Ditchingham News – November 2016

Road and Pavement Repairs 
These repairs are the responsibility of Norfolk County Council. At the time of writing a good number of stretches of path are being patched. The Parish Council intervened and was successful in getting the broken pavement along Station Road, towards the hospital, included in the works.

Dog Fouling
We regret the need to return to this subject again but it remains a problem to which we cannot find a solution. The large posters which appeared around the village recently were not put there by the Parish Council. However, the Council supports the message they convey. Unfortunately there are still some local dog owners who behave irresponsibly in this regard.

Public Pay Phones
B.T. is consulting over the removal of under-used ‘phone boxes. The box in Hollow Hill Road is likely to go unless an alternative use is found for it. South Norfolk Council is considering turning some into Wi-Fi hot spots. Other uses elsewhere have included housing mini libraries, information points, toy exchanges and defibrillators. If any individual or organisation would like to adopt the box they should, please, share their ideas with the Parish Clerk: Ms Sally Chapman, [email protected] Tel: 07774 734411 Please note, the box would remain in situ and the adopters would assume responsibility for its maintenance.

Access to “The Dip”
The steps opposite the shop have been removed as they were not very safe. A new sloping access is being built in the corner a little further along Loddon Road. It should be a gentle enough slope for mobility scooters, buggies Etc. to use. The Parish Council expresses its gratitude to Darren Broughton of Broughton (E.A.) Developments Ltd. as he is installing the access as a gift to the village and at no cost to the public purse.

BMX Track at the Thwaite Road Play Area  
In recent months the Council has paid to have the track uncovered from the vegetation that had grown over it. It has now used further resources to improve the drainage and the surface. Councillors are pleased that young people are already using the newly restored BMX track and hope the facility will be popular.

Keith Weston
Chair, Ditchingham Parish Council

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