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West Norfolk and the Big Society

An encouraging example from the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk on coping with spending cuts.

King’s Lynn Arts Centre had been under threat of closure, "but a group of supporters stepped in to take over the running of the venue to keep it open."

Other developments include:

  • Council tax bills in the borough will be frozen and car parking charges will remain unchanged.
  • "Weekly bin collections to continue ("the only borough in the county to retain them") 
  • A new refuse collection contract negotiated jointly with North Norfolk District Council and due to start in 2013 has saved £400,000.
  • "More council services in West Norfolk could be run by community groups."
  • "The council is continuing to look at sharing services and the revenues and benefits department looks likely to merge with North Norfolk."
  • A freeze on members’ allowances.

Congratulations to Council leader Cllr Nick Daubney and his team.

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