Extracts 2009-2010

BEETLEY PARISH COUNCIL : EXTRACTS

April 2009 – March 2010

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Extract for
APRIL 2009
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2nd April at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and two members of the public.

Planning.
Applications.
The members raised no objection to the erection of a conservatory to link house to garden room including alterations to the garden room roof at 2 Hall Cottages East Bilney which was a resubmission. The application from East Bilney Garage for the erection of additional signs was discussed at length and it was agreed to object to the free standing double sided pylon sign as it was felt that an additional sign of this size would be inappropriate in a rural setting. The free standing double sided direction sign was not objected to provided that the siting of this sign does not impair visibility for vehicles travelling along Fakenham Road or exiting the garage. The remaining wall and fascia signs were not objected to. A planning application for Vale Farm had been received after the agendas had been posted and as no extension had been allowed by Breckland Council the application was discussed and the decision was delegated to the Clerk who replied that as the redundant barn had not been advertised for alternative use and it is outside the guidelines the application should be objected to.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the detached garage at 52 Elmham Road, the enlargement of the utility room and bricking up of the side door at Lamorna, 8 Elmham Road, and the continued use of an area for the recycling of inert construction and demolition waste until December 2013 at East Bilney Quarry for Middleton Aggregates Ltd.

Parish Land. A complaint had been received about the flying of birds of prey on the playing field at the village hall and it was agreed to write to the owner stating that the Parish Council had not nor would it give permission for any parish land to be used for the flying of birds of prey and that this should cease immediately. The problem of dog fouling on all parish land was raised as this is once again becoming a serious problem. Whilst the Parish Council does not wish to ban dogs from its land, if the problem does not improve than it may well decide to ban all dogs from Beetley Meadows and the playing field at the Village Hall. The members realise that the problem is caused by a very few dog owners and would not wish to deprive the responsible dog owners of the facilities to walk their dogs but has to consider the effects of dog fouling to all the users of the area. The Parish Council is at present considering the powers that are available to it, to enforce the ban on dog fouling.

Highways. The Primary School is to be written to regarding the long term parking of vehicles on Elmham Road to attempt to have these vehicles, if they belong to people who work at the school, park in the school car park during the day.

Other Matters. The transfer document for the land on Beech Road has been signed and the registration of this parcel of land is now proceeding so that the Parish Council will own the land. A condition of the sale was that the land should not be used for development and this was acceptable to the Parish Council.

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Extract for
MAY 2009
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7th May at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors and two members of the public.

Angela Leigh was re-appointed Chairman and Adam Luck Vice-Chairman. Reports were received from the following local organisations on their activities during the previous year-Community Car, cricket, football and table tennis clubs and the Village Hall.

Planning.
Applications.
The members raised no objection to the extension to rear elevation and convert from single storey to two storey at 2 Fakenham Road.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the erection of conservatory to link house to

garden room inc. alterations to garden room roof at 2 Hall Cottages East Bilney.

Other Matters. The appeal against the refusal for planning permission for the erection of a new dwelling at Flint Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney had been dismissed.

Parish Land. It was agreed to cut the large area of Beetley Meadows twice during the growing season as requests had been received from parishioners who use this area that the grass grows to such a height that impairs visibility so that many walkers feel unsafe whist walking. The refurbishment of the safety surface and gates at the play area is to be undertaken as soon as possible and once these have been repaired the new equipment will be programmed and funding requested.

Highways. The Primary School had replied to the Parish Council stating that it would inform all staff of the need to show consideration for the residents and to use the car park whenever possible. Two instances of flytipping had occurred which had not been cleared and the District Councillor is to be contacted to raise the matter with Breckland Council.

Affordable Housing. The survey that had been necessary on the hedge to the front of the proposed site had been completed and no bats were found to be habiting there. However a request from the Tree Officer of Breckland Council to allow more light to the dwellings has meant that the plots may have to be moved further from the road and Flagship Housing is discussing the possibility of a larger plot with the landowner. Once this has been agreed a planning application can be submitted.

Other Matters. The members agreed to respond to the Boundary Committee proposals for a unitary authority for Norfolk. As the status quo of County Council and District Councils is not an option at this stage of the consultation the Parish Council decided that it would prefer a single unitary authority for the whole of Norfolk. A welcome pack is being produced for distribution to new residents of the parish and a first draft has been approved. It is expected that the final draft will be ready for the June meeting. The Parish Council approved and adopted both the standing orders for the conduct of meetings and the financial regulations governing the accounting procedures for the Parish Council.

Recycling. The Parish Council had been informed that the amount it receives for recycling for the past year would be £1467, an increase of £400 on the previous year. The increase is due to increased payments for the textile bank.

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Extract for
JUNE 2009
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 11th June at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. Present: 6 Parish Councillors, County Cllr M Kiddle Morris who was elected following the County Council elections on 4th June, District Cllr R Duffield and 1 member of the public.

Resignation of Councillor. The resignation from the Parish Council has been received from Councillor D Silk. This creates a vacancy on the Parish Council and if any parishioner is interested in becoming a Parish Councillor they should contact the Clerk for further information.

Planning. Applications. The members raised no objection to the erection garden/studio workshop and timber building with open lean to at the rear of Buff Cottage, 1 Hall Drive East Bilney or to the two storey extension at 4 Stone Road.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the conversion of redundant barn for residential accommodation at Vale Farm, Beetley even though Breckland Council’s policy is to ensure that there is no alternative use for redundant buildings by advertising the property. Breckland Council is to be written to requesting an explanation as to why their policy has not been followed. Permission had been granted for the two fascia signs and one wall mounted sign at East Bilney garage but the free standing double sided pylon sign and free standing direction sign had been refused permission. Permission had been granted for the extension to the rear elevation and to convert from single storey to two storey at 2 Fakenham Road.

Parish Land. Two letters had been received by the Parish Council complementing the cutting of the central area of Beetley Meadows which has allowed more visibility and the area will be cut again during the growing season. It was agreed to cut the hedge at the Town Lands on Fakenham Road in August to tidy it up and again in January 2010 when a more substantial cut will be done. The Parish Council is considering whether to cut the whole of the Town Lands again this year or to cut footpaths through the site and to allow the natural development of the site as the trees are now providing more of a canopy. Several of the footpaths that should be cut by Norfolk County Council are not as passable as the Parish Council would wish and therefore it was agreed to request that the contractor cut the hedges to the sides of the paths on behalf of the Parish Council.

Highways. The Primary School is to be written to again regarding the long term parking of vehicles on Elmham Road as there are still many vehicles parking on Elmham Road throughout the day when there are spaces available within the school car park. The barrier at the entrance to Beetley Meadows from Birch Avenue is to be adjusted so that access to the Meadows is to the side of the raised drain cover.

Finance. The accounts for the financial year 2008-2009 were approved and these will be available for viewing by any parishioner from 20 July by contacting the Clerk. It was agreed to donate to the Beetley Common Advisory Committee again this year to assist in all the hard work that they do at the Common.

Other Matters. The next phase of the consultation on the proposed Minerals and Waste sites from Norfolk County Council is now expected to be issued in August for an eight week period. It is expected that the sites will be categorised as Norfolk County Council may have classed some as not suitable as well as owners of land having removed some from the consultation.

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Extract for
JULY 2009
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2nd July at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and four members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The members raised no objection to the two storey rear extension at 30 Beech Road.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the garden/studio workshop and timber building with open lean-to at rear at Buff Cottage, 1 Hall Cottages, Hall Drive East Bilney. The planning application for the demolition of the existing house and redevelopment of 3 no 5 bed houses (3 storey), car parking spaces and a new access at Redroofs, Fakenham Road had been refused.

Parish Land. The Parish Council decided not to cut the whole of the Town Lands but to provide  a cut path through to the boardwalk to Bilney Common. Further consideration is to be given to the state of the footpaths following the Parish Walk to ensure that these are accessible to walkers.

Highways. No response had been received from the Primary School regarding the long term parking of vehicles on Elmham Road and it is to be contacted again. The Parish Council is considering the purchase of display boards to assist in the reduction of the problem. The verges on the junction of Fakenham Road and Stoney Lane had been cut after a request was made to the Highways Authority as the visibility was impaired to exit from Stoney Lane. The remaining verges will be cut in the near future as part of the normal cutting programme. Concern was expressed about the number of signs on the roadside that are covered by foliage. The Portfolio Holder for highways will contact the landowners to request clearance prior to them being reported to the Highways Authority.

Beetley Meadows Play Area. A price had been received to repair the safety surface but it was agreed to look at alternatives for the repair to the edges before a decision is made. A mobile welder is to be contacted to attempt to have the gates repaired to ensure that they self close and that the area is kept free of dogs.

Other Matters. The transfer of the land on Beech Road from Breckland Council to the Parish Council had been completed with the registration with Land Registry of the parcel of land in the name of the Parish Council. A request had been received from a new U11s football team to play on the playing field at the School. After discussion with the organiser of the side and the organiser of the existing football at the school on Saturdays it was agreed that it would be preferable for the side to play on the Village Hall Playing Field and the matter has been referred to the next meeting of the Village Hall Committee. As the organiser hopes the side will remain together over several years changing facilities have to be provided for the older age groups which are available at the playing field. A request had also been received to run a Kick Off Soccer training for four days at the School during the summer holidays. Whilst the Parish Council is not against this, further details are to be requested from the organisers before agreeing to the request.  The Welcome pack was agreed and these would be distributed to new parishioners with the Beetley Buzz.

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Extract for
AUGUST 2009
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6th August at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, and one member of the public.

Planning: Applications. The members objected to the proposed new dwelling at Southfields, 65 Fakenham Road. This is a re-submission of a previous application which had been refused permission and the appeal against the decision by the applicant had been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate. The new application showed no changes from the original and the members continue to feel that a new access onto the Fakenham road at this point would be a danger to highway safety. The site is also outside the guidelines for the village. The members raised no objection to the removal of the existing roof, replacement with a new roof and increasing the pitch to accommodate rooms in the roof at Little Oaks Elmham Road.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the two storey extension at 4 Stone Road and the two storey rear extension at 30 Beech Road.

Parish Land. The Parish Council decided not to cut the whole of the Town Lands but to provide a cut path through to the boardwalk to Bilney Common. No action is to be taken on the footpaths following the parish walk as it was felt that all the footpaths walked are accessible although Norfolk County Council is to be requested to repair the stile on the footpath near to the church at East Bilney. The members were concerned that one footpath within the parish had not been restored during the summer following the planting of a crop. It was therefore agreed to ensure that all footpaths are restored after the planting of crops and are subsequently maintained to the regulation width. This would allow the footpaths to be accessible to all ages.

Highways. Norfolk County Council is to improve the access at the bus stops in the village to comply with the requirements of Disability Discrimination Act. The stops that will be altered are on Fakenham Road near to Beech Road on both sides of the road, near to the New Inn and opposite the bus shelter near to High House Road, and on Elmham Road near to the school. The proposed alterations should take place in October/November. There had been an improvement with the parking on Elmham road prior to the school holidays and it was decided to enquire if the school would purchase parking boards from the travel plan funds that the school holds.

Beetley Meadows Play Area. It was decided that the cost of repairing the safety surface was too expensive and further alternatives are being considered. It was agreed to purchase a new springer to replace the one that has been removed and to have all the gates repaired plus purchasing additional signs for the area about the ownership of the area and the use of the dog bins.

Other Matters. The details of the football course to be run on the school playing field had only been received shortly before the meeting and permission was reluctantly granted as all arrangements had been made with the school. There was concern that all the checks may not have been made by the school as there was little time prior to the end of the school term to undertake these.

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Extract for
SEMPTEMBER 2009
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd September at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, district Councillor R Duffield and three members of the public.

Planning.

Applications. The members objected to the proposed change of use of part of garden centre for the stationing of 5 holiday lodges at Beetley Nurseries Elmham Road. This is a re-submission of a previous application which the Parish Council objected to and was eventually given planning permission after an appeal. The members saw no reason to change its objection to the development as it felt that holiday lodges are not a suitable development for the parish and the site is outside the guidelines. The Parish Council was also disappointed to note that whilst this is a re-submission the size of the lodges has been nearly doubled which means that the footprint for the lodges is now about the size of a normal dwelling. The members raised no objection to the single storey extension to create bedroom and kitchen accommodation with associated works at 18 Elmham Road or to the single storey rear extension at Sunhaven Fakenham Road East Bilney.

Decisions. There were no decisions to report.

Minerals and Waste Consultation. The preferred options stage of the consultation is shortly to be released to all the members of Norfolk County Council and the Parish Council had been informed that there are two new sites proposed for the Waste Framework, one on a proposed mineral site for inert recycling and the other to open up the old landfill site for a household waste recycling centre and other forms of composting and inert recycling. The Sub- Committee will be meeting during September to discuss these developments and to prepare its response to the next consultation which is likely to be for eight weeks from the end of October.

Parish Land. The Parish Council is concerned that a number of trees along the river bank at Beetley Meadows are becoming undercut by the river and a price had been received of £1500 to fell them all. It was agreed to contact the Inland Drainage Board and the Environment Agency to discuss the problem as either may be liable for remedial work.

Highways. No more information had been received regarding the damage to the bridge at East Bilney but the repairs are programmed to be undertaken in the next month.

Beetley Meadows Play Area. As it had been decided at the last meeting that the cost of repairing the safety surface was too expensive it was agreed to obtain a price to repair one section of the safety surfacing per annum for the next four years. The next phase of the refurbishment is to proceed and the Parish Council will obtain prices for the equipment so that funding can be arranged.

Other Matters. The football course that was intended to be run at the school during the holidays was cancelled at the last moment as the organisers stated there were insufficient numbers to make the course viable. The Parish Council was disappointed that those who had booked for the course had been let down and felt that their original view that the course was only for commercial purposes and not for the benefit of the children was vindicated.

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Extract for
OCTOBER 2009
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1St October at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and one member of the public.

Co-option to the Parish Council. Jacqui O’Donovan was co-opted onto the Parish Council to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of David Silk. Resignation from the Parish Council. Councillor George Hayes resigned from the Parish Council after over twenty years service to the Parish both as a Councillor and as Chairman. The resignation was accepted with regret as his experience will be greatly missed.

Community Car Co-ordinator. Pauline Silk is to become the co-ordinator for the Community Car Scheme from 1 November taking over from June Overall who is still to remain as a driver for the scheme. The Parish Council is deeply indebted to June for all the hard work she has undertaken since taking over as co-ordinator during which time the scheme has flourished and more drivers are now being used.

Planning: Applications. The members raised no objection to the alterations to ‘The Store’ at Bilney Hall, East Bilney to avoid further deterioration and to return it to a useable condition or to the extension and garage conversion at 20 Beech Road. Decisions. Permission had been granted to remove the existing roof and replace with new roof increasing pitch to accommodate rooms in the roof at Little Oaks Elmham Road. The application for a proposed new dwelling next to Southfields, 65 Fakenham Road had been refused permission on the grounds of highway safety as inadequate visibility splays are provided at the junction of the access onto the highway.

Minerals and Waste Consultation. The Sub-Committee had met in September and would be meeting again twice in October when the responses to the consultation would be considered. An Open Parish Meeting will be held on November 12 when a presentation will be given on the preferred options and all parishioners would be allowed to voice their opinions on the sites prior to a formal response from the Parish Council.

Parish Land. The Inland Drainage Board had been contacted regarding the trees along the river at Beetley Meadows but the river is not their responsibility as it is the Environment Agency who is responsible for Wendling Beck of which this stretch is part. An attempt has been made to contact them but no response has been received as yet. The cutting of the Town Lands at East Bilney had been completed and the parcel of land owned by the Parish Council on Beech Road near to the post box is now being cut at the same time as Beetley Meadows.

Beetley Meadows Play Area. The replacement base for the roundabout and a new hen see-saw springer had been ordered. A price is still awaited for the repairs to the safety surfacing which the Parish Council has provisionally agreed to do over a four year cycle to spread the cost of the repairs. Prices are being obtained prior to a funding application being submitted for the enhancement of the whole area.

Affordable Housing. The Tree Officer from Breckland Council had had a final look at the site and at present some technicalities were being checked and a planning application should be submitted prior to Christmas.

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Extract for
NOVEMBER 2009
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5th November at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and ten members of the public.

1st Beetley Scout Group. Colin Fisher from the Scout Group attended the meeting to explain that the Scout Group wished to extend their headquarters so as to be able to attract more use of the facilities and site. However the lease currently restricts the use of the site to scouting only which is making the application for funding very difficult. The Scout Group therefore wishes to extend the use of the premises by amending the lease to offer the buildings for a wider range of age and activities within the community. The additional toilets, shower block and meeting rooms would make it more viable to hold weekend training meetings for the scouting district which extends from Wells to Mattishall and Briston to Necton. Being centrally placed within the area would mean that it would be preferable than other sites. The Parish Council could see no reason not to amend the lease and will contact its solicitors to confirm the wording.

Planning.

Applications. The members raised no objection to the alterations and extensions to the existing cattery and retrospective planning permission for a building for storage and food preparation at 23 Fakenham Road or to the single story side extension 15 Wood Drive provided the tree on site is not affected by the development. The members again objected to the proposed new dwelling at the site adjacent to 65 Fakenham Road as a further access onto Fakenham road is still proposed which it was felt would endanger highway safety.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the single storey side extensions to create bedroom and kitchen accommodation at 18 Elmham Road, the single storey rear extension at Sunhaven Fakenham Road East Bilney, the extension and garage conversion at 20 Beech Road and the alterations to ‘The Store’ to avoid further deterioration and to return it to a useable condition at Bilney hall East Bilney.

Parish Land. The Environment Agency who is responsible for Wendling Beck which the stretch of water alongside Beetley Meadows is part of had been contacted and whilst it will look at the trees and the state of the weeds within the river it is likely that the Parish Council will be informed it is its responsibility to maintain the river bank on its side and half the river. The second and final cut of the season had been carried out to the central area of Beetley Meadows. The Beetley Common Advisory Committee informed the Parish Council of its objection to the number of vehicles using the track to Roosting Hills Fishery. The Parish Council is liaising with the fishing club to resolve the matter but feels that it should not preclude members of the fishing club, who are unable to walk from the car park to the fishery, from using the facilities.

Highways. The bridge at East Bilney has now been repaired and following this accident the Parish Council is to press for a reduction in the speed limit through this part of East Bilney to 30 m.p.h.

Finance. The external audit had been completed with no comments from the External Auditor.  The return is available for viewing by any parishioner by contacting the Clerk.

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Extract for
DECEMBER 2009
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd December at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors and eight members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The members objected to the single detached dwelling on Fakenham Road as the plot is outside the settlement boundary for the village and although this parcel of land had been put forward for inclusion in the Local Development Framework it had been deemed unreasonable by Breckland Council. The members felt that they should adhere to the guidelines for the parish as a matter of consistency.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the alterations and extensions to the existing cattery building and the re-siting of an existing building to incorporate reception, storage and food preparation at 23 Fakenham Road.

Other Matters. Breckland Council had responded to the repeated requests about the clarification as to why permission had been granted for the barn conversion at Vale Farm stating that whilst the policy had been considered there were other overriding considerations such as highway safety that had meant that permission had been granted. Councillor Rose and the Clerk had attended the Breckland Council LDF Task and Finish Group meeting which had discussed the settlement boundaries for parishes. The Parish Council will be responding at the public consultation stage but the only change to the boundary that the officers had proposed was to remove the settlement boundary in Old Beetley as it was felt that there was insufficient land for more development without harming the structure of the village.

Parish Land. The members agreed to allow access by vehicle to the fishing lake for members of the fishing club who are unable to walk from the car park at Beetley Common. This relaxation of the “no vehicle rule” across Beetley Common is only for a limited number of the members of the fishing club and all other vehicles are still banned from the Common. When arriving at this decision the Parish Council considered that fishing should be able to be enjoyed by all the members of the club which is now in its 26th season. A parishioner had raised the matter of dog walkers using the dog bins on Beetley Meadows for depositing the dog fouling that had occurred away from the Meadows. These bins are for the use of walkers on the Meadows and all other containers of dog fouling should be placed in the owners green wheelie bins.

Highways. The Clerk had met with the Highways Engineer at East Bilney to discuss the proposed reduction in the speed limit across the bridge and at this stage it appears that the Parish Council’s request will be acceptable to Norfolk County Council although a 30m.p.h. limit would not be in place along the whole length of the B1146 through East Bilney. Two instances of blocked drains had been reported on Elmham Road and Church Road Old Beetley and these are to be jetted to clear them. The poor state of the footway in Tavern Close and Beetley Grange had been reported and this has been inspected and it will be repaired in the near future. Speedwatch is now live in Beetley Parish after training had been undertaken so that volunteers are able to use the radar gun to check the speed of motorists through the villages.

Finance. The precept for the parish was set at £13000 an increase on last years figure of just under 2%. The members will continue to use the reserves to finance major projects in the coming financial year.

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Extract for FEBRUARY 2010
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4th February at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and seven members of the public.

Planning.

Applications. The members objected to the proposed new dwelling and garage on land off Beetley Grange as this site is outside the settlement boundary and they should adhere to the guidelines of the parish as a matter of consistency. If this development is approved it could set a precedence for further development to the rear of all the properties along Fakenham Road. The members noted that there had been several objections from near neighbours and that this site had been deemed unreasonable when proposed for the Local Development Framework of Breckland Council. No objection was raised to the variation of conditions 1 and 2 of planning permission C/3/2004/3017 to extend the time limit for working and restoration of Phase 7 until 27 November 2013 at Stanfield Quarry. The members requested that no more extensions be given to this site to ensure that the land is returned to agricultural at the expiry of this permission.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the single storey extension at 15 Wood Drive provided that the existing tree is not damaged during construction which was a condition that the Parish Council had requested at the consultation stage. The single detached dwelling on Fakenham Road and the proposed new dwelling on the plot next to 65 Fakenham Road had both been refused permission.

Affordable Housing. Prior to the full parish council meeting the members had a discussion with Carla Beckett from Flagship Housing on the proposed site at High House road. The plans had been amended to remove the communal areas and to give each property its own garden. This would reduce any service charge that may have to be paid for the upkeep of the site. The members felt that this amendment improved the site and it is hoped that the development would be completed by the middle of 2011.

Highways. During the previous two months there had been two cases of flytipping which had been reported to Breckland Council and cleared. Norfolk County Council had been reminded about the water mains in Hall Road and Church Road Old Beetley and these had at last been repaired by Anglian Water. The VAS sign at the entrance to Beetley on the Fakenham Road had been damaged by a vehicle and is to be replaced. A large pot hole opposite the Renault garage in East Bilney had been promptly repaired by Norfolk County Council after it was reported. The problems with parking on Elmham Road had been raised especially at the morning drop off time. The School has to lock the gate to the car park by 9 a.m. to ensure the safety of the children and the parking on Elmham Road is being monitored by the Acting Head Teacher. If any resident of Elmham Road has any problems with this parking issue please contact the police on the non-emergency number.

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Extract for
MARCH 2010
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A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4th March at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and three members of the public.

Planning.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the change of use of part of garden centre to land for the stationing of 5 holiday lodges –a revised scheme-at Beetley Nurseries Elmham road. The proposed dwelling and garage on land off Beetley grange had been refused permission.

Enforcements. A hedge had been removed and a new access created at the Oaklands Half Penny Lane and as this is onto a classified road it requires planning permission. The original planning application stated that no hedges would be removed and the existing access would be used. The owners had been written to by Breckland Council stating that a planning application must be submitted.

Appeals. An appeal had been received against the refusal of Breckland Council to grant permission for a single detached dwelling and garage on Fakenham Road. The Parish Council will respond to the written appeal by stating that it has no reason to change its view that as this is outside the settlement boundary it should be refused.

Highways. Many potholes had been reported to Norfolk County Council in the past month and the Parish Council has tried to ensure that the most serious of these are repaired quickly. In all cases where the Parish Council has reported a hazardous pothole these have been repaired promptly, sometimes within 24 hours and this prompt response has been appreciated. In addition to the potholes a side of a culvert on High House Road has collapsed and this has been made safe. Some finger posts have had the “fingers” removed and whilst these have been reported these are not a priority and will be replaced when resources allow. The flashing VAS sign on the Fakenham Road at the south end of the village has had a temporary repair carried out until such time as EDF re-install the main supply.

Parish Owned land and property. The roof of the bus shelter on Fakenham Road near to High House Road has collapsed and prices are being obtained to re-roof. A meeting is to be held at the School to discuss the maintenance of the playing field and car park that the parish own. Roosting Hills Trout Fishery was granted crossing rights across Beetley Common including the use of the track by disabled drivers.

Beetley Meadows. The cutting contract for Beetley meadows has been awarded to C.G.M. for the current year. The Parish Council obtained three quotes for the contract and decided to accept the lowest. This contract has only been awarded for one year as the members were mindful of the problems of two years ago when a new contractor was used. The cutting will be strictly monitored. A further quotation has been received for the refurbishment and installation of additional equipment at the play area and the Parish Council is currently considering the prices received.

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