HETHERSETT PARISH COUNCIL
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Parish Council has again expressed its concern over what it considers to
be “dangerous lane markings” on Thickthorn Roundabout.
council’s latest comments follow a meeting with Highways England which
has been followed by a letter from the agency stating that no changes
will be made to the junction.
agreed that lane markings continue to be a concern, particularly those
coming off the A47 from the Great Yarmouth direction which indicate
vehicles going towards Hethersett should take the right hand lane. The
council have asked for the markings to revert back to allowing vehicles
going towards the village to use the middle of the three lanes.
letter from Highways England states that “no collisions have occurred
as result of the poor use of the A47 lane 2 of the westbound off
letter goes on to say that the erection of new vertical indicator signs
on the slip road to “re-inforce the surface marking advice” would
only be put in place if “injury collisions occur in sufficient
understand that you and your parish members will be disappointed though,
as I explained at our meeting, if injury collision savings cannot be
demonstrated I have no justification for public funding,” the letter
from Roger Chenery of Highways England concludes.
re-affirmed their belief that the roundabout is both confusing and
are disappointed with the response. The roundabout is not fit for
purpose, particularly in the light of new development in the area that
will increase the amount of traffic considerably,” said parish council
chairman Jacky Sutton.
public have also expressed their concerns about the current signage with
over 100 people leaving comments on the independent Hethersett village
web site supporting a return to the original markings.
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Parish Council is to fight plans
to cut the lighting on the B1172. The Hethersett stretch of the road
includes a number of junctions including those at Station Lane,
Churchfields and New Road.
is being proposed by Norfolk County Council as part of its 50% carbon
reduction plans for street lighting in Norfolk. The county’s proposal
is to remove street lighting 100 metres east of Station Lane in
Hethersett through to the A11 Spooner Row junction near Wymondham. The
proposal is to also turn off lighted signs and bollards.
councillors supported plans to reduce the local carbon footprint as much
as possible, but are opposing the de-illumination on the grounds of the
number of junctions and public safety issues, particularly in the light
of plans for a new cycle path from Hethersett to Wymondham. Members felt
that turning off lighting on road signs and bollards could prove
Members felt that a compromise could be achieved by turning lights off at 11 p.m. The council will send a letter to Norfolk County Council underlining the issues and requesting a meeting.
Hethersett Parish Council is becoming increasingly concerned about “inconsiderate parking” in the village.
latest meeting heard that vehicle owners parking on grass verges are
causing obstructions for pushchairs and mobility scooters.
seem to be indiscriminately parking everywhere including on verges and
pavements and opposite bus stops. Hethersett is becoming a glorified car
park. People think they can park anywhere they like,” said council
member Jim Bartram.
It was agreed that the council’s police liaison group should look into the matter and discuss it with Norfolk Police in view of the fact that the problem is likely to get worse with major new development planned in Hethersett.
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Parish Council is continuing to support plans for three additional bus
shelters in the village and a new crossing facility on the B1172 to help
residents safely cross the road to shops at Church Farm.
bid is being put in to Norfolk County Council under the Parish
Partnership Project which would see Hethersett and the county council
both meeting 50% of the cost. Plans are to provide new bus shelters
close to the parish church, in Churchfields and on the B1172.
The new crossing would take the form of a middle of the road structure similar to that opposite St Remigius Church. At its latest meeting the council unanimously agreed to meet the 50% cost if its application is accepted.
Savory has been co-opted onto Hethersett Parish Council to bring the
council up to its full complement of 13. Adrienne Quinlan was co-opted
at the previous meeting.
Mrs Savory has lived in the village for 47 years and is a leading member of Hethersett Horticultural Society and also an active member of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group in Wymondham.
Parish Council will be opening its doors to the public for a monthly
surgery in the village library.
will be on hand from 2 to 4 p.m on the second Monday of each month from
January for a “Parish Pop In” afternoon to discuss local matters and
answer questions from the public.
“This is a further step in our drive to improve our communications with residents. We have revamped our quarterly newsletter which has been well received and now wish to provide an opportunity for residents to raise issues outside the more formal structures of council meetings,” said chair of the council Jacky Sutton.
Quinlan has been co-opted to the council to bring its numbers up to 12
– one short of a full complement. Anyone interested in filling the
existing vacancy can contact parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915.
Retiring councillor Heather Williamson was thanked for her services to
the village at a film show to mark this year’s open gardens event.
“Heather has served on the parish council for 12 years during which time she has worked tirelessly on behalf of the environment and older people. She can be seen out in the village in all weathers irrespective of whether it’s the heat of summer of the cold of winter,” Jackie Sutton said. Mrs Williamson was presented with a bouquet. Jim Bartram has taken on the role of parish council champion for the elderly vacated by Mrs Williamson.
donated to the council from the open gardens scheme will be put towards
providing a World War One commemorative seat in the centre of the
Parish Council is working with Hethersett Environmental Action Team in
an attempt to cut back on dog fouling in the village.
Both groups are keen to stress not only the anti-social aspects of owners not clearing up after their pets, but also the dangers to children from animal faeces which can spread disease.
council is urging cyclists to light up now that the nights are closing
in. A number of cyclists have been seen without lights after dark. The
council is urging cyclists to ensure they are lit up, wear a helmet and
use cycle paths whenever they are available.
The council is keen to emphasise the need for residents to keep their hedges trimmed.
Owners of unkempt hedges will receive a letter pointing out the dangers of hedges overhanging paths and roads. This is a particular danger for pushchairs and wheelchair owners.
Parish Council will strongly oppose any attempts to shut the village
council has also received assurances from its county councillor Judith
Virgo that she will also fight to keep the library open: “We will not
agree to any fire service or library cuts. I know how precious
Hethersett Library is and how important it is to the village,” she
said referring to the Conservative Party on Norfolk County Council.
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The Parish Council is to arrange remedial work on the village skateboard park designed to make it safe whilst decisions are taken on its future. The park is currently shut and off limits. Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association will be discussing the area’s future at its next meeting in January.
The council is backing plans under the local government parish partnership scheme to build in a safer access point on the B1172 going across to the farm shop. The step would take the form of middle of the road structure similar to that opposite St Remigius Church. The council is also looking into new bus shelters following requests for stops close to the parish church, in Churchfields and on the B1172. The partnership allows for 50% funding from Norfolk County Council.
Parish Council is taking a zero tolerance attitude to illegal flyposting
in the village.
expressed their concern at their latest meeting over the proliferation
of commercial and event posters being nailed to telegraph poles and
other structures in the village and not being taken down after events
agreed to outlaw such posters and have them pulled down, reminding those
putting them up that there are five council owned noticeboards in the
village and a number of businesses that accept and display posters.
The council is also sending letters to residents who cause obstruction by allowing hedges and trees to overhang footpaths and also monitoring inconsiderate parking in the village, particularly where motorists park partly on pavements making it impossible for pushchairs to get through.
Watkins was re-elected chair and Vivien Hawes vice-chair at the annual
meeting of Hethersett Parish Council. A vacancy still exists for a
councillor and anyone interested in applying or finding out more about
the role should contact parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915.
meeting heard that 22 gardens in the village will be open to the public
on July 14th in an event organised by the Hethersett
Environmental Action Team (HEAT). Hethersett has won £250 in the South
Norfolk big litter pick for the village’s outstanding environmental
work. This money will be used to further enhance the environment.
was expressed that some householders are using public bins for household
rubbish. The council is also sending a letter to South Norfolk Council
about some bins not being emptied regularly.
of the public brought up the subject of the Memorial Playing Field being
used for golf practice and this matter has been referred to the playing
field trustees with a view to warning notices being put up to prevent
both this and the car park being used for football.
meeting is being organised between the parish and Norfolk County
Council’s Library Service to discuss proposed plans to extend
Hethersett Library to provide a parish office and archive centre.
At its next meeting the council will discuss improved ways of sending out information to parishioners through use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to complement its present newsletter and items in the Good News parish magazine.
The following appointments were made:
Council Committees and Representation:
Finance Working Group - Fred Watkins, John Nightingale, Shane Hull, Christopher Mallett.
Planning Committee - Vivien Hawes, Fred Watkins, Christopher Morriss, Eileen Mulvaney, John Nightingale, Jackie Sutton.
Archive Liaison Group - Shane Hull, Heather Williamson and Christopher Mallett
Police Liaison - John Nightingale and Jackie Sutton
Newsletter Editors - Fred Watkins and Vivien Hawes
Communications Officer - Peter Steward
Hethersett Environmental Action Team Reps - Anne Edwards, Christopher Morriss, Heather Williamson, Jackie Sutton
Pensioners' Liaison - Heather Williamson
Neighbourhood Board - Peter Steward and John Nightingale
Village Hall Management Committee Reps - Fred Watkins and Christopher Morriss
Memorial Playing Field Trustees Reps - Anne Edwards and Robert Reeve (nominated person)
Olympic Legacy Working Group - Shane Hull, Peter Steward and Alison Utting
Parish Office Working Group - Vivien Hawes, Shane Hull, Fred Watkins, Heather Williamson, John Nightingale and Jackie Sutton
winning village Hethersett is looking for a new parish councillor.
village, which was named Norfolk Community of the Year in 2012 and which
became the first in the country to win a national Big Society award
earlier this year, currently has 12 parish councillors, leaving one
position can be filled by co-option without a public vote and anyone
interested should contact clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915 or via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
council meets monthly with the next meeting on May 20th. The
village’s annual parish meeting will take place in Hethersett Village
Hall on May 8th at 7.30 p.m when there will be reports from a
number of local organisations.
going ahead to find a permanent home for the village archive. As a
temporary measure a new storage facility for documents is being provided
at the village hall whilst negotiations continue to look into the
feasibility of extending Hethersett Library to provide both a parish
office and archive store.
The council is looking into problems caused by parking on the grass verges around Hethersett Memorial Playing Field following complaints from parishioners.
Parish Council is objecting to the proposed building of 158 new homes
north of Great Melton Road on the grounds that it would produce
excessive traffic through the village and put further pressure on
existing amenities such as
schools and the doctors' surgery. Construction traffic
would also cause serious nuisance to
residents. A recommendation that the scheme be refused will
be sent to South Norfolk District Council.
vacancy on the Parish Council can be filled without an election, the
latest meeting heard. The vacancy has arisen following the resignation
of vice-chairman Gary Wyatt and the council will be aiming to co-opt at
its next meeting on April 15th. The closing date for
applications is April 5th and the new appointment will take
the council up to its full strength of 13.
of how to apply for the position have been posted on parish owned
noticeboards and are also available from parish clerk Ian Weetman on
01603 810915 or via e-mail at email@example.com
its latest meeting councillors discussed the future of the village
archive and have met with Norfolk Libraries Service to draw up plans for
a possible extension to Hethersett Library to create a parish office and
house the archives. An archive group will be following this up as well
as looking into other possible alternatives to house and display the
sites are being considered for a defibrillator which could be donated to
the village by the Co-Op. Hethersett Village Hall and Hethersett
Methodist Church have both offered to house the machine on outside
walls. The Co-Op will survey both sites to see if either is appropriate.
meeting heard that the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT),
which is a sub committee of the parish council, has been awarded £500
worth of Peter Beales’ roses from a social media competition. These
will be planted in various locations including outside the Jubilee
Youth Club Hall.
council is looking into the possibility of taking
up the free use of a South Norfolk
Neighbourhood Board Speed Awareness Machine to gather information on
problem areas in the village with regards to speeding. It is looking to
recruit a number of volunteers to look after the machine which records
the speed of motorists to provide statistics and information. Anybody
interested in helping over a two week period should contact the parish
Hawes has been elected vice-chairman of Hethersett Parish Council to
replace Gary Wyatt who resigned following the district council decision
to grant outline planning permission for over 1200 new homes in the
is still a vacancy for a new parish councillor and the post will be
advertised in the near future. Meanwhile Jackie Sutton has been elected
to the council’s planning committee.
Fred Watkins thanked Mr Wyatt for his work: “I would like to thank
Gary for his work for the council and say how sad we are that he has
gone, although I do understand his reasons,” he said.
village could soon have a new defibrillator in place, donated by a
national company. The parish council has been asked to identify possible
locations. The council is also looking into the possibility of re-siting
the parish office and village archive in a central position.
council has made a donation of £150 to the Norfolk Accident Rescue
Service, a charity close to the heart of Hethersett GP Dr Tony Press. It
has also agreed to support plans to improve and extend the existing
pavilion on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field and plans for improved
projection and audio equipment for Hethersett Village Hall.
The council also recommended a further grit bin to be located on the bend of New Road (subject to Highways’ approval). The council’s next full meeting will be on March 18th in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. The April meeting date has been changed from the 22nd to the 15th.
Parish Council is becoming increasingly concerned at illegal fly posting
in the village and the use of event promoting A frames on pavements.
number of commercial organisations have been using telegraph poles,
trees and other areas in the village and not official noticeboards.
Organisations in the village such as the Village Hall Management
Committee have already warned their users about illegal fly posting.
new car park in Great Melton Road has been officially adopted by the
parish council for short term public parking and notices to this affect
will be erected in the near future.
latest council meeting received a run down of crime in the village –
with 17 reported in the three month period up to January 28th.
PCSO Oliver Butcher reported a variety of crimes including criminal
damage to cars, thefts from commercial premises, two common assaults and
two domestic assaults, one burglary at a private dwelling and one at
commercial premises. There had also been one case of possession of a
Class A drug with the intent to supply. Council chairman Fred Watkins
said that the figures once again underlined what a safe place Hethersett
is with a very low crime rate.
council is purchasing a new grit bin which will be sited at the junction
of Park Drive and West Croft.
The meeting also received reports from a number of local groups including the Olympic Legacy Committee, Hethersett Environmental Action Team and the Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association.
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