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The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on the 15th June 2021.

Agenda June 2021

Councillor Vacancy 

The parish council  currently has two vacancies for parish councillors.  If you are interested in the joining us further details can be found by highlighting the below link.

Parish Council Vacancy Notice

Parish Council Vacancy

Dogs fouling footpaths

The Parish Council has been made aware of a number of complaints about dog mess on the pavements of our village.  The problem has got worse recently, presumably because of the increase in dog ownership since the first lockdown.

Dog faeces are a health hazard and can cause blindness in young children. Under the Dogs Fouling of Land Act 1996, it is an offence to allow a dog to defecate and not clean it up. This is a plea to dog owners to clean up after their pets. It is not without considerable expense that the Parish pays for four dog mess bins to be sited and cleared on a regular basis, one of which is sited opposite the village hall and another by the bridleway and they are there for the convenience of dog owners.

Every effort will be made to halt this behaviour and on behalf of all residents we thank responsible dog owners for their continued work in ensuring they clear up after their dogs and dispose of the mess responsibly.

A reminder that failing to clear up after your dog is against the law and South Norfolk Council Enforcement impose a fine of £80 for the offence (reducing to £60 if paid within 10 days) or if taken to court, a fine up to £1,000.

If you see someone allowing their dog to foul and not clear it up, South Norfolk Council ask you to contact them with the owner’s details and where it happened so they can investigate further.

We benefit from having many footpaths, green roadside verges which are used by pedestrians (including children going to school)and open designated routes through fields and along hedgerows. These routes are available to all and as such, are just as much a part of the village as the pavements. No one wants to walk through dog waste, so please pick it up wherever you may be.

The Parish Council asks that those dog owners who are not clearing up after their dog to please do so.

New grants available for South Norfolk and Broadland businesses

New business grants from £2,000 to £20,000 are available to support large, small and micro businesses from South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils through the second phase of its discretionary business grant.

The Councils welcome applications from South Norfolk and Broadland businesses of any size, whether home based or based in business premises, business rated or not rated, self-employed or employing staff. They are particularly keen to hear from businesses that have so far been unable to receive any COVID-19 financial support.

To qualify for the Additional Restrictions Grant, businesses must have experienced a loss of income (turnover) of at least 20% or £40,000 and fall into one of the following categories:

  1. A rated business that did not qualify for Local Restrictions Support Grant payments during national lockdowns or local restrictions
  2. A business that has so far been unable to receive any COVID-19 financial support – including businesses with premises which are not business-rated, or without its own business rating
  3. A business that employs 10 or more full-time equivalent employees and wishes to request a top-up to a previous Local Restrictions Support Grant award

Any business that needs support is encouraged to get in touch to find out what funding they may be eligible for. Please share with your business networks and fellow business owners.

To find out more and apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant or another business grant visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/business-support or www.broadland.gov.uk/coronavirus/businesses

 

SCAM Awareness poster – Norfolk Police

Mobile Library Service

The Mobile Libraries are back out on the road with safety measures currently in place for both staff and visitors

Currently:

  • there will only be 1 person or household (of up to 3 people) aboard at a time
  • please bring your library card with you or join in the library or online
  • we may ask for details from you to help with Test and Trace
  • you will need to wear a face covering in the library
  • hand sanitiser is available for use on the way in and out of the library
  • surfaces and computers will be regularly wiped down
  • returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours
  • Mobile Library Service Timetable

The council is currently meeting ‘virtually’, if you would like to join a meeting please contact the parish clerk for details. Agendas and associated meeting papers can be found on the agendas and minutes page.

Opening of Permissive Bridleways at Black Hall Farm

The Parish Council has been informed by the landowner that he is willing to reopen these permissive’s during the course of Covid-19 and self-isolation rules; with the aim of maintaining local peoples well being in such difficult times.

Please respect this, keep to the paths indicated on the map and keep dogs on leads.

Map of Permissives

For information on the Coronavirus please see  dedicated  information page.

Covid-19 and malicious communications

In this time of national emergency, we’re more vulnerable to cyber-crime and phishing attacks through phone calls, texts, social media and email.  These attacks are trying to access anything from identity information to bank/credit card details.  You may have robust security in place  but please remain vigilant.

If you receive any unsolicited communications asking for bank/credit card details or containing weblinks/attachments, please DO NOT make contact or click on/open items – just delete.

Door step Scam

Sadly we have been informed that In Norfolk people purporting to be from the British Red Cross are knocking on the doors of the elderly and vulnerable, taking their money for shopping and not returning. People are also going into peoples homes with testing kits that don’t exist. Please be mindful of this if you work or know vulnerable or older people and ask them to be vigilant regarding visitors offering help and to never offer card details or money.

Parish Council Meetings

The Public is very welcome to attend and we encourage people to speak during the open forum which is part of each formal meeting
Members of the public are welcome to audio or video record Parish Council meetings. Before doing so they should ask whether any members of the public object to having their faces recorded and should comply with any request not to do so. No oral commentary should be made on the proceeding, at the time of recording.

Parish Council.

Ever wondered what your Parish Council is here to do? The Parish Council is made up of 7 members who all live either in Ashwellthorpe or Fundenhall, and represent the village on various matters. We are effectively the third tier of local government, the other two being Norfolk County Council and South Norfolk Council.

The Parish Council meet  nine times a year at 7.30pm usually on the third Tuesday of the month in Ashwellthorpe Village Hall or St Nicholas Church, Fundenhall.

The Public is very welcome to attend and we encourage people to speak during the open forum which is part of each formal meeting

Members of the public are welcome to audio or video record Parish Council meetings. Before doing so they should ask whether any members of the public object to having their faces recorded and should comply with any request not to do so. No oral commentary should be made on the proceeding, at the time of recording.

The Annual Parish Council meeting  takes place in May.  It is at this meeting that members of the parish council  elect the chair,  make other annual appointments and review their insurance, risk management policies, etc.

The Annual Meeting of the Parish also takes place in May prior to the Annual Parish Council meeting. It  is not a Parish Council meeting, rather it is an opportunity for the community to come together and report on matters of interest and progress over the past year.