The Parish Council would like to remind
all residents that the woodland that is accessed by the track from Fakenham Road opposite the New Inn is privately owned. It does not have a Public Right of Way through it. The landowner kindly allows this area to be walked but reserves the right to close this at any time during the year. This right to close has been exercised over many years. The Public Right of Way through the woodland is accessed from the footpath next to the school playing field and goes to High House Road.


To/from Norwich:
This timetable will operate from April 7th 2019
Please note CHANGES in TIME since last Buzz
This service will operate WEDNESDAYS
The service will be operated by Sanders

                                                     Outbound    Return
Horningtoft, Church cross rd      09:00           15:05
Whissonsett, opp shelter             09:03            15:02
Tittleshall,High St                       09:08            14:57
Litcham, Church St                     09:12            14:53
Mileham, Litcham Rd                 09:16            14:49
Brisley, shelter                             09:22            14:43
East Bilney, shelter                      09:25            14:40
East Bilney, opp garage               09:29            14:39
Old Beetley, School Rd               09:31            14:36
Beetley, High House Rd              09:33            14:34
Nth Elmham, shelter                   09:37            14:28
Nth Elm, opp Orchard Cl            09:39            14:26
Billingford, opp Festival Rd       09:41            14:24
Norwich, Castle Meadow           10:20            13:50
Norwich, St Stephens                 10:24            13:45
Norwich, Riverside                     10:30            13:40

Pathmakers is seeking New Trustees

The ‘Pathmakers’ charity (which was set up by the Norfolk Local Access Forum) to increase public access to the countryside (charity registration 1161475) is looking for 5 new trustees with a passion for walking, cycling and the environment, to shape, support and future-proof the charity over the next 3 years as it enters an exciting phase of development.
To help us grow we are looking for experienced members of the public to join the Pathmakers board. We are are particularly keen to recruit trustees with skills in: leadership, financial management and fund-raising, administration, community engagement, communications, marketing, legal operating framework for small charities and project management.
These are not paid roles, but we will cover expenses.
In return for volunteering for about 8 hours per month Trustees appointed will:
* get the chance to meet people from diverse backgrounds and sectors
who are keen to protect the environment and to create better access;
* take part in four board meetings per year, bringing their personal
perspective and skills to certain tasks;
* develop strategic thinking and questioning skills;
* receive full induction and training for their role.

Recent and current Pathmakers projects include:
* Delivery of a 600 metre boardwalk at Burgh Castle to greatly improve
access for all at this fascinating site;
* Community Friends Walks, a project funded by Ordnance Survey to
prepare the way for developing a Smartphone app to help people find
local walking routes;
* Liftoff, a project part funded by the European Social Fund to enable
small or medium-sized rural businesses offer work experience, work
trials and internships for those who might face barriers to finding
work in the environment sector;
* Paving the Way, a bid in development to the Heritage Lottery Fund to
develop trustee skills through a programme of learning visits and
initiatives to strengthening governance.

For further details and to apply online please go to: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/pathmakers<http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/pathmakers>

If you have any queries or require a paper version of the application form, please contact [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

The deadline for applications is 31st May 2019.

Su Waldron, Administrator for Pathmakers | 01603 222810

Pathmakers (CIO), Charity number 1161475
Registered address: c/o Environment Team Norfolk County Council, Floor 6 County Hall, Norwich, NR1 2SG

Extract for Mach 2019

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7 March 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, District Councillor R Duffield and five members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application for a front and rear extension and detached single garage at 29 Elmham Road. The members objected to the application for the construction of single storey three-bedroom dwelling on land adjacent to the Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney as this is outside the settlement boundary and the Parish Council is concerned about highway safety as well as this being an intrusion into the rural countryside. Decisions. Breckland Council had given approval for the proposed single storey rear extension to replace existing extension at 9 Elmham Road, to demolish the existing single storey section and construct two single storey rear extensions at 30 Elmham Road, the single storey rear extension at 18 Elmham Road and the reserved matters application for a dwelling following previous outline permission at Hall Farm Barn Fakenham Road East Bilney.

County and District Councillor Reports. The County Councillor reported that Norfolk County Council set its budget on 11 February and there will be a 2.99% rise but there will not be any increase for Adult Social Services this coming year. The cumulative increase for Adult Social Services will be shone as a separate item on all the Council Tax forms. Norfolk County Council had received £29 million from the Government to spend on improving the independent living of the aged. By 2030 however it is forecast that any precept raised will only go to cover Adult Social Services. £186 million has been set aside for Children’s Services and at the latest Ofsted inspection the service was rated good and it is hoped that at the next inspection some services will be ranked outstanding. This is a major turn round over the past few years. District Councillor Duffield reported that Breckland Council has set a balanced budget which will see the Council Tax for a Band D property increase by £4.95 for the year.

Highways. The pothole at Corners Nursery had been reported as had the flooding at junctions with the B1146 to the north of East Bilney. The Parish Council is to have the hedge on its land on Elmham Road near to Holt Road cut back and will request that the owner of the adjoining fields does the same. Norfolk County Council had been contacted regarding the poor bridges over the stream for the footpaths in East Bilney. The Clerk is still in contact with Norfolk County Council over the blocking of the footpath in East Bilney.

Revised Bus Services. These commence on 7 April and all times are in the Beetley Buzz.Mobile Library. These are to be changed and as soon as details are received of the amendments these will be put on the website and in the Beetley Buzz.

Tree Felling. A parishioner requested that the Parish Council fell the tees on the School Playing field next to the footpath as the roots are encroaching into their garden and causing cracks in the garage wall. The Parish Council agreed to obtain prices to fell all of the trees. Whilst the Parish Council does not wish to fell trees it accepts that these trees are sending their roots across the footpath which is causing a trip hazard and into the adjoining houses.

Photocopier. The Parish Council apologises for the standard of copying of the Beetley Buzz in the past couple of months. It has terminated the contract with the current supplier and is purchasing a new copier.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 4 April 2019 to follow The Annual Parish Meeting which will commence at 7.00 p.m. at the Village Hall, Beetley. Planning applications are available for viewing from 6.45 p.m. Minutes.
The full minutes are available for viewing from the Minutes pages on this website.

Extract for January 2019

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 10 January at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond is also the District Councillor, District Councillor R Duffield and 4 members of the public. The meeting was called to discuss the planning applications below.

The Parish Council again objected to the revised plans for the erection of 1 dwelling with integral garage at Flint Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney. This is now a 4-bedroom dwelling whereas the outline permission was for a 3-bedroom dwelling, the turning area for the original dwelling is not suitable and that this should incorporate flint to match the existing dwelling. The new dwelling also overshadows the adjoining dwellings. An objection was raised to the reserved matters application for a dwelling following previous outline approval 3PL/2018/0614/O at Hall Farm Barn Fakenham Road East Bilney as this is larger than the outline and there were concerns regarding the visibility splay when exiting the property onto the Fakenham Road. No objection was raised to the single storey rear extension at18 Elmham Road or for the internal alterations with-in the rear lean-to(north), including realignment of 2 windows, replace with lead covered dormers, install ventilation bricks, extraction fan and install door and fanlight to east elevation of kitchen, repair to lean to roof at Martyrs Cottage Church Road East Bilney, nor to extend timescale for use of existing electricity generation compound at Beetley Landfill Folly Lane, nor to the single storey extension remove, and replace roof to form rooms in roof at Caltra Church Lane Beetley. The members objected to the erection of one cottage style dwelling and garage on the building plot adjacent Highfield Farm Church Road East Bilney as this is larger than the outline the orientation has changed and the dormers are now increased in the front of the building so the dwelling would be more intrusive into the rural aspect of the site.

Greesenhall Farm and Workhouse

The Friends of Gressenhall is a small charity and its aim is to support the work of the muse- um by raising funds for projects, promoting the presence and work of the Suffolk Punch hors- es and giving support to the many volunteers who make Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse such a special place. To find out more about the work of the Friends of Gressenhall or how to become a member, visit their website friendsofgressenhall.weebly.com

Extract for July 2018

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5 July at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond is also the District Councillor, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and District Councillor R Duffield.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the new dwelling at Hall Farm Barn Fakenham Road East Bilney as this is outside the settlement boundary, it is not infill, it is a greenfield site and is back garden development.
Decisions. Approval had been granted by Breckland Council for the replacement garage at 45 Beechcroft Elmham Road. Approval had also been granted by Breckland Council for the installaon of 15 holiday lodges, 1 lodge to form recepon, shop, toilet/changing facilies, children’s play area, wildflower meadow and associated landscaping at O,ers Mead Elmham Road.
Enforcement. The Parish Council is sll in contact with Breckland Council regarding the mobile homes at Shorthorn Nurseries and over the possible breach of building regulaons at the Paddocks School Road.
Minerals and Waste Consultaion.The members agreed with the inial assessment for an extension to the existing quarry, MIN12, which was assessed as being suitable. The extraction on would be transferred to the exisng processing plant by an extension to the conveyor belt. The members did not agree that two sites along Bilney Road were suitable although the third site on Bilney Road had not been assessed as suitable and the Parish Council agreed with this assessment. All three sites would have to have a processing plant or the gravel would have to be transported and the cumulave effect would not be acceptable. A further consultaon is due at the end of this year at the preferred sites stage of the consultaon.
County and District Council Reports. District Councillor Duffield stated that there is a problem with parking for the school along Gressenhall Road and the school will be contacted to stress that the parking is causing an obstrucon. There had also been complaints from residents along Elmham Road who had had their drives and access blocked.
Review of Bus Services. The Parish Council had received confirmation that the proposed new service will now go along High House Road. The service started on 23 July. Further clarificaon is being sought on mings.
Highways. Following the parishioner spoke at the meeting regarding the speeding along High House Road the Speedwatch team had done two sessions on High House Road. The Speedwatch team had also done two sessions on Fakenham Road with2 being caught the first time and 12 the second. Further sessions are planned for July. The Clerk is sll pursuing the repairs to the two trods and to have the red lining outside the school during holiday times.
Footpaths. The County Councillor agreed to take up the issues with the footpaths that have not been re-instated especially as there had been several complaints from parishioners.
Beetley River Meadows. The Parish Council had received consent to li/ the crown of one oak tree part of which is dead to allow cu?ng beneath. Ca,le had strayed onto the Meadows from the land adjacent. The Charity which owns the land had been wri,en to stressing that the Parish Council did not wish to have a repeat of this and trust that the fencing is now secure.

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