News (March 2014)

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

January Meeting. This commenced with Parishioner Question Time where Sally Chapman the new Clerk introduced herself and was followed by a presentation from Emmaus Norwich given by Ronagh Witthames and Cathy Hembry who gave the Council and visitors an interesting and informative talk about their future plans for some of the disused buildings at All Hallows in Ditchingham and how the development would help vulnerable and homeless people and that their building alteration plans had been submitted to South Norfolk Council. No questions were asked. The remainder of the evening comprised the formal meeting and concerned mainly administrative matters. Draft minutes are available in the post office or on the web site

Parish Council Clerk. Correction. The January update in the Parishioner magazine included an incorrect email address for Sally. Her correct 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.

Councillor Vacancies.  As obliged by law the “proper notice” (of vacancy) has been displayed and no electors requested an election. The Council therefore has the option to co-opt new CouncillorsIf 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 pickup litter in the village and to do occasional extra handyperson tasks remains open. 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. To express an interest in this work please contact the Clerk, initially.

Section 106 Grant.  In our January meeting we discussed at length the process that the Council would adopt to ensure that S106 monies are fairly distributed. If you represent a local organisation or have an idea how these monies could be used (for a capital type project) please contact the Clerk. The Council will be consulting widely in the next few months. Watch this space!

Litter!  Sadly litter in the village remains a problem. Readers will be aware that we are advertising a work opportunity that includes litter picking. But should this really be necessary? Litter in the village is largely created by local carelessness, for example by over filling the bins, or when South Norfolk fill the dust carts, or simply local people not thinking? If you see it, please pick it up, even if it’s not yours. But there are other sources too, drivers on the B1332 and A143 wantingly discarding rubbish as they drive through (this is the responsibility of South Norfolk to clean up), and also perhaps of our younger people. One of our Councillors collected a wheelbarrow of glass bottles from the Dip last week.

Julian Green Chair,
Ditchingham Parish Council

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