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/

 

 

 

 

 

Would you pay more Council Tax for Policing in Norfolk?

Would you pay more council tax for policing in Norfolk? PCC invites you to have your say.

Would you pay more council tax to help fund policing in Norfolk? That is the question being posed by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

 

PCC Lorne Green will soon have to decide whether to increase or freeze the policing element of council tax. First, he wants to know what the Norfolk public thinks and is asking how much people would be willing to pay.

 

“I want to hear from the people of Norfolk. Do you support keeping the policing part of the council tax at last year’s level, or do you support a rise? And, if so, how much would you be prepared to pay?” asked Lorne.

 

“I have spent a great deal of time over the past year listening to Norfolk communities. They tell me not only do they want to be safe, they want to feel safe. Our constabulary has a responsibility to offer that assurance in our homes, on our streets and in our communities.

 

“At the same time I recognise the financial situation for policing continues to be extremely challenging. The nature of crime continues to change and is becoming more complex. Ahead of December’s police funding announcement, I made representations to the Home Secretary, Policing Minister and Secretary to the Treasury to impress upon them just how serious the financial picture here in Norfolk is and the threat it poses to our policing service.

 

“It is important to be clear however that, before I even consider raising the policing element of the council tax, I have to be absolutely sure that the force continues to drive efficiencies at every turn, including from collaboration and partnership working.

 

“The Chief Constable has told me that a precept freeze would, inevitably, lead to police officer and staff reductions. He has also said that, were I to raise the council tax by the maximum amount of 46 pence a week, this would allow significant investment in the force, including the addition of 40 extra officers. I would urge people to listen to what the Chief Constable has to say before having their say.

 

“To help inform my budget decision, I would like to know your views. Some 56% of Norfolk’s policing budget is funded by central government, meaning your council tax makes up the rest – so I want all Norfolk residents to have the opportunity to have their say.

 

“There are lots of ways you can share your views, not least through the survey on the Norfolk PCC website – www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk. Please take the time to have your say as your views are important to me.”

 

 

Norfolk residents are being asked whether they would be prepared to pay more for policing in Norfolk. If they support an increase, taxpayers are being asked how much they would be prepared to pay. The options being presented are up to an extra 15 pence per week, an extra 31 pence per week or an extra 46 pence per week.

 

The implications for each option, based on a Band D property, are outlined as:

 

  • Without a precept rise, there will be no opportunity for investment and the force will also have to find savings equivalent to approximately 90 officers.
  • An increase of 15 pence a week (£8 a year) would not offer any opportunity for investment in officer numbers or technology, and would still require further savings to be found equivalent to at least 45 officers.

 

  • An increase of 31 pence a week (£16 a year) would maintain the rollout of the 2020 policing model, but only provide very limited opportunity to increase officer numbers or invest in technology.
  • An increase of 46 pence a week (£24 a year) would enable significant investment in the frontline, with an increase of 40 officers. It would provide an opportunity to invest in technology, enabling officers to spend more time on patrol, respond quicker and be more visible.

There will be an early chance to give your views when the PCC and Chief Constable Simon Bailey answer questions from the public at their first Q&A session of 2019. Lorne will host the event at The Forum in Norwich on Wednesday 9 January to give people the opportunity to share views, issues or concerns about crime and policing in their area.

The full consultation document and online survey can be found at www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk. The consultation will run from 2 January until 30 January and people can also have their say by getting in contact with the Norfolk PCC office in the following ways:

 

Post: OPCCN, Jubilee House, Building 8, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, NR18 0WW

Telephone: 01953 424455

Email: TellLorne@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

 

Hard copies of the consultation document and survey form are also available on request.

 

The PCC will take his budget proposals to the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel on 5 February 2018.

 

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Police ~ Loddon Safer Neighbourhood Team

Crimestoppers need Co-ordinators!

Crimestoppers are looking to recruit volunteers in the community to Crimestoppers Co-ordinator roles, co-ordinators provide a useful link with Crimestoppers Regional Mangers.

‘if you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Crimestoppers as a Coordinator, or other roles please look at the following links:

volunteering@crimestoppers-uk.org   and

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/support-us/volunteer/ways-to-volunteer

which gives some more details about volunteering for Crimestoppers ’

Regards

Jim
Pc 1224 Jim Squires
South Norfolk

Engagement Officer

01953 423773 ~ 07766990811

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Falcon Meadow Tree Planting ~ 24th November 2018