I reported the very poor condition of High Road, Top Row. The road surface is disintegrating along a 10+ metre stretch and is becoming a danger to road users. Also, a corner at Mill Lane/B1113 is degrading into a series of potholes that are joining up.

NCC Highways have responded to these reports: “We have inspected and are going to resolve the problem – After investigation we have confirmed action is required. Defects are scheduled for repair depending on the nature of the defect and work needed but on average can take approximately 6 weeks.”

South Norfolk have received my report of fly-tipping – a concrete fencing post and a mattress – on Wymondham Road (not far from the turkey sheds). This report was made via their flytipping page. Their reply was that they’d remove the items in due course.

Reference: 2021/0435
Applicant: Mrs Brake
Location: Rose Cottage Norwich Road Wreningham NR16 1AF
Proposal: Demolition of existing cottage and construction of one replacement dwelling and one new house
Application Type: Full Planning Permission

Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line

Comments to South Norfolk by 29 March 2021.

on-line: via Comment tab here
email: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE

In October 2016 (see here) we reported on a public consultation about the Hornsea Three Wind Farm (here for the company website). Things have moved on and in December 2020 planning approval was given by the Secretary of State for this national infrastructure project (documentation here).

The land based substation will be built on a large site just beyond Swardeston towards Norwich and is bounded by the B1113 to the West and the A47 to the North – see NCC Map here).

In 2018 the company issued a community newsletter which provided some high-level information. In the same year SNC considered the project and reported here.

As yet, there are no detailed designs for the substation. Swardeston PC are very aware of this and have provided this month a commentary about the project here.

NCC’s Ash Dieback team will shortly be inspecting roadside trees within the parish. This will cover roads that their data suggest are used most frequently. The primary focus is to identify Ash trees in decline due to Ash Dieback Disease (ADB) and assess the risk to highway users. They may also identify other trees that are in a dead or dangerous condition.

The team remind landowners that ‘their trees are their responsibility’ and try to raise awareness of ADB. Trees in poor condition but not considered imminently dangerous will have notices fixed to them and be marked with yellow paint to alert the owner that action may be required.

The team has advised the Parish Council that they may contact us if they find any particular areas of concern or have a query regarding ownership of an individual tree or tree group.

Further information

The team’s webpage: see www.norfolk.gov.uk/ashdieback

Their contacts: email: ashdieback@norfolk.gov.uk : Tel. 01603 222112

Woodland Trust: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/tree-pests-and-diseases/key-tree-pests-and-diseases/ash-dieback/

NCC are consulting on the reduction to the speed limit on B1113, Norwich Road through Wreningham, as in this plan: the existing speed limit is 50mph and the new limit is 40mph. The Parish Council, with others, has been pressing for a speed reduction for many years.

The Parish Council will be requesting that the new limit should instead commence at/near the Wreningham village sign near the Bird in Hand. Pleased send comments (for or against) by 12th December 2019 to the NCC contact:

Bradley Shaw, Trainee Technician, Highway Projects Team 1, Community and Environmental Services, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH

Tel: 01603 222452 | Dept: 0344 800 8020 | bradley.shaw@norfolk.gov.uk

24 September — 26 September

Delays unlikely – Some carriageway incursion

Works location: Outside 41

Works description: Remedial work Permanent reinstatement Installation of valves and temporary bypass in the verge & carriageway

Responsibility for works: Anglian Water

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: AD035WAT-06769MR18

24 September — 26 September

Delays unlikely – Some carriageway incursion
Works location: Outside 41

Works description: Remedial work Permanent reinstatement Installation of valves and temporary bypass in the verge & carriageway
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water

Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD035WAT-06769MR18