Parish Council

BEETLEY PARSIH COUNCIL – November Digest

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1 November 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 and eighteen members of the public.
Bus Service. A representative from Norfolk County Council attended the meeting and explained the reasons for the changes to the services through East Bilney and Old Beetley. The changes are because of new legislation that all buses for public use must have access for all. Carters Coaches which supply the current service will not be complying with the legislaon and so new metables are being considered ready for the service to be rescheduled with new providers. The representative reported on the proposed changes which were agreed by all the residents in attendance. The new schedules are due to commence in April and these will be confirmed in the New Year. The representative answered all the questions and concerns of residents and his attendance and explanation were much appreciated by all. Norfolk County Council is also to be contacted to enquire if any improvements can be made to High House Road to facilitate safer passage for pedestrians.
Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objecon to the applicaon for a garden room extension to rear, extension to rear of garage to provide gym, games room and study at Meadow Lodge The Drive East Bilney. No objecon was also raised to the extension and alteration to dwelling to enable addional living and bedroom accommodation on first floor and to demolish the timber frame garage and replace and relocate with a larger garage at Kosikot Church Road Old Beetley. The members objected to the erection of 1 dwelling with integral garage at Flint Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney as it was felt that this is too large and for the plot, will dominate the neighbouring property, no turning facility has been provided for Flint Cottage and that it should be further to the front of the site and the garage should be separate to the rear of the property to allow better parking and turning facility.
Decisions. Breckland Council had given approval for the new dwelling at Hall Farm Barn Fakenham Road East Bilney. The Clerk and two members of the public spoke at the Planning Committee when this was decided
County and District Council Reports. Norfolk County Council is consulng 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. The Parish Council decided to support the proposals.
District Councillor Richmond reported from the Patient Participation Group meeting for Elmham Surgery and the problems highlighted at the previous meeting were all raised. It is hoped that a better service for booking appointments will be put in place so that patients do not have to ring twice in a day to book appointments for that day.
Highways. The Parish Council noted a letter in the Link-Up regarding speeding along High House Road and that nothing had been done. The Parish Council had organised Speedwatch visits to the road and had erected the SAM2 speed sign. It had also received confirmation from the police that there would be a visit by the Safety Camera Team.

Meetngs. The next meeng of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 6th December at 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall, Beetley. Planning applicaons 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 contacng the Clerk on 01362 861112 or bryan.leigh@bnternet.com.

BEETLEY FOOTBALL CLUB

Beetley Parish Council is disappointed that it has not been possible to organise a Beetley Football team for the current season. Both the pavilion and the pitch are therefore not used throughout the winter. The organisers of the Beetley Football Club advertised for players prior to the season but did not obtain enough interest to form a team.

If any person is interested in forming a team please contact the Clerk.

DEFIBRILLATOR

The defibrillator at the Village Hall is now live with the Ambulance Service. If this is needed please follow the instructions on the cabinet to access the defibrillator. The Parish Council has arranged for training on the defibrillator at the Village Hall High House Road for Monday afternoon 3 December starting at 2.30 p.m. This is open to anyone who wishes to come along.

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.

DEFIBRILLATOR

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.

Extract June 2018

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7 June at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors and one member of the public.

Planning. Applications. No objection was raised to the replacement garage at 45 Beechcroft Elmham Road. Decisions. Approval had been granted by Breckland Council for the variation on condition 2 to amend the design insertion of rooflights) and to revise the arrangement of approved facing materials at Conway Elmham Road. Approval had also been granted plans for the rear extension at 23 Beech Road. Enforcement. The Parish Council is still in contact with Breckland Council regarding the mobile homes at Shorthorn Nurseries and over the possible breach of building regulations at the Paddocks School Road. Planning Committee. The Parish Council spoke at the planning committee against the application for the holiday lodges at Otters Mead but this was approved by the Planning Committee. The Parish Council has still not received the decision notice on this. Local Plan Examination. The Parish Council spoke at the hearing regarding the settlement boundary and it was felt that it had had a very fair hearing regarding its complaints about the formulation of the plan as no amendment had been allowed.

County and District Council Reports. The County Councillor reported that there is now on trial a mobile detector for mobile phones which can determine if a phone is being used whilst driving that is not on Bluetooth. District Councillor Duffield is investigating whether the litter on Elmham Road and green lane can be cleared regularly by Breckland Council.

Review of Bus Services. The Parish Council had received confirmation that the proposed new service will now go through East Bilney and then go to Old Beetley on a Tuesday and Friday and then into Dereham. Unfortunately, it does not appear at this moment that there will be a bus service to Norwich on a Wednesday. The Parish Council is to clarify certain matters regarding access and whether it will go along High House Road.

Highways. A parishioner spoke at the meeting regarding the speeding along High House Road and the Parish Council will request that the Speedwatch team have another session on High House Road and it will also ask if more repeater signs could be installed. The SAM2 sign will also be erected again. The visibility splays at several junctions do not allow adequate visibility and these will be reported. Several signs are now obscured by vegetation and these will all be reported.

Footpaths. The footpaths that had not been re-instated had been reported to the Countryside Access Officer at Norfolk County Council. Unfortunately, she is now on maternity leave so these will have to be reported again together with new problems caused by the rapid growth of crops over the past few weeks. The footpath alongside the school playing field and through the woods from Beetley River Meadows are to be cut as these are the responsibility of the Parish Council.

Beetley River Meadows. A very productive meeting had been held with the contractor who cuts the paths and it was agreed to clear trees near to the bridge and alongside the river which have fallen to allow better access to view the river.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 5 July 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.

Parish Council Audit 2017-2018

The annual Audit is now complete full documentation can be viewed here…

Dates of Exercise of Public Rights 4th June – 13th July 2018

Extract for August 2017

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 24 August 2017 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council had made no comment to the application to replace front flat roof dormer with three pitched dormers add rear dormer and single storey side extension at 65 Fakenham Road as this was a resubmission of a previous application which had expired. The Parish Council had raised no objection to the original application. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application to vary condition 3 on 3PL/2008/0811/F to allow additional goods to be sold at Beetley Nurseries Elmham Road. Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the proposed single storey front extension at 13 Beech Road, for the front extension to the dwelling at 51 Elmham Road, for the variation of condition to vary the design at Woad Barn Rawhall Lane and for the application to replace front flat roof dormer with three pitched dormers add rear dormer and single storey side extension at 65 Fakenham Road.

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7 September 2017 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and six members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application to convert existing outbuilding into habitable space inc small kitchen, bathroom and bedroom/ living area, all alterations to be internal, exterior to remain the same at Swanhaven Fakenham Road East Bilney provided that a condition is placed on any permission that the annex is not sold as a separate entity or is used as a holiday let. No objection was also raised to the side and rear extension to form attached annexe at 1 High House Road. Decisions. Permission had been granted to allow the main residence to be let on a short term basis at High View Elmham Road.

Local Plan. The Parish Council is to respond to the latest consultation stating that it does not believe that the document is sound as despite several requests a parcel of land had not been included in the Local Plan and the settlement boundary had not been amended as requested.

County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that the Minerals and Waste Local Plan call for sites had finished on 4 August and he will forward the sites put in as soon as these are received. The County Council will commence its budget setting in October and it is likely to have to find a further £100 million of savings.

District Councillor Report. District Councillor Duffield reported that the Local Plan is out for consultation and he has doubts as to whether this is sound and that as there is not a five year housing supply in Breckland sites will be granted permission that have not been allocated in the plan. District

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June Extract

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1 June 2017 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and three members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the amended plans for the Woad Barn Rawhall Lane. Decisions. Permission had been granted to remove the single storey extension to the rear construct new single storey extension to the rear and re-roof the garage at 19 Fakenham Road and to the variation of conditions 6 & 8 on 3Pl/2008/0811/F at Beetley Nurseries Elmham Road. Permission had been granted for the replacement of existing dwelling and garage at 1 the Drift East Bilney despite the numerous objections raised by the Parish Council and nearby residents. Several conditions had been placed on the permission and the development will be monitored closely. As there has been concern about pollution from some work already carried out the Parish Council is to request that the stream is checked to ensure that no pollution is entering the water course and subsequently the River Wensum.

County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that little has happened at Norfolk County Council since the elections as the first committees will not be sitting until the week commencing 12 June.

District Councillor Report. The District Councillor reported that William Nunn had been elected Leader and Sam Chapman-Allen Deputy. The Chairman is Kate Millbank and the deputy is Richard Duffield who is the District Councillor for Beetley. Breckland Council is still stating that it has a five year housing supply but there has been no legal challenge and under both methods of calculating this there is a five year supply.

Footpaths. The members were disappointed with the state of many of the footpaths within the parish and the members have requested a meeting with the footpath officer who is assigned to this area. This is so that all the correct signage and finger posts are in place and those footpaths that have always been cut by Norfolk County Council are maintained correctly. The owners of the land where the hedges are en- croaching and the paths are not passable are to be written to. Highways. The landowner has been requested to cut back the vegetation around the flashing sign at the north end of Fakenham Road. A quotation is awaited for the new signage for the 20 mph sign near to the school to clearly show that it is a 20 mph area when the lights are flashing. The contractor will be contacted again as the lights are still flashing in holiday time. A complaint had been received regarding an encroaching hedge on Ashley Road and the owner will be contacted to request that this is cut back to the boundary of the property.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. The contractor for the fencing is to be contacted again to ensure that the new fencing is erected prior to the start of the school summer holidays.

Beetley Common. A complaint had been received regarding weed spraying on a small area of the common. This was undertaken to ensure the new saplings do not take over the area. The Parish Council noted the concerns of the person but will continue to allow spraying to continue when necessary. This work is undertaken by volunteers and it would not be feasible to request that all the new saplings are removed by hand. The Parish Council is indebted to these volunteers for maintaining paths through the Common as without their assistance parts of the Common would become overgrown and impossible to walk.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 6 July at the Village Hall, Beetley at 7.30 p.m. 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.

Extract for May 2017

BEETLEY PARISH COUNCIL

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 11 May 2017 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish and County Councillor M Kiddle Morris.

Elections. Councillor Joanne Baldwin was elected Chairman of the Parish Council and Councillor Jacqui O’Donovan Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year.

Planning Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the detailed plans for the four dwellings and garages to the rear of The Paddocks. This site had received permission for four dwellings in 2016 as an outline plan and the members could see no reason to object to the detailed plans. No objection was also raised to remove the single storey extension to the rear construct new single storey extension to the rear and re-roof the garage at 19 Fakenham Road. A letter had been sent to Breckland Council regarding the development at 1 The Drift East Bilney. The Parish Council is to submit a further comment about this letter refuting some of the claims which are misleading. The members were pleased that a bat survey has been carried out at this property which was requested in the initial response.

Local Plan. The next stage of the consultation has been delayed and it is now expected in June or early July.

County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that Norfolk County Council following the elections on 4 May has a Conservative majority and the full Council will meet on 15 May to confirm the Leader and Deputy Leader plus the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of all Committees.

District Councillor Report. The District Councillor reported that the housing plans for Thetford are still in outline and so no new houses have been built which affects the housing allocations in other areas of Breckland. Breckland Council is still stating that it has a five year housing supply but several developers have disputed this but at present there has been no legal challenge.

Highways. The members were disappointed with the re-surfacing at the junction at Corner Nurseries and will be writing to a landowner requesting that he cuts back the vegetation around the road signs on the approach to East Bilney. Norfolk County Council had confirmed that the potholes on Fludges Lane from the church in East Bilney through to Brisley are to be repaired. The vandalism on the footbridge on Folly Lane had been promptly repaired by Norfolk County Council.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. Clarification has had to be obtained for the fencing at the play area but this has now been resolved and it is hoped that this will be erected by the end of June.

Finance. The accounts for the year ending 31 March 2017 had been audited by the Internal Auditor and these were approved at the meeting. The accounts will be posted on the website and any parishioner has the right to inspect these accounts by contacting the Clerk. All the information regarding the accounts will be posted on the website.

Recycling. The payment from Breckland Council for the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 was £1018.23. This compares with £1449.59 for the previous year. The income from the bottle bank at the New Inn was £583.32 which compares with £400.45 for the previous year. Unfortunately the income from the textile bank at the Village Hall was only £434.91 compared with £1049.104 the previous year. Breckland Council changed the contractor for the textiles and the new contractor will not take cushions, pillows or quilts which it is believed has reduced the tonnage considerably.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 1 June at the Village Hall, Beetley at 7.30 p.m. 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