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.
Norfolk County Council a wide range of services: for children, young people, vulnerable and older people; for the highways and transport network; library; waste disposal; fire services; etc.
They report a financial climate of unprecedented risk and uncertainty, both for people who use the services, and those providing them. The Council must plan for the impacts of rising budget pressures, uncertainty over Government funding and the financial challenges associated with COVID-19.
Many of the additional costs, lost income and undeliverable savings in the current year will have a significant impact on NCC’s 2021-22 finances. There are statutory services to protect with a limited choice of where savings can be made. Despite savings of £436m between 2011 and 2020, considering an increased council tax and a proposal to increase the Adult Social Care precept, the budget will not balance next year. They must find an additional £26m savings in 2021-22 and possibly more depending on the level of Government support received.
They have to develop balanced and sustainable budget proposals to continue to deliver the services relied on by all Norfolk’s people, businesses and visitors. Hence a budget consultation launched on 26th October – see www.norfolk.gov.uk/budget. They invite residents to comment using the online feedback form (this ensures a clear and accurate record of the comments).
Alternatively, send views in writing to: Freepost Plus RTCL-XSTT-JZSK Norfolk County Council, Ground floor – south wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH.
Residents can request our budget consultation document in other formats, including paper form, by calling 0344 800 8020 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The consultation closes at midnight on 14th December 2020.
If you have any questions about the process for consultation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Christine Mawson, Stakeholder and Consultation Manager, Email: email@example.com or telephone 01603 224485.
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.
It has taken a long time but finally the reduced speed limit is enforced via new 40 mph signs recently installed on the B1113. The limit applies from just North of the Mill Lane junction to the Wreningham village sign further South.
Norfolk County Council’s Cycling and Walking team are working on a project to improve waymarking and access on the historic Kett’s Country Long Distance Path, a 17-mile recreational walking route between Wymondham and Norwich.
This project also involves the creation of five brand new circular walks to connect local communities to the linear route and other green spaces. The long-distance path and all circular walks will be following existing public rights of way or quiet roads.
This is due to be completed by March 2022 with improvements to access and sign installation due to take place from March 2021.
In the short term, Chris Brough of NCC, would welcome your feedback – see details below. In the longer term he will provide more information on the circular walks and ways in which parishioners can have their say and how they can help.
Chris Brough, Cycling and Walking Assistant Officer, Environment Team
Local Government Boundary Commission for England is undertaking an electoral review of Norfolk County Council. As part of the review, the Commission is required by legislation to have regard to electorate forecasts for a period five years after the publication of its final recommendations (in this case, that period is 2025).
The County Council submitted these forecasts in late 2019, which were agreed by the Commission and published. These were used as the basis for the consultation on division patterns, which was due to end on 11 February 2020.
On 30 January, the Commission received a representation from a district
council in Norfolk which cited significant concerns about the electorate forecasts. Having considered the points raised, the Commission has agreed that the forecasts should be revisited.
The Commission has asked Norfolk County Council to provide updated electorate forecasts by 11 February and will extend the existing consultation period by six weeks to 24 March.
Any party that has already made a submission based on the existing electorate figures is invited to make another submission once the updated electorate have been published.
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
We have received notification that the bus services in Norfolk will have significant changes. The note is attached here – those which mention Mulbarton are in green lettering, whereas mention of Wreningham is in one entry in blue ink.
It is not clear whether these are temporary arrangements or more permanent. Please contact the names given in the note if you need more information.
We have received a notice that work to extend the sewerage system along Wymondham Road will need the road closed to through traffic for up to 5 days from 18 November to 22 November. Access will be possible. Documentation received is below: