Extra council cash helps new highway schemes at Cawston, Southrepps and High Kelling

A string of local highways schemes have been given the go ahead, after �65,000 was added to Norfolk County Council's parish partnership highways improvement scheme.

Parish and town councils' enthusiastic response to the partnership scheme - announced last September - had threatened to overwhelm the �100,000 set aside by the county council as match-funding for small-scale improvements.

Altogether 32 eligible projects were put forward and the county council's cabinet gave them all the green light by agreeing to boost the partnership fund to �165,000.

Parish and town councils will meet half of the cost of the projects, many of which benefit pedestrians, but also include signs, bus stops and other local improvements.

In North Norfolk projects are:

Cawston - pavement widening for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Southrepps - dropped kerbs for the social club car park and next to the boardwalk.

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High Kelling - shelter for the bus stop.

County council cabinet member for planning and transportation Graham Plant said: 'This extra allocation is excellent news for all those local councils that have invested time and effort to bring forward some very good local projects. Not only does match funding make our scarce resources go much further, it also means that the projects are high priorities locally.

'We can be sure they will make a real difference in these communities. I hope we will be able to do something similar again next year.'