Kirby Cane & Ellingham PC update

Eight residents braved wet and windy weather on the evening of Monday, 19th NOVEMBER 2018 to attend the last Parish Council meeting of the year.

The meeting heard of progress on dealing with various highways issues, including the poor condition of the roadway near to the river at Ellingham Mill. Following a meeting with the Norfolk County Council highways officer, it had been confirmed that responsibility for the area in question actually falls to Suffolk County Council, and I will continue to pursue this issue with that authority.

Councillors were also pleased to hear that the construction waste fly-tipped near to the junction on the south side of the A143 in Kirby Cane had been cleared.

The parish council continued to discuss the provision of parking near Ellingham School, and agreed to contact the Ellingham United Charities to explore the possibility of securing an area of land to create a carpark that would benefit both the school and the playing field.

The council also agreed to sign the transfer agreement which will formally commit it to taking over the 25 footway lights in the village from 31st March 2019.

I was able to report that an appeal to a decision of the Information Commissioner in the council’s favour regarding a complaint brought against it during 2017 had been dismissed – the decision notice will be available on the website.

Meeting dates for 2019 were agreed and will also be posted on the website. Councillors will meet on Monday, 10th December to examine the budget for 2019/20 in detail so that it can be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting, which will take place in the Kirby Cane Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Monday, 14th January 2019 to meet South Norfolk Council’s deadline for precept requests.

Please note that there will be parish and district council elections on 2nd May 2019 and I will be attending a training course in January to ensure I am fully updated with all the necessary information on this.

There is a vacancy for a parish councillor, and if you are interested in standing for co-option, or have any queries about any aspect of Parish Council business, please let me know.

Last but not least, the chairman, parish councillors and I send our good wishes to residents for the Christmas season, and for a very happy New Year.

Jane Love, Clerk to the Council