Two new bus shelters and improvements to an existing footpath are on their way to Dereham.

The schemes are thanks to Norfolk County Council’s Parish Partnership Scheme, which will be spent on 118 highways schemes including vehicle-activated speed signs, bus shelters and new footpaths.

First launched in September 2011, the scheme invites communities to bid for cash to make much-needed improvements.

A total of £7,938 is being spent to build two new bus shelters on George Elliot Way and Hillcrest Avenue in the town.

A further £50,000 will be used to improve the existing surface on a footpath on Shillings Lane, following work being completed there last year, as well as to cut back undergrowth on the trod footpath which goes through Neatherd Moor.

A trod footpath is a simplified, low-cost footway, often constructed using recycled road surface material.

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Councillor Graham Plant, the county council's cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support every bid we’ve received.

“With the match funding we provide we’ll see more than £1m spent this year across Norfolk on schemes that have been put forward by local communities.”