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Committee Meeting

13th Dec 2017
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Chamber Calendar

Find out about all the up-and-coming meetings and events.

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Committee Meeting

13th Dec 2017
The Impact Centre

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The Chamber Blog

Chairman's September Message

Norman Wilson 8th September 2013

The Wayland Show went really well this year; wonderful weather and record crowds. We know that the businesses there were doing really well. We certainly had a lot of interest from the businesses that we approached. There was just an infrastructure issue with the poor mobile signals at that part of the town. This inhibited mobile banking. Perhaps something we should take up with the networks.
We are really looking forward to the delayed Watton Carnival on the 29th September. There will be a closure of the high street and we hope that there will be great weather.
Superfast Broadband is really getting quite near to Watton and the surrounding areas. With Great Ellingham, Hingham and Scoulton due to have availability by the end of 2013. To sign up to find out more go to http://www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk/
The localism bill allows Watton to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. The community infrastructure levy is introduced to replace section 106 agreements. Any town or community with a Neighbourhood Plan will increase the local share of the community infrastructure levy to 25% from 15% that is charged on new developments. Watton has a zero rating, at the moment, so it is probably not worth the effort to promote one. Attleborough and some other areas are more fortunate. It may be your community should take action see http://www.breckland.gov.uk/content/community-infrastructure-levy.
The Watton Town Team next event is Healthy Choices event on Saturday 14th August. There will be stalls in Wayland Hall promoting food and farming, well-being, healthy eating, local produce, keeping fit/sport, and further stalls and cookery demonstrations in the High Street.
The Watton Town Team will be holding a Forties Dinner dance at the Queens Hall on Saturday 30th November. It will be an excellent event with the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band booked. Tickets will be available soon for the 150 spaces.
This year there will be Christmas lights. The Watton Town Council have engaged a contractor who will put up the displays ready for a turn on at the beginning of December.
Finally the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership have been consulting on the next set of UE funding and for what purposes should the funds be used . To follow this and participate go to http://www.newanglia.co.uk/Activities/European-Investment-Strategy
Similarly there is a skills summit on 23rd September in Norwich; to book go to http://www.newanglia.co.uk/Events/162