Agenda for 28th September 2020

There will be an Online Meeting of
Acle Parish Council
on Monday, 28th September 2020
at 7.00pm


There will be an opportunity for public participation and district/county council comments, before the meeting starts.

  1. To consider Apologies for Absence
  2. To Receive Declarations of Interest in Items on the Agenda and to consider Requests for a Dispensation
  3. To Agree the Minutes of the Meetings held on 24th August and 23rd September 2020
  4. To Note the Clerk’s Report, including:
    i) an update on the purchase of The Chocolate Box
    ii) an update on Acle Foodbank
    iii)       an update on “Shop Acle” and Resilience Work
    iv) a report on the Farmers’ Market and assisting with future events
    v) an update on the Herondale site
    vi) a report on the proposed Men’s Shed
    vii)      consideration of proposed changes to boundaries for Norfolk County Council
    viii)     to decide on a donation to the Royal British Legion
    ix) to consider supporting Acle Rainbows
    x) to decide on a response to the Planning White Paper
    5. To Consider Planning Applications
    6. To Approve the Finance Report
    7. To Receive a Report from the Recreation Centre
    8.To Consider Proposals and Maintenance for Former Barclays Building
    9. To Consider Noticeboards for Archive Displays
    10. To Consider Highways Issues, including Christmas Lights
    11. To Consider Sites for a possible Car Park
    12. To Discuss the Fletcher Room site
    13. Items for the Next Agenda
    14. To Co-opt a New Councillor

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Meeting ID: 815 3309 2392

Passcode: 337267

Pauline James, Parish clerk – 22nd September 2020


Zoom meeting for Acle Men’s Shed

Obviously it is not great timing to try to set up a Men’s shed, but we’re going to give it a go…
The first meeting, to see who might be interested, and whether there are some people interested in forming a working party to look into setting it up, will be by Zoom, on Wednesday, 16th September at 10.00
The meeting is being co-ordinated by Norfolk County Council, as facilitator, and they have invited an experienced Men’s Shedder to join the meeting to explain how they can work.
A Men’s Shed is a place where men feel at home and can pursue practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men of all ages where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work.
Amie Evans is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 929 8469 8404
Passcode: 5eZw51

Acle Library – changes to hours and use

Acle Library Opening hours

Our opening hours are changing slightly from 14 September:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: 10.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 10am-2pm
  • Friday: 2pm-4pm
  • Saturday: 1pm-4pm
  • Sunday:  Closed    

We reopened on the 7 July but the ways and times our customers are using libraries have changed and by making these slight adjustments we can enable more Norfolk libraries to reopen.  We need to be able to release staff across the county to work in other libraries in a Covid-safe way.  As a service we are working hard to make the best use of our resources to meet customer’ needs

Acle Library has reopened and we have enjoyed welcoming many of you back.

At Acle Library you can:

  • follow our one-way system to browse the shelves
  • pre-order a selection of up to 10 books for adults for free through Select and Collect Use the online form at or call 01603 774777
  • borrow our new Grab and Go children’s book bags for families
  • book one 60-minute session per day on a computer. To book a session or if you need any help using our computers call 01603 774777
  • return items through the drop box or self-service kiosks
  • download the FREE Spydus app to check out books on your smartphone
  • download eBooks, audio books, newspapers and magazines by visiting

We’ve made some changes to keep you safe, so

  • there is no ‘Open Library’ access
  • please bring your library card with you or join in the library or online
  • we may ask for details from you to help with Test and Trace
  • you will need to wear a face covering in the library
  • we have a one-way system for social distancing
  • hand sanitiser is available for use on the way in and out of the library
  • surfaces and computers will be regularly wiped down
  • returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours
  • sorry, there are no newspapers, magazines or seats in the library and the toilet is not available.

Forthcoming road works

Norfolk County Council will be carrying out repairs to the road surface and pavements in the Old Road/Bridewell Lane area on 7th – 9th September, with stop/go boards…

Norfolk County Council have sent notice of road closures from 8pm to 6am on the A1064 Acle Link Road, from the A47 roundabout to just north of the junction with Old Road, for 5 nights from 21st September.

Agenda for 24th August 2020


Topic: Acle Parish Council
Time: Aug 24, 2020 07:00 PM London

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Meeting ID: 827 0109 4833
Passcode: 352712

Clerk’s report

finance report at 24th August


Casual Vacancy for a parish councillor

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 work in or rent/own land in the parish of Acle.

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

At the time of a parish council election, if 13 candidates stand then an election is held. If 12 or fewer stand, then everyone is automatically confirmed as a parish councillor.

If fewer than 12 people stand to be councillors, or when someone resigns or dies mid-term, then there is what is called a casual vacancy. The existing parish councillors vote on who they would like to be the new parish councillor, known as co-option.

Generally, candidates are invited to attend a 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 (25 hours per week) and a part-time cleaner for the public toilets, and 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 Pre-school building (known as the Fletcher Room), the former Barclays Bank building and is currently buying the Chocolate Box.

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, usually in the Methodist Meeting Room, but currently on Zoom.

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]


Notice of vacancy

Local Council Award – Foundation Level

Acle - foundation certificate

Play areas re-open

The play areas in Springfield, Damgate Lane and Beighton Road are open again! Please remember that your children must wash their hands when they get home, or bring sanitiser for them. Be courteous to other users and keep your distance, but enjoy!

Tribute to Brian Grint

Tribute to Brian Grint

Discretionary grant funds via Broadland District Council

Local Discretionary Grant Fund

The Government have provided funding to help support some of the businesses and charities that did not qualify under the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. The total sum available to be distributed is £1,223,000

Government have requested that Broadland District Council prioritises certain types of businesses and charities from this fund, and have set out guidance under which there are some criteria that a local scheme must comply with. However, local councils are also able to support businesses that are important to the local economy and are able to set their own criteria for these.  Subject to the criteria your business may be eligible for support.

This scheme cannot help all businesses who are likely to seek support and we are inviting applications for the local discretionary grant with a fixed time period for applications. Please see below for further information.

Applications will be open from 9 June 2020 to 23 June 2020

Click here for the link to their website