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Four Norfolk market towns to share more than £100,000 in grants

Holt town centre. Picture: Archant

Holt town centre. Picture: Archant

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Four market towns in north Norfolk are set to receive more than £100,000 between them in grants.

North Walsham is one of four north Norfolk towns set to receive a pot of money. The Market Cross, Picture: Denise BradleyNorth Walsham is one of four north Norfolk towns set to receive a pot of money. The Market Cross, Picture: Denise Bradley

Improving amenity space, creating an interactive map, organising events and adding more signs are among the projects which will be funded thanks to the £103,000 from North Norfolk District Council given to Fakenham, Holt, North Walsham, and Stalham.

A further £22,000 remains in the Market Towns Initiative fund for a final round of applications.

The closing date for these applications will be Thursday, September 5.

At a recent meeting of the district council's Cabinet, councillors agreed to approve funding recommendations put forward by the Market Towns Initiative Working Group.

Stalham is one of four north Norfolk towns set to receive a pot of money. Picture: Matt AldredStalham is one of four north Norfolk towns set to receive a pot of money. Picture: Matt Aldred

Sarah Bütikofer, NNDC leader, said: "The Market Towns Initiative continues to improve and support the economic viability of our four market towns and I would encourage all towns to apply for funding in this final round."

One of the five successful round two applicants was Holt Town Council, which will get £49,000 to fund town centre amenity space improvements in Fish Hill/Star Plain and an interactive town map for use at the Tourist Information Centre.

Active Fakenham will receive £27,544.85 to coordinate, resource and market a large number of events and promote the town itself.

Meanwhile, Fakenham Town Council will get £8,405 to fund the landscaping and improvement of Fakenham Library Triangle.

Fakenham is one of four north Norfolk towns set to receive a pot of money. Picture: Courtesy of Active FakenhamFakenham is one of four north Norfolk towns set to receive a pot of money. Picture: Courtesy of Active Fakenham

And Stalham Town Council and Stalham Area Business Forum will get £18,372.51 to fund town centre events, planning and installation of improved town centre signage, disability access improvements, sensory backpacks, grounds maintenance equipment, and Firehouse Museum improvements.

Elsewhere, Regenerate North Walsham and North Walsham Town Council will receive £425 for additional signage to visitor attractions.

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