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.
The Highway Rangers are coming to Newton Flotman soon. If you have any suggestions for the work that they could undertake, please e-mail Julie King the Parish Clerk – firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 24th November.
Typical work undertaken:
- Side out a carriageway or footway (overgrown grass/weeds or soil encroachment)
- Strim grass verges
- Clear verge grips
- Rod and flush drains
- Clean out drainage gullies
- Clean out drainage chambers
- Rod and flush kerb drainage off lets
- Wash signs, bollards or reflector posts
- Minor sign/post repairs (such as straightening and reattaching)
- Repair minor kerb defects
- Clear small areas of mud and soil from the carriageway.
- Soil and seed verges
Typical work that they don’t do:
- Repair carriageway / footway surface defects (such as potholes/ cracking), these should be raised with the Highways Dept when noticed as these are repaired by separate gangs.
- Clear ditches (in private ownership)
- Trim hedges (in private ownership)
- Street Name Plates i.e. “High St” (these are the responsibility of the District Council)
- Clear large areas of mud and soil from the carriageway (District Council is the Street Cleaning Authority)
- Clear build-up of leaves from footway / carriageway (District Council is the Street Cleaning Authority)
- Rubbish / litter pick (this is the responsibility of the District Council)
There have been concerns raised regarding anti-social behaviour in the village. Please be vigilant and should you witness anything that you find concerning, report it to the Police using their 101 number or 999 if a crime is being committed.
Norfolk County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the Church Road for a distance of 50 metres either side of the level crossing in the Newton Flotman because of white lining works through the crossing.
The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) between 23:00 hours to 06:00 hours from 16th October 2017 to 18th October 2017 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 7 hours each night within the period.
Alternative route is via: Greenways, Station Road, Flordon Road, A140 Ipswich Road, Church Road (Flordon/ Newton Flotman).
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
‘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.