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.

Road Closure – Long Lane, Mulbarton

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL has made a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the U78032 Long Lane from its junction with C194 The Rosery for a distance of 1000 metres southwards in the PARISH OF MULBARTON because of groundworks.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 5th March 2018 to 27th April 2018 for the duration of the works, expected to be 40 days within the period.

Alternative route is via: U78032 Long Lane, C180 The Street, C181 Norwich Road, C181 Flordon Road, B1113 Norwich Road, B1113 The Street, C194 Cuckoofield Lane and vice versa (Mulbarton, Bracon Ash, Newton Flotman, Flordon).

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

Community Litter Pick

Newton Flotman’s annual litter pick is on Saturday 10th March from 9:30am meeting at Church – all welcome!

Highway Rangers are 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 16th February.

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)

Have Your Say – South Norfolk Council Budget Consultation

South Norfolk Council is carrying out its annual consultation on setting its budget for 2018/19 and would welcome responses from residents and local businesses.  The link to the online survey is here: https://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/budget-consultation and should take under 5 minutes to complete.  Hard copies are also available from Accountancy Team, South Norfolk Council, Swan Lane, Long Stratton, NR15 2XE or by calling 01603 533855.

The survey closes on 2nd February.

Road Closure: Long Lane, Flordon

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL has made a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the U78032 Long Lane from its junction with C180 The Street for a distance of 174 metres northwards in the PARISH OF FLORDON because of water works.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 3rd January 2018 to 5th January 2018 for the duration of the works, expected to be 3 days within the period.

Alternative route is via: U78032 Long Lane, U71649 Cuckoofield Lane, B1113 The Street, B1113 Norwich Road, C181 Flordon Road.

(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 Adam Mayo (Community and Environmental Services) Telephone 0344 800 8020.

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.

Take the survey now>>

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).