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Could community wifi and buses be coming to Cromer?

PUBLISHED: 16:03 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 09 March 2018

A couple enjoying fish and chips in the sunshine on Cromer promenade. Photo: Antony Kelly

A couple enjoying fish and chips in the sunshine on Cromer promenade. Photo: Antony Kelly

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It has been revealed that a north Norfolk council is in early talks regarding the funding of a community bus, and a public wifi network.

A newly formed committee at the Cromer Town Council is in the very early stages of exploring the possibility of bringing both community buses, and community wifi to the seaside town.

Councillor Philip Harris is largely behind the future proposals. He said: “The idea with wifi came largely from a holiday I had.

“In many other tourist destinations both in our country, but also in Europe, they have free wifi in the town for everyone to use.”

He continued: “We see a lot of people on the beach with their iPads, so people could be sitting on the beach and then researching where they could go for dinner afterwards.

“Younger people are often on Facebook so much they could come to Cromer and be telling their friends: ‘Come and join us, it’s lovely!’ So it could be a real boost for tourism.”

Mr Harris also explained how a community bus service could operate.

He said: “It could be a link between the train station, the bus station, and out to other tourist attractions such as Felbrigg Hall and the zoo.

“We get a lot of tourists coming here and it could work as a bit of a park and ride to ease congestion in the summer.”

He added: “The other thing is that for people in Suffield Park, the supermarkets are on the other side of town. It could provide a service to residents who like to go and do their own food shop, or need to get to hospital.”

He continued: “It wouldn’t be in competition with other bus services, it wouldn’t go to nearby villages like Holt or Sheringham or North Walsham, it would be more of a circular route around Cromer.”

Councillor Tim Adams added: “It’s all still in the very early stages. We had talks like this in 2001 and it never happened.

“What’s really important is to make sure that whatever we do it is sustainable.”

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