VOTE CONSERVATIVE IN MAY 2015
A number of people have commented on the recent application for solar farm on Heath Road.
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The below notes are copy & paste from some of the emails I have received since yesterday, I do not often pass on such stuff, but it is very nice to know I have been appreciated. What is interesting is that two of the four commend standing as an independent….food for thought?
I have left any identification of the writers off these quotes:-
Thanks for the very sad news, you will be sorely missed by all here in ————–, but thank you for all the help ably and willingly given to this parish and your many other villages. Thank you also for all the assistance and wise counsel you have given to me personally over the years.
Ever thought of standing as an independent?!!
My very best regards,
Sorry to lose you.
Stand as an independent, show the party it’s the man not the politics, that has support!
Oh dear this is not good. You have been such a supportive, encouraging and thoughtful councillor and we will be the poorer without you.
I am so disappointed but know that sometimes things change and we must get on with it, but this is not for for the good.
Those who read my last blog post will be aware that I was looking forward to representing the villages of Bawdeswell, Bylaugh, Foxley, Lyng and Sparham in Eynsford Ward from the next election for another four years, in the newly formed Upper Wensum Ward. Sadly this is looking unlikely.
I was first elected to represent Eynsford in May 2003 and during the ensuing almost 12 years I feel that I have done so with diligence and fairness. Whilst elected as a conservative candidate I believe that I have been politically blind when it comes to representing the people of the Ward. This has been blessed by an increasing majority at each election.
The Conservative party for Mid Norfolk have allocated others to represent you in the new ward and despite me making strong representations for remaining your candidate after next May, these have fallen on deaf ears.
This has left me to consider, as I have over the last two weeks, what I should do. I have been offered the opportunity to stand in Mattishall Ward as a conservative. I could of course stand as an independent in Upper Wensum, but historically this means I am unlikely to be elected in the new larger ward where I am less well known. I have therefore decided with great regret that I will be standing in Mattishall in May 2015.
Up to that time I will still be attending all your parish meetings where it is possible and of course taking up parish and personal matters as before.
I will really miss you all, both in parish councils and the other public and private meetings we have enjoyed over the years, and as always will be happy to meet or speak about all matters at any time.
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.
- 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.
- Road traffic, including LGV vehicles is already being directed through Hockering village centre (N – S) and Hockering/Weston/Honingham/North Tuddenham (S – N)
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- Concern reference (S -N) LVG traffic using Lyng Village centre
- We note that, for example Sat-Nav directions from Bawdeswell to Wymondham directs traffic via Norwich ring road, that does not happen
- 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)
- Concern regarding unsuitable access to the A47 at Wood Lane Junction (C451) and at Hockering (C173) and lesser extent North Tuddenham (C198)
- Concern at increased traffic predicted at Hockering Heath Road, Honingham Wood Lane and East Tuddenham Sandy Lane
- 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
- 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
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
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