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.

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Five Arrested in Connection with Lead Thefts

Following efforts from the Operation Randall rural crime team, Norfolk officers have arrested five men in connection with ‘going equipped’ theft offences.

The men, who are all aged in their 20s and 30s and from the London area, were stopped on the evening of Thursday 19 January 2017, near to Attleborough.

A number of items, including the two vehicles they were travelling in, were seized and the men arrested.

The five males have been bailed to return on 21st March 2017.

Suffolk and Norfolk police ask the local community to be vigilant around buildings like places of worship and schools, reporting any suspicious activity, particularly the unexpected arrival of builders.

If you see any suspicious activity, report it to police on 101. If a crime is in progress or you require emergency assistance, dial 999 immediately.

Crime prevention advice on a number of topics can be found on

www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z

Theft from Motor Vehicle Warning

Police in South Norfolk are urging motorists to be vigilant following a number of thefts over the last week.

Several vans have been targeted by thieves who have gained access to the vehicles and then stolen power tools from within.

PC Jim Squires, said: “We are finding no forced entry to the vehicles and are currently investigating how the suspect/s are gaining access. I would like to remind van owners to make sure there vehicles are locked and to remove any valuable tools overnight.

I would also like to give the follow advice on vehicle security:

  • Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle
  • Take your belongings with you when you leave the vehicle – if you can’t, lock them in the boot before you start your journey
  • Get an alarm installed
  • Consider marking all your valuables that you frequently leave in your vehicle
  • If you have a garage, use it.  If you don’t always try and park in a well-lit open place
  • Always lock your vehicle and garage”

Anyone with information concerning the thefts should contact us on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Free Courses Offered by Norfolk Community Learning Services

Norfolk Community Learning Services (formerly known as Norfolk Adult Education) offers a range of Courses taught by experienced tutors throughout the county. We would like to highlight our ICT courses for anyone keen to become more ICT literate. For beginners we are providing a 5 week course called Internet Made Simple. Learners can access FREE tasters for this course before starting to get an idea of what the course covers. For those wishing to gain a basic ICT qualification we are running a Computing for Beginners course which provides a broad introduction to basic computing.

  • Learners can start with a free taster – or can enrol at any of the follow up courses to suit their needs.
  • Courses run throughout Norfolk in the Spring and Summer terms.
  • To find out more, please ring 0344 800 8020 for further information or look at norfolk.gov.uk/adultlearning.

We are keen to run courses that are relevant to the needs of local communities and businesses so please feel free to contact us as we can offer tailor made courses when a need has been identified. We also run FREE Maths & English courses for people without these qualifications.

South Norfolk Council Consult on their Budget

South Norfolk Council are consulting with  residents and businesses on their budget priorities for the next financial year. They say “… views are invaluable to us and we would very much appreciate responses to the six questions asked on the survey”

http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Budget-Consultation/

The deadline for submission is 31st January 2017.

 

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Long Stratton Leisure Centre Pre-Planning Consultation

South Norfolk Council is proposing to enhance and increase the facilities available at Long Stratton Leisure Centre. The development includes improving the existing fitness and sports hall as well as adding a range of complementary new facilities in order to expand the centre’s role as a community hub.

As part of the design process, we would like to share early ideas for the facility with the local community in order to gain feedback to influence the final design.

Please complete the survey to indicate how you would use this new facility and whether there are any alternative improvements we can make to the facilities being proposed.

Communities urged to unite in bid to tackle drug dealing

Norfolk’s communities are being urged to continue proving information to police and partners following the launch of Operation Gravity last week.

The initiative, set up to tackle drug dealing in the county has already seen 25 people arrested and a significant amount of drugs and cash seized.  Last weekend and as a direct result of members of the public calling in, officers attended addresses in both Norwich and Great Yarmouth and two people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply offences.

To continue that focus on preventing people from dealing drugs in our county T/Chief Superintendent Dave Marshall, County Policing Commander has appealed to local communities saying:  “All our efforts continue to be focused around those who look to threaten and intimidate local residents or prevent Norfolk from being a safe place to live and work.

“I want to reassure communities that any information they submit will be treated in confidence but importantly you are keeping your community safer by telling us what you know about drug activity.”

If you suspect drug dealing in your neighbourhood it may look like:

  • Groups of people coming and going from an address at all times of the day and night
  • The discarding of Class A paraphernalia such as syringes and cellophane
  • General anti-social behaviour without any other explanation

If you want to remain completely anonymous you can report any information to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org. They will not take any personal details and your email address and phone numbers cannot be traced.

Information message regarding Avian Influenza

On 6 December 2016 the Secretary of State approved an Order to make the whole of England an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone for 30 days, in order to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Influenza in Europe.  Welsh and Scottish Governments have also introduced identical measures.

Outbreaks of a highly pathogenic strain of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in poultry and wild birds in several countries in Europe. No cases have been found in the UK and this Order is a precautionary measure to help prevent potential infection from wild birds. Poultry keepers are being urged to reinforce biosecurity measures at their premises.

This Prevention Zone introduces mandatory enhanced biosecurity measures and requires the immediate housing of all poultry, or where this is not practical, their separation from wild birds. Other captive birds should also be kept separate from wild birds. Keepers should also ensure that poultry and other captive birds are provided with feed and water that is not accessible to wild birds.

The full Order and its requirements can be seen here –  Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declaration

Further information regarding the latest situation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#prevention-zone

Poultry keepers should keep a close watch for signs of disease. If they have any concerns they should seek prompt advice from their vet.

Members of the public are also being asked that if they find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or gulls, or 5 or more dead wild birds of other species in the same location, they report them to the Defra Helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

Police warning…

Police are urging residents in South Norfolk to be vigilant after an increase of fuel thefts and garage and shed burglaries in the county.

Pc Jim Squires has the following advice: “It is not unusual for us to see an increase in this type of crime at this time of year; however, I would strongly urge residents to take simple measures to prevent them from becoming victims.

“Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage and keep items of value locked away.

“If you do leave items of value in sheds or garages then you should mark your property, this can simply be done by using coloured spray paint. It makes it harder for thieves to sell tools on, don’t leave any items out in the garden put them away. “

With regards to fuel tanks, check oil levels frequently so you are aware if anyone has tampered with your supply, and consider an electronic oil level gauge which sets off an audible alarm in your house if the oil level drops below a quarter full.

Fit a good quality locking device to all fuel tanks – a high quality closed shackle padlock will make access using bolt croppers very difficult.  Consider perimeter security for the whole tank, such as a metal cage or fencing. Even a prickly hedge may help deter thieves. Remember, however, that the oil tanker driver will need to access it.

If you are going out consider leaving a radio on or if you are going to be home late, leave a light on so it would appear someone is home as it starts to get dark.

Pc Jim Squires added: “Security measures are just the start – we also need communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. If you spot something unusual at a friend, neighbour or relative’s house, or at a nearby business premises, call police on 101 or dial 999 if a crime is in progress.”

For further crime prevention advice visit www.norfolk.police.uk.