Further opportunities to have your say on how Benjamin Court could be used in future

14th May 2024

Two more events have been announced giving people further opportunities to have their say on how Benjamin Court in Cromer could be used in future.

NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB) is working with Healthwatch Norfolk to gather and listen to views from local people during an engagement period running from 8 May – 4 June 2024.

A public meeting will take place on Thursday, 30 May, 6.00pm-7.30pm, at North Norfolk District Council, Holt Road, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9EN.  

We are ticketing this event to ensure people can sit and participate comfortably, and we can ensure we know people’s accessibility needs in advance. You can book your place by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/benjamin-court-public-meeting-tickets-902211096677

If you need to telephone to request a ticket please call 01603 595857.

A further drop-in session will also take place on:

21 May – Main Hall at North Walsham Community Centre – 1.00pm-3.00pm

A number of opportunities to get involved have already been announced, including:

13 May – Sheringham Library – 1.00pm-4.00pm

14 May – The Hub at Sheringham Little Theatre – 10.00am-12.00pm

15 May – Roys of Wroxham – 10.00am-12.00pm

16 May – Community Supermarket at Wicken Green near Fakenham – 10.30am-12.00pm

16 May – A spot on the WOW Bus in Fakenham Market Place – 1.00pm-4.00pm

17 May – Cromer Library – 10.30am-4.00pm

Benjamin Court in Cromer has been used to provide a range of health and care services in the past. It is made-up of two buildings, however one of these has largely been empty since last June. The ICB is considering what should happen with the building that is largely empty and would like people’s ideas about how it could be used in future.

The document provides:

  • Some background information about Benjamin Court, including the size and layout of the buildings.
  • The current position with the building, including the options we have explored so far.
  • Details about how you can share your ideas about how the building could be used in future.
  • An explanation about how a decision will be made about what happens with Benjamin Court.

Both NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB and Healthwatch Norfolk are encouraging people to get involved and feedback their views.

When the engagement period ends, Healthwatch Norfolk will analyse all of the feedback and produce a report for NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB). The ICB will then review the report and the ideas put forward and take a decision.

The ICB is hoping to find a solution that is viable financially, can be staffed, and will benefit as many people in Norfolk and Waveney as possible, and we really value local people’s ideas and suggestions.

However, if following the engagement exercise no viable alternative use of the building can be found, then the ICB will return the site to NHS Property Services. This would enable NHS Property Services to look for alternative tenants.

Alternatively, NHS Property Services could look to sell the site. If they were to sell it, then half of the proceeds from the sale would be available to reinvest in other NHS Property Services sites in Norfolk and Waveney.