Village News and Announcements

APPEAL FROM POLICE

 

There have been a spate of burglaries in the Acle area recently.  The local Police have been in touch to ask that if you see anyone hanging around residential areas that look out of place that you please call them on 101.  They rely on the general public in these situations to be alert, and to report in anything that looks suspicious. 

 

 

 

Parish Council Meetings Dates for 2019:

 

Any items for the agenda, correspondence or invoices for payment must be sent to the clerk before the cut off date for inclusion in the meeting

  

DATE OF MEETING

CUT OFF DATE

Monday 7th January 2019

Friday 28th December 2018

February

No meeting

Monday 18th March 2019

Friday 8th March 2019

Monday 1st April 2019        Annual PARISH Meeting

Friday 15th March 2019

Monday 1st April 2019

Friday 22nd March 2019

Monday 13th May 2019  Annual COUNCIL Meeting

Friday 3rd May 2019

Monday 3rd June 2019

Friday 24th May 2019

Monday 1st July 2019

Friday 21st June 2019

August

No meeting

Monday 2nd September 2019

Friday 23rd August 2019

Monday 7th October 2019

Friday 27th September 2019

Monday 4th November 2019

Friday 25th October 2019

Monday 2nd December 2019

Friday 22nd November 2019

 

 

All Parish Council meetings are held in the

Village Hall, School Road at 7.30 pm.

Members of the public are very welcome to attend

There is the opportunity at each meeting for members of the public to ask questions.

 

 

 

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL has made a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the C285 School Hill from a point 365 metres south of U59327 Priory Road for a distance of 400 metres southwards in the PARISH OF WOODBASTWICK because of works to repair an Anglian Water frame and cover.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 21st January 2019 to 23rd January 2019 for the duration of the works, expected to be 3 days within the period.

 

Alternative route is via: School Hill, Ranworth Road, The Street, Panxworth Road, B1140 South Walsham Road / Salhouse Road / Low Road / Norwich Road / Mill Road, Lower Street, Slad Lane, The Green, Horning Road, Woodbastwick Road, The Hill (Salhouse/ Woodbastwick/ South Walsham).

 

 

 

Broads Briefing:


The latest Broads Briefing has been published and can be accessed here:

 https://mailchi.mp/29ec60e07d53/broads-briefing-december-608707 

 

 

SCAM ALERT.

Broadland District Council have had a report that scammers have called a member of the public asking for bank details in relation to council tax for Broadland District Council.  Please be vigilant and NEVER give your bank details over the telephone.

 

Broadland District Council confirm they would never ask for bank details over the phone and would only do so by letter.

 

More information on consumer scams and how to report and prevent them is available here:  https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/scams/consumer-alerts

 

 

WARM HOMES FUND - Financial Help towards heating installation from Broadland District Council and Norfolk County Council.

 

Do you, or do you know anyone who needs extra help this winter to stay warm and well?  Contact the Warm Homes Team at Broadland District Council on 01603 430103 or warmhomes@broadland.gov.uk  www.broadland.gov.uk/warmhomesfund

 

Broadland District Council are offering funding towards the cost of installing first time central heating in privately rented or owned homes.  THe central heating will be at no cost to eligible home owners with up to 75% grant funding for landlords with qualifying tenants.

 

You are likely to qualify it:

Your home has no central heating.  This includes homes currently heated by storage heaters, electric radiators, open fires or gas fires.

You have a low income or receive certain benefits.

 

GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS - Even if you don't qualify for a new central heating installation there may be other ways that you can be supported, please contact them.

 

Please could you make friends and neighbours aware of this scheme.

 

 

 ELECTION

In May 2019 the current Parish Council stands down, and a new Parish Council will be elected.  If more than seven people stand then the Parish will have a poll.  If you have ever considered serving your Parish by joining the Parish Council then please do have a chat with the Parish Clerk who will be only too happy to discuss what the role involves.

 

You don't need any specific skillset, support and training is readily available, and it is a wonderful way to get involved in your community and really make a change to the place where you live.

 

Qualifications for parish/town councillors 

Anyone wishing to stand for election or to be co-opted must meet at least one of the following criteria: 

1. Must be registered as a local government elector for the parish/town council I area (i.e. registered on electoral register) 

2. Must have occupied as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the parish/town council area for at least 12 months  

3. Their principal or only place of work has been in that parish/town council area for at least 12 months 

4. Must have resided in that parish/town council area or within 4.8 kilometres of it for at least 12 months (this means they can stand even if they are not a registered elector providing they have lived in the parish or town for a year) 

 

 

Parish Council meetings take place 11 times are year on the first Monday of the month excepting August.

 

If you decide to stand then the forms are available from either the Parish Clerk or Broadland District Council, and either will be only too pleased to help you fill them in should you require it.

 

The Parish Clerk can be contacted on 01692 580859 or by email on southwclerk@outlook.com

 

 

 

If you see any problems on public rights of way or Highways then they can be reported straight to Norfolk County Council here:

 

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads/report-a-problem#roadicons 

 

 

The Next SNAP (Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel) meeting will be on 9th January at 7pm and will be held in the Memorial Hall at Brundall.  These are open meetings, any member of the public can attend and it is a chance to discuss any policing issues or concerns with the local police team.  The meeting will also set the local policing priorities, so if you have any concerns that you would like to see additional resources directed towards then please attend and draw them to the attention of the Police at the meeting.

 

 RICHARD HARROLD'S CHARITY - GRANTS TO STUDENTS

 

The next meeting of the Trustee's of Richard Harrold's Charity will be on Wednesday 30 January 2019.  Grants will be considered for young people aged under 25, resident in South Walsham who require financial assistance with apprenticeships or further education.

 

To apply for a grant please write to the clerk to the trustees:  Mrs Pauline James, Beech Farm, 15 Marsh Road, Upton, Norwich, NR13 6BP.  Telephone 01493 751070 Email: paulinejames@aol.com.  Giving details of the costs of the course, books or equipment purchased, and travel costs, with itemised receipts.

 

Please note that students attending full=time university couress do not need to supply receipts, just to supply details of the course and the university attended.

 

 

 

BETTER BROADBAND FOR NORFOLK

 

Broadband in South Walsham

 

The majority of properties in South Walsham have access to Superfast broadband.  Here’s some information that will help you see what broadband download speed is available at your property and how to find a suitable service package.

 

What speed can I access?

 

Begin by using this link to see what speed is available at your property:

 

https://www.btwholesale.com/includes/adsl/adsl.htm

 

Search by phone number if you are a BT Internet Service Provider (ISP) customer.  Customers of other ISPs should use the Address Checker option, then enter their postcode, press submit and select their address from the list

 

The local exchange area and cabinet number will be shown, please see yellow highlight in the example below

 

Once a fibre solution is available a “VDSL” option will be shown, highlighted in blue below.  This means the speed available will be between 49 – 75.3Mbps.  ADSL identifies much slower copper based broadband, in this case between 7.5 – 17Mbps

 

Address KINGS ARMS, 1 PANXWORTH ROAD, SOUTH WALSHAM, NORWICH, NR13 6DY on Exchange SOUTH WALSHAM is served by Cabinet 4

Featured Products

Downstream Line Rate(Mbps)

Upstream Line Rate(Mbps)

Downstream Handback Threshold(Mbps)

WBC FTTC Availability Date

WBC SOGEA Availability Date

 

 

High

Low

High

Low

     

 

VDSL Range A (Clean)

75.3

55

20

13.6

49

Available

Available

 

VDSL Range B (Impacted)

72.1

49

19.5

11.5

40

Available

Available

 

Featured Products

Downstream Line Rate(Mbps)

Upstream Line Rate(Mbps)

Downstream Range(Mbps)

WBC FTTP Availability Date

   

FTTP on Demand

330

30

--

Available

--

 

ADSL Products

Downstream Line Rate(Mbps)

Upstream Line Rate(Mbps)

Downstream Range(Mbps)

Availability Date

   

WBC ADSL 2+

Up to 17

--

10 to 19.5

Available

--

 

WBC ADSL 2+ Annex M

Up to 17

Up to 1.5

10 to 19.5

Available

--

 

ADSL Max

Up to 7.5

--

6.5 to 8

Available

--

 

WBC Fixed Rate

2

--

--

Available

--

 

Fixed Rate

2

--

--

Available

--

 

Other Offerings

     

Availability Date

   

VDSL Multicast

--

--

--

Available

--

 

ADSL Multicast

--

--

--

Available

--

 

 

How to find a suitable service package

 

Now you know the speed your line can support you can use this Ofcom link.  It has a number of links to Ofcom accredited comparison websites, you can use any of these to see the Internet Service Providers offering services.  The different packages, the speeds each delivers and the cost:

 

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/costs-and-billing/price-comparison

 

This is an example from one the comparison sites showing what you’ll see:

 

 

 

What speed can I expect from my package?

 

Although your line can support the speed range you saw when you checked.  The actual speed will depend on a number of things:

  • The ISP and service package you choose.  They all vary and its best to confirm with your ISP the minimum speed you will get when you order your service.  Also good to shop around every time your package comes up for renewal
  • Make sure your router is plugged in to your main telephone socket, it should also come with a filter, if there is already one fitted to your main Openreach phone socket.  This helps screen out interference
  • Make sure your router is not very close to other electronic / electrical equipment.  As this can cause interference
  • Internal wiring and secondary phone sockets can badly affect your broadband speed, for instance phones plugged into additional sockets in bedrooms

 

What to do if my service isn’t delivering what it should?

 

If your broadband speed isn’t what your ISP has said it should be, report this to your ISP, there could be a fault, and the ISP will be able to get Openreach to check.  In most cases ISPs will resolve issues, you may need to be persistent.  Remember, even if the line can support 50Mbps, your ISP will only provide the speed associated with the service package you have chosen which may be lower.

 

If you can’t get a satisfactory result, having gone through the steps above, you can email karen.okane@norfolk.gov.uk providing details including your full postal address and landline number, details of your ISP, the problem and what your ISP has done to try and resolve it

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norfolk County Council:  Consultation on Norwich Western Link Options

 

In early November, Norfolk County Council published four potential route options for a Norwich Western Link, to connect the western end of Broadland Northway (formerly the Northern Distributor Road) to the A47. The council wants to improve travel between these two major roads and to tackle the transport problems that exist in the area to the west of Norwich, including slow journey times, rat running and roads not being suitable for the volume and type of traffic.

 
The four routes have been published following months of work to identify which options would be most effective as a Norwich Western Link. The shortlisted options were also informed by the results of an initial Norwich Western Link consultation which was held earlier this year. This consultation had more than 1,700 responses and showed there was very strong support for creating a new link between the A47 and Broadland Northway, with the majority of those responding suggesting a new road as their preferred solution.
 
The shortlist is made up of three new dual carriageway roads and a single carriageway upgrade to the B1535, and all of the options also include improvements to the A1067 Fakenham Road.
 
A public consultation on these routes will run between Monday 26 November 2018 and Friday 18 January 2019. During the consultation, people will be asked for their views on the options and these responses will help the council identify a preferred option for a Norwich Western Link in spring 2019. The consultation is also an opportunity to tell the council about any relevant information they should consider before deciding on a preferred route.
 
People can find out more about the options and respond to the consultation online via www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl from Monday 26 November. People can also respond in person, and ask any questions they may have, at a series of staffed consultation events taking place throughout the consultation period. Information on these events is below, all the events will run between 2 and 8pm unless otherwise stated and people can drop in at any point between these opening times.
 
Ringland Village Hall                                      - Wednesday 28 November
Drayton Village Hall                                       - Monday 3 December
The Forum, Norwich                                      - Tuesday 4 December (12 – 5pm)
Hockering Village Hall                                    - Wednesday 5 December
Easton Village Hall                                         - Monday 10 December
Taverham Village Hall                                    - Tuesday 11 December (12 – 6pm)
Hall for All, Weston Longville                         - Wednesday 12 December
Salvation Army Church, Fakenham               - Friday 14 December
Aylsham Town Hall                                        - Tuesday 8 January
Diamond Jubilee Lodge, Hellesdon               - Thursday 10 January
Great Witchingham Village Hall                     - Friday 11 January
The Costessey Centre                                   - Monday 14 January
Dereham Memorial Hall                                 - Tuesday 15 January
Honingham Village Hall                                  - Wednesday 16 January