Agenda for 5th November


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Topic: Upton PC Meeting
Time: Nov 5, 2020 07:30 PM London

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Meeting ID: 871 4535 4183
Passcode: 986133


Receipts:      £
Mr & Mrs Lubbock – monthly grazing fee 99.17
Mooring fees 198.71
Memorial fee 325.00
Hugh Crane Ltd – allotment fee 1,810.00
HMRC – VAT refund 686.37
BDC – CIL monies 706.16
Payments between meetings:
Diocese of Norwich – allotment rent SO 1,401.00
Anglian Water – DD 11.97
Pauline James – clerk’s fee and exps 176.68
–          Standing order 300.00
Norfolk Pension Fund E’ers and E’ees 161.62
HMRC – PAYE 107.20
Broadland DC – collection of bin at churchyard 204.20
Poppy Appeal 225.00
Marshland Mardler 100.00
Garden Guardian – grasscutting 1,000.95
Balance c/f at 5th November 2020 202,984.98

The total amount includes a reserve of £86,565 for rent payable to the Environment Agency under the terms of the draft lease and earmarked reserves for repairs and replacement of assets of £91,428.

The General Fund balance is £24,991.98

County councillor’s report:

With the new lockdown restrictions we need to focus on the basics – Hands-Face-Space.  Unfortunately without the second lockdown there is a real concern that the NHS will simply be overwhelmed by patients with COVID-19.  If you have symptoms call 119 and get a test.  If you need help (including financial help) please call Norfolk County Council on 01603 223392 (option 5) or Broadland District Council on 01508 533933.  We are also entering flu season, which puts additional pressures on our NHS and unfortunately kills many people every year.  If you are over 65, or in a high risk group please contact your GP or pharmacy to book a flu vaccine, if you have not already been contacted.  If you are 50 to 64 there will be vaccines available from November and your GP will contact you to arrange appointments.

Norfolk County Council has been awarded Digital Council of the Year 2020.  NCC are working to extend full fibre by 2023 and up to 97% coverage in Norfolk over the next few years.  They have worked closely with mobile providers to provide council buildings (i.e. fire towers) and set up a protocol to allow quicker decision making, saving time and money for everyone.  Additionally they have set up the largest LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) in the UK.  This is free to use and will benefit many areas and save time and money.  One application has been the use of temperature sensors to indicate areas for gritting.  This will ultimately save a great deal of money and ensure gritters are targeted at areas with most need.

Report from County Councillor

Unfortunately, Covid-19 still dominates daily life.  However, there are green shoots emerging; this includes the reopening of garden centres, 12 recycling centres (including Mayton Wood near Coltishall and Strumpshaw), outdoor markets, car showrooms and many children returning to school.

As of 31/05/20 Norfolk has 2168 and Broadland 299 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and a total of 377 deaths (133 in care homes) in Norfolk.

Norfolk County Council, working with Adult Social Care, Public Health and the NHS have developed a Care Homes Support Plan.  Over £12m has been secured from Central Government to help keep care home residents and staff safe and manage any outbreak of Covid-19, access testing and personal protective equipment (PPE).  A multi-agency team has been set up to help manage any outbreak of Covid-19 and help care providers.

Track and trace has now been launched and testing has been extended to include anyone showing symptoms, including under 5 year olds.

The Help Hub for BDC remains open seven days a week.  If you need support including financial support or would like to make a claim for Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit call 01508 533933 or complete the online form at

BDC continues to support local businesses with Business Support Grants.  Call (01603) 430449 to discuss your situation with one of the team or complete the online form at  BDC are working together with SNC and Breckland District Council to offer advice to local businesses and support them to re-open and start trading again, as soon as possible.

Broadland District Council (BDC), South Norfolk Council (SNC) and all District Councils have been working together with NCC as part of the Norfolk Resilience Forum.  The NCC helpline for vulnerable residents is 0344 8008020, Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM , more information at

Unfortunately, many families will be under additional strain and this can lead to domestic abuse, adult and child abuse. NCC recently started a campaign ‘See Something, Hear Something, Say Something’.  Everyone should be safe in their own home but this isn’t always the case.  Call 0344 800 8020 to raise a concern about abuse or 999 in an emergency.  The National Domestic Violence Helpline is available 24/7 on 0808 2000 247.  Remember you are not alone.

While we are all finding our way during this current difficulty, we must work together to find move forward.  As some semblance of normality returns, we must recognise those in our communities who has helped keep us going, kept our morale up and made us smile.  BDC have launched COVID-19 Community Heroes.  Tell us about someone, or a group, who have gone above and beyond to help at: .

If I can be of any help please contact me.

Take care.

Fran Whymark, District and County Councillor.