Mill Lane – Work to improve pedestrian safety

Work to install a new pedestrian safety barrier at the entrance to a school field on Mill Lane is due to start on or shortly after Monday 9 April 2018 for one week. Note that the start date may change slightly as this work is part of a series the contractors will be working on and there may be unforeseen delays or hold-ups due to poor weather.

Work to widen the pavement at the site will also be done at the same time. Due to the limited road widths available, a road closure has been deemed the safest and quickest way to complete these works and a signed diversion via Mill Lane, C129 Church Road, B1113 Norwich Road and Mill Lane will be in place throughout. Vehicular access to properties may be restricted during working hours however pedestrian access to properties will be maintained.

The County Council thanks you for your patience while this work is carried out.

The work which will cost £1,600.00 will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and their contractors. 

For Further Information: Mr Alex Thorburn, Locality Designer, 0344 800 8020.

We have received notification from NCC that the road though Top Row will be closed from 15 January to 18 February. This is to enable work to replace the water main through Top Row to go ahead.

As yet we do not know precisely what this means for residents in Top Row and will seek clarification in the next few days. Will Top Row residents make sure they and their neighbours are aware of this planned closure.

The relevant documents are:
Wreningham STRO1280 PT
Wreningham STRO1280 Order
Wreningham STRO1280 HM
The contact is:
Alison Wilton, Legal Officer (Traffic Orders) of nplaw
Tel: (01603) 222591
Fax: (01603) 222899

The Anglian Water project has been mentioned on this site in earlier posts.

The documentation authorising the temporary closure of Hethel Road & Church Road have been received and can be inspected here:

Wreningham STRO1094 (Phase 1 and 2) Order
Wreningham STRO1094 (Phase 1 and 2) PT
Wreningham STRO1094 (Phase 1 and 2) HM

Contact details for comment / further information are contained within these documents.

NCC has a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the U76222 Top Row from the junction with B1113 Norwich Road for 237 metres eastwards because of new water connection. The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 16th to 18th November 2016 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 3 days within the period.

Documents are here:




Temporary Road Closures for the Women’s Cycle Tour Event (South Norfolk)

NCC Highways are restricting access to a number of roads to facilitate the safe passage of the Stage 1 of the Women’s Cycle Tour. For Wreningham this will mean that between 11.30 and 14.30 on 15th June 2016 you will not be able to access or travel on the B1113.

NCC documents are below

  1. The Order -This allows the Traffic Authority (Norfolk County Council) to temporarily restrict or prohibit the use of a road and/or footpath – Order
  1. The Notice – This is the public Notice we must advertise at least seven days before making an Order – Notice

If you have any questions about the order and notices, please contact Hazel Simmons on (01603) 222988. If you have any questions about the work, please contact the Area Highways Office on the number given on the notices.

The Highway Rangers are planning their next visit to Wreningham. If you think there is anything near you which they could address (see list below) then let the Clerk ( know and we will collate the request for them. Please respond by Monday 23rd November.

What they do:

  • Side out a carriageway or footway (overgrown grass/weeds or soil encroachment)
  • Strim grass verges
  • Clear verge grips
  • Rod and flush drains
  • Clean out drainage gullies
  • Clean out drainage chambers
  • Rod and flush kerb drainage off lets
  • Wash signs, bollards or reflector posts
  • Minor sign/post repairs (such as straightening and reattaching)
  • Repair minor kerb defects
  • Clear small areas of mud and soil from the carriageway.
  • Soil and seed verges

What they don’t do:

  • Repair carriageway / footway surface defects (such as potholes/ cracking), these should be raised with the Highways Dept when noticed as these are repaired by separate gangs.
  • Clear ditches (in private ownership)
  • Trim hedges (in private ownership)
  • Street Name Plates ie “High St” (these are the responsibility of the District Council)
  • Clear large areas of mud and soil from the carriageway,(District Council is the Street Cleaning Authority)
  • Clear build up of leaves from footway /carriageway,(District Council is the Street Cleaning Authority)
  • Rubbish/ litter pick (this is the responsibility of the District Council)

Every 13 weeks the Highway Rangers visit the village to undertake small works relating to the highways. 3 weeks before they visit they will contact the Parish Clerk and ask for suggestions of work they might tackle for the village. These suggestions will be collated from reports received from parishioners and Councillors.

Recently Richard Dellar (Highway Technician at NCC Highways) wrote to say:  “During the Ranger visit to Wreningham on 08 October 2015 the following works were carried out:

  • Hethel Road — replace finger post;
  • Ashwellthorpe Road – Strim path around stile and cut hedge;
  • Rod out and clean pipe runs and clean gullies/ off let;
  • Mill Lane  —  rod pipe runs clean gullies
  • Mill Lane —  remove silt / mud at junction and carriageway;
  • Toprow –  clean signs.”

The fence and hedges beside the Travis Perkins site and bordering the B1113 to the north of the Mill Lane/Top Row junction are being cut back. Consequently traffic on the B1113 is restricted to one lane which is being controlled by traffic lights. Please be careful as you turn onto B1113.