Digests

Litcham Parish Council

Extracts first appeared in  the Church and Village in September 2007 in order to keep the village better informed about the activities of the Parish Council. They are written by the Clerk and approved by the Chairman within a week of the meeting and published in the Church and Village around three weeks after the meeting. Prior to this date the minutes  were published only after the minutes had be approved by the whole council at the next meeting of the Council so proceeds of the meeting were not widely available to the public until at least two months after the meeting.
They are not an official record of the meeting and are not approved by the Parish Council.


JANUARY 2019

At the January Parish Council meeting which was attended by six Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and three members of the public the following was considered:
In the part of the meeting open to members of the public parishioners raised the feeling that the Parish Council is anti the Bull Inn. This is not the case and the members expressed their support for the pub and trust that the benches will be sited on the Green again in 2019 as per the agreement entered into with the Bull Inn.
Planning: Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application for a proposed demolition of existing conservatory and erection of single storey rear extension and cladding externally to existing house at Coppice Lexham Road.
Decisions: Approval had been granted by Breckland Council for the proposed loft extension at 6 Manor Drive.
Highways: Some of the problems reported previously have been repaired or in the case of the footway along Lexham Road cleared. The pothole outside the entrance to the school on Church Street will be reported as will the poor state of the footway outside the Post Office.
County and District Councillor Reports: The County Councillor reported that Norfolk County Council has received a further £12.5 million to repair potholes. The road closure on B1145 from A1065 to the Great Massingham junction should be opened at weekends. Norfolk County Council has entered into a further £11 million contract for Better Broadband for Norfolk to improve speeds in many rural areas where it has not been possible to improve via new cabinets. The new contract will consider fibre to property and satellite if thought feasible. The Council Tax is not to be raised by the 3% allowed for Adult Social Care as the Government has released a further £4.2 million to the County Council. It has also received £29 million to provide 2800 extra care units. Norfolk County Council had agreed to change to a Cabinet system but since then the Managing Director has left to take up the post of Vice-Chancellor of a University and the Council will not replace the Managing Director and the Leader of the Council will become the Executive Leader of the Council, with a Cabinet system run with the senior management team. There will be 4 Scrutiny Committees under the Cabinet so that decisions can be called in by any Councillor. 46 of 53 Children’s Centres are staying open which will still provide a saving although these will provide better facilities.
Streetlights: After investigations following the Parish Council reporting that lights are on all night it transpires that the power supplier has changed certain components and these are failing. The Parish Council believes that this is UK Power Networks responsibility to correct and will be contacting them to resolve the issue.
Precept: This is the portion of the Council Tax which is passed to the Parish Council. It was agreed that this would be set at £10000 which is the same as last year.
Highways:The Clerk is to contact Norfolk County Council to have the footway along Pound Lane near to the school cleared and to have the drains on Church Street emptied as these all appear blocked. Norfolk County Council is also to be requested to replace the culvert under the Dunham Road as the existing small pipe is too small and now totally blocked with roots.


MARCH

Annual Parish Meeting
was attended by six Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor E Gould and six members of the public.  Reports were received from local organisations, the Chairman of the Parish Council and the County and District Councillors.


Parish Council Meeting
At the March Parish Council meeting which was attended by six Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor E Gould and two members of the public the following was considered:
Planning: Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application for a proposed two storey extension and porch to front at 23 Church Street. The application for a replacement dwelling and double garage with storage above at 29 Church Street had been withdrawn. Decisions:Approval had been granted by Breckland Council for the proposed demolition of existing conservatory and erection of single storey rear extension and cladding externally to existing house at Coppice Lexham Road. No decision had yet been received from Breckland Council for the 16 houses between Weasenham and Wellingham Roads and the District Councillor will request from the planning department at Breckland a reason for the delay.
Highways: The Parish Council had received a response from Bespoke Construction but as the problem has not been resolved the Parish Council is to write again complaining about the lack of consideration. The members were very disappointed that Norfolk County Council had not enforced BT to repair the ironwork near to the pumping station. The County Councillor informed the meeting that the County Council cannot force BT to repair the road. The culvert under the road on Dunham Road will be repaired as soon as a road closure notice has been completed. The footway outside the school on Church Street and opposite near to the telephone box will be reported as will the potholes on Back Lane. The hydrant signs that have been damaged on the Green and near to the Jubilee Hall will be reported to Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service. The County Councillor is to investigate the ownership of the footway between Front and Back streets as this is being damaged by cars driving across it on Back Street.
Litcham Primary School:  A letter had been received from Litcham School to state that the Primary Phase children had raised over £500 over the past few years and the children have suggested that a bench be installed in Manor Drive. The County Councillor is to investigate the ownership of the land so that a decision can be given at the next meeting.
Elections:  Elections for the Parish Council will take place on 2 May at the same time as elections to Breckland Council.
Dog Fouling: There has been a significant increase of dog fouling especially along Lexham Road. The Parish Council is to contact the Dog Warden who if necessary will use covert surveillance to reduce the problem.
If you see any person not clearing up after their dog please report them to the Dog Warden on 01362 858500.


MAY

At the May Parish Council meeting which was attended by seven councillors, County and District Councillor M Kiddle Morris and two members of the public the following was considered:
Election of Chairman.  Councillor Oldfield was re-elected Chairman of the Parish Council for the ensuing year.
Election of Vice-Chairman.  Councillor Mitchell was re-elected Chairman of the Parish Council for the ensuing year.
Elections 2 May.  At the elections on 2 May Councillor Brookbank was elected onto the Parish Council in place of John Jones.

Planning: Applications.  The Parish Council had raised no objection to the applications for a utility extension to the side of the property at Woodgate Cottage, Front Street or to the demolition of existing UPVC conservatory and construction of sun room at Orchard Cottage 40 Church Street.  Decisions: Approval had been granted by Breckland Council for the proposed part single and part two storey extension and porch to front at 23 Church Street, a utility extension to the side of the property at Woodgate Cottage Front Street, the demolition of existing UPVC Church Street and to the applications for 8 dwellings on land off Weasenham Road and 8 dwellings on land off Wellingham Road.

Parking at the Primary School.  Representatives from the Parish Council had attended a meeting to discuss the problem of transporting children from the High School to the Primary School as the coach is unable to stop at the Primary School without driving along the footway.  Several options are being considered and a further meeting is to be held in June.

Highways: The culvert under the road on Dunham Road is to be repaired during the school half term.  At the same time the cattle grids will be removed and cleaned.  The footway outside the school on Church Street had been repaired.as had the potholes on Back Lane.  The sluice valve signs that have been damaged on the Green and near to the Jubilee Hall had been reported to Anglian Water.  The County Councillor confirmed that the footway between Front and Back Streets is maintained by Norfolk County Council and protection for the footway is being investigated.  An additional SLOW sign on Tittleshall Road is to be requested and the pothole on Tittleshall Road will be reported.

Dog Fouling: The Parish Council had contacted the Dog Warden and it is pleased that the dog fouling has reduced.  If you see any person not clearing up after their dog please report them to the Dog Warden on 01362 858500.

Accounts 2018-2019.  The accounts for the financial year April 2018 until March 2019 were approved at the meeting.  These are displayed on the website and are available for viewing by any parishioner by contacting the Clerk.

County and District Councillor Reports.  The County Councillor reported that the Council formally changed from the Committee to the Cabinet system of governance at the Councils AGM held on 7 May.  Additionally, the elected member who is leader of the Council and Chairman of the Cabinet will effectively become the Chief Executive/Managing Director of the Council in place of the officer who held the post until last December.  10 members have been included in the new Cabinet including the Leader and the Deputy Leader.


JUNE

 


JULY

At the July Parish Council meeting which was attended by seven Councillors, County and District Councillor M Kiddle Morris and one member of the public the following was considered:

Planning: Applications. The Parish Council raised an objection to the demolition of existing garage and outbuildings and erection of 2 new dwellings and associated car parking at 1 Albion Terrace Front Street. The reasons for an objection are the highway safety issues at this point as detailed by the Highways Officer, the overshadowing and overlooking of the dwellings and the form and scale of the development as these would overshadow and overlook the dwellings on Manor Drive. The Parish Council also noted the concerns raised by several parishioners one of whom was present at the meeting. The Parish Council also objected to the application for 2 detached single storey dwellings and garages on land to the rear of Fourways Mileham Road. The members felt that the access was unsuitable and that in the future the dwellings would be sheltered from all light which could lead to the request to fell trees within a conservation area. The members could also see little change from the previous application which was refused.
Decisions: There were no decisions to report.

Parking at the Primary School. Representatives from the Parish Council had attended the second meeting to discuss the problem of transporting children from the High School to the Primary School. The police attended and had suggested whether there could be staggered dropping off times to alleviate the parking problems. The landowner is also to be approached to see if any land can be released to provide parking spaces and a re-sited footway.

Highways: The County Councillor has requested the Highways Engineer to consider a three-way junction at the Bull crossroads to stop mainly cyclists speeding into the junction on Tittleshall Road. He has also requested that improved markings on the road be installed on Butt Lane. The Clerk had received a complaint about parking on Back Street and the owner of the property is to be written to. The owner of the property on Butt Lane where the hedge is overhanging the road at the Mount is also to be written to. Norfolk County Council had confirmed that the potholes on Tittleshall Road are to be repaired. The following is to be reported to Norfolk County Council: – the cutting back of hedges on Back Lane, the footway on Lexham Road, the cutting of the verges and the spraying and clearing of paths and lay-bys.

Dog Fouling: The Parish Council had contacted the Dog Warden and it is pleased that the dog fouling has reduced. If you see any person not clearing up after their dog please report them to the Dog Warden on 01362 858500.

County and District Councillor Reports. The County Councillor reported that he had little to report from County or District as few meetings had been held since May. He informed the members that it appears that Highways England are prevaricating on the dualling of the A47 and it seems as though it does not wish to go ahead with this. The County Council is bidding for a further £200 million to be added to the £300 million already received but not yet used for the improvements.


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OCTOBER

 


NOVEMBER

 


END IF DIGESTS FOR 2019


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Clerk of the Council (Parish Clerk): Bryan Leigh
Dawn Meadow, Fakenham Road, East Bilney, Dereham, NR20 4HT.

Tel: 01362-861-112
e-mail : bryan.leigh@btinternet.com


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