Hen Unit Planning Application – Parish Council Update


Hen Unit Planning Application

Hickling Parish Council has discussed this planning application on a number of occasions at its meetings. The subject has also been raised and discussed during public participation sessions at Council meetings. The applicant has organised two visits to similar units, one attended by the Chair and one by concerned parishioners. The latter resulted in objections being withdrawn by those parishioners.

Council first responded to this application with a letter of objection in September 2016. The letter contained a number of questions that were put to North Norfolk District Council (NNDC).

The Parish Council followed this with a further email in November 2016 requesting answers to those questions, as NNDC had failed to respond.

Council finally received a response from NNDC to the councils questions on 7th April 2017. Following the Parish Council meeting in April 2017 a further letter was sent to NNDC with regards to this application.

“The concern for council is still the fears that some parishioners have. Therefore the comments are that while the parish council does not object we note and ask that all the concerns of parishioners are noted… The parish council feel that the application should be heard at development control committee in order that there is the opportunity to hear open debate with all of the correct facts before them. This will go some way to try to alleviate some of the confusion caused by the chaotic way this application has been handled.”

Scam Alert and Rogue Trader Alert



Norfolk Trading Standards Rogue Trader Alert

Norfolk Trading Standards are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a report of cold callers in the Great Yarmouth area. Information was received about two males cold calling at properties offering to pressure wash driveways. The males were seen to be using a white tipper backed transit style van.

Trading Standards advises NEVER to deal with anyone who cold calls at your property offering to undertake services or attempting to sell you something.

Anyone sighting these cold callers in Norfolk or concerned about rogue trader activity in their community can contact Trading Standards through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Norfolk Trading Standards Scam Alert

Norfolk Trading Standards is getting reports from Norfolk residents about letters they have received claiming to be from the ‘European Health Lottery’. The letters state that the recipient of the letter has won a prize in a recent draw usually totalling several hundred thousand pounds and details on how this prize can be claimed via contact details are supplied The letter also states that for ‘security reasons’ you should keep this win ‘confidential’. These letters are a scam and no prize is available. Anyone who makes contact via the details supplied will be persuaded to part with personal details and money as part of an ‘upfront processing fee’.

If you receive this type of letter dispose of it correctly without responding in any way.

Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid lottery scams:

  • If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it. Never respond to unexpected communications
  • Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto. No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win
  • We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to scam you
  • NEVER disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance to claim a lottery win
  • If they’ve provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of
  • Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a scam
  • Many examples of lottery scam letters have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work

10th April 2017 Notice of Parish Council Meeting


Notice of Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting of Hickling Parish Council will take place on 10th April at the Chapel Rooms starting at 7.00pm. As with all Council meetings members of the public and press are most welcome and refreshments will be available. There will be a period of up to 15mins (chair discretion) for members of the public to ask questions, and bring matters to the Council. The agenda may be viewed here.

22nd April Help at the Barn



Help required at The Barn

We have been asked to let you know that help is required to tidy up the inside and outside of Hickling Barn. This will take place on 22nd April from 9am and refreshments will be provided. If you can help for either all or part of the day please give Richard a call on 598495 so that work can be planned.

Thank you.