Corona Virus Covid-19

Corona Virus Covid-19

Reepham Town Council would like to urge residents to follow the national advice with regards to corona virus. Daily updates can be found on;

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

It is recommended that advice is taken from this site as opposed to newspapers, social media or knowledge from others. This is an evolving real-time situation, so it is important to understand the most up to date advice.

As a community we will all be aware of neighbours, friends and family members who may be vulnerable and at risk, as well as lonely, so do what you can to help.

Most importantly, stay safe out there, look out for each other. Residents are encouraged to stand together at this difficult time and together we can ensure that community spirit prevails.

ALLOTMENTS
This is the full guidance from The National Allotment Society https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/

‘The National Allotment Society is working to support plot-holders and associations so that they can continue to work their plots and manage sites in a safe and secure manner during the pandemic. We are all living through a crisis, the likes of which the country has not experienced since war time. The community spirit that exists on allotment sites is now vitally important. Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times. This is a constantly changing situation and we will review this page on a regular basis.

Please remember to carry on using social distancing and taking hygiene precautions when visiting the site and touching communal surfaces. Plot-holders over 70 years of age, regardless of general health are particularly vulnerable. It may feel safe on an allotment site but there are still risks.

During the current lockdown you can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.’

Stimpson’s Piece and Overton Way Play area

The play areas remain open,  children are allowed to play on the play equipment, but the council is keen to remind people that social distancing continues to apply.

Both children and adults should continue to stay 2M apart from people outside their bubble where ever possible, avoid touching their face and not share equipment. They are also being asked not to eat or drink in the play areas and to stay away if they or anyone in their household feels unwell.

As it isn’t possible for us to keep all play areas sanitised, visitors are being advised to bring their own wipes to clean the equipment alongside their hand sanitiser. Any used wipes should be placed in the bins provided or taken home if they are full.

A risk assessment of the play area has been carried out and the equipment is regularly inspected. Please follow the guidance and stay safe.

 

Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood planning – Would you like to be involved?

If you would like to be involved with the process of creating a Neighbourhood Plan for Reepham, the Town Council would love to hear from you. Please contact the Clerk at the Town Council Office to obtain further information.

The Town Council discussed the possibility of producing a Neighbourhood Plan at their meeting in September and although they agreed that they could see no benefit for Reepham in formulating a plan, they agreed to consider the option if there was enough commitment from residents. They have agreed to hold public consultation and a public meeting to gage support for such a project, details to follow.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

While Local Plans lay out a vision of future development for a whole area, the needs of individual towns and villages within that area can vary. Neighbourhood Plans are optional documents that detail further development priorities for individual communities. They are community-led and can be written by town or parish councils, or where there is no town or parish council by a specially-created neighbourhood forum.

Taking part in the writing of a Neighbourhood Plan helps you have a say in the future use of land and buildings in your neighbourhood.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a way of helping local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work. It can be used to:

  • Develop a shared vision for your neighbourhood.
  • Choose where new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built.
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces.
  • Influence what new buildings should look like.

What are the benefits to a community of developing a neighbourhood plan ?

Neighbourhood planning enables communities to play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which they live and work and in supporting new development proposals. This is because unlike the parish, village or town plans that communities may have prepared, a neighbourhood plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the local plan prepared by the local planning authority. Decisions on planning applications will be made using both the local plan and the neighbourhood plan, and any other material considerations.

Neighbourhood planning provides the opportunity for communities to set out a positive vision for how they want their community to develop over the next 10, 15, 20 years in ways that meet identified local need and make sense for local people. They can put in place planning policies that will help deliver that vision or grant planning permission for the development they want to see.

To help deliver their vision communities that take a proactive approach by drawing up a neighbourhood plan and secure the consent of local people in a referendum, will benefit from 25% of the revenues from the Community Infrastructure Levy arising from the development that takes place in their area, where their authority collects contributions using this method.

 

Stimpson’s Piece Dog Restrictions

At the Trustee of Stimpson’s Piece meeting held on the 9th March 2016, the Trustees unanimously agreed that restrictions for dogs on Stimpson’s Piece should be reintroduced in light of the increasing amount of dog’s mess found on the field. I am disappointed to report that as at 1st February 2019, this continues to be an issue!

Whilst the Trustees recognise that the introduction of restrictions may impact on the pleasure and enjoyment of dog walkers at Stimpson’s Piece, these measures are necessary to ensure the health and safety of other users of the field. Your support would be much appreciated.

Signage has been installed to inform members of the public.

The restriction is as follows

Dog restriction diagram