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.

PCC Launches Council Tax Consultation

Would you pay more council tax to help fund policing in Norfolk? That is the question being posed by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

PCC Lorne Green will soon have to decide whether to increase or freeze the policing element of council tax to fund next year’s policing service, and he wants to know what the Norfolk public thinks.

By law, the PCC can only raise policing council tax by a maximum of just under 2% – a cap fixed by central government.

But, as well as giving Norfolk’s communities the chance to vote for a freeze or a 2% rise for 2018/19, for the first time Lorne will be asking if they would be willing to pay even more if the central government cap is lifted – a possibility in mid-December.

“What I am asking is do you support a freeze, keeping policing council tax at last year’s level or do you support a rise? And, if so, please tell me the maximum amount you would be prepared to pay,” said Lorne.

“I am now 18 months into my work as your PCC and, during my time in office, I have become increasingly aware of just how challenging the financial situation is for policing in our county.

“Grant funding from central government continues to reduce year on year but policing costs are increasing, along with demands for service. If austerity continues, Norfolk Constabulary will need to make cuts of between £2 million and £3 million every year just to cover inflation. The Government has made it clear it expects me to increase the policing element of council tax by the maximum I can to help bridge the gap. That budget gap in 2018/19 is estimated to be £6.8 million.

“The Chief Constable has recently announced a new policing model for Norfolk which he says will ensure the Force is best placed to tackle the biggest threats to the safety of our communities, while also maintaining neighbourhood policing and being more sustainable in the current financial climate. He also says, however, that further difficult decisions will be needed to balance the 2018/19 policing budget.

“I, along with other PCCs, have been lobbying central government to look again at police funding and lift the council tax limit above the 2% maximum. This would allow PCCs more flexibility to set council tax levels in response to funding challenges and local policing needs.

“To help inform my budget decision if that were to happen, I would like to know what you would be prepared to pay next year for policing in Norfolk.

“Some 58% of Norfolk’s policing budget is funded by central government, meaning your council tax makes up the rest so I want all Norfolk residents to have the opportunity to have their say.

“There are lots of ways you can share your views, not least through the online survey on the Norfolk PCC website. Please take the time to have your say as your views are important to me.”

The initial two options Norfolk residents are being asked to consider are:

  • No Increase in the policing element of council tax
    A freeze on the policing element of council tax would mean a funding gap for the Constabulary in 2018/19 of £6.8m. Some £4m of savings have been identified at this stage, including £2m from the frontline local policing model (Norfolk 2020) announced by the Chief Constable in October. This leaves £2.8m still to find. The Chief Constable says further savings of this magnitude would mean some very difficult choices about even deeper reductions in frontline operational and support functions, mindful that 80% of the budget is staff costs.
  • Increasing the policing element of Council Tax by just under 2%
    A council tax increase of just under 2% (the maximum amount currently permitted by central government) is equivalent to 8 pence extra per week (at Band D) and would raise £1.2m. This is not ‘additional money’; it will simply offset an expected £1.2m reduction in central government grant. This would leave the Constabulary with £1.6m of savings to find, in addition to the £4m already identified. The recently announced local policing model would be protected but the Chief Constable says this £1.6m would need to come from other operational and support areas of the budget. This would also mean some difficult decisions for the Constabulary.

In addition, if they support an increase, taxpayers are being asked how much they would be prepared to pay if the cap were to be lifted. The options being presented are:

  • Up to an extra 19 pence per week (a 4.5% increase)
    This would raise £2.8m which, alongside the £4m of savings already identified would, on present projections, balance the budget for next year. This would mean that the frontline local policing model announced in October would be protected.
  • Up to an extra 25 pence per week (a 6% increase)
    This would raise £3.6m and, alongside the £4m of savings already identified, would enable the budget to be balanced. This option would provide an opportunity, on present projections, to make some modest increases in local policing.
  • Up to an extra 50 pence per week (a 12% increase)
    This would raise £7.2m and enable significant additional investment in frontline local and operational policing.

The consultation will run until Friday 22 December and people can have their say via an online survey or by getting in contact with the Norfolk PCC office. Hard copies of the survey are also available on request.

The PCC will take his budget proposals to the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel on 6 February 2018.

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Read the full consultation document>>

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Highway Rangers coming to Newton Flotman

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 – clerk@newtonflotmanpc.co.uk 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)

Anti-social Behaviour

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.

 

Night-time Road Closure

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).

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

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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.