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!
Just a reminder that Parish Council elections are due to take place on Thursday 2nd May 2019, alongside elections for North Norfolk District Council. If you are considering standing at these elections, it’s not too late to do so! Nomination forms must be hand-delivered to North Norfolk District Council between the hours of 10am and 4pm on any working day within the nomination period (Wednesday 27th March to Wednesday 3rd April 2019).
If you care about where you live and are passionate about your community, why not consider standing as a candidate in the Parish Council elections? If you’re not sure whether this opportunity is right for you, or if you’d like more information about being a parish councillor and what this involves, you are welcome to get in touch with Lisa, the Parish Clerk (07572 349600 or [email protected]) to discuss this further, or with any member of the Parish Council. Otherwise, for more information, please visit our Make A Change, Become A Parish Councillor page.
With council tax bills for 2019/2020 currently dropping through letterboxes, this seems like a good time to talk about the parish precept.
The precept is the council tax that the billing authority (in this case, North Norfolk District Council) collects on behalf of a parish council. The precept is calculated as part of the parish council’s budget; it fills the gap between the parish council’s planned expenditure and its estimated income. Parish councils do not receive any direct funding from central government and so the precept is a hugely important part of a parish council’s income.
At its 3rd December 2018 meeting, Hoveton Parish Council agreed to request a precept of £51,570 for 2019/2020. This precept represents an increase of £4,500 (or 9.5%) on the precept the Parish Council requested for 2018/2019, though the increase works out at less than £5 extra per average household. The reasons for this increase are outlined in the minutes of the meeting of 3rd December 2018. The percentage increase for the Parish Council that’s listed on local residents’ council tax bills, however, refers to the increase paid by the council tax payer, not the increase in the overall precept amount requested by the Parish Council. So for example, for a Band D property:
Hoveton Parish Council recently reported on concerns raised by local residents about ongoing incidents of inconsiderate (often illegal) parking taking place on Horning Road, opposite St. John’s Community Primary School. It has been reported that at school drop-off and pick-up times, drivers are routinely ignoring the double yellow lines and yellow zig-zag lines outside the school in order to park on grass verges and up on the pavement along the Three Rivers Way, causing damage to the verges, obstructing the Three Rivers Way, and creating a road safety hazard outside the school. Meanwhile, concerns have also been raised about parking obstructions and inconsiderate parking on residential roads such as Waveney Drive and Meadow Drive, both in part caused by parking for the school.
After seeking advice from Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Police, HPC has reported these problems to the relevant parties. Offences of parking against a restriction (such as double yellow lines) are the responsibility of County Council Enforcement Officers, who have been informed of the situation on Horning Road. Your Parish Council will seek further advice from the County Council regarding possible solutions to the problem of inconsiderate parking on residential roads, and it has arranged to work closely with the headteacher of St. John’s School in terms of contacting parents and carers to encourage more responsible parking in the future.
Hoveton Parish Council receives regular newsletters and reports from the Stalham Safer Neighbourhood Team and works closely with members of the team on local issues. Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) meetings are held regularly to agree local policing priorities, along with regular Public Engagement meetings and surgeries. The latest issue of the team’s newsletter can be found below, this month including further helpful advice on scam telephone calls:
Cluster 12 Parish Newsletter (March 2019)
Hoveton Parish Council has been invited to comment on the following local planning application:
Proposal: Erection of dwelling (Outline Planning-all matters reserved).
Address: Torrens, Tunstead Road, Hoveton
Further Details: North Norfolk District Council
Consultation Deadline: 5th April 2019
This application will be considered at the next meeting of Hoveton Parish Council, due to be held on Monday 1st April 2019.