Newton Flotman Parish Council

The Parish Council is the first tier of local government and exists to represent the interests of the parish. In many cases however, the Parish Council’s role is advisory, the final decision resting with the District Council.
There are seven Parish Councillors who are elected every four years. The position is purely voluntary and attracts no payment.

The Parish Council meet six times a year at 7.30pm in the Village Centre on the last Tuesday of odd months (e.g. January, March etc).  Planning meetings are arranged as required.

July Meeting – Change of Date

Please note that the July meeting will be on 19th July, the second Tuesday not the third Tuesday as is normally the case. The agenda for the meeting can be found HERE

Can you help us find Private Pumping Stations in your Parish?

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Special Constables Sought for Norfolk

‘You can be special’ is the message from Norfolk’s Special Constabulary as part of a new initiative aimed at attracting more volunteers.

The campaign has been launched at this year’s Norfolk Show with the unveiling of a series of banners showing Specials in their ‘day job’ attire and police uniform.

The Special Constabulary is a voluntary body to help the regular police force in meeting the policing needs of the community and Norfolk currently has 259 within its ranks.

Larissa D’Cruze who is one of the three Specials pictured on the banners and who is based in Norwich, said: “I wanted to join the Specials to do something a bit different and see if being a police officer is the career for me.”

24-year-old Larissa, whose day job is as a researcher for Norfolk Constabulary, added: “I have had to deal with situations I never imagined I could beforehand, and I really enjoy helping and talking to members of the public. Being a Special has been a lot of fun and been lucky enough to work alongside some great people, both other Specials and regular colleagues.”

Special Constables provide a vital link in the partnership between the police service and the public. Their roles include providing highly visibility patrols and helping police major incidents and events. A number of Specials also work in specialist areas within Norfolk including Roads Policing and Rural Crime.

Mum-of -two Kirsty Holdsworth, aged 32 who is based in Norwich, added: “Being a Special constable has given me an insight into the career of a police officer and the daily issues they deal with. I love the fact that we are all treated equally regardless of rank, we work together as a team to get the job done.

“Since becoming a Special constable I have dealt with things I never thought possible, however the training I received was brilliant which enabled me to deal with these situations with confidence.

“No two days are the same and it is that excitement and new challenges that makes me love being part of the Special Constabulary.”

Terry Ash, age 35, who is an Openreach engineer by day and works as a Special in Earlham, said: “I wanted to become a Special constable to do something different, to push myself and to give back to my local community.

“I feel privileged to work alongside some incredibly dedicated colleagues within the Special Constabulary and the regular force.

“The sense of pride I feel in being able to help someone when they most need it and to be able to make a difference to them and the local community is something truly special.

“The training I’ve had and the skills I’ve developed since being a Special, such as team work, working under pressure and communication techniques, have transferred to my day job at Openreach, who as a company, are massively supportive of my work as a Special.”

Specials Manager, Sue Goode, said: “While we currently have 259 Specials working tirelessly across the county we are always keen to recruit more. We are very grateful to Larissa, Kirsty and Terry for the time and commitment they have given to us, they are a true credit to the Special Constabulary family and we hope their dedication will serve to encourage others to volunteer.”

Norfolk’s Special Chief Officer Malcolm Pearson MBE, added: “We are always on the look-out for committed individuals who are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their local community. If you feel you have the time to commit please make contact as you too can be Special.”

Deputy Chief Constable Charlie Hall, said: “Special constables play an invaluable part in supporting the work of Norfolk Constabulary and the service we provide to local people.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, said: “Our Special Constabulary is an excellent example of how the specialist skills, experience, and dedication of volunteers can add significant value to what our police service does.

“The Special Constabulary is a highly valued part of Norfolk’s policing family and they continue to bring the police and public even closer together.”

Anyone interested in joining the Special Constabulary can visit our website at www.norfolk.police.uk or for an informal chat about the role telephone 01953 425699 extension 2371.

Total Transport Survey

Norfolk County Council are conducting a survey in Breckland and South Norfolk as part of their Total Transport project to find out more about how local people travel, why they might struggle to travel, and how they access travel information. 

If you live in either of these areas and would like to have your say, please use the link provided – http://tinyurl.com/TotalTransport – to complete the online survey. The online survey closes on Sunday 10 July.

 Alternatively, if you do not have access to the internet, please call the Total Transport Project Officer, Kristen Jones, on 01603 22 34 83 and we will send a paper copy of the survey to you, which you can return by freepost address. Paper surveys need to be returned by Wednesday 6 July.

 Thank you very much – we look forward to hearing from you.

Know before you throw – new film to encourage recycling

Ever found yourself wondering exactly what you can recycle? Watch a new video to find out what you can and can’t take to recycling centres, and the other services available while you are there.

Norfolk County Council has produced a short film to promote our recycling centre service. The principal message is to encourage residents to reuse and recycle as much of their household waste as possible, thereby helping the council to save money on waste disposal.

The film encourages people to sort their reuse and recycling items in advance of their visit, to place their items in the correct containers when they arrive on site and to ask for staff for assistance if required.

View the full film at www.norfolk.gov.uk/recycling

Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse

A county-wide campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and increase reporting and referrals to agencies has been launched.

It aims to reach those responsible for abuse, those who experience it and friends and family members who may be aware of it.

Posters using the strapline #IWalkedAway are being across the county to highlight how others have left abusive situations and made new starts.

Domestic abuse can affect anyone and takes all kinds of forms – physical, emotional, psychological, financial, or sexual. Much of it goes unreported.

In March this year there were 1,115 domestic abuse crimes and incidents reported to Norfolk police, of which 407 were crimes and 72 deemed of significant risk to be referred to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC).

Every year, domestic abuse costs Norfolk an estimated £60million, of which £50million is borne by public health services.

Councils, health services, police and other public and voluntary sector organisations from across Norfolk are uniting for the initiative led by the Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership (NCCSP), which aims to encourage earlier intervention, reduce stigma and minimise harm.

For more information about domestic abuse, visit www.iwalkedaway.co.uk and look out for the hashtags #IWalkedAway and #IsItYou?

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For Year Ending 31st March 2016

The notice of appointment of date for the exercise of electors’ rights has been posted on 3rd June 2016 and can be found HERE

The document that explains how the rights can be exercised can be found HERE

The annual governance statement can be found HERE

The accounting statements can be found  HERE – it should be noted that the accounting statements are unaudited.

More detailed accounts including a comparison with budget can be found HERE

The end of year bank reconciliation can be found HERE

An explanation of any significant variances can be found HERE

A list of all expenditure for the year can be found HERE

A copy of the Internal Audit Report can be found HERE

A copy of the public land and building assets can be found HERE

Attempt to Steal Lead from the Church Roof

Unfortunately there has been an attempt to steal lead from the church roof (A140 side of the church room – see the damage to the roof in the picture). If you have seen anything suspicious in the last week I would be very grateful if you could let both myself and the Police know. The Rectory tel 01508 470762, Police Ring 101, Crime number 18608052016. The thieves may return so please keep your eyes open and if you see anything suspicious ring 999 in an emergency and also ring the Rectory. Thanks so much.

Rev. Canon Sally Gaze

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Annual Parish Meeting 2016

Newton Flotman’s Annual Parish Meeting 2015 was held on
Wednesday 18th May 2016

The agenda can be viewed HERE.

The draft minutes of the meeting can be viewed HERE.