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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


At the April Parish Council meeting, attended by seven Councillors, County and District Councillor M Kiddle Morris and one member of the public the following was considered:


OBJECTION TO THE ACCOUNTS

For the third year running the same parishioner has raised objections to the accounts. The External Auditor has just forwarded his decision to the complainant and the Parish Council. The Auditor has not found that the Parish Council has made any payments that were contrary to law nor did he find that individual Councillors should have declared a pecuniary interest when being reimbursed for expenditure incurred on behalf of the Parish Council for the Diamond Jubilee event. The sums of money involved in the objections were £162 and £178 plus VAT to the two Councillors for expenses incurred and £47 plus VAT for the renewal of the website domain name and hosting renewal. The cost to the parish for the External Auditor’s time in dealing with these objections was £1605 plus VAT.  The VAT portion is recoverable. Over the three years of the objections the cost to the parish has been £1650 for the financial year ending March 2011, £1750 for the financial year ending March 2012 and £1605 for the financial year ending March 2013.

THIS IS A TOTAL OF £5,005.00 OVER THREE YEARS

THE COSTS OF THESE OBJECTIONS HAVE TO BE BORNE BY THE PARISHIONERS

IN LITCHAM AND THAT IS WHY IT WAS NECESSARY TO INCREASE THE PRECEPT

IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR AND TO KEEP IT AT THAT LEVEL FOR THIS YEAR.

Over the three years the External Auditor has not found that the Parish Council has acted illegally in any of the transactions made that were objected to.


Community Car Scheme: This is now up and running and any journeys can be requested through Liz Christie on 701765.

The Green: A complaint was made against the siting of benches and umbrellas on The Green because of the disturbance caused to residents who live close to the Green. The Parish Council is keen to ensure that all people can enjoy either a drink on the Green or in their own garden without being subjected to unnecessary noise. Unfortunately there are always some people who have no respect for others. The Parish Council will therefore be writing to the landlord of the Bull Inn expressing its concerns, and insisting that the Green should not be used after 9.30p.m., that the area should be cleared of all glasses and rubbish each evening and that the umbrellas are removed each evening. The Parish Council had requested that the benches be removed during the winter months but this had not occurred. The benches will be allowed on The Green whilst British Summer Time is in force. If the conditions for the siting of benches on the Green are not met then they will not be allowed in the future.

Planning: Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the erection of a double garage at Oaklands Barn Tittleshall Road.

The Next Meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 12 May 2014 at the Jubilee Hall at 7.30p.m. All parishioners are cordially invited to attend and the first part of the meeting is set aside for parishioners to raise issues with the Parish Council.

The full minutes are available for viewing by any parishioner by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or on the Litcham website.


Full minutes for this meeting will be released once they are approved at the next meeting.

The Full Minutes of previous meetings can be viewed from the Parish Council Meetings Page

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LITCHAM ALL SAINTS


The Annual Vestry Meeting

followed by the

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

will take place on Tuesday 22nd April 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Church.

Anyone who lives in the Ecclesiastical Parish may attend this meeting and those on the Church Electoral Roll may stand for the P.C.C. and are entitled to vote in the Election of Church Wardens and for members of the

Parochial Church Council.

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LITCHAM ANNUAL WINE TASTING 17TH MAY

This year’s popular wine tasting event will be held at The Old Rectory in Litcham on Saturday the 17th May  from 3.30pm to 6:00pm.


SOLD OUT!



Kerry Walpole, Friends of All Saints Church, Litcham, 01328 700 161


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NEW MOBILE LIBRARY TIMETABLE

As part of Norfolk County Council’s cost cutting the Mobile Library routes and times are changing.  From the 7th of April route EDE 125 will become CEN1411 and the Library will only be calling at Litcham every four weeks instead of two.

It will call on Mondays, stopping in Manor Drive at 10:15am and then Litcham Close at 10:55am.  Dates for the rest of the year are as follows: 7th April, 5th April, 2nd June, 30th June, 28th July, 22nd September, 20th October, 17th November, 15th December and 12th January 2015.

You can download a current timetable from Mobile Libraries - List of Routes page here...

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BAD WEATHER SCHOOL CLOSURES

If Litcham Childcare has to close due to bad weather, you can find out by listening to Radio Broadland or log on to Norfolk County Council’s website and searching for School Closures.  You can also check www.litcham.childrencentre.org.uk which will kept up to date with opening information.

If Litcham School Primary Phase is closed due to bad weather only, then Childcare will close too.


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LITCHAM COMMON

Conservation Group

In a break with our normal routine the next conservation task on Litcham Common will take place on Saturday 3rd May, meeting as usual at 10am in the car park. We will be installing some new seats that have been made by John Mitchell using wood from the old corral; our thanks go to John for doing this. Volunteers are asked to bring along a garden spade if possible as we will need to dig the holes for the posts.

 

Please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 if you would like to join us.

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DOG FOULING

Let’s keep Breckland beautiful!

Most dog walkers are very responsible, but some individuals are not clearing up after their dogs and Breckland has experienced an increase in reports of fouling in recent weeks.  Dog mess is unpleasant and can carry diseases like toxocariasis through contaminated soil, resulting in symptoms such as eye disorders, aches, dizziness, nausea and, in extremely rare cases, seizures/fits

Our Dog Warden, Mike Gardiner will be stepping up his patrols, especially in hot spot areas. He is also asking for residents’ help – if you are aware of someone who is not cleaning up after their dog, please call Mike on 07771 617417 with a note of times, dates and a description of the owner.  Some dog owners may simply not be aware of their responsibilities and, in the first instance Mike will usually just have a quiet chat.

Dog owners have a legal obligation to clear up after their dogs and failure to do so can result in prosecution with a fixed penalty notice of £80, or if the case goes to court, up to £1000.

Let’s keep Breckland beautiful for everyone!

Dale Wilder, Breckland Council Environmental Services Officer

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LITCHAM DVD


              What a Year! What A Summer!

The summer of 2012 saw an unprecedented glut of celebrations in Litcham.  It was of course the year of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, events of national importance but on a local level it was the 600th Anniversary of the rededication of Litcham All Saint's Church in 1412 after extensive rebuilding work that including the addition of the tower.

2012 was also the year the Cattle Grids were installed on Litcham Common and the year the Primary and High School were amalgamated into one 'All-Through' school and of course there was the Annual Village Fete.

On this DVD you will find video and photographic documentation of all the above events and more...

Available from Di Patterson (01328 701615) or David Sheppard (01328 700609) - PRICE £7

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MEMORY LANE

Kerry Walpole has kindly sent me this link to an archive film on the East Anglian Film Archive. In it an Anglia TV reporter visits Litcham post office during the busy Christmas period, to see how a sub post office is run. There is an interview with sub-postmaster, Mr Bennett, and postman Mr Warnes, who we follow him on his regular postal round.

Click here to view a fascinating glimpse of Litcham past...

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