The Liberal Democrats will make a series of proposals for Norfolk’s post pandemic economic recovery.
The proposals include:
- establishing industrial zones for technology-enabled agriculture, advanced manufacturing, and environmental tech
- providing a tailored management training programme to the tourism, medical, research, elderly care, and arts & culture sectors
- launching a prestigious growth programme for those companies wanting to take the next step in their growt
- promoting training, best practice and show-casing of the care sector across the county and beyo
- seeking to make Norfolk the national leader in rural mobile phone connectivity by partnering with the Shared Rural Network collaboration between network operators to deliver 100% indoor mobile phone connectivity across Norfolk
The initiatives are being proposed by the Liberal Democrats as part of their manifesto for the elections to Norfolk County Council on 6 May.
Group Leader on Norfolk County Council Steff Aquarone said: “The Conservatives at County Hall have dropped the ball on economic development. For the last 4 years, Norfolk’s rate for creating new jobs has fallen year on year and the level of wages are well below regional and national averages. We need a well thought out economic recovery plan that puts us on course to perform much better post-pandemic. As an example successful zones are able to attract large numbers of multinational companies and domestic firms, and to make great contributions to business investment, employment generation and economic development but the government advice makes it clear only when implemented properly in the right context. What is needed is greater leadership, energy, dynamism and funding from County Hall than has been seen over the last 4 years. Local businesses need greater help and support than they are getting. More money is available to do this, at the February Council meeting the Liberal Democrats proposed an extra £1m be spent on getting a better economic recovery post pandemic. Sadly, the Conservatives voted against this.”
Norfolk County Council's political make-up is Conservatives 52, Labour 16, Liberal Democrats nine, Independent three, Independent (non-aligned) one, non-aligned one and two vacancies.
People go to the polls on Thursday, May 6, with all 84 seats up for grabs.