Extracts 2014-2015

BEETLEY PARISH COUNCIL : EXTRACTS April 2014 – March 2015

The Annual Parish meeting was held on 6th March prior to the Parish Council meeting.

Reports were given to the meeting by the Chairman of the Parish Council, the Community Car Co-ordinator, The Beetley Common Advisory Committee, the Village Hall Management Committee, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and the 1st Beetley Scout Group. Reports had also been received from the Cricket Club, Speedwatch, Parochial Church Council and the Police. These reports will be placed with the minutes and on the website.
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Extract for April 2014

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd April 2014 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, and District Councillor R Duffield.

Planning. Applications. No comment was raised regarding the application for a single garage on land adjacent to 55 Elmham Road as Breckland Council had already granted this permission despite allowing the Parish Council additional time to respond.
No objection was raised to the application for the demolition of the existing house and garage and erection of a new house at Cedarville Holt Road although the members did request that the mature trees be protected, nor to the proposed alterations to the existing dwelling and construction of a single storey annexe extension at Walnut House 1 Elmham Road but the Parish Council did request that the same conditions for the sale and use be applied to this application as the previous.

Decisions. Breckland Council had granted permission for the application for single storey front and rear extensions to form granny annex and other alterations at 6 Elmham Road, and for to the proposed extension to the bungalow at Crossways 26 Fakenham Road, and to the demolition of the existing porch and erection of new porch at the front of the property at 28 Beech Road.

Beetley River Meadows. The replacement items have all been fitted and the safety surfacing will be cleaned in the early summer once the weather is drier. The contractor is to be contacted as it was agreed that the grass cutting needs to commence as soon as possible to ensure that the area is maintained adequately this year.

Highways. The footway between Beech Road and Elmham Road has become very uneven and this will be reported to Norfolk County Council so that remedial work can be undertaken as soon as possible. A parishioner had requested that deer warning signs be erected on the B1146 especially between Beetley and East Bilney. The Highways Engineer will be contacted to ascertain if this would be possible.

Beetley Common. The track across the Common that is used by a farmer to access his field has become severely rutted. The Parish Council is now insisting that the track be properly restored before permission is granted to the farmer to use this track this year.

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Extract for May 2014

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1st May 2014 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present
six Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and two members of the public.
Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Councillor Joanne Baldwin was elected Chairman and Councillor Jacqui
O’Donovan Vice-Chairman.
Planning. Applications. The applicant who wishes to replace the front flat roof dormer with three pitched dormers, add a rear dormer and a single storey side extension at 65 Fakenham Road was present at the meeting. He explained to the Parish Council that the flat roof is leaking and wished to smarten the dwelling up at the same time as having repairs to the roof. The Parish Council decided to raise no objection to the application.
Decisions. The decision notice had been received for a single garage on land
adjacent to 55 Elmham Road and Breckland Council had apologised for granting permission before allowing the Parish Council to respond. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council to the proposed alterations to the existing dwelling and construction of a single storey annexe extension at Walnut House 1 Elmham Road and the same conditions for the sale and use had been applied to this application as the previous.
Beetley River Meadows.
The cutting of the area had not taken place as soon as the Parish Council had wanted and the contractor had been contacted. The area should be cut the next week and the Chairman and Clerk will visit the area to check the cutting
and the state of the hedges of the adjoining properties. A parishioner had contacted the Parish Council regarding these as some are encroaching onto the cut areas of Beetley River Meadows. A price is being obtained to purchase new slats for the picnic table that had been burnt.
Highways. The cats eyes on the Holt Road have all been removed following the surface dressing and the Highways Department is to be requested to confirm if these are to be replaced.
Grit Bin on Beech Road. The Parish Council had received a letter from the M.P. requesting that the Parish Council reconsider
its decision not to move the grit bin to Ashley Road. The Parish Council decided to reply stating that this had been considered at its meeting in February and that it
will not be changing its decision at this time.
Beetley Common. The track across the Common has been filled in with hard core which is not acceptable on The Common. The Parish Council is to insist that this all be removed and replaced with compliant natural materials before the crossing rights are renewed. Once these are renewed the area will be monitored closely to ensure that only farm vehicles are crossing the area.
The Patch Old Beetley. A request had been received form a parishioner to site a memorial seat around the tree on
the Patch at the junction of Church Road and School Road. Norfolk County Council as the owners had been contacted and it has no objection to the siting of the bench.
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Extract for June 2014

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5th June 2014 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors and two members of the public.

Planning. Applications. There were no applications to discuss.
Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council to replace the front flat roof dormer with three pitched dormers, add a rear dormer and a single storey side extension at 65 Fakenham Road. Local Plan. Breckland Council has informed the Parish Council that first stage of the Local Plan which will eventually replace the Local Development Framework for Breckland will be in the autumn of this year. This will be in the form of an Issues and Options document which will include options around the housing target and this consultation will also include a call for sites to be included within the Local Plan This will allow people and organisations (including town and parish councils) to submit land for future consideration for housing employment and retail sites. The Parish Council will be considering this in more detail at its July meeting.

Beetley River Meadows. The cutting of the area was discussed and the members felt that this was not being done to the standard required. Stricter monitoring is to be carried out to ensure that the area is cut to an acceptable standard. Several letters had been received by the Parish Council regarding the area and the cutting and these were all discussed. Please remember that the Parish Council does not respond to anonymous letters and if a letter is sent please put an address or contact number so that a response may be made to you.

Highways. The Highways Department had confirmed that the cats eyes would be replaced on the B1110 Holt Road. The hedges had still not been cut back in East Bilney or on Elmham Road and all the information will be forwarded to the County Councillor to raise the matter with Norfolk County Council. The Highways and Community Rangers are to be requested to cut around all the signs within the Parish that are on highway land as the growth this year has covered several signs. The next visit is at the end of July and hopefully this cutting back will suffice for this year. The sign to Beetley Common had been damaged and this will be requested to be replaced. The hedges at the junctions of Sorrel Lane, Peacock Lane and Hall Road with the B1110 are to be requested to be lowered so that adequate visibility is available.

Beetley Common. Clarification is being sought from the farmer who has previously had crossing rights across Beetley Common on the number and type of vehicles that are crossing the Common. This year the damage to the track has been far worse than previously and the members would like to understand why, before granting permission for the forthcoming year.

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Extract for July 2014

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd July 2014 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and two members of the public.

Planning: Applications. No objection was raised to the application for a change of use back from offices to 3 bedroom bungalow with no alterations at The Garage Bungalow Fakenham Road East Bilney or to the variation of condition 3 on pp 3PL/2007/1636 to continue the standing of a mobile home for a further five years at Boat House Church Road East Bilney.
Decisions. There were no decisions to report.
Local Plan. The consultation that will be starting in the autumn was discussed. The possibility of amending the settlement boundary was considered and this is to be discussed further at the meeting in September.
Open Space Audit. As part of the Local Plan an Open Space Audit is being undertaken by Breckland Council. The maps initially sent did not cover the whole of the parish and a revised map has now been received which covers the whole of the parish. Unfortunately Breckland Council have not included any of the registered common land on this map as open space and it is to be requested to forward maps with these included.

Beetley River Meadows. The Chairman and Clerk had met the contractor on site and it is hoped that the whole area will be cut to the standard required. It was agreed with the contractor that the nettles needed strimming back along all paths and he promised to do this.It is hoped that the large central area will be cut for hay. It was agreed that the Parish Council would install an additional bench by the river and one on the old allotment area. Match funding is to be requested from Breckland Council Pride in Breckland Fund.

Highways. The Highways and Community Rangers are to be requested to strim several junctions onto the Holt Road so that there is an adequate visibility splay when exiting from the minor roads onto the B1110. Norfolk County Council has confirmed that no licence is required for the Parish Council to cut the area around the village sign and bus shelter in East Bilney or the Patch in Old Beetley. If this is cut regularly then Norfolk County Council will not. The Chairman will attempt to get a volunteer to cut the area in East Bilney. The County Councillor was requested to complain about the length of time it has taken for the hedges in East Bilney and on Elmham Road to be cut back.

East Bilney Town Lands. It was agreed to cut a path from the entrance on Fakenham Road through to the boardwalk over Bilney Common. This will also entail lifting the crowns of several trees along the path so that there is access for walkers and the cutting contractor.

Beetley Common. Nothing further has been received yet from the farmer who has requested the renewal of crossing rights on Beetley Common.

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 August – No Meeting

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Extract for September 2014

 A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4th  September 2014 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and five members of the public.

Planning. Applications.  The Parish Council had objected to the proposed dwelling and detached garage on land to the rear of 50 Elmham Road as it was felt that this was inappropriate use on garden land contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework. This application is to be heard by the Planning Committee at Breckland Council on 29 September and the Parish Council will be speaking against this application at the meeting. No objection had been raised to the minor material amendment to St Mary’s Cottage Old Beetley in respect of the roof change to garage. No objection was raised to the proposed new garage, conversion of existing and new rear single storey extension to the Old Rectory Church Road Old Beetley.

Decisions.  Permission had been granted for the variation of condition 3 on pp 3PL/2007/1636 to continue the standing of a mobile home for a further five years at BoatHouse Church Road East Bilney.

Local Plan.  The possible sites that may be submitted for consideration in the Local Plan were discussed at length so that the Parish Council will be able to make a response to Breckland Council. It was agreed that there should be some new development within the parish and the possible sites for any development were agreed.

Road Naming.  The revised name for what has always been called Stoney Lane which Breckland Council wish to rename as Vale Road was discussed.
This renaming had taken place without any consultation with residents or the Parish Council. The District Councillor will be meeting the officer at Breckland Council who made the decision to rename the road and a report will be made to the next Parish Council meeting.

Beetley River Meadows.  Unfortunately the large field can not be cut for hay as it contains too much ragwort. A price is to be obtained to cut this area and it is hoped that it will be possible to spray this in the spring to eradicate the ragwort. It was agreed to purchase two benches for the area, one to be sited in the old allotment area and one by the river.

Highways.  The Highways and Community Rangers had been in the parish and had cleared around all the signs and cleared the verges at junctions. Volunteers have agreed to cut the area around the village sign and bus shelter in East Bilney and the Parish Council is extremely grateful to them. The hedge at East Bilney at the northern end had been cut but this was not sufficient to allow the signs to be visible from a distance and Norfolk County Council will be contacted again. The landowner of the land alongside the footway on Fakenham Road will be contacted to cut the hedge back.

Beetley Common.  It was agreed to withdraw the crossing rights from the farmer at Beetley Common. Other than the vehicles used for maintenance no vehicles apart from Anglian Water and the occasional vehicle to restock the fishing lakes will be allowed on the Common.

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Extract for October 2014

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2nd October 2014 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and two members of the public.

Planning. Applications.  The District Councillor and the Parish Council had spoken at the Planning Committee at Breckland Council on 29 September against the application for the proposed dwelling and detached garage on land to the rear of 50 Elmham Road at the meeting. The Planning Committee unanimously refused the application. No objection had been raised to the change of use of annex to holiday accommodation at Ferndale The Drift East Bilney.

Decisions.  Permission had been granted for the minor material amendment to St Mary’s Cottage Old Beetley in respect of the roof change to garage, the proposed new garage, conversion of existing and new rear single storey extension to the Old Rectory Church Road Old Beetley, to the change of use back from offices to 3x bedroom bungalow with no alterations at the Garage bungalow Fakenham Road East Bilney, the demolition of the existing house and garage and erection of a new house at Cedarville Holt Road and to the single storey side extension at 53 Elmham Road. Road Naming.

All the residents on Stoney Lane had received letters from Breckland Council regarding the proposed change of name to Vale Road. If there is an objection from the residents to the change then there will be a consultation at which time the Parish Council will be able to respond. The Clerk confirmed that Norfolk County Council name this section of the road Vale Road.

Beetley River Meadows.  It was agreed to proceed with the cutting of the large field, the widening of some paths, as well as clearing the area between the two fields and cutting of the old allotment area. Two new benches have been fitted, one in the old allotment area and one by the river.

Highways.  The Clerk has written again about the hedges in East Bilney which have still not been cut. The Highways Department has been contacted regarding the trees on High House Road to have these checked as it is a highway safety matter. The request for a bus service in East Bilney and Old Beetley has been sent to the Director of ETD at

Norfolk County Council. A complaint had been received about shooting close to RB1 in East Bilney and this had been reported to Norfolk County Council. The reply has stated that this is a police matter so the Clerk will contact the police. The Clerk had also complained about the state of FP4 and FP6 in East Bilney. FP4 is to be cut as soon as possible. The Clerk will meet the Maintenance Supervisor to discuss FP6. The Clerk has requested that the gulley, at the bottom of the hill in East Bilney where the junction to

Bilney Hall is, be cleared by the Rangers when they are next in the parish as it is totally overgrown. A grating on High House Road near to the chapel is partly covered due to the surface dressing and the Rangers will be requested to clear this. There is a lot of litter on the B1146 and Breckland Council will be requested to clear this. Councillor O’Donovan raised the matter of extending the speed limit on Fakenham Road past the junction at the Scout Hut as a safety measure as many walk from the hut after a meeting and this may slow the vehicles down until they are past the Scout hut. Norfolk County Council will be contacted.

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Extract for November 2014

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6th November 2014 at Beetley Village Hall.

There were present five Parish Councillors, CountyCouncillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor RDuffield and two members of the public.

Planning. Applications. There were no applicationsto consider at this meeting. Decisions. Permissionhad been granted for the change of use of annex toholiday accommodation at Ferndale The Drift

East Bilney. Road Naming. The Clerk had received arequest form Breckland Council to confirm thename and spelling by which Vale Road is commonlyknown in the parish as Breckland Council had putthe name down without an “E”. He had confirmed that it is STONEY LANE.

Beetley River Meadows. The additional maintenance had been carried out and the paths widened. Three E-mails and a letter had been received thanking theParish Council for the work carried out. An up to date cutting plan is to be devised by the Chairman and Councillor Mayhew to aid future cutting of the area and will be agreed with the contractor. Once the plan is finalised this will be laminated and placed on the notice boards. It was agreed to accept a quotation from Norfolk Woods and Hedges to carry out maintenance and removal of trees that are overhanging footpaths and the river.

Play Area. Maintenance to the play equipment is to be carried out by NGF Play following the RoSPA report received earlier in the year.

Highways. The Highway Community Rangers had been in the village and the Clerk had requested that the grating in East Bilney at the junction of the road to the Care Home be cleared. The Clerk had met the Rangers on site and the supervisor had confirmed that it had been cleared and he will now check it each time as he did not realise the grating was there.

The hedges at East Bilney had been cut back by the Rangers but not far enough as they do not have the right equipment. The Clerk had again complained and had also spoken regarding the hedge at the Alms Houses and he was promised that this would be cut back as the landowner had been contacted. The Clerk had received a telephone call from Norfolk County Council stating that it is looking into the possibility of amending the bus route around Beetley to provide a service to East Bilney. A letter had been sent to the owners of two properties in Beetley to have their hedges cut back. The hedge along the B1146 had been cut. The Rangers had cleared the grating on High House Road on their visit. Norfolk County Council had responded to the request for an extension to the speed limit past the Scout Hut by stating that there would have to be a further development of frontages towards the Vale Road crossroads or for there to be an unacceptable incident record in the vicinity of the crossroads. Therefore the speed terminals will not be moved at this time.

The Clerk had reported flytipping at the junction of Halfpenny Lane and School Road and this had been cleared. The Clerk had also requested that a litter pick be done through the parish on B1146.

Anglian Water on Beetley Common. A revised plan of the route of the pipe had been received from Savills and no problem was found with the line of this pipe. Savills had replied that it would pay £500 to the Parish Council for the licence and this had been agreed and the licence signed by the Clerk. The Clerk stated that he felt that the licence fee should be used for the benefit of the Common and the Beetley Common Advisory Committee had said that a new mower/strimmer would be useful to undertake better maintenance. It was agreed to await confirmation from the committee about their needs before deciding on the dispersal of the licence fee.

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Extract for December 2014

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4th December 2014 at Beetley Village Hall.
There were present four Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and three members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to both the applications that were considered at the meeting. The first was for a proposed development to the rear of 12 Beetley Grange of seven dwellings of which four would be affordable housing. This is outside the settlement boundary and the members felt that any development would cause overlooking and dominance to the surrounding properties and the increased traffic level would be unacceptable in terms of highways safety and the loss of amenity to the properties close to the proposed development.

The second was for a proposed sales area at Beetley Nurseries on Elmham Road. The Parish Council was concerned about the height of this building and what the future use of this building would be for.
Permission had already been granted for a sales area in 2008 and this had not been built and the Parish Council felt that there was no necessity for another area. The concerns of local residents who had objected to the applications were taken into account when the Parish Council came to its decision.

Decisions. There were no decisions to report. Beetley River Meadows. A problem is occurring with the depositing of dog waste in the standard litter bins. Would dog owners please use the bins that are marked for dog waste. The trees that are overhanging the paths and have fallen into the river are to be cut back and cleared in the New Year. This should enable all paths to be accessible at all times.

Highways. The SAM2 sign had been erected on Elmham Road and the data did not show a major problem with speeding. The Clerk is to discuss with the Highways Engineer the possibility of erecting the SAM2 sign in East Bilney.

The Clerk had been unable to contact the officer dealing with the request for a bus service in East Bilney and Old Beetley but would continue to press for a response.

The Clerk had met the Highways Maintenance Supervisor regarding FP6 in East Bilney which goes to the church as this was not being maintained. The Maintenance Supervisor had confirmed that his map was incorrect and as the hedge is on the Public Right of Way he will ensure that it is cut back. Norfolk County Council had been reminded that the hedge along Elmham Road between Green Lane and Holt Road had not been cut back, nor had the hedge at the Alms Houses in East Bilney and that a pothole on Vale Road needs repairing.

Another BT box is to be installed near to the bus shelter at Gressenhall Road to provide faster broadband. The pothole on B1146 just north of Church Road in East Bilney which had been repaired needs a further repair and this had been reported.

Anglian Water on Beetley Common. A parishioner had brought to the attention of the Parish Council the damage that had been caused to Common Lane and

Peacock Lane. Heavy goods vehicles have caused the lanes to be very rutted and muddy. It was agreed to contact Norfolk County Council and Anglian Water to attempt to have both roads restored to an acceptable standard for all users. It is hoped that once Anglian Water have finished their operation before Christmas the repairs will be completed as soon as possible.

Precept 2015/16. The Parish Council decided to keep the precept, which is the amount of the Council Tax that is raised for the parish, the same as last year.

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Extract for February 2015

 

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Extract for March 2015
A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5th March 2015 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and four members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the proposed single storey sales building to garden centre at Beetley Nurseries. The Parish Council was again concerned about the height of this building and what the future use of this building would be for. Permission had already been granted for a sales area in 2008 and this had not been built. It was felt that there was no justification for the amended plans as the sales area granted permission had not been constructed and there appeared to be no business reason for the amended plans. The members also objected to the proposed construction of a single storey annexe to accommodate a wheelchair user at 11 Elmham Road. Whilst the Parish Council sympathised with the reasons for the application it felt that this was inappropriate use of garden land and felt that the size of the proposed dwelling would be too large and detrimental to the outlook of the neighbouring property. The application for a first floor rear extension at 33 Elmham Road was also objected to as the Parish Council felt that this would lead to a loss of privacy and would overshadow the neighbouring property. The concerns of local residents who had objected to the applications were taken into account when the Parish Council came to its decisions. Decisions. There were no decisions to report. Appeal. A member of the Parish Council had attended the site visit at 50 Elmham Road but the Planning Inspector had not allowed the representative to speak at the visit.

Beetley River Meadows. A problem is still occurring with the depositing of dog waste in the standard litter bins. Would dog owners please use the bins that are marked for dog waste. The pre-school had contacted the Parish Council regarding a possible duck race along the river that borders Beetley River Meadows. The Parish Council had no objection in principle and felt that this was a good idea but wished to ensure that any parking does not interfere with the residents, that all litter is cleared after the event and that the pre-school arranges their own insurance.

Highways. The Parish Council is still awaiting a response from the Highways Engineer regarding the parking on Elmham Road. Breckland Council had been reminded about the litter pick along the Fakenham Road. Considerable confusion had been caused by the road closure signs erected in Old Beetley as it was not clear when this was to start or finish. One of the signs had been amended following representation to Norfolk County Council. The other concern was that there had been a water leak on School Road for some time and the road closure was not on that road. Norfolk County Council had been contacted and an emergency closure had been made for School Road just before the meeting. The possibility of providing a bus shelter on Fakenham Road near to Beech Road is being considered by the infrastructure office. Once this has been assessed the Parish Council will consider if it will proceed with this in the financial year 2016/17.

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Dawn Meadow, Fakenham Road
East Bilney, Dereham, NR20 4HT
Telephone : 01362 861112
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