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Chamber Chat

18th Oct 2017
College Farm

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The Chamber Blog

Put Watton on the Map

Norman Wilson 30th May 2013

The Town Team are fantastic in helping to put Watton on the map. I wish others could be the same.

The last two events, the Motorcycle and Book events, have created real publicity for the town. More importantly, from anecdotal evidence, they have increased footfall and spend in the shops. They are giving really a good reason to come to Watton. Once people come they are likely to return when they receive excellent service and advice. I witnessed a great example of that service at the dry cleaners. Time was irrelevant when explaining to a lady how the process would affect the curtaining and the lining giving reassurance on the result. No time was spared, no rush to get her “processed”. The next event is the classic car event on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of June.

However it seems that others do not have us on their map. When the EDP publish maps of Norfolk for some reason Watton more often than not does not appear. From now on we should remind them we exist. When NWES ran start-up support in Breckland using the Norfolk County Council’s funding managed by Breckland Council; yes, we had the initial day but no start-up course. Ian at the Wayland Partnership gathered together a larger attendance at the initial day than Thetford did - but Thetford got the course. This is not good enough. It must change!

Breckland is, from the statistics produced for West Norfolk when they paid for a study a few years ago, in the bottom 20% of districts for economic success. Watton does not have the support given to Thetford or Dereham. We have opportunities to do something about this. This will only come to fruition if we obtain an advantage and do something about or disadvantages. We want Watton to be place you can come to for new and growing businesses. This is a key way to raise us up the table.

We have a number of things going for us. The A11 is being dualled and the train service from Cambridge to Norwich is going to increase in frequency. We will be an hour away from Cambridge and 45 minutes from the centre of Norwich. We need superfast broadband which has been taken up by our MP George Freeman. This is an essential part of the package. Finally would it not be great if the embryo project to produce ‘Babes in the Wood’ as part of the Norwich Festival was near Wayland Wood where it belongs!