• Closures of central reservations on A47

    From National Highways –

    Road Closures and diversions in April 2024

    We are starting pre-construction work on the scheme which will lead to an increase in construction traffic around the A47 junction with B1140 South Walsham Road and Acle Road.

    In order to improve safety at this junction we are permanently closing the central reservations at 9pm on Tuesday 16 April. Other central reservations are being closed for up to 30 months.

    We are carrying out these closures to stop road users being put at risk where high speed traffic could meet stationary traffic turning.

    Please remember that closure details can change at short notice. For the most up-to-date information, please visit our daily closures page

    Note that this will result in a lot more traffic into Acle. The diversion for traffic wanting to travel west from The Windle, and for traffic travelling east and wanting to turn south towards Lingwood and Cantley will be into Acle on the eastbound A47 sliproad, across the bridge and down the westbound sliproad back onto A47.

  • Community News April 2024

    2024 March
  • Annual Parish Meeting on 22nd April at 7.00pm

    This is your meeting. Please do attend

  • Casual Vacancy for a parish councillor

    There is one vacancy on the parish council. Unless an election is requested, the councillors will look to co-opt a new person onto the Council at the meeting on 20th May.

    If you would be interested in being considered, please get in touch with the parish clerk.

    Being a parish councillor

    The position of parish councillor is a voluntary position, and unpaid.

    To be eligible to be a parish councillor you must be at least 18 years old, be a British or Commonwealth citizen, and either (a) be a local government elector or (b) live within 3 miles of the parish, or (c) work in or rent/own land in the parish of Acle.

    There are 12 parish councillors for Acle Parish Council. Every parish councillor stands down at each parish council election, normally linked to district council elections, and usually every 4 years.

    Generally, candidates are invited to attend the parish council meeting and, at the end, to say just a few words about why they would like to be a parish councillor, what they care about particularly in the area, and what their interests are. The councillors then discuss the candidates in private and vote on which person to choose. The councillors look for someone to complement the existing skills base within the council, or someone who has an interest in or enthusiasm for a forthcoming project.

    The parish council employs a parish clerk, deputy clerk and assistant clerk (all part-time) and a part-time cleaner for the public toilets and for some open spaces. The council looks after street lights, 3 play areas, the cemetery, some grasscutting, the allotments, and some bins and benches. It also pays for the youth club and helps the Recreation Centre, Social Club and other village groups and clubs. The council owns the Fletcher Room, (currently let to Acle Pre-School), Folly Tree House and the Chocolate Box/Brian Grint Centre and is currently working on the replacement of the Fletcher Room.

    The council is consulted on planning applications in the area, and on some larger projects in the county.

    Meetings are usually on the last Monday of each month, apart from when that falls on a bank holiday, when the meeting is moved forward by one week. Meetings are held at 7.00pm, in the Methodist Meeting Room.

    New councillors are encouraged to undertake some introductory training courses, which are paid for by the council.

    For more information, please contact the clerk, Pauline James, on 01493 751070 or [email protected]

  • Public Consultation. Taking a loan to replace The Fletcher Room

    The Fletcher Room is the community building on Fletcher Way, next to the Primary School. It is owned by Acle Parish Council and the main hirer is Acle Pre-School. The building has been in place since 2001, and is coming towards the end of its lifespan.

    Acle Parish Council would like to replace the current building with a larger 2 room community building. Out of school hours this community building will be available for hire to others. Having taken some guidance from contractors prior to formal tender, renewal costs for the building and associated works could reach £350,000.

    Acle Parish Council does not currently have sufficient reserves to fund this project, and therefore we are looking into a loan of up to £300,000. With an annual repayment of approximately £20,000, this would be a cost of about £17.15, per year, for an average Band D household. This works out as 33 pence per week.

    We are expecting to reduce the loan amount with grants, there are many available for this type of project and we will be applying for all that we may be eligible for. We will also reuse, where we can, current fixtures like the lights and fire systems. Any grants and cost savings will reduce the number of years of loan repayments.

    If the loan is not supported by the residents of Acle, we cannot apply for this, and therefore the project will not be able to happen at this time.

    There is a paper copy of the above information being delivered to every property in Acle over the next week, with a paper reply slip and details of where to return this should you prefer paper over electronic option. The electronic option for return is via this google form link https://forms.gle/rzBT16WwrEFdDRfE9 which is now open to responses.

    One response per household as the precept is per household. If more than one response is received the first response will be taken as the counted vote. Name & address are required to ensure response is from residents of Acle Parish Council area, and we will compare to the electoral roll.

    Deadline for responses is 12th May 2024


  • Police and Crime Commissioner Election – 2 May 2024

    Police and Crime Commissioner Election – 2 May 2024

    The election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk will take place on Thursday 2 May 2024

    This area of the BDC website contains detail of the forthcoming election.  This page will be updated with relevant information as it becomes available.

    Trevor Holden, Chief Executive, is the local Returning Officer for both South Norfolk Council and Broadland District Council. Trevor Holden has also been appointed as Norfolk Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for the election. The PARO has overall responsibility for co-ordinating and running the election across the whole of the county, although local Returning Officers at District/Borough level will have responsibility for overseeing arrangements in their areas.

    Information including candidates for this election will be published on this page. You can also find further information relating to candidates on the ‘Choose my PCC’ website at https://choosemypcc.org.uk/ 

    More information about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner is available below;

    Voter ID

    Following changes made under the Elections Act 2022, any persons voting in person at this election will be required to show an official form of photographic identification (ID) before being issued with a ballot paper at the polling station.

    Your name on the register must match your name on your identity document. If you have changed your name, you can update your details online by visiting www.gov.uk/registertovote

    Accepted forms of ID are:

    • a passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country
    • a driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or an EEA state (this includes a provisional driving licence).
    • a biometric immigration document
    • an identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
    • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
    • a Blue Badge
    • a national identity card issued by an EEA state
    • an Older Person’s Bus Pass
    • a Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
    • an Oyster 60+ Card
    • a Freedom Pass
    • a Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland
    • a 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
    • a Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
    • a Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
    • a Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
    • a War Disablement SmartPass or War Disabled SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
    • a 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
    • a Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
    • an Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland

    If you do not have any of the accepted forms of ID you can apply online for a free Voter Authority Certificate – this is a photographic identity document specifically for the purpose of voting.

    You must be registered to vote in order to apply. If you need to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, make sure you do so in good time. The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for use at this election is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024. 

    Apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate

  • Agenda for Monday, 25th March 2024


  • Postwick Park & Ride timetable

  • Home library service by Norfolk Libraries

    Home, residential and sheltered library service by Norfolk Libraries.

    The home library service provides books on wheels to the homes of people who like to use the library service but are unable to get to a branch or mobile library due to age, disability or mobility.


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