October 28, 2018

Extract for October 2018

A meeing of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4th October at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond is also the District Councillor, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and District Councillor R Duffield.

Planning. Applicatons. There were no planning applications to consider. Decisions. Breckland Council had given approval for externally illuminated sign at Otters Mead Elmham Road and to the variation to the design for approved residential annexe to include internal alterations only at Swanhaven Fakenham Road East Bilney. The Planning Commitee had granted approval for the erection of one cottage style property and garage at Church Road East Bilney. Both the Parish Council and District Councillor Duffield spoke against the application at the Planning Committee but the commi>ee decided unanimously to grant permission. The Parish Council had requested that if approval is given then a condition of the approval should be that the design cannot be changed from a cottage style dwelling and this was agreed by Breckland Council. Enforcement. District Councillor Duffield is in discussions with Breckland Council regarding the mobile homes at Shorthorn Nurseries.

County and District Council Reports. The County Councillor reported that the Police and Crime Commissioner’s consultation on taking over the Fire and Rescue Service has finished. He has not yet decided whether to forward this to the Secretary of State. Norfolk County Council is consulting on a different approach to Children’s Centres There are at present 53 in the county and many people cannot get to the centres. There are 12 contracts for the 53 centres and some are in buildings owned by Norfolk County Council. The proposal is to close 46 centres and leave 6 as hubs to offer services in more rural areas. The aim is to give a better service by going out to those who need it. District Councillor Richmond stated that the applicant for the Garden Village had been to London to lobby for support without engaging with the local parish councils. He stated that elder members of Breckland Council said that the In house planning department was not perfect. Some Parish Councils had written to the leader regarding Capita. There are still 5 years to run on Capita’s contract. The Clerk is to draft  a letter to the Leader for the members to agree regarding the poor service being received from Capita. Councillor Leigh raised the matter of problems at Elmham Surgery with telephones not being answered. The surgery has also taken over Toftwood and there appears to be a shortage of staff. The complaints had also come from Community Car passengers and on some days the surgery was only dealing with emergencies or on a triage basis by being telephoned back. The telephone would ring and tell you that you are number one in the queue but after 20 minutes no one had answered and the telephone cut off. Councillor Richmond will contact the Practice Manager and request that this is on the agenda for the next Patient Participation Group Meeting

Highways. The Clerk is still pursuing the repairs to the two trods and has reported the poor state of the road in East Bilney near to River Lane. The Parish Council had received communication from a member of the public regarding Elmham Road near to Otters Mead. At present there are two extant planning approvals and only on the second one does the applicant have to widen the road and pay for an extended 30 mph limit. The Parish Council is closely monitoring the development of the site. Meetings.

The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 1 November at 7.30 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.


Beetley Parish Council has installed a defibrillator at the Village Hall. Training for the use of this is being arranged and this will be announced in a future edition of the Beetley Buzz.


After many years the current editor is retiring from editing the Beetley Buzz. A new parishioner has kindly agreed to take on this role. The current editor will edit the Beetley Buzz up until and including the November edition. From this date all articles for inclusion should be sent to stephen.25boyce@btinternet.com
The Parish Council is deeply appreciative of all the hard work that Julia has put in preparing the Beetley Buzz for circulation. Without her time the newsletter would not have been able to be circulated with so much information enclosed. The Parish Council is certain that you wish her a well earned respite from this task and the Parish Council wish her well for the future.

Christmas Wreath Making

Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall

18th November 10am—4pm

Home made cake stall
Including Christmas Cakes and gluten-free cakes
Tea, coffee and bacon rolls available
In aid of Brain Tumour Research

For more information contact Erika Bovill 860174

‘Pot of Gold’ The Shanty Crew

Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall High House Road, Beetley NR20 4 BY

Friday 16th November- 7pm for 7.30pm
Relax and enjoy a lively musical evening with the Swa+am based Shanty Crew
Tickets £7.50 with tea/coffee provided in the interval. Tickets available from 860425 or 01362 694827
Free parking

WW1 Remembrance

As part of the 100 years National Remem- brance of the end of World War 1, the bells of St Mary Magdalen Beetley will be rung at 19.05 hours on Sunday 11th November. All are welcome to listen to the bell ringing within the church. We will provide tea coffee and biscuits afterwards.
Beetley and Bilney PCC