Welcome to New Buckenham Parish Council
Local Government has a key role to play in helping communities deal with the current national emergency surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. Details of how to access the resources and information provided by Norfolk County Council and Breckland District Council and other Government agencies are provided below. But first a few points about how this affects New Buckenham Parish Council and its activities in the village.
New Buckenham Parish Council Meetings
The Parish Council will continue its work, even though physical meetings of the council have been cancelled until further notice. Recent emergency legislation allows for "virtual" meetings to be held by local councils and your Parish Council is continuing to meet in this way at the usual time of 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of every month. Please click on the "Meetings" button at the top of the page for further information, including how you can participate in the meeting.
Please note that the children's play area is officially closed until further notice. Whilst daily exercise is to be encouraged, children's play areas are places where children and adults from different households will congregate, with the resultant risk of children or adults passing the virus around if they are unknowingly infected. The Parish Council therefore reluctantly decided to close the area in the interests of public health.
The Parish Council has no plans at the moment to close the cemetery. The occasional visit to the grave of a loved one, whilst taking one's daily exercise is entirely acceptable in the current circumstance. The only times when groups of people tend to congregate in the cemetery are when there is a funeral. In those circumstances the funeral director involved will be operating in accordance with the latest government guidelines which will limit the number of people attending the burial. We would just ask you to respect those guidelines and avoid entering the cemetery when a burial is taking place.
Grass cutting and other grounds maintenance continues to be carried out by the Council's contractors on the Common and at the cemetery, allotments and St Martin's Closed Churchyard. This is being carried out in a way that observes the social distancing requirements. Please do not approach those carrying out the work (although a cheery wave of gratitude from a safe distance would not go amiss). If you have any concerns, please direct them to the Parish Clerk or one of the Parish Councillors.
Government and NHS advice
The latest government and Health information and advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. This includes links to the NHS website for advice on symptoms and when to contact 111.
Breckland Community Support Hub Network
This has been set up to help our vulnerable residents get the help they need. In the first instance, contact by calling Norfolk County Council on 0344 8008020 or by visiting www.norfolk.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Individuals who want to help our Community Support Hub can register their interest at: www.voluntarynorfolk.org.uk/home-2/volunteering-2/register-to-volunteer-2/
Businesses who can help the Community Support Hub by providing services, vehicles or other resources can email: email@example.com
Trevor Wenman (Parish Clerk)
Recent and Forthcoming Meetings
Tuesday 9th June 2020 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting
All residents are welcome to watch or listen to the meeting, which will take place via Zoom. Click below for further details
Tuesday 12th May 2020 Parish Council Meeting. Draft Minutes are now available
For earlier meetings, click below