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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

Extract June 2015

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4th June 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.

Co-option to the Parish Council. Mr Tony Tuner was co-opted onto the Parish Council to fill the vacancy following the election.

Planning. Applications. There were no applications to consider. Decisions. The proposed erection of two detached two storey dwellings with associated garages and gardens on Stoney Lane had been refused permission by Breckland Council.

Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel Meeting. One of the priorities set at the meeting which is held every two months at Breckland Council offices was the problem of speeding cars and motorbikes through rural villages. A member of the Parish Council regularly attends these meetings and had made representation on behalf of the parish that this speeding is a serious safety hazard. Several other villages also reported this problem. The police have noted the concerns and it is hoped that a visit to the parish will be made by the traffic police in the near future.

Faster Broadband. The Parish Council is still pursuing faster broadband for Old Beetley and East Bilney. At present faster broadband is available in Beetley but no where else in the parish. The other major problem is the deterioration of the service to those not on faster broadband and the Lead Officer at Norfolk County Council is to be contacted to explain why there is now a 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. The trees have been cleared from the river and the canopy to the rear of the play area has been lifted to provide easier usage of the area.

Highways. The Parish Council is still pursuing a revised bus schedule with Norfolk County Council to provide a regular service to East Bilney and as there has been no response from Norfolk County Council the County Councillor has been requested to ascertain what has been decided. The SAM2 sign had been erected in East Bilney again to record the speed of vehicles passing through the village and the data obtained will be sent to Safety Partnership Team for future enforcement action.

Footpaths. The state of some of the footpaths has been reported to Norfolk County Council as some are not passable without considerable difficulty. However at present it appears that Norfolk County Council is not maintaining footpaths to the standard which the Parish Council feels it should. The County Council has been contacted to assist with getting the footpaths maintained satisfactorily. The Parish Council is to write to those landowners within the parish who maintain the footpaths that cross their land.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 2nd July 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.

May 15 Extract

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 14th May 2015 at Beetley Village Hall.

There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield, District Councillor R Richmond who is also a parish Councillor and one member of the public.

Election of Chairman.  Councillor Joanne Baldwin was elected Chairman of the Parish Council for the coming year.
Election of Vice-Chairman. Councillor Jacqui O’Donovan was elected Vice- Chairman of the Parish Council for the coming year.

Councillors Responsibilities.  Councillor Mayhew was confirmed as the Councillor responsible for Planning with Councillor Rose as his deputy.
Councillor Baldwin would be responsible for monitoring the grass cutting and safety aspects at Beetley River Meadows. Councillor Mayhew will be responsible for carrying out the weekly safety inspections at the play area at Beetley River Meadows.
Councillor O’ Donovan will be responsible for ensuring that the bottle bank is emptied regularly.
Councillor Richmond will monitor the state of the footpaths in the parish and Councillor Leigh will be the Community Car Co-ordinator. Mrs Pat Williams was confirmed as the Deputy to Councillor Leigh for the Community Car co-ordinating.

Planning. Applications.  The Parish Council objected to the proposed erection of two detached two storey dwellings with associated garages and gardens on Stoney Lane as this is outside the settlement boundary for Beetley and is an inappropriate development for this area. The District Councillor has referred this application to the Planning Committee at Breckland Council if the officers decide to approve this application.
Decisions.  Permission had been granted for the proposed construction of a single storey annexe to accommodate a wheelchair user at 11 Elmham Road and for the first floor rear extension at 33 Elmham Road. The Parish Council had objected to both these applications. Permission had been granted for the proposed change of use of building from workshop/utility to a residential annex at Highview Elmham Road, for the variation of conditions 1,2,3 and 4 of pp C/3/2010/3028 to allow a further 9 years to complete operations and to adopt revised for the quarry extension and revised restoration phasing for the original quarry and for land to south of School Road East Bilney for an extension to East Bilney Quarry with installation of ground conveyor with culvert to accommodate the conveyor. Breckland Council had refused permission for the proposed single storey sales building to garden centre at Beetley Nurseries. As planning permission had been granted in 2009 for a garden centre shop and greenhouse sales area this is what is currently being constructed. 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.

Highways.  The Parish Council decided to engage its current grass cutting contractor to cut The Patch at Old Beetley. The Parish Council is still pursuing a revised bus schedule with Norfolk County Council to provide a regular service to East Bilney. The Highway Community rangers are to be requested to cut the verges alongside the trod on Fakenham Road as this is becoming difficult to use. Norfolk County Council will also be contacted regarding the cutting of the verges especially at junctions as these are now becoming a safety hazard.

April Extract

Prior to the Parish Council meeting on 2nd April the Annual Parish Meeting was held. Reports were presented by the Chairman of the Parish Council, the Community car Scheme, the District Councillor, 1st Beetley Scout Group and the Beetley Common Advisory Committee. Reports had also been received from the Village Hall Committee, the Cricket Club, Speedwatch, the Parochial Church Council and St. Mary’s C.P. School. All the reports will be available to read on the website.

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2nd April 2015 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and eight members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the proposed erection of two detached four bedroom dwellings with garages and gardens (outline all matters reserved) on Bittering Street as this is outside the settlement boundary for Beetley and is an inappropriate development for this area. The District Councillor has referred this application to the Planning Committee at Breckland Council if the officers decide to approve this application. There has also been a further application for two dwellings near to this site which has also been referred to the Planning Committee. The members again objected to the proposed construction of a single storey annexe to accommodate a wheelchair user at 11 Elmham Road. Whilst the Parish Council sympathised with the reasons for the application and was pleased that the design and siting had been amended it felt that this was still inappropriate use of garden land and should be attached to the main dwelling. No objection was raised to the proposed change of use of building from workshop/utility to a residential annexe at Highview Elmham Road. Decisions. There were no decisions to report.

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.

Highways. The Chairman had met with the Highways Engineer to discuss the parking on Elmham Road with the Speedwatch coordinator. The Highways Engineer informed the Chairman that to amend the double yellow lines would need a Traffic Regulation Order which would cost about £4000. The Highways Engineer had agreed to refreshing all of the existing lining on Elmham Road and On Gressenhall Road at the junction with the B1146 this summer. He will also promote the additional double yellow lines on Elmham Road up to the entrance of 1 Elmham Road. However there are a considerable number of similar request and these are prioritised according to personal injury/accident and available funding.

Beetley Common. The Parish Council is aware that vehicles are using the track despite the request to cease and it will therefore be engaging a solicitor to write to the landowner of the field that is accessed from this track informing him again that his crossing rights have been withdrawn. The Parish Council granted the Fishing Club crossing rights to the lakes for maintenance and restocking as it has done for several years.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 14th May 2015 at 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall, Beetley. Please note this is the second Thursday of the month as the Village Hall is being used as a polling station on 7th May. As there are also elections for the Parish Council the May meeting has to be held after these elections.

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.