Saxlingham Nethergate Parish Council

Saxlingham Nethergate is a beautiful village with a lovingly tended church which lies on a small green between good examples on one side of an Elizabethan manor and on the other a parsonage built by Sir John Soane in 1784.

Inside the church are rare examples of stained glass from the 13th to the 15th centuries which are certainly among the best in Norfolk. An interesting citizen of Saxlingham when Soane was building the parsonage and nearby Shotesham Hall was George Watson the miller of Saxlingham Mill. George was a member of the Norwich Revolution Society and an advocate of equal representation for both rich and poor.

It was the time of Tom Paine and The Rights of Man and when Norwich had a reputation as a Jacobin City. The agitation for greater democracy was however, put on hold when the price of wheat went up to 57s a combe. “The greatest price I ever received” said Parson Woodforde and the flour mills of Trowse and Hellesdon were attacked by a rioting population.

 

South Norfolk Council Budget Consultation – Have your say!

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 Surface

The Parish Council and Highways are aware of concerns regarding the condition of the surface of the road that runs through the village ie. Broaden Lane, Church Hill, The Street, Norwich Road. The concerns were discussed when the Parish Council met on 11th December and a report was submitted to Highways. Following further correspondence, the Parish Council has received the following update:

“I can confirm that we are aware of the issue with some of the chippings stripping from the surface dressing, but in light of the complaints received, I will arrange for my Maintenance Supervisor to  carry out a reactive inspection early in the New Year, and if necessary arrange for the carriageway/footways to be swept to clear the loose stone.

Thank you for bringing your concerns to my attention.”

 

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>>

Are you ready for winter?

As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase. Storms, floods and other extreme conditions can cause damage to network infrastructure and disrupt your energy supply.

That’s why the UK’s gas and electricity network companies have come together to launch the Be Winter Ready campaign. The campaign aims to help the public better-prepare for power cuts and gas emergencies that may result from bad winter weather.

To Be Winter Ready, you should:

  • Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
  • Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is.
  • Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

In recent years the chances of unplanned problems with electricity and gas supply have reduced dramatically. Since 1990, network companies have invested £80bn in improving the reliability of local energy networks in the UK. As a result, on average, electricity customers have a power cut just once every two years and gas distribution customers will have their gas supply interrupted without advance notice just once every 40 years.

Despite this, our gas and electricity networks can be affected by natural events, with severe winter weather potentially causing significant damage. The gas and electricity network operators are urging the public to Be Winter Ready. Make sure you’re prepared in case you have a power cut or gas emergency.

Shotesham Screen

Mindhorn (15)  (1hr 30mins)

A very funny British comedy to launch the New Seasons Film Nights.

A has-been actor, known for playing British detective Mindhorn, works alongside the police to catch a serial killer who will only speak to Mindhorn, whom he believes to be real.

Friday September 22nd,  7.30pm, Trinity Hall

Tickets £5 from Raz tel: 0508 550122, razwoollacott@gmail.com

Coming soon: ‘The Levelling’, Friday October 13th.

Dementia-friendly Concert: 15th September 2017

Dementia Friendly concert flyer

Police support campaign to target speeding drivers

Police in Norfolk will be targeting speeding drivers as part of a week-long enforcement campaign.

 

Officers will be speaking with drivers during the campaign; aiming to highlight dangers of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement.

 

The Europe-wide campaign, co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, begins on Monday 21 August and will run until Sunday 27 August, seeing an increased amount of checks and enforcement across the county.

 

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “We work closely with our partners all-year round to target speeding drivers and these campaigns allow us to enforce the law while also raising awareness of the dangers and educating motorists.

 

“Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision – alongside drink driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

 

“All too often officers have to deal with the results of drivers speeding, which can be devastating, with families and friends being left behind to pick up their lives after the event. One fatality on our roads is one too many, but tragically 20 people have died in collisions in Norfolk so far this year.

 

“Speed limits are in place for a reason – the limit is set at the maximum safe speed to travel on a particular stretch of road.

 

“Drivers shouldn’t use these limits as targets; there are always other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions. The faster you are travelling, the less time you have to react to the unexpected and stop safely.”

 

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, added: “Road safety is a big concern for many of Norfolk’s residents which is why I have invested in a number of schemes to tackle speeding on our county’s roads.

 

“I attach great importance as Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner to keeping our roads safe by closely working with Norfolk Police and partner agencies and welcome the latest week-long crackdown.

 

“It is however tragic so many people have been killed on our roads so far this year. Put simply excessive speeding kills and it is just not worth the risk and should not be tolerated by the community.

 

“Do yourself and everyone else a favour kill your speed rather than yourself or someone else.”

 

Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action. Some drivers can opt to take part in a speed awareness course.

 

For results and updates during the campaign follow the Roads Policing Unit on Twitter @NSRoadsPolicing.

Drawing in the Archive: The visual Record of Norwich’s Medieval Churches, 1700-2017

Free Exhibition at Norfolk Record Office 21 August -17 November 2017

Based on new research, this exhibition explores the rich visual record of Norwich’s medieval parish churches.  Since 1700, artists, antiquarians and archaeologists have drawn the City’s churches in diverse ways.  The remarkable archive that they have left reveals information about the churches that would otherwise be lose and encourages us to look again, and look differently, at these familiar landmarks.

During Norfolk Record Office opening times Mon, Weds & Fri 9-5, Tues 9.30-5, Thurs 9-7

For more information www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/events norfrec@norfolk.gov.uk or 01603 222599

Norfolk on the look-out for new Special Constables

New recruits are being sought to join Norfolk’s team of more than 200 committed Special Constables.

Norfolk’s Special Constabulary is hosting a recruitment evening on Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 7pm in the police headquarters in Wymondham.

The county currently has some 222 special constables who regularly give up their spare time to assist their regular police colleagues in the fight against crime.

Norfolk continues to be on the look-out for committed individuals who are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their local community.

Specials manager Sue Goode, said: “Being a Special is a very fulfilling and interesting role where no two duties are the same.

“They are entrusted with considerable responsibilities and every time they come on duty they face the same challenges and problems encountered by regular officers.

“We are very proud of the team we currently have in Norfolk and we would be keen for anyone who would like to gain new skills or to give something back to their community to get in touch.

“Whatever your motivation, becoming a Special can be exciting, challenging and rewarding.”

The role of a Special Constable includes providing highly visibility patrols and helping police major incidents and events. They also offer vital links in the partnership between the police service and the public.

The recruitment event is due to take place at 7pm at the Operation and Communication Centre, Norfolk Constabulary, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, NR18 0WW.

Attendees will be given information on the recruitment process, the roles of a Special Constable and have the opportunity to meet a number of those already out on the beat.

To book your place at the recruitment evening, please contact 01953 425699 ext. 2371 or email stepspecials@norfolk.pnn.police.uk 

If you are unable to make the evening, but would still like to find out more, please call the above number or visit our website at http://www.norfolk.police.uk/.

Long Stratton Development: Public Exhibition

Long Stratton Public exhibition flyer June17