Former Parish Projects

Dickleburgh and Rushall Parish Council works on many local issues. Many of the issues we deal with are short term and can be dealt with quickly and efficiently within the normal structure of our monthly meetings. However, there are a number of key projects that we are working on, either on our own or with other community groups. These projects are long term and will develop over time. They are;

  • The ‘Big Park’ Play Area Development ( completed)
  • St Clements Common
  • Dickleburgh and Rushall 6 Point Plan for Road Safety (completed)
  • Street lights replacement programme (completed)

If you would like to hear more about our plans or become involved in any of the projects, please contact the Parish Clerk, Ann Baker by email (clerkdrpc@yahoo.co.uk  or by telephone (01379 742937 to register your interest.

Your community needs you!!

The ‘Big Park’ Play Area Development

At the end of 2012 Dickleburgh and Rushall Parish Council successfully won £27,5000 of funding from the Department for Education through the Playbuilder funding stream for a new play area for children aged 8-13 years old. This was just the start of our redevelopment of the play area on the playing field, bringing the play facilities in the Parish up to modern standards.

We have spent most of 2011 fundraising for a play areas for younger children. With a significant contribution from the Parish Council we have successfully obtained funding from Norfolk Community Foundation, Saffron Community Foundation and South Norfolk Council Neighbourhood Fund. The play area for younger children should be completed by the start of the summer 2012.

The next stage of the project is to find a way to cater for the needs of local teenagers and even adults. However, this will take time and we cannot do this without the help of our community who can help by telling us what you need from the playing field, in helping with some fundraising, in making community based decisions on the project and working closely with the Parish Council to see this project through to the end.

St Clements Common

“St. Clements Common has been provided for the benefit and pleasure of all the Parishioners and children of Dickleburgh and Rushall”

Daphne Buxton’s wishes

In 1995 local resident and Britain’s “Best Landowner” Daphne Buxton established St Clements Common for the use of the public, in perpetuity. As part of this legacy to the community Daphne Buxton included a cash endowment to the Parish Council to provide a small income to help maintain St Clements Common. Now Dickleburgh and Rushall Parish Council holds St Clements Common in trust to protect and enhance the special wildlife on the site and for the enjoyment of the local community. DRPC is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of St Clements Common.

The management of the land has been a source of many problems over the years. More recently the land became overgrown with long grass and weeds. Following major restoration works (funded by Your Parish, Your Decision) over the winter of 2010 the Parish Council will take responsibility for the long term management of the site. The site will be managed to maintain and improve both its leisure and amenity use, wildlife value and biodiversity. The southern field will be managed for recreational use. The northern field and the ‘stackyard’ will be managed for their wildlife value.

Every three months or so, the Parish Council and local community hold a conservation working party. The working party, nomally held on a Saturday morning, carries out some basic land management tasks such as grass raking, tree planting and coppicing. If you would like to join us please contact the Parish Clerk for futher information.

Dickleburgh and Rushall 6 Point Plan for Road Safety

Over 30 people attended a road safety and speeding meeting in February 2012. It was a great success giving members of the public and the panel an opportunity for a frank discussion on road safety and speeding in rural areas.

The six key action points for the parish council with the support of the panel to work on are;

  1. To recruit and train a Community Speedwatch team to work in the parish.
  2. To put in place traffic calming measures on the Street.
  3. To install a vehicle activated sign.
  4. To take part in South Norfolk Council’s mobile flashing speed sign project.
  5. To initiate a road safety project in conjunction with Dickleburgh Primary School.
  6. To review the speed limits in the Parish, moving where appropriate.

Over the next few months the parish council will focus its work on getting the action points underway and completed. Our thanks go to all the members of the public and panel who came to the meeting. It has successfully given the Council the direction it needs to make a difference on our local roads. If you would like to get involved with Community Speedwatch, please get in touch.

The Street Lights Replacement Programme

Dickleburgh and Rushall was the first in the county to switch to an eco-friendly street-lighting system. Dickleburgh and Rushall Parish Council has replaced all its old, inefficient mercury street lamps with lower wattage fluorescent lamps.

To reduce carbon emissions and cut light pollution, the 16 lamps are switched off between about midnight and 5.30am under a “part-night” system installed by Cartledge, the street lighting arm of May Gurney. Cllr Carl Roe, managed the project for the Parish Council.

Some of the old lights were at least 40 years old and well past their best, resulting in a lot of operational problems. The new energy-saving lights will help reduce the carbon footprint of the parish, and will save the council considerable amounts through reduced maintenance and running costs. In fact, in the first year of operation, the new lights have saved the Parish Council nearly £1900 in lower electricity bills and reduced maintenance costs. They will also help address the light pollution problem that affects our landscape. The system’s carbon emissions have been reduced by about 70 per cent – or by 3.31 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. That’s the equivalent of 166 trees, so it’s clearly good for the environment and reduces energy costs as well.

2 Responses to Former Parish Projects

  1. jay jay says:

    Although these lights have advantages there is all so disavantages, being the following, Theses new compact flouresents runs at 36watt-80watt, old sodium lights only run at 35watt, there for no engery is saved unless on a part dimming system, In cold weather like winter time these compact flouresents are prone to failure as they cant handle below freezing temps and can not fire up, also in foggy weather white is the worse kind of light for fog, the old yellow sodiums lights proforme miles better , the only moneys saved is the price of the bulbs, a PL flouresent bulb only costs around £6, compared to a sodium or mercury bulb that cost around £23, councils are drawn to this short sight saving, instead of the real running cost, Being Green? I dont think so,

    Good luck

    Jay Jay 😉

    • dickleburghandrushall says:

      Jay Jay thank you very much for your comment. The Parish Council is responsible for some of the streetlights in the village (mostly those on Rectory Road into Rushall and Harvey Lane). Norfolk County Council is responsible for the streetlights along the main Norwich / Ipswich Road and in a number of other places. NCC is currently in the process of changing their streetlighhts to low energy type.

      1. At the beginning of 2009 the Parish Council had 45 streetlights. 15 were rated at 94W and 29 at 58W. The remaining lamp was a 36W PL P/N low energy type rated at 36W which had been installed the previous year as a trial. When all the lights were changed to the 36W type there was a direct saving in electricity in addition to the savings from installing part-night photocells. The total electricity savings last year were £1,350.

      2. The lamps were installed in three phases. Fourteen were done in July 2009, 24 in February 2010 and 6 in September 2010 i.e. 15 have been through two winters and all have been through last winter. Over the last two financial years we have not had any costs for maintenance compared with an annual average of £755 for the previous 6 years.

      3. To put the figures in context, the overall savings of £1,900 represent just over 5% of the council’s total budget.

      I hope this clarifies the position in Dickleburgh and Rushall.

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