Quality of Life

North Norfolk is a wonderful place to live and work, with strong and vibrant communities and most of our residents enjoying a good quality of life.  Many people living in the District have chosen to live here – moving to the area for retirement, based on their previous enjoyment of the District as tourist visitors. 

However, our rural and coastal location with many small village communities, does present some challenges in terms of our residents being able to access services, particularly for the young, old and people with poor health or a disability, who might not have access to personal transport and find it difficult to access a wide variety of public services.  Public transport in large parts of the District is limited and expensive and can influence the post-16 education choices of young people, as well as their ability to access jobs and socialise. 

Further, our ageing population – the District has the highest average age of any local authority area in England (48 years 11 months); means that increasing numbers of people experience social isolation as they age and the District Council and its partners are committed to improving the wellbeing of older people through social prescribing and promoting the development of Housing with Care / Extra Care provision where people can live independently for longer with opportunities for social interaction. 

The Council has a strong record of providing and supporting facilities and activities which improve local people’s mental wellbeing and quality of life – including provision of sports and leisure centres, provision of tourist infrastructure, public conveniences, Blue Flag beaches, Green Flag open spaces and country parks and support for cultural events in locations across the District; and, within the financial constraints the Council operates within it is committed to maintaining and enhancing such facilities for the future as they form an essential element of the District’s appeal as a place to live and visit. 

The Council also works with a wide range of partners through a variety of mechanisms to provide support to and improve the quality of life of vulnerable people and households in the District.  This is achieved through working with a large number of public sector organisations – including Norfolk County Council, the NHS, Public Health, the police and other protective services, the Department of Work and Pensions, as well as the voluntary and charitable sectors.  The Council will continue to take a lead role in the development and strengthening of these multi-agency partnership arrangements to ensure the continued “local” delivery of these important support services.  This will be achieved through the Council engaging with key partners, particularly in the health and social care sectors, to ensure the needs of our communities are understood and in maintaining and developing local service provision through shared office arrangements, integrated referral arrangements and innovative delivery using new technologies and practice where appropriate.

 

Quality of Life

Level of investment made in upgrading public conveniences
Monitoring
31 Mar 21
14,660.20
£
Monitoring
Number of Changing Places facilities provided
On Track
31 Mar 21
0
Facilities
On Track
Participation at Council Sporting Facilities
Achieved
30 Sep 21
144,768
Number of attendances
Achieved
Number of Bluse Flag beaches
Meeting Target
31 Mar 21
6
Beaches
Meeting Target
Number of Green Flag open spaces
Meeting Target
31 Mar 21
3
Open spaces
Meeting Target

Objective 1: Undertaking a Quality of Life Survey

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Planned
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5.1.1 Undertake a Quality of Life Survey
Undertake a Quality of Life Survey amongst local residents in order to understand the issues people face and to identify ways in which the Council (and its partners) can help those, in all communities, to access the things that they need. Working with appropriate partners, the survey will use existing evidence but also seek to fill gaps in data. It will need to take account of and inform many of the other activities in this delivery plan, such as: -? access to services -? housing -? environmental quality -? potential influences of climate change
04-Feb-20
to
30-Sep-21

Objective 2: Developing and implementing a Quality of Life Strategy

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Planned
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5.2.1 Develop a Quality of Life Strategy
Develop a Quality of Life Strategy to ensure services, provided by the Council (and its partners) that impact on local quality of life, respond to issues raised by those in our local communities. The Strategy should be inclusive of all groups within society but also address any specific needs identified in the Quality of Life Survey. It will include: -? influences on physical and mental wellbeing across all age groups -? access to healthy, active lifestyles -? access to the arts and the celebration of local culture -? engagement in local community activities -? isolation -? innovative ways of treating health conditions, e.g. social prescribing ? access for all to services and facilities
04-Feb-20
to
31-Dec-21
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Planned
High
5.2.2 Implement the Quality of Life Strategy
Work with local communities and partner organisations to implement the Quality of Life Strategy and enable activities that assist in its delivery. - communicate the strategy to those involved in its delivery or are affected by it - raise awareness and encourage interest in the development of actions that achieve the objectives in the strategy - ensure that the strategy is embedded in all relevant services, activities, projects and decisions undertaken by the Council - monitor the implementation & effectiveness of the strategy
02-Nov-20
to
31-Dec-21

Objective 3: Delivery of the North Walsham Heritage Action Zone programme

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Planned
High
5.3.1 Engage the local community to deliver the North Walsham Heritage Action Zone programme
Under the Heritage Action Zone programme, engage the local community in the development and delivery of projects and activities that celebrate the cultural and historic significance of North Walsham Town Centre, with the aim of enhancing the economic and cultural vitality of the town, including: - cultural programming activities - improving historic assets - supporting local community organisations - supporting cultural events Delivery plan adopted by April 2020
04-Feb-20
to
31-Mar-24

Objective 4: Developing and implementing an Accessibility Guide for the District

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100%
Completed
High
5.4.1 Formulate and publish an accessibility guide
Formulate and publish a guide (in appropriate, traditional and novel formats) to help communities.
04-Feb-20
to
30-Jun-21

Objective 5: Delivery of new leisure centre at Sheringham

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90%
In Progress
High
5.5.1 Develop the new leisure centre to replace the Splash at Sheringham
Develop the new leisure centre to replace the Splash, in order to maintain a high quality, inclusive and accessible facility. Working with our leisure contractor and other partners to: - encourage people to lead and maintain active and healthy lifestyles - provide a range of modern and innovative fitness equipment accessible to all - encourage the development of physical activity programmes oriented to the needs of all sections of the local community - introduce even the youngest residents to fun and beneficial leisure activities - provide opportunities to address specific health conditions (e.g. via social prescribing)
04-Feb-20
to
31-Dec-21

Objective 6: Continued investment in Cromer Pier as an iconic heritage and cultural attraction

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Planned
High
5.6.1a Maintain and enhance the physical structure of Cromer Pier
Maintain and enhance the physical structure of Cromer Pier and its historic Pavilion Theatre to ensure the district can continue to celebrate the unique qualities that make this heritage asset an icon of the District that benefits residents, businesses and the wider local economy. Annual programme maintenance.
04-Feb-20
to
31-Dec-21
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Planned
High
5.6.1b Work with partners to develop a programme of events on Cromer Pier
Continue to work with partners to develop a programme of shows, events and appropriate activities on Cromer Pier that attract a wide audience, in order to celebrate the unique qualities that make this heritage asset an icon of the District that benefits residents, businesses and the wider local economy. 5yr contract
04-Feb-20
to
(not set)

Objective 7: Public convenience investment programme

to include a Changing Places facility in each of our seven principal settlements

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Planned
High
5.7.1 Maintain the quality and accessibility of public conveniences
Maintain the quality and accessibility of public conveniences, ensuring they are suitable to the needs of the community and visitors to the area Spring 2020 with Review April 2020
04-Feb-20
to
31-Dec-21

Objective 8: Maintain Blue Flag and Green Flag status for the Council’s beaches and open spaces

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Planned
High
5.8.1 Commit to NNDC Blue Flag and Green Flag status
Continue to maintain and, where appropriate, improve the quality and accessibility of our public open spaces and beaches. Promote their use for a wide variety of events and activities that meet the health and wellbeing needs of the local community and attract visitors to the area Develop a programme of sustained improvement and investigate innovative investment opportunities in order to ensure that our open spaces and beaches are attractive and available for all to enjoy and, where appropriate, meet the criteria for Green and Blue Flag awards Blue Flag May 2020 Green flag July 2020
20-Jun-20
to
31-Dec-20

Objective 9: Delivery of the Mammoth Marathon

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Planned
High
5.9.1 Deliver the first Mammoth Marathon
Organise and promote a running event as a way of marketing the District and raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity. Use this and other events as a platform to showcase initiatives that aim to support health and wellbeing, environmental awareness, arts and culture and other quality of life issues. After the first ‘mammoth’ marathon and half marathon events, review its effectiveness in achieving these objectives and explore options for future events.
04-Feb-20
to
30-Jun-22

Objective 10: Maximising the level of external funding to support community projects

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Planned
High
5.10.1 Identify new opportunities for funding to implement and promote the Quality of Life Strategy
Identify new opportunities for funding to implement and promote the Quality of Life Strategy and achieve its outcomes. Seek opportunities to work with partners and local communities in developing projects and facilities that address the findings of the Quality of Life survey.
02-Nov-20
to
31-Dec-21

Objective 11: Development of strong, sustainable and healthy local communities

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100%
Completed
High
5.11.1 Community support initiatives review
Review existing funding initiatives and investigate new schemes that assist local communities in addressing their needs and improving community wellbeing, via grants and community development support. Provide support and advice to local community organisations to help them access external funding opportunities and develop initiatives that address local needs and support community sustainability Facilitate community initiatives, in accordance with the Quality of Life Strategy, that aim to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of local residents
04-Feb-20
to
31-Mar-21