January 2016

101 : Police non-emergency number

Norfolk Constabulary is supporting a Home Office campaign reminding the public that they should call 101 if they need to contact their local police for non-emergency issues.

More than three quarters of 999 calls received by the police are for non-emergencies, such as people reporting crimes that are no longer in progress (for example discovering that their home has been burgled or their vehicle has been stolen), or wanting to discuss anti-social behaviour in their local area.

101 is an easy-to-remember number for the public to call the police, and is designed to reduce the number of non-emergency 999 calls. This allows the police to respond more quickly to genuine emergencies, such as when someone is in immediate danger, a crime is happening right now, or a suspect for a serious crime is nearby.

 

Launched in 2012, 101 covers all police forces across the UK and has replaced individual forces’ local numbers. A call to 101 costs just 15 pence no matter how long your call is. Not only is this cheaper than some forces’ local numbers, the single rate for every call means you know exactly how much your call will cost.

Training Policy

Training Policy 2016

Disciplinary Procedure

Disciplinary Procedure

Complaints Procedure

Complaints Procedure

UK Power Networks – assistance during power cuts

Do you need extra support during a power cut or do you know someone else that would need extra support? If so, sign up to our free register.

By joining the register, you will receive:
✔ A priority phone number that you can call 24 hours a day and regular updates until your power is back on
✔ A welcome pack with useful advice about preparing for a power cut
✔ Regular text message updates if you text ‘Power’ followed by your postcode to 80876
✔ Extra support from the British Red Cross

Who can apply
• Customers who are dependent on medical equipment
• Customers who are chronically ill
• Customers with a disability
• Customers who are visually impaired or blind
• Customers who are hearing impaired or deaf
• Elderly customers
• A nursing or residential home
• Customers with young babies in household
• Any other case that you would like us to consider

Click here to apply

Acle Lands Trust – report

ACLE LANDS  TRUST

Managing lands for the community’s benefit

Acle Lands Trust administers four areas of land, totalling some 16 hectares, on behalf of Acle Parish Council, for the purpose of nature conservation for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish. The Trust Lands are:

 

Damgate Wood

5.56 ha of wet woodland (Alder carr) declared a County Wildlife Site in 2015. A permissive footpath through the wood links the village from the Railway Station to the Weavers Way. This is well used by local dog-walkers and hikers, and increasingly by specialist naturalists. Kingfishers and Water Voles are present, and current studies reveal, amongst many things, that it is an important site for fungi in Norfolk. The Trustees, with the help of volunteers from local residents and the Bure Valley Conservation Group, are presently replacing the 20-year old rotting boardwalk with a new bridge and footpath suitable to traverse the soft, wet, ground conditions. Regular maintenance work is carried out clearing leaning trees and other vegetation from the pathway, and removing litter.

 

New Road Land

3.61 ha adjoining Damgate Wood between the railway and A47. It is heavily waterlogged and comprises willow scrub and developing carr. Virtually inaccessible, efforts are being made by the Trustees to acquire the considerable funding needed to offer future public access via boardwalks. It provides a useful habitat for wildlife.

 

Roman Wood

2.68 ha bounded by A1064 from the roundabout, containing mixed dry woodland, scrub and meadow, planted on arable land by the Acle community in 1995. Several footpaths are used by mainly dog-walkers. After 20 years of unmanaged growth, management intervention has become essential, in the form of thinning trees in the woodland and cutting the dense grass areas to restore the meadow for wild flowers. To this end the Trustees are assisted by volunteers from the Bure Valley Conservation Group in carrying out the sustained programme of work. Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s “Wild about Acle” morning in July introduced youngsters to Roman Wood.

 

Constable Doles

3.97 ha of fen which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) where this endangered habitat is sustained by excellent water quality. Containing a rare and sensitive flora (for which low-density grazing by cattle is the management strategy) it is not practical for it to be open to the public, but the Trustees make it available for study by specialist individuals and groups of naturalists, and students of the natural sciences from the UEA. Over the last year, major contract work was undertaken to restore the fen and ditches, funded by capital grants from Natural England.

 

How the Trust currently operates

In 2014, Natural England accepted the Trust Lands into a 10-year Higher Level Stewardship Agreement. This brings major advantages to the Trust. Annual payments will be made to the Trust to carry out conservation management, and capital grants are available for special approved works. Already some £11,000 has been spent on habitat restoration in Constable Doles at no cost to the Trust. The Trustees are obligated to manage all four sites according to an approved best-practice Management Plan, which is precisely what it was set up to do. The Trustees have developed relations with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Forestry Commission, The Environment Agency, Broadland Authority and Norfolk County Council, all of whom offer help and advice when required.

The Bure Valley Conservation Group, centred in Acle, was established in 2015 after a 2-year gestation period under the Bure Valley Living Landscape Initiative of Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Acle Lands Trust was involved with this group of volunteers from inception, bringing immense benefits to the Trust in the form of practical help.

In addition to their overall responsibility to restore and maintain the Trust Lands, the Trustees (eight in number) carry out individual projects. These include providing and looking after (on a daily basis) the cattle used to graze the fen, gathering records of all the biodiversity (flora and fauna) known to occur on each site, actively pursuing funding opportunities to improve facilities for the public, informing members of the community of the Trust’s aims and activities, and encouraging their participation.

The success of the Trust’s work was recognised in 2015 with an award from the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership for Best Group Award (highly commended).

 

Nigel Robson, Chairman Acle Lands Trust                                                                                          [email protected]

Cemetery extension

Broadland District Council have today turned down the request for a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for one acre of land north of the current cemetery.  This is very disappointing and raises the question as to where residents will be buried once the current cemetery is full.

 

Equal Opportunities Policy

Policy

Adopted in 2012, due for review in March 2016

Attending parish council meetings

Notes for the public attending

Parish Council Meetings

Acle Parish Council welcomes the public to its meetings. In fact by law, members of the public must be admitted to all meetings of the full council and its committees, (although the public can be excluded, for some decisions).  However, the law does not allow members of the public to take part in the debates.

This Parish Council, like many other parish and town councils in England and Wales, gives members of the public an opportunity to speak at some point during the meeting. We do this by temporarily adjourning the meeting.  This allows the public, and our District and County Councillors, an opportunity to speak.

For Acle Parish Council, this opportunity is at the beginning of every meeting. Please use this opportunity to raise issues or concerns about village matters.  If you wish to make a point about an item appearing later on in the meeting, for example about a planning application, then you should inform the chairman during the public forum and ask whether you will be permitted to speak during that later item, or whether you should speak during the public forum.  The councillors have the power to adjourn the meeting to permit members of the public to speak if they feel it is more useful to consider the public’s comments at the time of the agenda item.

If you wish to raise a point which does not relate to an item on the evening’s agenda, you are very welcome to do so. However, the council’s discussion of the point might have to be delayed until a subsequent meeting as the council is unable to make a decision binding in law, (this is particularly relevant to financial decisions,) unless a specific item is included on the agenda for the meeting.  A councillor, or the clerk, may be able to answer your question at the time or may have to contact you following the meeting.

Members of the Council are always willing to discuss topics put forward by the public. Our agenda is prepared about a week before the next monthly council meeting so you will need to inform the clerk or chairman about 10 days before the meeting, if you want an item included.  Although this might seem a long time in advance, the council is required by law to publicise its agenda at least three clear days before each meeting, not including the day of issue or the day of the meeting.

We hope that you will find the meeting useful and if you have any queries please contact the clerk, Pauline James, on

01493 – 751070 or [email protected]

You can read the minutes for previous meetings at:

https://aclepc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/

 

 

 

Acle Parish Council

Budget for 2016/17

The parish council set its budget for 2016/17 at the council meeting on 14th December 2015.

The parish council pays for the upkeep of the cemetery, most street lights, the Damgate Lane and Beighton Road play areas, grasscutting around the village, the public toilets in The Street, the Fletcher Room (Pre-School building), hanging baskets and street furniture such as benches and grit bins. The council employs a part-time parish clerk and a part-time cleaner.

As well as the day-to-day costs of running the parish, the council is also keen to build up reserves for the future repair and replacement of parish assets.

In order to meet these requirements it was agreed to increase the precept to £83,950, an increase of 15% on last year. This will be collected by Broadland District Council as part of your council tax from April and works out as an average total of £87 for the year for a band D home, or £7.25 per month.

The sale proceeds from the land north of Springfield can only be spent on the purchase of other assets or capital items and cannot be used for day-to-day running costs.