News (July 2014)

New from the Council (July 2014). Published in the Parishioner Magazine

The Annual Parish Meeting was held at the Village Hall on 19th May and attended by Councillors, the new Rector Chris Hutton, and six members of the public. The business conducted included the Chair and the separate Chairs of the advisory working parties reporting on activities that occurred throughout the year. Public participation saw a number of enquiries responded to by Councillors through the Chair.

In summary the meeting recorded the sad passing of the late John Smith, former Clerk of DPC for some 56 years, and welcomed the new Clerk Sally Chapman. The Chair thanked the 3 Councillors who retired in the last year; Mr F. James, Mr M Ankrett and Mrs M Ankrett, welcomed the new Councillor Stephen Read and reported that the precept had been set by the Council at £25,000. Working party reports included updates on:

  • Planning and Highways: Conversion of the former convent buildings in Belsey Bridge Road by Emmaus; planned new dwellings in Lamberts Way debate; and the Waterside Maltings development. The Council has appointed a new litter picker (Marcus Sladden);
  • Maintenance & Environment: Use of the play areas; use of the allotments; and cemetery maintenance; while
  • Local Development: included reports on the Skate Park and the Youth Shelter in the dip with Councillor Ogden acknowledging the Grant funding gratefully received; ‘pop-up’ events on the play area, including archery for local children and youths; the village fete was well supported last year and is planned again on 27 July 2014. The Mancroft Advice Project had ran a residential course with the local youths.

This was followed by the Annual Parish Council Meeting with 4 members of the public in attendance. Statutory business included the appointment of Chair and authorisation of the financial returns. With no other Councillors nominated, Councillors Green and Weston agreed to continue in their capacities as Chair and vice Chair for a further year. Councillor Green informed the meeting that this would be the final year that he would Chair the Council.

Draft minutes of both meetings are posted on the Council’s web site http://ditchinghampc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/ or alternatively available from the Clerk, Sally Chapman on Tel: 07774 734411 Email: clerkdpc@aol.co.uk

Our next meeting is scheduled meeting is Monday 15th September. Please come!

Big Litter pick: The litter pick held in April had again been successful following last year’s event. The Council would like to thank all those that had volunteered.

Committees: The Council gets things done through using working parties. There are working parties for Planning & Highways; Maintenance and Environment; and Local Development & Community Planning. This ‘ways of working’ ensures that Councillors now have specific and focussed responsibilities. Again more details are available from the web site, by contacting the Clerk, or from the Council Notice Board outside the Post Office.

Julian Green Chair,
Ditchingham Parish Council

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