PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
The Parish Council
The Parish Council is made up of 9 councillors who represent the village on various matters. We are one of three tiers of local government: the others being Norfolk County Council and the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk. There is currently a councillor vacancy. If you are interested in finding out more contact the clerk.
We meet at 7.30 pm usually on the first Monday of the month at the Memorial Pavilion, Fakenham Road, South Creake, but due to the current situation with COVID-19 we are meeting virtually. Please see the agenda for joining details. The public is very welcome to attend our meetings.
The Parish Council are responsible for:
The children's Play Area
The upkeep of the Village Green and Playing Field
Bus Shelter and Seating
General Maintenance around the Village.
Norfolk ALC - Help in a Crisis
With increasing energy prices and ever rising food and commodity prices we are all anticipating that many people among us will struggle this coming autumn and winter. There are many places that people can turn for help and support, however, knowing exactly where to go for the right type of advice can be tricky.
In order to help you offer the best possible advice to your residents and to provide quick links to sources of help and support, Norfolk ALC has put together the 2 documents.
The first “short” document offers a single page of contact links to advice services and other lists of information about places people can go for help; this document has been deliberately edited down to keep all the information on one page so it can be viewed at a glance.
The second document is an expanded list of sources of help, that you may wish to keep.
Are you worried about paying bills (short version)
Norfolk County Council - Cut back in bus services due to driver shortages
The following cut backs will be happening to Sanders bus services from 30th October due to driver shortages. The revised timetables will be in place until at least Easter. All services mentioned are under contract to Norfolk County Council.
Service 23: Litcham area to Norwich: Wednesdays only: Return journey from Norwich moved forward by 30 minutes to 1310
Service 27 & 28: Creakes to Fakenham and Fakenham Town service: Service withdrawn on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, now only operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Service 25: Litcham area to Norwich: Tuesdays withdrawn, now only operating on Fridays
Norfolk Resilience Forum
This multiagency update provides information to customers and businesses affected by the flooding on the actions being taken and gives the contact details for each organisation involved in flooding response, including Anglian Water of course.
Norfolk Resilience Forum Flooding Letter April 2021
Introducing CHANCES Helping People Get Back Into Work
After rather more than a year of lockdown we’re all looking forward to a bit more personal freedom, but many people have struggled over the past year and need help to get back into work – or, if they are young, to find their very first job. They will struggle even more if they suffer from ill health – be it of the body or the mind – possibly exacerbated by lockdown.
Chances is a project to help and Jason Slack, the Kings Lynn Advocate for Chances (but speaking here for the whole of Norfolk) has sent us this wonderful article explaining the project and asks if we can spread the word far and wide in our own communities.
Voluntary Norfolk’s Employment Services Team are part of a new £4.9 million partnership project, led by Norfolk County Council, to help people get back into work and to support people that may find it difficult to work due to their health.
The Chances Project delivers personalised employment support to people both near to and far from work, including those seeking help with health conditions, employability skills, or a lack of self-confidence.
WHO WE CAN HELP
Aged 18 or over
Unemployed for one day or more
Living in the Norfolk area
Has the legal right to live and work in the UK
Motivated to move forwards and looking to make positive life changes.
WE CAN OFFER
Specially designed help for people who are not able to access current national support schemes
One to one coaching to improve job prospects, skills, confidence and wellbeing
Support to overcome barriers to employment, such as transport, childcare or physical or learning disabilities.
Support and advice on job searching, CVs and application forms
Access to a variety of voluntary positions and training opportunities
Funding to purchase essential equipment or ID to increase employment prospects
All of our support is locally based, bespoke, flexible, one-to-one, completely free and voluntary. As such, within reason there are no time limits on the support we give individuals. We will take the time to forge community links, trust and rapport with individuals and ‘go the extra mile’ for them where needed.
The Acres – Registering a Public Right of Way
The Parish Council has also submitted an application to Norfolk County Council in order to register the route across the field between Leicester Road and London Lane, locally known as ‘The Acres’ as a ‘public right of way’. To accompany the application, we required a number of ‘user evidence forms’ to be completed which many of you kindly did. The Council would like to thank those of you who have supported the application and also to say thank you to the individual living in the village who was instrumental in helping the Parish Council negotiate the process.
We have been informed that the application process is slow and given that Norfolk County Council has a high volume of similar applications it could take two or more years for a decision to be announced. To reassure those who have concerns, Norfolk County Council have advised that if the route is ploughed up and highway rights are eventually certified they will remain and the landowner will have to reinstate the route to its present form.
West Norfolk residents need photo ID to vote at elections in May
For the first time, residents in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk will need to show photographic ID to vote at this year’s local elections. Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.
Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA drivers’ licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.
Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online at voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk/ or by completing a paper form.
The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID, at electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID.