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Annual Parish Meeting

Hethersett's annual parish meeting took place in the Village Hall on 10th May, 2012, with a number of village groups giving reports.

Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust

Chairman Simon Floyd reported on a hectic year since the formation of the new board of trustees following the 2011 Hethersett Parish Meeting. A number of improvements had been made and workshops organised to look at the future use of the playing field. Work has begun towards a vision of "bringing life" to the park in three areas.

Sport and Leisure
Environmental Care
Cultural and Heritage Activities.

Steps had also been taken to address the concerns of local residents around issues of anti-social behaviour - particularly in the evenings in the car park area. It is planned to launch a Friends of the Field Group.

Work undertaken over the year includes:

Establishing maintenance checks and regular repairs on existing play equipment.
Installation of new play equipment for younger children
Re-negotiation of contracts with sporting clubs - bowls, football and cycle speedway.
Support for village events such as Sport in the Park
Improvements to sporting facilities on the park.

Work planned for the future includes

More benches and seats
Encouraging cricket on the field
Establishing a shelter ofr teenagers
Establishing a petanque pitch
Supporting a Come and Try sports event in late May
Looking at funding for outdoor gym equipment and/or all weather pitch.
Feasibility study to improve pavilion facilities.

A number of steps have been taken to improve the environment including tree planting and planting of a wildflower garden. It is also planned to plant a Diamond Jubilee commemorative oak tree in association with the Hethersett Environmental Action Team.

Village Hall Management Committee

The meeting heard that John Nightingale, Carol Ward and Steve Bussey were retiring from the management committee. A plea was made for volunteers to join the committee.

Tribute was paid to caretaker and bookings secretary Roz Killington who died in October. Roz had served at the hall since 1996. Edna Standley has taken on the role of bookings' secretary and caretaker.

During the year the stage curtains have been professionally cleaned at a cost of 836, CCTV cameras and security lighting has been replaced, new tables purchased. Coming improvements will inlcude replacing ill fitting external doors and the possibility of a double sink in the kitchen.

Hiring charges in 2011 were not raised and the group has a web site at www.hethersettvillagehall.org.uk

Hethersett Parish Council

Hethersett Parish Council reported on the end of its first year as a fully elected quality parish council. During the year a number of topics affecting the village have been discussed including future development, winter weather, the obstruction of footways by parked cars, overgrown hedges and trees.

It was reported that the council is still in the process of taking responsibility for 15 new car parking spaces and the adjacent green space at Great Melton Close. The council has continued to fund dog bins, dog bags and bin emptying with 50,000 dog bags being used a year.

The meeting also heard about the council's support for making Hethersett a green village and support for the work of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT)

Hethersett Schools

There were reports from two of the village's schools - The High School and the Junior School.

Police Report

Police Community Support Officer Oliver Butcher outlined the latest crime figures for Hethersett with 26 recorded crimes in the village over the previous three month period. The year had seen 104 crimes - an increase of nine. PCSO Butcher pointed out that the A11 corridor was part of Hethersett and crimes reported from this area were included in the village statistics.

Many complaints made to the police were regarding anti social behaviour. PCSO Butcher is looking to set up a regular surgery for residents in the playing field pavilion.

Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club

The Youth Club reported on another busy year which has seen Claire Burke join the committee and Angela Eden take on the position of bookings secretary. A new group for Year Five and Six children has been well supported.

The refurbishment at the club has been completed, but the club still needs volunteers.

The meeting also heard from representatives from HEAT and about coming events including the village open weekend in June and the visit of the Olympic torch on July 5th. There were reports from the village's district and county councillors.