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Chambers of Trade announce action plan to combat coastal towns’ economic challenges

(L-R): Andy Bullen (Sheringham Chamber of trade), John Frosdick (Cromer Mayor), David Gooch (Sheringham Mayor), Norman Lamb, Tom Fitzpatrick (NNDC leader), Steve Blatch (NNDC Director), Gary Dickerson (Cromer Chamber of Trade). Picture: christaylorphoto.co.uk

(L-R): Andy Bullen (Sheringham Chamber of trade), John Frosdick (Cromer Mayor), David Gooch (Sheringham Mayor), Norman Lamb, Tom Fitzpatrick (NNDC leader), Steve Blatch (NNDC Director), Gary Dickerson (Cromer Chamber of Trade). Picture: christaylorphoto.co.uk

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Were you one of the Cromer businesses that went along to the joint meeting of the Cromer and Sheringham Chambers of Trade last month?

The presidents of both chambers have now unveiled their action plan, and took their ideas to the North Norfolk District Council.

Business owners from both towns have raised their key challenges with operating in the area, which largely revolv around connectivity such as broadband issues as well as mobile network coverage.

Following a meeting with the NNDC, the chambers have reported back with good news.

“It was very positive,” says Andy Bullen, secretary of the Sheringham Chamber of Trade. “We’re more concerned about the reaction to the action plan we’ve come up with than the reaction of how the night at the golf club went.”

The first issue to be tackled by the chambers is the problem of wifi and mobile signal in the coastal towns.

“It’s vital for our tourism industry,” Mr Bullen continued. “So we’ll be drawing together a petition which will be sent to Norman Lamb MP, for him to tackle at parliamentary level.

“Norman’s also expressed that he would welcome people writing to him on the matter, as it will make the case stronger.”

The petition will be launched in the coming weeks.

“We have noticed the broadband getting better recently,” Mr Bullen continued. “However mobile data still needs to be tackled, as tourists expect it and businesses need the exposure of people searching for nearby tourist attractions.

“We were also told that another issue raised, business rates, is being tackled by the NNDC, and we’ve already had reports of people receiving funds back.”

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