LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Chairman's Report

Presented at

THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

21st April 2008

 

 

During the last year the Parish Council has worked with Breckland District Council and Norfolk County Council to maintain the village to a standard we can all appreciate..

 

In co-operation with N.C.C. Highways we have tried to keep on top of road maintenance and signage, by reporting any problems that arise.  We were able to get Breckland Council to clean all the road name signs this year.

A request was made to Highways to consider the extension of the speed limits on the Dunham and on the Mileham Roads.  It was considered not possible. 

The addition of a white line and removal of a kerbed area outside the Post Office seems to have eased the problem of parked cars obstructing pedestrian and wheelchair access to the Post Office up to a point.  But it may be necessary for some other system to be devised to make parking in this area completely safe.

 

Many planning applications came before the Parish Council This year.  The Council made observation and objections to a proportion of these applications; sometime Breckland took note and made amendments, while others were passed back to Breckland with no comment from the council.

 

Currently before the Parish Council are Mineral and Waste proposals from Norfolk County Council regarding Litcham Heath (on the Wellingham Road) and the Tittleshall/Mileham Road site.  Consultation was extended and at present the Parish Council will make objections to both sites.

 

The realignment of the footpath south of the Mileham Road is being looked at after a visit by a member of the Ramblers Association. This is still subject to a local arrangement

 

Sadly we have not been able to come to an agreement with the P.C.C. regarding pedestrian access to the churchyard extension from Druids Lane. Despite their initial agreement to let us do this.

 

Tim Goddard came and spoke about affordable housing in the village. We are still waiting for forms from them to carry out a survey within the village regarding housing.

 

Dog Waste bins were bought and erected although one post has since been stolen.

 

We are trying to register the green opposite the Bull as an ‘Open Space’ for the village.  Questionnaires are available to be filled in regarding it’s historic use and how long it has been used as a village green.

A new notice board has been purchased and will be erected on the green as soon as it’s future is secured.

 

Using money from our reserves and negotiating new contracts for grass-cutting in the churchyard and street-light maintenance we were able to reduce the coming years precept to £6000.00. 

 

Donations totaling £468 were made by the Parish Council throughout the year. All if the activities of Litcham Parish Council can be viewed and followed on the Litcham website – www.litcham.org

 

Mike Oldfield,

Chairman LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL 2007-8