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Broads Local Access Forum: We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the forum

Enthusiastic volunteers required to advise on public access in the Broads

The Broads Local Access Forum (BLAF) is seeking new voluntary members to help advise on public access improvements throughout the Broads National Park.

A semi-independent body, the BLAF was set up in 2003 as a platform for different stakeholders to discuss access in the Broads area; championing improvements, consulting on new projects, promoting partnership working and providing advice to Broads Authority officers on access issues.

The special landscapes and winding waterways of the Broads National Park are enjoyed by individuals from a wide range of interest groups who use the park for everything from work and study to recreational reasons. Improving access so that this important wetland can be experienced by all is a key area of the Broads Authority’s remit.

The BLAF is consulted regularly, meeting four times a year at the Broads Authority’s offices in Norwich to discuss access-related issues. There are currently 12 members and we are looking for up to five additional voluntary members to join.

Enthusiastic individuals with interests in countryside access including walking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and general health and wellbeing are invited to apply to join the forum. The Authority also particularly welcomes applications from under-represented groups including black and minority ethnic communities, younger people and those with disabilities.

Mike Flett (Vice Chairman of the BLAF) commented,

In my time so far with the BLAF I have seen the Forum be instrumental in securing the maintenance of kilometres of public footpaths, requesting helpful signage for visitors, assisting with landowner negotiations regarding permissive paths and providing advice on many more access-related issues in the Broads.

“The combined local knowledge of BLAF members has been invaluable in improving access for all and we’re hoping more volunteers from a range of different backgrounds will come forward to join us in the group.”

If you are interested in applying please contact the Broads Local Access Forum by phoning 01603 610734 or emailing [email protected] before 9 August 2019.

Visit the Broads Authority website for more information on BLAF. You can find more information in the information leaflet, the latest BLAF Annual Report and the BLAF constitution.

Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road. Norwich NR1 1RY
01603 610734

Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney

Please click to read: Emmaus Letter

Wildflowers on Chicken Roundabout

DPC is pleased to hear of some many positives comments regarding the wildflowers planted on the Chicken Roundabout. They were planted by Clink’s Care Farm and maintained by them and we hope they will be there for many years to come.


A140 Long Stratton: Hempnall Crossroads Junction Improvement

A140 Long Stratton: Hempnall Crossroads Junction Improvement

Traffic Management Information

Preliminary work to replace the existing Hempnall crossroads with a roundabout is underway. The roundabout will be built to the west of the existing crossroads to minimise disruption.

The scheme will help to unlock economic growth and development in the area, improve road safety at a junction with a history of accidents, and improve access from side roads onto the A140.

To allow utility diversion work to take place safely, the B1527 Hempnall Road will be closed at its junction with A140 Norwich Road for two days on 21-22 May 2019. The closure is expected to be in place from 6am on Tuesday 21 May until 8pm on Wednesday 22 May. An official signed diversion route via A140, A143 and B1332 will be in place (please see attached for details). The County Council thanks people for their patience while this improvement work is carried out.

Further details of other necessary traffic management will be publicised as the scheme progresses.

For Further Information 

Adam Fairhurst, Resident Engineer, 0344 800 8020.

The scheme is expected to cost £4.57m, with £3.05m funding from the Department for Transport and £650,000 from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal with central Government. The remainder will come from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Norfolk County Council.

Up-to-date information about the scheme is available on the County Council website at

Pathmakers Trustee Vacancies

The charity (which was set up by the Norfolk Local Access Forum) to increase public access to the countryside (charity registration 1161475) is looking for 5 new trustees with a passion for walking, cycling and the environment, to shape, support and future-proof the charity over the next 3 years as it enters an exciting phase of development.

To help us grow we are looking for experienced members of the public to join the Pathmakers board.  We are are particularly keen to recruit trustees with skills in: leadership, financial management and fund-raising, administration, community engagement, communications, marketing, legal operating framework for small charities and project management.

These are not paid roles, but we will cover expenses.

In return for volunteering for about 8 hours per month Trustees appointed will:

  • get the chance to meet people from diverse backgrounds and sectors who are keen to protect the environment and to create better access;
  • take part in four board meetings per year, bringing their personal perspective and skills to certain tasks;
  • develop strategic thinking and questioning skills;
  • receive full induction and training for their role.

Recent and current Pathmakers projects include:

  • Delivery of a 600 metre boardwalk at Burgh Castle to greatly improve access for all at this fascinating site;
  • Community Friends Walks, a project funded by Ordnance Survey to prepare the way for developing a Smartphone app to help people find local walking routes;
  • Liftoff, a project part funded by the European Social Fund to enable small or medium-sized rural businesses offer work experience, work trials and internships for those who might face barriers to finding work in the environment sector;
  • Paving the Way, a bid in development to the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop trustee skills through a programme of learning visits and initiatives to strengthening governance.

For further details and to apply online please go to: 

(A flyer promoting the opportunity is also attached to this email).

If you have any queries or require a paper version of the application form, please contact [email protected]

The deadline for applications is 31st May 2019.

Su Waldron
Administrator for Pathmakers | 01603 222810

Pathmakers (CIO), Charity number 1161475
Registered address: c/o Environment Team Norfolk County Council, Floor 6 County Hall, Norwich, NR1 2SG

All Hallows Meeting Brief ~ 29th March 2019

Please click: All Hallows Meeting Brief 29.3.19

District Councillor’s Ditchingham & Broome Ward Annual Report 2019

Please click: District Councillors Ditchingham+Broome Ward Annual Report 2019

All Hallows Meeting Brief

County Councillor Margaret Stone has forwarded this information: All Hallows Meeting Brief

 Local Needs Affordable Flat Available

A local needs affordable home (a 1 bedroom upstairs flat) will soon be available for re-letting by Hastoe Housing Association.

The property will be advertised, by Hastoe HA, on the South Norfolk HomeOptions System from Thursday, 11th April until the following Wednesday, 17th April.

This home has been built first and foremost for people who are in need of affordable housing who have a local connection to Ditchingham. That ‘local connection’ includes currently living in the village; and/or working there; and/or having previously lived there and now wishing to return.

The property is then next prioritised for households from the neighbouring parishes of Thwaite, Broome, Hedenham and Earsham.

Anyone already on the South Norfolk Housing Register will need to express their interest (‘bid’) through the South Norfolk ‘HomeOptions’ website:

Other interested residents who are not on the Housing Register should contact the Housing Advice Service here at South Norfolk Council to join the Housing Register (‘HomeOptions’) immediately.  They will need to provide proof of their residency or working qualification criteria as well as other verification details.  During the week that the properties are advertised on the HomeOptions system people will need to actively apply ‘(bid’) for them, and the Council’s Housing Officers will be able to provide details of how to do this.

For further information people should telephone for free on: 0808 168 2222.

All Hallows Public Meeting

Please note this meeting has been organised by local residents not Ditchingham Parish Council.