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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.