Parish Council

Annual Parish Meeting 2nd May 2017

Honingham Parish Council will be holding their Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 in the Village Hall at 7pm. All welcome.

The Village Hall Committee will be holding their Annual Meeting following on from the Parish Council Annual Meeting, both meetings will take place in the back room, accessed via back door, as main hall already booked for a function at 8pm.

This is the response from Honingham Parish Council to the A47 dualling

The following is the Honingham Parish Council response to Improving the A47 North Tuddenham to Easton dualling

The village of Honingham is a small rural village which has a northern border to the present A47, we as parish councillors and parishioners are well aware of the problems caused by the single carriageways of the A47 at peak traffic times – we are often used as a rat run – and also at times of accidents on the A47 causing traffic to be redirected via our village (the previous A47 ran through the village prior to the by-pass). Also, part of our village is Wood Lane, which HGV’s are now forced to use since the Hockering deal that closed the route through Hockering for HGV traffic. We have mentioned on many many occasions to both Highways and BDC the problems of Wood Lane and the dangerous access to the A47 direction Kings Lyn at peak traffic times.

Do we think that improvements to the present A47 are needed? Yes, at peak traffic times, in order to keep traffic flowing; since the roundabout was introduced (Mattishall Road/A47) the air quality must be badly affected with the number of vehicles backed up from the roundabout waiting to proceed towards Norwich. However, this could be alleviated by other means – for example a separate lane to the roundabout so that traffic on the A47 continues to move. We would also suggest (yet again) that there should be no right turn onto the A47 at the junction with Wood Lane, all traffic could then move towards the roundabout and back to the Kings Lyn direction. Although there appears to be a lack of joined up thinking with regard to the improvements to the A47 and the proposed (nearly finished) NDR the Wood Lane/A47 junction will have even more difficulties and needs to be urgently looked at to account for and improve the considerable traffic flow that will occur.

The following are our views on the 4 proposed options put forward for the proposed dualling of the A47 from Tuddenham to Easton:

Option 1. It is straight and direct, it does not go through as much woodland as other options, and it still gives access to the Church of St Andrew. It leaves the village of Honingham mostly intact. Issues with Wood Lane, this will possibly affect both housing and the farm at Wood Lane? However plans are insufficient in detail to show where in Wood Lane would be affected. This would also affect other outlying parts of Honingham.

Option 2. We don’t know what side of the A47 it would encroach upon (again insufficient detail to give a proper opinion) would it create another rat run through Honingham village? It would cause too much upheaval during construction and we have no idea if it would take land/gardens from Honingham. It would cut off access to our church for pedestrians and a bridge with steps would not solve the issue for the elderly majority of residents.

Option3 The majority of parish councillors voted for this option because it takes the route furthest from the village and would not require homes to be demolished or gardens removed. However, as with option 1 there is no guarantee that Wood Lane would not be spared, nor other outlying parts of the village. Perhaps least damaging to woodland and the environment. However, a parishioner at a recent PC meeting pointed out that such a route could cause other development along the route and thus damage the beautiful Tud/Wensum valley for ever.

Option 4 All parish councillors, and the parishioners that attended our recent council meeting,  feel that this option does the most harm to the village of Honingham; adversely affecting both homes and businesses. With the road running higher than the village we feel, despite platitudes to the opposite, that noise levels would be huge and drainage/ run off would likely cause further flooding in the village, it would also take valuable land from the village. We are poorly served for public transport in the village, a bus runs into Norwich/Mattishall once an hour up to 5pm Mon to Fri, less at weekends; (Konect Bus service 4) this route would wipe out our only bus service. Our elderly population, and those unable to drive through illness, use this bus service to get to the nearest doctors surgery at Mattishall – if this route was taken then how would our villagers get to the doctors surgery?

Further comments:

The PC was disappointed with lack of clarity of these proposals, even at the exhibition no one could say where the actual proposed routes would go, how can you make such a very important decision when there is insufficient information? Proposals 1 and 3 spare the majority of the village, although not Wood Land nor the outlying northern parts of the village. Option 4 would truncate the village and destroy homes gardens and businesses. All four options could raise the water table of the River Tud and cause flooding in the heart of the village. Honingham population is becoming increasingly elderly and therefore needs a good public transport service; our doctors surgery is at Mattishall and to get there without a car requires walking up Colton Road to the bus stop on the Mattishall Road. If proposal 4 is adopted villagers without their own transport would not be able to get to the doctors. If options 1 or 3 are chosen would we be able to get the X1 bus to stop in the village?


Honingham Village Hall Management Committee – meeting 03 04 17

Honingham Village Hall Management Committee

Minutes of the meeting held at 4 p.m Monday 3rd April 2017

Present: Mr Ray Grant, Mrs Sally Blyth, Mrs Christine Harrison, Mrs Linda Human.

Mrs Julie Turner.

  1. Minutes of previous meeting.

Read by all before the meeting and signed as a true record.

  1. Matters arising.

Ray has informed hirers of the increases in the hourly charge.

Further quotations for the toilet improvements have all been over £35,000. Ray had emailed the plans to Paul Hemnell, the licensing officer at BDC, to ask if this was excessive. He had replied that the quotations were not excessive. Sally, Linda and Ray will meet at Sally’s on Thurs 20th April to research further possible grants.


  1. Treasurer’s report- running account

No treasurer’s report but Ray presented the annual accounts. Copies given to committee.

£1, 5006.83 made, mostly due to not paying a cleaner. Thanks given to Susan and Ray. Mr Gwilliams held his last charity dance in March ’17. We will miss the income from his bookings (£900).


  1. Treasurer’s report – fundraising account.

3 year’s interest from The Yorkshire Building Society has now been added. Barclays and YBS combined totals £6,037.55


  1. Monthly charity dance.

Mr Gwilliams has now finished his monthly charity dances. Ray to put an article in The Pump.

  1. Hall bookings.

There are no new bookings.


There is a Bowls Event on 25th June. We will perhaps hold an event to coincide – another History Day?

Ray and Susan will hold their Peony Weekend again, probably 10/11th June.

Sally to ask George Middleton about Shinanikins’s availability in September.

Ray to find out about an Elvis impersonator.

Linda to find out about line dancing.

  1. Any other business.

The committee ratified The Equal Opportunities policy.

Ray showed us a letter about “Houses of Parliament” week in November ’17. To be given to Earthsea House and discussed at the next coffee morning.

The business rate/ council tax has decreased.

Sally requested to borrow some glasses, a teapot and the urn for a 90th birthday party on April 29th. Agreed.

  1. Date of next meeting.

Monday 15th May at 4.00 p.m.      (Also Tues May 2nd, annual meeting following P.C annual meeting).

A47 Tuddenham to Easton Dualling

Don’t forget that all responses have to be in by mid day on Friday 21st April.

If you are having any problems with the method of response, or have any questions, please contact one of your Honingham Parish Councillors (David Bishop, Linda Human,Sally Blyth,  Natasha Cargill, Roger Human, Terry Sapey, Sam Steggles) and we will do our best to help you.



Notice of Meeting of Honingham Parish Council 10.04.17

A meeting of Honingham Parish Council will be held at Honingham Village Hall on Monday the 10th of April 2017 at 7pm.


1. Apologies for absence, 2. Minutes of the previous meeting, 3. Matters Arising from the Minutes, 4. Finance, 5. Planning, 6. Highways and Footpaths, 7. Leisure and Environmental matters, 8. Correspondence, 9. AOB, 10. Dates of future meetings.

Minutes of Honingham Parish Council 13th March 2017

MINUTES of the meeting of Honingham Parish Council held on Monday 13th. March 2017, at 7 pm in the Village Hall.


PRESENT were Mr D Bishop (Chairman), Mr T Sapey, Mr R Human, Mrs L Human, Mrs N Cargill and Mrs S Blyth.  14 residents of the village also attended the meeting.


APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE were received from Mr S Steggles.


THE MINUTES of the previous meeting were read, approved (with one minor amendment) and signed.


MATTERS ARISING from the Minutes. (a) An exhibition and presentation about the proposed dualling of the A47 will be held in the Village Hall on April 6th, from 3 to 8pm.

(b) The Clerk had ascertained that the Parish Council’s insurance policy does not cover the Village Hall.  It was decided that this would be discussed at a meeting of the Village Hall committee.

(c) M r J Skipper has handed the running of the litter-picking teams over to Mrs N Cargill.


There were no items under the headings of FINANCE or PLANNING.


HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS.   Mr Henry Alston had requested plans showing the section of hedge on the Mattishall road that needed to be removed.  These plans had been prepared, and the Clerk would send them to Mr Alston.

Mr Human reported on a meeting at Weston Longville about the Northern Distributor Road and its link to the A47.  He distributed documents detailing the principles and concerns being considered by the consultants, Mouchel.  Mr and Mrs Human and Mr Bishop were planning to attend a further meeting on March 14th.

Mr Ray Grant had been to a meeting about the A47 dualling, and had leaflets showing the four possible routes between Easton and North Tuddenham.  The Council spent some time examining these, and there was discussion about the implications.  Points of view have to be expressed before March 21st.


LEISURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS.  Mr and Mrs Sapey have cut the grass on the bowling green.


THE AILWYN CUP. Three names had been proposed for the next recipient.  The Parish Council voted, and a decision was reached.


ANY OTHER BUSINESS.  (a)  Mrs Human reported on discussions about the new Village Hall toilet scheme.  The cheapest estimate was now in the region of £32,000.  It has been decided to try to raise at least £20,000 from grants.  All options for fundraising were being looked at.

(b) Mrs Human has received an email from Mrs June Carter, saying that 7 people at the bottom of Colton Road have no landline phone connection.   BT have stated that this is due to trees in the garden of The Old Pightle.  The Clerk was asked to write to Mr and Mrs Brookes about this.

(c)Mr Sapey mentioned the triangle of land in the corner of the field at the extreme west end of the village.   He felt there was a possibility that this land might become used by travellers, and he suggested that it could be planted with trees.  The Clerk was asked to mention this in his communications with Mr Henry Alston.

(d) The village is due to have the Speed Awareness Signs again in June.


There being no further business, the Chairman closed the meeting.

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’s 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 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.