Parish Clerk’s Report Aug’13

Community Speedwatch Scheme 
The Council have had two people come forward to help with the Community Speedwatch Scheme,
with one potentially happy to become the co-ordinator of the scheme. To repeat what was placed
in the newsletter last month, the Community Speedwatch is a scheme in which members within the
area can form their own group to volunteer to carry out speed checks with speed detection
equipment. For a group to be set up, Mundford will need to recruit a minimum of 6 volunteers who
will be vetted, with sites assessed and agreed for working at, and then given training by the
Constabulary. There is no cost to the group as the insurance for the equipment and public liability is
covered by the Constabulary. All the Police ask is that the group spare an hour a week to carry out
sessions and only 3 of the volunteers need to attend any session. One of the volunteers has to have
computer access, and takes on the role of the co-ordinator and be in charge of the equipment, rotas
and sending in the returns by e-mail to the community speed watch mail box within 48 hours of
carrying out sessions. Speeding cars is one of the biggest concerns that residents raise with the
Parish Council and this scheme is already in use in hundreds of villages up and down the country,
and could be very effective in reducing speeds along our roads. If anyone is interested in the
Community Speed Watch Scheme, then please get in touch with me. It must be pointed out that
even though the Parish Council would fully support the scheme, it will not be run by the Council so
the co-ordinator will be in charge of the Mundford scheme. However, the Council would be keen to
have regular updates and support where possible.

Mundford Pride Scheme
The Parish Council started a scheme many years ago to acknowledge special residents that either
help others, or do something wonderful for the village. Any recipient has to have been nominated by
other residents of the village. The residents that have received this reward have all been very
surprised & delighted to have been nominated, but they are all truly deserving winners. The most
recent winner is Mrs Evelyn Goad who received her award at our last Parish Council meeting on 13th

August. She was instrumental in the development of many village projects that have commenced
over the years. These include the spring bulb project and more recently the Jubilee Bed, which as I
am sure you agree continues to look amazing! It is also right to mention that she helps with clearing
litter and helping to make the village look tidy. I will placing all this information on the website
shortly so please take a look at pictures of previous winners! However, if you know someone in the
village that you feel deserves a pride award then please send this information in writing to the clerk
for the council’s consideration.

The Parish Council have just been advised that the advertising signs on the roundabout have now
been approved. There had been a lengthy appeal as originally Breckland Council had refused the
application. The Parish Council wanted to point out to residents that the village will not benefit from
the money received in sponsorship for these signs as this, unfortunately, goes directly to Norfolk
County Council. There had been a previous deal agreed by the Parish Council where another local firm could have signage on there in return for taking responsibility for the upkeep of the
roundabout, however with Norfolk County Council’s scheme now in place and confirmed, this had to
be ended, and the Parish Council have to pay to keep the roundabout looking tidy by cutting the
grass every two weeks.

Lynford Water – Anti-social behaviour
It has been brought to the attention of the Parish Council that there has been an increased amount
of anti-social behaviour in this area. It seems that the hot weather has meant that some people are
camping, making BBQ’s, swimming, fishing and basically ignoring safety signs and orders prohibiting
some of these activities. More worrying it has been reported that some people have been intimated
by people that have asked for cigarettes and throwing beer cans. The Parish Council are appalled
that this beautiful area has started being used in this way, and have spoken to both the District and
County councillors for the area. Cllr Ann Steward has met with Police and the Fire Brigade and the
Police are keen for residents to contact them if they see any anti-social behaviour at the time so they
have the opportunity to see it for themselves. The Parish Council have written to the Forestry
Commission asking them to take action and are awaiting a reply. Please call the police on number
101 to report anything.

Parish Archive Update
As part of the work on the Parish website, we have reorganised the Archive into three sections:
audio, documents and images. We have also added tags and descriptions to all the images. Now you
can click on a tag to see all the images associated with that topic. Unfortunately, we have been
unable to date many of the pictures. You are invited to have a look and help us fill in the gaps. If you
have anything else to add to the archive, then please get in touch.