Carbrooke Parish Council
Welcome to the Parish Council website. We hope you find it useful and informative. The Parish Council is made up of nine members who represent the community on various matters. We are your parish council and are here to represent the residents of Carbrooke. Please feel free to contact the Clerk or councillors by phone or email. You can always attend one of our meetings if you prefer, further details are below.
Welcome to Carbrooke
Carbrooke is a thriving community with a Community Centre, a Village Hall, a village green (with playing field and children's play area), a church and a children's play area (with five a side goals).
News and Information
There will be a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (STRO10297) affecting the C793 Shipdham Road from 178m north of its junction with U33383 Willow Corner for 30m northwards in the PARISH OF CARBROOKE to facilitate works for a new water connection. The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 4th to 6th March 2024 for the duration of the works expected to be about 3 days within the period. Alternative route is via: C793/ U35005 Shipdham Road, U35005 Carbrooke Lane, A1075 Watton Road/ Dereham Road/ Cadman Way, B1108 Norwich Road, C134 Broadmoor Road, C775 Church Street and vice versa (Ovington, Saham Toney, Shipdham, Watton, Carbrooke).
Next Council Meeting
The next Council meeting will be in the Community Hub, Buckingham Close, on 12 March from 7pm. Why not come along and see what we do ? There is always a designated part of the meeting in which you can address councillors. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be available at least three working days before the meeting.
We are pleased to note the co option of Romaine Humphreys and Kevin Jones on to the Council.
We are looking to appoint a friendly, energetic and reliable individual to the role of Manager/Caretaker of the Community Hub at Blenheim Grange.
We are looking for a self-motivated, hard working individual, with a range of practical skills. The successful applicant will have a range of duties across the site and should be dependable and trustworthy, and have exemplary customer care when dealing with hirers of the facilities.
Responsibilities include looking after the security of the building; minor maintenance and repairs; ensuring the cleanliness of the premises to a high standard; taking bookings; preparing the building for hire; and acting as the primary contact for hirers. The Manager/Caretaker also provides monthly written reports to the Parish Council and the Hub Committee (computer skills essential); provides access to the Hub for contractors and deliveries; carries out monthly/weekly emergency checks, and complies with Health and Safety legislation; monitors the Council's play areas on behalf of the Parish Council; carries out litter picking as necessary; and reports any concerns to the Hub Committee and/or the Parish Council.
Working alongside the Parish Council, the Manager/Caretaker will need to be available to attend the building at irregular hours to help with the overall running of the facilities.
The post is subject to a period of successful probation. The hours worked will be 15 hours over the course of a 7 day week, including weekends. We are looking for the successful candidate to start in April. The current salary rate is £13.20 per hour.
If you are interested in finding out more, or think you would make the ideal candidate, please contact Nick Hartley, Clerk to Carbrooke Parish Council, via email (email@example.com) or call 01362 687492 (Monday-Wednesday).
The closing date for applications is Friday 1 March 2024.
To report flooding please call the Norfolk Flooding Hotline - 0344 800 8013. Please note it is essential to report all incidents so that there are accurate and up to date records that can be used in flood prevention methods.
To raise matters concerning the adoption of the roads at Blenheim Grange, or to report a fault with a street light on the estate please contact the Taylor Wimpey Customer Care department (01494 50909). The Parish Council is responsible for many of the open spaces on the estate. If you wish to report a flytip, initially contact the parish clerk, preferably with exact location details (and photos where possible) and we will assess what action to take. For dog and litter bins, please contact the parish clerk. Regarding trees and grass cutting, please contact the parish clerk providing exact location details (and photos where possible) and we will assess what action to take. Re children's play equipment and the open space next to the play area, please contact the parish clerk.
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 - see the Hub website for more details. Residents are welcome to attend their meetings)
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
The Parish Council is keeping its Precept at £50,000 for the year 2023/24. The following is an explanation of the initial increase to £50,000 in the year 2022/23.
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.