Norfolk County Council Highways notification:

Our Highway Rangers can visit your parish in the next 3 months  – if there is work identified for their attention. If you have any specific highway maintenance issues, we would be grateful for any information by  09 Feb 2018 to ensure these issues are considered by the Street Scene Inspector (formerly Highway Inspector) who will be taking account of maintenance needs of the road network in your area.

Our key concern is maintaining the safety of the road network. At this time of year the following highway defects are generally our highest priority

  • Potholes – an accurate location and dimensions (including depth) really help us to judge their priority.
  • Regular incidences of Standing water – location and area affected are important, in addition any knowledge of any features which may be blocked, does the ponding eventually clear over time, does this only occur during heavy rain. Recently heavy rain falls and wash from fields has caused issues over which we sometimes have no control. We can clear gulley pots and back ditches and grips within the highway boundary.
  • Mud on road – this is a common occurrence in our  rural community and will be a factor in particular during winter months. If this repeatedly affects highway users ability to travel, is not signed in advance or is simply left following  farming activity, the most useful information is contact details of the responsible party. Be assured that this information is completely confidential, we will not disclose any details of an enquiry.

Other maintenance activities are listed below. These may be identified for action but will be lower priority and given a longer timescale for completion.

  • Side out a carriageway or footway – where an encroachment of silt, verge growth or weeds etc has reduced the width of the carriageway or footway
  • Hedge/Tree/Vegetation Encroachments – We will intervene where important signs are obstructed from view. Ideally, where encroachments exist we would contact the property owner so they may make their own arrangements at their own expense. Any information leading to identifying who is responsible for a certain feature will both be treated in confidence and reduce the time taken for the issue to be addressed.
  • Damaged or dirty signs – If a damaged sign has been recovered, details of where this can be collected will be appreciated

If you have anything you would like the Parish Council to make the Ranger aware of please let the Parish Clerk know on


Applications received from GYBCo for comment:


06/17/0779/CU—70 Damgate lane, Sunnyside, NR29 4PZ.
Change of use from agricultural land to additional garden space.

Decisions taken by Great Yarmouth Borough Council;

06/17/0700/F—Flegg High School, Somerton Road, Martham.  Retention of existing 5 bay classroom block for a further 10 years.  PERMITTED.


Planning Applications received from Great Yarmouth Borough Council:

Planning Applications received at the Parish Office for comment:
06/17/0699/F – Flegg High School, Somerton Road, NR29 4QD. Application for the retention of existing 3 bay classroom block for period of 10 years.
06/17/0700/F – Flegg High School, Somerton Road, NR29 4QD. Retention of existing 5 bay classroom block for a further 10 years.

06/17/0740/F: 37 Hemsby Road, Martham NR29 4QQ – Two storey extension to side.

06/17/0738/CU: Former Mushroom Farm (Land adj) White Street Martham NR29 4PQ – change of use from Agricultural use to Residential use.

06/17/0751/A: 10 White Street (Durban House) Martham NR29 4PQ – application for two free advert boards.

06/17/0731/F: 70 Damgate Lane, Sunnyside, Martham NR29 4PZ – Replacement of existing conservatory with

Lest We Forget

The Parish Council in association with the Scarecrow Festival and St Mary’s Church has placed a new bench in St Mary’s graveyard.  The bench commemorates all those who died during the World Wars and is a fitting memorial to their sacrifice.

The bench was paid for by the Scarecrow Committee and the permissions from the Church Authorities was obtained by St Mary’s Church. The ordering and placing was undertaken by members of the Parish Council.

The bench will be dedicated this Sunday after the Remembrance Service.

Who to contact concerning rural crime;

Farm / Agricultural & general advice
DC Andy Brown Tel 101 or 07900 407106
Metal Theft
DC Andy Brown Tel 101 or 07900 407106
Wildlife Crime
Insp Jon Papworth Tel 101 or
Community concerns & Newsletter feedback
Sgt Danny Leach
All other enquiries
DC Andy Brown