Useful Local contacts & Links

All details useful for anyone moving into or living in Honingham already, for example, local Doctors, NHS dentists & emergency numbers.

NDR Update

Here’s a special Christmas delivery for everyone that uses the roads around the north of Norwich: 7.5km of brand-new dual carriageway!

Yes, in spite of all that the weather threw at us a week ago, the next section of the NDR will be open on Thursday morning (21st), from the A140 Cromer Road to the A1151 Wroxham Road, The best part of five more miles.

Thanks for all the patience shown during all the work – most recently on the A140 Cromer Road. The opening of the next section of NDR will make life a lot easier there. It should also start to reduce traffic on Fifers Lane and Norwich ring road, although we need the last section through to Postwick and the A47 to feel the full benefit.

But with the 6km from Fakenham Road already open, anyone coming in that way for work at, say, Rackheath Industrial Estate will have had their daily journey completely transformed!

Here’s a link to the Transport Matters newsletter that has more information:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKNORFOLK/bulletins/1cd4f5d

 

Library Van Wednesday 9th August

The library van will be in the village next Weds (9th Aug) usual stops, Fellowes Road at 0940 to 0955 and The Pump at 10am until 1015.

Improving the A47

Highways England are consulting on proposals to improve the A47 between North Tuddenham and Easton. The proposals will create a new dual Carriageway, which is hoped will relieve congestion, provide extra road space, improve safety and help provide a free flowing network. The consultation will run for 6 weeks from Monday 13th March to Friday 21st April. There are 4 proposed routes for our section, and they all have a significant impact on our village. As an example, proposal 2 has the new dual Carriageway along the present A47…. but this means access to our Church is cut off by the dual carriageway making walking to church very difficult; proposal 4 (the only route south of the village) cuts through Berry’s Lane and across to the top of Colton Road – what happens to the buildings in Berry’sย Lane and the houses along the Mattishall Road?. Both proposals 1 and 3 cut through Wood Lane, so again, what happens to properties along there?

There will be an exhibition by Highways England in Honingham Village Hall on Thu April 6th from 3pm to 8pm of these proposals and staff will be on hand to explain these and answer any questions. Copies of the brochure (as above) are being requested and will be placed in the Phonebox and Notice Boards for you to take a look. Further info can be had by going to www.highways.gov.uk/a47-corridor-improvement-program or 0300 123 5000.

Your Parish Council will be actively involved in this process and will be making representations, you may inform our decision making process at the next PC meeting April 10th or contact one of the councillors. You may also make personal representations to Highways England.

Coffee Morning 14th Feb

Come and join us for coffee at the Village Hall next Tues (14th). Enjoy tea or coffee โ˜•๏ธ , biscuits ๐Ÿช, a raffle ๐Ÿ“•, and a good old chin wag! 10am until approx 11am ๐Ÿ˜Š

A47 Closures Next Week

Dear Sir/Madam

 

Work to repair the A47 between Dereham and Easton

 

We are working on behalf of Highways England to repair the road surface of the A47 near you. This work will repair the road at Bushy Common, Dereham, Hockering and Easton.

 

Subject to weather conditions, we plan to complete this work overnight between Monday 7 November and Friday 18 November, working between 20:00 and 06:00 on weeknights only. We apologise for any delays this may create for your residents, parishioners and staff.

 

To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, we will close the A47 at each location while we are working. This will be at:

  • Bushy Common on Monday 7 November;
  • Dereham from Monday 7 to Friday 11 November;
  • Hockering from Tuesday 8 to Wednesday 16 November, and;
  • Easton on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 November.

 

There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place, whereby drivers heading eastbound will be directed to exit the A47 at Swaffham, taking:

  • the A1065 north to Fakenham, then;
  • the A148, then;
  • the A1067 south east to Norwich, then;
  • the A140 Norwich Ring Road, and finally;
  • the A1074 Dereham Road to re-join the A47 at Longwater.

 

Drivers heading westbound will directed to exit the A47 at Norwich, taking:

  • the A11 south west from Thickthorn roundabout to Thetford, then;
  • the A134 north to Mundford, and finally;
  • the A1065 north to Swaffham to re-join the A47.

 

Local traffic will be permitted along the A47 up to the point of the closure, and those needing access to properties through the closure will be able to approach the gateman for further instruction.

 

We have written to local businesses affected by the works and we would be grateful if you would publicise the works to your parishioners through newsletters and other communications where appropriate. Given the length of the diversion route we would advise drivers to allow extra time to complete their journey.

 

We will do our utmost to complete the works as quickly as possible, avoiding disturbance and keeping noise to a minimum.

 

To stay informed about all the latest major roadworks happening near you, visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england to register for the latest alerts.

 

If you have any enquiries please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by e-mail to info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

 

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

 

 

Paul Bowman,

Construction Manager,

For and on behalf of Highways England

Defibrillator – its now in place and live!

It has taken a lot of time and effort but I am very pleased to announce that The Honingham Defibrillator is up and running and going live this morning with the ambulance service.

The Defibrillator is situated as you drive into the Honingham Buck ย Car Park, on the wall on the right hand side in the entrance of the over spill car park on John Smiths office. A big yellow box, you canโ€™t miss it.

Several Honingham residents have been trained to use this and administer CPR – however, don’t wait to contact one of these should you suspect someone is having a heart attack, just dial 999. Tell the operator you are in Honingham and know where the defibrillator is, the operator will give you a code to access the defibrillator. The defibrillator is ย so easy to use it talks you through what to do!

Further guidance to follow.

Coffee Morning

Tuesday 9th August it’s coffee morning time in the Village Hall โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿช

Come for a chat and a cuppa, biscuits and raffle too ๐Ÿ˜‰

10am onwards

Library Van

Wednesday next week, Aug 10th, Library Van will be coming to Honingham. Fellowes Road 0945 am and The Pump at 10 am. Remember, if you do get stuck for something to read there are some good paperbacks and hardbacks in the Phone box to borrow……and if you have some books in good condition that you no longer want, these can be left in the phone box for others to enjoy.

Good Neighbours

A gentle reminder…..the weather has been lovely lately and many of us have taken advantage of it by having our windows open and hanging washing outside. Please be a good neighbour – if you need to have bonfire (especially a thick black smokey one) would you leave it until the evening? And, if you notice neighbours windows open, let them know that you intend to have a bonfire!

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

Updates for Northern Distributor traffic hold ups

While many people are looking forward to heading for the sun or putting their feet up, we’ve got an active August ahead, so sorry if this disrupts your travel. We are trying to get as much traffic-sensitive work out of the way before the return to work and lessons in September.

The main things to be aware of are:

~ The closure of Holly Lane from Monday 1 August (next week!) for the rest of August. Drayton Lane will be reopened to provide a
route between Reepham Road and the B1149 Holt Road.

~ A week later (8 August), the closure for one week of Buxton Road just south of Spixworth.
Although we are building the Buxton Road bridge off-line to avoid a long-term closure of the road, we still need to move some gas and water mains, and this is the best time to do it.

~ On the Postwick junction, traffic from the east heading into Thorpe St Andrew will be diverted via Trowse bypass for several hours from 8pm on Saturday 6 August. This is to allow protective barriers to be installed on the Postwick north-west roundabout (the original one) so that a segregated left-turn lane can be added.

Just the mention of the Postwick junction will raise the blood pressure of some drivers. Please remember that the junction could not be left as it was and that what is there now is the only layout possible on that site. Read our FAQs to find out more about the junction, and the reasons for the work in August: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/-/media/norfolk/downloads/roads-and-transport/ndr/construction-programme/postwick-junction/postwick-junction-frequently-asked-questions.pdf

If you are getting away this summer, safe journey!