Please see below the notice that appeared in the latest edition of the monthly West Dereham Village Magazine. Each month the Parish Council places a notice in this magazine, which is delivered free to all residents. Our notice provides parishioners with information on the next Parish Council meeting and other items of information that the Parish Council feel will be useful to people living in our community.
Please see below for links to previous notices. If you wish to see copies of notices prior to this then please contact the Clerk on the details at the right hand side of the page.
West Dereham Parish Council
Next Parish Council Meeting is on
Thursday 2nd August 2018 in the Village Hall
7.00 pm – free tea, coffee, biscuits and meet your Councillors
7.30 pm – Annual Parish Council Meeting
Parish Clerk: Peter King, Kingscroft, Basil Road, West Dereham, PE33 9RP
Tel: 01366 502110. Email: email@example.com
Dates of Parish Council Meetings
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month (No meeting is held in January and dates may be subject to change if an election is called).
New advice on Contacting Norfolk Police (July 2018)
See attached guide (here) from Norfolk Police as to new ways of reporting offences
West Dereham Village Signs
The Parish Council have agreed to take the first steps towards replacing both of the current Village Signs. This will have to take place over a period of time due to the costs involved. If any Parishioners would like consider a feature of West Dereham village life that they think would be a fitting addition to the signs’ designs then please send your ideas to the Parish Clerk.
Incident in Ryston Road
The Parish Council have been made aware of an isolated incident where an
attempt was made to lure a woman into a blue car in the early hours of a morning. It was reported to the Police and should appear on the Norfolk Police crime Web page for Watlington in due course. Parishioners are requested to be vigilant at all times.
Any problems in the Village?
Do you have a problem in the village that should be brought to the attention of the Parish Council? Please contact the Parish Clerk.
Parish Council Accounts Audit for year end 31st March 2018
The Parish Council has to undertake an annual vigorous process of financial
audit. Any person interested in inspecting and making copies of the accounts may do so up to and ending on Friday 10th August 2018. Please contact Peter King, Parish Clerk (contact details above) and arrange a
mutually convenient time.
West Dereham Cemetery Regulations 2018
The Parish Council has recently revised and expanded the West Dereham Cemetery Regulations. Amongst several updates there is now a section for the first time that includes the new Natural Burial Area and fees. The Natural Burial Area is located at the east end (Bath Road) of the Cemetery.
The new Regulations can be found on the Parish Council website (here) and Parishioners are requested to carefully read them. The regulations are sensitive and need to be respected and will be upheld by the Village Handyman on behalf of the Parish Council.
Unusual deliveries to the Glazewing site
It was brought to the attention of the Parish Council on 9th May that several Parishioners were concerned about the sightings of vehicles carrying unusual loads into the Glazewing yard in Station Road.
The Parish Council contacted the Norfolk County Council. Community and Environmental Services for advice and were given re-assurance that from the description that loads were the casings from auxiliary fuel tanks used for long-range aeroplanes.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Data Protection policies and procedures are being updated throughout the UK to include additional requirements of GDPR from 25th May 2018. The Parish Council is updating their procedures. if anyone would not like their contact details held (which the Parish Council will only have if they have contacted us) they should contact the Parish Clerk in writing/by email.
Vacant Allotment plots
The Parish Council currently still has vacant plots at the allotment site in Hilgay Road Plots are available in various sizes from a full plot of 72 yards by 11 yards and also as a half, quarter or eighth of a plot. Annual rent is £30 per full plot, £20 per half plot, £15 per quarter plot or £10 per eighth plot.
Tenants also pay an initial deposit of £100 for a full plot, £75 for a half plot, £50 for a quarter plot and £25 for an eighth plot, to cover the cost of rotivating a plot left in poor condition. Further information on the tenancy agreement is available on the Parish Council website or by contacting the Clerk.
Please be on your guard…
It is time of the year when you head out into the garden. Please consider the security of your shed and garage ensuring that lawnmowers, any mechanical and electrical tools are safely locked away when not is use.
Please be aware of…
Local Police have expressed concern regarding the possibility of heating oil thefts. There have been reported incidents of old oil tankers being purchased and then used for thefts of heating oil, so onlookers would assume oil was being delivered rather than stolen.
We also note that a white van bearing writing on its side panels and a German number plate is circulating in the area and reported to be behaving suspiciously.
Downham Market Police have contacted the Parish Council regarding the holding of a “Street Briefing”. This would be a question and answer type debate between the general public and a member of the Police force with a chance to put forward your views on local policing.
The Parish Council are keen to try and set up an evening meeting to be held at the West Dereham Village Hall in the next couple of months. More details to follow when a date is set.
Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold callers offering ‘Roof and Gutter cleaning services’
Warning for residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a doorstep cold caller in the Downham Market area (7th February) offering ‘roof and gutter cleaning services’. Trading Standards advises to never deal with cold callers looking to undertake work on or around your property. If you are looking to have this type of work done, only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.
Please Be Vigilant
The Parish Council have received information regarding a few break-ins, dog-nappings and burglaries in the surrounding area, together with somebody attempting to sell allegedly undelivered items from a white van parked in the village to a Parishioner. As the Christmas season approaches please continue to be vigilant and report any concerns to the Police.
National Trading Standards Scam Team
Please see the article in the Village Magazine regarding unwanted phone calls. It is noted that this article may be of particular interest to those who are living with dementia. We are looking into whether we might be able to arrange for a member of the Scam Team to speak at a future Parish Council meeting.
Useful Contact Numbers
West Dereham Parish Council continues to monitor and receive comments and complaints regarding local recent smells and the infestation of flies affecting Parishioners’ homes over the past couple of weeks. Here are some useful contact details for enquiries and complaints.
It’s been noted that an agricultural nursery owned by British Sugar at the Wissington sugar beet site growing medicinal plants has been identified as the source of strong smells and now investigations are taking place.
Wissington Site – 01366 377364
British Sugar Head Office (Peterborough) – 01733 563171 Communications@britishsugar.com
British Sugar – Media Enquiries – 01733 422945 Press@britishsugar.com
Many parishioners have reported fly infestations in their homes affecting many living across the whole village. Environmental Agency staff have carried out inspections of the local waste management site, allegedly the source of the problem and continue to screen the situation.
Please note that the Environment Agency Contact Details are as follows:
Environment Agency – 24 hour/7 day Hotline 0800 807060
Environment Agency – Case Manager (office hours) – 03708 506506, then option 1
If you report the problem to the Environmental Agency, please also advise the Parish Clerk that you have done so by email.
To view previous parish notices please contact the Parish Clerk via email or telephone.