Thetford Governance Review

Thetford Governance Review

Second stage consultations commence for Thetford, Carbrooke and Great Ellingham Review

17 April 2018

Following on from public consultations held earlier this year on the administrative changes requested by Thetford, Carbrooke and Great Ellingham parish councils, Breckland Council is calling on residents in these parishes again, to give their views on revised proposals. Feedback is also sought from those living in the adjacent parishes of Croxton, Brettenham, Kilverstone and Attleborough. The consultations began on 16 April and will run until 22 June 2018.

The three parish councils submitted their proposals to Breckland Council earlier this year, and these requests triggered a formal Community Governance Review (CGR) – a statutory process whereby district councils can create parish councils, review and change boundaries and carry out a number of other reviews. The consultations are organised by Breckland Council, who are managing the CGR process.

Cllr Mark Robinson, Breckland Council Executive Member for Governance said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the first consultations – your views and suggestions have helped inform the proposals that are going forward for the second stage of consultation. Now we need you to get involved again – all the information you need about the revised proposals is on our website and officers will be happy to help if you have any questions”.

In the case of Great Ellingham the revised proposal is for an extension of the parish boundary to the B1077. The revised Thetford proposal is for no change to the current arrangements and the third request, for Carbrooke Parish Council to increase the size of its parish council from seven to nine members, is as originally submitted.

Details of the changes requested can be found at Responses to the consultation should be sent via the online form on the website, by email: or by letter to Breckland Council, Democratic Services, Community Governance Review, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE. All feedback received will be published on the council website in accordance with the statutory process.

After the second stage consultations close, Breckland Council’s Community Governance Sub-Committee will consider these responses before making final recommendations to Council in autumn.

As a reminder the closing date for submissions is 22nd June 2018.

Proposed boundary changes for Thetford Carbrooke and Great Ellingham

Brettenham and Kilverstone Parish Council letter re Community Governance Review

Signed B&K PC letter in response to BDC re Governance Review 7 Feb 18

B&K PC Flyer re Governance Review 2018

Community Governance Review

Please see attached response to Breckland Council regarding the above. If you wish to find out more, please follow any of the links.

Response to Breckland re Community Governance Review 19.09.18

Brettenham and Kilverstone Parish Council letter re Community Governance Review


Breckland Council’s Updated Street Naming and Numbering Policy

Breckland Council’s has informed the PC that they have made a few minor amendments to the Breckland Street Naming and Numbering Policy. Please see below links for further information.




Vision for Norfolk

CPRE Norfolk launched its Vision for Norfolk in July – full details of which are at It calls for a common sense approach to protecting all the things that make Norfolk unique, as this will best serve the future of our county, all who live in it and the UK as a whole. Norfolk’s environment is a unique and precious asset. It allows us to grow a substantial amount of the UK’s food, supports a major tourism industry and has an incredibly diverse range of flora and fauna.

Today, Norfolk is facing many challenges including population growth, climate change and the ending of the partnership with the European Union. At the same time, there are huge pressures to grow our economy and build more houses. We must plan effectively, fully valuing our countryside and environment.

CPRE Norfolk’s ‘Vision for Norfolk’ is a call for us all to join in the debate about how we manage these pressures, while protecting this precious and fragile environment. The land we have is a finite supply, and all of it serves a purpose. Once it is changed, it cannot be recovered.

You can join the debate and help make a difference for the future, and the legacy we leave for future generations. Please read more about our V4N at

Vision for Norfolk Brochure

Norfolk Strategic Framework

Consultation on the Draft Norfolk Strategic Planning Framework

The Norfolk Planning Authorities are consulting on a draft Norfolk Strategic Framework document. The framework is a document prepared jointly by Breckland Council, Broadland District Council, Broads Authority, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, North Norfolk District Council, Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and South Norfolk Council, and sets out their shared objectives on housing, employment and infrastructure. The draft framework will be subject to public consultation from 2nd of August to 4pm on Friday 22nd Sept 2017.  A response form is available at Alternatively responses will be accepted by e-mail to:

Home Heating Grants

In order to tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions in Great Britain, UK Government introduced ECO2t a latest version of energy efficiency scheme. The Scheme (The Energy Company Obligation) allows the eligible homeowners and private tenants to replace their old inefficient oil fired, LPG, Gas fired boilers and old electric storage heaters with a new, highly efficient energy efficient ‘A’ rated ones and save money on their energy bills. Up to 100% grants are available for the same depending on the occupier’s circumstances such as type of benefits received, type of property they live in, fuel type used for the purposes of heating, number of bedrooms and the age of the property.

Who provides funds for the Scheme?

The funds for the Scheme (ECO2t) are provided by big six energy companies along with the large energy suppliers (with customer base of over 250,000) like First Utility, OVO Energy and Co-Operative Energy. Big energy companies have an obligation to reduce carbon emissions from domestic homes and tackle fuel poverty in Great Britain which they achieve by funding the installation of energy efficient measures particularly in OFF GAS Grid areas of Great Britain. Installation grants can be accessed by qualifying householders irrespective of which energy company they are with. Funds provided through the Scheme are grants and not loans. For further information about this ongoing scheme you can visit following web sites:

Golden Globe’s Role In the Scheme

Golden Globe Ltd is an approved and registered participant for the scheme and has helped more than a thousand households in London and Essex to upgrade their home energy efficiency measures. Golden Globe thrives in helping low income customers access the funding if they are eligible for and then install energy-efficient technologies for them.  Their expertise includes replacement of old inefficient Oil boilers, LPG boilers, Electric Storage Heaters and Gas boilers and Home Insulation.

GTDP CSG Cycling and Walking Investigation

Breckland Local Plan Development Schedule

Emerging Local Plan – Interim Consultation

Brecklad District Council is developing its new Local Plan (Emerging Local Plan), which can be found at:




Eden King and her mother cut the tape to open the new Riverside path at the Arlington Way end.  Two crowds turned out to celebrate the opening of a pathway joining Thetford and its neighbouring parish of Brettenham on Monday.  The pathway from Ford Meadow to Arlington Way has been in use since the end of last year but was officially at both ends by council leaders on Monday 15 February 2016. Around 30 people including Thetford town and Brettenham and Kilverstone parish councillors met in the middle of the path, which is completely wheelchair accessible.   Martin Engwell, Vice Chairman of  Brettenham and Kilverstone Parish Councillor and project officer, said: “We have only heard positive comments because the access for wheelchairs is fantastic. That was an important factor in the project. “Previously the path could get muddy and narrow, it was barely walkable. Now it is open all year.” Mr Engwell said in the early stages the Parish Council was working primarily with the British Trust for Ornithology, across whose nature reserve the path falls, but was allowed by Thetford Town Council to carry the path on across the council-owned Ford Meadow.  The sand and gravel pathway cost around £30,000 to construct, with the Moving Thetford Forward Partnership contributing £20,000 and the town and parish councils putting in £5,000 each.