Council announces electric car charging points and creates new community council

South Norfolk Council approved its budget for the next fiscal year which includes a £5 increase per

South Norfolk Council approved its budget for the next fiscal year which includes a £5 increase per year in council tax for the average Band D property. Picture: South Norfolk Council - Credit: Archant

Residents in South Norfolk are being propelled into the future thanks to an innovative project outlined in the district's budget this evening.

Council leader cllr John Fuller announced the authority would spend £50,000 on installing electric charging points across the region.

He said: 'This will keep our market towns up-to-date so they can compete with the supermarkets and with future increase in the number of electric cars on the road, the number that will increase still further.

'This investment in infrastructure means that tourists visitors resident or business will have no excuse not to come to our market towns whatever their chosen mode of transport.'

At the meeting at South Norfolk's offices in Long Stratton the councillors unanimously agreed the budget which included a rise of £5 per year for the council tax of an average Band D property.

This is a rise of 3.66 per cent in what the council leader called 'honest pricing so residents know where they stand'.

There were further celebrations as the council approved the recommendations from the Electoral Arrangements Review Committee which created a new community council encompassing Spooner Row, Suton and Wattlefield which were previously part of south Wymondham.

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More than 20 residents of the south Norfolk village Roydon filled the public gallery with posters and t-shirts declaring 'we are Roydon' while the council voted on the hotly-contested boundary between the parish and neighbouring Diss.

The council also agreed that Roydon ought to remain as it is which led to an outpouring of joy from the parish's residents.

Mark Emsden, who helped organise the community campaign, said: 'We are over the moon, really chuffed and absolutely elated.

'So many people said we were wasting our time but this just shows what happens when the community comes together.'

Fellow campaigner, Kirsty Laife, added that the past six months of fighting had been an 'eternal hell' for the residents but confirmed there would be a disco next weekend to celebrate the decision of the council.