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

Their contacts: email: : Tel. 01603 222112

Woodland Trust:

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.

Here is a map of the proposed route.

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

Community and Environmental Services

Norfolk County Council

Tel: 01603 224436



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​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.

When they have been received, the new electorate forecasts will be published on the Norfolk review site at

As a result of this, the public consultation on the draft recommendations will now take place from 2 June – 10 August 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact

​Get in touch

If you have comments on ward arrangements please so by 24 March 2020. Representations should be made:

– Through the interactive consultation portal, where you can explore the maps of the recommendations, draw your own boundaries and make comments;

– By email to;

Or in writing to Review Officer (Norfolk), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL

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 |

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.

Highway works are due to commence on Monday 29 July 2019 on Church Road for a duration of three weeks, West of Hethel Road to the public footpath. The works are to install kerbing to a section of the trod path continuing from work started last year. There will be some drainage installation work and repairs to the trod path carried out at the same time.

The road will be closed to traffic until work is complete. However pedestrian access will be maintained. There is a diversion for drivers: a signed diversion route along Church Road, B1113 Norwich Road, C594 Wymondham Road, Gravel Pit Lane and Ashwellthorpe Road will be in place. The diversion route is mapped here.

This work is being carried out during the school holidays to minimise disruption.

The County Council thanks people for their patience whilst this work is carried out.

The work which will cost £21000 will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and their contractors.

For Further Information: Robert West, Highway Engineer, 0344 800 8020.

Up-to-date information about roadworks in Norfolk is available on the County Council website at

STRO2403: Temporary road closure (except for access) on 24th February 2019 – U76093 Blacksmiths Lane from its junction with B1113 Norwich Road for a distance of 40 metres eastwards in the PARISH OF ASHWELLTHORPE AND FUNDENHALL because of carriageway surfacing.

STRO2403: Temporary road closure (except for access) on 24th February 2019 – B1113 Norwich Road from its junction with U76093 Blacksmiths Lane for a distance of 150 metres north eastwards in the PARISH OF ASHWELLTHORPE AND FUNDENHALL because of carriageway surfacing.

STRO2355: Temporary road closure (except for access) from 25th February 2019 to 27th February – C594 Wymondham Road from its junction with B1113 Norwich Road for a distance of 1270 metres westwards in the PARISH OF ASHWELLTHORPE AND FUNDENHALL because of carriageway surfacing.

STRO2351: Temporary road closure (except for access) from 25th February 2019 to 24th May 2019 – C346/ C513 Long Stratton Road from its junction with C349 Tabernacle Lane for a distance of 1000 metres south eastwards in the PARISH OF FORNCETT because of works to connect a new portable water main.

If you would like more information on any of these, please contact Norfolk County Council, Adam Mayo (Community and Environmental Services) on 0344 800 8020 quoting the relevant order number.