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 ([email protected] 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
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;
- To recruit and train a Community Speedwatch team to work in the parish.
- To put in place traffic calming measures on the Street.
- To install a vehicle activated sign.
- To take part in South Norfolk Council’s mobile flashing speed sign project.
- To initiate a road safety project in conjunction with Dickleburgh Primary School.
- 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.