We have been advised by Norfolk County Council that they are proposing to implement the experimental weight restriction on Monday 2nd April 2018.
The 18 tonne weight limit on the B1111 will run from immediately south of the A11 slip roads through to the A1066 junction at Garboldisham. The weight limit will be ‘Except for Access’ meaning that HGV’s and farm vehicles needing to access a location within the weight restriction will still be able to use the road.
Norfolk County Council and the Parish Council will be monitoring traffic flows and users while the experimental weight restriction is in place.
This is marvellous news for the Parish Council and for the village as we have been fighting for this restriction for over 20 years.
Norfolk County Council is reviewing a number of bus services which are operated under contract to the council, including some in your area.
Attached are copies of the documents which are being displayed on the services over the next few weeks, each worksheet largely covers a different service or area and includes proposed timetables. Consultation for p&c_South Norfolk1 Consultation for p&c_South Norfolk
The flexibuses are currently a pre book travel option; part of the proposal is timetabling some routes where past usage has been higher, and to remain pre book in areas which lightly use the service.
The 10a service from East Harling to Norwich is likely to remain largely the same, however, we will explore options of a Saturday service which may replace the current Saturday service to Diss.
On Monday 16th April the area known as Peppers Corner will be resurfaced.
The work should take 3-4 days and is to be carried out by AW Waterfields & Sons who are contracted by the Parish Council.
There will be pedestrian access at all times and residents will be able to access their properties.
Any concerns or queries regarding this work do please contact the Parish Council
NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL
(HARLING) (URGENT NOTICE)
TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTION 2018
Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984 – Section 14(2)
In accordance with the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, the Norfolk County Council HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that owing to sewer works the West Harling Road from a point 800 metres south of its junction with the B1111 for a distance of 200 metres southwards in the PARISH OF HARLING will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 12th February 2018 to 16th February 2018 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 5 days within the period. If necessary the restriction could run for a maximum period of 5 days.
Alternative route is via: West Harling Road, B1111 Church Road/ Memorial Green/ Market Street/ Garboldisham Road, Road from Harling Road to West Harling Road.
In the event of the start date being delayed the new start date will be displayed on site in advance.
The person dealing with enquiries at Norfolk County Council is Adam Mayo (Community and Environmental Services) Telephone 0344 800 8020.
Dated this 8th day of February 2018
The Parish Council has welcomed its newest member, Mr Steven Blades of School Lane, East Harling.
Steven has been in the building trade for over 20 years and has lived in the Harling area all of his life, he has a vested interest in the villages future and has always actively been involved in village life.
Steven is looking forward to playing a more active part and positive role in the village.
With regards to the delay with getting the HGV re route in place, I can confirm that the hold up still lays with Highways England and the last update I received stated that Kier who are approving and undertaking the works on the A11 for the advance signs and NCC have agreed locations, and designs but have hit a problem in that the advance signs on the east bound approach to the B1111 junction need to be well in advance and are very large (3m x 5m) so need big posts and foundations.
The issue they have is that in the verge is the main fibre optic BT cable from Norwich to Newmarket so NCC need to do some trial holes through Kier so they can see how deep it is and if they can get the foundation in.
This will require a lane closure to do the trial holes which will not happen quickly.
Police Crime Commissioner launches council tax consultation
Would you pay more council tax to help fund policing in Norfolk? That is the question being posed by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
PCC Lorne Green will soon have to decide whether to increase or freeze the policing element of council tax to fund next year’s policing service, and he wants to know what the Norfolk public thinks.
By law, the PCC can only raise policing council tax by a maximum of just under 2% – a cap fixed by central government.
But, as well as giving Norfolk’s communities the chance to vote for a freeze or a 2% rise for 2018/19, for the first time Lorne will be asking if they would be willing to pay even more if the central government cap is lifted – a possibility in mid-December.
“What I am asking is do you support a freeze, keeping policing council tax at last year’s level or do you support a rise? And, if so, please tell me the maximum amount you would be prepared to pay,” said Lorne.
“I am now 18 months into my work as your PCC and, during my time in office, I have become increasingly aware of just how challenging the financial situation is for policing in our county.
“Grant funding from central government continues to reduce year on year but policing costs are increasing, along with demands for service. If austerity continues, Norfolk Constabulary will need to make cuts of between £2 million and £3 million every year just to cover inflation. The Government has made it clear it expects me to increase the policing element of council tax by the maximum I can to help bridge the gap. That budget gap in 2018/19 is estimated to be £6.8 million.
“The Chief Constable has recently announced a new policing model for Norfolk which he says will ensure the Force is best placed to tackle the biggest threats to the safety of our communities, while also maintaining neighbourhood policing and being more sustainable in the current financial climate. He also says, however, that further difficult decisions will be needed to balance the 2018/19 policing budget.
“I, along with other PCCs, have been lobbying central government to look again at police funding and lift the council tax limit above the 2% maximum. This would allow PCCs more flexibility to set council tax levels in response to funding challenges and local policing needs.
“To help inform my budget decision if that were to happen, I would like to know what you would be prepared to pay next year for policing in Norfolk.
“Some 58% of Norfolk’s policing budget is funded by central government, meaning your council tax makes up the rest so I want all Norfolk residents to have the opportunity to have their say.
“There are lots of ways you can share your views, not least through the online survey on the Norfolk PCC website. Please take the time to have your say as your views are important to me.”
The initial two options Norfolk residents are being asked to consider are:
No Increase in the policing element of council tax
A freeze on the policing element of council tax would mean a funding gap for the Constabulary in 2018/19 of £6.8m. Some £4m of savings have been identified at this stage, including £2m from the frontline local policing model (Norfolk 2020) announced by the Chief Constable in October. This leaves £2.8m still to find. The Chief Constable says further savings of this magnitude would mean some very difficult choices about even deeper reductions in frontline operational and support functions, mindful that 80% of the budget is staff costs.
Increasing the policing element of Council Tax by just under 2%
A council tax increase of just under 2% (the maximum amount currently permitted by central government) is equivalent to 8 pence extra per week (at Band D) and would raise £1.2m. This is not ‘additional money’; it will simply offset an expected £1.2m reduction in central government grant. This would leave the Constabulary with £1.6m of savings to find, in addition to the £4m already identified. The recently announced local policing model would be protected but the Chief Constable says this £1.6m would need to come from other operational and support areas of the budget. This would also mean some difficult decisions for the Constabulary.
In addition, if they support an increase, taxpayers are being asked how much they would be prepared to pay if the cap were to be lifted. The options being presented are:
Up to an extra 19 pence per week (a 4.5% increase)
This would raise £2.8m which, alongside the £4m of savings already identified would, on present projections, balance the budget for next year. This would mean that the frontline local policing model announced in October would be protected.
Up to an extra 25 pence per week (a 6% increase)
This would raise £3.6m and, alongside the £4m of savings already identified, would enable the budget to be balanced. This option would provide an opportunity, on present projections, to make some modest increases in local policing.
Up to an extra 50 pence per week (a 12% increase)
This would raise £7.2m and enable significant additional investment in frontline local and operational policing.
The consultation will run until Friday 22 December and people can have their say via an online survey or by getting in contact with the Norfolk PCC office. Hard copies of the survey are also available on request.
The PCC will take his budget proposals to the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel on 6 February 2018.
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