Extracts 2011-12

BEETLEY PARISH COUNCIL : EXTRACTS

April 2011 – March 2012

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Extract for FEBRUARY 2011
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd February at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and District Councillor R Duffield.

Community Car. Breckland Council had confirmed that only a letter is necessary to state that the drivers are fit to drive not a health check. Therefore a further meeting is to be arranged to finalise all details.

Planning. Applications. The members again objected to the proposed ticket facility and toilet block at Gressenhall Rural Life Museum as the revised plans do not reduce the mass nor do they complement the existing buildings. The members raised no objections to the proposed variations to extend the time limits for various operations at Stanfield Quarry until November 2016. No objection was raised to the proposed biomass boiler at Gressenhall Rural Life Museum although the height of the flue was queried. During the break from December to February an application had been received to provide new shower facilities and improved toilet facilities at Beetley Scout hut and no objection had been raised to this application.

Decisions. The formal notification for the erection of 4no. one bed: 2no. two bed and 2 no. three bed dwellings (affordable housing) on land adjacent to 6 High House Road had been received together with all the legal agreements. At present the Housing Association is bidding for funding for the development as the government spending review has reduced the funds available for affordable housing.

Highways. Problems with flooding on Fakenham Road had been reported. The request for the provision of a grit bin on Beech Road to be sited on the land that is owned by the Parish Council had been referred to Norfolk County Council who had refused the request. The Highways Engineer had been contacted to request that he re-consider his decision. The flooding of Rawhall Lane has been caused by a blocked or damaged pipe and a new pipe is to be installed within the next month weather permitting. The 30 m.p.h. speed limit had been installed in East Bilney and a Speedwatch session had been held and five vehicles have been reported to the police. It was felt that about 80% of the vehicles travelling in and out of East Bilney were in excess of the 30 m.p.h. speed limit.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. The funding application is being prepared for the picnic area but prior to that new signs are to be displayed at the entrance to the River Meadows on River View reminding motorists not to block accesses to the properties.

Open Spaces. The bulb planting had taken place throughout the parish and the funding application had been approved by Breckland Council. The school had planted the area of the horseshoe outside the school, and councillors and volunteers had planted in East Bilney, Old Beetley, Beetley Village Hall and Beetley River Meadows. It is hoped that these bulbs will provide a splash of colour throughout the parish in the Spring. Considerable correspondence had been received regarding the fencing of the woods to the east of Beetley River Meadows. The Dereham Relief in Need Charity owns this land and the Parish Council has been fully informed throughout. The Parish Council does not believe that there has been any encroachment onto the land owned by the Parish Council and hopes that the woods will also be full of colour when the snowdrops appear.

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Extract for MARCH 2011
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd March at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, PCSO Jade Fuller and two members of the public.

PCSO. The PCSO had attended the meeting to meet the Councillors and inform them of the initiatives and concerns that are prevalent at the moment. The main concern at present is the theft of catalytic converters from 4×4 vehicles and the police are offering a marking service for owners. Several dogs have been stolen to enable the victim to be blackmailed for the return of their dogs and the police are targeting thefts of red diesel and farm equipment from farms in the county. The members requested that an occasional visit should be made to the school to encourage more considerate parking on Elmham Road. It was further requested that the traffic police visit Beetley and East Bilney more often to check the speeding along Fakenham Road in both villages. The PCSO agreed to contact the correct department.

Planning. Applications. No objection was raised to the erection of a double garage at Lamorna 8 Elmham Road. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the extension to the existing scout hut to provide new shower and improved toilet facilities including disabled provision.

Highways. Notification had been received that the salt bin on Beech Road could be installed and would be filled by Norfolk County Council. The bin will be installed in the summer months. The County Councillor is meeting the Highways Engineer on site to progress the problem of flooding on Rawhall Lane. It is hoped that a new drainage pipe will be installed soon.

Speedwatch. A letter had been received from a parishioner who wishes to see more sessions of the Speedwatch team in East Bilney. At present the team carry out sessions on Fakenham Road and Elmham Road, Beetley and Fakenham Road, East Bilney. It is hoped that by having a dedicated East Bilney team more sessions will be possible.

Roosting Hills Gravel Pit. Production of aggregate has ceased at the site and the plant is expected to be removed and the valley floor restored by May 2011. The General Manager for Barker Bros., Danny Eves, will be retiring after 43 years with the company. He has been a great friend to the parish and assisted with many projects in the parish during his time as General Manager. The Parish Council wishes him well in his retirement.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. The cutting contract has again been awarded to C.G.M. for a two year period. The tree pruning and cutting back of the undergrowth should take place within the next month.

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Extract for APRIL 2011
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7th April at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and two members of the public.

Election to the Parish Council May 2011. As there were only seven nominations for the Parish Council to fill the seven vacancies there would be no election in May. The current seven Parish Councillors are therefore elected for the next four years.

Planning. Applications. The members objected to the application to convert part of a workshop to a dwelling at Woodlands East Bilney as this is outside the settlement boundary and it was felt that there was not an agricultural or forestry justification for the development. No objection was raised to the demolition of the existing dwelling and erection of a new two storey dwelling and garage at Redroofs Fakenham Road. The members were pleased that the application is now for only one dwelling on the footprint of the old but did query the width of the access to the dwelling. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the variation of condition to allow continued operation for four years with revised working and restoration phasing at East Bilney Quarry, Rawhall Lane.

Enforcement. Following the dismissal of the appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the siting of a caravan on land off Hall Road Old Beetley an enforcement notice had been issued to remove the caravan.

Highways. Several complaints had been received by the Parish Council regarding hedges that overhang the footways thereby making it difficult to walk along the footways. The Parish Council would like to remind all parishioners that it is their responsibility, under Section 154 of the Highways Act 1980, to ensure that vegetation and trees from their property do not overhang the public highway, thereby obstructing and endangering pedestrians and other road users.

Beetley River Meadows Area. The cutting contract has again been awarded to C.G.M. for a two year period. The tree pruning and cutting back of the undergrowth has taken place and C.G.M. will continue to flail the areas cut back for the next few months to ensure that the normal mower can cut the whole of the area. It was agreed that the large area of the Meadows would again be cut for hay and the parishioner who cut last year is to be contacted again.

Finance. The Parish Council has received a number of requests from charities for donations to which it has not donated in the past. This is a sign of the current economic climate but whilst the Parish Council felt that all the charities were worthy of a donation it was agreed that the funds should be kept within the parish at this time.

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Extract for MAY 2011
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 12th May at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and one member of the public.

Election of Chairman and Vice -Chairman. Councillor Leigh was re-elected Chairman and Councillor Luck Vice-Chairman.

Parish Council. The following were elected to the Parish Council following the election:- Angela Leigh, Adam Luck, Joanne Baldwin, Alan Fox, Jacqui O’Donovan, Robert Richmond and Maxine Rose.

Community Car. Mrs Pauline Silk was re-appointed Community Car co-ordinator for the forthcoming year. She will be attending, together with a member of the Parish Council and a representative for the drivers, a meeting at Breckland Council to try and resolve the problems over the checks that Breckland wish to impose on the drivers and the increase to the fuel allowance that was announced in the Budget.

Planning. Applications. The members raised no objection to the application for three single storey extensions and erection of detached car shelter at Dawn Meadow Fakenham Road East Bilney. No objection was raised to the variation of condition 1 of the application C/3/2007/30122 for the continued stockpiling and sale of sand and gravel and for the restoration of the process site until 31 December 2011 at Beetley Quarry Beetley. Decisions. The application for the conversion of part of workshop to dwelling at Woodlands East Bilney had been withdrawn. Permission had been granted for the demolition of existing dwelling and erection of new two storey dwelling and garage at Redroofs Fakenham Road.

Highways. The Parish Council is still awaiting an answer from Norfolk County Council following the request for a brown sign indicating the route to Beetley Common. The Highways and Community Rangers had visited the parish and carried out several tasks very efficiently and a letter is to be sent thanking them.

Beetley River Meadows Area. The parishioner has agreed to cut the central area for hay again this year provided that some rain has fallen prior to July to make this an economic proposition. The new signs for the area should be available for collection in the next month. There has been some vandalism at the area as several plants have been dug out of the tubs and left on the ground. It is to be hoped that this is just an isolated incident. During the dry spell several willow trees have fallen across the paths and these are to be cleared.

Open Spaces. The flowering cherry tree at The Patch in 0ld Beetley is to be removed as this is being forced to grow at an angle which makes it a potential safety hazard. The beech tree next to it will not be touched. It was agreed to cut the footpath through East Bilney Town Lands again as soon as possible and to look later during the growing season to maintain access to the boardwalk.

Finance. The accounts for the financial year April 2010 to March 2011 were approved. These are available for viewing by any parishioner by contacting the Clerk.

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Extract for JUNE 2011
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2nd June at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and five members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The members objected to the application to construct a new chalet style dwelling on land off Church Road East Bilney. This development would be outside the settlement boundary and there is no forestry, agricultural or tourism justification for its construction. It was also felt totally inappropriate for a modern design dwelling to be constructed next to a listed building. There were also concerns that there is inadequate visibility when exiting the property onto Church Road. The concerns of many nearby residents were taken into consideration when this decision was made. The District Councillor was requested to refer this application to the Planning Committee if approval is likely to be given by an officer of Breckland Council.

Highways. The surface dressing of Fakenham Road had been carried out without the small potholes being dressed prior to the main work so that these are now re-appearing. This concern and the poor white lining in parts are to be reported to the appropriate authority. However the white lining at the junction of Fakenham Road and Church Road East Bilney is an improvement as there is a clear central area for turning now which should improve highway safety. The time taken to replace the cats eyes is also to be reported. The Parish Council is to write to several residences requesting that the hedges on their property be cut back to the boundary as these are encroaching onto the footway which means that pedestrians have to walk in the road to pass the obstruction.

Beetley River Meadows Area. Again there has been some vandalism at the play area and one gate has been damaged. The amount of rubbish and broken glass left at the site one Saturday evening was also noted and the Parish Council is indebted to local residences for their help in clearing this. There are litter-bins provided which are regularly emptied and it is requested that all users of the area use these bins. The grant application for the picnic area had been sent and the next meeting to decide the disbursement of the funds will be in October 2011.

Open Spaces. A complaint had been received about the woods to the rear of the properties on Fakenham Road being used by 4×4 vehicles throughout a Saturday including well into the evening. The District Councillor has arranged for the Tree Officer to visit the site to ensure that no damage has taken place. The area can be used 14 times per year without needing planning permission but the owner of the land is to be contacted to attempt to ensure that any use is within reasonable times. Further correspondence had been received about Fanthorpe’s Woods. The Parish Council is in support of the work carried out by the charity and is content that the line of the fence is in a position which is along the boundary of the parish land and feels it is an improvement to the area.

Affordable Housing. Work has commenced on site and it was decided to hold an open event at the village hall in the autumn to promote the availability of the housing. Further information on this event will be distributed with a future issue of the Beetley Buzz.

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Extract for JULY 2011
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7th July at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and seven members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The members objected to the application to discharge a planning obligation at Bilney Mews Fakenham Road East Bilney as when the original planning application was granted for the Mews the agreement was for these dwellings to be used as ancillary accommodation for the main Care Home and for residents over 55. The application is to discharge this obligation as some of the properties have remained empty since their construction. The Parish Council at the time of the planning application did not object as this obligation was put in place. The members felt that the lifting of this obligation could lead to the sale of the properties to purchasers which may lead to the loss of the tranquil setting of the Mews. The application for the proposed residential conversion of part of rural workshop at Woodlands East Bilney was again objected to as this is outside the settlement boundary and there is no justification within the planning policies of Breckland Council for this conversion. No objection was raised to the application to demolish the existing single storey dwelling and erection of a one and half storey dwelling at 29 Fakenham Road. Details of the proposed Power and Waste Recycling Centre at Saddlebow King’s Lynn had been forwarded to all Town and Parish Councils and it was agreed not to object to the proposals. It is vital that an alternative option is found to landfill. The Parish has experienced the pollution to the water system and local environment that a landfill site causes. Without, in the opinion of the members, there being a viable alternative to the type of waste disposal proposed at Saddlebow the members agreed to support the application. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the installation of new biomass boiler and fuel store at Beech House Gressenhall Rural Life Museum and to the erection of three single storey extensions and erection of detached car shelter at Dawn Meadow Fakenham Road East Bilney.

Community Car Scheme. Breckland Council is consulting all schemes on the increased mileage allowance for drivers. It was agreed, after discussion with the

co-ordinator, to accept the offer of 2.5 pence per mile from Breckland and to finance the remaining 2.5 pence from the Parish with an increase in charges to passengers. There was concern raised as to how this change would be administered and the Parish Council has voiced these concerns to Breckland Council.

Beetley River Meadows Area. Correspondence had been received regarding the signs that had been erected primarily regarding cycling on the Meadows. The Parish Council had decided following complaints about the riding of bicycles throughout the area that cycling should not be allowed for Health and Safety reasons and it is an area designed for walking.

Minerals and Waste Consultation. The next phase of the consultation had been received and the sub-committee will be discussing this in the next month. It is expected that all residences will be informed of the sites allocated.

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Extract for S E P T E M B E R  2 0 1 1
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1st September at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors.

Planning Applications. No objection had been raised to the demolition of existing garage, erection of single storey extension with garage attached to front and side of property at 4 Oakland Drive. The members had objected to the two storey extension to rear of property at 10 Spinney Close as it was felt that the mass of this extension would obstruct the light and view from the neighbouring property. No objection was raised to the erection of pitched double garage at 50 Elmham Road.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the residential conversion of part of rural workshop at Woodlands East Bilney and for the demolition of existing single storey dwelling and erection of one-and-half storey dwelling at 29 Fakenham Road. The application for the construction of new chalet style dwelling on land off Church Road East Bilney had been refused permission.

Community Car Scheme. Breckland Council had forwarded a new contract to the Parish Council which it is necessary to sign prior to 1 October if the funding from Breckland Council is to remain in force. The Parish Council had had several meetings with Breckland Council to attempt to change the contract but the Cabinet at Breckland Council had decided to enforce the new contract. There are new checks necessary to maintain the funding including medical and CRB which the Parish Council realise is not acceptable to all of the drivers. The members felt that it was not possible to fund all the Community Car Scheme on its own and needs the funding from Breckland Council. The Councillors are also mindful that if the Parish Council takes on the whole of the funding itself similar checks would need to be put in place to ensure that all potential risks to drivers and passengers are covered. Reluctantly it was decided to sign the contract and to discuss the best method for implementing the changes by 31 March with the drivers and co-ordinator.

Minerals and Waste Consultation. The responses to the latest phase of the consultation had been forwarded to Norfolk County Council. The Parish Council is concerned that the amalgamation of the sites along Fakenham Road which had been assessed as acceptable in this phase but not in the previous would spoil the landscape and outlook from the neighbouring houses and could cause environmental problems to these dwellings through noise and dust.

Highways. Concern had been expressed to the Parish Council regarding the number of accidents on Holt Road mainly caused by the speed of the vehicles and the problems of exiting Peacock Lane. The Highways Engineer had been contacted and a meeting is to be held on site to see if a speed limit is feasible along this stretch. The Parish Council had also requested that it be considered for a Vehicle Activated Sign on this stretch as there is an extra £100,000 available from Norfolk County Council for additional signs. This request will be considered when all applications for signs have been received which is likely to be in October.

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Extract for OCTOBER 2011
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6th October at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R. Duffield and three members of the public.

Planning. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the two storey extension to rear of property at 10 Spinney Close. The Parish Council had objected to this application and amended plans had been forwarded to Breckland Council which had made the extension smaller. Permission had also been granted for the demolition of existing garage, erection of single storey extension with garage attached to front and side of property at 4 Oakland Drive and for the erection of pitched detached double garage at 50 Elmham Road.

Community Car Scheme. A meeting had been held with the co-ordinator and drivers regarding the new contract that was being introduced by Breckland Council. The drivers are unhappy with the checks needed and this leaves three options for the scheme. Firstly to continue with Breckland Council and to introduce the checks needed which may mean that none of the current drivers remain in the scheme and new drivers and possibly a replacement co-ordinator will have to be found. Secondly for the scheme to operate independently of both the Parish Council and Breckland Council, possibly as a charity.  Thirdly to run a scheme with Parish Council involvement but no involvement with Breckland Council. This would mean that the passengers may have to contribute more to the cost of the journeys and as the Parish Council is dealing with public money certain checks may still be necessary. A workshop is being held by Norfolk Rural Community Council on Community Car Schemes and a representative of the Parish Council and the Community Car co-ordinator will be attending this. It is anticipated that at this meeting all the necessary information on funding and checks will be available to ensure that the correct decision on the way forward is made by the Parish Council

Highways. Some months ago the Parish Council had a request from a parishioner to place a sign on the Holt Road indicating the route to Beetley Common. Norfolk County council has now confirmed that it will erect a sign on Holt Road to inform highway users of the location of the Common. This may well take a further 8 weeks to be completed. The Parish Council thanks the parishioner for bringing this matter to their attention and hopes she is pleased with the outcome. The meeting with the Highways Engineer had taken place at Peacock Lane regarding reducing the speed limit. Unfortunately the speed limit is unable to be reduced as the road layout and lack of continuous development means the location does not meet the requirements. Additionally the area has a low record of personal injury accidents at the present time and so does not warrant further investigation. The adjacent landowner is however to reduce the height line of the hedge on Holt Road to improve the sight line when exiting Peacock Lane onto Holt Road.

Affordable Housing. The Parish Council had been requested to forward a suggestion for the name of the development off High House Road. The Parish Council had suggested that it be named Abram Court, as Mr Abram had been instrumental in ensuring the scheme came to fruition, and this has been accepted by Breckland Council

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Extract for NOVEMBER 2011
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd November at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors and ten members of the public.

Community Car Scheme. Councillor Rose and Pauline Silk the co-ordinator had attended the workshop at the offices of Norfolk Rural Community Council when a presentation had been given on a car scheme which is run as a charity with funding from varying sources. The meeting had been most informative and there had been an opportunity to ask questions on the checks in force for this scheme. Subsequently a meeting had been held with the co-ordinator and drivers about the future of the scheme. At this meeting it was made clear to the Councillors present that several drivers would not wish to have a medical check to ensure that they are fit to drive a car within a volunteer car scheme. This check is one of the requisites of the contact that is being introduced by Breckland Council if the Parish Council wishes to continue receiving funding from Breckland Council. The Councillors at this meeting were informed that several passengers had intimated that they would be willing to pay increased charges for journeys so that Breckland Council would not have to be involved. After the discussion the matter was referred to the full Parish Council meeting on 3 November to discuss the three options for the scheme. Firstly to continue with Breckland Council and to introduce the checks necessary but the current co-ordinator and several drivers stated that they would not be willing to continue under this scheme. Secondly for the scheme to operate independently of both the Parish Council and Breckland Council, possibly as a charity, but the current co-ordinator would not be willing to continue if it is an independent scheme. Thirdly for the Parish Council to run a scheme but there would be no funding from Breckland Council.

The scheme was discussed at length at the Parish Council meeting which was attended by the co-ordinator and several drivers. The members stated at this meeting that they were totally committed to running a community car scheme within the Parish. It was felt that if it became a Parish Council scheme with no funding from Breckland Council it would be best practice to ensure that checks are in place. The Parish Council therefore decided that it would be imprudent not to accept the funding from Breckland Council to assist with the costs of the scheme. This will mean that the checks that Breckland Council have deemed necessary will have to be put in place. The members realised that this could mean that some drivers and the co-ordinator will not continue in the scheme and were very disappointed.

Finance. The Precept which is the portion of the Council Tax that is collected on behalf of the Parish Council by Breckland Council was set at £13000 which is the same as the last two years. The Parish Council will continue to use its reserves to fund any additional expenditure that is necessary.

Highways. The Parish Council has requested that Norfolk County Council considers a footway from the footpath on Fakenham Road that runs through to High House Road to the school car park entrance. This would have to be part funded by the Parish Council but this would mean that parishioners who walk to school with their children would not need to cross the Fakenham Road at a busy time of day.

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Extract for DECEMBER 2011
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1st December at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors, County Councillor M. Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R. Duffield and six members of the public.

Community Car Scheme. The co-ordinator had resigned following the decision by the Parish Council to insist on the checks that are necessary to continue receiving funding from Breckland Council. The scheme is continuing to function and it is hoped a new

co-ordinator will be appointed shortly.

Highways. The Parish Council has formally requested that a trod footway on Fakenham Road be included in the local highway improvement scheme which the Parish Council will partly fund. Norfolk County Council will not be making a decision on whether this scheme will be included until late January. The Parish Council is to request that the road sign showing the direction to Beetley Common is sited on Peacock Lane rather than on the opposite side of Holt Road. This followed a request from the Beetley Common Advisory Committee. Norfolk County Council has advised the Parish Council that their request for a VAS sign on the Holt Road has not been successful, however it is hoped that some signage will be erected on the road to inform drivers of the speed at which they are travelling.

Footpaths. Norfolk County Council is to be contacted to see if it can work in partnership with the Parish Council on the Rights of Way that exist in the parish. At present there is very little information but Norfolk County Council wishes to run a pilot scheme in the early part of 2012.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. Five quotations had been received for the installation of new gates that are self closing and pass the relevant British Standard. One of these quotations was to utilise the existing gates, but to add the closing mechanism, and once confirmation has been received that the gates will be to the required standard the contractor will be asked to proceed.

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Extract for FEBRUARY 2012
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2nd February 2012 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M. Kiddle Morris and one member of the public.

Community Car Scheme. Since the last meeting a volunteer had come forward to take on the role of co-ordinator. This role will now be shared between two to allow for holidays etc which will improve the service. The new telephone number to ring is 07765671446. This is a mobile phone so that this can be passed between the two co-ordinators and the contact number remains constant. New drivers have also volunteered and the system of checks that is needed by Breckland Council is being implemented and will be completed by March 31st.

Planning. Applications. No objection had been raised to the erection of a garage at York Glen High House Road but the new access was objected to. No objection had been raised to demolish garage & garden wall & erection of new garage & garden wall to side of property at 6 Ashley Road. The Parish Council again objected to the single storey building and pathways to the south west of Gressenhall Farm and Workshop for the same reasons as before on the mass, unsuitable design for a rural area and whether the building would be utilised to its fullest potential. It was also felt that in today’s economic climate this was building that should not be given planning permission and the savings utilised for other services within Norfolk County Council. No objection was raised to the extension for the restoration of Beetley Quarry but the Parish Council has requested that intent to complete by 30 September 2012 should be a guarantee. The proposed rear extension with loft room and dormer window at 36 Ashley Road was not objected to but it was requested that no trees be felled. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the erection of garage and new vehicular access to highway at York Glen High House Road. The removal of section106 on pp3PL/2005/0920 to allow occupancy for under 55s at Bilney Mews was refused permission at the Planning Committee in December 2011.

Highways. The outcome of The Parish Council’s request for a trod footway on Fakenham Road will not be known until the end of March. An instance of graffiti had occurred at the bus shelter on Fakenham Road which had been kindly reported by a parishioner. This has been cleared as best as was possible as graffiti remover did not touch the paint. The Parish Council hopes that this is just an isolated incident.

Footpaths. Norfolk County Council has replied to the Parish Council and will be contacting it again in the early part of 2012 to see if it will participate in a pilot scheme for the maintenance of rights of way.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. Confirmation had been received from the manufacturer of the gates that they are to the requisite British Standard and the order has been placed. The new gates should be fitted by Easter. The Parish Council is to apply to Breckland Council for match funding for a picnic area.

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Extract for MARCH 2012
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1st March 2012 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M. Kiddle Morris and one member of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the proposed new dwelling on land adjacent to 65 Fakenham Road as this is outside the settlement boundary and there are serious highway safety concerns with vehicles accessing Fakenham Road. The access that is proposed is not wide enough to allow two vehicles to pass nor is there an adequate visibility splay on this stretch of Fakenham Road along which vehicles are proceeding at the national speed limit. Decisions. Permission had been granted to demolish garage and garden wall & erection of new garage & garden wall to side of property at 6 Ashley Road Beetley.

Highways. The broken inspection cover at the junction of Elmham Road and Fakenham Road, the pot holes on Rawhall Lane and the poor reinstatement of the road at East Bilney had been reported and these have now been repaired. The sign to the Common has been erected on the Holt Road.

Footpaths. The Parish Council is to replace the broken posts and way markers on the posts over the next month

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. The new gates have been fitted and after an initial problem all appear to be working satisfactorily. The Parish Council has applied to Breckland Council for match funding for a picnic area.

Recreation Equipment. The Parish Council had been written to regarding a possible source of funding for play equipment within Beetley. Initially it was thought that this could be used to enhance the site at River Meadows but after discussion it was agreed to consider developing a new site at the Village Hall where several items of play equipment have had to be removed for health and safety reasons. This would allow children from the newly finished affordable housing and those children who come with their family for football and cricket matches have an area to play The Parish Council will discuss this further at its next meeting following a site visit to identify a suitable area.

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