As you are aware EYNSFORD ward in Breckland is being incorporated with Upper Wensum ward and additional villages into a two member super ward from the next election to be called Upper Wensum Ward

At the moment we are the five villages of Bawdeswell, Bylaugh, Foxley, Lyng and Sparham. From May 2015 we will be joined with Brisley, Gateley, Guist, Twyford, Billingford, Bintree,  North Elmham, Elsing, Hockering and North Tuddenham.

The ward will  be represented by two members who will be jointly responsible for the whole ward. At the election you will be able to have two votes on the ballot form.

I intend to stand for the seat and will be able to answer questions at the parish meetings in Eynsford Ward over the coming weeks, I will also respond to telephone or emails of course. I also intend to get around to the “new to me’ villages between now an the election campaign to find out the problems and concerns they may have. I hope to be elected as one of your representatives on Breckland

With 15 villages instead of 6 it will be a bit of a stretch, so anyone who is willing to help with delivering  a few leaflets will be very welcome on board and we can talk about that again in the spring.

I believe I have been a good Ward Councillor in the past 12 years and represented both the parishes and individuals well, if you agree please pass that on to any friend you may have in the new Upper Wensum Ward.


These are my presentation notes to the Inspector at the recent oral floor hearing
  1. Generally supportive of the concept of the NDR but some concerns regarding the impact on the communities we represent to the West of Norwich primarily those along and off the A1067.
  2. Road traffic, including LGV vehicles is already being directed through Hockering village centre (N – S) and Hockering/Weston/Honingham/North Tuddenham (S – N)  
  3. An historical disquiet regarding the failure to keep communities advised This fear is based upon misinformation given to local public meetings in over three decades including  (a) the institution of the lorry route and (b) at the building of roundabout on A47 and (c) at the failure to improve the Berrys Lane – Wood Lane junction on A47
  4. Local residents are aware of increased traffic on the commended routes over and above the natural predicted increase, and of an overspill into other routes 
  5. Concern over ‘rat runs’ including those through Ringland, Weston Longville, Hockering, Honingham, North and East Tuddenham, Lyng, Bawdeswell and other villages. As District Councillors all of these have been mentioned to us with concern. These routes are over busy at peak times now, and additional predicted traffic is worrying (cf AA mapping exp)
  6. Concern reference (S -N) LVG traffic using Lyng Village centre
  7. We note that, for example Sat-Nav directions from Bawdeswell to Wymondham directs traffic via Norwich ring road, that does not happen
  8. Concern over the condition of verge edges on several route including the recently approved and improved A1067/A47 link road from Gt Witchingham to Honingham and North Tuddenham. This includes 10 right angle bends on under-width routes used by maximum sized LGV vehicles partly one way partly two way (C173-C451-C493-C173-C198)
  9. Concern regarding unsuitable access to the A47 at Wood Lane Junction (C451) and at Hockering (C173) and lesser extent North Tuddenham (C198)
  10. Concern at increased traffic predicted at Hockering Heath Road, Honingham Wood Lane and East Tuddenham Sandy Lane
  11. As district Councillors we are aware that new housing is required, and not just in Greater Norwich, all districts are seeking additional housing within there own communities and this will increase pressure on already challenged roads 
  12. Concern at the disadvantage to local businesses, large and small, from lack of a complete road. This includes the Norwich Airport which is expanding and draws much of its passenger and business traffic from West of Norwich
What we would like to see is that the project considers these points within the proposals that are before the hearing, plus that a commendation be made that to fully satisfy the requirements of these communities and of the people of Norfolk as a whole that the Norwich Northern Distributor Road be made a complete route from A47 East to A47 West giving the communities we represent a degree of certainty.  
That when the Western section is completed as this design, that local improvements to rural roads currently being used as rat-runs are improved in particular the junctions both on and off the A1067 and the A47. 
Greater Norwich and the various communities living to the North of the city and up to the coast need this improvement. We are here today to ensure that the people we represent in Breckland villages are not disadvantaged by these proposals 


OK It’s outside my area, but the issues raised by the de-registration of 1500 patients should be important to us all.

Yesterday I attended the OSC meeting in Dereham, this is the third time Breckland have discussed the matter and many details and reasons have been raised on all sides

Norfolk is apparently short of almost 50 GP’s and recruitment to our delightful county is getting harder. This means that any of our doctors surgeries could be at risk. I called on the Overview and Scrutiny Commission


Hi All,

This is my presentation to the hearing on effects


Its now only about three weeks until we know the findings of the Boundary Review and how it affects Eynsford Ward. Please contact me now, or when the LABC have pronounced and I will be happy to discuss and attend meetings in all the villages to explain the implications. All we know at the moment is that Eynsford Ward (Bawdeswell, Bylaugh, Foxley, Lyng and Sparham) will be affected, most probably by being amalgamated with another ward and that entity being expanded and developed as a two member ward.

Yes this will affect your representation, but I do commit, if re-elected, to continue with the same dedication as in the last twelve years.




Met with Roads minister Robert Goodwill yesterday and passed to him a list of problems, suggestions and complaints about the A47 between Easton and North Tuddenham, including a list of black-spots for accidents.

It is important that the Westminster team are on board for improving this road and it was good to see that apart from George Freeman we had four other MP’s Three County Councillors and Three other Breckland Councillors in attendance, and NCC director of transport and planning.

Below are the notes I gave to the minister.

Sweeping bends approximately less than a mile Honingham Colton crossroads. Accident spot


IMG_0682Anyone interested in a Tawny Owl, flew into cables in mid ’90′s. full DEFRA certificate

Busy Week


Two days at Norfolk Show, met up with surprising number of people from the ward this year. Sorted out two meetings plus discussed needs and even sorted out at least one problem.

Visited the Breckland stand they were pushing ‘keep fit’ with reduced Gym membership at the two Parkwood run sites in the district, promoting the Master Gardeners, and selling the Breckland Training services to all comers. Also went on the South Norfolk stand, twice the size and same number of visitors. One of the best ‘council stands’ was the Holt town stand. they were selling Holt as a town to visit and doing a very good job. As a 4 or 5 times a year visitor to Holt I certainly made a few contacts for next time, and spent a bit of money on the day.

As Flower and Garden show secretary for some years I did my usual visits here meeting old friends and seeing the very high standard of exhibits by RNHS members.


Will be off to the Royal Norfolk Show in a few minutes. To me this has been the premier event on the calendar for over 50 years. I visited the Costessey showground for the very first Norfolk Show there 60 years ago as a child and started my business visits in 1965. Whilst I no longer have a valid business reason for going it does give me the opportunity to meet with old friends, and these days as a councillor get to do some political networking. I shall also enjoy the odd hour at the grand ring and spend time with the livestock. If anyone from my ward at Breckland is there, do have a chat.

As some will know, for many years I organised the Gardeners Show at the RNS so I will be spending time there on both days and will be there today soon after judging is completed – about 9.30ish

Have a great day if you too are going


Just off to spend the day in the shop, if you follow my blog then 10% off any purchaser who mentions this posting……….

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