Ditchingham Parish Council NEWS!

The following is a Police Connect message:

Police are urging residents in South Norfolk to be vigilant after an increase of fuel thefts and garage and shed burglaries in the county.

Pc Jim Squires has the following advice: “It is not unusual for us to see an increase in this type of crime at this time of year; however, I would strongly urge residents to take simple measures to prevent them from becoming victims.

“Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage and keep items of value locked away.

“If you do leave items of value in sheds or garages then you should mark your property, this can simply be done by using coloured spray paint. It makes it harder for thieves to sell tools on, don’t leave any items out in the garden put them away. “

With regards to fuel tanks, check oil levels frequently so you are aware if anyone has tampered with your supply, and consider an electronic oil level gauge which sets off an audible alarm in your house if the oil level drops below a quarter full.

Fit a good quality locking device to all fuel tanks – a high quality closed shackle padlock will make access using bolt croppers very difficult. Consider perimeter security for the whole tank, such as a metal cage or fencing. Even a prickly hedge may help deter thieves. Remember, however, that the oil tanker driver will need to access it.

If you are going out consider leaving a radio on or if you are going to be home late, leave a light on so it would appear someone is home as it starts to get dark.

Pc Jim Squires added: “Security measures are just the start – we also need communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. If you spot something unusual at a friend, neighbour or relative’s house, or at a nearby business premises, call police on 101 or dial 999 if a crime is in progress.”

For further crime prevention advice visit www.norfolk.police.uk


Road Users – Look Out for each other in Safety Campaign 

drive-safeDrivers and cyclists are being urged to look out for each other, as part of a joint drive by Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Constabulary to reduce the number of cyclist casualties on the road.

‘Mind out for each other’ encourages all road users to be more considerate towards each other with the aim of helping to make Norfolk’s roads safer – for both cyclists and motorists. Norfolk is regarded as a safe place to cycle, and 1 in 5 drivers cycle at least once a month, however both need to do more to keep each other safe.

This campaign comes in response to the increasing number of adults taking up cycling, and the rising number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on Norfolk’s roads. 48 pedal cyclists were killed or seriously injured (one fatality, 47 serious injuries) on Norfolk’s roads in 2015 – more than in any other year during the last decade. This is a 50% increase on the 2014 figure (32 – no fatalities, 32 serious injuries), and more than double the number killed or seriously injured in 2010 (22 – one fatality, 21 serious injuries). Three out of every four cyclist injury collisions occur at junctions, and cyclists are seven times more likely to be injured on urban roads than on rural ones.

Running until mid-October, the campaign includes bus, radio, press and online advertising. Norfolk County Council will be focusing on making both drivers and cyclists aware of the issues around cyclist safety, while Norfolk Constabulary are concentrating their efforts on enforcement to ensure all road users are obeying the laws of the road.

The council will be offering free workplace seminars to cyclists to cover the economic, health and environmental benefits of cycling, whilst providing advice on equipment, routes and behaviours and delivering key safety messages. As a follow-up, commuter cyclists will be offered a bespoke on-road training session, which will offer an insight into the potential hazards a cyclist could face on their commute to work and advice on their riding behaviours.

Norfolk Constabulary will maintain their ongoing commitment to treat all road users equally; if a cyclist is seen breaking the law or putting themselves or other road users at risk, they will be stopped and dealt with in exactly the same way a driver would be.

Norfolk County Council’s Casualty Reduction Team are taking bookings from businesses for cycling theory workplace seminars. If you are interested in setting up a session, or want more information on what the sessions entail, email roadsafety@norfolk.gov.uk or call 0344 800 8020.

For further information, including tips on how car drivers and cyclists can help keep each other safe, please visit www.think.norfolk.gov.uk/mindout


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Parish Councillor Vacancies

Are you interested in parish matters and would you like to find out more? Would you like to be part of decision making committees, commenting on local planning applications, helping with community projects and generally making Ditchingham an even better place to live, work and visit?
We currently have four vacancies on Ditchingham Parish Council and if you would like to be a Parish Councillor or wish to have more specific clarification of what the role will involve and the intended process in the first instance please contact:
Sally Chapman (Clerk) on 07774 734411 or email: clerkdpc@aol.co.uk


Road Closure – Drapers Lane
15th September 2016 to 16th September 2016

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL has made a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the U76316 Drapers Lane from its junction with C394 Belsey Bridge Road for 500m southwards in the PARISH OF DITCHINGHAM because of BT cabling works.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) between 09:30 hrs to 15:30 hrs from 15th September 2016 to 16th September 2016 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 2 days within the period.

Alternative route is via: C394 Belsey Bridge Road, B1332 Norwich Road, C380 Hollow Hill Road/Thwaite Road, U76315 Bakers Lane.

(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 (Community and Environmental Services) Telephone 0344 800 8020.


Road Closure – Pirnhow Street
24 September 2016 to 25 September 2016

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the C379 Pirnhow Street from a point 60m northeast of its junction with C568 Ditchingham Dam for 35m in the PARISH OF DITCHINGHAM because of installation of surface water drain

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 24 September 2016 to 25 September 2016 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 2 days within the period.

Clockwise Alternative route is via: C568 Pirnhow Street/Wainford Road,(SUFFOLK Roads) Beccles Road/Staithe Road/Wharton Street/Lower Olland Street/St Marys Street/Market Place/Bridge Street, C568 Ditchingham Dam (DITCHINGHAM/BUNGAY/BROOME/METTINGHAM|)

Anticlockwise Alternative route is via: C568 Ditchingham Dam, A143 Bungay Road, (Suffolk Roads)A144 Broad Street, Trinity Street/Staithe Road/Beccles Road,C568 Wainford Road/Pirnhow Street


Yard Sale

The Yard Sale in aid of East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH)
held on Sunday 24th April 2016 raised £700!

Thank you to all who helped and attended.


More about what the Council does…

The Council was recently forwarded a ‘complaint’ from a local resident that it did not publicise adequately whats going on? Please read: http://ditchinghampc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/2015/04/15/faqs-about-the-council/

 

 

 

 

 

South Norfolk on Show!

Police Connect Message – Broome Shed Break-Ins

May 2017

Shed break-ins warning:

Officers in South Norfolk are reminding residents to keep their sheds locked and secure.

The warning comes following a number of recent shed break-ins in the Broome area where garden equipment has been stolen.

Officers are advising homeowners of simple crime prevention measures as sheds and insecure outdoor buildings are often targets to opportunistic thieves. 

Externally:

  • Fit good quality locks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door, alternatively use a shed bar to increase security
  • Do not neglect the hinge either side and use security screws or bolts through their fixings
  • Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside
  • If your storage area is under your surveillance or within earshot, fit a security light to deter the thief and alert you to activity near your shed or use a shed alarm, which sounds if the shed door is forced open.

Internally:

  • Store high value items in the home
  • Use padlock & chain to secure item such as lawn mowers to a heavy anchor point, and cable alarms can be used to link several items together
  • Fit curtains or blinds to windows to obscure contents
  • Keep a list of everything of value with make and model details & serial numbers with photographs if possible.

Pc Jim Squires from Norfolk Constabulary has also issued further advice: “I would strongly urge anyone leaving any items of value in sheds or garages to get their property marked, whether it’s electronically or through DNA technology, which involves microdots with unique reference numbers which link to your house and can be detected using a UV light.

“Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage. In the meantime, I would urge residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police on 101 or call 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.”

For further crime prevention advice, and for more information about local security marking events, visit www.norfolk.police.uk.

Should there be changes made to Ditchingham Parish Council’s set up?

DITCHINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Should there be changes made to Ditchingham Parish Council’s set up?

Under the South Norfolk Community Governance Review 2017 – 2018 all of the parishes in the South Norfolk district are being reviewed to consider:

  • Parish areas – creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes
  • The naming of parishes and the style of new parishes
  • The electoral arrangements for parishes (the ordinary year of elections; council size, the number of councillors to be elected to the council, and parish warding)
  • Grouping parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping parishes
  • Consequential matters – e.g. the effect on existing parishes; dealing with parish assets; resolving issues relating to employees of existing parishes; setting a precept for a new Council; setting a date for the next elections and subsequent electoral cycles.

Find out more by:

Please let us know your views by:

  • attending the Annual Parish Council Meeting at the Village Hall on Monday 15th May
  • Writing to Keith Weston, 10 Hollow Hill Road or Email keithweston@talk21.com
  • Emailing the parish clerk clerkdpc@aol.co.uk

The SNC consultation closes on 12th June 2017.
Please tell us if you think things are fine as they are, or about changes you would like to see.

THANK YOU

Police Connect Message – 11th April 2017

The following is a Police Connect message.

Telephone cold calls & online adverts claiming to be offering ‘Government backed voucher’ schemes for replacement windows.

Norfolk Trading Standards are warning residents about recorded message telephone cold calls and online adverts on social media sites claiming to be offering ‘Government backed vouchers’ and ‘Green schemes’ for replacement windows.

The recorded message calls includes the opportunity for the recipient to ‘press 5 to speak to an agent’, the online adverts include a ‘contact me’ form.

Trading Standards are concerned that both approaches do not clearly identify the businesses you are giving your details to or which business may receive them.

Trading Standards advises always be very wary of any approach made in a telephone cold call and NEVER give or confirm any personal details or agree to someone visiting your home if approached in this manner.

We also advise consumers to think carefully before putting personal details onto an online ‘contact me’ form unless you are completely sure who you are providing them too.

Impartial advice on energy saving and accessing genuine grants is available for the Energy Saving Trust.

If you have received one of these calls, or responded to an online advert and have agreed to a salesperson visiting you at home contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or telephone 03454 04 05 06.

Ditchingham Hall Open Gardens

Metfield Funding Fair

Reuse and Recycle Event

South Norfolk District Council’s award winning reuse and recycle events give you the opportunity to:

  • Recycle your unwanted household items
  • Pick up fantastic reused goods for an optional donation to charity
  • Prevent more items from going to landfill.

Our next event

Date: Wednesday 5 April 2017

Location: Ditchingham Village Hall, Loddon Road, Ditchingham, NR35 2QN

  • Items can be dropped off between 09:00 and 15:00
  • Items can be taken away between 11:00 and 15:00
  • We will be accepting furniture, electrical items, clothes, books and bicycles/bike parts to be reconditioned by HMP Wayland.
  • You can also bring household paint to recycle. This is limited to two cans per customer and must be water based emulsion, no more than two years old and have a minimum of half a tin left.

Police Connect Message

Police are appealing for witnesses or information following an assault that took place in Bungay.

The incident took place on Sunday 26 February, sometime between 8pm and 8:15pm, near Manor Road. A woman in her 20s was walking alone when she heard footsteps behind her before she felt a sudden cut to her face. She was unable to give a description of the suspect or describe how the cut was sustained.

She was treated by paramedics, however did not require hospital treatment.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting reference 19823/17 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Police Connect message

Theft from motor vehicle warning:

Police in South Norfolk are urging motorists to be vigilant following a number of thefts from vehicles recently.

A number of vehicles have been broken into on the area in the last week in particular work vans were power tools are being stolen.

PC Jim Squires, said: “thieves are targeting works vans, we are finding no forced entry to the vehicles, it could be they have some sort of master key. With this in mind I would advise owners of works vans to remove valuable tools from the vehicle at night”.

I would also give the follow advice on vehicle security:

• Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle

• Take your belongings with you when you leave the car – if you can’t, lock them in the boot before you start your journey

• Get an alarm installed

• Consider marking all your valuables that you frequently leave in your vehicle

• If you have a garage, use it. If you don’t always try and park in a well-lit open place

• Always lock your vehicle and garage

Anyone with information concerning the thefts should contact us on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Suffolk Trading Standards – Beware!

This message is being broadcast on behalf of Suffolk Trading Standards

We have been advised by Essex Trading Standards that they have received three reports of roofers calling at homes, claiming to be from Trading Standards.

The callers are claiming that a roofer who recently carried out work is being investigated. The caller claims that they can carry out a survey of the resident’s roof and that they will be able to claim compensation as part of the investigation. They are then asking the resident for sums of around £2,000.

Trading Standards Officers are highly unlikely to visit a consumer’s home unless they have already been asked to by the consumer or a trusted friend or relative.

Trading Standards Officers will NEVER ask a resident for money.

There are certain precautions that can be taken to guard against doorstep callers:

  • Fit and use a door security chain when you open the door.
  • Check the identification of a caller by ringing their employer. Use the telephone number from your telephone book and not one they might supply.
  • Do not let anyone to carry out work on your house until you get a second opinion and never agree to callers who say “we are only in the area today”.
  • Never keep large sums of money in the house and keep purses out of sight, not near the door.

For further information or advice on consumer issues or rogue traders please use the following contacts:

Phone: 0345 4040 506

Email: trading.standards@suffolk.gov.uk

Website: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/community-and-safety/trading-standards-for-consumers/

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity.

Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.

https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime

DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.

To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z

Police Connect Team