Carbrooke Parish Council
The Parish Council is made up of nine members who represent the community on various matters. We are effectively the third tier of local government, the other two being Norfolk County Council and Breckland District Council.
Welcome to Carbrooke
Carbrooke is a thriving community with a Village Hall, a village green (with playing field and children's play area), a play area (with five a side goals), a pub, church, garage and a variety of shops.
News and Information
The next Parish Council meeting will be held in Carbrooke Village Hall on 14 June at 7pm. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at least three working days before the meeting. Please contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
Our meetings in June, July and September will all be held in the Village Hall.
The Parish Council still has two vacancies. If you are interested in applying to join the Council, please phone the parish clerk (01362 687492) during office hours (9am-5pm) or contact email@example.com for more information.
Residents may notice an increase in the Parish Council portion of your Council Tax bill. The Parish Council is very aware of the increasing costs of living and has been mindful of this when setting the Budget. The Council is also conscious that it must maintain (on behalf of the community) the assets for which it is responsible.
The increase for this financial year is due to two reasons. Firstly, at the start of 2022 the Parish Council was passed ownership of the Community Centre at Blenheim Grange to benefit the wider Carbrooke Parish. Such ownership carries with it a responsibility for its upkeep and maintenance, and a Management Committee has been established for this purpose. Second, the costs of contractors for servicing are increasing the same as household bills and the Parish Council has had to account for this within its Budget.
As you would expect it is the first financial year of ownership of the Community Centre and therefore some aspects have been budgeted which may not be required in future years. The costs of the Centre and all assets under the responsibility of the Parish Council and its impact on the Precept will be kept under review each year.
The Parish Council continues to exercise its decision making in respect of the Parish as a whole and also the significant growth in the newer developments and the Precept which that creates for the benefit of the whole community. The increase in the Parish Council’s portion of the Council Tax is £1.70 a month for Band D properties.
No Mow May
The Council has been approached by Taylor Wimpey, which has made the following proposal regarding No Mow May. In consequence, the Council has agreed to ask its grass contractor not to cut the open spaces at Blenheim Grange and the front of the Village Hall over the month of May. This means there will be changes to the appearance of the open spaces, but we hope you will support our efforts to help improve the environment
This year we will be supporting the No Mow May scheme across our region. We are proactively improving our approach to the environment and sustainability and believe in the ecological benefits refraining from cutting grasses during May presents. Therefore, if you carry out maintenance of highway verges or landscapes on behalf Taylor Wimpey East Anglia we request that the grass is not cut during May. Routine maintenance of de-weeding ornamental plant beds, tree pruning, watering new planting and bin collection should still continue during this period.
Our customer services and sales teams have been briefed should it attract attention from customers. This may in turn attract calls from customers to your companies, who can be redirected to our customer services team.
It is a scheme promoted by bodies such as National Trust and is promoted by Plantlife; the campaign encourages to not cut the grass in May in order to create habitat for invertebrates. This is also increases nectar availability for pollinators.
The benefits from a 2019 survey:
· Over 200 species of flowers were found on lawns
· The top three lawn flowers were daisy, white clover and selfheal.
· Plantlife created the National Nectar Score – all lawn flowers included in the survey produced a combined 23kg of nectar sugar per day, colossal! This is enough to support 2.1 million honey bees – or around 60,000 hives.
· 80% of lawns involved in the survey were found to support the equivalent of around 400 bees a day.
· 20% were considered “superlawns” – these could support up 10 times as many – up to 4000 bees a day!
Councils and local planning authorities are asked to allow grass on road verges and parks to grow out during May.
What We Do
The Parish Council is responsible for:
Maintenance and management of the Open Spaces at Blenheim Grange
The play area at Blenheim Grange
The Community Hub (managed by a Committee of the Parish Council)
The Community Cabin
The Village Hall car park
The bus shelter on Broadmoor Road
The defibrillators at the Aerolite Garage and the phone box on Church Street
The community notice boards
We comment on all planning applications and liaise with both Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council on a wide range of matters