23 August – Update

From next week Anglian Water will commence their 6 month project to upgrade the water supply within Wreningham. See previous posts.

There are two preparatory tasks for them to address:

  1. To install a temporary pipe in Mill Lane to maintain the water supply during the project.

  2. To establish the project / site base behind the pumping station on Mill Lane.

1. Mill Lane pipe.

This will connect one side of the village supply to another during the whole of the 6 month project. Once the project is complete then the pipe will be removed. The objective is to provide an alternative supply line and thereby ensure the water supply has as few supply suspensions as possible during the next six months.

Next week the pipe will be laid to connect the “Wash Out” point on the Village Hall plot (in the corner nearest the school) and the Fire Hydrant near 41 Mill Lane.

The 6” diameter pipe will be laid around the extreme edge of the hall grounds, exiting through the hedge onto Mill Lane verge. It will continue along the South side verge of Mill Lane to near 41 Mill Lane. The pipe will cross several field gateways and one residential driveway. In those cases the pipe will be placed in a shallow trench to ensure the access remains unobstructed.

2. Project / site base.

The area behind the pumping station on Mill Lane will be used to hold construction materials, site offices (portakabins), parking for equipment and vehicles, etc. This will mean that Anglian Water traffic will be using Mill Lane throughout the project. Users of Mill Lane need to consider this as well as the planned road closures already posted.

It is hoped to post in the near future, the name and contact details of the Anglian Water site manager should residents need to discuss issues.

29th July

Last month we warned of the intention by Anglian Water to undertake significant roadworks on all the roads within the Wreningham & Top Row. They have just contacted the Parish Council to confirm that they are replacing the cast iron water pipes across the village. See their letter – Water Mains Replacement

They are arranging for a community drop-in on 15th August from 2 pm to 8 pm in the Village Hall. They invite you to come along and find out more about what is planned and how it will affect you.

 

 


Many Parishioners have asked the Parish Council to do something about speeding through the village in addition to the law, official speed limit signs and our regular use of the speed reporting device. We asked SNC and neighbouring parishes about our options. They reported that speed stickers on wheelie bins to remind drivers of the 30 mph speed limit seem to be effective. So, we have a supply of stickers and will be distributing two to each household within the 30 mph zone in the next few days.

Please note that SNC ask that these are affixed to the bins as shown in the image – i.e. on the side and not over the SNC logo on the front of the bin.

Any comments to the Clerk or to info@wreningham.org.


2017/1711
Applicant:Mr & Mrs Fulcher
Location:Fairview  Wymondham Road Wreningham NR16 1AT
Proposal:2 Storey Extension
Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line. If you want to comment on this planning application please send your comments to South Norfolk Council by 23 August 2017 at:

South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE
Tel 01508 533780 ; planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk



Hughie and Tressie Glaves took on the task that I had had on my to do list for the past 4 years: make the benches in the Reading Room and the playing field presentable. Two coats of British Racing Green sorted out the bench in the Reading Room. A wash down with an industrial film remover made the playing field bench as good as new. Thank you to Hughie and Tressie for their work this morning (I only wish I had taken a before picture!)

 


30 June 2017

David Kirk has contacting Karen O’Kane, Programme Director for BbfN, about the status of plans for broadband services for the village. This is a summary of their exchanges.

The Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) website has a map with coloured dots indicating broadband status. It indicates plans for every postcode in the county. Unfortunately it is not completely accurate for Wreningham (note that such status information will usually be an approximation as postcode areas do not always map directly to BT’s physical network). Karen O’Kane says the coding errors in the dots on the Wreningham part of the BBfN map will be corrected “during the next quarterly update” in September. This won’t of itself bring about an improvement in service but at least it will show a more accurate status for the village.

An alternative guide to progress on Superfast is available on the Openreach website (note you may need to use a browser other than a “Google” to get it to work). This gives a detailed property by property listing for both current availability and future plans. The site is interactive so simply type either your phone number, or your postcode and select your own address from the drop-down list.

Hethel Road and Glebe Close: to be linked to the green BT cabinet by the school. Karen O’Kane reaffirms the “by the end of the year” target – whilst not being clear whether this is a calendar year (ends in December) or a business year (ends in March). This should give access an improved service.

Superfast broadband performance falls off with the distance from the BT cabinet. Thus, after the “end of the year” work, the majority of homes in the postcode NR16 1BB (north of the 30mph sign in Hethel Road) will, she says, “not have access to speeds above 15Mbps”. Hence this postcode will continue to show up as a red dot on the BBfN map implying no further plans etc., but the majority of areas of Hethel Road should show varying levels of improvement.

Norwich Road near Top Row: a few properties are being shown on the Openreach website as potentially being provided with direct Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) broadband as part of an Openreach infill scheme – although no timescales are given. This could see these properties able to access in excess of 200 Mbps at some point in the future.

14 March 2017:

We received this briefing by the BBfN Programme Director which was delivered to a meeting recently. It describes some of the UK Policy relating to Broadband roll out in the country. It includes advice for domestic users – Digital Briefing Note for Public Distribution.

8 March 2017:

To bring you the next chapter in the Broadband story for Wreningham…

The Parish Council wrote to BetterBroadbandforNorfolk (BBfN): letter to BBfN . We received this reply which has interest for a number of residents: BBfN response to WPC

In the meantime, you may have seen reference to Wreningham in your copy of The Link which is now available in the village. The Parish Council is to receive funding via our County and District Councillors to implement an improved broadband service centred in the Village Hall. It is not designed to address the broadband problems being experienced by a number of residents in their homes. It is an interim measure to give access to Superfast Broadband to the community as a whole. This is expected to provide wi-fi broadband with 70+Mbs download and 15Mbs upload speeds. It will be accessible when you are in proximity of the village hall.

Once it is up and running, the Parish Council would like to receive your comments on the service.


Trainer

The Parish Council arranged free training on the use of the AED now installed on the Village Hall wall.

We know that many villagers have attended such training at work but now we have a further dozen with potentially life saving knowledge. All agreed that they had learnt a lot from their session.

Some villagers did ask how AED awareness training could take two hours.

Well, the trainer did covered a lot of ground: recognising a heart attack as opposed to cardiac arrest; applying CPR; the use of the AED; and, placing the patient in the recovery position. With questions and discussion our session took just over two hours – time well spent.

CPR Dummies

CPR Dummies

Dummies were available to practice CPR – if you need a reminder see Vinnie Jones on the BHF page.

Discussion in progress

Discussion in progress

Examining the AED

Examining the AED



June 2017:

Update on Community Governance Review

Ward level changes have been agreed and will be implemented in 2019. For Wreningham this means that we will no longer be in the Newton Flotman Ward. A new Ward “Mulbarton & Stoke Holy Cross” will be created and which will comprise the parishes of Ashwellthorpe, Bracon Ash, East Carleton, Flordon, Ketteringham, Mulbarton, Stoke Holy Cross, Swardeston, and Wreningham. See this map https://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/sites/default/files/SNC_Parishes_By_District_Wards_Mulbarton%20%26%20Stoke%20Holy%20Cross.pdf

At the parish level, South Norfolk’s 2017 Community Governance Review continues apace with public consultation ending on 12 July 2017. The review team’s schedule is:

  • 31 August – publish its draft proposals

  • 31 August to 27 October – consultation

  • February 2018 – final recommendations

  • May 2019 – Implementation.

Wreningham Parish Council have discussed the implications of the Review and have agreed that Wreningham should remain as a distinct and separate parish largely defined by its current boundaries. It was accepted that some adjustments might made to make the boundary reflect modern geography e.g. run the northern boundary along the B1135 (Wymondham Road) instead of across fields. The map illustrates what this might look like if roads around the parish were considered as boundaries, where possible:

2017 WPC Boundary map

2017 WPC Boundary map

Recent discussions with the Chair and Vice-chair of Ashwellthorpe & Fundenhall PC considered that this review may recommend significant changes, such as a merger of the two parishes. However, whilst improved co-operation between the two PCs might be helpful in a few areas, any proposal to merge the parishes would be resisted by both councils. This is because no benefit could be identified from such a merger, not least that the parishioners in each parish would find their representation at PC level effectively halved.

March 25, 2017:

The Terms of Reference for the Governance Review have been published and they are now collecting evidence. Therefore, they have asked us to post a link to the survey for residents to provide their views on their Parish and its Parish Council. We encourage you to use this link. Please see here.

The Parish Council is asked to complete a more detailed survey. The Parish Council’s response to the survey would be improved if informed by your input. So please look at the questions here and send your comments to the Clerk at clerk.wpc@gmail.com. Thank you.

March 8, 2017:

The chair of the Parish Council has written about the Review being undertaken by South Norfolk to examine parishes and their boundaries – Chair’s Letter

The letter mentions a presentation – South Norfolk CGR Jan 2017 V4

The Parish Council meeting on 14th March will provide the opportunity for you to hear and question Phil Hardy, our South Norfolk Councillor, about the Review and its implications.


2017/0815
Applicant: Mr John Mcilwham
Location: High House Farm  Wymondham Road Wreningham NR16 1AY
Proposal: Erection of dovecote on gable end of property
Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line. If you want to comment on this planning application please send your comments to South Norfolk Council by 22 June 2017 at:

South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE
Tel 01508 533780 ; planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk