Extracts 2013-14

BEETLEY PARISH COUNCIL : EXTRACTS

April 2013 – March 2014

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Extract for April 2013

The Annual Parish Meeting was held on Thursday 4th April 2013 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. Reports were received from the Chairman of the Parish Council, the Community Car Scheme, the Village Hall Management Committee, County and District Councillors, Beetley Scouts, Beetley Cricket Club and Beetley Football Club.

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7th March 2013 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 raised no objection to the application to erect a single storey extension to rear to form sun lounge & single storey ext. to garage to form carport and log store at St. Mary’s Cottage Church Lane Old Beetley, nor to the amended design for the single storey extension to link house to garden room at Clovelly Fakenham Road East Bilney.

Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the first floor extension to rear, first floor extension over garage & flat roof extension to rear & extension to existing porch at 42 Beech Road. Permission had also been granted for the erection of two storey side extension and alterations to dwelling at 10 Oakland Drive.

Minerals and Waste Public Hearing. Clare Hedges, as Chairman of the Sub-Committee, had attended the public hearing on the Minerals Sites. On the Wednesday of the hearing there was a discussion on two sites on the “back road” to Gressenhall. These had been rejected by Norfolk County Council as they were worked by different companies and would involve conveyor belts crossing the road more than once. At this hearing it became apparent that these problems have been overcome and if they were to be allocated they would be worked by the same company with their own processing plant somewhere on the site. Clare was able on the Thursday to put forward all the points that the Parish Council had objected to at the consultation stage. She had stressed that if there is to be quarrying in Beetley then it would be preferable if the sites along the “back road” to Gressenhall were approved rather than the large site along Fakenham Road as these would have fewer impacts on the enjoyment of the countryside.

Kool Kats. The Parish Council decided to purchase some art equipment for the club to assist with the costs of running the breakfast and after school sessions. This club provides a valuable service to the parish and the Parish Council felt that support should be given.

Litter. The Parish Council decided not to obtain the litter picking kits from Breckland Council as they are only available on a loan basis. The terms and conditions attached to organising a litter pick are too onerous for it to be a viable proposition

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Extract for May 2013

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 9th May 2013 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present four Parish Councillors, County Councillor M. Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R. Duffield and one member of the public.

Chairman. Councillor Angela Leigh was re-elected Chairman for the coming year.
Vice-Chairman. Councillor Maxine rose was re-elected Vice-Chairman for the coming year.
Vacancy. There is a vacancy on the Parish Council caused by the resignation of Alan Fox. If any parishioner is interested in joining the Parish Council please contact the Clerk.

Planning. Applications. The members raised no objection to the applications for the installation of first floor windows in side (east) wall of the existing house at Greenfields Hall Road, or to the minor material amendment at the land adjacent to 55 Elmham Road to reduce the height from 2 storey to single storey, or to the installation of 8 secondary windows at the front, side and rear of Beetley Hall.
The members also raised no objection for the extension of time limit and regularisation of mineral extraction and restoration at Stanfield Quarry as they felt that in the current economic climate the usage of the minerals has decreased and it would not be prudent to restrict the business activities at this time.
Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the single storey extension to link house to garden room at Clovelly Fakenham Road East Bilney. Beetley

River Meadows. The new litter bins have been ordered as well as new posts for the dog bins which are to be resited as the current bins are set in concrete which will be unable to be re-used. Breckland Council has confirmed that the fund can be applied for to improve the facilities at the play area and the Parish Council has decided to install equipment that was suggested when it consulted in 2010. The area has not been cut as often as was agreed and the contractor will be contacted to resolve this and to ensure the area on Beech Road is cut. The cutting of the central area has been decided to be carried out in May and September and not have this left to be cut for hay.

Highways. The Members were pleased that so many of the potholes had been filled recently. The verges of Rawhall Lane, Fludges Lane and Stoney Road have all deteriorated and these will be reported to Norfolk County Council. The County Councillor is still pursuing the installation of a grit bin on Ashley Road/ Oakland Drive.

Emergency Plan. The Parish Council is considering developing an emergency plan for the parish which requires volunteers to assist with the formulation and the implementation if it goes ahead. If any parishioner is willing to assist with this would they please contact the Clerk.

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Extract for June 2013

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6th June 2013 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors, and one member of the public.

Vacancy. There is a vacancy on the Parish Council caused by the resignation of Alan Fox. If any parishioner is interested in joining the Parish Council please contact the Clerk.

Planning. Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the installation of first floor windows in side (east) wall of the existing house at Greenfields Hall Road and to erect a single storey extension to rear to form sun lounge & single storey ext. to garage to form carport & log store at St Marys Cottage Church Road Beetley.

Beetley River Meadows. The contractor had been met on site and it is hoped that the cutting will now be done to the specification and standard requested by the Parish Council. Prices had been obtained from contractors for the enhancement of the play area. It is expected that it will be possible to install a toddler swing a nest swing and an extra bench, provided the grant money is received.

Highways. The verges of Rawhall Lane, Fludges Lane and Stoney Road have not been repaired and Norfolk County Council will be reminded about this. A request has been received to install additional white lining on the Fakenham Road from the de-limit sign as far as High house Road to impress on drivers not to overtake approaching a junction. Norfolk County Council have been contacted regarding this.

Beetley Buzz. There will be no delivery of the Beetley buzz at the end of July, the next issue will be at the end of August.

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Extract for July 2013

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4th July 2013 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors, and two members of the public.

Planning.  Applications. No objection was raised to the proposed detached three bay garage, change of flat roof to pitch to existing garage and conversion of garage to form study, shower and utility at 48 Elmham Road or to the erection of single storey extension to house at Fourboys Church Road Beetley. The Parish Council objected to the erection of three bedroom dwelling with attached garage which is an amended scheme to an application approved in 2012 on land adjacent to 48 Elmham Road Beetley. The Parish Council had objected to the original application as it felt that this was inappropriate use of garden land and objected on the same grounds this time.

Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the installation of 8 secondary windows for windows to the front side and rear of the property at Beetley Hall and to minor material amendment to 3PL/2012/0272/F in respect of reduce height from 2 storey to single storey on land adjacent to 55 Elmham Road. 

Beetley River Meadows. Since the meeting on site with the contractor the area had been cut as per the contract. The cutting will continue to be monitored to ensure that it continues to be cut to the specification. The application to release the funds from Breckland Council had been sent. It is hoped that a quick response will be received so that the new equipment can be installed before the winter.

Highways. The request to Norfolk County Council to install additional white lining on the Fakenham Road from the de-limit sign as far as High House Road to impress on drivers not to overtake approaching a junction had been refused. The Highways Engineer stated that the main criteria for a traffic study which would have to be undertaken to implement any changes to the existing road markings are linked to personal injury. Fortunately Fakenham Road has no accident data which shows it is relatively safe compared to other roads in the county and this means that a study would be unable to be progressed. However the Network Analysis team at Norfolk County Council, who are involved with traffic improvements have been contacted to see if they have any further suggestions and advice. The application for a trod along Fakenham Road from Common Drift to High House Road had been approved. The Parish Council will contribute 25% of the cost.

Fence at the School Playing Field. A contractor has been requested to provide a quotation to repair the damaged fencing. The school is to be contacted to enquire if the PTA will contribute towards the cost as the income from the use of the field for football on a Saturday is given to them.

East Bilney Town Lands. The members considered whether to cut the whole are or just to clear the entrance and cut a walkway through to the board walk to East Bilney Common. The Clerk will meet the contractor on site to discuss this and obtain prices.

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 August – No Meeting

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Extract for September 2013

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5th September 2013 at 1st Beetley Scout Group headquarters. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and four members of the public.

Co-option to the Parish Council. Sam Gould was unanimously elected to the Parish Council to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Alan Fox. Sam has lived all his life in the parish and wishes to become more involved with the parish. The members were delighted that a young person is willing to become a member of the Parish Council

Planning. Applications. No objection was raised to the tiled roof extension to side elevation, replacing existing conservatory at 11 Beetley Grange or to the variation of condition 1 of permission C/3/2010/3003 to allow the continued use of the secured storage compound until 31 December 2017 at East Bilney Quarry. The members objected to the erection of a single garage on land adjacent to 55 Elmham Road as it was felt that this was in front of the building line and that there is insufficient space within the curtilage to allow vehicles to turn and egress the property in a forward motion. Decisions. The proposed detached three bay garage, change of flat roof to pitch to existing garage and conversion of garage to form study, shower and utility at 48 Elmham Road and the erection of single storey extension to house at Fourboys Church Road Beetley had both been granted permission. The erection of three bedroom dwelling with attached garage which is an amended scheme to an application approved in 2012 on land adjacent to 48 Elmham Road Beetley was granted permission despite the objection of the Parish Council to this application and the original.

Beetley River Meadows. Further problems had occurred with the cutting and the Parish Council has withheld any further payment until such time as the area is cut correctly. The ROSPA Safety inspection had raised two matters which the Parish Council have disputed as one matter was repaired over a year ago and the safety surfacing had been professionally cleaned this year. A response is still awaited from ROSPA and until such time as an explanation has been received no payment will be made. The grant funding from Breckland Council for the additional play equipment has been sent to the Parish Council bank account and the order placed with the contractor.

Highways. The request for a grit bin at the junction of Ashley Road and Oakland Drive had been raised by a parishioner. The Parish Council again stated that as this will not be filled by Norfolk County Council it will not purchase a grit bin.

Fence at the School Playing Field. The contractor has repaired the damaged fencing and the PTA has agreed to contribute to the cost.

East Bilney Town Lands. It was agreed to cut the whole area this year and look to lift the branch height above head level over the next three years.

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Extract for October 2013

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd October 2013 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and one member of the public.

Planning. Applications. No objection was raised to the new boundary wall and additional car parking Clear View Fakenham Road East Bilney nor to the variation of condition 1 of permission C/3/2009/3002 to allow the continued use of an area for the recycling of inert construction and demolition waste until 31 December 2017 and Variation of condition 1 of permission C/3/2010/3010 to allow the continued use of the storage bays until 31 December 2017 at East Bilney Quarry. No objection was raised to the removal of two temporary timber ticketing sheds and construction of timber clad building to accommodate ticketing facility/Resource Base and secondary entrance and associated works at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse which was a revised plan to that which the Parish Council had previously objected to. The members also raised no objection to the proposal to demolish 1960’s extension, restoration of roof structure, brick quoin & flintwork, new porch & new windows at 1 & 2 Beck Farm Cottage Church Road East Bilney. Decisions. The proposed tiled roof extension to side elevation, replacing existing conservatory at 11 Beetley Grange had been granted permission. Enforcement. Breckland Council had confirmed that the dwelling on land adjacent to 55 Elmham Road was being constructed and sited in accordance with the plans submitted. The Parish Council had requested that the siting of the dwelling be investigated as it appeared to be in a different position to that which had been granted permission.

Beetley River Meadows. The Parish Council is still in discussions with the contractor regarding the poor state of the cutting. No payment has been made at present to the contractor and this is being withheld until the cutting has been completed for the whole area. The Environment agency had inspected the river following a request from the Parish Council because of the build up of weeds in the river. It has confirmed that there is no danger of flooding to the immediate properties. Therefore it will not undertake a weed cut at this time but will keep the area in mind for maintenance in the future especially in Spring. The additional play equipment is to be installed in October commencing on 7 October. Once the new equipment has been completely installed an official opening will be held with Breckland Council who have provided the funding for the area.

Highways. The trod on Fakenham Road is under construction and Norfolk County Council have stated that this can be extended along Fakenham Road on the north side of High House Road to join up with the tarmac footway that runs to the Old School House at no extra cost to the Parish Council.

East Bilney Town Lands. The contractor has commenced cutting the whole area and this should be completed during October

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Extract for November 2013

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7th November 2013 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and three members of the public.

Planning. Applications. No objection was raised to the erection of a single storey upvc/glass conservatory on the side of the house at 16 Beech Road, or to the single storey side extension to form garage at Oakwood Bracken Avenue. The Parish Council raised no objection to the 1st floor extension to the side and rear and new chimney breast at 10 Elmham Road but objected to erection of a new garage at the same address as this would be in front of the building line along Elmham Road.

Decisions. Breckland Council had refused permission for the new boundary wall and additional car parking at Clear View Fakenham Road East Bilney and for the erection of a single garage on land adjacent to 55 Elmham Road. Breckland Council granted permission for the proposal to demolish 1960’s extension, restoration of roof structure, brick quoin & flintwork, new porch & new windows at 1 & 2 Beck Farm Cottage Church Road East Bilney.

Beetley River Meadows. The Parish Council has decided to offer the contract for grass cutting for next year to another contractor. The large branch that had come down in the high winds had been cleared and the Tree Officer from Breckland Council is assessing whether more work is necessary to the trees that were damaged. There may be a possibility that some of the ash trees have ash die back disease and further investigation will be done in the Spring when the leaves start to appear on the trees. It may then be necessary to remove the infected trees. The last addition to the play area has now been installed and Breckland Council will be at the official opening of the additional equipment on 21 November. A revised safety report from ROSPA has been received and several items need attention.

Highways. The trod on Fakenham Road has been completed by Norfolk County Council including the extension along Fakenham Road on the north side of High House Road to join up with the tarmac footway that runs to the Old School House at no extra cost to the Parish Council. Several comments have been received expressing thanks to the Parish Council for installing the trod as this allows pedestrians to walk along Fakenham Road without having to walk on the highway. The Parish Council is still pressing Norfolk County Council to have the hedges cut back in various parts of the parish.

East Bilney Town Lands. The contractor has made an excellent job of the cutting of the whole of the area and this has opened up the whole area through to the board walk to Bilney Common and the bridle way to Brisley.

Beetley Common. The tree planting pack from the Woodland Trust has been received and the planting of the area at the common is to take place on 23 November. The area is to be flailed again prior to planting to enable the planting to be undertaken.

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Extract for December 2013

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5th December 2013 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and twelve members of the public.

Planning. Applications. No objection was raised to the proposed extension to Walnut House, I Elmham Road although it was requested that a condition be placed on any permission that the annexe remain as an ancillary and not to be sold separately.

No objection was raised to the new boundary wall and additional car parking at Clear View Fakenham Road East Bilney which was a resubmission of a previous application.
The Parish Council objected to the proposed dwelling and garage at 50 Elmham Road as this was inappropriate use of garden land and would overlook and remove the privacy of the dwelling to the south.

Decisions. Breckland Council had granted permission for the single storey side extension to form garage at Oakwood, Bracken Avenue and to the erection of a single storey upvc/glass conservatory on the side of the house at 16 Beech Road.

Norfolk County Council had granted permission to the variation of condition 1 of permission C/3/2009/3002 to allow the continued use of an area for the recycling of inert construction and demolition waste until 31 December 2017 and variation of condition 1 of permission C/3/2010/3010 to allow the continued use of the storage bays until 31 December 2017 at East Bilney Quarry and to the removal of two temporary timber ticketing sheds and construction of timber clad building to accommodate Ticketing Facility/Resource Base and secondary entrance and associated works at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.

Beetley River Meadows. District Councillor R Duffield performed the official opening of the additional equipment on 21 November and there had been an article in the Eastern Daily press on this. The funding for this had come from Breckland Council from an agreement with the developers of the affordable housing on High House Road and from the Beetley Youth Fund Raising Committee which offered some funds for the new play equipment. The revised report from ROSPA was discussed together with a quotation to repair or replace items of equipment. Several wooden items are beginning to show signs of rotting so the Parish Council has budgeted to spend £1000 on replacement items in the next financial year. Minimal money has been spent on maintenance of the equipment since it was installed 15 years ago but to ensure that all items are safe to use, this sum needs to be spent to maintain the area.

Beetley Common. The tree planting took place on 23 November and the Eastern Daily Press attended with a photographer and an article was published in the paper the next week. The Parish Council is indebted to the Beetley Common Advisory Group for all their hard work maintaining the area.

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Extract for February 2014

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6th February 2014 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and fifteen members of the public.

Planning. Applications. No objection had been raised to the proposed rear dormer window, demolition of conservatory and utility and erect rear and side extension at 25 Elmham Road. However the Parish Council objected to the positioning of the garage to the front of the dwelling. The members objected to the removal of the existing garage and erection of new bungalow and garage, and a new garage for No 6, at 6 Gorse View as it was felt that this was inappropriate use of garden land and the adjoining properties would lose their privacy by being overlooked by the new dwelling. Decisions. Breckland Council had granted permission for the proposed extension to Walnut House, 1 Elmham Road, and to the demolition and erection of new garage, 1st floor extension to side and rear and new chimney breast at 10 Elmham Road, also to the new boundary wall and additional car parking at Clear View Fakenham Road East Bilney, and to the proposed rear dormer window, demolition of conservatory and utility and erect rear and side extension at 25 Elmham Road. Following the representations made to Breckland Council the positioning of the garage had been moved 5 metres nearer to the dwelling so that it was not as prominent to the front as in the original plan. The application for the proposed dwelling and garage at 50 Elmham Road had been withdrawn.

Grit Bin on Beech Road. The residents near to the grit bin had been consulted about moving this bin to Ashley Road following the decision by Norfolk County council not to give permission for two bins in this area. The majority of residents had replied stating that they did not want the grit bin moved. The members therefore decided not to move the grit bin that is currently sited on Beech Road. The MP for this constituency had visited the Ashley Road site but the Parish Council has not been informed by his office what he will be doing to follow up this visit.

Highways. The amount of rubbish on Fakenham Road throughout the parish is to be reported to Breckland Council so that a clearance can be arranged with the contractor.

Several hedges that are overhanging the highway are to be reported to Norfolk County Council as are the potholes on High House Road, Chapel Lane and Fakenham Road.

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Extract for March 2014

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6th March 2014 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and one member of the public.

Planning. Applications. No objection was raised to the application for single storey front and rear extensions to form granny annex and other alterations at 6 Elmham Road nor to the proposed extension to the bungalow at Crossways 26 Fakenham Road, and not to the demolition of the existing porch and erection of new porch at the front of the property at 28 Beech Road.
Decisions. Breckland Council had refused permission for the removal of the existing garage and erection of new bungalow and garage, and a new garage for No 6, at 6 Gorse View. Breckland Council felt that the proposal did not respect the character and appearance of the locality by virtue of its position behind existing dwellings and it also felt that the future occupiers of and visitors to the proposed dwelling would pass overly close to the existing openings within the front elevation of 6 Gorse View which would be harmful to the amenities of the occupiers.

Boundary Consultation. The Parish Council had no objection to the proposed changes to the ward or the change of name. Beetley Parish would under the proposals be in a Ward called Whitewater with Wendling, Longham, Gressenhall, Hoe and Swanton Morley. The ward would have two District Councillors instead of the current one Councillor. Individuals can respond to this consultation if they wish by going onto the Local Government Boundary Commission website of in writing.

Rate Support Grant. Breckland Council had now decided to pay to Town and Parish Councils the Rate Support Grant which is the same as last year. Unfortunately the notification for this arrived too late for the precept that had been requested to be altered.

Beetley River Meadows. The replacement items are due to be fitted in the next month and all the remaining items have been repaired. There has been a problem with having the bins emptied but hopefully this has now been resolved.

Mobile Library. As a result of the budget cuts the mobile library will in future only be calling once every four weeks. The new timetables are posted on the Beetley parish website. Meetings.

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East Bilney, Dereham, NR20 4HT
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