Extracts April 2019 – March 2020


Extract for April 2019

Annual Parish Meeting
Prior to the Parish Council meeting, the Annual Parish meeting was held. Reports were presented by the Chairman of the Parish Council, Community Car Scheme, County and District Councillors, Speedwatch Co-ordinators for both Beetley and East Bilney, the Parochial Church Council and the Pre-School. Reports had also been received from the Scout Group and the Primary School which will be posted on the website.

Parish Council Meeting
A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4 April 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 nine members of the public.
Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application to re-build kitchen, new ground floor extension and new window to en-suite at The Rectory Church Road Old Beetley. The members objected to the revised site layout plan and site levels 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. The Parish Council objected to the applications for a change of use to agricultural buildings into dwellings at Beck Farm East Bilney as this is again outside the settlement boundary and three dwellings have already been granted approval. Decisions. Breckland Council had given approval for the application for a front and rear extension and detached single garage at 29 Elmham Road and for the reserved matters for erection of dwelling and garage following outline approval (3PL/2018/0909/O) on building plot adjacent Highfield Farm Church Road East Bilney. countryside.
Patient Participation Group. Councillor Richmond reported that whilst there is no facility to stockpile medicine at the surgery the pharmacy is able to cross-reference medicines to be able to hold a stock.
Highways. The hedge on Elmham Road near to Holt Road had been cut back. Norfolk County council had confirmed that signs to Beetley Church will be erected on Fakenham Road and High House Road. The Clerk is still in contact with Norfolk County Council over the blocking of the footpath in East Bilney and the replacement of the red lining outside the school. The Parish Council had been successful in its bid for funding from Norfolk County Council for an extension of the trod along Fakenham Road to the Scout Hut. Unfortunately, the cost quoted has now doubled and Norfolk County Council is to be requested to confirm the price.
Footpaths. Several footpaths have not been sprayed off after planting and this will be reported to Norfolk County Council.
Elections. There are to be elections for the Parish Council on 2 May and this will cost the Parish about £1000.
Tree Felling. The Parish Council accepted a quotation for the felling and this will be carried out during the Easter School holidays
Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 9 May 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 [email protected]

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Extract for My 2019

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 9 May at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Atterwill, and five members of the public.

Election of Chairman. Councillor J O’Donovan was re-elected Chairman for the ensuing year.Election of Vice-Chairman. Councillor Rose was re-elected Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year.

New Councillor. Following the election on 2 May Councillor Henry Johnson was elected a member of the Parish Council in place of Mr T Turner.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the proposed single storey extensions, internal alterations and enlargement of existing garage at Windermere 43 Elmham Road. The Parish Council objected to the application for the erection of two detached dwellings on the plot adjacent to Redroofs 73 Fakenham Road as this is outside the settlement boundary and the members had very serious concerns about highway safety as there would be an additional access onto the properties and there is insufficient visibility splay. The members also objected again to the detailed application for the erection of 1 dwelling with integral garage following outline approval at Flint Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney. Again this is outside the settlement boundary, there are highway safety concerns, the new property would overshadow the adjacent properties causing loss of amenity. In addition, there were concerns over the parking arrangements and the dwelling was being squashed into the plot. There had been a meeting on site with the officers regarding this application and the Parish Council had requested a site visit by the Planning Committee.

Decisions. Breckland Council had given approval for the application to re-build kitchen, new ground floor extension and new window to en-suite at The Rectory Church Road Old Beetley.

SNAP Meeting. Councillor Richmond reported that he had attended this and there has been a 40% reduction in rural crime following the campaign. The priorities agreed were rural crime, supply of drugs and cycling on pavements. The meetings are now to be held every three months and the next meeting is on 31 July at Breckland Council offices if any one wishes to attend.

Highways. A complaint had been made to Norfolk County Council about lorries traveling through Beetley from the aggregate quarry in East Bilney prior to the specified hours of working. The site had been monitored and there had been instances of the regulations being abused. The company had been written to by Norfolk County Council. The potholes at the junction of Beech Road and Wood Drive had been reported but these are not at intervention level but they will continue to be monitored by the Highways Inspector. The pothole on School Road Old Beetley had been repaired. The hedge on Elmham Road near to Holt Road had been reported but this is not at intervention level according to Norfolk County Council. The following will all be reported to Norfolk County Council-the dropped ironworks on Fakenham Road, the loose 30 mph sign on School Road and potholes on School Road.

Footpaths. The footpaths that have not been sprayed off after planting had been reported to Norfolk County Council who had informed the Parish Council that letters had been sent to the landowners. The Countryside Access Officer had confirmed to the County Councillor that a possible resolution to the blocking of the footpath in East Bilney had been submitted to the legal department at Norfolk County Council for approval.


Extract for June 2019

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

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the proposed residential development comprising four 1.5 storey dwellings and garaging on land at Green Lane as this is outside the settlement boundary and the members had very serious concerns about highway safety at this point in the village. This parcel of land had been submitted for inclusion in the Local Development Framework but had been assessed as unsuitable by Breckland Council. The Parish Council was also concerned that several mature trees would have to be felled for the development to take place which would be contrary to wishes of the Parish Council to maintain all trees and hedgerows. The members also objected to the proposed two self-build bungalows on land at Beetley Grange. This is another application to develop the land to the rear of the properties on Beetley Grange. All previous applications had been refused and the Planning Inspector had upheld the decisions by Breckland Council to refuse the applications. The members listened to the views of the residents present who stated that this is outside the settlement boundary and is little different from all previous. Whilst this is for self-build this could change at a later application if permission is granted for this application. The Parish Council decided to support the residents who had responded to the application and were present at the meeting as this application would affect the amenity of the residents and it is outside the settlement boundary. Decisions. Breckland Council had given approval for the detailed application for the erection of 1 dwelling with integral garage at Flint Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney and for the proposed single storey front and side extensions, internal alterations and enlargement of existing garage art Windermere 43 Elmham Road Beetley. Breckland Council had refused the applications for the change of use of agricultural buildings to 4 dwellings and 1 dwelling at Beck Farm East Bilney.

Patient Participation Group. Councillor Richmond reported that he had attended this and that all medicines are now in place in the event of Brexit, that there is still concern about the telephone answering call queue and a new contract has been signed for an improved system. The Triage system appears to be accepted by patients.

Highways. There is to be a road closure at the junction of B1145 and B1146 which is the junction of the Fakenham Road and King’s Lynn Road at night from 1 July for 5 nights from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. Please be aware that it will not be possible to travel from Beetley to Fakenham, Litcham or Bawdeswell by using this junction. Diversions will be signed but these are very long so please allow extra time. The potholes on School Road Old Beetley had been reported as had the loose 30 mph sign on School Road.

Footpaths. The contractor is to be requested to cut the footpath from Fakenham Road alongside the school playing field and the entrance on Green Lane into the permissive path through the woods to Beetley River Meadows.

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