SEASONAL GREETINGS

Wishing you a Happy Christmas 
and a Blessed NewYear
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Picture Hockering Wood – Spring 2014
Gordon and Jacqueline

PUBLIC PROTECTION

Spent all day yesterday checking out and learning just how Breckland Council Officers  are protecting our communities. This is in my new role as Cabinet member for Public Protection and Democratic Services

Morning in Swaffham learning how the Council checks air quality on a continual basis from electronic monitoring stations and from test filters scattered around the town (similar sites are scattered through the district) and a short teach-in by our expert over a cup of tea. Fascinating subject and just one of the services provided by our council tax pound for our community

On to Thetford where I was advised on a number of particular matters within the town and some visits to see exactly how we monitor noise nuisance at two sites and met and advised a member of then public who stopped us in the street, advised a store manager of certain breaches, and visited a current pest control problem area in the town to see just what Breckland are doing to solve a community problem

On to a Forest site near Harling  for a Smell Nuisance complaint, found no evidence this day. Finished the afternoon at Watton to recheck a Airborne Irritant’ complaint.

Met my first contact on site at 10.00am left my last contact on site at 5.30pm

What I get is just a snapshot of how the department works, but it does give me a view on how well Breckland are doing the job of public protection in the district and enable me to understand when inevitable complaints about service are placed by constituents. I was impressed by the knowledge and indeed courage of Breckland officers as they work within the community to keep us all safe

I have already done a similar process with Licensing teams, and will spend a morning shadowing the Dog Warden on Friday this week. After Christmas will spend time with the Public Health team and Democratic Services team

THIS DOES NOT MAKE ME AN EXPERT – BUT GIVES ME CONFIDENCE IN OUR SERVICE

INTER-ACTIVE FUNDING

Do you – or your group need small amounts of funding?

Are you in the Dereham Partnership area?

Can you bid for £1 – £1000 before about the end of January 2015?

Details available very soon, contact me and I will get you application forms as soon as they become available

If your project fall outside the normal criteria for public funding, but you do need a small amount for a community based project, then this may be the time.

A DAY IN THE KITCHEN

I really had forgotten how much I like cooking. After the morning service in North Tuddenham and a quick lunch I went for a walk round Park Lane ,Hockering, my local short walk, about 3/4 hour. then cooked dinner.

Roast Pork plus trimmings, and excellent Elvedon sausages I bought at the A11 opening last week, They are good and I will go back for more, worth the trip. Plum Tarte Tatin with crispy sugar topping just caramelised perfectly turned out as well, always a bonus. Plus a nice loaf for tomorrow, and a batch of scotch eggs for packed lunches and then Christmas puddings, I know I am late, but hopefully they will mature for the big day.

Busy week at Breckland next week. Two meetings every day and three some. Getting my head around Environmental health, It is interesting and looking forward to meeting the various departments…..

CHRISTMAS FAIRS

Today – Elsing Village Hall Christmas Fairs This is an (almost) monthly event so come along next years events, FEBRUARY for 1st one, see this post or advertising for details

Bawdeswell – Church Wreaths Fair, again teas, cakes and Christmas Wreaths of all sorts

 

COMMUNITY AWARDS – PLEASE PASS ON TO YOUR FRIENDS IN BRECKLAND

To find out more about the nine award categories and to submit your nomination, please click on the below image. Alternatively, go to:http://www.breckland.gov.uk/content/pride-breckland-awards-2015

WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO HAS PERFORMED EXCEPTIONALLY WELL IN ANY FIELD

PRIDE IN BRECKLAND

NORFOLK IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Attended the Thetford Business Forum this morning for the pre meetings to opening the A11 dual carriageway FANTASTIC FOR ALL. Several MP’s local council leaders and the great and the good of that area. most of us then enjoyed an excellent breakfast, I was a guest of the forum, so thanks to them!

It was good to meet with Thetford Town Clerk, we had not me before. Also Mark Hall, who’s business also has a good social input to the district, am following up on that, Several other business owners from both Breckland, and Forest heath even further afield. At last we are connected Norwich to the outside world by modern dual carriageways. My old whinge that the closest motorway to Gt Yarmouth – is in Amsterdam will have to be modified a bit. As a person who, for most of my working life drove on Britain’s roads for about 40-50,000miles per year it’s wonderful. Now we must press for an early start on the A47 dualling. The government have stumped up the cash, lets get started Highways Agency, et-al.

History lesson from Thetford’s Mayor Sylvia Armes, this really is an old town, My family have been here for at least 500 years after arriving un England and spending a l;ong while in the North West digging canals, literally, we were not landed gentry, but Sylvia says she has been here longer, so have to take that further I think.

Norfolk can now enter the 21st Century, we are OPEN FOR BUSINESS…………..

SOME DAYS YOU CAN ACHIEVE A LOT

Today was just such a day.

Started with a meeting about Brecklands IT provision and the way forward, all committee members seemed to think like me, so I had little to say, but we really did move matters forward

Next meeting did not happen – my fault – but did manage several informal discussions in Elizabeth House which moved us all along with 4 outstanding planning matters all of which take the pressure off over the next week or two and a general discussion about licensing

Dealt with three Ward issues

Sorted the text and photo’s for next years election with my running mate Bill Borrett

Sorted out several appointments for the next two weeks, so diary now pretty full

Went for a 3 mile walk and just before home and by chance met with a parish chairman – not my Ward – and had an instructive, practical and positive discussion on matters of agreement and disagreement, so very happy

Sorted a few family matters

Did some work for the Christian Businessmen

All in All a very successful day I feel

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL PROJECTS

 

Does your small community project need a little cash? if so get in touch with me

Breckland Council is making £10,000 available in the Dereham area for small community projects – and you can apply

You can also get involved in helping to decide where the cash goes by contacting Rachel Leggett on rachelleggett@me.com or 07947 615333

Our Communities will be involved in the whole process of applying, organising and deciding on the projects – decisions in March 2015, but its never too early to find out

 

CHRISTMAS BIN COLLECTION ROTA

Click on the attached link for Christmas bin collections for full details

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FOR A QUICK CHECK

normal collection… will be collected on 

Thursday 25 December ……………………….Saturday 27 December 

Friday 26 December …………………………….Monday 29 December 

Monday 29 December…………………………..Tuesday 30 December 

Tuesday 30 December………………………….Wednesday 31 December 

Wednesday 31 December……………………..Friday 2 January 

Thursday 1 January………………………………Saturday 3 January 

Friday 2 January…………………………………..Monday 5 January 

Monday 5 January………………………………..Tuesday 6 January 

Tuesday 6 January……………………………….Wednesday 7 January 

Wednesday 7 January………………………….Thursday 8 January 

Thursday 8 January……………………………..Friday 9 January 

Friday 9 January…………………………………..Saturday 10 January

 

 

 

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