Parish Information

The Parish Council has many responsibilities and assets that are outlined on this page.  in addition, you can also find out about what the parish does, what it has and other useful information about the parish.

Parish Precept

The Parish Council Finance Committee met in January 2017 to consider the 2017 -2018 Parish Precept. This was presented to the full council in January and it was agreed unanimously to accept the Finance Committee proposal. The 2017-2018 precept will increase from £38,225 to £40,079 which means a Band D property will rise to £30.59 per annum.

Public Footpaths and bridleways in the Parish

Please see below the link to the Norfolk County Council website that will show you the Footpaths in the Parish. You will need to zoom in to get a clear picture.

Public Rights of Way

http://maps.norfolk.gov.uk/highways/


Norfolk Trails

http://maps.norfolk.gov.uk/trails/

What does the Parish own and manage?

As a parish we have responsibility for different parcels of land and other community facilities and fixtures.

Thorpe End

  • Bus Shelters
  • Seat & Village Sign
  • Padgate and Broadmead Greens including play equipment
  • Flashing speed sign
  • Village Notice Board

Little Plumstead

  • Bus Shelter
  • Village Sign
  • Seating
  • Play equipment at Crowes Loke

Great Plumstead

  • Bus shelter
  • Benches
  • Play equipment
  • Village Sign
  • Defibrillator

Areas Maintained

Thorpe End

Village Green

  • Grass - Fortnightly

Village Hall

  • Grass - Fortnightly

Broadmead Open Area and Verge

  • Grass - Fortnightly
  • Hedge - 3 times per year

Padgate Green Play Area

  • Grass - Fortnightly
  • Hedge - 3 times per year

Little Plumstead

Village Hall Play Area

  • Grass - Fortnightly
  • Boundary hedge inside and top - Once per year

Playing field

  • Grass - Fortnightly

Green on Salhouse Road

  • Grass - Fortnightly

Astley Road Green

  • Grass - Fortnightly

Great Plumstead

Village Hall

  • Field surrounds, front verge and area in front of the hall - every 10-12 days
  • Footpath and allotment tracks - 7 times per year
  • Hedge along footpath - 2 times per year
  • Beech hedge around allotments -  Once per year
  • Front hedge - 3 times per year
  • Scarify and spike the field - Spring and Autumn
  • Weedkill the carpark - 2 times per year

Charities & Credit Unions

Broadland Community Bank is a branch of Eastern Savings and Loans (formerly Norfolk Credit Union Ltd). It provides a low cost loan and savings facility for people who live or work in the Broadland district.

The bank is a financial co-operative that is owned and democratically controlled by its members and run solely for the benefit of its members

For more information visit www.eslcu.co.uk

There are a number of charities that operate in the parish.

  • Great Plumstead Fuel Allotment Charity
  • Little Plumstead Town Land Trust & Hobart's Charity

Parish Community Plan

THE COMMUNITY PARISH PLAN CAN BE VIEWED, AND DOWNLOADED,
FROM THE PDF FILES LISTED IN THE PANEL TO THE RIGHT

THE PLAN WAS PUBLISHED IN EARLY FEBRUARY 2009; A COPY HAS BEEN DELIVERED TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN THE PARISH.

The initial preparation of the plan started in late 2007, and took almost 18 months to complete. Exhibitions, explaining what issues the Parish Plan is concerned with, have been held in each of the three villages of the parish, to update parishioners on the then progress-to-date.

A comprehensive survey was undertaken in March 2008, when each household was invited to complete a four-page, 70-question survey questionnaire. The replies given have been analysed and, where appropriate, majority-opinions and suggestions will be incorporated within the final Parish Plan document. See link in top right-hand corner of this page to study analysis of responses to this questionnaire

Background to Parish Plans

The government's 2000 Rural White Paper provided communities with an opportunity to transform their local environment, in the form of a Parish Plan. The Paper stated ... "Parish Plans should identify key facilities and services, set out the problems that need to be tackled and demonstrate how distinctive character and features can be preserved The key to the success of the Parish Plan lies in its local implementation, giving a community the opportunity to interpret and present their output in a diversity of ways".

To date around 3,000+ communities have produced a Parish Plan, either individually or by forming local clusters; so it is well-tried and tested These holistic documents comprise the socio-economic and environmental issues of a community and their proposed remedies.

This community, in common with many others, is growing and is changing all around us. Most people have strong views on whether this change is for the better or the worse, but unfortunately for the vast majority of individuals this is as far as their involvement will go. Parish Plan are intended to give everyone, in a community, the opportunity to influence the development of their surroundings.

Parish Plans are not intended to be 'cast in stone', but are intended to be evolving documents; outlining how a community would like to develop over the next 5-15 years, and usually include an action-plan detailing how these developments can be achieved.

In July 2007 DEFRA published their report, looking at the integration of Parish Plans into the wider systems of local government. This report looked at the development of Parish Plans, the extent to which they are integrated into the local government system, enabling factors that support integration and barriers to integration.

The focus fell into three main categories:
the success with which Parish Plans have been integrated into local planning and service delivery procedures.
the key problems that Parish Plans have faced with regard to integration into community planning.
recommendations covering how problems might be overcome and how to share best practice.

While recognising the endeavours of dedicated groups of volunteers, the report highlighted the difficulties of getting Parish Plans integrated into the local planning systems. The Parish Council has made strong representation, to Broadland District Council, to ensure our Community Parish Plan is integrated into its community planning for the parish. The District Council has been very positive, receptive and helpful, in early discussions concerning the Community Parish Plan for Great and Little Plumstead and Thorpe End.

Changes to Mobile Library Timetable

With effect from 11th September 2017, the mobile library timetable for your area has been changed, extending the times later into the afternoon to enable more children, families and people returning from work to make use of the service.

The County Council hopes this will really benefit the local community and allow more people to access library services in rural areas.

To view the mobile library timetable for your area, please click on the link:

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries-local-history-and-archives/libraries/your-local-library/routes-and-timetables 

and choose your village.

Alternatively, please telephone 01603 222303 for more information.