visit www.norfolkfoundation.com

11 comments

  • Good on you, Rob, The Sheringham skate park has a very strong case and the "big society" board needs to express its reasons properly for not giving the recommended amount. Whilst I read that advice was going to be given to applicants for funding, perhaps those making the decisions could do with some training too . .

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    Callum Ringer

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • "Little Society" another soundbite and rhetoric from a country in big financial trouble.

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Good on you, Rob, The Sheringham skate park has a very strong case and the "big society" board needs to express its reasons properly for not giving the recommended amount. Whilst I read that advice was going to be given to applicants for funding, perhaps those making the decisions could do with some training too . .

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    Callum Ringer

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • @Rob Sayles. If Norman Lamb is saying he supports you I'd be worried. His recent track record isn't too good.

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    Wandering Crab

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Although a nice idea the money comes from second homes that should be reinvested into new homes which we all know is absolutely essential.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Certainly will be disappointment for Sheringham skate park. If they had been given the £30,000 recommended I believe it would have unlocked further money from other sources. I wonder what NNDC's reason was for not giving the full amount?

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    Callum Ringer

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Ms McGoun should seek a distrrict council formed from the Cinderella parts of Great Yarmouth borough ie all of the old Flegg District, with Potter Stalham etc and the Cinderella bits of North Norfolk DC. I reckon Ludham has more in common with Martham than it does with Cromer and Flegg has nothing in common with Great Yarmouth Town

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Its a hand out of our money to a selected few. I'm glad they are encouraging youngsters to skate, even if its on thin ice, cause they can't find any apprentiseships for them.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • @Callum - yes, this is a major disappointment. The statement 'fairer to treat all 3 projects the same' assumes that each project is in a similar position; the Sheringham project is well matured, with a known location, full planning permission, Phase 1 funding already secured, major team and constitution, and support from all areas of the community (including Sheringham Police, Upcher, High School, numerous councillors, and Norman Lamb). Whilst we wish other regional skate projects all the best with their work, we will be following up with NNDC to review their decision. Rob Sayles, Sheringham Skate Project chairman

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    Rob Sayles

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • @Rob Sayles. If Norman Lamb is saying he supports you I'd be worried. His recent track record isn't too good.

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    Wandering Crab

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • that money could've been used to give everyone free bus travel.

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    bookworm

    Monday, June 11, 2012

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