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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.

EXTRACT May 2016

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 12 May 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, District Councillor R Duffield and two parishioners.

Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Councillor Baldwin was re-elected Chairman of the Parish Council for the ensuing year and Councillor O’Donovan Vice- Chairman.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the change of use of workshop at the Woad Centre Rawhall Lane to residential. This building is outside the settlement boundary and felt it was inappropriate to convert this building into residential. Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the application for the extension to the front of the garage and conversion to residential use and associated alterations at 31 Elmham Road, and to erect a lobby, pitched roof to garage and demolish conservatory and erect new extension at Beechbeck River Lane East Bilney, and to the first floor rear extension, enlarge porch & rear single storey extension at 42 Beech Road. Norfolk County Council had granted permission for the application for retrospective use of a site cabin as an office and mess facility at East Bilney Quarry Rawhall Lane.

Bus Service. Full details of this will appear in a separate section of the Beetley Buzz.

Highways. Norfolk County Council is to be informed of the lack of a GIVE WAY sign at the junction of Sorrel Lane and Church Road Old Beetley which parishioners have complained that vehicles are not slowing at this point. The missing footpath posts off Field Lane will be reported. Norfolk County Council will also be contacted about several junctions that need the verges trimming because of visibility problems. The Clerk had again contacted the Highways Department to have the footpath re-instated at the east end of River Lane East Bilney

Beetley River Meadows. The Parish Council is purchasing 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. 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. The Chairman will contact the contractor for the grass cutting to ensure that all paths are cut to the correct width and all are cut.

Beetley Common. The Parish Council approved the crossing rights for Roosting Hill Trout Fishery on the same terms as in previous years.

Pavilion. Following a meeting with the cricket and football clubs a price is to be obtained to undertake the work that has been requested. This may not all be achievable in one year but a start will be made this year.

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

BEETLEY PARISH COUNCIL Prior to the Parish Council meeting a discussion was held with Norfolk County Council and Konect regarding an improved bus service through east Bilney. This was attended by six parishioners as well as the Parish Council. The timing of the possible buses into and from Dereham was discussed at length as it was felt by all at the meeting that there was too long between the bus into Dereham in the morning and a return journey. Both Norfolk County council and Konect will be considering the possibility of a return journey at about 1230. It is hoped that a new service will commence about the late Spring Bank Holiday. It was felt by all who had attended that this was a most productive meeting and the Parish Council thanks all the residents who put forward their points of view.

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3 March 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, District Councillor R Duffield and one parishioner.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the five applications received from Middleton Aggregates for variations to previous planning permissions to continue the use of various buildings and compounds within the existing site until 2029. This will allow the processing of aggregates at the present processing plant once the new site that has been granted permission is operational. No objection was raised to the applications for the erection of a side single storey extension at 55 Elmham Road or to the extensions to either side of the property and demolition of conservatory at 22 Ashley Road.

Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the application for an extension to an existing house at 1 Beech Road.

Appeals. The Planning Inspector had dismissed the appeals to the proposed developments on Bittering Street and Stoney Lane which had both been objected to by the Parish Council. Highways. The Clerk had visited both Common Lane and Peacock Lane with the County Councillor and he is discussing this with the Highways Engineer. It is hoped that repairs will be carried out when the weather improves. This is designated by Norfolk County Council as a farm track and as such farmers are permitted to use it for their business.

Footpaths. Further complaints had been received regarding the state of the footpath to the east of River Lane East Bilney and that the footpath as designated on the definitive map had been diverted by the positioning of a new fence. The Clerk had discussed this with the County Councillor who is requesting that further action be taken.

Norfolk County Council. The Council Tax has been increased by 3.99% of which 2% is ring fenced for Adult Social Care and 1.99% as an increase to ensure that proposed cuts in services are reversed. This increase has prevented the closure of any libraries or fire stations, an increase in the highways maintenance budget for the repair of potholes, restore recycling centres to their previous opening hours and restore all the proposed cuts to the Norfolk Museums Service and Norfolk Record Office.

Beetley River Meadows. The snowdrops had been kindly moved by a parishioner so it is hoped that they will survive in the future. The new gates have been fitted to the play area.

The Parish Council requests that all dogs are kept out of this area to protect the children using the area.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 7 April 2016 to follow the Annual Parish Meeting which will commence at 7.00 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 February 2016

 

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4 February 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, District Councillor R Duffield and three parishioners.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application for an extension to an existing house at 1 Beech Road although it comments that it felt that the white render was not in keeping with the surrounding properties. Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the application for the conversion of outbuilding to form new kitchen and build connection to existing dwelling at Hall Farm Barn Fakenham Road East Bilney. Breckland Council had refused permission for the residential development at 12 Beetley Grange which the Parish Council had objected to. Permission had also been refused for the erection of a dwelling on land adjacent to 65 Fakenham Road which the Parish Council had also objected to. Appeals. Councillor Richmond had attended the site visit of the Planning Inspector to the proposed developments on Bittering Street and Stoney lane and had been allowed to state the Parish Council’s comments. Local Plan Preferred Directions. The consultation was discussed at length including the sites submitted by landowners for possible development. The full responses to this consultation will be available to view on line at Breck- land Council’s website or in the full minutes of the Par- ish Council meeting.

Highways. The bid for a trod on Fakenham Road East Bilney as a Local Highway Improvement part funded by Norfolk County Council had been submitted. Nothing further had been received from Norfolk County Council regarding additional signage at the junction of Fakenham Road and Elmham Road. If this new signage is agreed Norfolk County Council is to be requested to confirm if this new speed limit is enforceable or just advisory. The state of Common Lane and Peacock Lane had been reported to the Clerk and a letter is to be sent to the landowners requesting that they repair the lane that they have damaged.

Footpaths. Several complaints had been received regarding the state of the footpath to the east of River Lane East Bilney. Norfolk County Council has been requested to inspect this and to enforce any reinstatement that is necessary.

Norfolk County Council. The consultation on its budget continues and it is likely that there will be an increase from Norfolk County Council this year of about 4% to cover the increased costs of Adult Social care and the shortfall in the funding from Central Government. This should allow many services that had been discussed for reduction to be maintained.

Beetley River Meadows. A complaint had been received from a parishioner that by cutting the paths along the river wider this has caused the snowdrops that are planted there to be exposed to continual cutting which may cause them to disappear. The parishioner who raised this matter had kindly offered to move the snowdrops back to the edge of the cut area. The Parish Council agreed to keep the width of the paths the same as last year and to take up the kind offer of moving the snowdrops. The Parish Council decided to take out a long term contract with Norse Eastern Ltd for the grass cutting of the area for next three years.

Anti Social Behaviour by 4×4 Drivers. There have been several instances recently of 4×4 vehicles being driven along country lanes and damaging them. If any parishioner sees or hears this occurring would they please report this to the police on the non-emergency number 101. The police have already been informed of instances of this occurring so any new information will assist the police in taking action.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 3rd March 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 3rd December 2015

Prior to the Parish Council meeting there was an open meeting with Norfolk County Council and Konect Bus Company regarding an improved bus service for East Bilney. This meeting was attended by 11 parishioners. The problems of the current bus service were outlined to the representatives and they are to report back to the Parish Council in January and a further open meeting is planned to be held in March.

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3 December 2015 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 District Councillor R Duffield.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application for the conversion of outbuilding to form new kitchen and build connection to existing dwelling at Hall Farm Barn Fakenham Road East Bilney. The members again decided to object again to the erection of a dwelling on land adjacent to 65 Fakenham Road. The Parish Council had objected to previous applications and saw no reason to change its opinion that this is outside the settlement boundary and that the visibility at the access is limited and could lead to highway safety issues. A revised plan had been received for the erection of dwellings on land to the rear of The Paddocks Elmham Road and the Parish Council again ob- jected to this for the same reasons as had been previously stated. Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the application for alterations and extension to Fleetwell School Road.

Highways. The Highways Engineer had forwarded the costs for a trod on Fakenham Road East Bilney and the Parish Council decided to bid for this scheme as part of the Local Highway partnership Scheme when Norfolk County Council contribute half the cost. Norfolk County Council had re- sponded to the request for a 20m.p.h. limit at the junction of Elmham Road and Fakenham Road. The Highways Engineer will not recommend a change to the speed limit at this point but is willing to support a part funded bid for “wig-wag signs and an advisory 20 m.p.h. limit when the signs are flashing. As there are already flashing signs at this point the Parish Council is to request whether additional signage can be added to these lights. The cost of new lights and signage would be £5000 which the Parish Council would have to contribute 50%.

Norfolk County Council. The consultation on its budget has given an option to increase the Council Tax by2% to cover the increasing costs of Adult and Children’s’ Social Care. The Government has realised the additional cost of this and will allow Local Authorities to increase their Council tax to cover this without the need for a referendum provided the increase is purely to be spent on Social Care.

Breckland Council. Part of Breckland Council’s offices is to be let out to the Department of Work and Pensions who will be moving from the High Street. It is hoped that other organisations will also rent space there so that this will allow members of the public to call at only one site.

Precept. The precept, which is that part of the Council Tax that Breckland Council collects for the parish was set at £15500 which is the same as last year.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 4th February 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 – 5th November

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5 November 2015 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 two parishioners.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application for alterations and extension to Fleetwell School Road. The members decided to object again to the proposed residential development on land to the rear of 12 Beetley Grange. The reasons for the objection are the same as for the application just under a year ago which were that it is outside the settlement boundary would cause loss of amenity to the residents of Beetley grange and it is an intrusion into the rural settlement. This development if granted permission could lead to serious precedent for possible future applications to the rear of existing properties. The Parish Council has requested that this application be referred to the Planning Committee at Breckland Council if it is likely to be granted permission. Decisions. There were no decisions to report.

Beetley River Meadows. The Parish Council agreed to award the contract for the new fencing to the basket ball court to G G Fencing. This will be a much sturdier and higher fence which should eliminate the costly repairs that are being undertaken each year. Most of this fencing has been in situ since the erection of the play area and a lot of the posts and boards are now rotting which would need replacing soon. It was also agreed to replace the gates on the play area.

The Parish Council approved a request for a Duck Race in 2016 from Beetley Pre-School. This will be similar to that held this year but the organisers are planning to race more ducks. The parish Council has decided to have the footpath from Beech Road to Beetley River Meadows cleared of all grass, nettles and brambles. Whilst the path is still walkable it was felt that a clearance would improve this footpath. This is a Public Right of Way that is the responsibility of Norfolk County Council to maintain but the amount of maintenance that it undertakes has been severely reduced in the current economic climate and as the Parish Council maintains the footpath that runs along the river on Beetley River Meadows it agreed to add this small section to its cutting contract.

Highways. The request by the Parish Council for a bus service in East Bilney has led to a meeting to be held with Norfolk County Council and the bus operator prior to the next Parish Council meeting. The Highways Engineer has been on site at East Bilney to look at a possible trod and he is preparing costings for the Parish Council. Following several accidents at the junction of Elmham Road and Fakenham Road the Parish Council is to approach Norfolk County council to see if a 20m.p.h. limit at this point is possible or some additional signage to be erected to slow traffic at this point.

Norfolk County Council. A consultation is underway on the budget for the next 4 years. The County Council has to find £111 million savings over this period. All parishioners can respond to the consultation and all the details have been circulated in the County Council newsletter and are available on Norfolk County Council’s website. One of the options is for an increase in the Council Tax of 1.99%.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 3rd December 2015 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 October 2015

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1st October 2015 at Beetley Village Hall.

There were present six Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish.

Planning. Applications. There were no applications to consider. Decisions. There were no decisions to report. Appeals. The decision to refuse the applications for the erection of two detached four bedroom dwellings with garages and gardens on Bittering Street and the erection of two detached two storey dwellings with associated garages and gardens on Stoney Lane by Breckland Council had been appealed against by the applicant to the Planning Inspector. The Parish Council is to reiterate its objections to the developments.

Beetley River Meadows. A problem is still occurring with the depositing of dog waste in the standard litter bins. Would dog owners please use the bins that are marked for dog waste. New signs had been obtained for the litter bins stating that no dog waste should be deposited in them.

Quotations had been received for the repairs to the fencing around the multi play games area and to replace the complete fencing with stronger material as the Parish Council is continually having to expend finance to repair this fencing. A further quotation is to be obtained so that there is a comparison of contractors. It was agreed to have the large field and the old allotment area cut again this year by Norse Eastern Ltd. A tree which is now overhanging the path alongside the river is to be cleared.

Highways. The fly-tipping on High House Road of garden waste had been reported to Breckland Council who had visited the site. The request by the Parish Council for a bus service in East Bilney which appears to have stalled is to be pursued with the Assistant Director of Highways. The Parish Council, following the success of the trods near the school and on Fakenham Road to High House Road is to request a cost of installing a trod in East Bilney. This would allow residents to walk to the post box and bus shelter without having to walk on the main road for a large part of the journey.

The hedges in East Bilney near to the Alms Houses and near to the 30 mph sign on Fakenham Road are to be cut back by Norfolk County Council and the landowner respectively.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 5th November 2015 at 7.30p.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 orbryan.leigh@btinternet.com.

EXTRACT JULY 2015

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2nd July 2015 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and one parishioner.

Planning. Applications. No objection was raised to the extensions and alterations to convert garage into annexe at 22A Elmham Road. Decisions. The proposed erection of two detached four bedroom dwellings with garages and gardens on Bittering Street had been refused permission by Breckland Council.

Faster Broadband. The Parish Council is still pursuing faster broadband for Old Beetley and East Bilney. Norfolk County Council had responded to the complaint from the Parish Council stating that according to BT there is no known problem in the area. It was suggested that if there are any problems then the ISP for the individual should be contacted. However it was pointed out to the County Councillor that if the ISP is BT then there is unlikely to be any positive outcome to a complaint. The Clerk is to contact Norfolk County Council again to explain the problems and to give specific locations for the problem.

Beetley River Meadows. A problem is still occurring with the depositing of dog waste in the standard litter bins. Would dog owners please use the bins that are marked for dog waste. There had been complaints that the brash from the cutting of the trees had been left in an unsightly manner. All Councillors who had visited the area did not find that this was a problem. The Environment Agency is to be contacted again about the weed growth in the river bordering the river meadows as it had promised that this would be sprayed.

Highways. The County Councillor had been unable to progress the request for a bus service in East Bilney but will continue to press the Highways department for an answer. Norfolk County Council had been contacted again as Peacock Lane has been repaired but Common Lane has not and the sign to The Common has not yet been replaced. The potholes on Wood Drive near to beech Road had been reported.

Footpaths. Norfolk County Council had stated that the footpaths that had been reported after the last meeting would be cut within the next month.

Request for a Post Box. A parishioner had requested that consideration be given to siting a post box near to Tavern Close as at present residents have to walk to either the box on Beech road or High House Road. Royal Mail collections will be contacted to enquire if this would be possible.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 3rd September 2015 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 September 15

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd September 2015 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, District Councillor R Duffield and sixteen parishioners.
Planning. Applications. No objection had been made to the addition of a first floor single storey extension, roof alterations and garage to front at Woods End 14 Elmham Road or to the single storey extension to front of the property at 9 Wood Drive. Both of these applications had been received after the July meeting and circulated to all Councillors for their comments which had been forwarded to Breckland Council. An application had been received for the erection of seven dwellings with detached garages on land to the rear of The Paddocks and a lengthy discussion was held with the parishioners who attended because of their concerns and objections to the proposed development. The parishioners were informed at the meeting that the Parish Council is only a consultee and that the final decision rests with Breckland Council. The Parish council decided to object to the application, which is very similar to an application in 2002 which was refused by Breckland Council and the appeal by the applicant was dismissed by the Planning Inspector. The development is outside the settlement boundary for Beetley and the Parish Council felt that the development would lead to increased traffic through The Paddocks to the detriment of the amenity of the residents. It was also felt that if any development was to occur in Beetley over the next twenty years as part of the Local Plan this should be on land with a road frontage and not to the rear of existing properties. The District Councillor had requested that if permission is likely to be granted by the officers at Breckland Council this application should be referred to the Planning Committee and this had been agreed by the Chairman of that Committee. At this Committee meeting the Parish Council will be allowed to speak as will objectors to the application. The Parish Council will have three minutes to state their case and all the objectors have only three minutes between them. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the extensions and alterations to convert garage into annexe to dwelling at 22A Elmham Road, the addition of a first floor single storey extension, roof alterations and garage to front at Woods End 14 Elmham Road and for the single storey extension to front of the property at 9 Wood Drive.
Beetley River Meadows. A problem is still occurring with the depositing of dog waste in the standard litter bins. Would dog owners please use the bins that are marked for dog waste. The Environment Agency had been contacted again about the weed growth in the river bordering the river meadows and it has confirmed that it will be carrying out spraying from Gressenhall Mill to the Holt Road road bridge. It is hoped that this will occur shortly.
Finance. The External Audit had been completed by Mazars LLP and no criticism had been raised over the accounts or the governance of the public funds.
Request for a Post Box. Royal Mail collections have confirmed that it will consider the request for a new post box.
Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 1st October 2015 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