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 Connect Message: 20 October 2016

Officers are urging people to be vigilant when making payments online after more than a dozen victims were cheated out of money.

Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the sale of mobile phones to 18 people via the online sales sites Gumtree’ and ‘Shpock’.

The phones being advertised for sale have been mainly Apple iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy 7s and victims have lost hundreds of pounds.

In each case the seller has insisted the buyer uses an online bank transfer rather than Paypal with a view to sending the phone using the Post Office tracking system – but the phone has never been dispatched.

Victims have been targeted from areas including Gorleston, Hemsby, Norwich and Thetford as well as elsewhere in the country including Essex, Suffolk, London and Nottingham.

Investigations are ongoing to identify the suspect/s however officers would like to urge members of the public to be extra vigilant when paying for such items online.

Officers would also like to hear from anyone who believes they may be a victim of such crime. Anyone with information or, who wishes to make a crime report, is asked to contact PC Paul Atkinson at Norfolk Constabulary on 101.

To report a fraud or any online crime you can also call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use the online fraud reporting tool at

Shed Burglary Warning

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

The warning comes following a number of recent shed break-ins in the area where items such as bicycles, power tools and motorcycles have been stolen.

Officers are advising homeowners of simple crime prevention measures as sheds and insecure outdoor buildings are often targets to opportunistic thieves.


Fit good quality locks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door, alternatively use a shed bar to increase security

Do not neglect the hinge side either and use security screws or bolts through their fixings

Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside

If your storage area is under your surveillance or within earshot, fit a security light to deter the thief and alert you to activity near your shed or use a shed alarm, which sounds if the shed door is forced open.


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 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

Work to repair the A11 at Brettenham Heath National Nature Reserve


Amey are working on behalf of Highways England to repair the road surface of the A11 as it passes Brettenham Heath National Nature Reserve east of Thetford, with the A11 closed in this direction between the B1111 Larling junction and the A11 – A1075 roundabout at Thetford.

Subject to weather conditions, the aim is to complete this work overnight on Friday 30 September, between 20:00 and 06:00. Amey apologise for any delays this may create.

To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, the A11 will be closed southbound in this location whilst work is being carried out. There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place, whereby drivers will be directed to take the B1111 northbound towards Watton, then the A1075 south west to Thetford, re-joining the A11 north of Thetford.

Given the length of the diversion route it is advised that drivers to allow extra time to complete their journey.

To stay informed about all the latest major roadworks happening near you, visit to register for the latest alerts.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by e-mail to

There’s a new number to call if you have a power cut

105 is a new number that you can call to report or get information about a power cut. It will put you straight through to your local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, wires and substations that bring electricity into homes and businesses in your area.

105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales, and you can call the number from most landlines and mobile phones. It doesn’t matter who you choose to buy electricity from – anyone can call 105.

You can also call 105 if you spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put you, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, call the emergency services too.

Don’t be left in the dark.  Call 105.

To find out more, visit

Road Closure – Long Lane, Mulbarton

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the U78032 Long Lane from its junction with C194 The Rosary for 300m southwards in the PARISH OF MULBARTON because of sewer and telephone connections and carriageway construction works.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 12th September 2016 to 11th November 2016 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 60 days within the period.

Alternative route is via: U78032 Long Lane, C180 The Street/Norwich Road/Wymondham Road, B1113 Norwich Road, C194 Cuckoofield Lane/The Rosery.  (Flordon/Newton Flotman/Bracon Ash/Mulbarton).

(If necessary the restriction could run for a maximum period of 18 months from the date of the Order).

Penalty: £1000 maximum fine on conviction and/or endorsement for contravention.

In the event of the start date being delayed the new start date will be displayed on site in advance.

The person dealing with enquiries at Norfolk County Council is Adrian Stout (Community and Environmental Services) Telephone 0344 800 8020.

Dated this 26th day of August 2016

Click on the link below to see a map:
Road Closure

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 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 – – 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