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.
Parish Councillor Vacancy
Becoming a Parish Councillor
If you are passionate about your local community, we need you. Councillors make a huge difference to the quality of life of local people and how local issues are dealt with.
Being a councillor is highly rewarding. No other role gives you a chance to make such a huge difference to the quality of life of people in your local area and to influence the way issues are dealt with locally.
There are many reasons why you might like to become a councillor:
to make a difference and help shape the future of the local community
concern about your local area and wanting to ensure the community gets the right services
to represent the views of local people and ensure that community interests are taken into account
concern about a specific issue and wanting to do something about it
having good ideas for the council and community in a time of scarce resources
to contribute your skills
to build on other community work through a charity, voluntary group or school governing body
If you require further information about the role before completing the application form please contact the Clerk.
if you wish to complete the co-option application form, please note this should be completed and returned by 6th January, 2023.
Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk: CIL applications open soon – What projects would YOU like to see funded?
The next round of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) applications will open on 1 January and community groups will have until 1 February to apply.
CIL funding is drawn from a levy on development in the borough and can be used for a variety of projects that improve community assets.
Cllr Richard Blunt, cabinet member for development and regeneration, said: “Applications open in January but with a busy time of year coming up we want to make sure community groups have plenty of time to think about what schemes they might like to put forward for CIL funding.
“The borough council is committed to helping local groups to put in place the facilities and services that support communities. This feels especially important now when so many people are affected by rises in the cost of living.
“So please get your thinking caps on to consider whether there is a scheme that would benefit your community, which could be funded by CIL.”
For community projects, sums of £2,000-£30,000 may be applied for. They should be in one of the following areas:
education – local initiatives
·open space and leisure
Larger, infrastructure projects can also be funded for more than in the areas of 18+ adult education, green infrastructure and leisure time activities.
For more information please visit this link: https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/cil-applications.
Please note that you cannot apply until 1 January.
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.
Waste and Recycling collections changes
New collection days for residents’ household waste and recycling in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk start next week.
Serco, who manage household waste and recycling collections in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, is making these changes to reduce the distances bin trucks are travelling and accommodate new homes in the area.
The changes will start on Monday 9 May and will mean that three quarters of the households in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk will see a change to the day or week their household waste and recycling is collected. Food waste collections will remain weekly, on the same day as waste or recycling collections.
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
Residents who remain on the same collection day and week may have a different collection time, therefore it remains important that waste or recycling bins are put out by 7.00am on collection day.
For residents subscribed to the assisted collection service, any change will automatically move to the new collection day.
Serco have sent a leaflet to all King’s Lynn and West Norfolk residents to advise of any changes to their household waste and recycling collections.
The things that don’t change. The basic service arrangement does not change:
• Weekly Food Waste Collections (which will take place on the same day as black or green bin collections)
• Fortnightly Black Bin Collections
• Fortnightly Green Bin Collections
• Fortnightly Brown Bin Collections
– (there are no proposed round changes for Brown Bins)
• Bulk Waste Collections
• Clinical Waste Collections
• Black bag collections in King’s Lynn will remain on a Thursday every week
Check your waste and recycling collection day on the borough council website.
For residents concerned by change, have not received a new calendar or believe their bin collection has been missed, please call 0330 109 9220
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.