Chedgrave Parish Council

Chedgrave is situated off the A146 between Norwich and Beccles adjacent to Loddon and on the River Chet, with boatyards and access to the Norfolk Broads, midway between Norwich & Gt. Yarmouth. The Parish Council holds monthly meetings to review planning and environmental issues, the provision and maintenance of the play area and play equipment, and manage the finance. Also the upkeep of Chedgrave Common, arranging and sponsoring the annual Easter egg hunt, Christmas lights, and other social events.

Your Parish Council meets on the first Thursday of each month at the All Saints Church meeting room at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend, and there is 15 minutes allocated on our agenda for public participation. The meetings are regularly attended by our District Councillor and County Councillor and our Tree Warden; there is also an open invitation for the local police to attend if possible.

 

 

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Barry Stone – County Councillor for the Loddon Division  

Parish Council Report – July 2017

Key Issues

Local Member Highways Budget
Background

A new fund has been created to provide each local Member with an annual budget of £6,000 to be used on highway work within each financial year. This offers flexibility to progress small highway projects at Members discretion based upon local need.

What can the money be spent on?

The funding can be spent on a wide variety of highway related aspects. Typical uses could include:

  • Advisory signs i.e. “Unsuitable for HGV’s and advisory speed limits i.e. 20mph signs outside schools would be possible.
  • Small footway extensions and modifications
  • More significant work to public rights of way
  • Minor drainage work
  • New non regulatory signs and replacement of existing signs and road markings. Possibly some new road markings such as “SLOW”.
  • Feasibility work or investigations that cannot be resourced by existing front line budgets.
  • Minor traffic management projects including Traffic Regulation Order related works. However, it should be noted that these works can cost between £3,000 and £5,000 each and may be difficult to deliver within a 12 month timescale.
  • Day rates for gangs to carry out additional maintenance to areas of the highways that a local Member would like improved i.e. public footpaths or verges.
  • Other highway improvements – improved visibility splays, junction improvements, kerbing, work in conservation areas.
  • Capital grants to parish councils for highway maintenance related equipment such as grasscutting or footway gritting equipment.

What is excluded from the fund?

Illuminated signs, street lighting or reflective bollards are not included in this initiative. This aligns with NCC energy saving objective of 50% by 2020, based on 2007 baseline.

In addition, the budget of £6,000 is not to be exceeded. Any schemes which are likely to exceed this amount will not be taken forward, unless other funding streams are confirmed.

Who can help provide advice on what can be delivered and how?

Your local Highways Area team can provide the necessary help and advice on what the engineering solutions to any given problem may be. These options will be location specific and will usually involve a site visit to fully understand the issues and identify the optimum solution.

Who records and monitors spend?

Your local Highways Area team will provide an initial cost estimate and if delivery is agreed, will then monitor construction / installation costs. Given the nature of construction, there may be unexpected or unforeseen costs which will need to be managed within the £6,000 allocation.

Who can deliver the proposals?

It is expected that the majority of works would be undertaken by Norfolk County Council and its approved supply chain. Grants made to direct to Town and Parish Councils would follow that Councils procurement rules.

Delivering local highway improvements in partnership with Town and Parish Councils

I am delighted to inform you that due to the success of working in partnership with Parish/Town Councils for the last six years the Parish Partnership Scheme Initiative will again be repeated in the financial year 2018/19. Further supporting information, including possible funding sources for your share of the bid, is available on our website (click on this link).

The County Council has again allocated £300,000 on a 50/50 basis to fund schemes put forward by Town and Parish Councils to deliver projects that are priorities for local communities. We are particularly keen to encourage and support first-time bids.

Full details Should have already been forwarded to all Parish Councils.

Norfolk County Council could build and sell homes to raise millions to protect services

The county council is looking to generate millions of pounds to protect frontline services – by building and selling homes on its land – something that was pledged in the Norfolk Conservative election manfiesto.

Councillors were asked earlier this week agree to create a Norfolk County Council-owned spin-off company, to be set up specifically to “exploit” the value of the authority’s 1,200 strong property portfolio. At the meeting on Tuesday, councillors agreed to name the company ‘Repton Developments’ – after the 19th Century landscape designer Humphrey Repton.

Repton Developments will use land deemed surplus to the council’s needs to build homes on, with the thinking that the profit made after land and homes are sold will go back into County Hall’s coffers – to help head off cuts to services.

The council has set itself a target to make £20m over the next three years by disposing of land and properties which it owns.

The council has a property portfolio of 1,186 buildings and land, which includes the County Farms estate, schools, libraries, offices and fire stations.

IN 2015/16, the portfolio was valued at £791m, with an annual running cost of £44m and an estimated repair backlog of £67m.

 

Highway Improvement Bids

On 6/4/17 DfT issued NPIF (National Productivity Investment Fund) guidance for Local Highway Authorities to submit a maximum of two bids over two financial years (2018/19 & 2019/20). Most bids are expected to fall within the £2-£5m range and should: 

increase and rebalance productivity, by relieving congestion and delivering upgrades to local roads and public transport networks.  must promote or facilitate one or more of the following aims:

1) ease congestion and provide upgrades on important national, regional or local routes

2) unlock economic and job creation opportunities; or

3) enable the delivery of new housing developments.”

Norfolk County Highways have submitted two bids for potential, deliverable schemes we consider best meet the 3 aims above which are:

1.         A140 Hempnall Crossroads 

2.  A146/C203 George Lane, Loddon

These schemes have been developed to identify outline proposals and cost estimates to inform a bid, for delivery over the two financial years 18/19/20. The DfT submission deadline was 30th June 2017.

Bidders are also expected to fund around 30% of costs, which can include third parties. DfT advise that Private sector funding/support will strengthen cases (i.e. link to productivity, growth, jobs, and housing). As these schemes help unlock planned development we are securing developer or other (e.g. CIL) funding to cover that 30% contribution.

What this means to us is that the Loddon works costing £3.5m, including the realignment of the high-pressure gas main, would be grant funded 70% and developer funded 30%. The result of these bids is expected in the autumn so it means that it is unlikely work will start until after the Hales roundabout has been delivered.

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Chedgrave Parish Council Accounts 2017

Submitted for final external audit.

WHAT BODIES NEED TO DO TO ADVERTISE THE PERIOD DURING WHICH ELECTORS AND INTERESTED PERSONS MAY EXERCISE RIGHTS RELATING TO THE ANNUAL ACCOUNTS?

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 require that:

1. The accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested, during a period of 30 working days set by the Body and including the first 10 working days of July.

2. The period referred to in paragraph (1) starts with the day on which the period for the exercise of public rights is treated as having been commenced i.e. the day following the day on which all of the obligations in paragraph (3) below have been fulfilled.

3. The responsible financial officer for a relevant authority must, on behalf of that authority, publish (which must include publication on the authority’s website):

(a) the Accounting Statements (i.e. Section 2 of the Annual Return), accompanied by:

(i) a declaration, signed by that officer to the effect that the status of the Accounting Statements are unaudited and that the Accounting Statements as published may be subject to change;

(ii) the Annual Governance Statement (i.e. Section 1 of the Annual Return); and

(b) a statement that sets out—

(i) the period for the exercise of public rights;

(ii) details of the manner in which notice should be given of an intention to inspect the accounting records and other documents;

(iii) the name and address of the local auditor;

(iv) the provisions contained in section 26 (inspection of documents etc.) and section 27 (right to make objections at audit) of the Act, as they have effect in relation to the authority in question;

HOW DO YOU DO IT?

1. You will meet statutory requirements if you fully and accurately complete the notice of public rights pro forma in this letter, and

2. Publish (including publication on the Body’s website) the approved Sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Return, the completed notice and the notes which accompany it (Council Accounts: A Summary of Your Rights).

Name of smaller body: ________________________________________________________________________

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL RETURN

ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2017

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

NOTICE

NOTES

1. Date of announcement (a)

2. Each year the body’s Annual Return needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. The unaudited Annual Return has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2017 these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

(b)

commencing on (c)

and ending on (d)

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and

  • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the body.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

4. The body’s Annual Return is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:

Mazars LLP, The Rivergreen Centre, Aykley Heads, County Durham. DH1 5TS

5. This announcement is made by (e)

(a) Insert date of placing of the notice which must be not less than 1 day before the date in (c) below

(b) Insert name, position and address/telephone number/ email address, as appropriate, of the Clerk or other person to which any person may apply to inspect the accounts

(c) Insert date, which must be at least 1 day after the date of announcement in (a) above and at least 30 working days before the date appointed in (d) below

(d) The inspection period between (c) and (d) must be 30 working days inclusive and must include the first 10 working days of July.

(e) Insert name and position of person placing the notice – this person must be the responsible financial officer for the body

COUNCIL ACCOUNTS: A SUMMARY OF YOUR RIGHTS

Please note that this summary applies to all smaller relevant bodies, including drainage boards and other smaller authorities.

The basic position

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (the Act) governs the work of auditors appointed to councils and other local public bodies. The Act and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 also cover the duties, responsibilities and rights of councils, other organisations and the public concerning the accounts being audited. As a local resident, or an interested person, you have certain legal rights in respect of the accounts of local councils. As an interested person you can inspect a council’s accounts and related documents. If you are a local government elector for the area to which the accounts relate you can also ask questions about the accounts and object to them. You do not have to pay directly for exercising your rights. However, any resulting costs incurred by the council form part of its running costs. Therefore, indirectly, local residents pay for the cost of you exercising your rights through their council tax.

The right to inspect the accounts

Any interested person can inspect the accounts, which includes but is not limited to local electors. You can inspect your council’s accounts, any related documents, and any report the auditor made in that financial year. The law says you may inspect the accounts to be audited and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to them for that financial year. You can copy all, or part, of these accounts and related documents. Your inspection must be about the accounts, or relate to an item in the accounts. You cannot, for example, inspect or copy documents unrelated to the accounts, or that include personal information about staff. You may also not be able to inspect information which is protected by commercial confidentiality. This is information which would prejudice commercial confidentiality if it was released to the public and there is not, set against this, a very strong reason in the public interest why it should nevertheless be disclosed.

When councils have finished preparing accounts for the financial year they must make them available for inspection. There must be a 30 working day period, called the ‘period for the exercise of public rights’, during which you can exercise your statutory right to inspect the accounts. Councils must tell the public, including advertising this on their website, that the accounts and related documents are available to inspect. By arrangement you will then have 30 working days to inspect and make copies of the accounts. You may have to pay a copying charge. The 30 day period must include a common period of inspection during which all councils’ accounts are available to inspect. This will be 1-14 July 2016 for 2015-16 accounts. The advertisement must set out the dates of the period for the exercise of public rights, how you can communicate to the council that you wish to inspect the accounts and related documents, the name and address of the auditor, and the relevant legislation that governs the inspection of accounts and objections.

The right to ask the auditor questions about the accounts

Anybody can ask a question, but only local electors can ask questions formally. You should first ask your council about the accounts. If you are a local elector, your right to ask questions of the external auditor is enshrined in law. However, while the auditor will answer your questions where possible, they are not always obliged to do so. For example, the question might be better answered by another organisation, require investigation beyond the auditor’s remit, or involve disproportionate cost (which is borne by the local taxpayer). Give your council the opportunity first to explain anything in the accounts that you are unsure about. If you are not satisfied with the council’s explanation, you can ask the external auditor to explain points in the accounts.

The law limits the time available for you formally to ask questions. This must be done in the period for the exercise of pubic rights, so let the external auditor know your concern as soon as possible. The advertisement or notice that tells you the accounts are available to inspect will also give the period for the exercise of public rights during which you may ask the auditor questions, which here means formally asking questions under the Act. You can ask someone to represent you when asking the external auditor questions.

Before you ask the external auditor any questions, inspect the accounts fully, so you know what they contain. Please remember that you cannot formally ask questions, under the Act, after the end of the period for the exercise of public rights. You may ask your council other questions about their accounts for any year, at any time. But these are not questions under the Act.

You can ask the external auditor questions about an item in the accounts for the financial year being audited. However, your right to ask the external auditor questions is limited. The external auditor can only answer ‘what’ questions, not ‘why’ questions. The external auditor cannot answer questions about the council’s policies, finances, procedures or anything else unless it is directly relevant to an item in the accounts. Remember that your questions must always be about facts, not opinions. To avoid misunderstanding, we recommend that you always put your questions in writing.

The right to object to the accounts

You have inspected the accounts and asked your questions. Now you may wish to object to the accounts on the basis that an item in them is in your view unlawful or there are matters of wider concern arising from the Council’s finances. A local government elector can ask the external auditor to apply to the High Court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful, or to issue a report on matters which are in the public interest. You must tell the external auditor which specific item in the accounts you object to and why you think the item is unlawful, or why you think that a public interest report should be made about it. You must provide the external auditor with the evidence you have to support your objection. Disagreeing with income or spending does not make it unlawful. To object to the council’s accounts you must write to the external auditor stating you want to make an objection, including the information and evidence below and you must send a copy to the council. The notice must include:

  • confirmation that you are an elector in the council’s area;

  • why you are objecting to the accounts and the facts on which you rely;

  • details of any item in the accounts that you think is unlawful;

  • details of any matter you think the external auditor should make a public interest report about; and

  • what you would like the external auditor to do.

Other than it must be in writing, there is no set format for objecting. You can ask someone to represent you and deal with your objection. This person does not have to live in the area covered by your council. You must say which power or powers you would like the external auditor to consider using to deal with your objection. You can only ask the external auditor to act within the powers available under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. You can ask the external auditor to do either or both of the following:

  • issue a report in the public interest; and/or

  • apply to the courts for a declaration that an item of account is against the law.

A final word

You may not use this ‘right to object’ to make a personal complaint or claim against your council. You should take such complaints to your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau, local Law Centre or to your solicitor. Councils, and so local taxpayers, meet the costs of dealing with questions and objections. In deciding whether to take your objection forward, one of a series of factors the auditor must take into account is the cost that will be involved. They will only continue with the objection if it is in the public interest to do so. If you appeal to the courts against an auditor’s decision, you will have to pay for the action yourself.

For more detailed guidance on public rights and the special powers of auditors, copies of the publication Council Accounts – a guide to your rights are available from the NAO website.

If you wish to contact your Council’s appointed external auditor please write to the address in paragraph 4 of the notice of public rights and publication of unaudited Annual Return.

 

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The Parish Council met on 1st June 2017. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Parish Vacancies:

  • Parish Clerk commencing August 2017, remunerated 5hours per week

  • Parish Councillors x 1 to be co-opted

  • Tree Warden

Anyone interested in applying for any of these positions should contact the Parish Clerk.

Parish Councillor: Fiona Husband was co-opted as a Parish Councillor at the last meeting.

Draft Broads Landscape & Landscaping Guide Consultation: Chedgrave Common has now been included as a local green space in the BA proposals whilst the private land behind the boatyards has been removed.

Norwich Road 30MPH: The Parish Council have requested that the 30MPH sign be moved closer to the A146, before the junction with Big Back Lane. A number of near misses at this junction have been reported to the Parish Council recently.

Local Needs Affordable Housing: It is now proposed that the new development be accessed from the end of Grebe Drive, subject to satisfactory agreement between Saffron, the Parish Council and the landowner.

Chedgrave Common: Please be aware that ponies are grazing on The Common. Please do not approach or feed them. Ensure gates are shut after you. Keep dogs on leads and clear up after them.

Lych Gate Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing and we await the outcome of applications that have been made for grant funding. Relatives of the lost serviceman are being traced with the assistance of the Loddon Historical Society. A generous donation has been made anonymously by a member of the public as well as a personal donation from the CEO of Adnams, Mr Wood. We are truly grateful for these donations.

Donations: Each year the PC makes donations to local charities which benefit the community. This year we have made donations of £50 each to: The MS Centre, Norfolk Accident Rescue, Loddon Community Gym, Loddon On Call, Loddon Day Centre, East Anglian Air Ambulance, East Anglian Children’s Hospice and Citizens Advice Bureau.

Picnic in The Pits: Will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017 from 12noon to 3pm. All are welcome to attend this free event. Look out for further information on the noticeboards and website which will be provided nearer the time.

Wherryman’s Way: We await confirmation from Norfolk County Council on when the remainder of the path will be re-opened.

Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk 

Faulty street lights, potholes, problems with roads, footpaths or public rights of way, road safety, flooding and overgrown trees and verges should be reported to Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or online at www.norfolk.gov.uk

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 6th July 2017 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave

PLEASE KEEP DOGS ON LEADS IN OUR PLAY AREAS & CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOG .THERE ARE DOG FOUL BINS AND LITTER BINS AVAILABLE IN THE VILLAGE

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The Parish Council met on 4th May 2017. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

 Parish Vacancies:
  • Parish Clerk commencing August 2017, remunerated 5hours per week
  • Parish Councillors x 2 to be co-opted
  • Tree Warden

Anyone interested in applying for any of these positions should contact the Parish Clerk.

Chedgrave Common: Please be aware that ponies are grazing on The Common. Please do not approach or feed them. Ensure gates are shut after you. Keep dogs on leads and clear up after them.

Lych Gate Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing and we await the outcome of applications that have been made for grant funding. Relatives of the lost serviceman are being traced with the assistance of the Loddon Historical Society.

Permissive Footpath behind The Boatyards: The tree has now been cleared and the footpath re-opened, thanks to the landowners.

Community Payback: Community Payback have completed their work in the village, painting the bus shelters, weeding and tidying around Grebe Drive play area; weeding and tidying around the allotments hedge. If there are any other tasks that you feel Community Payback could carry out in the village, please contact the Clerk. Tasks must be in public areas for the benefit of the community.

Picnic in The Pits: Will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017 from 12noon to 3pm. All are welcome to attend this free event. Look out for further information which will be provided nearer the time.

Wherryman’s Way: We await confirmation from Norfolk County Council on when the remainder of the path will be re-opened.

Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Faulty street lights, potholes, problems with roads, footpaths or public rights of way, road safety, flooding and overgrown trees and verges should be reported to Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or online at www.norfolk.gov.uk

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 1st June 2017 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave

PLEASE CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOG

THERE ARE DOG FOUL BINS AND LITTER BINS AVAILABLE IN THE VILLAGE

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The Parish Council met on 6th April 2017. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Parish Vacancies: Following the resignation of Jim Riley from the Parish Council, we now have positions available for Tree Warden and two Parish Councillors. Anyone interested in taking any of these positions should contact the Parish Clerk.

Chedgrave Common: The unauthorised caravan on Chedgrave Common has now moved on. Ragwort spraying has been carried out and we will soon have ponies grazing upon The Common for conservation purposes. It is the intention of the Parish Council and Norfolk County Council to agree the exact position of FP10 on The Common so that it can be clearly defined and a route cleared so that it can be used.

Lych Gate Memorial: A further grant of £1000 has been received from South Norfolk Council; putting funds raised so far just over £5000. Fundraising is ongoing and we await the outcome of applications that have been made for grant funding. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Permissive Footpath behind The Boatyards: During a recent storm a large tree fell across this path. The landowners are in the process of clearing the tree so that the permissive footpath can be re-opened.

Community Payback: We shall soon have Community Payback working in the village to carry out various tasks such as painting the bus shelters, weeding and tidying around Grebe Drive play area; weeding and tidying around the allotments hedge. If there are any other tasks that you feel Community Payback can carry out in the village, please contact the Clerk. Tasks must be in public areas for the benefit of the community.

Wherryman’s Way: The Broads Authority have been felling trees from Chedgrave Common to the Floods, leaving smaller trees for kingfisher roosts. The intention is that over the next few years The Chet will be dredged and the dredgings will be put on the bank in order to raise it by approximately half a metre. The Broads Authority shall be requesting funding form Norfolk County Council to fund the repair/replacement of the bridges. We await confirmation from Norfolk County Council on when the remainder of the path will be re-opened.

Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Faulty street lights, potholes, problems with roads, footpaths or public rights of way, road safety, flooding and overgrown trees and verges should be reported to Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or online at www.norfolk.gov.uk

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 4th May 2017 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave, preceded by the Annual Parish Council Meeting at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

PLEASE CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOG

THERE ARE DOG FOUL BINS AND LITTER BINS AVAILABLE IN THE VILLAGE

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The Annual Report  April 2017 is available to view via the sub menu – Parish Council – Annual Report.


The Parish Council met on 2nd March 2017. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Parish Vacancies: We have positions available for Tree Warden and Parish Councillor. Anyone interested in taking up either of these positions should contact the Parish Clerk.

Chedgrave Common: The unauthorised caravan on Chedgrave Common should be moved by the end of March. If it is not removed, then the Parish Council will have no option than to go to Court for a possession order.

Lych Gate Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing and applications have been made for grant funding in addition to the £4000 of funds and donations we have already received. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Wherryman’s Way: We await confirmation from Norfolk County Council on when the remainder of the path will be re-opened. There is a high incidence of dog fouling along this path.

Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Faulty street lights, potholes, problems with roads, footpaths or public rights of way, road safety, flooding and overgrown trees and verges should be reported to Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or online at www.norfolk.gov.uk


The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 6th April 2nd 2017 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave, preceded by the Annual Parish Meeting at 7pm.

PLEASE CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOG.                                                                                     THERE ARE DOG FOUL BINS AND LITTER BINS AVAILABLE IN THE VILLAGE

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The Parish Council met on 2nd February 2017. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Parish Vacancies: We have positions available for Tree Warden and Parish Councillor, following the resignations of Jim Riley and Cheryl Frost. Anyone interested in taking up either of these positions should contact the Parish Clerk.

Police: Loddon Safer Neighbourhood Team will be conducting a Street Surgery on Saturday 25th March 2017 from 12pm to 1.30pm at the Co-op, Church Plain, Loddon

Broads Local Plan: The nomination made by a member of the public for an area of land behind the boatyards to be designated as Local Green Space has been objected to by the landowners, Parish Council and South Norfolk Council. This land is private and was proposed without prior consultation with the landowners. Chedgrave Parish Council have proposed Chedgrave Common be included in the plan instead. More information can be found at:

http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/planning/planningpolicies/development/future-local-plan

Planning: Four planning applications were considered by the Parish Council, three of which recorded No Comment from the PC. Application 2017/0123 Land to the rear of 18-32 Langley Road, outline planning permission for three dwellings was recommended by the PC for OBJECTION on the grounds that it falls outside the development boundary, is in a conservation area and at risk of flooding.

Wherryman’s Way: The footpath between Pits Lane and The Common has been open since Christmas. We await confirmation from Norfolk County Council on when the remainder of the path will be re-opened. There is a high incidence of dog fouling along this path.

PLEASE CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOG. THERE ARE DOG FOUL BINS AVAILABLE AT PITS LANE & COMMON LOKE, AS WELL AS OTHERS IN THE VILLAGE.

Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Lych-gate War Memorial: Fund raising is ongoing and a number of private donations have been received. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Allotments: All plots are taken for this season and there is a now a waiting list should a plot become vacant. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Travellers: At the time of writing, we have travellers on both The Common and on private land off Common Loke. It is the intention of both the PC and the landowner to remove the travellers and their vehicles as soon as possible. The Police are aware.

The Pits: It is evident that vehicles are driving upon the grass at Chedgrave Pits. If you have witnessed this or have any information regarding this matter, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Easter Egg Hunt: Will be held on Easter Monday 17th April 2017 at 10am.

Faulty street lights, potholes, problems with roads, footpaths or public rights of way, road safety, flooding and overgrown trees and verges should be reported to Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or online at www.norfolk.gov.uk

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 2nd March 2017 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave.

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Barry Stone – County Councillor for the Loddon Division

Parish Council Report – February 2017

Key Issues

Wherryman’s Way Pits Lane-Chedgrave Common Update

As you will be aware, the easy-access path and crest raising works are complete. However, as the surfaced path reaches to the Common only and does not tie-in with the existing path towards Hardley Flood, it has not been possible to fully open the path all the way to the hide. EA/BESL request that vegetation is allowed to establish and soil be allowed to stabilize over the short section at the end of the moorings before being reopened. This is necessary to ensure long-term structural integrity of the flood wall and is consistent with all other Broads flood alleviation schemes where coincident with rights of way. As soon as EA/BESL are content that the short section of flood wall is safe to open then the path to the hide will be cleared of vegetation and opened as soon as possible.

Tree clearance works along the Chet left bank have been completed by the Broads Authority in partnership with Norfolk Trails. This forms the first year of a three year clearance programme. The clearance of trees along the bank will serve three functions. Firstly, by allowing light into the bank edge a reed fringe will be encouraged which will provide defense against wave erosion. Secondly, the risk of unstable trees falling, and in doing so lifting sections of the bank will be removed. Thirdly, the resulting brash will be placed behind the wall on the Flood side and be used to retain deposited dredgings. I understand that dredging is programmed for the Chet during the coming financial year, and years following, with all spoil to be placed on the bank.

Loddon Roundabout

Just prior to Christmas, the Growth Board agreed to loan additional funds to Halsbury Homes in order to facilitate the early delivery of the off-site highway works in one package so that the roundabout and the George Lane works are completed before any houses are occupied.

NCC have subsequently confirmed their requirements in connection with the necessary S278 Agreement (and the associated the associated financial commitments) and have contacted Halsbury Home’s solicitors in an effort to expedite matters. They are also due to meet the developer’s contractor within the next week to discuss logistical matters such as booking road space, programming works and traffic management proposals.

My current information is that Halsbury Homes was hoping to start works in March on the George Lane section of the scheme (as this was the most sensitive and it would be beneficial to do as much as possible during the school holidays) and then move onto the main roundabout scheme April/May time.

However, I have recently been informed that the high pressure gas main in Mundham Road may now either need to be diverted or the junction proposal amended to take into account the gas main. The developer’s consultants are currently working on this.

Finally, it would appear that the developer has not yet applied for a Streetworks Permit for the George Lane works so even these are looking unlikely to start in March.

On a positive note, the funding is all in place and NCC are currently working on the legal agreement so that as soon as the design alterations are complete or the Streetworks permit issued, works can commence.

Green Pastures Junction, A146

With regard to Green Pastures I can confirm NCC can commit to deliver the Traffic Management scheme to a capped figure of £5000. Obviously, if it is less any unspent monies would be returned to the respective parties’ pro-rata.

Budget Briefing Note

  • The budget proposals for 2017/18 and the Medium Term Financial Strategy for the next three years have now been approved by all the service committees and will the discussed by P&R Committee on 6th February.

If approved, they will then be debated by Full Council on 20th February.

Norfolk County Council will spend a total of £1.4billion in 2017/18 (the gross budget)

The approximate split between services for next year as follows:

  • Adult Social Care: £370m
  • Children’s Services: £237m
  • Schools: £359m
  • Community and Environmental Services: £323m
  • Finance and Property: £72m
  • Resources: £42m

NB: These are indicative figures and are subject to alteration

This money comes from a mixture of sources, including:

  • Dedicated Schools Grant (from the government)
  • Interest receipts
  • business rates
  • sales, fees & charges
  • government grants, including the Revenue Support Grant.
  • After these funding sources have been taken into account, the remaining amount of income needed to balance the budget is called the net budget.

The net budget for 2017/18 is £358.8m – and is funded from council tax

  • The proposed 4.8% increase in council tax for 2017/18 comprises a social care precept of 3% and a CPI increase of 1.8%.
  • The 4.8% increase will bring in an extra £16million to the county council.
  • For a band D council tax payer, the increase amounts to an additional £1.10 a week.
  • In total, next year, the county council’s services will cost a band D household £1,247.95 for the year, or £23.93 a week.

What about savings?:

  • Savings will be required because our revenue support grant from the government is being reduced by over £30million in 2017/18, while cost pressures and demand for our care services continue to rise.
  • There are savings of £44m to be made in 2017/18.
  • The majority of these savings come from smart financial management and efficiencies
  • But, there are some very difficult choices that have been put forward by the Adult Social Care Committee.

Future years

  • Beyond 2017/18, there are already savings found for the following two years – this is part of the medium-term financial plan.
  • 2018/19 has planned savings of £13.6m. This leaves a remaining budget gap of £15.6
  • 2019/20 has planned savings of £11.3m. This leaves a remaining budget gap of £18.6

More details on this year’s budget

  • Our intention in recommending this budget to Full Council, is to set a clean slate for services, taking away forward debt and establishing realistic budgets on a firm foundation that officers can deliver and that councillors can scrutinise and monitor.
  • In practice, this means:
  • Removing or deferring £20m of savings previously agreed for 2017/18 which are simply not going to be achieved, and a further £8m over the following two years.
  • Investing £25.872m to support the Adult Social Care budget:
    • £6.134m for demographic growth pressures.
    • £4.500m for Cost of Care pressures.
    • £5.660m for pay and price market pressures.
    • £9.578m to address 2016-17 overspend pressures (including one-off ASC support grant of £4.197m in 2017-18 (New Homes Bonus)).
  • For children’s services – putting £9m into the budget for next year on a one-off basis to ensure that the over-spend in 2016-17 is not taken forward into 2017/18.

Key Messages

Context

  • We have been running the council for eight months.
  • We inherited a budget from the Alliance which had provision for £8million of savings. But this year’s budget began to unfold almost from month one. Over-spends in children’s and adult’s services were being reported early on – compounded by the difficulty of trying to achieve the promised savings.
  • Under the Alliance, these overspends would have been hidden by reserves in previous years – aimed at bolstering the position and masking the reality of the challenge we face.
  • As Conservatives, we take a different approach.

What’s the message?

  • We are focused 100% on putting our finances on a strong, sustainable footing after three years of the Labour-led alliance kicking the can down the road.
  • That ’kicking the can down the road’ now has a cost – £40million – that is the price Norfolk has to pay for the mistakes and inaction of the alliance.
  • We are hugely reluctant to increase council tax at all, but by doing so, we can:
    • clear up the mess
    • put our finances back on a sound footing
    • ensure the most vulnerable continue to be supported
    • protect the front-line services which are valued across Norfolk.

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Hardley Road Allotments Orchard Planting — see photo gallery.

 

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The Parish Council met on 1st December 2016 and 5th January 2017. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

New Councillor: We are pleased to announce that Paul Frost has been co-opted as a Parish Councillor.

Parish Vacancies: We have positions available for Tree Warden and Parish Councillor, following the resignations of Jim Riley and Cheryl Frost. Anyone interested in taking up either of these positions should contact the Parish Clerk.

Parish Budget/Precept 2017/2018: The Parish Council agreed the budget meaning that the band D charge to parishioners would remain the same as the previous year.

Broads Local Plan: This document is currently undergoing a public consultation process which ends at 4pm on 3rd February 2017. A nomination has been made by a member of the public for an area of land behind the boatyards to be designated as Local Green Space. This land is private and has been proposed without prior consultation with the landowners who shall be objecting to this proposal. More information can be found at:

http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/planning/planningpolicies/development/future-local-plan

Lych-gate War Memorial: Fund raising is ongoing and a number of private donations have been received. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Community-Led Plan: The working party continues to develop a community-led plan and meet at The White Horse once a month. The group are now beginning to compile the document and are looking for interesting photographs of Chedgrave. If you have any that you would like to be considered for use, please send to the Parish Clerk.

Allotments: There is now one half plot available. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Wherryman’s Way: The footpath between Pits Lane and The Common is now complete and has been re-opened. We have no further news from Norfolk County Council on the remainder of the path.

Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Faulty street lights, potholes, problems with roads, footpaths or public rights of way, road safety, flooding and overgrown trees and verges should be reported to Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or online at www.norfolk.gov.uk

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 2nd February 2017 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave.

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The Parish Council met on 3rd November 2016. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Parish Bulb Planting Scheme: The first bulb planting session took place on Sunday 6th November 2016. Approximately two thirds of the 2000 daffodil bulbs and 1000 crocuses were planted along Langley Road and around the shops by Jackie Bircham, Debra Yeomans, Richard Ball, Paul, Paris, Brooklyn & Lily-May Frost. The remainder will be planted in The Pits on Sunday 20th November 2016.

Lych-gate War Memorial: The Parish Council were unsuccessful in their bid for WREN grant funding. Other sources of funding are now being sought out as we wish to get this memorial constructed as soon as possible. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Call for sites: The recent request by South Norfolk Council for landowners to come forward and suggest sites for development has seen three sites in Chedgrave suggested, those being at Norwich Road, Snows Lane/Langley Road & Pits Lane/Hardley Road. More information can be found at www.greaternorwichlocalplan.org.uk.

Community-Led Plan: The working party continues to develop a community-led plan and are now meeting at The White Horse once a month. If you would like to get involved, please contact the Parish Clerk for further information. The draw for the returned questionnaires took place & the winners are:

  • 1st Prize £50 Mr Terry Hunt
  • 2nd Prize £30 Miss Alison Hill
  • 3rd Prize £20 Mrs Janet Johnson

Cheques will be posted out after the next meeting.

Allotments: All allotment plots are now let and there is now a waiting list. Should you like to go on the waiting list, please contact the Parish Clerk. The first phase of an orchard will be planted by the allotment holders in the next month. This phase is native apple varieties which have been funded by the landowner of the allotment site, Mr Dennis Tabor, in recognition of the efforts of the Parish Council and allotment holders in setting up and getting this scheme running to his high standards.

Permissive Footpaths: The parish enjoys two permissive footpaths in Chedgrave by kind permission of landowners, those being at the boatyards and land off Big Back Lane. We request that people remember that they are private land, stay on the designated paths, do not leave litter, keep dogs on leads & clean up any faeces. By being respectful we hope to enjoy these paths for many years to come.

Parish Vacancies: We have positions available for Tree Warden and Parish Councillor following the resignations of Jim Riley & Ross Green. Anyone interested in taking up either of these positions should contact the Parish Clerk.

Wherryman’s Way: We have no further news from Norfolk County Council.

Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Faulty street lights, potholes, problems with roads, footpaths or public rights of way, road safety, flooding and overgrown trees and verges should be reported to Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or online at www.norfolk.gov.uk

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 1st December 2016 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave.

We Wish You All a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

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The Parish Council met on 6th October 2016. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Tree Warden: Jim Riley has stood down from the position of Tree Warden for Chedgrave. Anyone interested in taking up this position should contact the Parish Clerk.

BT Phone Box: The BT phone box on Langley Road is to be removed. It was used only seven times in the last year and as such BT considers it to no longer be viable. The Parish Council decided against “adopting” the telephone box.

Parish Bulb Planting Scheme: Bulbs are to be planted in the village in lieu of providing hanging baskets in forthcoming years. The first bulb planting will take place on Sunday 6th November 2016. Anyone interested in participating should meet at Chedgrave shops at 10am. Please bring a spade or other bulb planting implement! All are welcome.

Lych-gate War Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing and we await the outcome of an application made to WREN for grant funding. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Youth Shelter Vandalism & Graffiti: The youth shelter at Grebe Drive has recently been vandalised. We are also experiencing incidences of graffiti in the play areas and at the bus shelters. Such acts are costly, unsightly and criminal. Should you have any information regarding the culprits, please contact Loddon SNT.

Community-Led Plan: The working party continue to develop a community-led plan. We would welcome assistance and input from any parishioners that would like to get involved with this project as there is still a long way to go in producing the end product. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk for further information.

Wherryman’s Way: Works by BESL for crest raising and to improve the section of path between Pits Lane and The Common continue to progress. We still await confirmation as to when this will be completed and re-opened to the public.
We await further advice from NCC as to when the remainder of the Wherryman’s Way will be re-opened. Chedgrave Parish Council are pursuing NCC to re-open parts of this path although the section alongside Hardley Flood will have to remain closed for the time being due to the collapsed bridges making it unsafe for walkers to access. The Broads Authority are in discussions with NCC to move this matter forward and seek a resolution so that the entire path can be made safe and re-opened to the public.
Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Faulty street lights, potholes, problems with roads, footpaths or public rights of way, road safety, flooding and overgrown trees and verges should be reported to Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or online at www.norfolk.gov.uk

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd November 2016 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave.

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate release 28 September 2016     Contact: Debra Yeomans Phone: 01508 521263

 Chedgrave Parish Council response to letter published in Beccles & Bungay Journal

Chedgrave Parish Council would like to respond to the letter from Mr Andrew Milner published in the edition of the Beccles & Bungay Journal dated Friday 26 August 2016.
The Councillors would like to make it clear that the information referred to in Mr Milner’s letter regarding the percentage of residents opposing new housing in Chedgrave is now out of date, having been superseded by the figures from a questionnaire circulated in August 2016 in preparation for an updated Parish Plan, which shows that only 11% of those who returned the survey said that no new housing should be built in the village.

With regard to the submission made to the South Norfolk Council “ Call for Sites “ referred to in Mr Milner’s letter, the Councillors have, after further discussion at the Parish Council meeting held on 1 September 2016, asked for the original submission to be withdrawn. A new submission has been made in line with the findings from the recent questionnaire.
Further details can be obtained from the Parish Clerk, Debra Yeomans on 01508 521263 or at chedgrave.pc@gmail.com

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The Parish Council met on 1st September 2016. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Allotments: There is just one plot available which is ploughed and ready for use, complete with a storage shed. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

Grazing: Chedgrave Parish Council have grazing available on land off Common Loke and on Chedgrave Common. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

Lych-gate War Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing and an application has been made to WREN for grant funding. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Grebe Drive Play Area: A new piece of play equipment called a “Viper” has been installed thanks to Lottery Funding.

The Pits Play Area: Watch out for the “Balance Trail” a new piece of play equipment to be installed soon thanks to generous donations.

Community-Led Plan: Your questionnaires have been received back and your answers have been compiled. The working party will develop a community-led plan based upon your responses. We would welcome assistance and input from any parishioners that would like to get involved with this project as there is still a long way to go in producing the end product. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk for further information.

Call for sites: The Parish Council have submitted the sites as identified for development in the Parish Plan questionnaire.

Wherryman’s Way: Works are in progress by BESL for crest raising and to improve the section of path between Pits Lane and The Common. We still await confirmation as to when this will be completed and re-opened to the public.
We await further advice from NCC as to when the remainder of the Wherryman’s Way will be re-opened. Chedgrave Parish Council are pursuing NCC to re-open parts of this path although the section alongside Hardley Flood will have to remain closed for the time being due to the collapsed bridges making it unsafe for walkers to access. The Broads Authority are in discussions with NCC to move this matter forward and seek a resolution so that the entire path can be made safe and re-opened to the public.
Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Faulty street lights, potholes, problems with roads, footpaths or public rights of way, road safety, flooding and overgrown trees and verges should be reported to Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or online at www.norfolk.gov.uk

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 6th October 2016 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave.

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The Parish Council met on 7th July and 4th August 2016. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Allotments: There is just one plot available which is ploughed and ready for use, complete with a storage shed. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

Grazing: Chedgrave Parish Council have grazing available on land off Common Loke and on Chedgrave Common. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

White Horse Plain: Planning permission has been granted by South Norfolk Council for the improvement works to White Horse Plain. Grant funding will be applied for to pay for the works.

Lych-gate War Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing and an application has been made to WREN for grant funding. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Grebe Drive Play Area: Watch out for the “Viper”, a new piece of play equipment to be installed soon thanks to Lottery Funding.

The Pits Play Area: Watch out for the “Balance Trail” a new piece of play equipment to be installed soon thanks to generous donations.

Langley School Minibus Routes: Further to recent complaints by some residents of Rectory Lane, Langley School re-routed their minibuses towards the end of last term to avoid using this road which impacted upon other available routes. Langley School have advised that their minibuses shall be using all routes in and out of the village next term.

Community-Led Plan: A working party is continuing to develop a community-led plan. You should all have received and returned your questionnaires by now. We have had a fantastic response and can now set about compiling all of your answers and comments. We would welcome assistance and input from any parishioners that would like to get involved with this project as there is still a long way to go in producing the end product. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk for further information.

Wherryman’s Way: Works should now be in progress by BESL for crest raising and to improve the section of path between Pits Lane and The Common. We await confirmation as to when this will be completed and re-opened to the public. We await further advice from NCC as to when the remainder of the Wherryman’s Way will be re-opened. Chedgrave Parish Council are pursuing NCC to re-open parts of this path although the section alongside Hardley Flood will have to remain closed for the time being due to the collapsed bridges making it unsafe for walkers to access. The Broads Authority are in discussions with NCC to move this matter forward and seek a resolution so that the entire path can be made safe and re-opened to the public.                                                          Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Streetlight on Hardley Road: This has now been repaired and is back in operation! (It had been out of action since October 2014). Faulty street lights, potholes, problems with roads, footpaths or public rights of way, road safety, flooding and overgrown trees and verges should be reported to Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or online at www.norfolk.gov.uk

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 1st September 2016 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave.

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Chedgrave Parish Council

You are hereby summoned to attend a special meeting of Chedgrave Parish Council at The Church Rooms, Chedgrave on Thursday 21 July 2016 at 7.00 pm.

Debra Yeomans

Clerk to the Parish Council

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

Agenda

  1. Apologies for absence.
  2. Declarations of interest.
  3. To consider and agree the position of the Viper piece of play equipment at Grebe Drive and the cost and placement of the order for the equipment.
  4. To consider matters raised in the recent safety inspections that require immediate attention and agree a course of action for dealing with the medium and high risk items highlighted in the report.
  5. To consider and agree procedures for distribution and collection of the Parish Plan questionnaire and set a date for the next Parish Plan meeting.

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The Parish Council met on 2nd June 2016. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Picnic In The Pits: We would like to thank all of those that attended this event and supported our fund raising for the Lych-gate. A total of £142.09 was raised, the weather held for us and it was a very pleasant afternoon. If you were unable to attend and your child would like a medal to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Trees at Chedgrave Shops: The Parish Council has received complaints about some of the trees being cut down. You may be aware that one tree fell down during the storm on Easter Monday and two further trees were subsequently removed by the landowner. We have since provided the landowner with a report from a local tree surgeon as to the state of the remaining trees for their advice and action as they deem appropriate. These trees are their responsibility of the landowner, not the Parish Council.

Allotments: There is just one plot available which is ploughed and ready for use, complete with a storage shed. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

White Horse Plain: Planning permission is to be sought for the improvement works to White Horse Plain and grant funding will be applied for to pay for the works.

Community-Led Plan: A working party is continuing to develop a community-led plan. A questionnaire should soon be printed and circulated to gain the views of parishioners and how they would like to see Chedgrave develop in the future. We would welcome assistance and input from any parishioners that would like to get involved with this project. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk for further information.

Lych-gate War Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing and an application has been made to WREN for grant funding. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Wherryman’s Way: We await a response from Norfolk County Council as to what they are doing about re-opening this footpath and why works that were promised for completion by June 2016 for the section of path between Pits Lane and The Common has not been done.
Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Streetlight on Hardley Road: This has now been out of action since October 2014. We continue to pursue South Norfolk Council as this streetlight is their responsibility but to date they are still unable to advise when it will be operational.

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 7th July and Thursday 4th August 2016 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave.

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The Parish Council met on 5th May 2016.  Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Community-Led Plan:  A working party is developing a community-led plan, with monthly meetings being held.  A questionnaire will soon be circulated to gain the views of parishioners and how they would like to see their village develop and aspirations for the future.  We would welcome assistance and input from any parishioners that would like to get involved with this project.  If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk for further information.

Lych-gate War Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing and an application will be made to WREN for grant funding.  A grant has been received from the LDBA towards the electrical works, in addition to the funds and donations we have already received. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Wherryman’s Way:   At present no further decision has been made as to what to do about the unsafe bridges and stretch of path where Hardley Flood bounds The Chet, so this section is to remain closed for the time being with a temporary diversion in place. County Councillor Stone has authorised an indefinite traffic order on this section of footpath which will leave the option open for fully re-opening the path in the future.  Chedgrave Parish Council continues to pursue this matter to:

  • keep as much of the path open as possible in the meantime, ie, from Pits Lane to the bird hide from the Chedgrave end and as far as The Flood from the Hardley end
  • Request that the repairs and improvements are properly costed including supporting evidence of any necessary studies, surveys and design
  • Encourage the affected councils and agencies to work together collaboratively and positively to find a solution

Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email  russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Streetlight on Hardley Road:  This has now been out of action since October 2014. We continue to pursue South Norfolk Council as this streetlight is their responsibility but to date they are still unable to advise when it will be operational.

Allotments:  There are still some full and half size plots available, and are now ploughed ready for use, complete with storage shed. The allotment holders have now received Lottery grant funding for a borehole so there will also be a good water supply available too!   In addition to this, the landowner, Mr Tabor, has granted a sum of £700 for the allotment holders to plant an orchard in the autumn. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

PICNIC IN THE PITS – SAT 11TH JUNE 2016

12 – 3pm

BRING A PICNIC & ENJOY THE FUN

(No admission fees or charges for entertainment, any donations will be put towards the Lych-gate war memorial)

BOUNCY CASTLE ~ FACE PAINTER ~ CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINER

CAKE STALL ~ REFRESHEMENTS~ BOOK STALL 

ALL CHILDREN WILL RECEIVE A COIN TO COMMEMORATE 

THE QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 2nd June 2016 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave. 

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The Parish Council met on 7th April 2016. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Community-Led Plan: A working party is organised to develop a community-led plan, with monthly meetings being held. A questionnaire is nearing completion to gain the views of parishioners and how they would like to see their village develop and aspirations for the future. We would welcome assistance and input from any parishioners that would like to get involved with this project. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk for further information.

Lychgate War Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing and applications have been made for grant funding in addition to the funds and donations we have already received. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Wherryman’s Way: .The section of the path between Pits Lane and Chedgrave Common is to be remediated and re-opened by 11th June 2016. At present no further decision has been made as to what to do about the unsafe bridges and stretch of path where Hardley Flood bounds The Chet, so this section is to remain closed for the time being with a temporary diversion in place. Chedgrave Parish Council discussed this matter with County Councillor Stone at the last Parish Council meeting and, in summary, Chedgrave Parish Council’s position is:
To oppose extinguishing the path but support an indefinite closure which will leave the option open for fully re-opening the path in the future
To keep as much of the path open as possible in the meantime, ie, from Pits Lane to the bird hide from the Chedgrave end and as far as The Flood from the Hardley end
Request that the repairs and improvements are properly costed including supporting evidence of any necessary studies, surveys and design
Encourage the affected councils and agencies to work together collaboratively and positively to find a solution
Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Streetlight on Hardley Road: This has now been out of action since October 2014. We Continue to pursue South Norfolk Council as this streetlight is their responsibility but to date they are still unable to advise when it will be operational.

Allotments: There are still some full and half size plots available, and are now ploughed ready for use, complete with a storage shed. The allotment holders have now received Lottery grant funding for a borehole so there will also be a good water supply available too! Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

Picnic in The Pits: Will be held on Saturday 11th June 12-3pm, to commemorate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. More details to follow.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 5th May 2016 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave. This will be preceded by the Annual Parish Meeting at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

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The Parish Council met on 3rd March 2016. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Local Needs Affordable Housing at Beauchamp Close/Big Back Lane: Saffron will be holding an open information event about this proposal at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave on Thursday 21st April 2016 4pm to 6.30pm. Please come along to view the plans and discuss any concerns.

Parish Plan: A working party is organised to update the parish plan, with monthly meetings being held. A questionnaire is being devised to gain the views of parishioners and how they would like to see their village develop and aspirations for the future. We would welcome assistance and input from any parishioners that would like to get involved with this. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk for further information.

Lychgate War Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing and applications have been made for grant funding in addition to the funds and donations we have already received. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Wherryman’s Way: The Parish Council met with Norfolk County Council and the Broads Authority to discuss this matter on 10th March and a public meeting was held on 17th March. At present no further decision has been made as to what to do about the unsafe bridges and stretch of path where Hardley Flood bounds The Chet, so this section is to remain closed for the time being with a temporary diversion in place. Norfolk County Council are investigating whether a permanent diversion would be more viable than repairs. The section of the path between Pits Lane and Chedgrave Common is to be remediated and re-opened in due course. Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

Streetlight on Hardley Road: This has now been out of action since October 2014. We are pursuing South Norfolk Council as this streetlight is their responsibility but to date they are still unable to advise when it will be operational.

Allotments: There are still some full and half size plots available, and are now ploughed ready for use, complete with a storage shed. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday – Lighting of a Beacon: Will take place at The Pits from 8.30pm on Thursday 21st April. All are welcome to attend.

Picnic in The Pits: Will be held on Saturday 11th June 12-3pm, also to commemorate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. More details to follow.
The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 7th April 2016 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave. This will be preceded by the Annual Parish Council Meeting at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

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The Parish Council met on 4th February 2016. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Speed Activated Sign: With assistance from NCC the Parish Council have purchased a “SAM” sign for the village which can be erected in various locations to make drivers aware of their speed and enable us to gather data to monitor speeding in the village.

Parish Plan: A working party is organised to update the parish plan. We would welcome assistance and input from any parishioners that would like to get involved with this. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk for further information. A schedule of meeting dates will be advertised after our first meeting on February 18th.

Lychgate War Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing and quotes are being obtained so that we can apply for grant funding in addition to the funds and donations we have already received. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Wherryman’s Way: The Parish Council have no further news from Norfolk County Council and the Broads Authority as to what their intentions are to rectify the situation with this footpath. Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

The Pits: The PC intend to engage a specialist play installer to complete the construction of the replacement swings which we hope will be completed soon.

Streetlight on Hardley Road: This has now been out of action since October 2014. We are pursuing South Norfolk Council as this streetlight is their responsibility but to date they have not been able to advise when it will be operational.

Allotments: There are still some full and half size plots available, and are now ploughed ready for use, complete with a storage shed. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday & Picnic In The Pits: This year we have decided to combine Picnic In The Pits with an event to commemorate the Queen’s 90th Birthday which will be held on Saturday 11th June. The lighting of a beacon to commemorate her actual birthday on 21st April will also be held in The Pits. More details to follow.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd March 2016 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave. All welcome to attend.

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The Parish Council met on 7th January 2016. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Christmas Lights: The lights were in full display over the Christmas period, thanks to all the Councillors and parishioners for their assistance.

Parish Plan: A working party is to be organised to update the parish plan. We would welcome assistance and input from any parishioners that would like to get involved with this. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk or turn up at our first scheduled meeting in the Church rooms on Thursday 18th February 2016 at 7pm.

Lychgate War Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing. Our aim is to raise £20,000 to build the war memorial and remember the men from Chedgrave that gave their lives. We have raised £1,200 to date and shall soon be making applications for grant funding. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Wherryman’s Way: The Parish Council continue to pursue Norfolk County Council regarding the condition and closure of the easy access path section between Pits Lane and The Common and the closure in place between Hardley Hall and Hardley Flood due to unsafe bridges. There is now a diversion route in place via Hardley Road. We await feedback from a meeting held between Norfolk County Council and the Broads Authority early in December as to what their intentions are to rectify this situation. We understand that the PC will be involved in a briefing meeting with NCC followed by public consultation later in the year. Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

The Pits: A walnut tree has been planted to replace the cherry tree that we lost earlier in the year. Works continue to complete the construction of the replacement swings which we hope will be completed soon.

Streetlight on Hardley Road: This has now been out of action since October 2014. UK power networks have advised that they will be doing the connection in January 2016 which will involve a road closure.

Allotments: There are still some full and half size plots available, and are now ploughed ready for use, complete with a storage shed. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

Local Needs Affordable Housing at Big Back Lane: Saffron have revised their plans and shall be submitting to Planning by April 2016.

CPC 2016/2017 Budget & Precept : This has now been agreed and submitted to SNC, with the precept decreasing from the previous year which will show a reduction for the Parish Council element on your Council Tax bill for the coming year.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 4th February 2016 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave. All welcome to attend.

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The Parish Council met on 3rd December 2015. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Christmas Lights: The Christmas lights are now on in full display and are scheduled to be switched off on 3rd January 2016.

Parish Plan: A working party is to be organised to update the parish plan. We would welcome assistance and input from any parishioners that would like to get involved with this. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk and provide your contact details and we will be in touch to advise when the first meeting is organised.

Lychgate War Memorial: Fundraising is ongoing. Our aim is to raise £20,000 to build the war memorial and remember the men from Chedgrave that gave their lives. We have raised £1,200 to date and shall soon be making applications for grant funding. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Wherryman’s Way: The Parish Council continue to pursue Norfolk County Council regarding the condition and closure of the easy access path section between Pits Lane and The Common and the closure in place between Hardley Hall and Hardley Flood due to unsafe bridges. We await feedback from a meeting held between Norfolk County Council and the Broads Authority early in December as to what their intentions are to rectify this situation. Norfolk County Council are responsible for this footpath so if you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

The Pits: A walnut tree is to be planted in December to replace the cherry tree that we lost earlier in the year. Works continue to complete the construction of the replacement swings which we hope will be completed soon.

Streetlight on Hardley Road: This has now been out of action since October 2014. UK power networks have advised that they will be doing the connection in January 2016 which will involve a road closure.

Allotments: There are still some full and half size plots available, which will be ploughed ready for use, complete with a storage shed. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

Local Needs Affordable Housing at Big Back Lane: Saffron have revised their plans and shall be submitting to Planning by April 2016.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 7th January 2016 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave. All welcome to attend.

We Wish You All a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

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The Parish Council met on 5th November 2015. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Christmas Lights: New lights have been installed at the shops. All the lights shall be switched on from Tuesday 1st December.

Victorian Evening Friday 4th December 2015: This year the Loddon & District Business Association have organised entertainment at the shops from 4pm.

Lychgate War Memorial: Fundraising is underway. Our aim is to raise £20,000 to build the war memorial and remember the men from Chedgrave that gave their lives. We have raised £1,200 to date. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Wherryman’s Way: The Parish Council continue to pursue Norfolk County Council regarding the condition of the easy access path section between Pits Lane and The Common and the current closure in place between Hardley Hall and Hardley Flood due to unsafe bridges. The PC shall be contacting the various parties (NCC, Broads Authority & Environment Agency) to determine who is actually responsible for what and to apply pressure to get some action. Should you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

The Pits: A walnut tree is to be planted to replace the cherry tree that we lost earlier in the year. There is still some work to be done to complete the construction of the replacement swings which it is now hoped will be completed in November, subject to the supplier sending the correct chains. The fence to the small children’s play area has been removed due to continued vandalism and, given its age and condition, it is no longer feasible to continue carrying out repairs at the cost of the parish.

Grebe Drive Play Area: A grant has been received from Lottery funding towards the cost of refurbishing this play area. We await response from other avenues of funding before a final scheme is decided upon and works commence.

Allotments: There are still some full and half size plots available, which will be ploughed ready for use, complete with a storage shed. Please contact the Parish Clerk.

Local Needs Affordable Housing at Big Back Lane: Saffron are revising their plans and wish to attend our next PC meeting to present the proposed scheme.

Yellow Lines at Junction of Langley Road and Norwich Road: NCC Highways are proposing to install yellow lines to prevent parking close to this junction. Public consultation will take place in due course.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd December 2015 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave. All welcome to attend.

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We Will Remember Them ~ The fallen of Chedgrave

 The Great War 1914-1918

 Edwin George Hunt Beckham (Royal Garrison Artillery)

James John Fuller (Norfolk Regt)

Free Easter (Norfolk Regt)                                                                                                

The War of 1939-1945   

Stanley Douglas Goodyear (Dorsetshire Regt)

Robert Richard Goulty (Royal Air Force)                                                              

Harry Algernon Seamons (Royal Norfolk Regt)

Albert Edward Hamilton Starman (Royal Norfolk Regt)

Their Name Liveth For Evermore

Lychgate War Memorial: Fundraising is underway.  Our aim is to raise £20,000 to build the war memorial and remember the men from Chedgrave that gave their lives.  We have raised £1,200 to date.  If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chedgrave Parish Council to the Clerk at the above address.

Community Build Day at The Pits:  A great effort from all the volunteers and organisation by Councillor Green has seen the replacement of the swings take place in October.  Many thanks to the volunteers for giving up their time and local businesses for donating funds, machinery, tools, materials and refreshments to make this event a success.  There is still more work to be done and further projects are being planned for the future, so watch this space and keep an eye on the facebook page “Chedgrave Community Improvements”.

Allotments:  There are still some full and half size plots available, which will be ploughed ready for use, complete with a storage shed. Please contact the Parish Clerk.

Street Lighting:  The damaged streetlight on Hardley Road has been replaced and at the time of writing, awaits connection and commissioning.

Local Needs Affordable Housing At Big Back Lane: Due to a change in rent regulation in the last Government budget, Saffron are re-evaluating all proposed future projects to ascertain whether they remain financially viable and can proceed.  The proposed housing at Big Back Lane is one of these schemes and Saffron should be able to advise us further in the next month.

Wherryman’s Way:  The Parish Council continue to pursue Norfolk County Council regarding the condition of the easy access path section between Pits Lane and The Common and the current closure in place between Hardley Hall and Hardley Flood due to unsafe bridges. Should you wish to make your own representation about this matter, please contact Russell Wilson at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or email  russell.wilson@norfolk.gov.uk

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 5th November 2015 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave.  All welcome to attend.

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Official opening of the Hardley Road Allotments — see photo gallery in main menu.

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The Parish Council met on 6th August and 3rd September 2015 and received reports from the Parish Councillors and Parish Clerk. Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Lychgate War Memorial: Planning permission has now been achieved and both the PC and PCC are working on the finer details so that quotes for the construction can be obtained, funding applied for and the memorial built. The memorial has its own Facebook page “Chedgrave Lychgate Memorial Project” with a link to a justgiving page if you wish to make a donation. If you would like to make a donation by other means, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Allotments: There are still some full and half size plots available, which will be ploughed ready for use, complete with a storage shed. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

Community Build Day at The Pits: On Sunday 11th October 2015 we are organising a “Community Build” day to improve The Pits. ROSPA are insisting that we remove the swings due to deterioration. The Parish Council have the funds to buy new parts but not enough to cover labour and installation without applying for funding elsewhere. As this may take some time to obtain, and we do not want to wait any longer, we are looking to the community to help by offering skills, tools and labour so that we can get the swings fixed and install a basket swing. If this project is successful, we may go on to do other things! A Facebook page has been set up “Chedgrave Community Improvements”. Please check it out, like and share! We need as much help and expertise as we can get. If you would like any further details please message via Facebook or contact the Parish Clerk.

Grebe Drive Play Area: Further consultation with the public has been carried out and grant funding has been applied for. There is a high incidence of litter in this area and we respectfully request that the litter bins are used. A further bin is to be provided close to the Youth shelter.

Wherryman’s Way: The Parish Council have been pursuing Norfolk County Council for several years regarding the condition of the easy access path section between Pits Lane and The Common, but to date, have not been able to resolve this issue or get the path improved. In addition to this, there is now a closure in place between Hardley Hall and Hardley Flood due to unsafe bridges.

Street Lighting: A streetlight, damaged in Hardley Road in October 2014, was reported immediately thereafter but still remains out of action. This has been chased up on several occasions. The electrical engineers have been awaiting permission and a purchase order from South Norfolk Council to replace the whole column and we now await a date that the replacement will be installed.

REPORT IT NOW: Do your bit for the community and report any incidence of crime or damage to Norfolk Police on Non-emergency number 101 or 0845 345 3458 for Minicom users. (Emergency number remains as 999). Crimes can also be reported online at www.norfolk.police.uk

Faulty street lights, potholes, problems with roads, footpaths or public rights of way, road safety, flooding and overgrown trees and verges should be reported to Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or online at www.norfolk.gov.uk

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 1st October 2015 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave. All are welcome to attend.

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