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.

Police Public Meeting: 28th September

Public meeting

Shed Break-ins in the Shotesham Area

Officers in South Norfolk are reminding residents to keep their sheds locked and secure.

The warning comes following a number of recent shed break-ins in the Shotesham area where garden equipment has been stolen.

Store high value items in the home.

Use padlock & chain to secure item such as lawn mowers to a heavy anchor point, and cable alarms can be used to link several items together.

Fit curtains or blinds to windows to obscure contents.

Keep a list of everything of value with make and model details & serial numbers with photographs if possible.

Pc Jim Squires from Norfolk Constabulary has also issued further advice: “I would strongly urge anyone leaving any items of value in sheds or garages to get their property marked, whether it’s electronically or through DNA technology, which involves microdots with unique reference numbers which link to your house and can be detected using a UV light.

“Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage. In the meantime, I would urge residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police on 101 or call 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.”

For further crime prevention advice, and for more information about local security marking events, visit www.norfolk.police.uk

Invitation to Barnstorming Event

Police Street Surgeries

D13Hethersett and Mulbarton Street Surgeries

Police Information – Cuckooing

‘Cuckooing’ is the term used to describe the practice where professional drug dealers take over the property of a vulnerable person and use it as a place from which to run their drugs business.

The drug dealers will target those who are vulnerable, potentially as a result of substance abuse, mental health issues, or loneliness, and befriend them or promise them drugs in exchange for being able to use their property.

By using an unassuming property, criminals can operate their drugs supply out of sight in an attempt to stay below the police radar. They are often only in the premises for a short amount of time before moving on to their next victim.

As the victims of cuckooing are vulnerable, they are often fearful of going to the police and worry that they will be incriminated in the criminality.

We are urging the public to watch out for vulnerable neighbours, to ensure they don’t fall victim to this trend.

There are also signs of cuckooing that you can look out for:

  • It usually takes place in a multi-occupancy or social housing property
  • There may be an increase in the number of comings and goings, including people you haven’t seen before
  • There might be new vehicles outside the property
  • A possible increase in anti-social behaviour in and around the property

If you suspect that drug dealers are operating from a property near you, it’s really important that you report it so that we can protect those who are vulnerable and ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

Call police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency) with as much information as possible. If you don’t want to contact police, you can report drug dealers to Crimestoppers, completely anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111 or via their website.

Long Stratton Masterplan Strategy Document

Norfolk Homes Ltd/Norfolk Land Ltd have published their  Masterplan Strategy document.  It has been produced to describe the rationale for the masterplanning of the bypass and associated development to date: a ‘work in progress’ explaining the  key issues, constraints and assumptions, and how these have led the development team to the current position in progressing application proposals.  The document will continue to evolve with on-going stakeholder liaison and community consultation.

Long Stratton – Strategy for landscape-led masterplan – 11 Aug

Police support campaign to target speeding drivers

Police in Norfolk will be targeting speeding drivers as part of a week-long enforcement campaign.

Officers will be speaking with drivers during the campaign; aiming to highlight dangers of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement.

The Europe-wide campaign, co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, begins on Monday 21 August and will run until Sunday 27 August, seeing an increased amount of checks and enforcement across the county.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “We work closely with our partners all-year round to target speeding drivers and these campaigns allow us to enforce the law while also raising awareness of the dangers and educating motorists.

“Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision – alongside drink driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

“All too often officers have to deal with the results of drivers speeding, which can be devastating, with families and friends being left behind to pick up their lives after the event. One fatality on our roads is one too many, but tragically 20 people have died in collisions in Norfolk so far this year.

“Speed limits are in place for a reason – the limit is set at the maximum safe speed to travel on a particular stretch of road.

“Drivers shouldn’t use these limits as targets; there are always other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions. The faster you are travelling, the less time you have to react to the unexpected and stop safely.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, added: “Road safety is a big concern for many of Norfolk’s residents which is why I have invested in a number of schemes to tackle speeding on our county’s roads.

“I attach great importance as Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner to keeping our roads safe by closely working with Norfolk Police and partner agencies and welcome the latest week-long crackdown.

“It is however tragic so many people have been killed on our roads so far this year. Put simply excessive speeding kills and it is just not worth the risk and should not be tolerated by the community.

“Do yourself and everyone else a favour kill your speed rather than yourself or someone else.”

Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action. Some drivers can opt to take part in a speed awareness course.

For results and updates during the campaign follow the Roads Policing Unit on Twitter @NSRoadsPolicing.

Hornsea 3 Offshore Wind Farm

Dong Energy are consulting on their proposal: Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm. For more information see their website: www.dongenergy.co.uk/hornseaproject3

Below is their latest newsletter:

Hornsea Project Three_Community Newsletter_June 2017

Long Stratton Development, Frequently Asked Questions

Norfolk Homes and Norfolk Land launched their pre-application consultation at an exhibition held on Monday 17th July in Long Stratton, below are answers to frequently asked questions. Comments regarding the consultation should be forwarded to alan@cornerstone-planning.co.uk.

Q: What development is coming forward?

A: The Long Stratton Area Action Plan adopted by the Council in 2016 in consultation with the local community identifies a minimum of 1,800 homes, 11 hectares of employment land, land for a new primary school, open space and play areas and enhanced links to the countryside.

Q: What transport improvements will the development bring forward?

A: The Council is seeking to ensure all appropriate infrastructure is provided. This includes a bypass, a link road between the A140 and Swan Lane and other appropriate highway improvements to the existing roads in Long Stratton to be agreed. These will include seeking to avoid vehicular access through the town.

Q: Have the Councils agreed the bypass as shown on Norfolk Homes and Norfolk Land’s consultation?

A: No, whilst a ‘bypass corridor’ in the same broad location has been identified in the adopted Long Stratton Area Action Plan, the design and alignment of the bypass is still being discussed by Norfolk Homes, Norfolk Land, Norfolk County Council and South Norfolk Council.

Q:Will the upcoming planning applications include improvements to Hempnall Crossroads?

A: Improvement measures will be secured as part of the development, but this is something that Council officers are discussing with the developers.

Q: Will there be development right up to the bypass?

A: Ensuring that both the development respect the rural characteristics of the existing landscape and that future residents will have a good quality of life in terms of noise levels are key considerations for the development. Ensuring there is suitable landscaping and green infrastructure between any homes and the proposed bypass are key considerations as proposals for the development come forward.

Q: When will the bypass be built?

A: There is a requirement in the Long Stratton Area Action Plan to provide the bypass before the occupation of the 250th new dwelling in the development, unless there is clear evidence this would not be financially possible and provided any later provision is acceptable in highway terms. The Council is working closely with the developers to identify when the bypass can be delivered and to help identify sources of funding for the developers to assist with this delivery.

Q: What will the impact of the development be on the existing road network, for example the surrounding A140?

A:The developer will be required to submit a full transport assessment to support their planning application showing the impact of their development proposals including the bypass on the local road network.

Q: What about doctor’s surgery capacity?

A: The Council has been in discussion with the Long Stratton Medical Partnership and NHS England over the new development and impact it will have on the doctor’s surgery. Identifying when homes are likely to come forward are important considerations for the doctor’s surgery so that they can plan for future healthcare. It is unfortunately not legally possible to secure funding from the development to improve healthcare services under planning policy and legislation, but the Council is working as closely as they can to assist the doctor’s surgery.

Q: What is this current consultation?

A: As part of preparing for their planning application the developer is carrying out a consultation to help shape their proposals.

Q: When is the planning application expected?

A: The planning application is expected in October/November 2017 and at that time the Council will consult with the public and technical bodies.

 

Norfolk on the look-out for new Special Constables

New recruits are being sought to join Norfolk’s team of more than 200 committed Special Constables.

Norfolk’s Special Constabulary is hosting a recruitment evening on Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 7pm in the police headquarters in Wymondham.

The county currently has some 222 special constables who regularly give up their spare time to assist their regular police colleagues in the fight against crime.

Norfolk continues to be on the look-out for committed individuals who are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their local community.

Specials manager Sue Goode, said: “Being a Special is a very fulfilling and interesting role where no two duties are the same.

“They are entrusted with considerable responsibilities and every time they come on duty they face the same challenges and problems encountered by regular officers.

“We are very proud of the team we currently have in Norfolk and we would be keen for anyone who would like to gain new skills or to give something back to their community to get in touch.

“Whatever your motivation, becoming a Special can be exciting, challenging and rewarding.”

The role of a Special Constable includes providing highly visibility patrols and helping police major incidents and events. They also offer vital links in the partnership between the police service and the public.

The recruitment event is due to take place at 7pm at the Operation and Communication Centre, Norfolk Constabulary, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, NR18 0WW.

Attendees will be given information on the recruitment process, the roles of a Special Constable and have the opportunity to meet a number of those already out on the beat.

To book your place at the recruitment evening, please contact 01953 425699 ext. 2371 or email stepspecials@norfolk.pnn.police.uk 

If you are unable to make the evening, but would still like to find out more, please call the above number or visit our website at http://www.norfolk.police.uk/.