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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL



At the July Parish Council meeting which was attended by five Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and District Councillor E Gould the following was considered:


Planning: Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application for the erection of a proposed dwelling, part conversion to link to dwelling and to realign the roof line to the outbuilding on land adjacent to Anvil House Butt Lane.

After a lengthy discussion the members decided by a majority decision to raise no objection to the two applications for housing of Weasenham and Wellingham Roads. Both applications are for 8 dwellings on the land to the rear of the houses along Wellingham and Weasenham Roads. Concern was raised by the Parish Council about the increased traffic that would ensue outside the Primary School and at the crossroads at the Bull Inn. A request was made in the response to address these concerns prior to any approval being given. The Parish Council also expected that the provision of play equipment would be a condition of any approval.  Decisions: Approval had been granted by Breckland Council for the change of use of land to a parking area at Willow House Druids Lane although the members were disappointed that no mention had been made of the felling of a tree at this point to provide access to the parking area.

Neighbourhood Watch: There are still vacancies for local coordinators for the following areas:-

Pound Lane, Back Street, Front Street and Lexham Road: the north end of Tittleshall Road; Weasenham Road and Keppel Close and Lexham Road West. It is anticipated that a meeting of the coordinators will be held in the near future once all areas are covered.

If any parishioner wishes to assist please contact the Clerk.

Highways: All the matters raised the previous month have been reported and the failure to repair around the ironwork on Dereham Road near to Devlin Cottage was raised with the County Councillor again. The junction of Druids Lane and Mileham Road had been surface dressed but there was concern that this would not last the constant traffic at this point. The gulleys on Church street had been cleaned and it was hoped that the refreshing of the signs on the roads in the parish would be done soon. A parishioner had contacted the Parish Council regarding the junction of butt Lane and Tittleshall Road and the crossroads at the Bull Inn. The County Councillor will take the matter up with the Highways Engineer to see if a STOP sign on Butt Lane could be installed but it is unlikely that any further improvement can be made at the crossroads as this was considered some years ago but would entail the demolition of properties which are listed. This is therefore not feasible.

County and District Councillor Reports: The County Councillor reported that the former Leader of Norfolk County Council, Cliff Jordan, had died. The new Leader had requested additional funding for shire counties from Central Government.

General Data Protection Regulation: The Parish Council approved the General Data Protection Policy, the Terms of Reference for the Committee and the Privacy Statement. To view these documents please visit the website. The Parish Council will only hold information that it has the right to hold to carry out the duties of a Parish Council. All parishioners now have a right to have their information to be removed.



The next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 3rd September 2018 at the Jubilee Hall at 7.30 p.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
here

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ROAD CLOSURE


Druids La
ne from its junction with B1145 Mileham Road to its junction with Rectory Meadow in the PARISH OF LITCHAM will be closed for repairs to a fire hydrant cover.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 30th July to 1st August.

Alternative route via Church Street and B1145 Mileham Road

In the event of the start date being delayed the new start date will be displayed on site in advance. The person dealing with enquiries at Norfolk County Council is Adam Mayo (Community and Environmental Services) Telephone 0344 800 8020.



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JUBILEE HALL

The coffee morning on 31st March got off to a quiet start but by 11am it was buzzing and we made £170 for hall funds. 

We will have a cake stall at the Village Fete on Saturday 16th June.

Again, contributions for that please.

June Bevan (01328) 700 274

GDPR

In accordance with the new GDPR regulations on privacy we wish to make it quite clear that Litcham Jubilee Hall CIO does not store any details of hirers of the hall. We ask for a contact name and phone number at the initial booking request, these are permanently deleted once the event has taken place. Any contact details for regular weekly / monthly meetings are kept safely with the bookings clerk.


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LITCHAM CHURCHYARD CONSERVATION GROUP

The wild pale lilac crocuses which cover a large area of the old churchyard were magnificent this year and they even raised their heads again as the snow melted!  The churchyard is now officially part of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Churchyard Conservation Scheme. Emily Nobbs from the Trust came to advise us on which parts of the churchyard could be managed as conservation areas.

We now have two; a fairly shady rectangular area at the rear of the church (it’s hoped that some of the lower branches can be removed to lift the canopy slightly in order to reduce the amount of shade) and a sunny triangle at the front nearer to the roadside.  They both have their own “cutting and removal of grass” regimes.  If they are successful, in that they encourage more wildlife, then the area at the front of the church may become a permanent feature and the rectangle at the rear of the church might be enlarged slightly next year.

Emily, along with Malcolm Turner who did such an excellent survey last year, will do a wildlife survey this summer and a moth survey is also planned.

Our cutting and raking-off session for the conservation area behind the church is planned for Saturday 30th June at 10:30am. Please come and join us if you can. The scheme is a long-term plan, but maybe in ten years or so the churchyard, which is already so rich in wildlife, will enjoy even greater biodiversity.

Claire Lawrence, 01328 700145.

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LITCHAM COMMON

Bylaws

Over the past few months there have been instances of motor vehicles being illegally driven on Litcham Common. In the circumstances we wish to emphasise that unauthorised motor vehicles and motor bikes (including trail bikes) are forbidden from driving over or parking on the common, including the road verges, under the bylaws. A car park is provided for visitors so please use this. Quite separately from the bylaws, it is in fact a criminal offence to drive unauthorised motor vehicles on common land.

We ask members of the public to please respect the bylaws relating to the common, which can be found in full in the “Common” section of Litcham’s website under the “Management” tab.”

Conservation Group

The next conservation task will take place on Saturday 9th June, starting at 10am and meeting in Litcham Common car park. As always, new volunteers will be very welcome. Please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 for more information.

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THE MOTHS OF LITCHAM.


Join me on Saturday 4th August to see what Moths are flying by night on our very own Litcham Common. Moth lights & traps will be on from dusk in the middle of the Common, on the car park side of the road - just follow the light!

I'll be on hand with nets, pots and books for those who want to join in, or if you'd rather take more of a back seat and have a look at what's been caught, then just bring yourself and maybe enjoy your first Elephant Hawk-moth or Large Yellow Underwing? Who knows - we may just catch a rare one! See you there and don't forget to bring a torch!

Keith Kerr, keithkerr@hotmail.co.uk

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LITCHAM COMMON CONSERVATION GROUP

New Ponies on the Common

Our two new ponies arrived safely from Dartmoor on the Monday before Easter and seem to have settled down well, although at the time of writing they are still keeping their distance from our existing three ponies due to some bullying when they first arrived!

The two new ponies are called Nigel and Joshua's Lad.  Nigel is aged four and Joshua's Lad is two.  They look similar, but Joshua's Lad is a darker bay colour than Nigel.  (The other, bigger, ponies are called Simon, George and Freedom.  Simon is the dark one. The two greys can be difficult to tell apart, but Freedom has a longer mane than George.)

Conservation Group

The next monthly conservation task will take place on Saturday 12th May, meeting at 10am in Litcham Common car park. As always, new volunteers will be very welcome. For further information please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045.

Litcham Common Management Committee  

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LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GOUP (LEGs)


Rehearsals are progressing nicely (Oh no they're not!)for the pantomime this year. Robinson Crusoe will be on stage at Litcham High School on 25th, 26th and 27th October 2018. Tickets on sale next month.

This is a not to be missed event, with laughs, comedy, songs, audience participation AND local charities benefit from our efforts and your attendance, not bad eh?

information can be obtained from Mary Osborne 01328 700248

Come along or call Mary on 01328 700248

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HEALTHY STEPS

This is a form of gentle exercise which is ideal for knee, shoulder and balance problems as the class is only done standing or sitting.

It is also a programme originally designed for recovery from breast cancer patients.

The whole class is done to music and it is fun and uplifting.

The new term starts on Monday 10th April from 9.30 to 10.30am at the Litcham Methodist Chapel. Please contact Diana Patterson on (01238) 701615

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WEIGHTWATCHERS

The group has grown from three initial members to fourteen members with a mixture of ages and weights, each of us with our own reasons for joining and with our own targets.  The group is doing fantastically well and we are losing over a stone a week on average between us.  With fourteen weeks to summer we are looking to challenge others to join us in order to feel more ready for summer.

Meetings are held in the Jubilee Hall every Monday at 9:30am.

www.Weightwatchers.com/uk

Rebecca Abram

 

Parish Council

NEXT MEETING

MONDAY 3rd

SEPTEMBER

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