FRIESENRIED – OUR BAVARIAN “TWIN TOWN”
The Friends of Friesenried Association
The link with Friesenried was first established in 1981 when the Friesenried Town Council applied, through the British Council in London, for a possible twinning with a small town or village in the Norfolk area. At that time both Friesenried and North Walsham Councils decided not to formalise the twinning because of the expenses this could involve and so an unofficial link between the two communities was formed.
However, after a few highly successful exchanges this decision was reversed and in 1991 the official Twinning Charters were signed in both Britain and Germany and we are proud that in 2011 we celebrated our 30th anniversary. Many more exchanges have taken place and as you read this it can be guaranteed that a further visit is in its planning stages. Needless to say, over the past years many lasting friendships have been formed between families.
Friesenried is a small village in Bavaria, about 60 miles south of Munich, and less than an hour by car from the foothills of the Alps. In fact a trip to/up a mountain is usually one of the highlights of our visit. Life is very different there with Friesenried being the largest of a group of villages in a very peaceful and pastoral area. Life is centred on the Family, Church and school.
New members are always welcome and in fact needed to keep this unique link alive. We hold several social functions each year plus a couple of fundraising events where we get to know each other. This helps us provide a welcoming group for our visitors when they arrive. Annual visits occur between both towns where guests stay with host families, many of whom have already formed lasting friendships through past exchanges and certainly new friendships will be formed. A programme of events is planned by both Associations.
If you would like something completely different, great fun and a new experience to see another part of the world, then you are invited to apply for membership. An information pack is available from the Mrs. Foster, Hon.Secretary, c/o North Walsham Town Council.
Press Statement on J D Wetherspoons
At its meeting on Tuesday 27 January, North Walsham Town Council set its Council Tax precept for 2015/16 at £189,323 - this includes a government grant of £19,275 and equates to £46.68 per household, an increase of £0.59 or 1.28% over the 2014/15 amount.
This followed discussion of North Norfolk District Council's proposal to sell the Town Council's current New Road base to JD Wetherspoon for around £350,000. The Council was very clear that it was not opposed to JD Wetherspoon coming to the town. There was, however, disappointment at NNDC's stance that the money received would not be made available to create a community hub - in which the Town Council and other local organisations could base themselves - in the town as North Walsham "had already received significant benefit from District Council money". It was argued that NNDC, which is sitting on a £20 million capital reserve, should not be allowed to sell a town asset and then make residents pay for a replacement when it clearly does not need the money from the sale.
The Town Council was also disappointed at NNDC's apparent rush to sell prior to the May election, and to deliver vacant possession to the prospective buyer as soon as possible, when no planning application had been submitted. It had become apparent from legal advice received by the Town Council earlier in the afternoon that NNDC may be acting ultra vires in seeking to sell the New Road site before agreement is reached between the two authorities. Negotiations between the two authorities are set to continue once the Town Council has received further legal advice.
The lack of certainty over the legally-independent planning process, and the early stage and complexity of negotiations with NNDC, meant that the Town Council could not at this time justify a significant increase to its Council Tax Precept for the purchase or long term rental of property it may not need. It was agreed instead that the small increase agreed, together with the Council's reserve fund, should provide sufficient financial cover for any requirements that may arise by the end of 2015, when it is currently expected to vacate the New Road offices.
The North Walsham Council Tax precept, the town's element of the household Council Tax bill issued by NNDC, remains one of the lowest among towns in the district.
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Calender for 2017 Town Council Meeting dates.
Notice is hereby given that the audit for the year end. 31st March 2016 was completed on 2nd September 2016 by Mazars. The accounts are now available for inspection by local electors in accordance with Section 25 of the Local Accountability Act 2014. To arrange a viewing please contact:
North Walsham Town Council
18 Kings Arms Street
Between 9.30 and 12.30.
Requested copies will be provided free of charge.
Click Here to see the Section 25.
The next meeting of North Walsham Town Council's Planning Committee will be held On Tuesday 28th February 2017 in the Dayspring Centre, Black Swan Loke starting at 6.30pm. Click Here for Agenda.
Members of the public are welcome to attend, and may speak during the public participation section of the meeting.
Plans for discussion at Planning Committee meetings can be viewed in advance of the meeting by arrangement with staff at the Council Offices. They can also be found on the NNDC planning portal. (Click here)
The next Full Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 28th February 2017 at 7.00pm. Click Here for the Agenda
NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL has made a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the U19661 Manor Road, U10337 Pound Road, U10322 Marshagate, U10325 Hall Lane intersection in the TOWN OF NORTH WALSHAM because of resurfacing carriageway works.
Alternative route is via: (North to South diversion route) Marshgate, Bluebell Road, Bacton Road, Church Street, Market Place, New Road,Pound Road.
(South to North diversion route) Pound Road, New Road, Yarmouth Road, Grammar School Road, Kings Arms Street,Park Lane, Aylsham Road, Mundesley Road, Vicarage Street, Bacton Road, Bluebell Road, Marshgate.
(West to East diversion route) Hall Lane, Church Street, Market Place, New Road, Happisburgh Road, Manor Road.
(East to West diversion route) Manor Road, Happisburgh Road, New Road, Yarmouth Road, Grammar School Road, Kings Arms Street, Park Lane, Aylsham Road, Mundesley Road, Vicarage Street, Church Street, Hall Lane in North
(If necessary the restriction could run for a maximum period of 18 months from the date of the Order).
Penalty: £1000 maximum fine on conviction and/or endorsement for contravention.