Roger Smith’s Monthly January 2013

Every month, Roger Smith, member of Norfolk County Council (NCC) publishes a newsletter for people in this area.  Here’s the newsletter for January 2013.

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. Happy New Year to all! 2013 will also see County Council elections on 2nd May.
  2. Over the winter months gritting runs cover over 2,000 miles, including A, some B, and some C class roads and commuter and major bus routes. It’s not Norfolk’s entire 5,965-mile road network, because of the time it would take and the cost, but in periods of prolonged bad weather we do carry out gritting on other roads when we can.  You can view a gritting routes map for Norfolk on our website. For particular local “hot spots”, Parish Councils can buy and install grit bins, which NCC will then top-up.
  3. The contract for Norfolk’s superfast broadband fibre network was made official on 21 December. The contract with BT aims to nearly double the number of Norfolk homes and businesses able to access superfast broadband within three years. It is the culmination of two years’ hard work by the council. The project should be complete by autumn of 2015.
  4. Norfolk County Council’s Waste Reduction Team is currently promoting local recycling schemes run by community groups to help raise cash for their communities through Recycling Credits  Local recycling schemes also help boost Norfolk’s recycling rate and reduce the amount of council taxpayers’ money spent on sending rubbish to landfill. The Council supports over 1,000 local recycling schemes and we would like to support more.
  5. As part of a project called “Enterprising Norfolk”, County Councillors are to be asked to agree that the post of Chief Executive in its current format be made redundant, and a new role of Managing Director established to act on a strong commercial footing.
  6. Concessionary travel pass holders who have received or renewed their pass since 20 September 2012 are being advised that their pass may not scan when they board a bus. Scanners on buses need to be reprogrammed to recognise new microchips, and this is unlikely to be completed nationally for several months. In the meantime, bus drivers in Norfolk have been instructed to accept these passes and not try to charge a fare.
  7. Norfolk’s firefighters have a new look with the introduction of a new uniform which is dark blue with red detail. It is designed specifically to complement their fire fighting kit.
  8. It’s been yet another successful year for staff at Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, as the library has been named as the UK’s most popular for the sixth year running. In addition the entire Norfolk County Council-run library service is the most popular of all county authorities in terms of books borrowed per head of population. On 5 December Poringland Library held an absolutely delightful Christmas Concert by the Primary School
  9. Possible further housing development planning applications in Trowse are causing serious concern, with traffic and school capacity among the main issues.
  10. “30 MPH” signs are to be painted on the road surface at both ends of Norwich Road in Stoke Holy Cross to reinforce the speed restriction limit through the Village.
  11. The County Council Mobile Library Service now stops on the SHX Pavilion Car Park 2:50pm to 3.50pm fortnightly on a Tuesday for children leaving the Village School.
  12. Following an incredible response to Norfolk County Council’s £3.5m Community Construction Fund, a second wave of applications will run from 9th Jan to 14 Feb. The fund, launched last September, is designed to stimulate construction-led economic development in Norfolk, whilst enabling local organisations to fund community projects.
  13. Poringland Primary School and Framingham Earl High School need to appoint new Local Authority nominated Governors when the current Governors’ terms of office expire. If you would like to consider this important role, please contact me.
  14. Bring them, don’t bin them” a new campaign to recycle electrical & electronic equipment.

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


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