The EOD flight will be conducting explosive operations on RAF Feltwell tomorrow, Thursday 22nd February 2024, from 8.00 am – 1.00 pm. There will be one detonation.
  • PRESS RELEASE: The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk – New planning rules put nature at the heart of development

    New rules have come into force that will make sure planning applications show how they will make nature better off as a result of proposed development.

    The Biodiversity Net Gain rules will affect most new developments apart from small-scale self-builds and alterations/extensions to existing properties.

    Cllr Jim Moriarty, deputy leader of the borough council and cabinet member for development, said: “Protecting our environment is one of the four key priorities in the council’s corporate strategy so the enactment of this legislation is good news that will help us to achieve our aim.

    “We will be working with applicants and landowners to make implementation a success.”

    The Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) regulations have been implemented as part of the Environment Act, 2021, and aim to ensure that any loss of nature or habitat caused by development is mitigated by creation of new habitats.

    In future, developments will need to result in a BNG of 10%, i.e. once the development is complete there must be an improvement of 10% to the habitat that existed before the development took place.

    Where possible, the improvement must be on the development site itself. Where that is not possible BNG can be achieved through the purchase of ‘units’ from a specially-developed nature site elsewhere.

    The borough council’s role as the planning authority in West Norfolk is to ensure that new planning applications meet this requirement and to support landowners who may have sites they are interested in developing for nature, and which can be used to sell units to planning applicants. It will also provide a matchmaking service between applicants and landowners.

    Cllr Michael de Whalley, the council’s cabinet member for climate change and biodiversity, said: “We know that one of the primary concerns people have about new development is the loss of habitats that it causes so this is really good news for nature.

    “We all know the problems that nature is facing and as biodiversity champion for this borough I will be doing everything I can to ensure West Norfolk gains the maximum possible benefit from these changes.”

    More information for applicants and landowners is available on the planning section of the council’s website at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/bng.


    On Wednesday 31st January 2024, there will be approximately 120 small detonations at the RAF Feltwell demolition range from 9 am – 3 pm.
  • Have your say on the IC’s long-term plans for NHS dental services

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    NHS Norfolk and Waveney Press Release
    25 January 2024
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    Have your say on the ICB’s long-term plans for NHS dental services

    NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB is launching a 4-week period of public and stakeholder engagement around our long-term plans to commission NHS dental services in Norfolk and Waveney.

    From Wednesday 24 January to Wednesday 21 February, we are asking all our stakeholders to provide feedback on the priorities that we have identified to be the focus of our commissioning activities over the next two years. We identified these priorities from early engagement with dental professionals and their representative bodies, from feedback we received from local people as we were developing our Joint Forward Plan, as well as from our local Healthwatch organisations and many others.

    We have developed a short survey to capture your views on the priority areas we have identified, which include Urgent Care, Developing Capacity in our Dental Teams, Improving Access, and Promoting Good Oral Health.

    Additionally, we are also asking for your input on what priorities you want us to consider as we develop our longer-term plans for dental commissioning.

    Feedback can be provided online, by email, or post. An Easy Read version of the survey is available to download , and you can also find details of how to request a paper copy or alternative format of the survey at https://improvinglivesnw.org.uk/dental-engagement/.

    The survey can also be completed online here.

    Sadie Parker, Director of Primary Care at NHS Norfolk and Waveney, said “We have been hearing loud and clear from our residents and communities how concerned you are about the lack of NHS dental services in Norfolk and Waveney. We know how challenging the situation is and we are committed to doing all we can to improve patient access to dental services.

    “Since we took on commissioning responsibility for dental services last April, we have been working hard to understand the landscape, and to understand where we can make a difference in how we commission NHS services locally so we can begin to make things better.

    “It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to happen overnight. But we have identified four main priority areas that we can focus on over the next two years as a start, and we are seeking your views to feed into our longer-term commissioning plans for dentistry, too.

    “Please do share your views through the survey. We want to hear from all our patients, residents, and wider health and care stakeholders what you think about these immediate priorities, and what you’d like us to consider for the longer term so that we can ensure we’re on the right track.”


  • Water Leak – Paynes Lane

    After logging a complaint last week regarding the water leak at Paynes Lane, the Clerk chased Anglian Water yesterday morning (17th January 2024) due to freezing temperatures causing the road and footpath to become even more hazardous. She was informed repairs would take place this Friday 19th January but they would assess the road again and if necessary, try to bring these forward. At 5.00 pm last night, she was informed that although Anglian Water will endeavour to repair the road asap, they cannot guarantee this will be before Friday due to their current workload however the road will be closed from the evening of Wednesday 17th January until repairs have taken place.
  • Norfolk and Waveney ICS Stakeholder Update

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    Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System
    12 January 2024
    Norfolk and Waveney ICS update
    More than ten thousand Norfolk children benefit from mental health programme in first year

    A children’s mental health and wellbeing programme, funded by Norfolk County Council, has supported more than 10,000 in its first year.

    The Rise Up programme gives children and young people valuable knowledge and strategies to support their mental health and is being delivered in secondary and special schools across the county. 93% of young people said that their ability to manage their wellbeing improved after completing the programme.

    Created and delivered by Future Action, in partnership with Norfolk County Council’s Virtual School for Children in Care, Previously in Care and Children with a Social Worker, the course aims to help children build confidence, reduce their anxiety, and create a sustainable wellbeing programme within 90 days.

    More than 350 teachers across 62 secondary and special schools in Norfolk have taken part in the online training programme, which delivers a nine-step programme to help support the mental wellbeing of children and young people.

    The RISE Up toolbox of strategies, physical activities and comprehensive set of resources allows teachers to deliver classroom and small group-based work which helps young people improve their wellbeing, understanding the challenges facing their mental wellbeing and approaches to overcoming them.

    You can read more here.

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    Norfolk Area SEND Strategy Community Engagement – Join us at one of our local events

    A series of events taking place at various venues across Norfolk and Waveney, to engage with parents, carers and professionals about the plans for improving SEND services and support across the Norfolk area.

    These events are for parents/carers of children with SEND, and the professionals who work with them, giving them the opportunity to:

    • Learn about the new SEND strategy including its themes, priorities, actions and how these were chosen
    • Tell us their views on our SEND plans for 2024–2029
    • Share their experiences and find out how they can get more involved.

    Find out when and where the events are and secure your place today.

    If you have any questions or would like to speak to the team, please contact us at [email protected]

    Norfolk and Waveney data survey – Take part now

    NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB) has launched a survey to identify how much people understand about data and how it can help improve health and care services. Open to all staff and the public, the survey seeks valuable insights into how people perceive the use of their data in healthcare planning and delivery. This initiative aligns with the ICB’s commitment to transparency, compliance with Data Protection protocols, and the statutory (legal) requirement known as risk stratification.

    You can read more about risk stratification and how data helps improve care in a new booklet which you can find here.

    To participate in the data survey please click here. The survey will be open until 5pm on Friday 1 March 2024.

    Campaign to raise awareness of expanded mental health support for veterans

    A new campaign has been launched this week to raise awareness of an expanded support service for armed forces veterans.

    The move comes as a survey found that more than half of veterans find it difficult to speak up about mental health issues.

    Op COURAGE provides a number of different interventions that are important to veterans and now includes enhanced specialist support for addictions.

    In the East of England, the service is provided by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) along with partners from other mental health trusts across the region and charities such as Walking With the Wounded, Warrior Programme and Mental Health Matters.

    The survey by NHS England was undertaken between April-May 2022 and received 3,095 responses. It showed that around 60% of those who took part, said they found it difficult to ask for help for mental health issues.

    In Norfolk and Suffolk, Op COURAGE brings together three services – the Veterans Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS), which was delivered by NSFT, the Veterans Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) and the Veterans Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS).

    You can read more here.

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    East of England Ambulance Services comes out of ‘Special Measures’

    This week, NHS England recognised the significant improvements that East of England Ambulance Service has made. The trust has been removed from the National Recovery Support Programme for challenged providers and systems. The programme was formerly known as Special Measures.

    In 2020, the trust was placed into Special Measures. This happened following concerns about culture, leadership, and governance.

    The latest CQC report, published in July 2022, showed significant improvements on long-standing cultural issues. The report recognised the trust’s efforts to improve leadership, culture, and safety for staff.

    Since February 2023, the CQC has also lifted four conditions on EEAST’s license. There are three remaining which it is hoped will be lifted soon.

    The CQC recognised that the Trust has expanded its safeguarding team. It also strengthened its safeguarding policies and HR processes.

    An improvement in the way allegations are handled was also recognised. This happened after processes were strengthened and standardised.

    Training has also been provided for managers investigating allegations. This improves the quality of decision making and monitoring of any themes and reduces the risk of similar cases in the future.

    The Trust has also been recognised for its work in improving the visibility of the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian. Making it easier for people to give feedback and raise concerns.

    NHS England has now confirmed EEAST will leave the Recovery Support Programme with immediate effect.

    You can read more here.

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    Watch the new build health hub in King’s Lynn take shape

    There was a huge amount of progress last month on site at the new health hub in King’s Lynn.

    Watch this time-lapse video from December, which shows the teams installing drainage systems and completing the foundations, before the units are installed.

    These types of units are produced using MMC, Modern Methods of Construction, where building structures are manufactured offsite and then installed on site more quickly than if they were built there. This creates less waste and has a lower environmental impact, too.

    Inside, the internal surfaces were covered with an airtight membrane to improve the building’s energy efficiency. The building is Net Zero Carbon construction, so it isn’t directly increasing the level of CO2 gases in the environment, and the membrane will help to limit the consumption of energy for the tenants.

    This new-build health centre on Nar Ouse Way will help to meet demand for primary care and wider health services in King’s Lynn now, and to meet the growing demand from the planned expansion of the Town.

    It will include services from the wider general practice team, such as physiotherapists, advanced nurse practitioners, mental health practitioners, and social prescribers, as well as outpatient services from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, and with additional space for local healthcare services and organisations to be able to book to deliver services.

    Track the progress of the health hub as more time lapse videos are released on the ICS social media channels! Follow us @NANDWICS on X, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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    World Cancer Day event at NNUH on 2 February

    Members of the public, patients, carers and NHS staff are invited to a special event at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Friday 2 February 2024 ahead of World Cancer Day.

    World Cancer Day takes place every February and aims to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. The NNUH talk, organised by the NNUH Cancer Services team, titled ‘Reflecting Together on Cancer Care’ aims to demystify the cancer process. Visitors will follow a fictional patient through a generic cancer pathway from GP referral, to investigation, diagnosis and on to treatment.

    The event will take place at The Benjamin Gooch Lecture theatre in the East Atrium from 12pm. Refreshments will be provided. The talk will start at 12.30pm and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end from 2pm.

    You can find out more about World Cancer Day here.

    For more information, email [email protected] or call 01603 647721 or 01603 647717.


    Did you know, you can view the latest current engagement opportunities from across the Norfolk and Waveney ICS via the Norfolk and Waveney ICS Engagement Hub?

    If you have an opportunity you would like to promote, please contact [email protected] for more information.

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    On Wednesday 10th January 2024, the EOD flight will be conducting an explosive training operation on RAF Feltwell from roughly 9.00 am until 5.00 pm. The exercise will consist of numerous detonations in rapid succession.

  • Householders to get free DIY waste for small projects



    18 December 2023

    Householders to get free DIY waste for small projects


    Norfolk residents will be able to dispose of small amounts of DIY waste at Norfolk’s Recycling Centres free of charge from 31 December following changes made by Norfolk County Council.

    The change applies to small-scale projects carried out by householders on their own home, allowing them to bring a maximum 100 litres (must fit into 2 x 50l bags) for free or one single item (maximum size of 200cm x 70cm x 75cm). Each household is allowed four free visits with DIY waste every four weeks. Anything beyond this will still be charged at normal rates.

    Cllr Eric Vardy, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “This is very welcome news for Norfolk residents who have carried out small projects on their homes or gardens and can bring these materials to us for recycling or disposal.

    “From 31 December, the Government has set out the limits to household DIY waste which can be taken free of charge, but our Pay As You Throw service will remain in place as a convenient way to get rid of larger amounts. It’s important that people are encouraged to dispose of their waste responsibly.

    “In 2022/23 the County Council’s Recycling Centres handled more than 60,000 tonnes of waste and 72% of this was diverted from disposal. We hope this change to legislation will be a further boost to householders to recycle as much as they can.”

    The change in policy follows Government abolishing charges for the disposal of limited amounts and types of DIY waste at recycling centres across the UK.

    Prior to 31 December, customers with DIY-type construction and demolition waste will continue to be directed to the ‘Pay as you throw service’ which is available at all centres.

    Traders must continue to pay for DIY waste.

    For more information www.norfolk.gov.uk/DIYwaste



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    For details of cabinet members, committee chairs and agendas, please see: www.norfolk.gov.uk/cabinetandchairs
    Group leaders’ and councillors’ contact details are available at: www.norfolk.gov.uk/countycouncillors

    For further information please contact:
    Communications Team at Norfolk County Council
    Tel: 01603 228888
    Email: [email protected]


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