Parish Council

March Extract

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5 March at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Atterwill, and four members of the public.
Planning. Applications. The Parish Council had raised an objection to the application for two self-build bungalows and garages on land at Beetley Grange for all the reasons that had been expressed before as this is outside the settlement boundary and would cause the loss of amenity to the nearby residents. The members raised no objection to the variation to the fenestration at Vale Farm Barns Stoney Lane. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused the application for three self-build detached dwellings with garages on land to the north east of Fakenham Road on the casting vote of the Chairman of the Planning Committee. Breckland Council had approved the application for three dwellings on land adjacent to Whitemill off Green Lane
Highways. The Clerk reported that there had been no improvement with dog fouling and the members requested that all dog owners clear up after their dogs. This has been especially prevalent on Ashley Road, Beech Road and Elmham Road. The hedges on some properties on Oakland drive are overhanging the footway making it impossible for pedestrians to pass on the footway. The properties will be written to. Breckland Council is to be requested to organise a litter pick along the Fakenham Road as there has been a build-up of this recently. Norfolk County Council had agreed to part fund new signage on Fakenham Road near to the school with improved flashing signs.
Beetley Pre-School. The Pre-School had advised the Parish Council that it was to submit a planning application for a new building on the land that the Parish Council owns which is used as a playing field for the school. The Parish Council had taken advice from its solicitor and decided that an agreement with the Pre-School should be in place indemnifying it against any costs prior to it supporting the application.
Beetley River Meadows Play Area. Match funding has been approved by Breckland Council for new goal posts and basketball hoops and an application for funding for a new multi-play unit is to be forwarded to the National Lottery
Meetings. All future meetings of Beetley Parish Council are cancelled until further notice. 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]

Thank you…

Beetley Parish Council thanks all of the parishioners who work within the NHS and those who are continuing to work within the private sector to maintain the supply of goods and services during this unprecedented time.

Do you need help?

If any one wishes to volunteer to help please contact me by e-mail.

Parish Clerk: Bryan Leigh,  e-mail: [email protected]

COVID-19 suspension of services

All Parish Council meetings are suspended until further notice.

There will also be no deliveries of the Beetley Buzz until further notice.

BEETLEY PARISH COUCIL -February Extract

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6 February at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Atterwill, District Councillor R Duffield and three members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council had raised an objection to the change to the application to self-build for three detached dwellings with garages on land to the north east of Fakenham Road for the same reason as previously, as this is outside the settlement boundary. The members also objected to the application for one dwelling and detached garage which was a resubmission on plot adjacent to Redroofs 73 Fakenham Road as this is outside the settlement boundary and there was concern about the highways safety aspect with more vehicles exiting onto Fakenham Road at this point as there is inadequate visibility splay to the south. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused the application for a residential development on land at Green Lane. Breckland Council had approved the erection of  roof conversion with dormer windows to existing garage roof to provide living accommodation at 8 Spinney Close, the amendment at 45 Beechcroft Elmham Road for the installation of velux windows in the side roof of the garage, the proposed single storey front extension and associated alterations at Chrisfield 11 Elmham Road and to the 2 storey extension to the rear of the property, double garage, replace existing flat roofs with pitched roofs at Weavers School Road.  Norfolk County Council had approved the installation of new play equipment at Union House Norfolk Rural Life Museum.

Planning Committee. The applications for the self-build of three detached dwellings with garages on land to the north east of Fakenham Road and for the outline planning g application for 3 no dwellings on land adjacent to Whitemill off Green Lane had been referred to the next Planning Committee with recommendations for refusal. The Parish Council would not be speaking at the meeting as these were both objected to and the officers had recommended refusal.

Highways. The Clerk reported that there had been an increase in dog fouling again and the members requested that all dog owners clear up after their dogs. This has been especially prevalent on Ashley Road, Beech Road and Elmham Road. A parishioner raised concerns that Church Road Old Beetley is now shown on some Sat Navs as going as far as Folly Lane and this has meant an increase of HGVs traveling towards Fakenham on an unsuitable road. The Clerk had contacted the County Councillor regarding this and this is being investigated by the Highways Department.

Beetley Pre-School. The Pre-School had advised the Parish Council that it was looking at utilising an area on the Norse depot for a new building and is working with the County Councillor on this. The Pre-School had requested that it hold a duck race again this year on Beetley River Meadows and the Parish Council granted permission.

Patient Participation Group North Elmham Surgery. Councillor Leigh had again attended the North Elmham Group and reported that the appointments for early morning are for blood tests and late afternoon for a telephone consultation with a doctor. There is still a problem with the supply of some drugs and medication and the dispensary will advise on which pharmacy is best to obtain the medication needed as other pharmacies have alternative sources of supply.

County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that the Council Tax will increase by 2% for Adult Social Services and 1.99% for the remainder. All mobile libraries will remain although there may be a slight change to routes and/or timings. All libraries will also remain open with improved access via the app which can be downloaded from Norfolk County Council.

Meetings. The next meetings of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 5 March 2020 and Thursday 2 April 2020 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]

December 2019 Extract

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5 December at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Atterwill, District Councillor R Duffield and six members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council had raised no objection to the roof conversion with dormer windows to existing garage roof to provide living accommodation at 8 Spinney Close, the amendment at 45 Beechcroft Elmham Road for the installation of velux windows in the side roof of the garage, the proposed single storey front extension and associated alterations at Chrisfield 11 Elmham Road or to the installation of new play equipment at Union House Norfolk Rural Life Museum. The members objected to the amendment to the outline application for a reduction in site area and a reduction in plots from 4 to 3 on land adjacent to Whitemill Green Lane for the same reasons as previously being outside the settlement boundary and an intrusion into the rural countryside. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused the application for a change of use of farm building to single dwelling at Beck Farm East Bilney. Appeal. The applicant had appealed against the decision of Breckland Council to refuse the construction of single storey three-bedroom dwelling at the Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney. The Parish Council is to send a representation to the Planning Inspector stating all the objections it had raised during the planning process.

Highways. The Parish Council had heard no more from Norfolk County Council regarding the trees on Beech Road near to the footpath to Beetley River Meadows despite a further request for information. The flooding on High House Road near to Fakenham Road had been reported as had the damage to the chevron in East Bilney on B1146.

Beetley River Meadows. There had been an incident of a dog and owner being attacked by another dog not on a lead or under control. Would all dog owners please ensure that their dogs are on a lead and if necessary be muzzled.  The signs in place state that dogs should be on leads to protect other users of the area.

Beetley Pre-School. The Parish Council decided not to pursue with an application to remove the covenant on the land as the cost to the Parish Council could be so great that the precept would have to raise to an unacceptable figure. The Parish Council was very disappointed that it could not take forward the request from the Pre-School but as four properties had objected this was deemed to be too large an amount to expend on the removal of the covenant.

Precept. The Parish Council decided that it would raise the precept by £500 as it has increased costs to fund during the year on Beetley Common, Beetley River Meadows grass cutting and grass cutting at other smaller sites in the parish. The precept is the amount payable through the Council Tax which comes to the Parish Council to cover its expenses for the year. This equates to a rise of just under £1 per annum for a Band D property.

Breckland Local Plan. The new Local Plan has been adopted by Breckland Council and a review is to commence immediately on the Local Plan with a possibility that more sites are called for to ensure that there is always a 5-year housing supply. The wording of some parts of the Local Plan is to be reviewed to ensure that there is no confusion.

Patient Participation Group North Elmham Surgery. Councillor Leigh had attended the North Elmham Group and reported on the discussions raising many points that had been reported to the Community Car Drivers. Receptionists are having training regularly and the problem of obtaining results from blood tests etc was raised. It is possible to book in advance a telephone call from a doctor at the weekend but this might not be with a doctor from North Elmham but one from Dereham.

Meetings. The next meetings of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 6 February 2020 and Thursday 5 March 2020 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]

Beetley Parish Council – November Extract

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7 November at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Atterwill and five members of the public.
Planning. Applications.The Parish Council had raised no objection to the 2 storey extension to rear of property, double garage, replace existing flat roofs with pitched roofs at Weavers School Road. The members objected to the outline application for a residential development on Land at Green Lane as this is outside the settlement boundary and will be an intrusion into the countryside. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused the application for the enlargement and conversion of outbuilding to residential and the re-use of the existing access on land adjacent to 16A Fakenham Road. Breckland the enforcement process for the stationing of a caravan on site which has not had permission.
Highways. The Parish Council had heard no more from Norfolk County Council regarding the trees on Beech Road near to the footpath to Beetley River Meadows but a house owner of a property adjacent to the footpath had requested permission from Breckland to remove dead branches and this had been granted. The flooding on Rawhall Lane near to the B1146 had been reported. This had occurred previously and Norfolk County Council is to investigate the culvert under the road. The Parish Council is still min discussion with Norfolk County Council about the routing of Sanders 23 service to Norwich as it does not seem to be following the route as agreed on the return journey. The sign for Beetley Church had been erected and the Parish Council had been thanked by the Parochial Church Council.
Beetley River Meadows Play Area. Unfortunately, the multi play unit will have to be taken down as this has been found to be unsafe at the annual inspection. The Parish Council has endeavoured to have this repaired to stop any toggle entrapment but despite having several contractors look at the unit it has not been possible. The Parish Council is now actively looking at a new unit to replace this probably in timber to match the other items on site. At the same time new goals and basketball posts will also be fitted. The Parish Council accepted the grass cutting quotation from its current contractor for next year as the members could see no reason to change contractor.
Beetley Pre-School. There had been objections from 4 properties who benefit from the covenant on the land that was gifted to the Parish Council to the proposed removal of the covenant and 2 properties had stated that they had no objection. The Parish Council is to take advice from its solicitor before it makes a decision as to whether it will raise the precept to cover the cost of any legal fees that it may incur and any compensation that may have to be paid. The Pre-School were advised to submit a planning application as if this is passed it may assist with the application to the Land tribunal. The Parish Council had been contacted by the Eastern Daily Press for a comment on the application form the Pre-School and a response would be sent.
Precept. The Parish Council will decide the amount of the precept at its meeting in December. This is the amount payable through the Council tax which comes to the Parish Council to cover its expenses for the year. This will be decided after it has taken a decision on the land for the Pre-School.
Meetings. The next meetings of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 5 December 2019 and 6 February 2020 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]

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

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.