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May Extract

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

EXTRACT March 2017

BEETLEY PARISH COUNCIL

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2 March 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 5 members of the public.

Planning. Applications. There were no planning applications to consider. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused permission for the erection of an agricultural workers dwelling at Beetley Nurseries, Elmham Road as insufficient justification had been provided to demonstrate that there is an essential need for a dwelling on the site which is outside the settlement boundary.

Bus Service in East Bilney. The bus service for East Bilney is regularly used by several parishioners and it is hoped that this will continue. The Parish Council has been in communication with Norfolk County Council as to whether the service can be extended on a Tuesday to incorporate Old Beetley as well.

County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that Norfolk County Council will be increasing the Council tax by 4.8% which is 3% for Adult Social Care and a 1.8% increase to cover additional costs as the grants from Central Government are being reduced. There has been an overspend in the current financial year of £21.4 million of which £20million is on adult and Children’s Care. He was queried why this had occurred and he replied that under the current committee system there is no scrutiny of decisions made by committees unlike the Cabinet system which was in place before the 2015 elections. This means that decisions can only be made at Committee Meetings which are held every six weeks.

District Councillor Report. The District Councillor reported that the Council Tax will be increased by £4.98 for a Band D dwelling. The District Council is able to maintain a low Council Tax through its commercial enterprises which brings in rent from its properties which is used to finance its responsibilities. Yaxham is no longer to be a service centre in the emerging Local Plan and therefore the houses allocated to the village will have to be allocated elsewhere.

Defibrillator. The Management Committee of the Village Hall had confirmed that a defibrillator can be fitted at the Village Hall so the Parish Council will be proceeding with this.

Highways. The trod has been installed in East Bilney but only as far as Dawn Meadow and not up to the Cottage and Norfolk County Council has been contacted regarding this and to improve the surface at the bridge which had also been promised. The Parish Council is disappointed that vehicles are being parked on the trod so causing an obstruction to pedestrians. Four parishioners who attended the meeting complained about this parking. The County Councillor will investigate whether Norfolk County Council can enforce no parking on the trod.

Footpaths. Several trees have been felled on footpaths and the necessary authorities will be informed. Many stiles on paths are now rotten and dangerous and Norfolk County Council will be contacted to request that these be replaced.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. The weekly inspection of the site has highlighted that the wooden fencing around the play area is becoming rotten and is in need of replacing. The Parish Council is to obtain quotations to replace all this fencing with the same material as that used on the basketball court.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 6 April at the Village Hall, Beetley to follow the Annual Parish Meeting which will commence at 7.00 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.

March Extract

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2nd March 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 5 members of the public.

Planning. Applications. There were no planning applications to consider. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused permission for the erection of an agricultural workers dwelling at Beetley Nurseries, Elmham Road as insufficient justification had been provided to demonstrate that there is an essential need for a dwelling on the site which is outside the settlement boundary.

Bus Service in East Bilney. The bus service for East Bilney is regularly used by several parishioners and it is hoped that this will continue. The Parish Council has been in communication with Norfolk County Council as to whether the service can be extended on a Tuesday to incorporate Old Beetley as well.

County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that Norfolk County Council will be increasing the Council tax by 4.8% which is 3% for Adult Social Care and a 1.8% increase to cover additional costs as the grants from Central Government are being reduced. There has been an overspend in the current financial year of £21.4 million of which £20million is on adult and Children’s Care. He was queried why this had occurred and he replied that under the current committee system there is no scrutiny of decisions made by committees unlike the Cabinet system which was in place before the 2015 elections. This means that decisions can only be made at Committee Meetings which are held every six weeks.

District Councillor Report. The District Councillor reported that the Council Tax will be increased by £4.98 for a Band D dwelling. The District Council is able to maintain a low Council Tax through its commercial enterprises which brings in rent from its properties which is used to finance its responsibilities. Yaxham is no longer to be a service centre in the emerging Local Plan and therefore the houses allocated to the village will have to be allocated elsewhere. Defibrillator. The Management Committee of the Village Hall had confirmed that a defibrillator can be fitted at the Village Hall so the Parish Council will be proceeding with this.

Highways. The trod has been installed in East Bilney but only as far as Dawn Meadow and not up to the Cottage and Norfolk County Council has been contacted regarding this and to improve the surface at the bridge which had also been promised. The Parish Council is disappointed that vehicles are being parked on the trod so causing an obstruction to pedestrians. Four parishioners who attended the meeting complained about this parking. The County Councillor will investigate whether Norfolk County Council can enforce no parking on the trod.

Footpaths. Several trees have been felled on footpaths and the necessary authorities will be informed. Many stiles on paths are now rotten and dangerous and Norfolk County Council will be contacted to request that these be replaced.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. The weekly inspection of the site has highlighted that the wooden fencing around the play area is becoming rotten and is in need of replacing. The Parish Council is to obtain quotations to replace all this fencing with the same material as that used on the basketball court.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 6 April at the Village Hall, Beetley to follow the Annual Parish Meeting which will commence at 7.00 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.

Extracts for January (planning) and February 2017

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Wednesday 11 January 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 and 8 members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the erection of dwelling and garage at Ferndale The Drift East Bilney as this is outside the settlement boundary and is not a natural infill as stated in the application. The Parish Council also objected to the revised application for a dwelling and garage on the Garden Plot adjacent to Highfield Farm Church Road East Bilney as there was no material difference from the original. No objection was raised to the application for an oak framed garage at Hillside, Fakenham Road, East Bilney or the variation to the restoration at Stanfield Quarry.

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2 February 2017 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and 15 members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the application for a residential development of 8 houses on land adjacent to 78 Fakenham Road. Whilst the Parish Council has no objection in principle to development on this land at this time it is still outside the settlement boundary. The members also did not like the design for the development with an additional 7 entrances onto Fakenham Road and felt that the development should make use of the whole site by positioning the dwellings further back from the road. The members raised no objection to the application for a Certificate of Lawfulness for garden land at White Mill Green Lane. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused permission for the erection of dwelling and garage at Ferndale House The Drift East Bilney. Permission had been granted for the oak framed garage at Hillside Fakenham Road. The application for a dwelling and garage on the Garden Plot adjacent to Highfield Farm Church Road East Bilney had been withdrawn.

Bus Service in East Bilney. The new bus service for East Bilney commenced on 10 January. This is a minibus shuttle which connects with the 21 service to Dereham leaving East Bilney at 1012 on a Tuesday and returning from Dereham at 1230.

County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that the budget for Norfolk County Council will be ratified at a meeting on 20 February. It is likely that the Council Tax will increase by 4.8% which is 3% for Adult Social Care and a 1.8% increase to cover additional costs as the grants from Central Government are being reduced.

District Councillor Report. The District Councillor reported that the Council tax will be announced on 23 February. Breckland Council is still committed to a low Council Tax by utilising income from property and expanding this portfolio.

Broadband. A new fibre cabinet is to be installed in East Bilney in the next 12 months. It is hoped that this will improve the service to properties which are distant from the exchange in Beetley.

Defibrillator. It is hoped that one can be fitted at the Village Hall and discussions will take place with the management committee to have this installed.

Footpaths. A complaint had been received regarding the riding of bicycles and horse along a footpath. Norfolk County council had been contacted and is considering whether better signage could be installed as the kissing gates to stop this type of traffic have been removed.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 2 March 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 December 2016

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1 December 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 and 1 member of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the new dwelling and garage at Woodland Farm Holt Road Hoe which although not in the parish this was sent to the Parish Council as it is close to the boundary of the parish. The members felt that the access onto Holt Road would be a safety issue for vehicles travelling along Holt Road towards Dereham at this point. It would also set a precedent for additional development within Hoe Parish outside of the settlement boundary.

The members also objected to the erection of an agricultural workers dwelling at Beetley Nurseries Elmham Road. The members objected as clarification is required on the new access that is proposed as the applicant stated that no new access would be constructed. The ownership of the current access is in dispute and until such time as this is clarified the application should be refused. The Parish Council also felt that there is no necessity for a new dwelling for a horticultural business. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused permission for the replacement cottage and single additional cottage and garaging at 1 The Drift East Bilney.

Bus Service in East Bilney. Unfortunately the meeting that had been planned for 30 November had been cancelled by Norfolk County Council on the morning of the meeting. The Clerk is awaiting new proposals from Norfolk County Council on a possible minibus service similar to that which now serves Old Beetley on a Tuesday.

District Councillor Report. The District Councillor reported that as several District Councils had voted against the proposals on devolution this has now been shelved but it is still hoped that a new proposal will be received from the Government. A new Cabinet Member had been appointed, Councillor Gordon Bambridge, as Member for Growth to replace Councillor Charles Carter who had resigned because of work commitments.

Beetley Meadows.
A complaint had been received regarding barbed wire close to the permissive path through Fanthorpe’s Wood. This had been reported to the Charity which owns the wood and the problem had been resolved.
The replacement dog bin had been installed and permission had been granted for Serco to drive across the Meadows with a 4×4 vehicle to empty the bins. This permission had been granted the previous year as well and no lasting damage had been caused to the paths. Photographs of the picnic benches which have twisted had been sent to the manufacturer and the Clerk will contact the contractor again to try and resolve the matter.

Crossing Patrol on Fakenham Road. Norfolk County Council has consulted on the removal of several crossing patrols in the County. The Parish Council had contacted the school regarding this but unfortunately the school does not meet the criteria for a patrol so it will not be objecting to the removal of the patrol. It will however be pursuing the installation of new signage for a 20 mph limit on Fakenham road at drop off and collect times.

Precept. The members agreed to raise the precept this year as it is concerned that more responsibility will fall on the Council to fund items that have always been undertaken by other authorities. The members were also concerned that possible legislation will be brought in in the next year to restrict the amount of increase that a Parish Council may implement. This would mean that there would be insufficient funds to maintain, for example, footpaths as the number of cuts that are undertaken by the County Council may well be reduced.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 2 February 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 November 2016

Extract for November 2016

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3 November 2016 at Beetley Village Hall.
There were present six Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish and 2 members of the public.
Planning. Applications. There were no planning applications to consider. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the all weather riding arena and fencing on Paddock A-20 by 40 metres for private use at Hall Farm Fakenham Road East Bilney.
Faster Broadband. A new fibre cabinet had been installed on Fakenham Road Beetley. This cabinet serves properties in Beetley along Fakenham Road, High House Road, Halfpenny Lane, Bittering Street, Church Lane, Old Beetley and East Bilney. Whilst the cabinet has been installed it may be another 12 months before it is operational.
Bus Service in East Bilney. Unfortunately this has not been supported well enough for the service to continue. The Parish Council is now discussing with Norfolk county Council whether an alternative form of bus service can be provided. The service provided in Old Beetley has proved very successful.
Footpaths. Some of the footpaths have now been cut and it now transpires that the cutting contract was let but then had to be withdrawn. This happened at the height of the growing season which exacerbated the problem. A new contract has been let which, hopefully, will improve the cutting of several footpaths.
County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported a decision as to whether to continue with devolution will be made at the Council meeting on 21 November. The Council Tax is likely to be increased by 3.8% which is 2% for Adult Social Services and 1.8% allowed by the Government. District Councillor Report.
The District Councillor reported that the consultation on the Local Plan has now closed. The problems of traffic in Dereham does not appear to have been addressed with the Local Plan and the additional houses now planned will only make the congestion worse.
Defibrillator. This was considered again but no definite site has been found for it as this needs to be central and to have power available.
Beetley Meadows. It was agreed not to cut the large field this year. The replacement dog bin has been ordered and should be installed within the next month. The picnic benches which have twisted have been reported to the manufacturer.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 1 December 2016 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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Extract for October 2016

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6 October 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, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and 10 members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to theapplication for a replacement cottage and single additionalcottage including garaging at 1 The Drift East Bilney. This isoutside the settlement boundary and the members decided that two dwellings would result in a cramped development onThe Drift and that it was not necessary to demolish the existing dwelling and construct two dwellings. The increase in traffic along The Drift would affect the amenity of the existing dwellings and be a safety hazard when accessing Fakenham Road. The comments of local residents were taken into
consideration when reaching the decision.
Decisions. Permission had been granted for the proposed loftconversion with dormer and windows to front and rear of property at 16 Oakland Drive.
Appeals. The appeal against Breckland Council’s decision to refuse planning permission on land to the rear of 12 Beetley Grange had been dismissed by the Planning Inspector as the Inspector decided that this would cause significant harm to the character and appearance of the area and that it would be unacceptably detrimental to the living conditions of adjacent residences.
Local Plan. Breckland Council is currently consulting on preferred site options and settlement boundaries as part of its new Local Plan. The Parish Council again decided to request that the settlement boundary be amended in Beetley to incorporate a parcel of land on Fakenham Road that would allow a small increase in housing within the parish. Beetley has not been designated as a service centre under the plan as it does not have the new criteria for this and so any new housing has to be on sites that are supported by the local community. All parishioners may make comments on the plan either online at consult.breckland.gov.uk or by post to Planning Policy Team, Breckland Council Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke Dereham NR19 1EE or by e-mail at planning policyteam@breckland.gov.uk.
Faster Broadband. The additional money that Breckland Council has earmarked for improved services will not be allocated until 2019.
Footpaths. The state of several footpaths was discussed at length with the County Councillor and residents and he will investigate these with the Highways Department. It is hoped that a dedicated officer to deal with Public Rights of Way will be appointed at Norfolk County Council.
County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that the results from the consultation on devolution had been collated and sent to the Secretary of State. Overall the majority were against devolution. The matter will be discussed by Norfolk County Council on 21 November.
District Councillor Report. The District Councillor reported that there is a concerted effort by the police to catch speeding motorists especially in rural areas and this will continue for the next two months. The operation is always hampered by other motorists flashing to warn those approaching a speed check. In lots of instances the police have been requested to attend sites by the Parish Councils following complaints by parishioners and it is disappointing that this warning is given as it means that those committing an offence normally are not caught.
Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 3 November 2016 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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Extract for July 2016

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7 July 2016 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 one member of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the 3 bay detached garage with workshop above at Blueberry Hill Halfpenny Lane or to remove flat roof and erect hipped roof over, install new window to en-suite & minor alterations at Shillingstone Church Road.

Decisions. The erection of dwelling and garage on the Garden Plot Adjacent Highfield Farm Church Road East Bilney had been refused permission by Breckland Council. The change of use of workshop (B1c) at the Woad Centre to Residential (C3) had been withdrawn. Appeals.The applicant for the residential development to the rear of 12 Beetley Grange had appealed against the decision by Breckland Council to refuse permission. The Parish Council will reiterate its objections to the application.

Bus Service. The new bus services in Old Beetley and East Bilney both commenced in June. Several parishioners have already made use of these services but the Parish Council can only state again that if you can use these services which are on a trial basis please do so as if it is not used then the Parish will lose it.

Beetley River Meadows. A resident had kindly offered to collect rubbish from the play area on a regular basis to ensure that this is fit to use. The Parish Council is extremely grateful for this offer which it has gratefully accepted. The Parish Council was disappointed that there appeared to have been no cutting to the area throughout June. The contract is to cut the area fort- nightly. As the grass had grown so much over the month this has meant that the area does not look as tidy as it has in the past. The contractor has been contacted and it is hoped over the summer holidays the state of the area will improve.

Pavilion. A quotation had been received for the repairs and improvements to the pavilion and this will be discussed at the September meeting and a decision made.

East Bilney Town Lands. The area had been cut but it was decided to have another swathe of the area cut over the next two months.

Footpaths. The Parish Council is contacting Norfolk County Council to ensure that all footpaths that are on the definitive map are accessible to the public. The Parish Council is to write and thank the landowners who are always diligent and ensure that the paths that cross their land are accessible.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 1 September 2016 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.

Extract June 2016

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2nd June 2016 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 one member of the public.

Planning. Applications. There were no applications to consider. Decisions. There were no decisions to report.

Bus Service. The new bus services in Old Beetley and East Bilney will both commence in June.
Please if you can use these services as they are on a trial basis and if it is not used then the Parish will lose it.

Highways. Norfolk County Council is to be contacted once more to attempt to get the footpath at the eastern end of River Lane East Bilney reinstated. Several complaints have been received about the state of this path especially after the rain that had fallen prior to the meeting. The rain had also caused flooding on the junction of Bilney Road and Rawhall Lane and the Clerk had reported this. A few years ago new pipe work was installed to combat the problem but it appears that these pipes are not now taking the water away. Norfolk County Council has been requested to investigate the problem.

Beetley River Meadows. The signs stating that dogs are not permitted in the Play Area and requesting that visitors use the bins for depositing their rubbish and not leaving it on the ground have been fitted.

The Parish Council is disappointed that there has been an increase in the litter left in the Play Areas and requests that all users of the area place their litter in the bins provided. If there is no improvement in the amount of litter left in the area and that there are still instances of dogs in the play area then the Parish Council may have to consider the closure of the play area to ensure the safety of all users.

Pavilion. A quotation is still awaited for the repairs and improvements to the pavilion.

East Bilney Town Lands. A contractor has been appointed to cut the avenues and raise the tree line to ensure that the area can be walked by all.

Accounts. The accounts for the financial year April 2015 to March 2016 were approved at the meeting. These are available for any parishioner to examine by contacting the Clerk.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 7 July 2016 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.

EXTRACT April 2016

Annual Parish Meeting

Prior to the Parish Council meeting the Annual Parish Meeting was held. Reports were given by the Chairman of the Parish Council, the Co-ordinator for the Community Car Scheme, the County Councillor and District Councillors. Reports had also been received from The Village Hall Committee, The Scouts, Speedwatch, Beetley Common Advisory Committee, the Parochial Church Council, the School and the Pre- School.

Parish Council Meeting

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7 April 2016 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 District Councillor R Duffield.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the erection of dwelling and garage on garden plot adjacent to Highfield Farm Church Road East Bilney. This plot is outside the settlement boundary and felt it was inappropriate use of garden land. The members did not feel that this size of dwelling would be appropriate for local residents who wish to remain in the village and would not reduce the shortage of Breckland Council’s housing supply by any substantial amount. The Parish Council raised no objection to the extension to the front of the garage and conversion to residential use and associated alterations at 31 Elmham Road, nor to erect a lobby, pitched roof to garage and demolish conservatory and erect new extension at Beechbeck River Lane East Bilney, nor to the first floor extension, enlarge porch & rear single storey extension at 42 Beech Road. Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the application for the erection of a side single storey extension at 55 Elmham Road and to the extensions to either side of property and demolition of conservatory at 22 Ashley Road.

Bus Service. Konect had responded to the Parish Council with a service on one day only which the Parish Council is disappointed with. It was agreed to accept this service at present but it is requesting that a further service is offered on another day as the services to Dereham will only be on market days. The Parish Council will continue to press the bus operator for a better service but the operator has to ensure that the service is viable. The service offered by Konect will also go to Tesco on the Tuesday. The minibus offer from Norfolk County Council was also accepted for Old Beetley and this at present is to run on a Friday as a trial to ensure there are adequate passengers for the bus.

Norfolk County Council. The County Councillor informed the meeting that the summer maintenance programme for highways commences on 11 April. This year the budget for this is £9.7 million.

Beetley River Meadows. The contractor is to be requested to cut viewing areas again this year for the Pre-School Duck Race.
The Parish Council requests that all dogs are kept out of the play area to protect the children using it.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 12 May 2016 at 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall, Beetley. Please note this is one week later than normal as there are elections on 5 May and the Village Hall is a polling station. 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.