New councillor co-opted at Reepham

A new member has been co-opted on to Reepham Town Council. Shop keeper Diane Turner, owner of Diane's Pantry in Market Place, was voted on to the council in a secret ballot last Wednesday night.

A new member has been co-opted on to Reepham Town Council.

Shop keeper Diane Turner, owner of Diane's Pantry in Market Place, was voted on to the council in a secret ballot.

Mrs Turner was a councillor for about a decade in the 1980s. She has also been chairman of the town's WI group and she is a member of the town's chamber of commerce.

She has lived in Reepham most of her life and will have run the shop for 30 years on April 9.


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She said she thought businesses in the town should have more of a say in how it is run.

There is due to be another vacancy on the town council at the end of this month.

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Anyone interested should get in touch with the clerk, Ros Calvert on 01603 870813.

*Town councillors in Reepham have agreed to take over a piece of land in Cawston Road, currently owned by Broadland Council.

Broadland has offered it to the town on condition it takes over responsibility for its upkeep and the maintenance of play equipment there.

The deal would see the town council given a one off payment of �57,000 to cover costs in perpetuity, the meeting was told.

The town council, on Wednesday night, agreed to take on the land on condition they got no less than �57,000 from Broadland.

*Congratulations were given to Mike Urry, the owner of the Whitwell and Reepham Railway Station just outside Reepham, for the work he had done there.

Mr Urry bought the station last year and has revamped the old station building, laid 1,500ft of track and held two open weekends last weekend and the weekend before.

This was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the former Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway station's closure.

Trevor Bevan, chairman of the council, said: 'As a town council we should write to him to congratulate him for what he has done there and what it has done for Reepham.'

Mr Urry lives in Hellesdon and runs a circuit board business in Lenwade.

On the first open weekend the Reepham Rover covered 114 miles transporting people under a mile from the high school car park to the station.

*Town resident Busty Rudd raised concern about people speeding in School Road towards Whitwell after he witnessed what he called a near miss outside the primary school.

He told the town council a white van coming down the road nearly had a head on collision with another car he was driving so fast.

Speedwatch volunteers said they were doing all they could to try and curb motorist's speed.

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