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Road Closure 15 – 19 August

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL has made a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the C167 Honingham Road from its junction with C162 Mill Road for a distance of 1463m northwards in the PARISH OF BARNHAM BROOM because of drainage works.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 15th August 2016 to 19th August 2016 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 5 days within the period.

Alternative route is via: C167 Honingham Road, C200 Mattishall Road, U78012 Church Lane, U78204 Hill Lane, U78204 Burnthouse Lane, U78205 Vincents Road, U78015 Mattishall Road, C162 Mill Road. (Marlingford and Colton/Brandon Parva/Coston/Runhall and Welborne/Barnham Broom/East Tuddenham).

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 Adrian Stout (Community and Environmental Services) Telephone 0344 800 8020.


Notice of Referendum

Please click HERE for the Notice of Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

Parish Vote

The Parish Council have distributed a voting slip to every household in the parish.  If you require a second copy it can be downloaded HERE

Better Broadband for Norfolk

As you are aware, the Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) Project is facilitating the provision of Superfast Broadband in areas of Norfolk where installation is not commercially viable.

A new communications cabinet is to be installed in Barnham Broom.
People can check to see which cabinet they are served from and the available speeds, using this link:

When operational, residents will need to contact an Internet Service Provider (ISP) of their choice in order to upgrade their broadband package.

Council Information

The Council normally meets in Barnham Broom Village Hall on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30. Agendas and Minutes are displayed on the website and noticeboard outside the Village Shop.

Barnham Broom Parish Council is made of up of 7 Councillors aged 18 or older who either live, work or own property in Barnham Broom or within 3 miles.

The Parish Council was last up for election in May 2015 and is elected every 4 years, the next election being in May 2019.

Barnham Broom Parish Council was created as a result of the 1894 Local Government Act.

Planning Application 2015/1027

Planning Application 2015/1027: Beggars Roost, 89 Norwich Road

Conversion of vacant existing residential property to provide five studio self contained flats


Caroline Baines from the New Boundaries Group has asked the Parish Council to make the following statement and attend the next Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm on 18th June:


“It would give me the opportunity to introduce myself and speak a little about New Boundaries Group’s values and beliefs.

We are very committed to person centred care and community inclusion.

I really want to be able to allay any fears about the service users and listen to any concerns you have. The individuals that will be living in Barnham Broom have a mild learning disability and Autism.

As stated in our application they have been in residential care and will benefit from self-contained flats to continue to develop life skills. Two of the gentlemen attend Easton College.

They are quite vulnerable in the community themselves and wary of others and not a threat to anyone.”

The public are welcome to attend the meeting to ask questions and express their views about this application or any other village issues during the Open Forum session at the beginning of the meeting.


Heidi Frary

Clerk to the Parish Council

Letter from the Abnormal Loads Officer

Dear Mrs/ Ms Dewsbury,
I am the Abnormal Loads Officer(ALO) for Norfolk Constabulary and have been asked to contact you regarding an incident in Barnham Broom on 26th June 2014, involving a large goods vehicle and a car which was causing an obstruction on the Highway.
I was made aware of this problem the following day and spoke to the haulier concerned to get an all round view of the situation, and it appears the problem arose due to the very poor choice of parking by the car driver. All avenues were exhausted on the day and the driver could not be found, the lorry could not turn around so the officer on scene took the necessary action to remove the obstruction so the lorry could continue its journey.
My role as ALO involves reviewing all abnormal loads which intend to travel on the roads in Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary, which amount to in excess of 30,000 in the last three months, and my primary concern is the safety of other road users, and the people who are in both Counties.
The haulier in question, Richard Long of Wicklewood, notifies many moves to this office each month and many other loads which are not notifiable to the Constabulary.
I have been in post for the last seven years and have always had a good rapport with Mr Long and his office staff who notify me of the movements, and we have an agreement where there are three designated routes to and from his depot which were drawn up after consultation with Roads Policing and local Safe Neighbourhood Team (SNT) officers , and an understanding that he does not move through Barnham Broom during school start and finish times.
The two routes for any loads over 44,000kgs are as follows to be split evenly between the two:
Route 1: B1135 from depot – B1108 – A47 and onwards
Route 2: B1135 from depot – B1108 – Dark Lane – Bell Road – Mill Road – Honingham Road – Barnham Broom Road – Mattishall Road – A47 and onwards

Any load under 40,000kgs(either Route 1 or 2 or 3) :
Route 3: B1135 from depot – Tuttles Lane– A11 and onwards.

Part of my role as ALO is liaison with the hauliers to use the safest route to and from their depots and to ensure that all moves are notified to this office with at least 48hours notice.
The Construction and Use Regs. 1986 and the Special Types General Order 2003 govern the movement of such Abnormal Loads on the road in respect of lighting, notifications, speed limits etc. but gives me no authority to stop any vehicle from using a particular road, and as long as the relevant notification has been lodged with me, and the haulier abides by the laws laid down by the legislation and any other legislation such as weight limits, then he can use any road. I am not aware of any weight restriction in that area.
There are guidelines in place from ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers)which affects abnormal loads and the use of Private escort vehicles, Police Escorts which are paid for by the haulier, and in Norfolk we do not allow any movements at night (as defined by “lighting up times”). To that end each of the abnormal loads over 3.5m wide moved by Richard Long are required to have a private escort till they reach the A47, as it did on the day in question.
However, Richard Long Transport have abided by the agreement reached with me and for the last seven years since being in my post I have had no complaints from residents or other road users regarding these large loads .In fact, for the last four years PCSO Marie Albinagorta who works in this area, has stated that no one has told her of any problem.
As far as signage forewarning of a wide load, I feel this is not manageable and an escort vehicle with amber flashing lights does the job albeit only an immediate warning.
If weight restrictions were imposed then obviously the loads would be routed on the B1108 to the A47, but this would also affect any agricultural vehicles in this area which also have to access the village.

If Mr Long agreed to stop moving through Barnham Broom then his only route in and out of Crownthorpe would be along the B1108 to the A47 and the pressure on other villages like Barford and the road system would be doubled.

Should you wish to discuss further or visit at Norfolk Police Headquarters, Wymondham, I will be happy to assist,
Kind regards

Graham Knight
Abnormal Loads and Voice Recording Administrator
Norfolk Constabulary,
Jubilee House, Falconers Chase,
NR18 0WW.

Tel. 01953 424672
Fax.01953 424656

BBC TV Show request

BBC One are looking for people who live in interesting homes in Norfolk and would be happy to try a home swap holiday for a new TV series.

Do you live in an interesting home you’d be happy to swap with someone elsewhere in the UK for a short break?

It could be anything from a period house, to a thatched cottage, to a modern apartment!


For an application form please email with your contact details

Highways Improvement Fund

Below is a letter which was sent to every Parish Council in Norfolk.  It explains that every Parish Council has been given the opportunity to bid for money for Highway projects.  Any project would need support from Highways, County and District Councillors and would need match funding (they will only finance half the cost, the rest of the money would need to raised by the village). If a project is considered suitable it would then be entered into the bidding process to compete against other projects for funds. If you have any ideas of qualifying works that would benefit the village please let the Clerk know by the end of February.

Highway Improvement fund

WiSpire Update



WiSpire Public Consultation – Barnham Broom


After discussions with the public, WiSpire Ltd has agreed that it will run its 28 day public consultation period again to ensure that the community is satisfied that the proper procedure has taken place. Public notices will be displayed at the notice board by the village shop, in the church entrance and another on the church grounds from the 17th October 2012.


WiSpire would like to state that it is not our intention to keep this from the public in any way as we would like the community of Barnham Broom to embrace the service that we will be providing.


If anyone would like to ask WiSpire any questions about the service we are looking to provide then we ask that you send your enquires to or call 08451 800 026. If any objections of the works need to be made then this will have to be sent to the contact displayed on the public notice.


WiSpire Ltd





New Oil Heating Club

Please find below a link to the recently formed the Barnham Broom, Hingham & Easton Heating Oil Club please copy and paste the following link to access the information. Please note that this is not a Parish Council website and we are not responsible for its content.

Bus Route Changes

Please use this link to view changes to the Norfolk bus services from 1st April 2012


Rangers Update

Norfolk County Council Community Rangers Webpage has now been updated with the new 2012-13 Parish schedule and also details of works which they can carry out.

This can be accessed at

If you would like to report a problem you think that the Rangers should deal with in the Parish, please let the Clerk know via or by telephone 01603 759215.

Better Broadband update

Microsoft Word – Better Broadband for Norfolk Information Sheet 4 Version 1

Environmental Pollution

Do you have a septic tank or package sewage treatment plant?

If the answer is yes, then the Environment Agency needs your help to improve the water quality in the rivers and Broads near your Norfolk home.

The water from Barnham Broom drains eventually to the River Tiffey or River Yare. All the little pollutions from villages along this river are adding together to affect the rivers and then the Yare Broads and Marshes near Surlingham and Rockland, which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). These special areas for wildlife, and the rivers that lead to them, need low nutrients to support the full range of wildlife.
Nutrients (particularly phosphates) can come from several sources including septic tanks and package treatment plants.

How can you reduce the phosphate coming out of your septic tank or package treatment plant?

1. Have your tank emptied regularly (at least once a year) to avoid a build up of sludge.
A proportion of phosphate settles out into the sludge. If this sludge is not removed then the volume of the tank is reduced, therefore, more untreated sewage will pass out into the soakaway, carrying phosphate and solids with it. Solids in a soakaway can also cause blockages which are expensive to fix.
When choosing a de-sludging contractor, please ensure that they will dispose of the sludge responsibly and safely, preferably to the nearest sewage treatment works.

2. Check that your septic tank is not connected into the watercourse.
Septic tanks do not clean the sewage sufficiently for it to directly enter a watercourse. If your tank pipes water straight to a watercourse, please consult a drainage expert to stop this. You would be breaking the law if you allow this situation to continue. One symptom of septic tank liquid entering a watercourse is smelly black/grey strands of ‘sewage fungus’ in the water.

3. Choose environmentally friendly detergent brands with no phosphate at all.
They’re out there on the shelves if you look for them. Watch for the word PHOSPHATE on the side of each packet. Phosphate is sometimes called sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP). Aim for less than 5% if you can.

4. Use less detergent.
Reducing the amount going into the system will reduce the amount coming out. Even if you do use detergents with phosphate in them, you can still help the environment by using the minimum amount recommended on the pack, and of course still get good results.

5. Buy laundry liquids or powders instead of tablets.
Laundry liquids tend to contain less phosphate than laundry tablets.

6. Minimise bleach and disinfectant use.
Both septic tanks and package treatment plants are biological systems that rely on micro-organisms. Using too much bleach or other powerful cleaning agents can kill these micro-organisms.

7. Keep roof water out of your sewerage system
Rainwater from the roof is clean and doesn’t need treatment. If large volumes of rainwater are put into septic tanks they can wash out solids into the soakaway. Roof water should be discharged to a separate soakaway or to a watercourse.

8. Do not put solid items such as nappies and sanitary items down the sewerage system.
They often block the system, leading to sewage overflowing into gardens and bad smells! Bag it and bin it!

If you would like to find out more information about sewage systems is available from the Environment Agency website or by contacting us on 03708 506506, Mon-Fri 8-6. Calls to 03 numbers cost the same as calls to standard geographic numbers (i.e. numbers beginning with 01 or 02).

email enquiries@environment–
or visit our website www.environment–

If each household does a bit, we can make a big difference to the amount of nutrient affecting our rivers and Broads.

Faster Broadband

Why does fast broadband matter so much?
Whether you’re a business, charity, family or community group, fast broadband opens up a wealth of opportunities which rural communities are otherwise excluded from. By connecting people in remote rural areas it is a powerful force for opportunity, social mobility and empowerment –enabling people who couldn’t otherwise access new opportunities, opening up new ways of delivering public services, helping Norfolk’s small businesses access wider markets, and supporting more family friendly-work and less commuting.

The truth is, broadband is crucial to the renaissance of a vibrant rural economy and community here in rural Norfolk, and our ability to have new opportunities AND keep our traditional way of life. That’s why, over the last 4 years, through The Norfolk Way ( and now as an MP, I’ve been working hard to secure the investment we need.

It is great that by working together local councils and MPs have secured a £60m investment from Government, County council and private sector partners. BUT as the fibre installation is planned, the danger is that the level of untapped demand for broadband in rural Norfolk is not picked up and the investment will go to the city and major towns – reinforcing the barriers to rural enterprise.

What can we do?

All of us who want to see and use fast broadband in rural Norfolk have to register our appetite for it on a new website set up to show the telecoms companies how much potential use there would be in rural Norfolk.

Please can you now take 2 minutes to do two things:
1. click on this link on my website: or direct on the Say Yes site:

2. Forward this email and the link to as many people as you can in Norfolk to encourage them to register.

I am today launching a major drive to get as many people as possible to sign up – with a piece in the EDP tomorrow, an interview on Radio Norfolk, and a twitter and Facebook link to help encourage sign-up. To stay in touch please follow my page on facebook: or Twitter:!/freeman_george

Best Wishes,


George Freeman MP
Member of Parliament for Mid-Norfolk

House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
020 7219 0219

Good Neighbourhood Project

Good Neighbours Project
Open Meeting
15th March 7.30pm at the
Barnham Broom Village Hall
• Do you want to make a difference in
Barnham Broom? Then come along and find
out more about the project. All welcome!
• Volunteers needed to support vulnerable
members of local community with small
tasks like befriending, lift to hospital,
• Volunteering is flexible.
• Opportunity to make your village a place
where others look out for each other!
• For further details please contact Lucinda
Leonard at Norfolk RCC, telephone 01362
698 216 or email