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Park News April 2018

Despite the cold weather the ‘pussy willow’ has forged its way ahead, leaves are breaking on the newly planted trees and bird song has increased. Rabbits have been a nuisance, stripping bark from tree trunks.

On the private lake next to the Park, 2 herons have nested. The cormorants have continued to perch in the trees there and a small flock of Greylag geese was grazing on the lakeside.

Great spotted woodpeckers were seen drumming recently – by the icehouse. Green woodpeckers have been around regularly on the North side of the Park.

In the woodland by the newly cleared ponds, a Marsh Tit is often seen feeding but BEWARE – the water is deep. Frogs have spawned.

Coal tits, Blue tits, Great tits and Long tailed tits feed near the Car Park.

Deer have made a VERY clear path across the Park in the newly planted woods just East of the icehouse. Badgers left trails in the snow and their fur has been collected off the pathways.

Primroses, Dandelions and Daisies are already flowering in the Park and we will soon see an influx of summer visitors. Listen for the Chiffchaff. Last year Swallows and House Martins arrived for the summer from the start of April.

Skylarks have been seen and heard so we now ask you all :-

PLEASE NOW KEEP DOGS ON LEADS in the signed areas to help secure the nesting sites

April 2nd – some cowslips are flowering

THANK YOU to all dog owners that clear up after their pets!

That is keeping the site SAFE FOR CHILDREN and ensures the site continues to be suitable for use by the whole community.

Visit our revamped Ladybelt Country Park Facebook page showing event diary and nature news. Let us know what you think or what you see.

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The Greater Norwich Local Plan

A consultation  is underway on The Greater Norwich  Local Plan and runs to 15 March 2018. This is your chance to have your say on the future strategic policies and development in the Greater Norwich Area which includes both East Carleton & Ketteringham.

Go to http://www.gnlp.org.uk to see all of the documentation and to register your own views.

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Countryfile Ramble

A huge thanks to the team that organised the Countryfile Ramble for BBC children in Need 2017 on Sunday 15th October at Ladybelt Country Park, they raised £50 for this worthwhile cause.

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Notice of conclusion of audit

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Community Governance Review – Have Your Say

Following the first consultation a recommendation has been made to change the parish boundary which would move Lower East Carleton to Swardeston parish.

The parish council would welcome the views of residents on this proposal before its next meeting on 28th September 2017 when its comments will be discussed and agreed.

There is a further opportunity to express your views to South Norfolk Council on its website at https://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/CGReview until 27 October 2017

 

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Consultation on Thickthorn Interchange proposals

The parish council held an extraordinary meeting on 6th April 2017 which was attended by representatives from Highways England. Attendees raised their concerns about the potential re connection of Cantley Lane and Cantley Lane South and the problems it would likely cause due to increased flow of traffic.

A suggestion was put forward by 2 residents for an alternative to enable traffic to access Norwich which solve many local issues and give direct access for the commercial vehicles in Station Lane to access Norwich much more easily saving them time and money. The result would be that Cantley Lane South would become a dead end or cul-de-sac. Pedestrian access would need to be maintained via a footbridge and additional access was requested to the Park and Ride site for the residents of Cantley Lane.

The proposed scheme to access the A11 from an interchange at Station Lane is available to view below

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Extraordinary meeting 6th April 2017

The parish council has called an extraordinary meeting due to the proposed changes to the Thickthorn Interchange and the potential effect on residents of the parishes. The parish council has invited representatives from Highways England to attend and answer any questions.

The agenda for this meeting is available here. April 17 EGM Meeting Notice

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East Carleton and Ketteringham Parish Council would like to record thanks to all of those people who have helped to achieve the restoration of the historic icehouse and specifically:-

Ingrid Fairman

Mary Parker

Jane Harris

David Adams, for access to the site via the Carleton Drive

Steve Beckett, Senior Conservation Officer, SNC supervised the restoration

Gary Martin, bricklayer

Graham Higlett of Anglia Micro plant did the landscaping

Rackham Engineering made the inner safety gate

Tom Ship, TS Scaffolding

Richard Smith, Union Joinery made the outer door

Fairhaven Stone Ltd for repairs to pinnacles and stringcourse

Nick Allen for donation of Norfolk red bricks

Mary Parker for donation of Norfolk red bricks and a period lock

Ex Hethersett High boys for filming the restoration project

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East Carleton & Ketteringham Parish Council

The Parish Council has 7 seats which are divided between the two parishes, East Carleton has four seats and Ketteringham has three seats. The number of seats is determined by the number of electors in the villages. The seats are up for election every four years and the current council was elected in May 2011.

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Park News February 2018

After all the rain around the paths have become very water-logged and wellie boots are recommended

The badgers have been scrabbling around in the leaf litter looking for worms and fresh lining for their sett, beside the path in Ladybelt Woods. They have ventured quite far from their sett but if you watched Winterwatch on BBC, they explained this badger activity at this time of year.

A sparrowhawk has been seen regularly in the trees on the wet meadow beyond the mown grassland at the entrance to the park. Almost everyday a kestrel can be seen either sitting in the tree belt by the icehouse, or hovering over the grassland area nearby. When hovering it uses its keen eyesight to look for small mammals like voles and mice. Sparrowhawks do not hover.

The Icehouse has been carefully restored. It used to serve Ketteringham Hall and ice from the lake was taken to the chamber of the icehouse which served as a ‘refrigerator’. The ice was then taken to the Hall when required for use. Today, the Ice House is home to protected bats.

A variety of bat species has been recorded in the park area: Barbastelle, Brown long-eared, Daubeton’s, Noctule, Common Pipistrelle, Serotine, Natterer’s and Soprano Pipistrelle have been recorded around the park as part of our bat survey.

Keep an eye open for the next Bat Walk and for future events planned for 2018. These are displayed in the Noticeboard and on the East Carleton and Ketteringham Parish Council web pages: www.http://east-carlton-and-ketteringham-parish-council.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/

Volunteers carry out conservation work on the first Sunday of the month – at this time of the year.

If you would like to help, please contact Jane on 01508 570892 or email janeharris2251@gmail.com.

Safety wear and refreshments are provided and trained leaders head up the session which is usually 10:00 till 13:00 on the 1st Sunday of the month.

THANKS FOR CLEARING UP AFTER YOUR VISIT –

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Meeting Dates 2018

Meetings will take place on the following dates commencing at 7.30pm

19th January 2018 – St Mary’s Church, East Carleton

29th March 2018 – St Mary’s Church, East Carleton

31st May 2018 – Ketteringham village hall (annual general meeting and annual parish meeting)

19th July 2018 – St Mary’s Church, East Carleton

27th September 2018 – St Mary’s Church, East Carleton

29th November 2018 – Ketteringham village hall

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Minutes 2018

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Extraordinary Meeting 6th March 2018

The parish council has called an extraordinary meeting due to the proposed changes to the Thickthorn Interchange and the potential effect on residents of the parishes. There is a consultation on an Environmental Impact Assessment to consider and respond to.

The Greater Norwich Local Plan response will also be discussed.

The agenda for this meeting is available here March 18 EGM Meeting Notice

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Park News January 2018

If you are lucky, you may catch sight of a Little Owl or a Barn Owl while you rest on the ‘sofa’ bench at dusk. This is a lovely place to sit, take in the surroundings and enjoy sunset with winter skies. In Ladybelt wood you may hear the Tawny Owls.

The deciduous trees are now mostly leafless and this is a good time to just take in the variety of shapes contained in the parkland landscape. This is a good time for sketching and/or photographing winter landscapes. Various seats are provided if you wish to enjoy the winter views.

The evergreen trees with their leaves intact; the skeleton form of deciduous trees that have lost their leaves; the leaf litter that crackles as you walk. The squelch of muddy ground under foot, prints left in the ground and leaves of all shapes, sizes and colours lying around. A variety of red berries serve as ‘restaurant’ to the birds.

A walk around the park now gives glimpses of the lakes around Ketteringham Hall. You may see Mute Swans with their orange beaks, Grey Herons standing ‘frozen still’ in the lake, waiting to catch a small fish – and Mallard ‘quacking’. Little Egrets have also put in an appearance. (White herons is a way to identify them.) There are always Moorhen which spend their time skipping across the water.

Picnic tables have been placed around the park affording good, open views. There are also benches placed in a variety of places enabling a rest. A sofa bench is at the far end of the park. There is also the story telling area with its carvings; this is near to the icehouse.

Below is a sheet showing 10 Crows and Black Birds – 7 of them have been seen here recently.

The woodland ponds are being restored so please stay out of that area for your own safety – VERY DEEP WATER.

To help keep the park clean and tidy – for all to enjoy safely – please put litter in the bin at the Car Park, or take it home.

Black bags of dog poop go in the bin where the path crosses the road to the aggregate works.

Please do not just tie them and leave them by the paths! Unpleasant for someone strimming!

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2018 Meeting agendas

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Meeting dates 2018

The meetings scheduled are as follows:

18th January 2018 – Venue changed to St Mary’s Church, East Carleton

29th march 2018 – St Mary’s Church, East Carleton

31st May 2018 – Ketteringham village hall

26th July 2018 – St Mary’s Church, East Carleton

27th September 2018 – St Mary’s Church, East Carleton

29th November 2018 – Ketteringham village hall

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