Extracts 2010-2011

 

BEETLEY PARISH COUNCIL : EXTRACTS

April 2010 – March 2011

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Extract for
APRIL 2010
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1st April at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors and four members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The application for the demolition of the existing house and redevelopment of the site of three x 5 bedroom houses with car parking and garages at Redroofs, Fakenham Road was objected to as this is outside the settlement boundary and whilst the development would tidy up the site it was felt that three dwellings were too many for the site. Concern was also expressed that a further access onto the highway could jeopardise highway safety. An objection was raised to the extensions and alterations to form a 21/2 storey dwelling and detached garage at Lyndale, The Drift, East Bilney as the mass of the building is not appropriate for the site and the extension appears to be a complete new build in an area that has no settlement boundary. The new building would overlook the adjoining properties and the concern of the near neighbours was noted when the members reached their decision.  No objection was raised to the fenced security compound at East Bilney Quarry although concern was to be expressed to Norfolk County Council regarding the effect of the security lighting on the countryside.

Decisions. There were no decisions to report.

Appeals. An appeal had been received against the refusal of Breckland Council to grant permission for a single detached dwelling and garage on the plot adjacent to 65 Fakenham Road. The Parish Council will respond to the written appeal by stating that it has no reason to change its view that no additional access to the highway should be allowed at this point.

Highways. The entrance to the School car park is to be repaired by Norfolk County Council. Following a request from a resident concerned about the parking on River View the Highways Engineer had visited site and had agreed to install extended white lines on the end of River View, near to the entrance to Beetley Meadows, to keep the area clear of parking allowing access to the drives of the adjoining properties. The flooding on Rawhall Lane had been reported but no response had been received. The request for a 30 m.p.h. limit in East Bilney is being considered in the current financial year and a draft proposal had been received for a new speed limit from the existing limit at the north end of the village to a point near to the flashing sign at the south of the narrow bridge. The finger posts had been replaced on High House Road. The members were disappointed that the rubbish along the B1146 had not been cleared and Breckland Council has been contacted again who informed the Clerk that the priority is the A roads. The road to Beetley Common is again full of potholes and Norfolk County Council will be contacted to see if any remedial work can be undertaken but this is a low priority so any repairs would not be undertaken immediately

Parish Owned land and property. The contract for the re-roofing of the bus shelter on Fakenham Road had been awarded to AKA Roofing of Mattishall.

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Extract for
MAY 2010
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 13th May at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present four Parish Councillors, County Councillor M. Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R. Duffield and three members of the public.

Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman: Angela Leigh was elected Chairman and Adam Luck Vice–Chairman of the Parish Council.

Planning. Applications: The members raised no objection to the use of land for the stationing of a caravan at Rosetta Cottage Hall Road Old Beetley, or to the erection of 4 one-bed, 2 two-bed & 2 three bed dwellings (affordable housing) & associated works on land adjacent to 6 High House Road, or to the continued use of storage bays at East Bilney Quarry, or to convert the attached garage to a kitchen extension & utility area at 6 Wood Drive. The members objected to the new single storey “Eco” dwelling on land off Elmham Road as although the zero carbon status and the construction and technology to be used was applauded the site is outside the settlement boundary and the access onto the highway could jeopardise highway safety.

Decisions: the extensions and alterations to form a 21/2 storey dwelling and detached garage at Lyndale, The Drift, East Bilney was refused by Breckland Council as the vertical height, mass and scale of the extension fails to appear visually subservient to the parent dwelling and this is to the detriment of the character and appearance of the site and the wider rural locality.  The application for the demolition of the existing house & redevelopment of the site of 3 x 5 bed houses with car parking and garages at Redroofs Fakenham Road has been withdrawn.

Highways: The entrance to the School car park has been repaired by Norfolk County Council and the gulley at Rawhall Lane is to be jetted and the ditch cleared. The Parish Council agreed to produce a leaflet for affixing to windscreens on the cars that park along Elmham Road for the duration of the school day. Whilst the parking is not necessarily on a restricted area the members felt that in the interests of highway safety and to ensure no obstruction is caused to the drives of properties or the bus stop the owners of the vehicles should be reminded that there is a car park for the school and if they are attending the school for an extended period then the car park should be used. The Police Community Support Officer was at the meeting and he will be patrolling the area and may prosecute offenders for obstruction. A request had been received for a dog bin in Old Beetley and this is to be considered although the last time there was a request it had not been possible to agree a site for the bin nor had there been an overwhelming response in favour of a bin.

Parish Owned Land and Property: The repair to the safety surfacing at Beetley Meadows is due to be completed within the next two weeks. Any further refurbishment will be re-visited as this is dependent on the costs for the maintenance that is required at the School car park on Fakenham Road.

Finance: The accounts for the year to March 2010 had been audited by the Internal Auditor and these were approved by the Council.

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Extract for
JUNE 2010
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd June at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors and three members of the public.

Planning.

Applications. The application for the proposed vehicular access at The Oaklands, Halfpenny Lane was objected to as the members felt that the amount of hedging and trees that need to be removed to allow adequate visibility splays would not be acceptable on a rural road. It was also felt that the existing access could be used as was stated in the original planning application.

Decisions. The application for the use of land for the stationing of a caravan at Rosetta Cottage, Hall Road, Old Beetley had been refused at the Development Control Meeting the previous day.

Highways. The repairs to the culvert on High House Road and the VAS sign at the south end of the parish are to be chased with the Highways Department. There is a problem with visibility at the junction at Corners Farm Shop which is to be reported to Norfolk County Council.

Beetley Meadows. The Clerk had met the contractor on site and the grass cutting has improved. A clearance morning is to be held on 8 August starting at 9.00 a.m. when all who would like to assist are most welcome. The aim is to clear some of the scrub from several areas to improve the area and to ensure that the grass can be cut including up to the fences and hedges. The safety surfacing has been repaired and this has improved the playground and it is hoped that when the safety inspection is done in June this will be approved by ROSPA.

Parish Owned land and property. One price had been received for the cutting of the trees adjacent to the school car park and a further one is awaited. No decision has been received from Norfolk County Council on the repairs to the perimeter fence at the School Playing Field. An application had been received for crossing rights on Beetley Common and this was approved. Councillor Luck and the Clerk had met a tree contractor at Beetley Common and it was agreed to remove a tree which is over a footpath but it was decided to do no work on the track to the lake as this is passable by vehicles. It was agreed to donate to the Beetley Common Advisory Committee again this financial year to assist with the insurance needed and any tools required.

Open Churches Week. The members agreed to support this event between 31 July and 8 August which is being held at churches throughout the diocese.

Community Car. The co-ordinator had attended a meeting at Breckland which had proposed several far-reaching changes to the governance of the community car scheme. The Parish Council was disappointed that it had not been invited to the meeting although it contributed 50% to the cost of the scheme with Breckland Council funding the remaining 50%. Breckland Council is to be contacted to ascertain more information regarding the changes. The Parish Council is concerned that because of the proposed changes the Community Car scheme will cease to operate in the parish.

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Extract for
JULY 2010
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1st July at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M. Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R. Duffield and six members of the public.

Planning. Applications. No objection had been raised to the siting of two agricultural buildings for general purpose agricultural use at Peacock Farm which had been received during the month. As this was an agricultural application no consultation is allowed except on the siting and a decision had to be made in a shorter time than normal.

Decisions. The decision notice for the refusal of the use of land for the stationing of a caravan at Rosetta Cottage, Hall Road, Old Beetley had been received. Permission had been granted for the extension of the time limit at Stanfield Quarry for restoration of phase 7 and for the continued use of storage bays at East Bilney quarry for Middleton Aggregates. Permission had also been granted for the conversion of the attached garage to kitchen extension and utility area at 6 Wood Drive and for the erection of two agricultural buildings at Peacock Farm. The new single storey “Eco” dwelling on land off Elmham Road had been refused permission as this is outside the settlement boundary and not connected with agriculture, forestry, tourism or the expansion of existing facilities. Settlement

Boundary. The proposals from Breckland Council were discussed at length and it was agreed to support the proposals which is to leave the boundary as it is at present for Beetley, but to request that the school car park and playing field is removed as well as the car park to the New Inn public house. The settlement boundary in Old Beetley is to be removed as there is no longer any land available for development which would not affect the character of the village.

Highways. The repairs to the culvert on High House Road and the VAS sign at the south end of the parish have been completed. The request for a reduced speed limit in East Bilney had undergone a feasibility assessment and a traffic count undertaken. As a result of the investigation it is proposed to introduce a 30 m.p.h. speed limit on the B1146 from the northern entrance to East Bilney to a point near to the VAS sign to the south of the bridge. The members agreed to these proposals and would respond to the consultation accordingly and would request if a time scale is envisaged for the implementation.

Beetley Meadows. The clearance morning is to be held on 8 August starting at 9.00 a.m. when all who would like to assist are most welcome.

Parish Owned land and property. Norfolk County Council had replied that it was unwilling to enter into a formal agreement on the use of the playing field and car park and would not undertake any repairs to the perimeter fence at the School Playing Field. The Parish Council decided not to repair the fence and to insist that all organisations with the exception of the school request permission to use this area. The agreement when the land was transferred to the Parish Council for a nominal sum was that the land be used as a playing field and car park for the school. The Parish Council will continue to honour this agreement.

Community Car. No further communication had been received from Breckland Council regarding the changes to the governance of the Community Car scheme and the District Councillor will contact the officer concerned so that more information is available.

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Extract for
AUGUST  2010
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5th August at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M. Kiddle Morris and two members of the public.

Co-option to the Parish Council. As there was insufficient space in the last issue it was not possible to report that at the July meeting Alan Fox was co-opted onto the Parish Council.

County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that the Minerals and Waste consultation had been suspended. The grant for road safety had been reduced by 40% and this could lead to the number of fixed cameras being reduced and less mobile cameras. He reported that the Local Development Framework for Breckland is still proceeding and whilst housing stock is only at 1.6 years and not 5 as laid down it is hoped that community objections will ensure that no development is allowed in areas deemed unsuitable by the local communities.

Planning.

Applications. No objection was raised to the erection of the school flag on the flag pole at St Mary’s C.P. School. The proposed new toilet block and ticketing facility at Gressenhall Rural Life Museum was objected to. Although the members did not object to the principle of a green building they felt that the form and character as designed is not in keeping with the existing building.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the new vehicular access at The Oaklands Halfpenny Lane.

Highways. The proposed 30 m.p.h. speed limit on the B1146 from the northern entrance to East Bilney to a point near to the VAS sign to the south of the bridge is likely to be undertaken in this financial year. Several hedges are encroaching onto the highway and the landowners are to be spoken to requesting that these be cut back. The police had been targeting speeding motorists in villages in Breckland and 70 drivers were caught speeding in villages during a three day speed awareness campaign. The motorists were issued with fixed penalty notices, verbal or written warnings. Speedwatch is still being operated in Beetley, East Bilney and Brisley and several motorists have had letters sent to them.

Beetley Meadows. Several responses had been received regarding the proposed clearance of scrub at Beetley Meadows. Some do not want any clearance close to the river whilst others have requested that the nettles be cut back. The Parish Council is not going to cut back the areas near to the river except where trees are overhanging the paths. The main area that the scrub will be cleared, to ensure there is no encroachment, is near to the play area. At the clearance morning the exact amount to be cleared will be decided. The large central area of Beetley Meadows had been cut for hay and cleared by a parishioner. It is hoped that the same will be possible in future years which is a saving for the parish by not having to pay a contractor to carry out this work.

Parish Owned land and property. The numbers of the vehicles that have permission to cross Beetley Common to the fishing lakes had been received from Roosting Hills Trout Fishery. A letter had been sent to all the house owners regarding their hedges that adjoin Beetley Meadows requesting that these be cut back.

Community Car. A meeting is due to be held in November at which it is hoped all drivers will be able to attend.

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Extract for
SEPTEMBER 2010
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2nd September at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present four Parish Councillors and six members of the public.

Planning.

Applications. No objection was raised to the single storey extensions to side & rear, demolition of existing single garage and construction of new double garage at Lyndale The Drift East Bilney, nor to the single storey infill between house and garage at Domus Faba Bittering Street or to the proposed annex extension, alterations to the bungalow and new double garage at 28 Fakenham Road. A draft planning permission had been received for the affordable housing on High House Road. The full permission can not be granted until such time as funding has been obtained and all the legal agreements have been signed between the developer and Breckland Council.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the erection of school flag at St Mary’s C.P. School Elmham Road. The application for a new ticket office and toilet block is to be reconsidered following the objections from both Beetley and Gressenhall Parish Councils.

Appeals. The appeal against the decision by Breckland Council to refuse permission for a new dwelling on Fakenham Road had been dismissed.

Highways. The landowners and Norfolk County Council have been contacted regarding the hedges encroaching onto the footway and roads. Some have been cut back by the landowners which is appreciated. It was agreed not to install a dog bin in Old Beetley as there had not been an overwhelming response in favour but it is hoped that all dog owners will be responsible and clear up after their dogs and place this in their own green wheelie bins. The culvert at Rawhall Lane is to be jetted again as there has been flooding on the corner of Bilney Road.

Beetley Meadows. It was disappointing that only one parishioner assisted at the clearance morning. During the morning there were discussions held with the house owners abutting the Meadows as to the amount of clearance which would be undertaken near to their properties and a further discussion later with one resident and the Clerk. For Health and Safety reasons further tree clearance is required and a price is to be obtained for this. It was agreed to proceed with further refurbishment of the area and it is hoped that external funding will be available for this which will enhance the area. There is still a problem with the gates at the play area and the contractor is to be pressed to complete the work. If it is not possible to repair the gates to the standard required under the ROSPA report then new gates may be purchased.

Parish Owned land and property. One house owner at the time of the meeting had kindly trimmed the hedge back to the fence on Beetley Meadows and the remainder are to be requested yet again to trim theirs. The hedge alongside the car park at the school has been cut back to the height agreed with the adjacent house owner.

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Extract for
OCTOBER 2010
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7th October at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and four members of the public.

Community Car. The changes to the governance of the community car schemes had been held with Breckland Council but a further meeting is to be held at which it is hoped all drivers and the co-ordinator will attend to ensure that the scheme continues.

Planning.

Applications. No objection was raised to the single storey garage and utility to be demolished and erection of two storey side extension at 1 Birch Avenue provided that the existing tree is protected during construction as detailed in the report from the arboriculturist. Decisions. There were no decisions received in the month to report.

Appeals. An appeal against the decision by Breckland Council to refuse permission for the use of land for the stationing of a caravan at Rosetta Cottage Hall Road Old Beetley had been received for consultation. Whilst the Parish Council did not object when this application was received from Breckland Council further consideration was given to the decision by Breckland Council and the members have now decided to object to the application and will be writing to the Planning Inspector stating its objection.

Highways. A parishioner had contacted the Parish Council regarding the provision of a footway between the footpath that joins Fakenham Road near to the school playing field and the existing access to the school playing field. Norfolk County Council has been contacted and a decision is awaited from the Highways Department. Speedwatch had a two week break but on the last occasion six speeders on Fakenham Road were caught one of whom was doing 59 m.p.h. The Parish Council has been targeting the vehicles on Elmham Road which park long term during the day whilst there are plenty of spaces available in the school car park on Fakenham Road. Notices have been placed on windscreens at least twice and the parking problem has improved. The Parish Council would like to know if the residents of Elmham Road wish the targeting to continue. A questionnaire is to be circulated to the nearest residents asking for their opinion.

Beetley Meadows. The gates at the play area now close from all angles but there have been complaints about the noise caused by these closing onto the metal posts. It is hoped that this problem can be resolved. The next phase of the refurbishment and enhancement of the area is being actively pursued but the funders need to see that all parishioners have been contacted. Whilst a questionnaire was distributed previously a new one is necessary and this will be distributed with the Beetley Buzz.

Finance. The Audit had been completed for the financial year 2009/10 and the External Auditors had made no comments on the accounts. A copy of the Annual Return is displayed on the Village Hall Notice Board. The original is available for inspection by any parishioner and a copy may be obtained by contacting the Clerk.

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Extract for
NOVEMBER  2010
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4th November at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and two members of the public.

Community Car. A further meeting had been held with Breckland Council. There are still major concerns over the checks that are required by Breckland Council and it was re-iterated at the meeting that these checks are necessary for funding to continue. Unfortunately the form for the health check had not been brought to the meeting by Breckland Council so another meeting is to be held once the form has been received and distributed.

Planning. Applications. No objection was raised to the erection of replacement outbuilding inc. demolition of existing at Greenfields Hall Road.  No objection was raised to the variation of condition to allow continued operation for four years with revised working and restoration phasing at East Bilney Quarry Rawhall Lane.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the proposed annex extension, alterations to bungalow and new double garage at 28 Fakenham Road, single storey extensions to side & rear, demo. of extg. single garage at Lyndale The Drift East Bilney and for the single storey infill between house and garage at Domus Faba Bittering Street.

Highways. Norfolk County Council had replied to the request for the provision of a footway between the footpath that joins Fakenham Road near to the school playing field and the existing access to the school playing field. The County Council do not consider it appropriate to request a footway survey at this location as it would not have a high priority for funding as there is currently a footway on the opposite side of the road. A note had been dropped to all the residents of Elmham Road who live close to the 20m.p.h. zone and their replies are awaited before deciding whether to proceed with the targeting of the vehicles who persistently park for a long time whilst the car park is empty. Remedial work is to be carried out to the pipe under the road at Rawhall Lane which has been identified as faulty. This should ensure that the road does not continually flood.

Beetley Meadows Play Area. The questionnaire had been delivered with the Beetley Buzz and at the time of the meeting 80 had been received back. Many thanks to those parishioners who have returned these so promptly. A grant application has been submitted to Breckland Council under their Pride In Breckland scheme for assistance with bulbs and planters for different areas of the parish to bring a splash of colour to the parish at springtime.

Finance. It was agreed that the precept for 2011-2012 which is the portion of the Council Tax that is collected by Breckland on behalf of the Parish Council would remain the same as the current financial year.

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Extract for
DECEMBER 2010
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2nd December at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and one member of the public.

Community Car. The problems with medical checks and CRB checks had not as yet been resolved and the District Councillor is to confirm if the document sent by Breckland is needed or if a letter from a doctor is sufficient.

Planning. Applications. The members again objected to the proposed ticket facility and toilet block at Gressenhall rural Life Museum as the revised plans do not reduce the mass nor do they complement the existing buildings. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the erection of 4no. one bed: 2no. two bed and 2 no. three bed dwellings (affordable housing) on land adjacent to 6 High House Road, also for the existing single storey garage & utility demolished and erection of two storey side extension at 1 Birch Avenue and for the erection of a replacement outbuilding including the demolition of the existing at Greenfields hall road Old Beetley. Appeals. A site visit had been held at Rosetta Hall Road Old Beetley with the Planning Inspector regarding the appeal against the decision of Breckland Council to refuse permission for the siting of a caravan. It was noted that the appeal against the refusal of Breckland Council to grant permission for a dwelling on land adjacent to Southfields Fakenham road had been dismissed but no paper confirmation had as yet been received.

Highways. Norfolk County Council is to repair Common Lane and Peacock Lane in due course. A request had been received for the provision of a grit bin on Beech road to be sited on the land that is owned by the Parish Council. The members agreed to this request and prices for the bins are to be obtained and also any necessary permission from Norfolk County Council. The flooding of Rawhall lane has not been cured and this is to be reported again. As a majority of the residents of Elmham Road had been in favour of continuing with the campaign against persistent long term parking the members agreed to re-commence the campaign. The problems of the parking had been highlighted as a delivery vehicle had been unable to access a drive as the vehicles were parked opposite therefore precluding any access.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. So far 256 questionnaires had been returned which is a very high percentage of those distributed. The majority of these are in favour of proceeding with a picnic area and the Parish Council will now proceed with a funding application. No meeting of the Pride in Breckland grant panel had been held but the members decided to proceed with the planting of bulbs with the assistance of the school.

Open Spaces. There had been an instance of flytipping on Beetley Common in September and after an investigation by the Enforcement Officer at Breckland Council a fixed penalty notice had been served on the culprit. Considerable work is being carried out by the Dereham relief in Need Charity to fence off the woods to the east of Beetley River Meadows. This is to ensure that the privacy and ownership of this land is maintained. The woods will in future be known as Fanthorpes Woods and there will continue to be a concessionary path through these woods.

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Extract for FEBRUARY 2011
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd February at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and District Councillor R Duffield.

Community Car. Breckland Council had confirmed that only a letter is necessary to state that the drivers are fit to drive not a health check. Therefore a further meeting is to be arranged to finalise all details.

Planning. Applications. The members again objected to the proposed ticket facility and toilet block at Gressenhall Rural Life Museum as the revised plans do not reduce the mass nor do they complement the existing buildings. The members raised no objections to the proposed variations to extend the time limits for various operations at Stanfield Quarry until November 2016. No objection was raised to the proposed biomass boiler at Gressenhall Rural Life Museum although the height of the flue was queried. During the break from December to February an application had been received to provide new shower facilities and improved toilet facilities at Beetley Scout hut and no objection had been raised to this application.

Decisions. The formal notification for the erection of 4no. one bed: 2no. two bed and 2 no. three bed dwellings (affordable housing) on land adjacent to 6 High House Road had been received together with all the legal agreements. At present the Housing Association is bidding for funding for the development as the government spending review has reduced the funds available for affordable housing.

Highways. Problems with flooding on Fakenham Road had been reported. The request for the provision of a grit bin on Beech Road to be sited on the land that is owned by the Parish Council had been referred to Norfolk County Council who had refused the request. The Highways Engineer had been contacted to request that he re-consider his decision. The flooding of Rawhall Lane has been caused by a blocked or damaged pipe and a new pipe is to be installed within the next month weather permitting. The 30 m.p.h. speed limit had been installed in East Bilney and a Speedwatch session had been held and five vehicles have been reported to the police. It was felt that about 80% of the vehicles travelling in and out of East Bilney were in excess of the 30 m.p.h. speed limit.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. The funding application is being prepared for the picnic area but prior to that new signs are to be displayed at the entrance to the River Meadows on River View reminding motorists not to block accesses to the properties.

Open Spaces. The bulb planting had taken place throughout the parish and the funding application had been approved by Breckland Council. The school had planted the area of the horseshoe outside the school, and councillors and volunteers had planted in East Bilney, Old Beetley, Beetley Village Hall and Beetley River Meadows. It is hoped that these bulbs will provide a splash of colour throughout the parish in the Spring. Considerable correspondence had been received regarding the fencing of the woods to the east of Beetley River Meadows. The Dereham Relief in Need Charity owns this land and the Parish Council has been fully informed throughout. The Parish Council does not believe that there has been any encroachment onto the land owned by the Parish Council and hopes that the woods will also be full of colour when the snowdrops appear.

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Extract for MARCH 2011
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd March at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, PCSO Jade Fuller and two members of the public.

PCSO. The PCSO had attended the meeting to meet the Councillors and inform them of the initiatives and concerns that are prevalent at the moment. The main concern at present is the theft of catalytic converters from 4×4 vehicles and the police are offering a marking service for owners. Several dogs have been stolen to enable the victim to be blackmailed for the return of their dogs and the police are targeting thefts of red diesel and farm equipment from farms in the county. The members requested that an occasional visit should be made to the school to encourage more considerate parking on Elmham Road. It was further requested that the traffic police visit Beetley and East Bilney more often to check the speeding along Fakenham Road in both villages. The PCSO agreed to contact the correct department.

Planning. Applications. No objection was raised to the erection of a double garage at Lamorna 8 Elmham Road. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the extension to the existing scout hut to provide new shower and improved toilet facilities including disabled provision.

Highways. Notification had been received that the salt bin on Beech Road could be installed and would be filled by Norfolk County Council. The bin will be installed in the summer months. The County Councillor is meeting the Highways Engineer on site to progress the problem of flooding on Rawhall Lane. It is hoped that a new drainage pipe will be installed soon.

Speedwatch. A letter had been received from a parishioner who wishes to see more sessions of the Speedwatch team in East Bilney. At present the team carry out sessions on Fakenham Road and Elmham Road, Beetley and Fakenham Road, East Bilney. It is hoped that by having a dedicated East Bilney team more sessions will be possible.

Roosting Hills Gravel Pit. Production of aggregate has ceased at the site and the plant is expected to be removed and the valley floor restored by May 2011. The General Manager for Barker Bros., Danny Eves, will be retiring after 43 years with the company. He has been a great friend to the parish and assisted with many projects in the parish during his time as General Manager. The Parish Council wishes him well in his retirement.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. The cutting contract has again been awarded to C.G.M. for a two year period. The tree pruning and cutting back of the undergrowth should take place within the next month.

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