Norfolk County Council Budget Consultation


We have received the following from Norfolk County Council…

Budget Consultation 2018/19

You will have heard – both through media reporting and from our own publicity on social media, in Your Norfolk magazine and elsewhere – that Norfolk County Council is currently consulting on budget savings proposals for 2018/19. I am writing to remind you that there is still time to feed in your views before the consultation closes on 2 January 2018.
Even though we are proposing to increase council tax next year, the amount of money we hope to raise wouldn’t be enough to balance our budget. This means we have to make some difficult decisions about how we spend your money.
Since 2011 we have saved £334 million. However, we now need to save a further £125 million by 2021. The Council’s Policy and Resources Committee met and reviewed the strategic and financial planning for 2018/19 and agreed a set of six individual savings proposals for public consultation.

You can find out more and have your say by visiting these individual links:
Your views on our proposal to change the way we work out how much people pay towards the cost of their non-residential care services.

Your views on the future of our children’s centre services and libraries.

Your views on reducing how much we spend on non-safety critical highway maintenance.

Your views on reducing the number of roads we grit in winter.

Your views on our proposal to change the construction and demolition waste concession at recycling centres.

Your views on our proposal to review bus services supported by the County Council.

Your views on council tax.

You can find out more about our budget setting process at

Our consultation closes at midnight on Tuesday 2 January 2018.
You can respond to the consultation in the following ways:
– Using the online feedback forms on the links listed above
– Emailing us at
– Writing to us Freepost Plus RTCL-XSTT-JZSK Norfolk County Council,
Ground Floor – South Wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH
(You do not need to add a stamp)

If you have any questions about the consultation please do not hesitate to get in
touch with Christine Mawson, Stakeholder and Consultation Manager,
Email: or telephone 01603 224485.
Yours sincerely
Wendy Thomson
Managing Director

11th December 2017, Parish Council meeting.



Hickling Parish Council meeting

The next meeting of Hickling Parish Council will be on 11th December 2017 at the Chapel rooms starting at 7pm. This meeting is open to the public and press and refreshments will be available. There will be a 15min section for public participation. Please raise your hand during the public participation if you would like to ask a question. The agenda may be viewed here.

Local Plan for the Broads: Have your say


Local Plan for the Broads: Have your say

Public drop-in sessions

A reminder that there are two more public drop-in sessions when you can come and talk to members of Broads Authority staff about the Local Plan for the Broads consultation:

Wed 6th December, Geldeston Village Hall, 6pm-8pm

Sat 9th December, Potter Heigham Village Hall, 10am – 12pm

Reminder: How to respond to the consultation

Please make your response to the consultation documents on our comments form, using the guidance to help you determine which Tests of Soundness your comments refer to. Information available on the website

Email completed comments forms to:

The deadline for responses is 4pm on 5 January 2018.

All comments received will be made public and cannot be treated as confidential.

Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN)


Better Broadband for Norfolk in Hickling

A new communications cabinet (reference BBfN Hickling 8) is to be installed on the right hand side of the track at the side of Woodpeckers, The Street, Hickling (7.0m behind the chevron sign & 7.0m from road edge) to serve residents & businesses in the immediate surrounding area. No date for installation is currently available, however the BBfN Programme is due to complete by the end of March 2020.

People can check to see which BT structure their property is served from and available speeds using the BT Wholesale Line Checker

Search using the Address Checker option, then enter the postcode, press submit and select the address from the list

Once a fibre solution is available an “VDSL” option will be shown. Prior to implementation copper based broadband speeds are shown as “ADSL”.

Launch of National Milling & Millwrighting Academy at Sutton Mill Heritage Centre


7th December 7.00pm Hickling Barn

The National Milling Centre CIC (Community Interest Company) is delighted to announce the launch of a major heritage project in North East Norfolk, the creation of the National Milling & Millwrighting Academy at Grade II*-listed Sutton Mill, near Stalham. As part of a £3mn long-term redevelopment programme for the site close to Hickling Broad, the 24 metre-high (80ft) brick-built Tower Mill will be restored to full working order, providing valuable on-site training for a new generation of millwrights and creating a vital tourist attraction for the Norfolk Broads National Park.

This event is open to the public and more information can be found at