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WELCOME TO PORINGLAND PARISH COUNCIL
Please Contact Mrs Caroline Milton for any further information or enquiries at email@example.com
Poringland Parish Council aims to represent the interests of the whole community. To discover the needs of different groups in the community (such as young and elderly people).
To keep well-informed, especially about diverse local views.
Poringland Parish Council aims to work in partnership with community groups, voluntary organisations and other local authorities, including neighbouring parish councils, to benefit the community.
To speak on behalf of the community with greater confidence, especially in discussions with principal authorities.
Poringland Parish Council has produced a Parish Plan, together with the parishes of Caistor St. Edmund, Framingham Earl, Framingham Pigot and Stoke Holy Cross. This involved local residents, community groups and school children to produce an action plan for improving the quality of life and the environment.
Copies can be obtained by contacting the Clerk to the Council, Mrs C. Milton, Poringland Community Centre, Overtons Way, PORINGLAND, Norwich. NR14 7WB
WHAT DOES YOUR COUNCIL DO?
Planning, highways, traffic, community safety, housing, cemetery, playing field, community centre provision, litter, war memorial, seats and bus shelters, rights of way – these are the main issues that concern parish government. The Government is encouraging parish councils to deliver more services and play a greater part in their communities. For example your council could organise or give financial support for:
- An evening bus taking young people to Norwich
- Affordable housing for rent
- Pond clearing events
- A teenagers’ drop-in club
- A summer festival
- Playgroup equipment
- Transport to and from hospital
Projects like these would be a challenge and are not for the fainthearted. Of course, your council could always decide to do very little; but you and the electors might then wonder why we exist at all.
The Council is an elected tier of local government. Other tiers, known as principal authorities, have a legal duty to deliver services such as education, town and country planning, environmental health and social services. Parish councils have the legal power to take action, but they have fewer duties and greater freedom to choose what action to take.
Poringland Parish Council takes an interest in the community it serves and endeavours to improve the quality of life and the local environment. At times we try to influence other decision makers and can, in many cases, deliver services to meet local needs. In other words, you and your Council can make a difference.
CLERK TO THE COUNCIL
Mrs C Milton
Poringland Community Centre
CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL
Mr John Ellis
11 Rectory Lane
Mrs Angela Beard
Mrs Jenny Kereama-Ellis
11 Rectory Lane
Mr David Hewer
9 Meadow Way
Mrs Christine Harrison
13 Blackthorn Way
Norwich NR14 7WD
Mr John Henson
40 Rosebery Avenue
Mr Terry Dartnell
4 Spruce Cres
Mrs Lisa Neal
16 Shotesham Road
Mr Barry Timson
Mr Chris Walker
9 White House Gardens
Mrs Sally Watkins
2 Green Fall
Mr Roger Smith
Mrs Lisa Neal
16 Shotesham Road
Mr John Overton
2 Meadow Way
Mrs Kereama Ellis, Mrs. Watkins, Mrs. Harrison, Mr. Henson, Mr Walker, Mr Dartnell, Mr Hewer and Mr Timson
PLAYING FIELD COMMITTEE
Mrs Garton, Mr. Overton, Mrs. Beard, Mrs. Harrison, Mr Timson, Mrs Neal and Mrs Watkins
FINANCE & GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE
Mrs. Watkins, Mr. Henson & Mr Walker. Chairman & Vice-Chairman as ex officio Members.
Mrs Watkins, Mrs. Beard, Mrs. Harrison, Mr Walker, Mr Hewer and Mr Dartnell
COMMUNITY CENTRE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Mrs. Neal. Mr. Hewer, Mrs Harrison, Mr Henson, Mrs Beard, Mr Walker, Mr Timson & Mr. Foster.
PORINGLAND COMMUNITY CENTRE
Administrator and Bookings
For all General Enquiries or Bookings please contact:
Poringland Community Centre
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.poringlandparishcouncil.org.uk for more information and for prices
THE FIVE: PARISH PLAN - ISSUES REPORT
• Location: Poringland is situated 5 miles South East of Norwich on the B1332 road from Norwich to Bungay. Some of its water feeds into the Well Beck, then via the River Chet near Loddon to the River Yare.
• Population: According to the 2001 Census 3261 residents live in Poringland in an area covering 632 Hectares.
• History: Maps dating back to 1797 and 1838 show mainly heathland, typically comprising acid sandy soil covered with heather, gorse, and coarse grasses.
A photograph taken about 1930, shows The Street, near the shopping precinct with a horse and cart. An earlier photograph pre-dating The First World War in 1914 indicates a leisurely country scene beside the pond opposite The Swan Public House (now replaced by Old Grumphy,s). So different to traffic laden today!
A third photograph shows pupils at Poringland School in 1948, when it was situated near the 5-ways roundabout. Some of the faces are recognizable in the village now. This school was last used in 1959.
All Saints Church was originally built in Saxon times. The base is circular and the hexagonal tower was added later.
The Parish Hall was a World War 1 army hut erected in 1921. An addition was added about 10 years on.
• People who live here: Prior to The Second World War 1939-1945 Poringland consisted mainly of farmers, market gardeners and people working on the land. Porch Farm, Church Farm and several other farms were based in The Street and Shotesham Road. Elizabeth Road was formerly a market garden.
Poringland mainly houses people who work in Norwich and the adjacent area, covering a wide variety of occupations including Professional, Clerical, Retail and Manual work.
• Changes in recent years: There was very little Development in Poringland before The 2nd World War, only a few farms and cottages in The Street. Poringland School had 9 pupils leaving in 1944 aged 14; some came from other villages nearby.
Development moved forward when various Services were provided: Electricity and Water in the 1930’s; the Main Sewer in 1958 and Gas in the early 1960’s. Prior to that street pumps were used for water; paraffin lamps for lighting and a septic tank in the garden for sewerage.
All the fields were open and anyone including children could roam anywhere. Swimming was common in the pond behind Budgen’s Supermarket.
Apart from Howe Lane and the northern part of the village, the early Development centred mainly on the East side in the 1960’s. It was not until the 1970’s that the Planning envelope extended to the central area to the West of The Street. Rapid Development has continued since and is set to continue in the foreseeable future.
Poringland now has a variety of shops and other local services including a Supermarket, local stores, a Pharmacy, Dental Practice, Optician, Veterinary and 2 Doctors’ Surgeries, a Fish and Chip shop, 4 Public Houses, Take Away Food outlets, Hairdressers and vehicle services. A variety of cultural activities are also available.
Significant Leisure facilities have been provided in recent years. Poringland Wood is a delightful area covering 10 hectares with good paths, a picnic area amid a variety of pine trees, silver birches and other deciduous trees. Poringland Lakes is an interesting area with a maze of pathways around various water in former sand excavations. It is not yet available for public use. Poringland Community Wood off Carr Lane is a large area recently planted with trees. A network of paths runs through the wood. A pond provides additional interest.
The village also boasts a popular Play Barn.