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The Thursday Three

Published on: 22 Dec 2022

It’s Christmas week. You think we’re hanging around for Friday? No chance. But we don’t like to disappoint – so here’s an equally alliterative Thursday Three, instead of our regular Friday Five.

Location: Norwich

The job: “There has never been a more exciting time to join the high performing Planning Service at Norfolk County Council. The County is a principal producer of minerals and the delivery of these raw materials and waste infrastructure will be fundamental in achieving the County’s growth agenda.

“Your role will be varied and interesting, depending upon the needs of the service at any given point in time you can expect to either be managing a diverse case load of planning applications; carrying out monitoring and enforcement; or be reviewing existing and developing new planning policies work. As well as minerals and waste, there will also be the opportunity to play a significant role in the delivery of schools, roads, housing, infrastructure, business and commercial development, as the County Council invests in its own programme of building.

“We offer career graded posts providing a clear pathway for employees to progress as their skills, knowledge and experience develop. The post covers three grades (Assistant Planning Officer, Planning Officer and Senior Planning Officer). Successful candidates would be appointed at a grade commensurate with their experience.”

Adam and Eve pub [square]Fun fact: When you think of Norwich, you may think first of things like canaries, its wool trade, its fine collection of historic buildings or even its open air market, said to be the largest in the UK. 

What you should be thinking about is prayers. And pints. Why? Because the city’s traditions are as rooted in religion and alcohol as trade, industry and architecture.

It’s said that in the Middle Ages the city had a church for every week of the year – in fact, there were 58 individual parish churches within the city walls. That’s not to mention the cathedral (a wonderful building with a colourful history). Thirty-one of the churches survive today, but not all are used for worship – some, for example, have become antique shops and cafés.

And booze? There were even more pubs than churches. In fact, 600-odd boozers were recorded in the city in 1884. Basically, you could go on a year-long pub crawl or drinking binge without visiting the same establishment twice.

The city’s oldest still operational hostelry is the Adam and Eve (pictured), which was recorded in 1249 to be a brewhouse frequented by workmen building the nearby cathedral. The booziest single street was King Street which, at one time, had 58 pubs. In one street. Nowadays there’s just one, appropriately named The Last Pub Standing.

Several social forces did for the pubbiness of Norwich, as elsewhere: firstly there was the 1904 Licensing Act, which led to the closure of LOTS of pubs. Then there was the Second World War and the post-war slum clearances, each of which had a dramatic effect on the city’s built environment and amenities. Social improvement, eh?

Today, there are around 130 pubs still operating in the city. Our pints and prayers are with you, Norwich.

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Location: Manchester Airport or London Stansted (with travel to other airports in the group)

The job: “As the largest UK owned airport operator, we serve over 60 million passengers a year from Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands Airports. 

“As a planning manager here at MAG, reporting to the planning services director, you will be delivering a high-quality, professional planning service to the airport group. This will contain a wide range of land-use planning activity, including development strategy, master planning, policy development, scheme delivery and stakeholder relations, ensuring we both secure and maintain the long-term profitable growth of our business.

"You will also be responsible for securing planning and approvals via the submission of technically sound and evidence-based applications, to ensure timely delivery of key infrastructure.”

Shoreham Airport [square]Fun fact: Manchester Airport has been operating in one guise or another since 1930, when it was opened as Barton Aerodrome. That’s pretty old, but it’s some way from being the UK’s oldest airport. That distinction belongs to Shoreham Airport (pictured) which opened in 1911. That’s just eight years after the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers in 1903.

In fact, the first flight from Shoreham was in 1910, but it didn't open officially until the following year and it remains the world’s oldest purpose-built commercial airport still in operation. That’s quite a claim and it has quite a history, including being the departure point for the first flight of British military aircraft in the First World War; and it has a grade II listed Art Deco terminal building, opened in 1936.

The UK’s first international commercial airport was Croydon, which opened in 1920 and was built in a Neoclassical style. It quickly became Britain’s main airport and was soon handling more cargo, mail and passengers than any other UK airport at the time. Its innovations included the world's first air traffic control and the first airport terminal, now a grade II listed building. Croydon, too, served a military function during the Second World War and in the post-war period lost its status and much of its business to the rapidly growing Heathrow Airport on the other side of London. It closed in 1959.

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Location: Bristol and Cardiff

The job: “You will be working collaboratively with our specialist internal teams of ecologists, ornithologists, archaeologists, transport planners and landscape architects, as well as our network of external consultants, and our high-profile clients on an exciting range of projects across the UK.

“Working as a valued member of our team, we will provide you with the necessary training to equip you to progress your career to becoming a fully-fledged EIA project manager. You will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects including onshore renewable energy developments, electricity transmission infrastructure, urban regeneration, and greenfield developments. LUC also regularly undertakes independent EIA reviews, and you will have the opportunity to use your EIA skills and experience to help input into these reviews.

“Our EIA assistant project managers are involved in all stages of project development from tendering through to completion and submission of the Environmental Statement. You will work alongside and be fully supported by the project managers and project directors and other assistant project managers as a dedicated EIA team.”

Goats [square]Fun fact: Don’t be surprised, should you take a wander around Bristol, to find yourself face to face with a goat. It’s fine. It’s supposed to be there. It probably even has a name such as Lily, Mercury or Moo.

These three – and others – have at one time been part of Streetgoat, a rather brilliant initiative to connect communities with food and land “through goats”. Here’s the deal: the goats graze on overgrown pockets of land around the city, opening the way for urban food production and other horticultural uses.
The goats themselves are ‘managed’ by community volunteers, who also become involved in the cycle of land management and food production. The goats also provide milk, fibre and meat.

Started in 2015, the project has two elements: a community-run goat dairy (which produces milk for 30 households); and a grazing project which uses male goats to clear overgrown land and produce meat. Favoured sites are overgrown and disused allotments, which are brought back into use for vegetable production, for example. Nature reserves are also grazed, to enable a greater diversity of wildflowers to grow.

The goats have been taken to heart by local people who have named them and many of whom have even trained as goat herders. 

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