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Extract for July 2018

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5 July at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond is also the District Councillor, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and District Councillor R Duffield.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the new dwelling at Hall Farm Barn Fakenham Road East Bilney as this is outside the settlement boundary, it is not infill, it is a greenfield site and is back garden development.
Decisions. Approval had been granted by Breckland Council for the replacement garage at 45 Beechcroft Elmham Road. Approval had also been granted by Breckland Council for the installaon of 15 holiday lodges, 1 lodge to form recepon, shop, toilet/changing facilies, children’s play area, wildflower meadow and associated landscaping at O,ers Mead Elmham Road.
Enforcement. The Parish Council is sll in contact with Breckland Council regarding the mobile homes at Shorthorn Nurseries and over the possible breach of building regulaons at the Paddocks School Road.
Minerals and Waste Consultaion.The members agreed with the inial assessment for an extension to the existing quarry, MIN12, which was assessed as being suitable. The extraction on would be transferred to the exisng processing plant by an extension to the conveyor belt. The members did not agree that two sites along Bilney Road were suitable although the third site on Bilney Road had not been assessed as suitable and the Parish Council agreed with this assessment. All three sites would have to have a processing plant or the gravel would have to be transported and the cumulave effect would not be acceptable. A further consultaon is due at the end of this year at the preferred sites stage of the consultaon.
County and District Council Reports. District Councillor Duffield stated that there is a problem with parking for the school along Gressenhall Road and the school will be contacted to stress that the parking is causing an obstrucon. There had also been complaints from residents along Elmham Road who had had their drives and access blocked.
Review of Bus Services. The Parish Council had received confirmation that the proposed new service will now go along High House Road. The service started on 23 July. Further clarificaon is being sought on mings.
Highways. Following the parishioner spoke at the meeting regarding the speeding along High House Road the Speedwatch team had done two sessions on High House Road. The Speedwatch team had also done two sessions on Fakenham Road with2 being caught the first time and 12 the second. Further sessions are planned for July. The Clerk is sll pursuing the repairs to the two trods and to have the red lining outside the school during holiday times.
Footpaths. The County Councillor agreed to take up the issues with the footpaths that have not been re-instated especially as there had been several complaints from parishioners.
Beetley River Meadows. The Parish Council had received consent to li/ the crown of one oak tree part of which is dead to allow cu?ng beneath. Ca,le had strayed onto the Meadows from the land adjacent. The Charity which owns the land had been wri,en to stressing that the Parish Council did not wish to have a repeat of this and trust that the fencing is now secure.

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Heritage Open Day

Free admission at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Sunday 9 September, 10am to 5pm

Explore the site for free as part of this national celebration of our heritage with a chance to see the amazing objects we have behind the scenes and speak to the people who preserve and record Norfolk’s history.See www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/gressenhall for more information.

Extracts for October 2017

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5 October 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, District Councillor R Duffield and no members of the public

Planning. Objection to the application for the erection of an oak fronted cart lodge at Domus Faba Bittering Street or to the single storey side extension at Woodwells 52 Elmham Road. The members also raised no objection to the application to amend the phased restoration arrangements and the retrospective siting and use of a site cabin (including lighting and cameras) /generator on land to the north of School Road, East Bilney Quarry. Decisions. Permission had been granted to convert existing outbuilding into habitable space inc small kitchen, bathroom and bedroom/living area, all alterations to be internal, exterior to remain the same at Swanhaven Fakenham Road East Bilney and a condition had been placed on the permission that the annex is not sold as a separate entity or is used as a holiday let. Permission had also been granted for the side and rear extension to form attached annexe at 1 High House Road, the variation at Beetley Nurseries to sell additional goods and the replacement dwelling at Woodland Farm Holt Road Hoe.

Future Planning Application. An application had been received by Breckland Council for the installation of 15 holiday lodges, 1 lodge to form reception, shop, toilet/ changing facilities, natural swimming pond, children’s play area, wildflower meadow and associated landscaping at Otters Mead Elmham Road Beetley. This application will be considered at the November meeting when all parishioners will have a chance to put forward their comments to the Parish Council.

Minerals and Waste. The call for sites for the new local plan by Norfolk County Council had been completed. Four sites had been submitted in Beetley, three of which had been submitted in the previous Minerals plan but were not allocated. The Parish Council will now await the first consultation when the assessments by Norfolk County Council will be published. This is likely to be at the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.

District Councillor Report. District Councillor Duffield reported that the Local Plan consultation has finished. District Councillor Richmond reported that at a meeting of the Overview and scrutiny Committee of Breckland Council senior officers from Capita had been questioned thoroughly regarding the Local Plan and the five year housing supply. It was reported that no houses had yet been built in the Thetford area which is placing pressure on other towns and villages for houses to be built in them.

Highways. The Parish Council was disappointed that several footpaths where maintenance is required have not been attended to and these will be reported again. The Clerk is trying to arrange a meeting with the Highways Engineer to discuss the problems with highways in the village.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 2 November 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 November 2017

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2 November 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, District Councillor R Duffield and eight members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the proposed new dwelling at Conway 49 Elmham Road. The members decided that the proposed dwelling was too large for the plot and therefore would be squashed into the plot as has occurred elsewhere within the parish. The detailed plans submitted show a larger dwelling than had been submitted initially for planning permission which the Parish Council had also objected to. It was also felt that the height of the dwelling was not in keeping with the neighbouring properties. The Parish Council also objected to the installation of 15 holiday lodges, 1 lodge to form reception, shop, toilet/ changing facilities, natural swimming pond, children’s play area, wildflower meadow and associated landscaping at Otters Mead Elmham Road Beetley. The Parish Council listened to a presentation from the applicant and to the concerns of parishioners who attended the meeting. The members had objected to the original planning application in 2006 as they felt that this was not a suitable site for holiday lodges on a narrow road with a 60m.p.h. speed limit. This concern was raised by several parishioners at the meeting and in their responses to Breckland Council. The members felt that 15 holiday lodges was too many for this location. If permission is granted by Breckland Council the Parish Council requested that several conditions are placed on the permission to ensure that the concerns of traffic are resolved prior to occupation, there is no further development on the site, all facilities are in place prior to occupation and to ensure that these remain as holiday lodges and not permanent homes. The District Councillor had requested that this application be referred to the Planning Committee if the officers decide to grant permission. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the new access into the parking area at Beetley Nurseries Elmham Road.

Highways. The Clerk had arranged a meeting with the new Highways Engineer to discuss the problems with highways in the village. It is hoped that the trod alongside the Fakenham Road in East Bilney will be finished, the junction of Rawhall Lane and Fakenham Road repaired, the footway alongside the Fakenham Road from High House Road to the old school and from Beech Road to Beetley River Meadows will be cleared, that High House Road will be sided out again to ensure there is a full width of road and that the new accesses on Elmham Road have permission. The Highways Engineer also agreed the siting for a new bus shelter at the Beech Road bus stop on Fakenham Road. The Parish Council will now proceed with the application for match funding of this with Norfolk County Council.

There was dismay that some of the problems with footpaths have not been resolved despite the clerk pressing for a resolution to these matters.

Precept. The members decided to maintain the precept which is the portion of Council Tax raised by Breckland Council for the parish at the level set last year. The members agreed to use more of the reserves in the forthcoming year to finance items.

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

RECYCLING IN BEETLEY

The Parish Council has recently received from Breckland Council the recycling payment for the year to the end of March 2016. This year the payment was £1449.59 compared to £1948.64 for the year to March 2015. This amount is made up of £400.45 compared with £554.78 for the glass at The New Inn and £1049.14 compared to £1393.86 for the textiles at the Village Hall. This is obviously a decrease on the previous year. The tonnage of glass recycled was just under 10 tons as opposed to just over 17 tons the previous year.

The facility to now recycle glass in the black wheelie bins has undoubtedly had an effect on the amount of glass recycled. The Parish Council thanks everyone who has continued to use the glass and textiles banks in the parish.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO RECYCLE YOUR GLASS AT THE NEW INN BOTTLE BANK, AND TEXTILES/SHOES AT THE TEXTILE BANK AT THE VILLAGE HALL.
THIS WILL ENSURE THAT THESE FACILITIES REMAIN AND THE CASH COMES BACK TO BEETLEY PARISH AND NOT BRECKLAND COUNCIL. THESE RECYCLING BANKS MAY BE REMOVED IF NOT USED AS BRECKLAND COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING THE FUTURE OF ALL BANKS IN PARISHES.