I hope everyone has been able to take advantage of the lifting of certain Covid restrictions and have managed to enjoy some of this summer. Hopefully with the success of the vaccination rollout and NHS great work, we will avoid another lockdown.

Otherwise the District Council has had its first full Council meeting in Long Stratton, however some zoom meetings are still scheduled for less formal meetings, as seating arrangements are restricted and inhibit public participation. Meetings are also available to watch on YouTube.

Funding has now been agreed for the Long Stratton bypass, the Greater Norwich Local Plan has been agreed and sent to the Secretary of Sate to ratify. The District Council has also given a grant to the Ditchingham Village hall extension project – which will enable the next stages of the project to get underway in September, with the aim to have this great facility up and running in January 2022, which I am sure will benefit all our community.

The decision by the Parish Council to hand over the responsibility of the CHICKEN ROUNDABOUT to Norfolk Highways is very disappointing. The roundabout has enabled Ditchingham to be known throughout the land, partly helped by Terry Wogan and thanks to the years of dedication by Gordon Knowles. Handing over responsibility to Highways will impact wildflower planting and the village control of the future of the roundabout.

Brendon Bernard
District Councillor For Ditchingham and Earsham Ward.
T. 01986 893240
E. brendonbernard@me.com
E. Brendon.bernard@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk