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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

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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/.

Long Stratton Development and By-pass Exhibition

Long Stratton, Public exhibition flyer, June17

Appeal after burglary in Fritton, South Norfolk

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Fritton, near Long Stratton.

The incident happened late afternoon at about 4.45pm on Friday 30 June 2017 when suspect(s) broke into a property on The Common after forcing a patio door.

Offenders have carried out an untidy search, stealing a quantity of jewellery and keys to two cars.

Suspects have then broken into the garage before stealing a grey Mitsubishi ASX and a Mercedes SKL 250. The Mercedes was later found crashed on Potters Lane in Wattlefield a short time later just after 5pm.

The Mitsubishi also stopped at the scene of the crash and male drivers of both cars were seen to enter an Audi, possibly an A6, which had been travelling in convoy and went off at speed towards Old Buckenham.

This vehicle (Audi) was later found abandoned on the Acle Straight on Saturday morning (1 July 2017).

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or noticed either vehicle being driven in the area.

Witnesses should contact either Det Con Oliver Pailes or Det Con Jim Starling at Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Summer Campaign Launched to Target Drink and Drug Driving

Police in Norfolk will be targeting motorists who drive under the influence of drink or drugs as part of a month-long campaign.

The campaign, which started on Thursday 1 June and lasts until 30 June, will see officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit breathalysing any driver who is stopped due to concerns over the manner of their driving, a vehicle defect or anyone involved in a collision.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the roads policing unit, said: “This is an offence we target all year round but the summer campaign gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers driving under the influence can have, that a minority of motorists still chose to ignore.

“Drink or drug driving impairs your judgement, making your reactions slower, therefore increasing the chance of being involved in a collision.”

The campaign will involve targeted roadside activities by roads policing officers with support from uniformed colleagues across the county.

During last year’s campaign (2016) 153 motorists were caught drink or drug driving in Norfolk.

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said: “It is clear from last year’s statistics that too many motorists chose to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs. It is just not worth the risk and is an irresponsible and selfish thing to do.

“We all have a part to play in keeping our roads safe so let’s not make this summer one to remember for all the wrong reasons.”

Public Urged to Stay Alert – Police Chief

Norfolk’s chief police officer has urged people to go about their daily business, while being alert to suspicious activity.

It comes as police respond to the national terror threat level being raised to critical.

Armed officers have been deployed to key locations in both counties, in particular crowded areas with high footfall such as the city centre, to provide visible reassurance.

It comes after the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre raised the threat level last night – meaning an attack not only remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “The public would expect us to respond appropriately to this raised threat level and the deployment of armed officers is our primary response to this.

“Norfolk is a safe county and this additional policing is about providing a visible reassurance to the public. “I would encourage anyone who sees those officers carrying out patrols to approach them, speak to them and support them because when incidents happen like those witnessed in Manchester and in Westminster, it’s those officers who rush to the scene to help, at a time when everyone else is trying to get away. I know they would appreciate the support.”

Military personnel are not currently being deployed in joint patrols with police officers in crowded places – but the threat assessment is continuously under review.

Officers are also reviewing security plans for a number of events in the coming weeks.

Mr Bailey added: “I would urge people to go about their daily business as usual, but be extra vigilant and report anything you think looks out of place.”

Members of the public are asked to remain calm but alert – if you see anything which causes you concern, then call the police immediately. Look out for anything that seems out of place.

Latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via www.nactso.gov.uk

To report any suspicious activity or behaviour call 0800 789 321 or in an emergency dial 999.

A Q&A relating to the threat level is below.

Website Q&As

  1. The national threat level has been raised to ‘critical’ – what does this mean?

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre raised the threat last night meaning an attack not only remains highly likely, but a further attack may be imminent. In response to this heightened threat the public will see an increased policing and security presence across the county and at key sites and other crowded places to help protect communities.

  1. What does this mean specifically for Norfolk?

Norfolk remains a safe county and any additional policing is about providing a visible reassurance to the public.

  1. Are military personnel being deployed in joint patrols with police officers across Norfolk?

Military personnel are not currently being deployed, but the threat assessment is continuously under review. We will be patrolling some of the key locations in the city and town centres as well as other places that have a high footfall. They will be carrying weapons and are there to provide reassurance whilst remaining approachable. We would encourage anyone with questions about what their role is to go and speak to them.

  1. There are events coming up – are these safe to go to?

Our officers from the event planning team and protective security experts will be working with event organisers and the multi-agency Safety Advisory Groups to ensure that venues have appropriate security measures in place.

  1. Will these events still go ahead now that the threat level has been raised?

Some public events may be subject to cancellation. Please contact your event organiser or check details online before attending large events such as sports matches and concerts.

  1. What do I do if I’m going to one of these events?

Allow extra time in advance of attending public events as heightened security measures such as searches may be implemented. Please be patient while these important checks are made by a police officer or authorised security representative.

  1. What is your advice to members of the public to keep safe?

Norfolk Police and our partners are doing everything we can to prevent an attack and to protect the public, but communities can take steps to help protect themselves. We urge the public to tune in to national/local news bulletins and to follow the @NorfolkPolice Twitter account for advice and information about keeping safe.

  1. What do I do if there is a terrorist incident in Norfolk?

If you are caught up in a firearms or weapons attack we urge you to stay safe by following the ‘RUN. HIDE. TELL.’ advice.

If you come under attack we advise you to:

  • RUN, if you can;
  • HIDE, if you can’t run;
  • TELL, when you can, the police what’s happening.

The police can get help there quickly to stop the threat. Also tell others of the threat so they don’t approach danger.

  1. What do I do if I suspect someone is involved in terrorism?

We ask the public to remain calm but alert – if you see anything which causes you concern, then call the police immediately on 999 or the anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. Look out for anything that seems out of place, we would rather investigate concerns which come to nothing, rather than hear an incident could have been prevented.

All information passed to the police through the anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest of confidence. It is thoroughly analysed and researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

Mobile Library Service

The mobile library service provide residents living in more isolated rural communities that do not have a library building, with the opportunity to borrow books and access other library and council services.

For mobile library timetable information, please click on the link: www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries-local-history-and-archives/libraries/your-local-library/routes-and-timetables  and choose the relevant village(s) from the list.

Mobile libraries are free to join and are open to people of all ages.  Items can be chosen from the vehicle or reserved via the online library catalogue or the Norfolk libraries app for collection from a mobile library, then can be returned to any branch library or mobile library in Norfolk.

All vehicles are equipped with a lift for people with mobility problems, wheelchair users and prams/buggies.

Our mobile libraries offer:

  • Fiction books for adults and children (book request: adults – 60p, children – free)
  • Non-fiction books for adults and children (subject requests are free)
  • Large print books (book request 60p)
  • DVDs for adults and children (a small charge applies)
  • Audio books on CD and cassette tape (tapes – free, a small charge applies for CDs for adults, children – free)
  • Jigsaw puzzles (free)
  • Long loan periods

15 books can be borrowed free of charge at any one time per person.  Mobile libraries do not charge for overdue books, although a repeat loan charge may apply for hired items (principally DVDs, CDs, and spoken word formats) not returned on the due date.  A replacement charge may apply if items are lost or stolen.

We offer a free e-mail reminder system to advise our customers that the mobile library will be in their area within the next two days.  Anyone wishing to be added to the mailing lists should ask their mobile library driver for the green e-mail slip to complete, or contact:

Karen Mills
Audience Development Coordinator – Mobile Libraries
Norfolk Library & Information Service
Room 46, County Hall, Martineau Lane
Norwich, NR1 2UA

01603 222267/222303

with their name, e-mail address and route number or village name.

We are keen to recruit more ‘Mobile Library Friends’ – volunteers who help us to promote the service by doing any of the following:

  • telling their friends/neighbours about the mobile library
  • delivering fliers locally
  • putting up posters
  • suggesting improvements/alternative stops.

If you think that you could help please contact Karen (details above)

Give and Take Event – Tuesday 30th May 2017

Give and Take event - 30 May

South Norfolk on Show: Sunday 2nd July 2017

South Norfolk on Show 2017