Roger Smith’s Monthly Update 3rd December 2012

Every month, Roger Smith, member of Norfolk County Council (NCC) publishes a newsletter for people in this area.  Here’s the newsletter for October 2012.

About Roger

Roger Smith  is the Member of Norfolk County Council (NCC) for Henstead Division covering Bixley, Bramerton, Caistor St Edmund, Framingham Earl, Framingham Pigot, Kirby Bedon, Poringland, Stoke Holy Cross, Surlingham, Trowse with Newton.  You can contact Roger directly (Telephone: 01508 538225   e-mail:


  1. The Winter Edition of the residents’ magazine “Your Norfolk” contains important information about preparing for the winter season, and improvements to our services.
  2. Norfolk County Council has begun a comprehensive review of all its functions and associated managerial arrangements. With further forecast savings in the pipeline for 2014 onwards currently estimated at £125m, the council wants to be ready to implement any changes necessary early next year so that it is prepared for reduced budgets ahead.
  3. Used cooking oil brought to Norfolk’s recycling centres by residents has generated enough energy to power 100 homes for a year. It is five years since Norfolk County Council launched the scheme at its recycling centres. More recently cooking oil and fats can be taken to new cooking oil banks, one being in Budgen’s Car Park in Poringland.
  4. For those interested in finding how their green recycling bin is processed there is A video of the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at Costessey run by Norfolk Environmental Waste Services (NEWS), part of the NORSE group. It processes all the recyclables collected from households in Norfolk. Recently I toured the plant and discovered how vital it is for us to only put in the green bin what is stipulated and what an important contribution this makes to recycling. I am trying to arrange a further tour for residents.
  5. As part of Norfolk County Council’s ‘Keep Your Mind on the Road’ campaign, the council is looking for residents to come forward and become road safety volunteers in their community. It is looking to encourage communities in Norfolk to take collective action to help make their roads safer by helping better to educate fellow residents.
  6. An incredible response to Norfolk County Council’s £3.5m Community Construction Fund has proven the commitment of residents to finding creative ways to improve local amenities. In total, over £4.6m of funding has been requested from 84 organisations. The fund, launched in September, was designed to stimulate construction-led economic development in Norfolk, whilst enabling local organisations to fund community projects.
  7. East City & Framingham Earl Children’s Centre will be able to offer to parents of disadvantaged two-year old children free pre-school education from September 2013.
  8. Marketing Force, the company commissioned by Norfolk County Council to display advertisements on roundabouts, is currently seeking planning permission from South Norfolk Council. These signs are deeply unpopular with residents who urge their removal.
  9. The Six Group of Parishes in the Poringland area is inviting parishes to join together in forming a Youth Council. There has already been interest from students at FEHS.
  10. Norse Group supports one in 50 Norfolk jobs as part of huge contribution to the local economy. The Norse Group pays £82million in wages to Norfolk people and supports one in 50 jobs in the county. 5700 of Norse’s 9000 employees are based in Norfolk.
  11. The council is once again launching its Norfolk Winter social media service after successfully introducing it last year. Throughout the colder months, information that will help people in Norfolk stay safe will be brought together under the Norfolk Winter banner.
  12. Norfolk Winter Gritting Routes have been published, covering 2,063 miles. The only change this time is a reduced priority for gritting between Poringland & Shotesham
  13. Poringland Primary School needs to appoint a new Local Authority nominated Governor when the current Governor’s term of office expires next month. If you would like to consider this important role, please contact me or Jennifer Thetford, Chair of Governors.
  14. The gate at the end of Whitlingham Lane, leading to Whitlingham WWTWorks in Kirby Bedon is being locked to prevent unauthorised access by through traffic.

My Web Page is where an electronic copy of this & the previous newsletter can be found.


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