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Annual Parish Meeting

Hethersett's annual parish meeting took place in the Village Hall on 4th May, 2011, with a number of village groups giving reports.

Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust

The playing field trust reported that a number of maintenance projects had been undertaken during the year. These included verti draining on the grassed areas to improve drainage, the erection of sign boards displaying relevant contact information in case of emergencies, litter picking and the installation of phase one of the play equipment for children aged between eight and 14.

In addition a child protection policy had been put in place and an old storage hut which had become a  safety hazard had been demolished and replaced by a container for Hethersett Athletic Football Club to use as storage.

The existing members of the Playing Field Trust did not stand for re-election and were replaced by Mel Perkins, Peter Steward, Peter Hoult and David Chambers.

Village Hall Management Committee

The objectives of the committee were outlined and are to maintain a village hall for the use of inhabitants of Hethersett without distinction of political, religious or other opinions, including the use for meetings, lectures and classes and for other forms of recreation and leisure-time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life.

During the year the building had been used by the parish council, sporting and keep fit groups, blood donor sessions, cultural activities including art groups, Hethersett pantomime group, Hethersett Players, mother and toddler groups, meetings for clubs and societies including flower arranging, winemaking, charity fundraising events and private functions.

Hiring charges in 2010 were not raised and the group has a web site at www.hethersettvillagehall.org.uk

Hethersett Parish Council

The report was given on the eve of the first contested parish council election since 1987. The report listed topics discussed at meetings through the year including future development, provision of recreational equipment funding, policing, road safety, pot holes, obstruction of footways by parked cars, overgrown hedges and trees and the provision of 15 new car parking spaces following the development at Great Melton Close.

Whilst supporting Norfolk County Council's plans to switch off streetlights in Hethersett in the early hours of the morning, the parish council has no plans to do so for the 220 streetlights it owns in the village.

Dog bags, dog bins and bin emptying has been funded and the council has continued to support the efforts of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team to make the village "greener."

A number of charitable donations have been made with requests from groups up on previous years. The council has a policy that any donations must have a direct benefit to Hethersett residents. The council continues to be the main contributor towards the running costs of the Memorial Playing Field and Jubilee Youth Club.

The budget for 2011/12 for services and activities funded by the council will be slightly less than the previous year at 82,750 compared with 83,000 in 2010/11.

There was praise for the work of the Hethersett Olympic Committee and the formation of the Hethersett and Meltons Sports Association.

Hethersett Schools

There were reports from three of the village's schools - The High School, the Junior School and Woodside Infant and Nursery School, featuring their work in the community and successful reports from OFSTED.

Police Report

Hethersett is regularly patrolled by police and good progress has been made with youths known to cause anti-social behaviour. Hethersett remains a very safe place to live, but residents are asked to stay vigilante and report anything suspicious to police on 08454564567 or 999 in an emergency.

Recorded crimes for Hethersett from April 1st 2010 to April 1st 2011 were as follows:

Burglary dwellings 0
Burglary non dwellings* 7
Criminal Damage 17
Drugs Offences 7
Making off without payment 4
Sexual Offence 1
Theft from motor vehicles 11
Theft of motor vehicles 2
Theft other+ 19
Assaults 24
Harassment 1
Allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place 1

* - includes shed, garage and business premises break ins

+ - Includes shoplifting, theft of cycles etc.

Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club

The Youth Club reported on another busy year with the running of a successful group for 11 to 14 year olds. An out of school club had also started. Following the closure by Norfolk County Council of Youth Services the club decided to employ its own youth worker which will enable the opening of a club for 14 to 16 year olds from September.

There were also reports by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) on their work to make the village greener including regular litter picks and the annual open gardens scheme, the district and county councils.