Norfolk County Council’s ground-breaking parish partnership scheme for small highway projects is being relaunched again this autumn, with a £50,000 boost for SAM2 mobile speed warning signs.
The extra £50,000 has been provided by Norfolk’s Safety Camera Partnership, raising the total available to £200,000 for highways-related projects to be carried out next year. Parishes will be able to bid for funding covering up to half the cost of small-scale schemes.
As well as the SAM2 mobile vehicle activated signs, bids could include footways and paths, crossing points, signs and other highway-related projects that are a high priority locally.
This time the conversion of parish street lights to ultra-low energy LEDs will not be included. These conversions, which reduce the energy use, cost and CO2 footprint of street lights, were the main focus of the special 2013/14 scheme, when 75% support was available. Demand was so high that the original £1m fund was increased to £1.26m, with parish and town councils adding £440,000.
David Harrison, cabinet member for environment, transport, development and waste, said: “This has proved extremely popular, and we received 179 bids for the this year’s scheme. Not only does it add value for money, it ensures money is spent where it will make a real difference.”