Planning application 20171974 concerns

At the Town Council meeting on the 22nd November, the Council agreed unanimously to strongly object to planning application 20171974 –

Demolition of garage / deopt & erection of convenience store (A1 use) with associated parking & first floor staff and storage areas at Reepham Motors, 31 School Road, Reepham, NR10 4JP

The Council submitted the following response to Broadland District Council;

‘Reepham Town Council strongly object to this planning application.

The Council wish to draw attention to the Joint Core Strategy, Policy 14 – Key Service Centres which states that; ‘Established retail and service areas will be protected and enhanced where appropriate’.

This application cannot in anyway be considered as an enhancement to existing retail as without doubt it would destroy the already struggling Wednesday market and impact heavily on existing, well established businesses in the Town.  The Reepham economic strategy report compiled by consultants Ingham Pinnock in September 2013 (supported by Broadland District Council) reports that :

‘Reepham has a good range of local retail businesses concentrated in and around the town centre. A number of these have been in Reepham for generations and are an important part of the character and economic base of the town. When asked, the local community have frequently commented that they value these retailers and that they add significantly to the attractiveness of the town. However, common to many town centre or high streets, a number of the traditional retailers in Reepham are struggling to survive and the situation has become increasingly fragile in recent years. The fragility of the retail sector in Reepham was demonstrated in 2012 when the only bank in the town was closed for a number of months following a robbery. With the loss of this one activity, retailers reported a significant drop in footfall and trade as fewer people came into the town centre to bank and undertake other linked activities. The impact of the temporary loss of this one part of the retail mix in Reepham demonstrates how vulnerable the sector is.’

Since this report was written, the HSBC bank has closed so the economic situation in Reepham remains fragile and is therefore in need of protection.

The existing Spar convenience store is open from 7am to 10pm and already caters for residents when other businesses are closed.

In addition, there are Highway concerns. More chaos would be added to the existing issues with traffic on Townsend Corner and parking in Reepham in general.  It is difficult to see how any delivery vehicles (articulated lorries) will be able to service the store without encountering and adding to the traffic issues, particularly if deliveries are made at school start / end times.

School Road/Whitwell Road is unsuitable for large vehicles and any such vehicles servicing the proposed store would have to approach and leave via the crossroads at Townsend Corner.  This would entail vehicles making a “U” turn after loading/unloading and there is no place anywhere along School Road where this could be safely achieved.”

There is concern that this application will mean increased noise and light pollution, especially to the detriment of those residents living in close proximity to the site. Concern has been expressed about the direct impact this application will have on neighbouring properties.

The site has already been approved for residential development which it is acknowledged Reepham has need of and to which the Town Council had no comment or objection to.’

Congratulations George!

Congratulations to George Hardiment as she celebrates her 25th Anniversary of cleaning Reepham Public Toilets!!

George started working for Broadland District Council, cleaning the toilets on the 18th October 1992 and when responsibility for managing the toilets was passed to the Town Council, George came along too!

The Town Council would like to say a huge THANK YOU to George for all her hard work and enthusiasm, often going above and beyond the call of nature, sorry I mean duty! George is NOT retiring, so the Town Council and all the users of the public toilets are looking forward to another 25 years of excellent service!!

Kerdiston church / chapel – cable route concerns

Following concerns about the proposed cable corridor for the wind farm, the Town Council agreed to send the following letter to Vattenfall drawing attention to the site of St Marys Church or Chapel in Kerdiston.

The following image of the church / chapel was also sent.

 

 

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 (initially approved in 2008) should be reintroduced in light of the increasing amount of dog’s mess found on the field.

Whilst the Trustees recognise that the reintroduction of these 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.

Signage has been installed to inform members of the public.

The restriction is as follows

Dog restriction diagram

Town Council Vacancies

Following the resignation of Marion Korman, the Town Council wish to advertise the Casual Vacancy in the Office of Town Councillor

Notice is hereby given:

  • A casual vacancy in the office of Town Council exists on Reepham Town Councillor
  • An election by ballot according to the Election Rules will be held if a request in writing to that effect, signed by ten local government electors for the electoral area, is delivered to The Chief Executive, Broadland District Council, Thorpe Lodge, 1 Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0DU not later than 5th December 2017
  • If an election is not requested, the town council will fill the vacancy by co-option

 

 

Reepham Town Council still need to find 4 willing volunteers to join them (co-opt) on the Council!

Being a Councillor is interesting and sometimes challenging work but it’s satisfying to make a constructive contribution to your local community.

  • Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month (except August)
  • No specific experience required
  • Full support & training is available
  • A fulfilling and challenging opportunity to enhance the well-being of local residents

The Town Council is responsible for the management and monitoring of the Cemeteries, Churchyard, Public Toilets, Car Park, Allotments, Market Street, Lighting, The Town Hall, Stimpson’s Piece, Verge Cutting and Grit Bins. It is consulted on all planning applications. It supports local events and grant funds to local groups.

See ‘information for prospective Councillors’ on the ‘Officers and Members’ page of this website
If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Jo Boxall (Town Clerk)

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