Parish Notices

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 the

Annual Parish Council Meeting

Thursday 7th  June 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:

All welcome

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).


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.

British Sugar – Wissington Refinery

Dan Downs, Head of Agriculture for British Sugar based at the Wissington Refinery has agreed to attend the next Parish Council meeting

on Thursday 5th April at the earlier start time of 7.00pm to answer any questions from about the operations at the Refinery

(Dan was unable to attend the last Parish Council meeting due to the bad weather)

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.

Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with reports from all the Village-based organisations.

Parish Council Annual General Meeting 

The following Parish Council meeting will be the Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 3rd May 2018

Street Briefings

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.

Contact Details:
Wissington Site –  01366 377364
British Sugar Head Office (Peterborough) – 01733 563171
British Sugar – Media Enquiries –  01733 422945

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.


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