Welcome to the website of Hoveton Parish Council. Here you’ll find further information about the work of the Parish Council and the services it provides, contact details for your local councillors, information about the parish of Hoveton, plus all the latest Council and community news. Whether you’re a resident of Hoveton or a nearby parish, a member of Hoveton’s workforce, a visitor to our village, or just an interested party, we hope you find this website useful and informative. And we look forward to welcoming you to a Hoveton Parish Council meeting soon!
Hoveton Parish Council is pleased to announce the co-option of a new parish councillor, Mr Alan Scott, who joined the Council at our December meeting. Cllr Scott lives on Brook Park and is already proving a very valuable addition to the Parish Council team. Hoveton Parish Council would like to extend a warm welcome to Cllr Scott and to wish him well in his new role as a parish councillor.
Following Cllr Scott’s co-option, there are still four vacant seats around Hoveton Parish Council’s table. Perhaps you’d like to join us too? The role of a parish councillor is truly rewarding and fulfilling. It gives you the opportunity to play a key role in the decisions that affect life in our village and to make a positive contribution to the many areas of work the Parish Council is involved in. Have you ever thought about becoming a parish councillor? Our Becoming A Parish Councillor page will tell you a little more about what’s involved.
Norfolk County Council’s 2019/20 budget consultation is currently inviting members of the public to have their say on some of the latest budget and council tax proposals made by Norfolk County Council (NCC). With the amount of money NCC receives from central government rapidly declining, these proposals include a plan to save £79 million over the next three years, while NCC is also identifying ways of bridging a remaining funding gap of £45.98 million.
Though a council tax increase has been proposed, Hoveton Parish Council has been advised that this won’t be enough to balance NCC’s budget, meaning NCC must continue to make difficult decisions over how funds are spent. The consultation closes on 23rd December 2018 and local residents can have their say at www.norfolk.gov.uk/budget. Copies of the consultation documents can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org or 0344 800 8020.
Local residents will be pleased to hear that speeding on Stalham Road has been identified as a new SNAP (Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel) priority. This means that enforcement action will likely take place on Stalham Road over the next six weeks. Residents will also be pleased to hear that data gathered by Hoveton’s SAM2 is to be used in the prosecution of a speeding motorist.
Thankfully, Hoveton remains ‘burglary free’ at the moment, though historically in the run-up to Christmas there is a rise in dwelling burglary offences. With this in mind, residents are advised to report anything suspicious to Norfolk Police and to think about prevention (leaving lights on, leaving a car on the drive when out if possible, making sure doors and windows are locked). If you’re going away for Christmas, tell a neighbour and ask them to put a car on your driveway if they can.
Unfortunately, however, fly-tipping appears to be on the up. If you see fly-tipping taking place, this may be reported to Norfolk Police or to North Norfolk District Council. Fraud offences are also sadly becoming more frequent. Please contact Norfolk Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101 (or 999 if a crime is in progress) if you are concerned you may have been targeted in a fraud offence, or call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Finally, a date for your diaries. Hoveton’s Beat Manager, PC Tom Gibbs, will be opening Hoveton Police Station to the public on Friday 18th January 2019 between 3pm and 4pm for a community engagement surgery. This is a wonderful opportunity for local residents to speak to PC Gibbs directly about any local issues or concerns they might have. He will have the kettle on!
You may be aware that, sadly, Hoveton Bowls Club had to close earlier this year. Following feedback received as part of its Parish Plan consultation, Hoveton Parish Council and the Hoveton Village Hall Management Committee are now exploring the possibility of using the land and buildings formerly occupied by the Bowls Club to build a facility that will give young people in our village somewhere safe and dry to hang out with friends. For a project like this one to succeed, however, we will need the support of the local community. Do you have any ideas or experience that could help us get this project up and running? If so, then we’d love to hear from you!
Hoveton’s Granary Staithe is looking festive again now that our community Christmas tree is in place. Despite some rather uncharitable social media comments and press coverage in recent weeks, Hoveton Parish Council hopes that most local residents and visitors to our village are enjoying this addition to the Staithe. Purchased from St John’s Community Primary School in aid of the school’s fundraising campaign, kindly sponsored by two local businesses (Stobart & Hurrell estate agents and the Hotel Wroxham), and put up with the help of members of the Bure Valley Rotary Club, this lovely little tree is a true community effort. A project like this, while small, requires a big effort from all of those involved, so a huge thank you to everyone who helped put a little extra sparkle into Hoveton’s Christmas!