Parish opinion needed

A place to post informational items received by the Clerk & allow anyone to comment on items with their thoughts/ concerns regarding the Parish Council.
One of the Councillors (Linda Human) runs this website and the majority of the rest also participate, so please do contact via the site any concerns.

Results re Questionnaire Updating Honingham Village Hall Toilets

The Parish Council wished to consult with parishioners about their proposals for the village hall toilet improvements. To this effect, in May 2017, a questionnaire was sent to 142 households to gain parishioners’ views.

 

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Put simply, the questionnaire listed the 3 main options.

 

  1. The complete refurbishment at c £40,000. (+ VAT)
  2. The access toilet, cleaner’s sink and baby change at c. £15,000. (+VAT)
  3. The cleaner’s sink only at c. £2,500. (+VAT)

 

There was also space for comments.

 

The response was poor, but of those questionnaires returned, the results are:

 

33.3% in favour of option 1

53.3% in favour of option 2

13.4% in favour of option 3.

Village Hall Questionnaire

If you haven’t returned your questionnaire yet, re upgrading toilets in the village hall, please return soon! Either post in the Phone Box or hand to any of the Parish Councillors….

Thank you 😊👍

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?

 

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.

 

 

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 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.

Greater Norwich Food Enterprise Zone Local Development Order (draft)

The consultation on the Greater Norwich Food Enterprise Zone Local Development Order (Draft) is now open. Click here (or copy and paste link) to view and comment:
http://broadland-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/fez/ldo

Bowls Club Next Metting

The Bowling Green – an update

Since the devastating news that the Honingham Bowls Club has folded, the Parish Council has been considering the options of what to do with the Green. No obvious choice was becoming apparent, so a survey of Village opinion was sought – a form was delivered to every house in the village.

At the recent Parish Council meeting on 26th July the results of the survey were discussed. 27% of the forms had been returned, but analysis of the results did not seem to give the Council any reasonable mandate for spending large sums of funds or effort on any of the options.

One new idea was put forward by Craig Mattless at the meeting why not keep it as a bowling green? Not a serious club to enter leagues, but just an “Open to all” facility for friendly, social bowls activities. This seemed a popular idea, which would cost a minimum of effort and cash to get going. After some discussion Craig agreed to head up an effort to get things moving. But time was of the essence if something was to be done in 2016.

So on 2nd August Craig got a few people together at the green to look around and see what would need to be done – the PC Chairman, Terry Sapey (who is cutting the green), Ted Perrett (The Ex Bowls Club Chairman) and a couple of others who had agreed to help get things moving. After a look around it was decided that the idea could take off with a minimum of expense. Some work and equipment was needed. The need for publicity and an inaugural event was discussed, and it was thought that perhaps coinciding the event with the upcoming “History Day” would be mutually beneficial to both events.

Funding and equipment is now being sought, and a further meeting is to be held, at the clubhouse, at 7pm on Tuesday 16th August so that decisions can be made in readiness for a report to the next PC Meeting on 23rd August.

All interested parties are of course welcome to attend the meeting, when such things as the details of the inaugural event will be discussed. Offers of disused bowls and other equipment will be very welcome.

It is hoped that despite a few problems the idea can be tried out. It will cost very little, and by the end of the year we will have some idea as to the potential success as we go into the 2017 season.