September 4, 2019

Volunteers urgently required for the delivery of the Beetley Buzz

If you have a half an hour or so to spare once a month, 10 months of the year, to assist with the delivery of the Beetley Buzz in High House Road Beetley please contact the Parish Clerk telephone: 01362 861112
or email: [email protected]

BEETLEY PRESCHOOL – Expansion plans

Beetley Preschool is an independent charity established in 1971, making it one of the longest running preschools in Norfolk. Run by Diane Calvert and her dedicated team, it provides an invaluable and affordable service to local families and has been rated ‘Excellent’ by Ofsted for more the past ten years.

There is a huge demand for places at the Preschool and there is a waiting list. The current metal mobile building is no longer fit for purpose; it is too small, is high maintenance and needs to be replaced. The charity’s aim is to create a bigger building with two classrooms, a quiet room for children with special needs, and better facilities including more outdoor space. A potential location has been identified on Parish Council owned land, part of which is currently used as a playing field by St Marys Community School.

The land is subject to a covenant which restricts the use of the land.
So that residents can find out more about the proposal, the Parish Council and the charity will be hosting two informal meetings at Beetley Preschool on Elmham Road on Friday 6th September at 7pm and
Saturday 7 September at 10am.


Staff at Norse’s Gressenhall office are planning a litter pick around the village on the morning ofFriday September 20 – and are inviting interested residents to join them. The initiative, known as the Norse Tidy Up, aims to get office workers out into their local community and is being mirrored at a dozen or so Norse locations around the country. Organiser Jessica Rollingson said the litter pick would take place from Norse’s office on Gressenhall Road, go around Beetley Meadows and then back down past the School between 10am and noon. She said: “As a company with a strong community focus, we thought it would be nice to ask if anyone in the village would like to join our Norse Tidy Up. Last year, we collected almost 200 bags of rubbish around the country and we are keen to improve on that this year if we can.” Norse will provide gloves and litter pickers but volunteers will be required to wear appropriate footwear and clothing which unfortunately cannot be provided. Please [email protected] if you would like to take part.

Permissive Access at Home Farm, East Bilney

Tom Kemp Farms would like to inform anyone who uses the Permissive Access at Home Farm, East Bilney that all the footpaths will be permanently closed to the public from the 31st of July 2019 as our DEFRA funded Stewardship Scheme has finished. Information signs will be placed around the farm where we believe most users will see them, but we have found in the past that signs often go missing!

July Extract

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4 July 2019 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Atterwill, District Councillor R Duffield, and four members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the demolition of existing conservatory and the erection of a single storey extension at 25 Oakland Drive or to the application for a proposed single storey front extension and porch at The Cottage Hall Road Old Beetley. The Parish Council is to contact Breckland Council again about the proposed single dwelling adjacent to the Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney as the latest letter from the applicant states that there has been discussion with the Highways Officer regarding building out the kerb line. The Parish Council is to clarify what this means and to discuss the siting of traffic counters on the road to assess the speed of vehicles. The Parish Council is concerned that these were sited on the 30 mph limit which is past the access and not within the 60 mph limit to show the speed of vehicles approaching the access. Decisions. There were no decisions to report. Enforcement. Breckland Council had confirmed that the flue fitted on the outside of a dwelling on Beech Road is within the General Permitted Development as it is no more than 1 metre above the highest point of the ridge. Therefore, there has been no breach of planning regulations.

Patient Participation Group. Councillor Richmond will confirm at the next meeting exactly what the surgery is doing for weekend appointments as there is a little confusion at present.

Highways. The potholes on School Road Old Beetley had been reported as had the loose 30 mph sign on School Road and Norfolk County Council had confirmed that it will resolve these. The blocked gulley on High House Road is also going to be resolved. A sign for the church had been erected on Fakenham Road but the one on High house Road is still awaited. The Parish Council is to write to several landowners as their hedges are overhanging the footways. The Clerk had been in constant contact with the County Councillor regarding the cutting of verges and these are all to be re-cut and the visibility splays at all junctions cleared. Norfolk County Council is to be requested to clear all footways of weeds. Norfolk County Council had contacted the Parish Council concerning an extension to the 30 mph limit along Elmham Road as far as Holt Road. This was a condition of permission being granted for the holiday lodges at Otters Mead and the Parish Council had no objection to this.

Footpaths. The footpath from Fakenham Road alongside the school playing field and the entrance on Green Lane into the permissive path had been cut. Norfolk County Council had confirmed that it will resolve the problem of the small bridge at the end of the Drift East Bilney.

District Councillor Reports. District Councillor Duffield reported that the application for the dwellings to the rear of Beetley Grange had been refused and the application for the four dwellings on Green Lane had been withdrawn. An application has been received at Breckland Council for the siting of a caravan at Shorthorns Nurseries. District Councillor Atterwill reported that there is no 5-year housing in Breckland Council and therefore rural villages will be subject to more approvals on sites not within a settlement boundary.

Meetings. The next meetings of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 5 September 2019 and Thursday 3 October 2019 at 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall, Beetley. Planning applications are available for viewing from 7.15 p.m. Minutes. The full minutes are available for viewing on the Beetley Parish website,, or by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or [email protected]