Parish Council Report – September 2016

Key Issues

Devolution, Buses & Ash Dieback

Highlights from Ipsos- MORI Residents Consultation

  • 53% supported the principle of devolution while 16% expressed they opposed this.
  • There was strong support for more decisions to be taken locally across a range of issues with a new housing strategy (82%), development of new homes (75%), creating a transport plan (77%) and road maintenance (85%) being the top 4.
  • There was 52% support for a Mayor and 58% support for councils to come together as a Combined Authority. 29% opposed election of a Mayor and 25% opposed establishing a Combined Authority.

Highlights from Online Consultation

  • 50.9% supported the principle of devolution while 38.7% expresses they opposed this.
  • There was a strong support for more decisions to be taken locally across a range of issues with most support being shown for roads maintenance (74.6%), developing a new housing strategy (71%), development of new homes (69.7%) and creating a transport plan (65%)
  • There was 26.7% support for a Mayor and 34.9% support for councils to come together as a Combined Authority

Views of Businesses

Highlights from Ipsos- MORI Business Consultation 250 businesses of various sizes across the two counties were also surveyed by Mori:

  • 54% supported the principle of devolution while 12% expressed they opposed this.
  • Strong support for more decisions to be taken locally across a range of issues with decisions relating to road maintenance funding coming out on top.
  • 59%supported councils joining together as a Combined Authority and 47% supportive of a mayor, with 27% opposed.

Letters of support from business and the wider public and voluntary sector’s Business leaders with interests in Norfolk and Suffolk and leaders from the wider public and voluntary sector communities sent letters supporting devolution. Over 80 organisations endorsed a letter from the Norfolk and Suffolk Chambers and the LEP to Dr Andy Wood, the independent chair of the East Anglia Leaders’ Group, endorsing the devolution proposals as supporting the delivery of crucial projects to support economic growth, improve infrastructure and empowering the next generation with the skills to drive the economy. Many letters of support were received from the wider public sector and the voluntary sector including a number of higher education establishments, the University of East Anglia, the University of Suffolk, Clinical Commissioning groups, Visit East Anglia and Community Action Norfolk.

Overall the consultation showed a strong desire to go ahead with devolution and I suspect that my Norfolk County Council group and South Norfolk Council will support the proposal to continue the process.


I have received numerous complaints about the revised bus services particularly into the Poringland hub where users need to change buses. School transport has also come under scrutiny particularly through Thurton.

I have passed all the concerns onto the relevant officer and as you are no doubt aware the contact for the service buses id Daniel Yellop at:

Boundary Review

The draft proposals have been submitted for the revised District Wards increasing the number of electors per Councillor to +-2556 (with up to a 10% variance) from 2165 for implementation at the 2019 elections.

Detail of the proposed boundary changes can be found on the South Norfolk Website at:

Some of the proposal are listed below:

Chedgrave (includes Chedgrave, Langley with Hardley, Geldeston, Hales with Heckingham, Raveningham, Stockton, Norton Subcourse) 2,532 1 2,532 -1%

Similarly to the proposed Thurlton Ward, this ward has strong links to the Broads tourist area. The communities are linked by their association with the A146, the main road linking Norwich, Loddon and down to Beccles. Sharing a strong small, rural identity, these parishes share many similar challenges. Includes joint parish council Hales with Heckingham – this will be the former Chedgrave and Thurton Ward combined with parts of the former Gillingham Ward

Loddon will remain unchanged.

Brooke (includes Bergh Apton, Brooke, Kirstead, Mundham, Seething, Alpington with Yelverton) 2,707 1 2,707 6% This ward consists of a cluster of rural villages lying to the East of the A146, which will experience smaller scale growth. Includes joint Parish Council Alpington with Yelverton.

This takes Alpington and Yelverton from the Rockland Ward.

Rockland (includes Ashby St Mary, Carleton St Peter, Claxton, Thurton, Bramerton, Rockland St Mary with Hellington, Holverston, Rockland St Mary with Hellington, Surlingham) 2,630 1 2,630 3% This group of Parishes lie to the North of the District, and are primarily smaller villages which border the Broads Authority, with many connecting waterways. The Parishes also share a connection through the Thurton Group Benefice of 11 ecclesiastical parishes.

Includes joint Parish Council Rockland St Mary with Hellington. This now includes Thurton and Claxton from the former Chedgrave and Thurton Ward.

Communities and Environment Councillors to consider ash dieback disease

Members will consider measures which will allow the county council to effectively manage the implications of Chalara which is already affecting trees in Norfolk. These measures could include seeking financial support from Defra, and looking at how the county council can work with landowners to minimise costs to the authority Norfolk was one of the first areas in the country where Chalara was identified and councillors will hear how Norfolk is leading the way nationally in work to tackle the problem.

Details of our methodology and early survey results were well received at the national Ash Dieback Safety Intervention Meeting organised by Defra, and national body the Tree Council, are now keen to share our methodology with other authorities in the country. The County Council has a responsibility to maintain the public highway and require owners of private trees to make safe dangerous trees in the interests of public safety. The current three year plan of work, will allow the county council to identify and assess the condition of ash trees adjacent to the County’s 6000 miles of roads and footpaths.

Your local Mobile Library Service

Mobile libraries are free to join and are open to people of all ages.  Items can be chosen from the vehicle or reserved via the online catalogue for collection from a mobile library. They can be returned to any branch library or mobile library in Norfolk.  All mobile libraries are equipped with a lift for people with mobility problems and wheelchair users.

Our mobile libraries offer:

  • Fiction books for adults and children (book request: adults – 60p, children – free)
  • Non-fiction books for adults and children (subject requests are free)
  • Large print books (book request 60p)
  • DVDs for adults and children (a small charge applies)
  • Audio books on CD and tape (tapes – free, a small charge applies for CDs for adults, children – free)
  • Jigsaw puzzles (free)

The mobile library service offers an e-mail reminder system to advise mobile library users that the mobile library will be in their area within the next two days.  If you wish to be added to the mailing lists, please ask your mobile library driver for the green e-mail slip to complete or alternatively contact us direct with your name, e-mail address and mobile library route number.

The mobile library service is keen to recruit more ‘Mobile Library Friends’ – volunteers who help us to promote the service by doing any of the following:

  • telling their friends/neighbours about the mobile library
  • delivering fliers locally
  • putting up posters
  • suggesting improvements/alternative stops.

If you are interested, please speak to the mobile library driver or contact us direct.

To check the mobile library timetables for your area, please click on the link: and choose your village from the list.

More information is available on the Norfolk County Council website:  (search ‘mobile libraries’), or contact the mobile library office on 01603 222303 or e-mail: .

Library Schedule

Changes to Collection Days – Household Rubbish and Recycling Bins

From the 6 June, South Norfolk Council’s rubbish and recycling collection rounds will be changing and it is likely that the day the bins are emptied in your parish will change. We would appreciate if you could assist us with publicising these changes.

Next week we will be sending information packs to every property in your parish explaining what the changes, if any, will be. The pack includes an FAQ leaflet, bin stickers and their new collection calendar.

We thought it would be helpful to let you know what is happening in the ward in which your parish is situated. Below is the information about the new collection schedules across the ward including your parish:

Current collection days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday

New collection days from 6 June: Wednesday, Thursday or Friday

Number of properties:

  • 1168 properties will have rubbish collected on a Thursday and recycling on a Thursday (on a regular alternate cycle)
  • 10 properties will have rubbish collected on a Friday and recycling on a Wednesday (on a regular alternate cycle)
  • 14 properties will have rubbish collected on a Friday and recycling on a Thursday (on a regular alternate cycle)


During the changeover to the new service, some properties in your parish may have two collections in the first week. Additional information about these collections will be included in their pack.


Information is also available on the Council’s website at If you have any further questions you can e mail me direct.


Kind regards,


Sinead Carey

National Management Trainee
South Norfolk Council
t 01508 533709 e




Bergh Apton Parish Council invites applications from

members of the public interested in being co-opted to

the Parish Council.

This is an exciting opportunity to shape the area of

Bergh Apton.

For further information please contact the Parish

Clerk, Philippa Fuller on 01508 558280 or email

Please send informal expressions of interest by 5pm

on Sunday 26th August either by email or in writing to

The Old Hall Coach House, Brooke, Norwich, Norfolk,

NR15 1LB

Parish Council Elections

Get Involved!!


This May the elections will be not just for seats in Westminster – but also for the Bergh Apton Village Hall!!

This is something that we should all take an interest in as it is a case of use it or loose it… If Bergh Apton is unable to form a council it may be subsumed into Loddon district.

The following information is from SNDC…

The Parish & Town Council Elections webpage provides all the information and forms including the nomination forms candidates will require see:-

Candidates may print nominations and submit them between 9am to 4pm each day from 24 March 2015 until 4pm 9 April 2015. Please note the nominations must be delivered in person either by the candidate or by someone they trust, but who that is a decision the candidate must make.

Nomination forms cannot be posted of emailed. I would advise that nominations are delivered as soon as practical within the times and dates indicated, so should there be a problem with a nomination submitted there is sufficient time to resubmit a new nomination if required.
We are asking all candidates to complete a contact sheet as tel & emails are not required on the nomination forms, but if we need to contact candidates it is much quicker to call or email a candidate rather than send them a letter.
We can post nomination packs out to candidates or clerks but only if they are unable to print them.
As in previous elections we will be sending you election notices to be displayed in the parish during the election period, the notices will also be displayed on our South Norfolk Website and in our reception area.
At the close of nominations we will confirm the candidates through the Publication of statement of persons nominated.
The Parish & Town Council Election Count will take place on the 8 May, and the results will be published on South Norfolk website as soon as possible after the count.

Road Closure Notice

There will be road works that will require road closure at the end of March 2015 – map details may be found here!

6044 RC Loddon Road Bergh Apton RS 7211

Letter excerpt below:-

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order

affecting the C377 Loddon Road at its junction with C376 Sunnyside for 42m in an easterly direction in the PARISH OF BERGH APTON because of works to renew sluice valve.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 31st

April 2015 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 3 days within the nd2 period.

Alternative route is via: C377 Loddon Road, C380 Birch Way, C374 Hall Road, C373 White Heath Road, C377 School Road.

(If necessary the restriction could run for a maximum period of 18 months from the date of the Order).

Penalty: £1000 maximum fine on conviction and/or endorsement for contravention.

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 Adrian Stout

(Environment, Transport and Development) Telephone 0344 800 8009.

Dated this 13th day of March 2015

Victoria McNeill

Head of Law

PC minutes 7th Jan 2015

Minutes of a Meeting of Bergh Apton Parish Council On Wednesday 7th January 2015 at 7.30pm In The Village Hall

  1. Members Present

    Parish Members Present
    Derek Blake (Chair), Bob Kerry, Jacqueline Byford, Richard Herring,
    Karen Myhill, Chris Mewton
    In attendance: Clerk
    Adrian Gunson, John Fuller

  2. Apologies For Absence and Declarations of Interest

    There were two apologies for absence. Derek Blake declared an interest in the planning section as he is a member of the Planning Committee at South Norfolk Council.

  3. Minutes of Meeting Held on 26th November 2014

    The minutes of the last meeting on 26th November 2014 were approved.

  4. Matters Arising

    There were no matters arising.

  5. Public Consultation

    5.1 District Councillor’s Report
    5.2 County Councillor’s Report
    One item – the fading white lines at the Mill Road crossroads which have been reported to the Highways Engineer.
    The Chairman re-opened the Parish Council Meeting.

  6. Finance
    1. Precept for 2015 agreed at £3796.00
      Made up of £196 South Norfolk Council Grant therefore Parish Precept requirement is £3600. The amount shown on bills will be £20
    2. Grant Request for Churchyard Maintenance agreed £150
    3. Grant Request for Bergh Apton Newsletter agreed £50
  7. Anglian Water Compensation

    Letter has been received from Anglian Water apologising for the water supply interruptions. As a gesture of goodwill they will be crediting the accounts of affected customers with £20, roughly equivalent to the cost of one month’s water supply and they will also donate £1,000 to a local charity or community project in the parish. There was some discussion about how best to use the £1,000 donation – one ongoing project is the football goal posts at the Village Hall – Jacqueline Byford is to meet up with Kevin Utton who is the Sales and Marketing Manager of Harrod UK Ltd the UK’s leading goal post manufacturer who lives in Bergh Apton and has kindly offered to assist with advice and the purchase of the goal posts.

  8. Village Hall Management Committee

    No report

  9. Planning Applications
    1. Oakdene, Mill Road 2014/2438 – Proposed two storey extension & single storey store – this planning application is in Alpington, so just for information
  10. Planning Approvals

    Cherry Tree Cottage, Bussey Bridge – Approval with conditions 2014/1954
    West Five 1 Mill Rd 2014/2117 To use one room in house as hairdressing salon – retrospective – Approved with Conditions
    1. Retain use in accordance with plans
    2. Personal permission – no additional employees
    3. Hours of operation Mon, Thurs, Fri (9.00am – 12.00pm and 1.00pm
    – 5.00pm) and Sat (9.00am – 1.00pm)
    4. Retention of car parking
    5. Scheme of fencing to be implemented within 3 months – details to be agreed by officers

  11. Defibrillator

    This will be looked at in May following the election

  12. Events and Correspondence
  13. Items for Future Agendas

    Dates of future Meetings:
    18 March, 22 April, 20 May (AGM/APM), 15 July, 16 September, 18 November

Parish Council Minutes 26th November 2014

Minutes of a Meeting of Bergh Apton Parish Council

On Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 7.30pm In The
Village Hall
Members Present
Parish Members
Derek Blake (Chair), Bob Kerry, Jacqueline Byford, Richard Herring,
Karen Myhill, Chris Mewton
In attendance: Clerk

  1. Apologies For Absence and Declarations of Interest
    There were no apologies for absence. Derek Blake declared an interest in the planning section as he
    is a member of the Planning Committee at South Norfolk Council.
  2. Minutes of Meeting Held on 9th September 2014
    The minutes of the last meeting on 9th September 2014 were approved.
  3. Matters Arising
    There were no matters arising.
  4. Public Meeting to discuss the village website
    Chris Mewton has kindly volunteered to relaunch the village website. There was a lot of discussion
    from members of the public who are very supportive of the project. It was decided that Chris
    Mewton would meet with representatives from all the various organisations and businesses in the
    village who wish to be represented on the website so that they can be ‘trained’ to add their own
    content to their own section on the website. Derek Blake reported that there are 53 small
    businesses in Bergh Apton!
  5. Public Consultation
    The Parish Council was addressed by the applicant from West Five, 1 Mill Road who is seeking
    retrospective permission for use of one room in her house as a hairdressing salon. They were also
    addressed by the neighbour who is opposing this application, on the grounds of the noise and her
    loss of privacy and her residential amenity being affected by the change of use from residential to
    retail business.
  6. The Chairman re-opened the Parish Council Meeting.
    1. Planning Applications
      6.1 West Five, 1 Mill Road – retrospective permission for use of one room in house as hairdressing
      salon 2014/2117
      The following was the response from the Parish Council to the planning department. Bergh Apton
      Parish Council was unable to reach a consensus over the balance between the increasing intensity
      of the business and its impact on the neighbour. There clearly is an adverse impact on the
      neighbour but the Parish Council felt unable to suggest appropriate conditions should the District
      Council wish to approve it. This application will now be heard at the main planning committee on
      10th December.
    2. Site BER 1 Cookes Road
      Julian Wells from FW properties addressed the Parish Council meeting with an update about the
      site opposite the Village Hall. A planning application has not yet been submitted but he anticipated
      one would be in the Spring. If this proposal was to go ahead it would be for 10 or 11 new homes
      including some affordable homes. They would plan to start building late Summer 2015. He explained there were technical ways to deal with the surface water drainage issue of that land
      which would help all the residents along Cookes Road. The inspectors final report is expected early
      2015 and there will be an open meeting for all to attend.
  7. Planning Approvals
  8. Finance
    1. Grant for football posts
      Jacqueline Byford will meet with Maggie Smith, Chairman Village Hall Committee to agree the site
      for the football posts at the Village Hall. The Parish Council agreed to look after the grass cutting
      around the posts and any upkeep needed. The small neighbourhoods grant from South Norfolk
      District Council will be available in the Spring for this project to go ahead.
  9. Defibrillator – Derek Blake
    Derek Blake agreed to look at possible grants for the funding of a defibrillator in Bergh Apton site to
    confirmed – possibly in the phone box at Sunnyside or most likely at the Village Hall.
  10. Events and Correspondence
  11. Items for Future Agenda
  12. Dates of future Meetings:
    18 March, 22 April, 20 May (AGM/APM), 15 July, 16 September, 18 November