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Last Updated: Sunday, 31 August, 2003, 09:43 GMT 10:43 UK
Council to tackle Forum issues
The Forum in Norwich
BBC operations in Norfolk are being moved to the Forum
Ambient noise, heavy doors children cannot push open, and access for disabled people at Norwich's new Forum building are to undergo a close look by county councillors this week.

Members of the Norfolk County Council's Cabinet Scrutiny Committee visited the glass-fronted building in the city centre earlier in August and raised nearly 50 issues for discussion.

They include opening hours at the library at the Forum and the problem of heavy glass doors at the entrance to the children's library.

The cost of entering the Origins local history exhibit inside - at 13.50 per family - will also be raised.

On Tuesday, the committee will decide which issues should be examined in more detail.

Views of the people

Celia Cameron, who chairs the committee, said: "I have absolutely no doubt that the Forum is a major asset to Norwich and to Norfolk.

"But with such a large project, and such a variety of tenants in the building, there are inevitably a number of issues worth exploring further - public access to the library and noise levels within the building, to name just two.

"It may well be that a positive way forward with this is to seek the views of the people of Norwich and Norfolk on how the Forum works for them - and how things might be improved in the future."

The Forum, designed by Sir Norman Foster, was funded by a 31.5m grant from the Millennium Commission, with matching support from Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council.

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15 Jul 03  |  Norfolk


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