August 2017

Recycling – Clean, Dry and Don’t Bag It

As part of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, Broadland District Council has launched a householder campaign aimed at reducing the amount of contamination in Norfolk’s household recycling bins.

In terms of recycling, contamination refers to the type of material put in recycling bins and the quality of that material.

This campaign’s primary focus is to let residents know the ‘3 simple rules’ to recycling: Clean, Dry and Don’t Bag It. The campaign also reminds residents about what can and cannot be put in kerbside recycling bins.

The campaign is called ‘Give your Recycling a Little bit of Love’.

So what is it all about? – Regardless of where people live in Norfolk or what colour their wheeled bin happens to be, the rules of recycling are the same across Norfolk i.e. every household can recycle the same materials and items placed in recycling bins must be ‘Clean, Dry and Loose’.

Keep Broadland Bees Buzzing

To give Broadland’s bees a boost next spring, Broadland residents can claim 20 free crocus bulbs from participating garden centres to plant in their gardens. It is best to plant crocus bulbs in autumn for a springtime bloom. In spring, food can be particularly sparse for bees but crocus flowers can provide a vital protein rich food source for hungry bees. This early boost in energy can help set them up for a successful season.

Schools and community groups are also invited to get in touch with the council if they would like more crocus bulbs to brighten up a green space for bees.

Vouchers can be found in libraries in Broadland and the free bulbs can be claimed at a participating centre from 1 September 2017.

Participating garden centres are:

Salhouse Garden Centre, Honeycombe Lane, NR13 6JP

Mousehold Garden Centre, Mousehold Lane, NR7 8HP

Moulton Nurseries, Acle Road, NR13 3AP

Taverham Nursery Centre, Fir Covert Road, NR8 6HT

Woodgate Nursery, Aylsham, NR11 6UH

Norfolk Citizens Advice

Phone : 03444 111 444

We provide free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s lives.

Our goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face.

We’re an independent charity and part of the Citizens Advice network across England and Wales.

A47 roadshows

Highways England, the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads including the A47, has announced it will hold four roadshow events in Norfolk. The details of these are:

• Monday, 14 August – King’s Lynn Market Place (outside the Dukes Head), PE30 1JS,11am – 6pm;
• Tuesday, 15 August – Attleborough Sainsbury’s, High Street, NR17 2EH, 12 – 7pm;
• Wednesday, 16 August – Great Yarmouth Tesco Extra, Pasteur Rd, Southtown, NR310DW, 12 – 7pm;
• Thursday, 17 August – Gorleston Morrisons, Black Reach, NR31 6SA, 12 – 7pm.

The £300 million of improvements to the A47 announced by Highways England comprise six schemes, with work slated to start in 2019/20 financial year. Four of the six schemes will be on sections of the road in Norfolk, these are:

• Dualling the A47 North Tuddenham to Easton;
• Dualling the A47 Blofield to North Burlingham;
• Improving the A47/A11 Thickthorn junction;
• Improving A47 Great Yarmouth junctions including reconstruction of the Vauxhall Roundabout.

Further information on these improvements is expected to be announced by Highways England in the near future.

For more information on the A47 Alliance, visit ;

Minutes of the meeting on 31st July 2017

31st July 2017

New community hub in the centre of Acle

Acle residents will shortly receive the green Community News which raises the idea of a Community Hub in the centre of Acle. This is a copy:

You will all be aware that the East of England Co-Op has relocated to the larger store on the Norwich Road. They have now opened a funeral services office in the left-hand part of the building at The Green,  but the Co-Op has offered the village the opportunity to take on the remaining space at the old store, for use as a Community Hub.

The space available is large – approximately 2/3rds of the old store and back storeroom, totalling about 1,635 sq.ft.; room enough for sub-division into two or three areas….

The Parish Council needs to know if you would support the creation of a Community Hub at this location. There would be costs involved, which would need to be shared by residents via the precept, such as rent and rates, and perhaps a small salary for staff.

Ideas for the space so far include:

– a small convenience store, selling Co-Op basics range for those residents who find it difficult to access the new store in Norwich Road – such as bread, milk, eggs etc

– a display area for the archive collection, with changing displays of local photos and maps

– a tourist information centre

– a drop-in café

– a meeting room which could be hired by village groups.

The parish councillors think that the Hub could be run by a part-time, employed manager, together with a team of volunteers, rather like the successful community-run shop at the White Horse in Upton. So, what we need to know is:

Would you be willing to give up an hour or so of your time to help run the Hub?

What uses would you like to propose for the space?

We’re not sure yet if the Hub would be run by the Parish Council, by a charity or by another type of community-interest organisation.

Please speak to any of the parish councillors, or the clerk. Any ideas would be very welcome….

Clerk: Pauline James – Beech Farm, Marsh Road, Upton NR13 6BP

01493 751070

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