News (December 2014)

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

The Council has not included a report in the magazine since June. More frequent updates however are posted on our web site http://ditchinghampc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk The July meeting addressed issues concerning safety checks on the play area, safety on the B1332 and a new policy on Cemetery matters was adopted together with a review of Cemetery fees. The September meeting included further business concerning the B1332 and a new policy on the Allotments was adopted with a review of Allotment rents and conditions.

November Meeting. This was a business meeting and with only one parishioner present there were no questions from the public! Items discussed included an update on policies in general, a new Reserves policy was adopted, and the budget and Precept for 2015-16 was set. In addition, full reports on Council activities were presented in respect of the Play Areas, Community engagement and Planning & Highways. Draft minutes are available on the web site at http://ditchinghampc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/files/2014/11/Draft_DPC_Minutes_November_2014.pdf.

Councillor Vacancies. The Council still has 2 Casual vacancies. The Council may at its sole discretion co-opt members. If you are interested in filling one of the vacancies (or just want to find out more) please contact the Clerk (see above) or the Chair, Julian Green. Contact details of all Councillors are displayed on the Council notice board and on the web site.

Work Opportunity. As at date of writing this copy the vacancy for someone to clean the Bus and Youth Shelters and the Lych Gate together with other light duties is available. In brief we are offering 2 ½ hours per week at £6.50 (minimum wage) subject to HMRC deductions. To express an interest in this work please contact the Clerk, initially.

Allotments. Following a period when there have been no plots available, the Council is pleased to announce that there are now a few plots available to local residents (priority to Ditchingham residents). To express an interest in renting a plot, please contact the Clerk.

Notice Board. Following the relocation of the Post Office, the Council notice board is being moved to a new position overlooking the Dip (opposite the Village Stores). This notice board is used to post statutory notices and Contact details etc. Paper copies of Minutes are no longer displayed for public inspection, but are posted on the web site http://ditchinghampc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/category/meetings/minutes/ or can be obtained by request from the Clerk.

Better Internet. Have you heard of WiSpire? This uses parish churches as a platform to deliver high speed reliable wireless broadband internet access to local communities (especially to areas where current speeds are very poor… like Ditchingham!) supporting both business and residential customers. The Council is exploring supporting this concept. For more information, please check out the link https://wispire.co.uk/ … Or contact the Clerk.

Dates of next meetings. Full Council – 20 January 2015 7.30pm; Planning & Highways – 16 February 2015 6pm if required. Please come along. Agendas can be found http://ditchinghampc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/category/meetings/agendas/

Julian Green Chair,
Ditchingham Parish Council

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