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.

 

 

Latest News

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.

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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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Minutes of the Joint Chedgrave Parish Council & Parochial Church Council Lychgate Meeting held Wednesday 2nd September 2015 can be viewed from the menu bar -see community projects.

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NEW LOCAL GYM OPENING TIMES!

See Community Facilities in menu bar.

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The Parish Council met on 2nd July 2015 and received reports from the Parish Councillors and Parish Clerk. No members of the public attended.

Condolences were offered by the Parish Council to the family of Derek Blake, District and County Councillor.

Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Lychgate War Memorial: Having received further comments from SNC planning department which will delay this project further, a meeting has been arranged to attempt to progress and agree a way forward to satisfy the aspirations of the community with those of the planners. Hopefully we will have more positive news soon.

Allotments: An official opening ceremony will take place on 9th August 2015. There are still some full and half size plots available, complete with a storage shed. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.

The Pits: The swings are to be replaced as they are now past their best. Hopefully this will be done in the next month.

Grebe Drive Play Area: Plans are afoot to revamp this play area. Further consultation with the public will be carried out at Picnic in the Pits where plans will be available for comment and we look forward to receiving your views and opinions.

Christmas Lights: New Christmas lights have now been erected at Chedgrave shops in readiness for this year’s display.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 6th August 2015 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave. All are welcome to attend.

Picnic in the Pits

Monday 31st August 2015 12-3pm

All are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment

Children’s entertainment * Pony rides * Bouncy castle

Face painting * Cake stall *Refreshments

This event is free to attend and any donations towards the Lychgate Memorial Fund would be greatly appreciated

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The Parish Council met on 4th June 2015 and received reports from the Parish Councillors, Parish Clerk and Tree Warden. Fifteen members of the public were in attendance.
Cally Smith and Tony Risebrow from the Broads Authority also attended the meeting to update the Parish regarding the illegal occupation of the pig sheds on The Common and the attempts by Mr & Mrs Younger to annex part of The Common. The Broads Authority assured the Parish that they will continue to monitor this situation.
Copies of the Minutes of Meeting are available at Loddon Library, on the Parish Council noticeboard and website.

Lychgate War Memorial: A revised submission has been made to SNC Planning Department taking into consideration comments received in respect of the width of the structure, removal of internal seating and the pitch of the roof. This also means that the memorial stones will now have to be placed on the internal face of the side walls.

The Common: Horses will be grazing The Common for conservation purposes during the months of April, May, September and October. Dog owners are reminded that dogs should be kept on leads and under control at all times as well as being mindful that The Common is a County Wildlife Site, giving due consideration to the wildlife and habitat.

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

Picnic in The Pits: Will be held on Monday 31st August 2015 2-5pm. All are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment. Pony rides, bouncy castle and face painting will be available for the children. There will also be cake stall and refreshments. This event is free to attend and any donations towards the Lychgate Memorial Fund would be greatly appreciated.

Cherry Tree at The Pits: It was with great sadness that the decision was taken to remove the Cherry Tree from The Pits. A split had developed which was widening by the day and after thorough consultation with an arborist it was deemed to be hazardous and the best course of action to fell it as soon as possible. A replacement tree will be planted later in the year and the Parish Council would welcome any suggestions as to the type of tree to be planted.

Defibrillator: This has now been fixed to the outside of The White Horse with thanks to the assistance of Simon Peck, permission from Punch Taverns and Gary Beckett for carrying out the electrical works. Should you be in a situation where you need urgent medical assistance and phone 999, the Emergency Services will give you the location of the defibrillator, a code for unlocking it and instructions on how to use it.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 2nd July 2015 at 7.30pm at The Church Rooms, All Saints Church, Chedgrave. All are welcome to attend.

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The Parish Council met on 7th May 2015 at 7.30pm and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk, and Tree Warden. There were 3 members of the public in attendance.                  This was the last meeting of the current council, a list of the new parish council will be available on the website and in the next issue of Chet News.

The Common – The Parish Council have agreed terms with a local horse owner for grazing on Chedgrave Common this year for conservation purposes. The common is a notified County Wildlife site and grazing is part of the common management plan undertaken by the PC. Signs will be put in place re grazing on the common, and dog owners are respectfully reminded that dogs must be kept under control at all times when close to livestock. This includes horses.                                                                                                                                             We are going to provide a dog foul bin at the junction of Hardley Road and the Common Loke.

Council Tax/ PC precept. – Last year we needed to increase our budget to take account of the legal costs we were going to incur to pay for the registration of the land we know as Chedgrave Common, and legal advise from a QC.  This meant that we had to increase our precept, and this increased our percentage of our council tax.   This year we have had to maintain the precept at the same level to cover further legal costs, and also to cover an increase in the contributions we make towards the maintenance of the Loddon & Chedgrave Playing field and the introduction of a a Deed of Trust between Chedgrave PC and Loddon PC.  It is difficult to give too much detail here, but our accounts and budget are always available as part of our minutes, and we are now going to make our budget available to view on our website. As always the public are always welcome to attend our monthly meetings and to ask about any issues that they have a concern about.

Lyche Gate /War Memorial – The planning application has been submitted to SNDC but we have been asked by them and English Heritage to make some changes to the initial design, in particular to increase the pitch of the roof and possibly narrowing the structure to improve proportions. We will need to consider these changes and look at what can be done before we re submit the plans.

Defibrillator – We would like to thank the Co op who have donated a defibrillator and £100.00 towards the installation of it to the parish. This is now being installed in place mounted on the wall outside at the White Horse.

Whit Horse Plain – We are still waiting for response from SNC planning re our proposals.We will contact the companies recommended by Robin Taylor and ask for opinions and costings.

Easter Egg Hunt. – The Children’s Easter Egg Hunt took place in the Pits Play Area on Easter Monday, money raised from the sale of cakes made by Harvey Hubbard and also from the sale of teas & coffee was £65.54p. This will be put towards the Lyche Gate Memorial fund, thanks to all who helped on the day.

Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk

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The Parish Council met on 2nd April 2015 at 7pm to hold the Annual Parish Meeting. The chair gave her annual report which can be viewed on the website.www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk

There was also a brief report from the representative on the Loddon & Chedgrave Playing field committee and the Jubilee hall committee and also from the tree warden. The regular monthly meeting at commenced at 7.30pm and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk, and Tree Warden. There were 3 members of the public in attendance.

The Common  The Parish Council have agreed terms with a local horse owner for grazing on Chedgrave Common this year for conservation purposes.  Signs will be put in place re grazing on the common.We are in the process of now registering the common with the land registery.

Allotments.  The official opening of the allotments will take place on Sunday 9th August and will be carried out by Mr Tabor. Some full size plots, and half size plots are still available to rent. Anyone interested should contact the Parish Clerk for details, Tel. 521263 or e-mail, chedgrave.pc@gmail.com

Easter Egg Hunt.  The Children’s Easter Egg Hunt took place in the Pits Play Area on Easter Monday, also the Easter Bonnet Competition.Despite the chilly weather there was a good turn out and as usual everyone enjoyed the event. ( see pictures on the website).In addition to the egg hunt and free raffle there was a cake stall with cake made by Harvey Hubbard and also a fund raising stall for the orphaned children of Chernobyl

Proposed area of public open space. (see map below)  This will be grass seeded on Sunday 19th April at 10am. The dog foul bin will be situated ath the Big Back Lane end of the path.

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The Parish Council met on 5th March 2015 and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk, and Tree Warden Jim Riley. We received a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson.PC There were 5 members of the public in attendance.

The Common- The Parish Council have agreed terms with a local horse owner for grazing on Chedgrave Common this year for conservation purposes.

Allotments.- Some full size plots, and half size plots are still available to rent. Anyone interested should contact the Parish Clerk for details, Tel. 521263 or e-mail, chedgrave.pc@gmail.com

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and

Easter Bonnet competition Children & Adults

Easter Monday April 6th 10am start, Pits play area.

The Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will take place in the Pits Play Area on Easter Monday, 6th April at 10.am There will also be the Easter Bonnet Competition for both Children and adults .Free fruit drinks for the children, free raffle with lots of prizes. Tea and coffee available.

Proposed area of public open space. – The footpath along the edge of the field which runs along the back of the Brian Clark meeting rooms, through to Big Back Lane has had, marker posts installed and we shall be seeding  the grass footpath & wildlife areas in April, as well as putting up waymarker signs & a dog foul bin.  Please keep your dogs under control at all times, and clean up after them.

We have arranged to do a litter pick on in our area on Saturday 16th May. Details about times and locations to be confirmed later.

Forthcoming Elections – As well as the General Election on May 7th there will also be local elections including Parish Councils. Anyone interested in becoming a Parish Councillor needs to obtain the Nomination Pack which can be downloaded at :- http://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/democracy/7242.asp, or information can be obtained from the Paris Clerk phone 01508 521263, or directly from South Norfolk

Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk

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The Parish Council met on 5th February 2015 and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk, and Tree Warden Jim Riley. We received a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson.PC There were 1member of the public in attendance.

PCSO Nightingale was also in attedance and in his report he said there had been a total of 38 calls to the police from Chedgrave residents in the period 5 November – 5 February. There were 10 crimes.

Lychgate War Memorial  The planning application will be going ahead aat a cost of £195.00. The PC is setting up a separate bank account for the fund raising.

The Common  The Charities Commission notices were posted on the notice boards on Friday, 9 January 2015 and come down on 9 February. There will then be 30 days to wait before any further action could be taken.

Allotments  Mr Spinks has fitted the replacement water butts at the allotments. We have had two allotment holders who have given up their plots.

New signage.  We have obtained quotes for new signage at The Pits, Grebe Drive, The Common, White Horse Plain, and the allotments.The Quote from KD Graphics was accepted and orders will be placed

Easter Egg Hunt. The Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Easter Monday, 6 April 2015. at 10.am  There will also be the Easter Bonnet Competition for both Children and adults .Look out for posters with more details.

The Co op are offering to donate a defibrillator and £ 100.00 towards installation to the parish.We will be contacting BT to see if we can install it in the old telephone box at the shops.

Forthcoming Elections   As well as the General Election on May 7th there will also be local elections including Parish Councils. Anyone interested in becoming a Parish Councillor needs to obtain the Nomination Pack which can be downloaded at :- http://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/democracy/7242.asp, or information can be obtained from the Paris Clerk phone 01508 521263, or directly from South Norfolk.

Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk

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Lychgate War Memorial – Cllr Hubbard has met with the Conservation Officer who confirmed that planning permission would be necessary for the new gate and plans have been submitted to English Heritage for initial agreement. Clerk has received feedback from the police which was not very positive re seats in the gate.

The Common – We have agreed to register the land with the Charities Commission, notices have been placed on the notice boards at the church and the shops on Friday, 9 January 2015.  Also we have confirmed that The Pits is a village green registered with SNC, and White Horse Plain is common land registered with NCC. We have asked the Clerk to register both pieces of land with the Land Registry

White Horse Plain – We have received feedback from the parking trial which was mostly positive. We plan to remove some of the tarmac around the base of the tree and we are looking to install some cast iron bollards around the area. We will consult with NCC Highways and the conservation officer before we proceed.

Proposed Affordable Housing. – Revised plans received from Saffron which were discussed. Cllr Boyd raised several issues which had been brought to his attention including the fact that part of the land had, in the past been used as a rubbish dump and a parishioner had expressed concerns about building on it. Cllr Bircham said a thorough survey of the land would be done before any building works began. All the usual planning rules and regulations will apply and copies of the plans will be available to local residents and the PC.

Allotments – We have arranged for Mr Spinks to fit the replacement water butts at the allotments.

Mrs Melita Edmunds has said would like to resume her activities as litter warden with the Councillors agreement. Cllrs were very happy with this and welcome her involvement.

The Co op are offering to donate a defibrillator and £ 100.00 towards installation to the parish. It was agreed to accept this offer and make a final decision on where to site it at the next meeting.

There have been a few technical issue with the PC website. We are unable to display dates of the meetings and events planed for the year. We are trying to resolve the problem but as a reminder, the Parish Council meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Church meeting room at 7.30pm. A list of dates is also on the Parish Notice Board.

Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk

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The Parish Council met on 6th November 2014 and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk,Tree Warden Jim Riley, and District Councillor Derek Blake who also attended the meeting. Derek reported that there would be no increase in Council Tax next year, and also on the local plan which is still being inspected. A substantial amount of money is being generated through the new homes bonus. SNC is looking at available land for Richard Bacon’s self build plan.  A small charge is to be introduced for pre application planning advice. SNC has signed up for the Tour of Britain cycle race 2015 and 2019. There was also a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson, There were 2 members of the public in attendance.

Lychgate War Memorial  We have received some feedback from the Church which is very positive. There are a few questions regarding design, location ,and planning permission that they have asked and we will be responding to.those. We hope that we can start to progress the project early next year.

Allotments The site has had some tidying up around the plots perimeter field, however there will need to be some further work carried out by the allotment holders and the PC. We are trying arrange a further session for November 22/23.

Proposed area of public open space. The area has been cut and we are going to re seed some areas, however it will not be done now until April. We will also be putting marker posts in place along the edge of the field.

Parish partnerships scheme. We are going to apply for funding through this scheme to have mobile speed signs that can be moved around five suitable locations in Chedgrave( agreed with NCC). The PC will pay 50% of the cost and NCC the other 50%. The PC will be responsible for moving and maintaining the equipment. The signs will indicate speed and can also collect data about traffic flow etc.

The Common We have just received some information from the Charities commission regarding the registration of the land etc.and we will be holding a special PC meeting to discuss the information on Friday 21st November.

White Horse Plain parking trial. We have received feedback from the parking trial which was mostly positive.Taking on board some of the comments particularly about better signs, we have decided to continue the trial for a further four weeks. We will be letting the local residents know.

Christmas LightsThe lights sponsored by the PC will be switched on early December.   We have had to replace some of the lights at Beauchamp house, and also some for the tree belonging to Mr & Mrs Hart. The timer for the lights on the Jubilee Oak has also had to be replaced. Because of this increase in our expenditure, and the poor state of the lights around the shops (many are not working and are difficult to get access to), we have decided this year we will not be switching them on.

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The Parish Council met on 4th October 2014 and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk, Tree Warden Jim Riley, and a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson, who attended the meeting along with District Councillor Derek Blake. There was one member of the public who attended.

Cllr Blake said the new recycling system is now up and running and he gave some examples of what could and could not be recycled under the new rules. Anyone who needs  guidance on recycling should check with South Norfolk Council, they will be retaining communal glass bottle banks for the time being.

Our Tree Warden has been offered 4 oak trees by a parishioner and asked for suggestions as to where they might be planted. He also reported that the overhanging trees on the path at the boatyards had been cut back.

Boat yard walk – The section which crosses Walklin Cruisers is not a public right of way. Users are reminded to respect the area, wildlife, and any necessary closures for maintenance. Please do not abuse this privilege.

 The Wherrymans Way bench in the Pits Play Area has been repaired and the dog foul bin has also been replaced. We will be cutting back the bank hedge and removing some of the dead wood and brambles etc. Also the hedge along the Hardley road Allotments. We are getting some new signs made for the Pits to convey up to date contact information. The posts which were removed for the Jubilee celebrations will be re instated to prevent vehicles entering the play area.

Hopefully many people will have seen the excellent article in the EDP about the proposed Lych Gate Memorial. There has been a further meeting with the PCC which was very positive, it has been suggested that we should include a power supply and a light within the structure.

We are planning to replace some of the play equipment in the Grebe Drive Play Area, information received from the recent survey will be collated to determine what we should get. The broken basketball hoop has been repaired.

The stolen water butts from the Hardley Road Allotments will be replaced. There will be a working party on Saturday 1st November to tidy up the enclosed area, anyone willing to help should come along,10am start.

There are still full size plots and half plots available to rent, details from the Parish Clerk Tel. 521263 or e-mail chedgrave.pc@gmail.com

We are planning a working party to assist the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and The Broads Authority with work on Chedgrave Common. This will take place on Friday 31st October, subject to confirmation. Anyone who would like to help contact the Parish Clerk, or just come along. We will also be erecting some fence posts along the track to the common.

The trial parking area will be set up on White Horse Plain commencing 12th October and last for 4 weeks. An area around the Jubilee Oak tree will be cordoned off and parking will be limited to residents only between 5pm and 9am.We ask for cooperation from all parishioners during the trial period and respectfully remind everyone that we are doing this to try and protect our very special Jubilee Oak tree.

We have a vacancy on the Parish Council and can co opt someone to fill the vacancy. Anyone interested in becoming a councillor should contact the Parish Clerk Tel. 521263 or e-mail chedgrave.pc@gmail.com

Please note the date for the first meeting in 2015 will be January 8th, as the first Thursday falls on New Years Day.

Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk

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The Parish Council met on 4th September 2014 and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk,Tree Warden Jim Riley, and a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson, and District Councillor Derek Blake.
There were 4 members of the public in attendance and also Jacinta Webb and Sam Watts from Saffron Housing who gave an update on the local needs affordable housing survey. A need for 8 homes had been highlighted by the survey, and it is hoped that planning permission would be achieved by March 2015, with a view to starting work in September 2015. Jacinta circulated some initial designs and reiterated that the housing would be for Chedgrave residents in perpetuity. We will keep you updated as things progress. If there is anyone who did not fill in the survey form and would like to do one please contact the Parish Clerk, 01508 521263 or email chedgrave.pc@googlemail.com .
There has been a request by Dr Andrew Golding (who attended the meeting), to carry out metal Detecting on Chedgrave Common. The PC has agreed to this.
The parking trial at the White Horse plain was postponed until after the CALMS festival. We are trying to obtain some traffic separators to enable the area to be cordoned off to carry out the trial This will be discussed at the next PC meeting
The weather was very kind to us for the Picnic in the Pits and a good time was had by all who attended. As usual the face painter was kept very busy, and the addition of pony rides proved to be very popular along with the Bouncy Castle. Thanks to all who helped make the afternoon a great success and special thanks to Young Harvey Hubbard who raised £99.59 from the sale of his ‘scrummy’ cakes. Also £9.02 from donations to the face painting. All monies will be put into the Lyche Gate memorial fund. Look out for articles in the local press about the proposed War memorial Lyche Gate.
We have carried out some repairs and maintenance to the play equipment in the Grebe Drive play area and we are carrying some repair to the swings in the Pits play area.The dog waste bin is being replaced, and the seat and picnic table have also received some attention.
Progress has been slow with regard to the registration of the Common but we are progessing this with the charities commission.We are also working with the Broads Authority to resolve the issue of the fencing.
The official opening of the Hardley Road Allottments has been postponed until the spring.
Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
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EASTERN RIVERS COMMUNITY GYM AT LODDON

Born out of a “mobile” gym provided by North Norfolk District Council, the
Community Gym is held at the Jubilee Hall, George Lane, Loddon three times a week on Mondays (2-30 to 6-00 p.m.), Tuesdays (4-30 to 7-30 p.m.), and Fridays (10-00 a.m. to 1-00 p.m.) [Except on Public Holidays]
The Gym is staffed by 2 fully trained Instructors who will tailor a fitness programme to suit all levels of ability and aspirations, and contains a full range of modern equipment.
The Community Gym, which serves Loddon and surrounding areas, has now been open for 6 months and is proving very popular with people of all ages and fitness levels.
The Gym aims to offer an informal and friendly atmosphere and is totally non- profit making.
Charges are a very reasonable £3 per session and discount vouchers are also available.
Why not come along and give it a try?
Contact us via our website
www.loddoncommunitygym.com or text Richard on 07443460599 for further details.
“Eastern Rivers Community Gym – run by the Community for the Community”
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The Parish Council met on 3rd July 2014 and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk,Tree Warden Jim Riley, and a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson who also attended the meeting.  Adrian reported that he had received an anonymous letter from a Chedgrave resident about the increase in council tax and asked him to respond in his newsletter. However Chedgrave precept as part of the council tax is the responsibility of the Parish Council therefore, to who it may concern, please see the information below.
The article below appeared in the Oct/Nov 2013 issue of the Chet News and is also on this Chedgrave PC website.
Chedgrave Common– Formerly Lyes Heath –  As reported in last month’s article your Parish Council has had to seek legal advice concerning the erection of a fence on The Common. It has been erected in conjunction with the occupancy of the old Piggery and is positioned alongside the building. A section of fence was also erected across the public footpath (FP5) ,but following the intervention of the NCC Highways Officer, under section143 of the Highways Act 1980, this part has now been removed. The remaining fence is within the boundary fence that has existed on the Common for many years. The occupancy of the Piggery is being dealt with by the Broads Authority, but the fencing is the responsibility of the Parish Council.
In 2007 Chedgrave P.C. took over the management and maintenance of the Common when it was no longer appropriate for the charitable Coal/ Fuel Trust to continue to manage it. Since then there have been 2 incidents where the Common has been used unlawfully. The first was back in 2010, when travellers occupied part of the land and the PC had to apply to the court for a possession order to force the travellers to move on, and now we have the erection of the fence.
Despite having lots of maps, documents, and testimony from many local people, it would appear the land has never been registered. We believe that it is essential that the Common is maintained and managed to enable both local people and visitors to enjoy it. In 2011, Chedgrave Common was notified as County Wildlife Site. *The site was selected because it met the criteria for County Wildlife Site status based on its lowland grassland features and surrounding mosaic of semi natural habitats.  *Taken from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust report 2013
 
Your Parish Council has instructed a Solicitor to pursue the case for registering the land and they have handed over the documents to a Barrister who will revue them and advise us accordingly.
There will be significant costs involved for this process, and current estimates are in the region of £5000 – £6000 pounds. This is expenditure that the P.C. has not budgeted for and we cannot use our reserves earmarked for other projects to meet these costs. Therefore it will be necessary to increase our precept for the next financial year to help pay the legal fees. This means that the element of our Council Tax used for the Parish Council precept will increase.
We believe that it is really important to follow this through and get the matter resolved once and for all for the benefit of the whole community, and particularly the future generations.  We hope that you will support us to this end, and that we can bring this to a positive conclusion.
If anyone has any old photos, or any information that could help us, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01508 521263 or email chedgrave.pc@gmail.com
Also taken from the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of the Chet News 
Budget / Precept  –  After a lengthy discussion on the budget/precept and it was agreed that a budget figure of £ 24,383. was required. There was a discussion on the precept request and whether the costs of the legal fees associated with the issues on The Common should be included. It was agreed that a precept request of £22,800.00 should be made. It is important that parishioners are aware that the increase in the precept is due to these expected legal costs
We hope this explains why the precept has been increased. Any further queries should be made to the Parish Clerk on 01508 521263 or email chedgrave.pc@gmail.com
Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
 
 
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The Parish Council met at 7.30pm on 5th June 2014 and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk, Tree Warden Jim Riley, and a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson who also attended the meeting.  There was 1 member of the public in attendance. The annual accounts for 2013/14 have been audited and were approved and signed.
Chedgrave Lych-gate Memorial.:- A meeting is scheduled for the 18th June with PC members, builders, and the Vicar, to discuss the way forward for this. The PC will se up a separate bank account to deal with money raised for this project.
Allotments:-An inspection was carried out and a letter sent to the allotment holders highlighting the issues noted. Feedback will be given to allotment holders at a meeting planned for June 17th. The local police will hopefully attend the meeting to discuss security at the allotments.
The Common :- We have received some further opinion from the QC and the solicitor has been asked to contact the Charities Commission on behalf of the PC.
Proposed area of public open space.:- We now have the agreement proposed by Mr Tabor. It was agreed that the Clerk should contact the insurance company to enquire about the implications for insurance. We hope to sign the agreement at the July PC meeting. We will be putting a leaflet through residents doors which will outline the terms of the agreement and include a basic map to show the footpath. The field is private agricultural land and some dog owners are using it to exercise their dogs.This could seriously jeopardise this project being implemented so please, do not exercise your dogs on this field, or any other private land. Keep your dogs under control at all times, and clean up after them. This is a good opportunity to have a pleasant walk that should be enjoyed by everyone, so please lets not lose this chance.
White Horse Plain : – Following the very useful meeting held with some of the residents, it was agreed that an area under theJubilee Oak tree should be cordoned off for a trial period of one month in August. Parking will be limited to residents only. We will contact Highways about using cones at the Langley Road / Norwich Road junction during the trial. Also we will write to residents and speak to Simon at The White Horse.
Picnic in the The Pits: – Will be on Sunday, 31 August 2014 starting at 12 noon. Look out for posters giving more information following the July PC meeting.
Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
 
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The Parish Council met at 7 pm on 1st May 2014 and held the Annual Parish Council Meeting.  Jackie Bircham was re elected as Chair, and Derrick Johnson as Vice Chair. Debra Yeomans will continue as Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. Derrick will continue as the PC representative on the Loddon & Chedgrave Jubilee Hall Management Committee, and on the Loddon & Chedgrave Playing Field Committee. Jim Riley continues as Tree Warden and John Lurkins as the representative on the Broads Forum. Financial regulations had been circulated to Cllrs before the meeting. These were signed by all Cllrs present. It was agreed that the Clerk should revise standing orders to allow for the distribution of agendas and minutes etc via e mail.
The PC then continued with the regular monthly meeting at 7.30. and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk, Tree Warden Jim Riley, and a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson who also attended the meeting. There were 3 members of the public in attendance.
War Memorial:- A meeting was held on Thursday, 24 April to review this project. Cllr Hubbard updated the PC meeting on progress. It was decided after discussion with David Owen, the new vicar ,that the project be moved back with a view to completing it sometime within the next four years. A faculty will have to be applied for and the diocese architect will have to approve the design and this will be a lengthy process.  It was agreed that the name for the project should be Chedgrave Lych-gate Memorial. Clerk to try and arrange a further meeting for w/c 16 June 2014. The money raised by the sale of refreshments at the Easter Egg Hunt was £31.05 , it was agreed to donate this to the war memorial fund.
Allotments:- Water butts and guttering have been installed by Cllr Godfrey. An inspection of the site is to be arranged soon, and the date to be confirmed. The PC would like the allotment holders to form an association to help to manage the site. Cllr Hubbard will contact the funding organisations that have supported the PC with this project about plaques / signs. An official opening will be held later in the year attended by the land owner Mr Tabor.
The Common :- Cllr Bircham has now completed an extensive report on the history of The Common which has been circulated and sent to the solicitor, who will pass it on to the QC for consideration. 
Proposed area of public open space. The PC to submit plans to Mr Tabor by 5 May 2014. It is estimated that the project could cost up to £2,000.00 which would come from S106 monies.
Picnic in the The Pits :- It was agreed to hold the PiP on Sunday, 31 August 2014 starting at 12 noon. This year we plan to include a barbecue. There will be the usual , face painter, bouncy castle and children’s entertainer etc. Look out for more information nearer the time.
Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
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Easter Egg Hunt  Chedgrave Parish Council’s annual Easter Egg Hunt took place on Easter Monday in warm Spring sunshine. The event was well attended and enjoyed by adults and children alike. The new vicar David Owen was there and had the unenviable task of judging the Easter bonnet competition which he managed with great diplomacy. Just over £30.00 was raised by donations for teas and coffees and this will be given to one of the local charities.
The Parish Council met at 7pm on 3rd April 2014 and held the Annual Parish Meeting to include the Chairman’s report, along with reports from District Councillor Derek Blake, and County Councillor Adrian Gunson. Also included were brief reports from our Tree Warden Jim Riley and the PC representative on the Jubilee Hall and playing field committee Derrick Johnson. The Chairman’s report can be viewed on the PC website. www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
The PC then continued with the regular monthly meeting at 7.30. There were 6 members of the public in attendance. 
War Memorial.- Cllr Hubbard updated the meeting on progress and circulated the proposed plans. A firm decision is needed by the end of May in order to have the project finished by November. The total project cost could be in the region of £21,000.00. It was agreed that a special meeting should be held involving all interested parties including the tradesmen and representatives from the church. The meeting will be held on Thursday, 24 April.
Allotments. The sheds to be used for storage facilities for tools and equipment are now in place, also compost bins and rain water butts. The site will be inspected, date to be confirmed.
The Common. – The copies of the field books which record details of land owners have now arrived. We are now able to complete the report for the solicitor and hopefully have their response to report at the May meeting. There have been further developments on the common, more trees have been planted and two ponds installed. The Broads Authority is aware. The Chair, our BA representative, and the Clerk had met with Adrian Clarke from the Broads Authority to discuss the fences and paths on The Common. BA hoping to improve the path between Hardley Flood and Hardley Dyke. Mr Clarke is also investigating which of the fences is the responsibility of the BA.
The Pits. The proposal to use geo web rather than gabions in the landscaping plan as suggested by a parishioner, Mr Allsop, was discussed at length. A change to geo web would have cost implications as a new planning application would need to be submitted. After a vote on whether to keep to the original plan involving gabions, the PC voted to continue with the plans involving gabions rather than change to geo web. Mr Allsop said he would like it noted that he felt the proposed scheme had not been publicised adequately and that in future, he would like to see any similar schemes better publicised in advance in order to allow parishioners to state their views.
White Horse Plain. The PC is planning to hold a meeting on site with residents to discuss the proposals, re the Jubilee Oak and car parking. The clerk will write to the residents.
The Millennium Gardens – will be closed for approximately four weeks for the grass to be re seeded etc. The PC will ask the residents association to put up signs advising on the details of the closure including dates and the reasons.
Housing need survey – Saffron is to hold a survey with regard to the provision of affordable housing. The PC support the survey being carried out.
Annual Parish Council Meeting. Will be held at 7.00 pm on Thursday, 1 May followed by the PC meeting at 7.30
Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
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The Parish Council met on 6th March 2014 and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk,Tree Warden Jim Riley, and a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson who also attended the meeting. There were 6 members of public in attendance.
War Memorial.- There have been some further discussions regarding the wood carving, design and materials. We hope to be able to have drawings and quotes at our next PC meeting.
Allotments. The sheds to be used for storage facilities for tools and equipment, and compost bins and rain water butts have been ordered. Some full size plots, and half size plots are still available to rent. Priority will be given to Chedgrave residents. Anyone interested should contact the Parish Clerk for details, Tel. 521263 or e-mail, chedgrave.pc@gmail.com                                                                 We have had enquiries from residents from outside of Chedgrave so if the plots have not been allocated to Chedgrave residents by the end of March then we will allocate plots to them.
The Common. – We are still waiting for some documents from the Norfolk Records Office which should show details of land owners. The BA is now investigating the change of use of the land surrounding the barn. Mr Risebrow from the BA will be arranging another meeting with the PC.  We have received a quote to clear the old pond, funding will need to be sought,
Donations – After some discussion, it was agreed to make donations of £ 50.00 each to Chedgrave MS Centre and Norfolk Accident and Emergency. It was agreed to donate the remaining available money in the budget, £ 95.00, to the Chet News fund for a new printing machine.
Dates for your Diary –——-It was agreed to hold the Annual Parish Meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, 3 April followed by the PC meeting and to hold the Annual Parish Council Meeting.at 7.30 pm on Thursday, 1 May followed by the PC meeting.
 Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
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The Parish Council met on 6th February 2014 and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk,Tree Warden Jim Riley, and a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson who also attended the meeting. There were 5 members of public in attendance and at the request of the PC, Dr Hutcheson from NCC Trails department. 
Easy Acess path. – The PC has had some concerns about the poor state of the easy access path along the Chet between the boatyards and the common. Dr Hutcheson gave some background information regarding the easy access path which is the responsibility of the Environment Agency, who in turn, delegate this to BESL. He said he would arrange a meeting with BESL and BA to discuss the difficulties with the path and try to work out a new engineering solution to improve the path. We asked if it might be possible to create a new circular walk incorporating the easy access path and the two footpaths on The Common ? Dr Hutcheson said the Trails department would support this, and would keep the PC informed.
War Memorial.- No further developments to date.
Allotments. Cllr Hubbard has secured a further £5000 grant from the Norfolk Community Fund and an additional £500 from May Gurney. This will be used to provide storage facilities for tools and equipment, and compost bins have been ordered. Some full size plots, and half size plots are still available to rent. Priority will be given to local residents. Anyone interested should contact the Parish Clerk for details, Tel. 521263 or e-mail, chedgrave.pc@gmail.com
The Common. – Some additional documents have been ordered from Norfolk Records Office etc and once everything has arrived, it can all be sent to the solicitor. Cllr Bircham and the Clerk met with Helen from Norfolk Wildlife Trust to ask for advice re the enclosed area of The Common. NWT is not happy with the change of use as the area forms part of the County Wildlife site. The working party met on Jan 16th and It was agreed that the bracken needed cutting as soon as possible. Cllr Riley has researched hiring equipment from Ben Burgess. It is possible that NWT might have suitable equipment to borrow.
White Horse Plain. – Cllr Bircham has met with Bob Edwards from NCC Highways and talked about the possibility of dropping the kerb on the White Horse side. The issue of parking right up to the junction of Langley Road/ Norwich Road was also discussed and the possibility of double yellow lines was raised. Parking on this junction is a real issue and there is concern that vehicles are being parked too close to the junction, reducing visibility and creating congestion which often results in vehicles being stopped on the junction with Norwich road. We are trying to find a solution to this difficult problem but we would ask that vehicles are not parked too near to this junction, to make it safe for everyone. We will of course continue to consult with local residents, but yellow lines may be the last resort. Parishioners had researched “matting” to go under the Jubilee oak. There was a lengthy discussion on the merits of this and the cost implications. Other alternatives will need to be considered.
Proposed area of public open space.- Back inJuly the PC and several members of the public met with Mr Dennis Tabor, the land owner of the area we are trying to designate as a footpath along the edge of the field which runs along the back of the Brian Clark meeting rooms, through to Big Back Lane. Since then we have met with the farmer who farms the land, and discussed establishing a boundary along the edge of the field, grass seeding the path and setting posts( not fencing) to help guide people along the footpath, and provide litter and dog waste bins.The field is private agricultural land and some dog owners are using it to exercise their dogs.This could seriously jeopardise this project being implemented so please, do not exercise your dogs on this field, or any other private land. Keep your dogs under control at all times, and clean up after them. This is a good opportunity to have a pleasant walk that should be enjoyed by everyone, so please lets not lose this chance.
Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
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The Parish Council met on 2nd January 2014 and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk,Tree Warden Jim Riley, and a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson who also attended the meeting.
There were 2 members of public in attendance and Mr Findlay, Head Teacher of Langley School who was present at the invitation of the Cllrs to discuss the apparent increase in traffic to and from the school. Mr Findlay said that there had been works traffic associated with the recent building works but the work is now complete. Mr Findlay said there would be no further increase in the size of the school. It was agreed that CG should investigate the possibility of the school traffic using the A146 entrance. Mr Findlay said that the school is attempting to do as much as possible to alleviate the traffic problem and that if there was a concern regarding a particular vehicle, he should be informed.
Budget / Precept.  After a lengthy discussion on the budget/precept and it was agreed that a budget figure of £24,383. was required.There was a discussion on the precept request and whether the costs of the legal fees associated with the issues on The Common should be included. It was agreed that a precept request of £ 22,800.00 should be made. It is important that parishioners are aware that the increase in the precept is due to these expected legal costs
War Memorial.  Cllr Hubbard has spoken to Mr Mark Goldsworthy, a wood carver, and will be meeting with him, Mr Snowling and Mr Knights to discuss designs. The PCC are in favour of the idea, but a decision cannot be made until the new vicar takes up the post in April. The churchyard becomes the responsibility of the new vicar, but in the meantime, the PCC cannot make any firm commitment. It was agreed to work towards a deadline of November 2014.
Allotments . The work done to create the entrance and the erection of the fencing and planting of the hedge is now complete, so the site is now available for use. Some rental contracts have already been signed but full size plots, and half size plots are still available to rent. Priority will be given to local residents. Anyone interested should contact the Parish Clerk for details, Tel. 521263 or e-mail, chedgrave.pc@gmail.com
 The Common. We asked our solicitor to instruct the QC to investigate the issue of the registration of the land, (Chedgrave Common), and the Q C’s opinion on the situation has now been received. After some discussion on this the PC. agreed that we would research the documentation involved in preparation for approaching the Charities Commission.
Christmas Lights . We apologise for the poor display this year but we have encountered several technical issues with our lights on the Jubilee Oak which we were not able to resolve in time. Also we are aware that a string of lights on the shops are not working, and that some of the lights on the tree in Mr & Mrs Hart’s garden received some weather damage. There are also a few lights out on the display at Beauchamp House. We will get things sorted for next Christmas.
Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
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The Parish Council met on 7th November 2013 and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk,Tree Warden Jim Riley, and a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson who also attended the meeting. Councillor Gould reported on behalf of District Cllr Derek Blake who said that there is currently a major reorganisation of the planning directorate taking place. DB felt that it was important that the PC made comments on the site specific proposals for Loddon as they would have implications for Chedgrave.
Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
Budget / Precept. There was a lengthy discussion on the draft budget. It was agreed that there would be further discussion at the December meeting before setting the precept.
Grit Bins.  Two new grit bins have arrived for Snows Hill / Hillside and Church Close, Highways will site and fill them.
 War Memorial.  Councillor Hubbard and the Parish Clerk have carried out a door to door parish survey to determine parishioners’ view on having a War Memorial. There was an over whelming response in favour of the idea.There are 479 households in the village, they called at 202 houses and found 90 people at home. 82 were in favour, 3 said no, 3 said they were not interested and 2 were impartial. Of the proportion of people they spoke to 93% were in favour. If you deduct the not interested and impartial, then it is 98% in favour. There was a discussion on the nature of the memorial, with a strong view towards doing something at the entrance to the Churchyard incorporating the memorial in the gated entrance. If anyone has any ideas to put forward, the PC would really welcome them .Please contact the Parish Clerk. Councillor Gould asked for a vote of thanks to be recorded for Matt and Debra undertaking the survey. Whilst carrying out the survey Matt and Debra also sold Poppies, and collected £166.48p
Allotments The site has had some preparation work undertaken including the erection of a deer and rabbit proof fence, and the clearance of the entrance ready for the car parking area. There is a problem with a water leak at the entrance to the site, Anglian Water have been informed and will deal with it. When it is done the work on the allotment site can be completed.
The Common. We have asked the solicitor to instruct the QC to investigate the issue of the registration of the land but this cannot now happen until after 2 December as the QC is out of the country. Councillor Bircham is compiling an album of photographs of the common.
Christmas Lights The lights sponsored by the PC will be switched on on the 1st December.
We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year
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The Parish Council met on 3rd October 2013 and agenda items included reports from the Parish Councillors, the Parish Clerk,Tree Warden Jim Riley, and a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson.                                                                                                                                                                      Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on this website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
Chedgrave Common– Formerly Lyes Heath                                                                                      As reported in last month’s article your Parish Council has had to seek legal advice concerning the erection of a fence on The Common. It has been erected in conjunction with the occupancy of the old Piggery and is positioned alongside the building. A section of fence was also erected across the public footpath (FP5) ,but following the intervention of the NCC Highways Officer, under section143 of the Highways Act 1980, this part has now been removed. The remaining fence is within the boundary fence that has existed on the Common for many years. The occupancy of the Piggery is being dealt with by the Broads Authority, but the fencing is the responsibility of the Parish Council.
In 2007 Chedgrave P.C. took over the management and maintenance of the Common when it was no longer appropriate for the charitable Coal/ Fuel Trust to continue to manage it. Since then there have been 2 incidents where the Common has been used unlawfully. The first was back in 2010, when travellers occupied part of the land and the PC had to apply to the court for a possession order to force the travellers to move on, and now we have the erection of the fence.
Despite having lots of maps, documents, and testimony from many local people, it would appear the land has never been registered. We believe that it is essential that the Common is maintained and managed to enable both local people and visitors to enjoy it. In 2011, Chedgrave Common was notified as County Wildlife Site. *The site was selected because it met the criteria for County Wildlife Site status based on its lowland grassland features and surrounding mosaic of semi natural habitats.
Your Parish Council has instructed a Solicitor to pursue the case for registering the land and they have handed over the documents to a Barrister who will revue them and advise us accordingly. There will be significant costs involved for this process, and current estimates are in the region of 5 – 6 thousand pounds. This is expenditure that the P.C. has not budgeted for and we cannot use our reserves earmarked for other projects to meet these costs. Therefore it will be necessary to increase our precept for the next financial year to help pay the legal fees. This means that the element of our Council Tax used for the Parish Council precept will increase.
We believe that it is really important to follow this through and get the matter resolved once and for all for the benefit of the whole community, and particularly the future generations. We hope that you will support us to this end, and that we can bring this to a positive conclusion. If anyone has any old photos, or any information that could help us, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01508 521263 or email chedgrave.pc@gmail.com
* Taken from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust report 2013 
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The Parish Council met on 5th Sept 2013 and agenda items included reports from County Councillor Adrian Gunson, Tree Warden Jim Riley, Parish Councillors and the Parish Clerk.                       Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
Picnic in the Pits was held on 1st September and it turned out a very pleasant and enjoyable afternoon. Entertainment was provided by Professor Jingles, and the bouncy castle and face painting was as popular as ever. Thanks to The local WI for their support with the cake stall, also Mr Roe for the musical entertainment. The Macmillan Coffee & Cake stall raised £125.41 for Macmillan Cancer support, so a big thank you to young Harvey Hubbard who made all the cakes & biscuits and the Hubbard family for their help and support.
Chedgrave Common. Part of the fence that was illegally erected on the common across the footpath has now been removed.  The PC is taking legal advice regarding other parts of the fencing and the use of CCTV cameras in the area.
Chedgrave Common Management Plan. Since the spring of this year a UEA student has carried out a wildlife assessment of our Common in conjunction with Norfolk Wildlife Trust. This has resulted in a fairly comprehensive management plan which needs to be implemented and continued into the future in order to keep this wonderful wildlife site in good condition.  In order to do this the Parish Council who are responsible for the up keep of the Common, are asking for volunteers to work on the maintenance of the common, working with the PC and other organisations.  The Common management plan can be viewed on the PC website, from the menu under Parish Council – The Common. We would like anybody who is interested in helping to contact Councillor Jim Riley on 01508 528105, or email :- Jimnorristack@aol.com
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 The Parish Council met on 4th July 2013 at 7.30pm and agenda items included a written report from County Councillor Adrian Gunson, and reports from the Parish Clerk and Parish Councillors.             Eleven members of the public attended. 
Prior to the monthly meeting starting, the PC and several members of the public met with Mr Dennis Tabor, the land owner of the area we are trying to designate as a footpath along the edge of the field which runs along the back of the Brian Clark meeting rooms, through to Big Back Lane. Mr Tabor said he has no problem with the area being used as a footpath, or as a bridle path for horse riders. However he said that the public must stay on the path and was very keen to encourage dog owners to keep their dogs under control, and not to allow them to foul the area. Also not to let dogs run free on the field adjacent to the path, even when left fallow, as it creates lots of problems with wildlife, in particular ground nesting birds. The PC will be responsible for cutting the path, and providing waste bins, and signs if it is felt necessary. The PC and local residents will need to monitor the situation, but if the facility is abused then we, (the PC and Mr Tabor) would need to review the situation. It is a good opportunity to provide another facility in our village and it is up to all of us to treat it with respect. Further information will be made available later.
Street Lights -Langley Road . Adrian Gunson said that switching off street lights ( between midnight and 5am), in designated areas is a county wide policy designed to conserve energy and save costs and could not be adjusted for just one street.
The Pits Play Area.   The planning application – Improvements including re grading and surfacing of existing access and hard standing, re grading and stabilisation of bank including installation of gabion retaining walls, formation of new path, grass stage area, and general landscape improvements, has now been approved but formal notification has not yet been received. There was a further discussion on the use of the proposed gabions and an alternative as proposed by Mr Birkbeck. The company that Mr Birkbeck had consulted would be prepared to visit the site and look at the soil etc at no cost to the Parish Council.    The PC agreed to the survey and would like to involve Mr Futter ( who carried out the original survey on behalf of the PC) to be included.
 The Allotments Grant funding is still being sought through Lottery funding, and new applications have been made. Councillor Hubbard will be making a presentation to Saffron for funding on 15th July. Councillor Bircham has arranged for a local farmer to remove the remaining timber from the field in return for which, he will ‘top’ it.
Jubilee Oak/Village Green Langley Road/Norwich Road junction. Thanks to cooperation of the local residents the Clerk has received a bit more information about who parks where, and when. Councillor Bircham summarised the current situation and said the PC has a duty to look after the oak tree which is one of the fifty oldest in the country. There was a lengthy discussion on the best way to proceed. Most of the residents in attendance were clear that they did not want the tree removed but they did not want it to grow any more and they also wanted to preserve their current parking arrangements. A resident said that the junction of Langley Road/ Norwich Road is used by articulated lorries making it potentially hazardous. It was agreed that the Clerk should contact Highways to ask for a traffic management plan to be drawn up. The PC confirmed that no changes would be made without consultation with residents.
Proposed Flood defence improvement work at Langley Dyke. The contractor for this project, BESL has now submitted the planning application. Their preferred route for the vehicles carrying the clay to Langley Dyke is still using Rectory Lane, in both directionsFurther consultation is planned by the Broads Authority with Chedgrave PC and Loddon PC, and with all residents in Rectory Lane.
War Memorial  –No further progress on this item for now.
Broadband latest – For the latest news on broadband improvements in our area visit the website at  http://www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk/contact.aspx
Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish Council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
 
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The Parish Council met on 6th June 2013 at 7.30pm and agenda items included a written report fro County Councillor Adria Gunson, and reports fromTree Warden Jim Riley, the Parish Clerk and Parish Councillors. Nine members of the public attended.
Street Lights A residents has raised concerns regarding the Street lights on Langley road being switched off between midnight and 5.30am. The PC will look at this with NCC.
The Pits Play Area. The planning application – Improvements including re grading and surfacing of existing access and hard standing, re grading and stabilisation of bank including installation of gabion retaining walls, formation of new path, grass stage area, seats and general landscape improvements is still pending a decision.  The PC has provided some signs to ask that dogs be kept on a lead in the play area. Please clean up after your dog if it does foul anywhere.
Hardley Road  A resident had complained about cars parking on the pavement along Hardley Road impeding access for mobility scooters, push chairs etc. The Police have spoken to people in the area and will be monitoring the situation.
The Allotments Grant funding is still being sought and new applications have been made.
Jubilee Oak/Village green Langley Road/Norwich Road junction. There was a lengthy discussion on this with concerns coming from residents of the area that parking would be a problem if space was lost. They highlighted that some people are parking and then catching the bus. The PC will continue to consult with residents and will seek advice from NCC Highways. One option may be to issue permits to residents only.
Proposed Flood defence improvement work at Langley Dyke.  BESL is planning to import 18 cu.meters of clay,( approx 300 tons) from Beccles to be used on this project. Material will be transported by lorry between Beccles and Langley Dyke, the proposed route is via Rectory lane and along Langley road. The PC has suggested an alternative route via Big Back Lane for the laden vehicles and returning either via Rectory Lane or Norwich road.
War Memorial  The PC is considering erecting a War Memorial in the village. Members of the PC will be canvassing opinions from residents over the next few weeks regarding where it should go, the type of memorial etc.  If you have a view on this please contact the PC via the Parish Clerk or any of the Parish Councillors.
Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish Council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on the website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
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The Parish Council met on 2nd May 2013 at 7pm to hold the Annual Meeting of the Parish CouncilJackie Bircham was elected to continue as Chair, Derrick Johnson as Vice chair, and Debra Yeomans to continue as the Responsible Financial Officer. All councillors received copies of the Financial Regulations and signed a copy of the Financial Standing Orders.
The May meeting of the Parish Council commenced at 7.30pm and agenda items included a written report fro County Councillor Adria Gunson, and reports fromTree Warden Jim Riley, the Parish Clerk and Parish Councillors. Five members of the public attended.
The Pits Play Area. The planning application – Improvements including re grading and surfacing of existing access and hard standing, re grading and stabilisation of bank including installation of gabion retaining walls, formation of new path, grass stage area, seats and general landscape improvements is still pending a decision.  There has been graffiti sprayed on surfaces in The Pits and on footpaths. This had been reported to the police. We will be contacting SNC for help with removing the graffiti. The PC has agreed to provide some signs to ask that dogs be kept on a lead in the play area, and we will be asking the Environmental Support Officer to visit the area.  Proceeds from Easter Egg Hunt refreshments £27.13. will be donated to Loddon on Call.
Hardley Road  A resident had complained about cars parking on the pavement along Hardley Road impeding access for mobility scooters, push chairs etc. This is a Police matter and will be reported to PCSO Nightingale.
The Allotments Grant funding is still being sought and four new applications are being made.
Rectory Lane junction.  There was a lengthy discussion on the proposed changes which will not be used as the basis for a Parish partnership bid as it is too costly for the PC and there is insufficient time to canvas public opinion and prepare the bid. There was some discussion on speed limit signs and the location of them. It was agreed that the Clerk should contact Highways and ask for a site meeting.
Jubilee Oak/Village green Langley Road/Norwich Road junction. There was a lengthy discussion on this area which is used largely for parking. A number of suggestions were made to improve conditions for the Jubilee oak which would benefit from having some of the asphalt around the base removed. However it was noted that this could affect the parked cars belonging to local residents . It was agreed that J Bir would draw up a scale plan and that the Clerk would write to residents to find out their opinions.
 
NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL has made a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the C384 Hardley Road from junction with U7654 Pits Lane eastwards for a distance of 100m in the PARISH OF CHEDGRAVE because of HRA patching/remedial works. The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 28th May 2013 to 29th May 2013 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 2 days within the period. Alternative route is via: C384 Lower Hardley Road/Church Lane/Back Lane/Hardley Road/Langley Street, C202 Staithe Road/Langley Road. (If necessary the restriction could run for a maximum period of 18 months from the date of the Order).  Penalty: £1000 maximum fine on conviction and/or endorsement for contravention. In the event of the start date being delayed the new start date will be displayed on site in advance. The person dealing with enquiries at Norfolk County Council is Adrian Stout (Environment, Transport and Development) Telephone 0344 800 8009.   Dated this 24th day of May 2013
Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish Council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on This website www.chedgraveparishcouncil.co.uk
 The Parish Council met on 4th April 2013 at 7pm to hold the Annual Parish Meeting. The Chair gave her annual report, and a copy of this can be viewed on the PC website. Also agenda items included reports from County Councillor Adrian Gunson, Tree Warden Jim Riley, Parish Councillors and the Parish Clerk. There was a report from the local Police given by PCSO Rose on the annual crime statistics for Chedgrave. Three members of the public attended. The monthly PC meeting commenced at 7.30pm.
 The Easter Egg Hunt was well attended despite the cold weather, and as usual the children enjoyed the forage for the hidden eggs. Prizes were given for the best Easter Bonnets, and the free raffle. Free fruit drinks were provided for the children. Donations for the tea & coffee were £27.13 which will be donated to a local organisation. Thanks to the Ladies WI for their support with the Tombola stall, and to Colin Roe for providing the music.  See event photos on the website.
The Pits Play Area. A planning application has been submitted to SNDC and there have been a few objections to the scheme by members of the public. It has taken about 18 months to get to the planning application stage using the services of a specialist surveyor. The PC has set out to try and improve the area for the future, to enhance the planting scheme, and to provide a better and safer environment for the children to play in. Also to improve the surroundings for those who walk and enjoy the Pits. The plans and all the relevant information can be found on the SNDC website in “Planning”, anyone can write to comment. At the next PC meeting we will be considering a “Dogs on Leads” policy for the Pits. This follows a number of observations of dogs running free in the area, and dog fouling not being cleared up. We need to keep this area clean and safe for everyone but particularly the children so PLEASE clean up after your dog. Dog waste bins are provided.
The Allotments .Grant funding from the Community Construction Fund was not successful; PC representatives have met with Mike Bentley from SNDC to consider other options which will now be pursued.
 
The Bridge over the River Chet. A representative from the PC has met with the residents of Wherry Close. The residents do not oppose the replacement of the bridge but they are not in favour of the proposed design, and do not wish the bridge access into the Millennium Garden to be opened. The PC has invited the residents to a meeting to discuss this further and this will take place in June.
Vehicle speed. This is still causing some concern and the PC has been looking at purchasing a Vehicle Activated Sign to try and slow down traffic in the village. Discussions are also taking place with NCC to try and improve the junction of Norwich Road and Rectory Lane again with a view to slowing down traffic. A new layout is being looked at and this will be considered shortly.
Copies of the Parish Council meeting’s full minutes are held in Loddon Library and and are posted on the Parish Council notice board near the shops, and will also appear on this website.