Parish Council

BEETLEY PARISH COUNCIL September Extract

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5 September at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Atterwill and seven members of the public.
Planning. Applications.The Parish Council had raised an objection to the prior approval application for change of use of agricultural building to 4 dwellings at Beck Farm East Bilney as the members could see no difference between this application and the previous one that was refused. The Parish Council raised objections to all the planning applications that were discussed at the meeting. The first was for a new detached two storey dwelling at Beetley Nurseries Elmham Road as this is outside the settlement boundary and there is no justification for a dwelling for the business. The members also objected to the outline planning application for the principle of two dwellings at the Boat House Church Road East Bilney as this is outside the settlement boundary and there were concerns over flooding and the width of the road at this point. Lastly the application for four detached dwellings with garaging including means of access on land to the north east of Fakenham Road was again objected to as this is outside the settlement boundary. Decisions. Breckland Council had approved the demolition of existing conservatory and the erection of a single storey extension at 25 Oakland Drive and the application for a proposed single storey front extension and porch at The Cottage Hall Road Old Beetley and the prior approval application for change of use of agricultural building to 4 dwellings at Beck Farm East Bilney. Breckland Council had refused the two self-build bungalows at land at Beetley Grange and had refused the construction of a single story three-bedroom dwelling at the Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney.
Highways. The Clerk reported that Norfolk County Council had resolved the blocked gulley on High House Road. The sign for Beetley Church on High House Road should be installed in September. The red lining on Elmham Road will not be refreshed as Norfolk County Council do not do this anymore. However, the Highways Engineer is to install extended H-bars as a deterrent. A large bough had fallen onto the B1146 near to the bus shelter and this had been cleared but it had damaged the signage. The Clerk had reported the damaged signs.
Beetley River Meadows Play Area. There had again been vandalism on the multi-use paly area with the fence being damaged. The panel is to be replaced but the members are concerned that if this vandalism continues then the multi-use play area with the football pitch and basketball nets would have to be closed. The Parish Council is looking at replacement goals of a sturdier construction. The contractor has been contacted to ensure that all the nettles and growth is removed from the footpaths.
County Councillor Report. County Councillor M Kiddle Morris stated that the Autumn Statement from the Chancellor had only projected forward one year. There is a shortfall of £90 million up to 2021 and 70% of revenue is spent on 14% of the population as the cost of social services is increasing monthly. There are Government Grants available for those who have download speeds of greater the 10mbs but less than 30mbs. £500- £3500 is available for businesses and £500-£1500 for residents. It appears that these grants will fund fibre to property. A further £8million has been awarded to Norfolk County Council from the Government to connect 370 properties with gigabit speed. These include schools and other important locations and the advantage is that nearby properties can piggy bank onto this technology.
Meetings. The next meetings of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 3 October 2019 and Thursday 7 November 2019 at 7.30 p.m.at the Village Hall, Beetley. Planning applications are available for viewing from 7.15p.m.
Minutes. The full minutes are available for viewing on the Beetley Parish website, beetleypc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk, or by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or [email protected]

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.
www.beetley-preschool.org

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, beetleypc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk, or by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or [email protected]

RECYCLING IN BEETLEY

The Parish Council has recently received from Breckland Council the recycling payment for the year to the end of March 2018. This year the payment was £1233.48. This amount is made up of £789.27 for the glass at The New Inn and £444.21 for the textiles at the Village Hall.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO RECYCLE YOUR GLASS AT THE NEW INN BOTTLE BANK, AND TEXTILES/ SHOES AT THE TEXTILE BANK AT THE VILLAGE HALL TO ENSURE THAT THESE FACILITIES REMAIN AND THE CASH COMES BACK TO BEETLEY PARISH AND NOT TO BRECKLAND COUNCIL. THESE RECYCLING BANKS MAY BE REMOVED IF NOT USED AS BRECKLAND COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING THE FUTURE OF ALL BANKS IN PARISHES.

 

SPEEDWATCH

Volunteers still needed to make your villages safer.
In Beetley please call George on 860922
and in East Bilney please call Angela on 861112.

NEW BUS SHELTER

The bus shelter on Fakenham Road near to Beech Road has been installed with funding from Beetley Parish Council and Norfolk County Council.

RECYCLING

Please use the recycling facilities as listed below as they generate income directly to the Parish, the Methodist Chapel and to the School and not any other third party.

  • Textile Bank at the Village Hall High House Road
  • Beetley Paper Bank at the Methodist Chapel Chapel Lane
  • Paper Bank at the School Car Park Fakenham Road
  • Bottle Bank at the New Inn Fakenham Road

Extract for December 2018

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6 December at

Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond is also the District Councillor and one member of the public.
Planning. Applications. The Parish Council were pleased that the revised plans for the erection of 1 dwelling with integral garage at Flint Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney showed that the property is to be connected to the mains drainage and that additional parking and turning has been provided. However, the members again objected to the application for the same reasons as previously especially as no turning facility has been provided for Flint Cottage. Decisions. Breckland Council had given approval for the extension and alteration to dwelling to enable additional living and bedroom accommodation on first floor and to demolish the timber frame garage and replace and relocate with a larger garage at Kosikot Church Road Old Beetley.
County and District Council Reports.
District Councillor Richmond reported from the Patient Participation Group meeting for Elmham Surgery and informed the members that it is not now necessary to ring twice for appointment on that day as these can be booked for both morning and afternoon. There are also appointments early and late in the day to allow those that work to attend.
East Bilney Speedwatch. The Speedwatch team had caught 78 vehicles in September and 87 in October. Of these 71 had received letters in September and 79 in November. The police camera had also caught 6 vehicles.

BEETLEY PARSIH COUNCIL – November Digest

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1 November at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond is also the District Councillor, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and District Councillor R Duffield and eighteen members of the public.
Bus Service. A representative from Norfolk County Council attended the meeting and explained the reasons for the changes to the services through East Bilney and Old Beetley. The changes are because of new legislation that all buses for public use must have access for all. Carters Coaches which supply the current service will not be complying with the legislaon and so new metables are being considered ready for the service to be rescheduled with new providers. The representative reported on the proposed changes which were agreed by all the residents in attendance. The new schedules are due to commence in April and these will be confirmed in the New Year. The representative answered all the questions and concerns of residents and his attendance and explanation were much appreciated by all. Norfolk County Council is also to be contacted to enquire if any improvements can be made to High House Road to facilitate safer passage for pedestrians.
Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objecon to the applicaon for a garden room extension to rear, extension to rear of garage to provide gym, games room and study at Meadow Lodge The Drive East Bilney. No objecon was also raised to the extension and alteration to dwelling to enable addional living and bedroom accommodation on first floor and to demolish the timber frame garage and replace and relocate with a larger garage at Kosikot Church Road Old Beetley. The members objected to the erection of 1 dwelling with integral garage at Flint Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney as it was felt that this is too large and for the plot, will dominate the neighbouring property, no turning facility has been provided for Flint Cottage and that it should be further to the front of the site and the garage should be separate to the rear of the property to allow better parking and turning facility.
Decisions. Breckland Council had given approval for the new dwelling at Hall Farm Barn Fakenham Road East Bilney. The Clerk and two members of the public spoke at the Planning Committee when this was decided
County and District Council Reports. Norfolk County Council is consulng a different approach to Children’s Centres There are at present 53 in the county and many people cannot get to the centres. There are 12 contracts for the 53 centres and some are in buildings owned by Norfolk County Council. The proposal is to close 46 centres and leave 6 as hubs to offer services in more rural areas. The aim is to give a better service by going out to those who need it. The Parish Council decided to support the proposals.
District Councillor Richmond reported from the Patient Participation Group meeting for Elmham Surgery and the problems highlighted at the previous meeting were all raised. It is hoped that a better service for booking appointments will be put in place so that patients do not have to ring twice in a day to book appointments for that day.
Highways. The Parish Council noted a letter in the Link-Up regarding speeding along High House Road and that nothing had been done. The Parish Council had organised Speedwatch visits to the road and had erected the SAM2 speed sign. It had also received confirmation from the police that there would be a visit by the Safety Camera Team.

Meetngs. The next meeng of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 6th December at 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall, Beetley. Planning applicaons are available for viewing from 7.15 p.m. Minutes. The full minutes are available for viewing on the Beetley Parish website, beetleypc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk, or by contacng the Clerk on 01362 861112 or [email protected]