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Photograph shows why more than 150 properties in Old Buckenham …

Photograph shows why more than 150 properties in Old Buckenham …

16:22 10 March 2016 Anthony Carroll 1 The damaged BT box in Old Buckenham after a crash which has left homes in the village without phones and internet. Archant Norfolk Photographic 2016 More than 150 homes in a Norfolk village have been left without the internet or phone lines for a week after a vehicle crashed in to an exchange box. A total of 152 homes in Old Buckenham, near Attleborough, have been without the services since the accident happened off the B1107 on the night of Thursday, March 3.

BT says it hopes repair and replacement work on the cabinet will be completed by Monday. In the meantime Old Buckenham Parish Council is asking residents to check on elderly neighbours and friends if they do not have access to phones to call emergency services. Parish council chairman Steve Milner also said there had been a lack of communication from BT over when the cabinet will be repaired.

He said: There has been a lack of information. Luckily we have a resident who has a contact with BT and we are then passing on the information we receive manually, I am concerned there are a lot of elderly vulnerable people in Old Buckenham and their safety position could be compromised if they do not have access to a phone. A spokesman for BT said: Our cabinet has been badly damaged by this road traffic accident on the evening of March 3.

There is a great deal of work for engineers to do to repair the damage to cabling and replace the box. There will be around 150 homes that have lost services due to this incident. We have explored, but has not been possible to get a temporary solution.

It is regrettable when Openreach suffers any accidental damage to its network. Our priority is to restore services to those affected, and we are doing all we can to get this completed as quickly as possible. We are aiming to have this all completed by close of play on Monday, but will of course be doing all we can to get it completed earlier if it is possible.

References ^ Anthony Carroll (www.dissmercury.co.uk)

Air show crash pilot had undiagnosed heart problem « Shropshire Star

Air show crash pilot had undiagnosed heart problem « Shropshire Star

One of Britain’s top aerobatics pilot who was killed when his plane crashed during a display was suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition, accident investigators have said. David Jenkins, 61, was flying his Edge 360 plane during a media event to launch the Old Buckenham air show in Norfolk on April 22 last year when he experienced problems. A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found that he crashed after losing control during an “advanced aerobatic tumbling manoeuvre”.

The aircraft entered a spin “at relatively low height” and hit the ground “without any apparent attempt at recovery”, the investigators stated. The AAIB said Mr Jenkins was found to have a “serious and previously undiagnosed heart condition” which “may have affected his judgment”. It is possible he became “incapacitated at a critical stage of the flight”, the report added.

The moment the aircraft began to lose control was caught on camera by a local television crew. Witnesses first thought the manoeuvre was part of the daredevil display until smoke began billowing from the ground. Mr Jenkins was a two-time British advanced aerobatics champion.

He was a member of the Wildcat Aerobatic Team based at Old Buckenham Airfield, near Attleborough, where the event was taking place.

At the time of the crash he was described by friends as “one of the best” and “highly skilled”.

Old Buckenham blog: Old Buckenham parish council minutes

Old Buckenham blog: Old Buckenham parish council minutes

Parish Council in February These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date. There was a large attendance at the February parish council meeting with 41 members of the public, Stephen Askew (NCC councillor) and a representative from Roberts Molloy Associates. All the parish councillors were there too apart from Sarah Hornbrook who had sent her apologies.

Public recess. Seven Fen Street residents and one from Crown Road spoke on the planning application for eight dwellings with four garages and parking bay (3pl/2015.1498/F). An email from a resident supporting the application was read out but the other speakers objected to the application, raising issues regarding increased traffic levels, road safety, security issues of nearby residents, possible flood issues and pedestrian safety.

A resident spoke on the Breckland Local Plan and spoke against the site option 8 which in the plan was designated as suitable for development. He also said that Old Buckenham should not be subject to large scale development. Another resident asked when development in Old Buckenham would take place under the local plan.

Adrian Joel responded on the matter. A resident from Hargham Road raised objections to a planning application for the erection of five dwellings and parking and garages with turning on site (3pl/2015/1495). He cited speed issues in Hargham Road and the proposed new footpath.

A resident spoke on Chapel Road School development which would greatly increase traffic levels on the B1077 with up to a possible 150 extra vehicles a day using the road during term times. Rona Boggia responded saying a new access road was being built but not for use of residents. The Parish Council will be raising a petition to challenge this decision and try and get the road to be also used by residents.

Minutes of January Parish Council meeting. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting (seven for and three abstentions). Matters arising from the minutes.

The matter of the hedge in Cake Street being cut was raised and the clerk is to contact Highways to see if they approve of the new cut. Planning applications. Fen Street.

Erection of eight dwellings, four garages, parking and turning within site. After studying some plans, councillors asked questions of the agent of Roberts Molloy Associates regarding S106 payments and other costs that they would be liable for under the application. Following discussions and expressed views of parish councillors, it was proposed that the application would be approved but there was no seconder so the motion was withdrawn.

It was then proposed and seconded that the application be rejected. This was agreed with eight for and two abstentions. Hargham Road.

Erection of five dwellings with associated parking, garages and turning on site, new highway access and pavement works. Jonathan Kemp expressed his many concerns on the application including road safety, enough social housing in that area of Old Buckenham and the design of houses not in keeping with other nearby properties. Also, in the local plan, Breckland council have designated the site as not suitable for development.

Terry Cracknell raised the point of the developer paying for a new footpath to which the agent said the developer would pay for it. Other councillors expressed views on the application. Then it was proposed and seconded and agreed with six for and four abstentions to reject the application.

Orchard House, Hargham Road. Change barn so that residential dwelling can be erected and the erection of two single-storey detached garages. Various councillors expressed views on the application especially one of the garages being right up against the front hedge of the development.

It was proposed and seconded that the application be rejected, this was agreed with nine for and one abstention. Planning decisions received from Breckland. Cherry Tree Cottage, Los Wroo.

Erect summer house. Permission granted. Tudors, Cake Street.

Proposed extension and alteration to existing three bedroom bungalow. Permission granted. The Pines, Manor Corner.

Single-storey rear extension. Permission granted. Doe Lane.

Erection of five holiday chalets. Permission refused. Creation of working parties.

Steve Milner said that the workload of the Parish Council has increased greatly and that working parties need to be set up and they will then come back to the Parish Council with updates at each meeting. Working parties would be: Chapel Road School – Rona Boggia, Steve Milner, Mike Bartlett (resident) and Terry Cracknell. Neighbourhood Plan – Jonathan Kemp, Adrian Joel, Sarah Hornbrook, A Jaggard (resident) and Michelle Willford (resident).

The Green – Ben Devlin, Terry Cracknell, Graham Hart, and Mike Farrington. Play Area. Mr A Joel, Mr G Hart, Kerry Talbot (resident) and Mike Farrington.

Adrian Joel then gave an update on the Neighbourhood Plan and said that the parish council had to inform Ian Williamson of Breckland Council that Old Buckenham was creating a neighbourhood plan. The Parish Clerk will write to him. It is hoped to outline steps and timelines to create the plan and to soon seek resident consultation on the plan.

The Parish Council is to create a Facebook page. Terry Cracknell also suggesting contacting Tim Bornett to assist in delving into information regarding the creation of the plan. Breckland Plan.

Adrian Joel said the plan needs to be discussed, looking at the development sites included in the plan and also at other sites that have not been included in the plan and designated suitable for development. Barbers Yard was not feasible for development as there is no access. Site at top of Mill Road is on a single road that was too narrow which could cause access problems.

The plot of land on Attleborough Road could be suitable for development subject to highways, access and parking in any future planning applications. A parish councillor said that unreasonable alternatives on the plan should exclude plot 8 which should be designated reasonable alternative . Councillors discussed this and it was proposed and seconded that the plot remain unreasonable alternative .

This was agreed with six for, two against and two abstentions. The Parish Council was happy with no allocation of housing in the plan for Old Buckenham (page 40). The Parish Clerk is to write to Breckland on this matter.

Chairman s report. Steve Milner informed the meeting that he would not be seeking re-election as chairman at the May AGM but that he will remain as a councillor as he felt he could still serve Old Buckenham. He then raised the question of circulating all emails to all councillors.

He said this would result in too much time having to read and digest information. He said he would continue to address the issue and send some only to the relevant people but if they are relevant to all councillors then they would be copied in. The Shrublands development, despite the Parish Council s objections, was approved.

The Village Hall will be holding a charity event on Sunday 14 February between 2pm and 4pm in aid of the Air Ambulance. Recent data obtained from the SAM 2 traffic sign in Cake Street showed that 60% of drivers passing the sign were speeding and that 10% of drivers were exceeding 40mph and this data will be passed to police. The police had been doing their own speed check in village on Thursday 4 February.

Steve Milner felt the SAM 2 sign did make a difference and drivers do slow down when they see their speed indicated. District Councillor s report. Consultation of Breckland s Local Plan Preferred Directions and Site Specific documents finishes on Monday 22 February.

The next step is to look at the Site Specifics including any additional sites and this will be put out in the spring for further consultation. Residents across Breckland are being reminded to leave recycled waste loose in their bins and not to put it into plastic bags or carrier bags as these could ruin materials that could otherwise be recycled. Parish Councillors reports.

Ben Devlin said the new bench is to be sited on the Green in February and would have a plaque for Old Buckenham Ladies Hockey Club who donated the funds for the bench. Carol Marshall suggested Andy Nichols for the Recreation Area Working Party and will try to get more young people involved. Ben Devlin suggested a new agenda item of Follow up on jobs allocated .

Carol Marshall said another village garage sale would be held in May. Jonathan Kemp said the Neighbourhood Plan working party was getting a village questionnaire out to all residents in May. Adrian Joel raised the matter of the weir off Banham Road near Old Buckenham Hall which is blocked and causing problems in the village.

The Parish Clerk to contact East Harling Drainage Board on the matter. The Play Area Working Party met recently. Repair work carried out by Playdale after contact by the clerk had resulted in reduction of charges by 250.

Play equipment needs to be washed down in the spring. A handyman will cut the grass and maintain the area in the summer. Now there is a need to look at what type of fence is required to replace the existing fence.

Grants of up to 50% are available from Breckland Council for this purpose. A letter from a resident on allotments issues included flooding and some allotment holders not keeping their allotments tidy. It was proposed and seconded and agreed that Adrian Joel contact the resident to try to resolve the matter.

Mike Farrington said the Women s Cycling Tour of Britain was likely to come through Old Buckenham and he hoped the village could organise a similar event to this year s Tour of Britain. Terry Cracknell said he was prepared to hold breakfast meetings at his house to discuss the Neighbourhood Plan, the Green and Chapel Road School. Rona Boggia has received minutes from Attleborough Development Partnership.

The Parish Council need to elect a representative who could vote at meetings without first consulting the Parish Council and also requested a substitute member. It was proposed and seconded that Rona Boggia be the Parish Council representative and Terry Cracknell be the substitute member, this was agreed unanimously. Tom Johnson said the village hall wished to return the grant of 3,500 given to them for insulating of the hall.

The costs now had spiralled and even with this money, they would not be able to afford the new costs. It was reported that the contractor who currently cuts the grass is no longer able to do so and the person who cuts the grass at the Recreation Area was unable to do it either. There will be a Bingo evening on Saturday 19 March in the evening at the village hall.

County Councillor s report. Stephen Askew reported on the closing of three existing recycling sites which will close 2019/20 and be replaced with a super site along the A11. Steve Milner said he would send an email to Stephen Askew on the subject.

Stephen Askew then read an email which stated that the lease for Chapel Road School had been signed. Highways. It had been reported that Cake Street keeps flooding and Highways need to clean the drains out again.

Also the potholes on the road off Abbey Road to the Primary school are not up to standard. The Parish Clerk to contact Highways on the matter. Public recess.

A resident raised the matter of the Village Hall returning grant money to the Parish Council. He said that other grants are available for insulation of village halls and asked if the cost of the insulation was known. Tom Johnson responded stating the views of the village hall and a resident suggested that the Parish Council keep the returned funds in a special reserve for possible future insulating project at village hall.

He suggested residents should be made aware they can make individual comments to Breckland Council on the Local Plan. They then raised the matter of housing development in Old Buckenham and said that no money had been spent on infrastructure. He said Norfolk County Council should be notified of the increase in road accidents within the village.

The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday 3 March at the Village Hall commencing at 7.30pm.

Old Buckenham Parish Council's November meeting

Old Buckenham Parish Council's November meeting

Parish Council in November These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date. There were seven members of the public at the November meeting and Stephen Askew (Norfolk County Councillor) along with all the members of the Parish Council apart from Jonathan Kemp who had sent his apologies. Terry Cracknell and Graham Hart both declared an interest in individual planning applications.

There were no items raised in the public recess. Minutes of the October Parish Council Meeting. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting, this was agreed unanimously.

Matters arising from minutes. Carol Marshall said SNAT are now known as SNT. The phone box in the village has a broken pane of glass, the Parish Clerk to report this to BT.

Adrian Joel raised the matter of pointing out voting intent of the Parish Council on planning applications. Terry Cracknell raised the matter of issues raised, but not voted on, being forgotten and they should be followed up. Steve Milner agreed to do a to do list on such matters.

The Remembrance Day Parade was raised and the meeting informed that the police would not be available to close the road alongside the memorial. Volunteers were sought from the Parish Council to control traffic whilst the service in progress. Minutes of Personnel Committee meeting.

It was proposed and seconded that they be signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting and this was agreed unanimously by the three councillors who attended the meeting. Approval of staff appraisal. Steve Milner gave an overview of how the appraisal was carried out in terms of performance standards and objectives of the Parish Clerk.

He also said that a new objective had been set in regard to maintaining a new Parish Council website. It was agreed unanimously that the appraisal of the Parish Clerk be approved. Planning applications.

Keele Cottage, The Green. Erection of two semi-detached dwellings and partial demolition of existing cottage. Graham Hart gave a brief explanation of modifications to the planning application and then left the room.

After a discussion it was proposed and seconded to continue to oppose the application due to over-development. Although the application had been modified, the original concerns had not been overcome. This was agreed with eight for and two abstentions.

Asparagus Field, Cake Street. Erection of four dwellings and garages. This application has been withdrawn.

The Clinic, The Green. Change of use from dwelling/residential to consultation rooms. No objections from the parish council, this was agreed with nine for and one abstention.

64 Fen Street. Change of use of curtilage land to residential and erection of garage with office over. No objections from the parish council but with stipulation that change of use of land is restricted to proposed garage which is for storage and office use only and that it is kept within ownership of the dwelling.

This was agreed with eight for and two abstentions. The Granary, Cake Street. Proposed installation of set of French windows and roof light to rear elevation.

No objections from the parish council, this was agreed with nine for and one abstention. Cherry Tree Cottage, Loss Wroo. Construction of summer house.

No objections from the parish council, this was agreed with nine for and one abstention. Poplar Pigs, Doe Lane. Change of use to D2 Leisure and erection of five holiday cabins.

Terry Cracknell answered questions on this and then left the room. Discussion by councillors followed. This application was then agreed with eight for and two abstentions.

Planning decisions received from Breckland. Stone Cottage, 56 Fen Street. Erection of garage block and bedroom over.

Application approved with Parish Council s conditions included. Adrian Joel informed the meeting that the Shrublands development is coming up again in the next two months and Parish Council should be aware. Grant to Primary School.

No discussion, item to be put on the December agenda. Four year plan. Adrian Joel circulated a list of suggestions and asked councillors to look at them and then prioritise them for discussion at the December meeting.

Play Area fencing. Adrian Joel gave details of cost of the repairs to the play area equipment ( 2,143.13 plus vat) following an inspection report from Playdale Ltd. This will be funded from grants from the Six Villages magazine, Breckland Council and the Play Area reserve.

Adrian Joel thanked Graham Hart for carrying out repairs to the gate. It was proposed and seconded that the repairs to the equipment be carried out and this was agreed unanimously. Regarding the play area fence, Adrian Joel had obtained three quotes for repairs and a full discussion took place.

It was agreed that further investigations be carried out and to get three quotes for double sided fencing with bolts and the matter to be put on the December agenda. Parish Council website. Steve Milner said the cost of having a website hosted to a gold standard would be approximately 30 per year.

It was agreed unanimously to proceed with this. Business Directory. Terry Cracknell suggested that the Parish Council should have a business directory at an approximate cost of 1 per copy.

The Parish Council should invite other local Parish Councils to take part in producing such a directory. Footpath safety. Steve Milner reported that he had contacted an organisation who advised on the possibility of putting in advisory cycle lanes in the village.

NCC Highways had advised it would not be possible to have them on the B1077. Adrian Joel gave information of a possible new footpath across the Green at a total cost of 8000 which would be 50% funded by NCC under the Town and Parish Partnership Scheme. Other councillors expressed views on the subject and it was proposed and seconded that the Parish Council make an application for grant funding under the scheme for the new footpath, this was agreed unanimously.

Chairman s report. Steve Milner reported that the Play Area has been plagued with vandalism and he had written to the school on the subject. He recently attended a Speedwatch meeting and that the scheme is having an effect of speeding through villages.

The number of incidents is reducing. Old Buckenham are to get the use of SAM2 signs on a regular basis. Broadband in the village is still a problem and he has written to the County Council, Breckland Council and our MP to try to get improvements in the village.

All Saints Church is looking at the WiSpire scheme for a possible solution to broadband issues. The Parish Council has been approached by architects for possible development in village and they have suggested attending a Parish Council meeting to put forward their ideas. The Parish Clerk to invite them to the December meeting.

Steve Milner had received comments regarding the chairmanship of meetings and sought the views of other councillors on the matter. It was agreed that the Chairman continue to filter issues but would seek councillors views before responding. It was reported that Joan Jenkins, who was a past clerk to the Parish Council and was also active in other village organisations, had recently died.

The Parish Clerk is to send a letter of condolence to the family. District Councillor s report. Adrian Joel reported that the public consultation on the Local Development Plan had been pushed forward to a six week period during January/February 2016 with anticipated adoption in December 2016.

The local Council Tax Support Scheme to Breckland Council from central government is being reduced every year and Breckland will be reducing the Local Council Tax Support Grant in line with the reduced funding from central government. There will be a Parish and Town Meeting on 2 December at the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham starting at 6.15pm. It is hoped that Old Buckenham will be represented.

Parish Councillors reports. Tom Johnson had recently attended a meeting of the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and it was revealed their Neighbourhood Plan would cost around 55,000 and he wondered how much the Old Buckenham Plan would cost. Four thousand houses are being planned and are likely to acquire land south of the A11.

He had also attended a meeting of the Village Hall Management Committee. They have resurfaced half of the village hall car park. The cost was 10,440 and one third of the cost was met from revenue of the parking permits scheme and the balance from Village Hall reserves.

On Saturday 21 November they are having a live show of the Mikado and on Saturday 5 December there will be a film night showing Cinderella with an afternoon showing at 3pm and an evening showing at 7.30pm. Tickets were still available. He also raised the matter of the outstanding road works at St Andrews Close.

Terry Cracknell said the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan needed a wider level of consultation and 1,500 of the 4,000 new homes have already been built and feels the development could impact on Old Buckenham. Graham Hart reported that the CCTV suggestion is awaiting a report from the police. Adrian Joel said grants for a Neighbourhood Plan are available and up to 16,000 was available from central government and Breckland Council.

Mike Farrington asked that those living on the outer limits of Old Buckenham are not forgotten when developing the Neighbourhood Plan in terms of road safety. Carol Marshall said that there has been no recent incidents of damage in the play area but the recreation area has been subjected to some vandalism. The RoSPA report on the Recreation Area is due in November.

Sarah Hornbrook said the Neighbourhood Plan Working Party will have another meeting on Monday 9 November and will be looking to create a village survey for consultation with villagers. Ben Devlin reported that the Green Right Proprietors had recently had a meeting and various issues were discussed. Another meeting was due in November and they could pull out of DEFRA but will consult with others before a decision is made.

There is a blocked drain at Manor Corner opposite Manor Pond. Reflector posts are required at Rod Alley Pond and Manor Pond. The Parish Clerk is to contact NCC Highways on the matter.

The Green Right Proprietors will allow parking outside pub and along the path once shingle has been laid, this work will hopefully be carried out in the next few weeks. He asked about some of the grant from the Hockey Club being used once a new seat has been provided. Parish Clerk s report.

The Clerk read out an email from Highways on the matter of a hedge causing problems and they will be writing to the owner of property. He also gave details of the cost of a proposed new path across the Green. The next meetings of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be the Precept meeting on Wednesday 18 November and the normal monthly Parish Council meeting on Thursday 3 December.

Both meetings will be held at the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.

Breckland's Cyclists urged not to miss the chance to race on Tour of …

Breckland's Cyclists urged not to miss the chance to race on Tour of …

Cyclists are being encouraged not to miss the chance to race on part of the official Tour of Britain route on the same day that the Tour passes through Norfolk. Diss Cycling Club, in partnership with Breckland Council, has organised a series of races which will take place in Old Buckenham on 12 September. However, would-be participants are being urged to reserve their place as soon as possible as spaces are limited and the booking period will close on 5 September.

It is anticipated that the races may prove a popular draw for keen cyclists as the route will give them a chance to race around Old Buckenham s Village Green, which forms part of Stage Seven of the Tour of Britain. It is thought that the event will be the first time anywhere in the country that people have been permitted to race on the route on the same day as the Tour. The various races will offer opportunities to both British Cycling members and non-members and across different age groups.

The races will include 1.1km laps of the village green on the afternoon of 12 September, after the Tour cyclists race through the village at lunchtime. Races: Race 1: 40 minutes duration. For British Cycling members with 3rd & 4th Category Race Licences aged 18 or over.

Starting 45 minutes after the Tour of Britain has passed. Race 2: 20 minutes duration. For British Cycling members in 4th Category and non-British Cycling members, but bikes must conform to British Cycling regulations.

All must be aged 18 or over. Starting 10 minutes after finish of race 1. Race 3: 10 minutes duration.

For British Cycling youth members aged under 12 or under 10 on January 1, 2015. Also open to non-British Cycling members in these age groups, but bikes must conform to British Cycling regulations. Starting 10 minutes after finish of race 2.

Race 4: 20 minutes duration. For British Cycling youth members aged under 16 or under 14 on January 1, 2015. Also open to non-British Cycling members in these age groups, but bikes must conform to British Cycling regulations.

Starting 10 minutes after finish of race 3. Race 5: 1 lap dash time trial for all over 8 years of age on a roadworthy bicycle. Entries to be taken on the day only.

First rider to start 10 minutes after finish of race 4. Entry fee 2. Ken Jolliffe, from Diss Cycling Club, said: This is a truly unique occasion as we are not aware of any previous events which have enabled people to race on the route on the day of the Tour.

We hope lots of people will turn out to watch the Tour cyclists race through the village, with local cyclists getting their chance to join in the racing later on. I encourage anybody who is interested in taking part to book their place now, as spaces will be offered on a first come-first served basis. Cllr Trevor Carter, Breckland s Executive Member for Place, added: I m delighted that we have been able to help organise this unique opportunity to help celebrate the return of the Tour of Britain to the district.

As part of Stage Seven of the Tour, cyclists will take in a number of Breckland s towns and villages along the way, including Old Buckenham, so I hope residents will turn out to enjoy the spectacle. For more information, costs, and to book your place search for Old Buckenham at www.britishcycling.org.uk 1 before the deadline on 5 September or call Ken Jolliffe on 01953 681755. For details of other events taking place in Breckland to celebrate the Tour of Britain follow this link 2 .

References ^ www.britishcycling.org.uk (www.britishcycling.org.uk) ^ Breckland to celebrate the Tour of Britain follow this link (www.breckland.gov.uk)