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/

 

 

 

 

 

Storm Eleanor – January 2018

You may have seen that bad weather is on the way and we are likely to see high winds in some areas this evening through to tomorrow morning.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply.  Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to overhead lines and poles as soon as the wind reduces to a speed at which it is safe to work.

You will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

·         Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)

·         Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates

·         Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map

·         Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates

We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from both a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut.  Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register.  You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.

If you would like to share information about preparing for the storm or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:

@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of #stormEleanor

Call 105 to report a powercut and visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut for the latest updates

Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority for more information #stormEleanor

Preparing for a power cut

Below is some additional advice:

  • Add 105 to the contacts on your mobile phone
  • Keep our Freephone 0800 3163 105 number handy
  • See www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercuts for useful videos and advice during a power cut.
  • Locate a torch, check it’s working and make sure you have spare batteries. Take care if using candles.
  • Charge up your mobile phone, and a rechargeable mobile ‘powerbank’ if you have one
  • Use a phone with a cord if you have one, cordless phones don’t work in a power cut
  • Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
  • Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
  • Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
  • Dress in warm clothes
  • Look out for vulnerable neighbours

 

I hope this information is helpful and please do share it with local residents and members of your community who would find it helpful.

Kind regards,

Veronika Karailieva
Community Affairs Officer

UK Power Networks

Norfolk Constabulary 2020 Police Structure Review

Norfolk’s Chief Constable announces new vision for future policing

Norfolk’s Chief Constable has announced plans to change the way policing is delivered in the county following the most extensive review in the force’s history.

Launched in 2015, the review called ‘Norfolk 2020’ looked to develop the best way in which the constabulary could deliver effective and efficient policing against unprecedented increases in complex crimes such as adult and child abuse, sexual offences and cyber-crime, while achieving £10m of savings before 2020.

The planned policing model will see:

  • Investment in detective resources (£1.1m: 31 FTE) and facilities to match increased demand (Safeguarding and Investigations Command)
  • Reduction in neighbourhood resources with removal of PCSO role (150 staff)
  • Increase in police officers (+81) and pro-active policing
  • Closure of 7 Public Enquiry Offices (front counter services) and 7 police stations

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “These are radical plans which come at a critical time when the police service is facing unparalleled growth in complex crime together with reduced policing budgets.

“I’ve always been clear that meeting this challenge would be a turning point for the police service and that we would have to change the way we work in order to meet rising demand.

“The plans announced today, I believe, will deliver the most responsive police service for Norfolk, meeting the needs of our communities while protecting the most vulnerable people in our society.

“We must also ensure that the constabulary continues to deliver against the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan and national policing demands.

“This has been the most extensive review in the force’s history. Adapting our existing structure was not an option which has resulted in plans that include the removal of the PCSO role within neighbourhood policing, reduction of Public Enquiry Offices and police station closures.

“These are difficult decisions and I’m acutely aware of the impact this will have on individuals directly affected and the communities they serve. Change on this scale is challenging but my priority as ever is to make sure we continue to deliver a responsive, relevant and viable police service for the people of Norfolk.”

 

Investment in detective resources and facilities to match increase and demand (Safeguarding and Investigations Command)

Norfolk has seen unprecedented increases in complex crimes. These crimes are of a serious nature; rape, sexual offences, adult and child abuse, indecent images, drugs and serious violence as well as cyber-crime.

The force has already invested heavily in the Safeguarding and Investigations Command in a bid to meet demand and the 2020 proposed changes will see officers and staff increased in this area by 31 FTE (9 Officers and 22 Staff)

To further improve the way these crimes are investigated, Norfolk’s new policing model will see two new investigation centres built in the east and west of the county. The new centres, based in Broadland Gate and Swaffham area, are due to be opened during 2019, and will have the necessary equipment and facilities to investigate these crimes more efficiently and effectively.

Centralising detective resources in two key locations will enhance the force’s ability to respond to increasing demand, ensuring complex enquiries sit with the right staff and therefore free-up frontline officers to focus on local policing.

The new buildings will also provide a more efficient and cost effective solution in comparison to maintaining some of the force’s current estates.

 

Reduction in neighbourhood resources with removal of PCSO role

PCSOs have given outstanding service to communities in Norfolk since the role was introduced in 2002.

The force has reviewed everything that frontline officers and PCSOs can deliver, including their powers, duties, entitlements and the average annual cost of each, which is no longer significantly different.

PCSOs are not permitted to arrest, process or interview prisoners. The role also has limitations in respect of shift cover, use of police cars for pursuit or deployment to situations where there is likely to be confrontation.

Therefore, the force plans to remove all 150 PCSO roles, with formal staff consultation beginning today (Thursday 19 October).

 

Increase in police officers and pro-active policing

The removal of PCSOs contributes to £1.6m in savings (equivalent to 43 full time PCSOs) and means the force can increase frontline resources equating to 97 positions supporting frontline policing. These will be a mixture of officers (81) and staff (16).

These officers and staff would be deployed to neighbourhood and pro-active teams, enhancing the force’s ability to react to demand and offer pro-active policing.

 

Public Enquiry Office (front counter services) and police station closures

Changes are planned to the force’s estates, including a reduction in Public Enquiry Offices (PEOs).

During the review, assessments were carried out at all stations which offer front counter services into how frequently they were used by the public.

The proposal is to close seven out of the force’s ten PEOs. Stations affected are Dereham, Thetford, Cromer, Downham Market, Fakenham, Hunstanton and North Walsham. These stations will remain open as an operational base.

PEOs in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn will remain open. However, Bethel Street will be closed on Sundays to reflect the low usage highlighted in the review.

The proposals also include police station closures at Acle, Coltishall (storage), Caister, Bowthorpe, Tuckswood (specials), Europa Way (storage) and North Lynn.

Officers and staff currently based at police stations in Attleborough, Holt and Reepham will be re-located to share premises with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

Staff currently based at Sprowston and Swaffham will be relocated into the new investigation centres.

In the future the force will also look to renovate or locally relocate Gorleston and Hurricane Way.

Full details: https://www.norfolk.police.uk/news/latest-news/19-10-2017/norfolk%E2%80%99s-chief-constable-announces-new-vision-future-policing

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Police Connect – Heating Oil Thefts

Norfolk Police are urging residents to be vigilant as incidents of heating oil thefts often increase during the winter months.

The warning comes after 100 incidents in 2016 where heating oil was a factor. There have been more than 110 in 2017 so far.

General tips to protect your fuel include:

  • 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.
  • Control switches should be located in a secure building and turned off when the tank is not in use.
  • If you’re installing an oil tank or considering repositioning it, they should ideally be situated within sight of nearby occupied buildings. It may not be so aesthetically desirable, but the more remote the better the opportunity to access the tank without being seen.
  • Consider appropriate lighting around the tank so you can see and anyone can be seen. Be considerate to your neighbours and don’t use high powered lights which affect their property. Lighting is not the answer to all problems and site specific advice should be taken where lighting is being considered.

If you have been a victim of oil theft, or have any information regarding heating oil thefts in general should contact Norfolk Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Christmas Bin Collections in South Norfolk

Rubbish & Recycling bins: 
All collection on week commencing 25 December will be one day late.

Usual Collection Day

Revised Collection Day

Change

Tuesday 26 Dec

Wednesday 27 Dec

1 day late

Wednesday 27 Dec

Thursday 28 Dec

1 day late

Thursday 28 Dec

Friday 29 Dec

1 day late

Friday 29 Dec

Saturday 30 Dec

1 day late

Garden Waste bins: There are no collections from 25 December to 5 January.

And don’t forget you can recycle more than ever this Christmas!
Make sure your recycling is clean, dry and don’t bag it. For advice and tips on what you can and can’t recycle this Christmas visit: www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/recycling-at-christmas.

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Police Connect Message – Theft from Motor Vehicles

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 in the Loddon area in the last week.

Among the items stolen were tools, sat nav’s and cash.

PC Jim Squires South Norfolk Engagement Officer, said: “I would urge owners to make sure their vehicles are locked and windows are shut every time the car is left unattended, thieves are also 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”.

Officers have this advice on vehicle security:

  • Don’t leave anything on display in your car
  • Take your belongings with you when you leave the car – if you can’t, lock them in the boot before you start your journey
  • Fit an electronic immobiliser- this will prevent the car from starting
  • Mechanical immobilisers, such as steering wheel locks, are a good alternative to electronic immobilisers
  • Fit locking wheel nuts
  • Get an alarm installed
  • Consider marking all your valuables that you frequently take in your car
  • If you have a garage, use it. If you don’t always try and park in a well-lit open place

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

Police Connect Message

Officers are appealing for witnesses and information following an assault in Bungay.

The incident occurred on Friday, 22 September, at around 5:30pm. A woman in her 20s was walking along Earsham Street, near the junction with Chaucher Street, when she was approached by three women who, following a brief exchange, grabbed the victim by the hair and punched her in the face causing her to fall to the floor. She was then kicked and punched whilst she lay on the floor.

The victim sustained pain, bruising and cuts to her face and the women are believed to have left the scene on foot in the direction of Outney Road.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has knowledge of it should contact the Suffolk Police Neighbourhood Response Team in Lowestoft on 101 quoting reference 62717/17 or use our online reporting link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something.

Police Connect Message

Engagement Officers launch new project ‘Community SOS’

A new project is being launched by Norfolk Constabulary’s seven Engagement Officers in a bid to build stronger links with local communities.

Called ‘Community SOS’, they will as a group give up a day, when not on duty, to assist with a local project in their district.

The officers have been in post for a year, with their roles supporting existing community relationships by growing new local activities and providing enhanced visibility in every district. This is through the use of social media, Police Connect and frequent face-to-face meetings.
Additionally, the officers are supporting and increasing the use of Special Constables, Police Cadets, Police Support Volunteers, Neighbourhood Watch and Community Speed Watch schemes.

The seven officers are:

• PC Emily Carter – King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
• PC Amy Lucas – Breckland
• PC Adam Binns – Norwich
• PC Hannah Gardiner – Great Yarmouth
• PC Jim Squires – South Norfolk
• PC Andy Mason – Broadland
• PC Pete Davison – North Norfolk

PC Jim Squires said “We have just launched this initiative and need your help!

“We are looking for a community project for each of the seven districts, which could do with a little help.

“If you have a village hall that needs a re-paint or an over-grown garden that needs tidying up, we want to come along and help for the day.

“The Police Cadets are also available to come and help if it requires more man-power.”

The closing date for people to send their ‘Community SOS’ request in is Tuesday 31 October 2017. The Engagement Officers will then choose one project to help with in each district and will contact the coordinator directly to arrange dates and times.

If you have a project suitable for this, please send a brief, which is no more than 500 words, along with any pictures to: squiresjr@norfolk.pnn.police.uk by the closing date.

Overnight carriageway repairs on A143 Bungay Road roundabout, Ditchingham 27-29th September

Ref: HS/12/D9/82/PM2925/PC/FP

For Immediate Release

14 September 2017 

Revision to Previous Notice sent out 12 September 2017

Overnight carriageway repairs on A143 Bungay Road roundabout, Ditchingham

Work will now begin on Wednesday 27 September 2017 not Monday 18 September as previously stated, to carry out carriageway repair works on the A143 Bungay Road roundabout at Ditchingham. The works will take three nights to complete subject to suitable weather conditions.

The site is located at the Bungay Road junction with Broad Street and will include the roundabout and approaches. To minimise disruption the works will be carried out overnight 7.00 pm to 7.00 am.

Whilst the repair works are in progress traffic will be controlled using temporary 4 way traffic signals.

Access to businesses and properties will be maintained and the County Council would like to thank people for their patience while these works to repair the existing worn out road surface are carried out

The work which will cost £25,000 will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community & Environmental Services Department and their contractors.

For Further Information

Dave Barley, Surfacing Engineer   0344 800 8020.

Up-to-date information about roadworks in Norfolk is available on the County Council website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/roadworks