Norfolk County Council Local Transport Plan 2020-2036

Norfolk County Council want your views on the key areas they are focusing on for the next Local Transport Plan. The current Local Transport Plan for Norfolk was agreed in 2011. Since that time there have been many changes to the way that people travel, and how much. Technology has meant that we are now increasingly able to live our lives without the need to travel, for example using online resources such as internet shopping. The way we travel is also changing, with more information and more technology being built into vehicles and more options such as car clubs and bike share schemes. Norfolk County Council has also recently adopted an environmental policy to achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions on our estates by 2030, but within our wider areas, work towards ‘carbon neutrality’ by 2030.

Link to the consultation, which closes on 28 February 2020:

Local Transport Plan consultation


Kate Dimbleby prepares to tour Breckland

The fabulous singer-songwriter Kate Dimbleby, who has performed across the UK and off-broadway, is set to return to Breckland this February to tour with her new show Sing Happy in Ashill, East Harling, Attleborough, Shipham and Necton between 3 February to 7 February.

Sing Happy showcases Kate’s wonderful voice, weaving classic songs from the last 60 years, with stories about the human voice and mesmerising layered vocals from her critically acclaimed album, Songbirds, which received a 4-star review from the Daily Mail, with similar fantastic reviews from the Evening Standard and BBC Radio 2.

Following the show, Kate will be back in Breckland in March, touring local libraries with a Sing Happy Workshop, where Kate will teach participants some of the songs from the show.

Kate is touring as part of The Silver Social, an exciting daytime touring arts programme, aimed at older people in rural communities in Breckland. The project, which is run by Breckland Council and funded by Arts Council England and Breckland Council, brings something a little different to daily life in towns and villages across Breckland, Norfolk.

Cllr Mark Robinson, Executive member for Community, Leisure and Culture, commented “Kate was hugely popular when she last toured with The Silver Social Project, so we are expecting this Silver Social performance and workshop to book up very quickly. Whether you want to meet new people over a cuppa, take part in the singing workshop or if you know a neighbour or family member who might like to attend, why not book a ticket today.”

 Performance tickets are just £5 and workshops are free to attend, but booking is advisable.  To book simply visit; call 01362656870 or email [email protected]


Winter seems always to herald an increase in the number of complaints I receive from villagers suffering from their neighbours’ bonfires. Whilst there are currently no smoke free zones, byelaws or restrictions on having a bonfire at a domestic residence in Breckland, you must ensure that your fire does not cause a nuisance to nearby homes and roads. Frequent fires from the same premises could be considered a statutory nuisance; the Environmental Protection Team will investigate anything deemed as such. If you want to report a nuisance you can use the following link:

Please consider the following points before you have a bonfire:

  • Consider another method of disposal first, such as composting, recycling or taking it to the Household Waste Depot in Snetterton.

Further advice can be found here:

  • Bonfires should be occasional
  • Liaise with neighbours before you light a bonfire
  • Check weather conditions and wind direction before lighting a fire.  N.B. On damp still days smoke hangs in the air.
  • Garden rubbish should be dry before burning to avoid smoke
  • NEVER burn plastics, foam, tyres or household waste.  These materials can produce toxic fumes, which are harmful to health and the environment.
  • Never leave a fire to smoulder unattended; put it out before you leave it.
  • Take extra care if using accelerants e.g flammable liquids

Breckland Council will not get involved in one-off issues or if smoke is arising infrequently from different premises.  If smoke is from a bonfire on the allotments you should contact the parish council in the first instance.

Smoke causing a danger to the highway should be reported to Norfolk Police.

In the event that you are being bothered frequently by smoke from fires from the same premises, you should try speaking to your neighbour about it first.  They may not be aware that they are causing a problem.  If this does not work, you can contact the Environmental Protection Team and your complaint will be investigated as a statutory nuisance.

If you want to report a nuisance, you can use the following link:


Tim Betts

GP Surgeries open their doors to offer the flu vaccination

GP surgeries across Norfolk and Waveney are gearing up to provide special clinics to offer patients their annual flu jab.

Children aged between 2 and 10 years old will be offered the nasal spray vaccination. The adult flu vaccine is offered free to those in groups at particular risk of infection and complications from flu. The groups being offered the adult flu vaccine are:

  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Those aged under 65 with long-term conditions
  • Carers

GPs are asking their patients to book a place in forthcoming flu clinics as soon as they are advertised. Alternatively, you can visit your nearest participating pharmacy.

GP surgeries are also testing atrial fibrillation in patients over the age of 65. Although flu vaccinations are available from other outlets it is only GP surgeries who are offering the additional check for abnormal heart rates at the same time.

In addition to the atrial fibrillation and flu vaccination applicable patients are able to receive Pneumococcal vaccines protecting patients against the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. The vaccine can prevent some cases of pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis. A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. However, some people are at higher risk of serious illness and can be given the pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS.

Dr Anoop Dhesi, Chair of North Norfolk CCG and Partner at Stalham Staithe GP Surgery said: “Flu can be incredibly unpleasant for many people but for a select few it can be fatal. The best way for people to protect themselves and loved ones around them is to get the vaccination on offer especially those offered it for free on the NHS.”

Dr Louise Smith, Director of Public Health said: “If you have a bad cold or the flu, you are best to manage your illness from home, without seeing a doctor or visiting a hospital. You shouldn’t need to see your GP unless the symptoms become particularly severe, last far longer than usual or if you have a long-term health condition. If you think you might be suffering from flu and are concerned that your symptoms are worsening you can call NHS 111 for advice.”

A previous pilot programme showed vaccinating children had dual benefit; as well as protecting them from flu, it also protects others, such as parents, grandparents and siblings, as children are ‘super spreaders’ and are much more likely to infect others.

If you are not amongst the eligible categories to receive a flu vaccination free of charge on the NHS, please consider visiting a local pharmacy for the vaccine in order to protect yourself and your family this winter.

Attleborough Community Cinema

The Greatest Showman 14 June 2019.

See poster for further information:

Attleborough Community Cinema

£10,000 Lottery Grant available for local groups

To celebrate Volunteers Week (1-7 June), community groups and good causes across Breckland are being offered the chance to access grants from a special £10,000 pot, courtesy of Breckland Council’s Our Breckland Lottery Community Fund.

Local good causes which are signed up to the community lottery, organised by the district council, will be eligible to access grants of £250, £500 or £1,000, depending on the number of new Our Breckland Lottery supporters they can recruit over the next few months.

Since its launch in March 2018, the Our Breckland Lottery has raised just under £40,000 for local charities and community groups, thanks to tickets purchased by the community. Half of every £1 ticket goes directly to the player’s nominated good cause, 20p goes to the lottery prize fund, and 20p goes towards running costs. The remaining 10p is put into a general grants fund, which Breckland Council is now redistributing to good causes through this £10k grant initiative.

There are currently 67 community groups, sports clubs, and charities signed up to the lottery, meaning they can be selected by players as beneficiaries of their ticket sales. There is no cost to good causes to take part in the lottery and the weekly jackpot for players is £25,000!

PACT animal Sanctuary, based in Woodrising, were one of the first organisations to sign up and thanks to their regular lottery supporters, have to date received over £3,700. Lottery funding is vital for charities like PACT, who rescue and look after domestic animals and wildlife, operating all year round thanks to a small staff and team of over 100 dedicated volunteers. Our Breckland lottery tickets have helped fund the PACT animal ambulance and cover veterinary care costs for injured or abandoned animals.

Cllr Mark Robinson, Executive Member for Community, Leisure and Culture at Breckland Council, commented: “The Our Breckland Lottery is a fantastic way for people to support a charity or their local sports team while being in with a chance to win up to £25,000. The money raised through the lottery in its inaugural year has already made such a big difference to local groups and we’re delighted to offer this extra boost to good causes, who often rely heavily on the support of volunteers.”

For further information about the grant offer and how you can sign up as a player, go to

Councillor vacancies

Great Ellingham Parish Council has vacancies for four Councillors. If you have an interest in local issues and are willing to represent your community, please contact the clerk for further information.

This is a voluntary role and training can be provided. The Parish Council meets on the third Wednesday of every month and meetings usually last for around an hour and a half.

To qualify, you must be 18 years old or over, be a UK, Commonwealth or EU citizen and must meet one of the following four conditions:

  1. You are registered in the parish as a local government elector.
  2. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish for the previous twelve months.
  3. Your main or only place of work during the previous twelve months has been in the parish.
  4. You have lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary for the previous twelve months.

The parish council website and minutes of meetings will give you a further idea about the role:

Clerk’s tel. no – 01508 570700 or e-mail address [email protected]

Permission granted for up to 4,000 new homes in Attleborough

Breckland Council’s Planning Committee has granted outline planning permission for up to 4,000 new homes on the outskirts of Attleborough.

At a special meeting of the committee held in the town this morning (15 March), councillors voted to approve plans which will bring new housing opportunities to the district along with associated infrastructure and amenities.

Attleborough has been earmarked for growth over the coming decades as part of Breckland’s draft Local Plan and proposals have been subject to a number of public consultations for more than a decade. .

Today’s decision is a major milestone in delivery of the town’s growth, which is expected to see the housing built over the coming 25 years. However, as with all developments, the applicant, Ptarmigan, will be required to seek further planning consents in due course to address some of the finer details of the scheme.

In addition to the housing, the application discussed and approved by councillors today also includes plans to introduce a new local centre and two neighbourhood centres, two new primary schools, a footbridge over the Leys Lane level crossing, a new Linear Park running through the development and a link road from London Road to Old Buckenham Road.

Planning committee to consider application for 4,000 new homes in Attleborough

Breckland Council’s Planning Committee is taking to the road for a special meeting in Attleborough, to discuss the growth of the town.

The committee will meet at the Connaught Rooms on 15 March (from 9.30am) to discuss an application for outline planning permission for up to 4,000 new homes to be built on the outskirts of Attleborough. The major development, known as a strategic urban extension (SUE) has been widely discussed and consulted upon in the past by the applicant, Ptarmigan. It is now being presented to the Planning Committee for consideration and approval of planning permission. In light of the scale of the application, the meeting will be dedicated to this single application and, like all planning committee meetings, will be open to public attendance.

In addition to the proposed housing, the application also includes proposals to introduce key infrastructure, including the provision of a new local centre and two neighbourhood centres, two new primary schools, a footbridge over the Leys Lane level crossing, a new Linear Park running through the development and a link road from London Road to Old Buckenham Road.

A Breckland spokesperson commented: “Attleborough has been earmarked for significant growth for some time and this plan will play its part in the overall local plan delivery. Any member of the public wishing to speak at the consultation needs to pre-register by email  [email protected]”. The Committee Agenda will be available  to view from 7th March 2019 on

Co-option to Councillor Vacancy

The parish council have received confirmation from Breckland District Council that they may co-opt to one of the current councillor vacancies.

To be able to stand as a candidate in England you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and
  • meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
  1. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
  2. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination.
  3. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination has been in the parish/community area.
  4. You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination.

If you would like more information, please contact the clerk at [email protected]

If there is a meeting of the parish council on 19 December, the co-option will be considered then. If there is no December meeting it will be at the meeting on 16 January 2019. Interested parties will be invited to say a few words about themselves, why they are interested in the position and if they have any specific areas of interest, e.g. planning, amenities, speeding etc.