EXTRACT March 2016

BEETLEY PARISH COUNCIL Prior to the Parish Council meeting a discussion was held with Norfolk County Council and Konect regarding an improved bus service through east Bilney. This was attended by six parishioners as well as the Parish Council. The timing of the possible buses into and from Dereham was discussed at length as it was felt by all at the meeting that there was too long between the bus into Dereham in the morning and a return journey. Both Norfolk County council and Konect will be considering the possibility of a return journey at about 1230. It is hoped that a new service will commence about the late Spring Bank Holiday. It was felt by all who had attended that this was a most productive meeting and the Parish Council thanks all the residents who put forward their points of view.

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3 March 2016 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish, District Councillor R Duffield and one parishioner.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the five applications received from Middleton Aggregates for variations to previous planning permissions to continue the use of various buildings and compounds within the existing site until 2029. This will allow the processing of aggregates at the present processing plant once the new site that has been granted permission is operational. No objection was raised to the applications for the erection of a side single storey extension at 55 Elmham Road or to the extensions to either side of the property and demolition of conservatory at 22 Ashley Road.

Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the application for an extension to an existing house at 1 Beech Road.

Appeals. The Planning Inspector had dismissed the appeals to the proposed developments on Bittering Street and Stoney Lane which had both been objected to by the Parish Council. Highways. The Clerk had visited both Common Lane and Peacock Lane with the County Councillor and he is discussing this with the Highways Engineer. It is hoped that repairs will be carried out when the weather improves. This is designated by Norfolk County Council as a farm track and as such farmers are permitted to use it for their business.

Footpaths. Further complaints had been received regarding the state of the footpath to the east of River Lane East Bilney and that the footpath as designated on the definitive map had been diverted by the positioning of a new fence. The Clerk had discussed this with the County Councillor who is requesting that further action be taken.

Norfolk County Council. The Council Tax has been increased by 3.99% of which 2% is ring fenced for Adult Social Care and 1.99% as an increase to ensure that proposed cuts in services are reversed. This increase has prevented the closure of any libraries or fire stations, an increase in the highways maintenance budget for the repair of potholes, restore recycling centres to their previous opening hours and restore all the proposed cuts to the Norfolk Museums Service and Norfolk Record Office.

Beetley River Meadows. The snowdrops had been kindly moved by a parishioner so it is hoped that they will survive in the future. The new gates have been fitted to the play area.

The Parish Council requests that all dogs are kept out of this area to protect the children using the area.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 7 April 2016 to follow the Annual Parish Meeting which will commence at 7.00 p.m. at the Village Hall, Beetley. Planning applications are available for viewing from 7.15 p.m. Minutes. The full minutes are available for viewing on the Beetley Parish website, beetleypc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk, or by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or bryan.leigh@btinternet.com.

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