Parish News

Parish Council meetings are public meetings which any resident of Alpington or Yelverton can attend, come along and find out what’s going on in your village, discuss issues and celebrate accomplishments.
Please find the date of the next meeting under “meetings” on this web site.
Please note: All information included in this section was correct at the time of publishing.

Parish Council meeting date changed

Parish Council meeting for September has been changed to 22 September 2014.

To be held at Alpington Village Hall starting at 7.30pm

Agendas are included on the Village Notice Boards


Proposed Solar Farm


Solar Farm Update

Planning Application to be reviewed at the District Planning Committee to be held at South Norfolk Offices, Long Stratton on 17 September 2014

  • The plans
  • The effects on Residents who will live very close to this installation
  • The effects on the village especially during construction
  • 25-30 years of living with this installation in your village

Planning Application reference number 2014/0411

Land North of East of Avenuew Farm, Back Road, Yelverton

Proposal Installation and operation of a solar farm and associated infrastructure, including photovoltaic panels, mounting frames, inverters, transformers, substations, communications  building, fence and pole mounted security cameras for the life of the solar farm

Please be aware of this planning application.  To find out more information please use the above reference number (2014/0411) in the planning section of South Norfolk Council.


Local Plan Preferred Site Consultation

Response from Sue Thomson, District Councillor

The Inspector who will carry out the Examination into the Site Specific Policies and Allocations document will not be expected to individually consider all of the 13,000+ comments that have been made between 2010 and 2013.  Many of these representations have now been addressed through the choice of sites and the wording of the accompanying allocation policies.  The Inspector will be provided with a Consultation Statement that summarieses all of the previous representations and how the council has responded to them.  The Inspector will be principally concerned with how the Council has addressed the comments made to previous consultations in preparing the Submission Document, as well as the process for choosing the sites and preparing the accompanying policy wording.  If people are still not happy with the Pre-submission document they need to say why they think the document is ‘Unsound’ against on of the four tests of soundness and suggest how the document could be made sound.  Please complete a response form available on South Norfolks Web site.  The period for making representations is between 1 November 2013 to 13 December 2013.  If people do make a representation on the Pre-submission document, the inspector will have access to their previous representations, should he/she wish to see them.

Please use this link to South Norfolks Local Plan Site Specific Policy Documents

Please note the details for Alpington with Yelverton come at the end of this document under Yelverton and include a Map

Speeding in the Village

In respone to residents concerns the issue of speeding in the village was discussed at the Annual Parish Meeting held in March resulting in the following initiatives.

Wheelie Bin Stickers

A supply of Wheelie Bin Stickers with the following wording “Please slow Down through our village” had been distributed to the residents on Church Road, Alpington.  Anyone using the stickers will need to understand the following guidelines.

  1. The stickers have greater impact by only being on display on bin collection day, please do not leave leave the bin out for longer than necessary.
  2. Do not alter how you use the bin.
  3. Place the bin so it is visible to passing traffic but not too close to the road where it may pose a danger.

If you require a wheelie bin sticker please contact the Clerk or attend the next Parish Council meeting.

Speed Camera Survey – Volunteers required

Speed survey equipment is available free of charge to Parish residents to undertake a Parish speed survey.  Volunteers are required to set up and use the equipment for up to two weeks, with full training provided . 

6 to 8 volunteers are required to undertake the survey.  The Clerk has advertised both in the “Eleven Says” Parish Magazine and on the Parish Noticeboard but to date had only received the offer of help from 2 residents.

If you are interested to take part please contact the Clerk or attend the next Parish Council meeting to dicuss the matter further.  Meeting dates can be found under “Meetings” on this website.


Duck Weed in Yelverton Pond

Duck weed remains very present in the pond due to the removal of the overhanging trees earlier in the year.  After consultation with Ed Stocker the Pond Ecologist from NCC it was concluded that due to the overfeeding of the ducks by residents, with bread on a regular basis, the ducks were not eating and reducing the levels of duck weed.


Until the level of duck weed has significantly reduced

residents are requested to refrain from feeding the ducks .

Bulk Buying Oil Scheme

The Parish Council continues to be part of a community group for a Bulk Buying Oil scheme with Norfolk Rural Community Council and is lead by Kevin Gotts.

Any resident can join the group and there is no cost to join.  Once you have joined there is no compulsory rule to only purchase oil through this scheme.

For more information contact the Clerk or Kevin Gotts

Bus Service changes to Anglian Buses

The bus service in the village will be provided by Anglian Buses from 2 September 2013.  There will be a new timetable in place and the sevice will be renumbered to 86  

The timetable is available in the Bus Shelter and on line using the following link  See useful links for more information.

Winter Warmer Packs

South Norfolk Council hs secured Department of Health funding for ‘Winter Warmer Packs’ and has asked the Parish Council to identify people living locally who would benefit from receiving a pack, which includes a snuggle blanket, hot water bottle, Thermos flask, woolly hat, gloves ans a room thermometer. 

The packs are designed for the elderly and individuals or families who are in receipt of an income related benefit or have a long term illness.  The packs are free but do require a short questionnaire to be completed.  The Parish has 15 packs that can be given out and some will be stored for next year now.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from a pack please contact the Clerk

07580 796044

Grit Bins and the Gritting Route

Gritting Route; The Villages are gritted from the Slade/Slade Lane through both Villages on Church Road to Alpington and Bergh Apton School

Grit Bins are provided in communities so the public can assist on a ‘Self Help’ basis, where local conditions require treatment of the road or footway.  There is an expectation that those spreading the material will take reasonalble care, and therefore wouldn’t lay themselves open to accidents.  It is important that people do not take actions that make the situation worse, for example pouring hot water on snow, which then freezes.

You may be interested in the Met Office’s Snow Code, Please use link in ‘useful links’ to access the Snow Code

All the Grit Bins are filled with salt or salt/sand mixture prior to the winter season and are checked and topped up during the winter season. However, at the times of higher usage it is helpful for the Parish Council or residents to notify the County Councils if bins are empty.

This can be done by phoning the Customer Service Centre Tel No 0344 800 8009