News (February 2014)

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

Parish Council Clerk. As many of you know John Smith retired from this post at the end of December after 56 years of duty. Councillors, past and present, and the whole community are deeply appreciative of the conscientious service John provided over all those years; nothing was too much trouble if parishioners needed the Clerk’s help. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, John is very poorly and a small reception, at which we would have expressed our thanks, could not be held. On behalf of the village, we send our thanks and best wishes to John Smith.

We are pleased to announce that a new Clerk has been appointed; we welcome Mrs Sally Chapman to the role.

Sally’s contact details are:

19 Gawdy Close, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9ET

Email: [email protected]       Tel: 07774 734411

The telephone number is that of a dedicated mobile which will be held by a Councillor when the Clerk is absent, or on holiday etc. If your call cannot be answered, please leave a message; you WILL get a response.

CouncillorVacancies. Councillors Martin and Maureen Ankrett have resigned; we thank them for their many years of service for the community. The “proper notice” (of vacancy) has been displayed; there will not be an election unless ten, or more, electors write to the Electoral Officer to request one. If there is no election the Council may co-opt new Councillors. 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 notice board in the Post Office garden. 

Traffic Matters.  With the new wall having been built at the junction of Pirnough Street and Ditchingham Dam, we have asked Norfolk County Council (NCC) to check out lines of sight and general safety. We have received assurances that the junction is safe.We alsoasked Suffolk County Council if they had considered the effects of the Bungay road closures on Ditchingham’s roads. They believe their diversions are appropriate and they have liaised with NCC.

Work Opportunity. The Council has a vacancy for someone to pick up litter in the village and to do occasional extra “handyman” duties (or should that be “handy person”?) In brief we are offering 2 ½ hours per week at £6.31 (minimum wage) subject to HMRC deductions. Litter picking will be according to routes which will be agreed from time to time. DPC will provide hi-vizclothing and the necessary equipment. To express an interest in this work please contact the Clerk, initially.

Section 106 Grant.  As previously mentioned in the magazine, the community will receive funds due to the development of The Maltings. We have already collected some suggestions for spending and during 2014 we shall continue to consult. If readers have any fresh ideas on how to improve the village please get in touch with any Councillor or the Clerk.

Keith Weston
Vice Chair, Ditchingham Parish Council


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