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.

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