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Fred Takes Over the Chair - June 2008

Long serving Hethersett Parish Councillor Fred Watkins has been appointed chairman following the resignation of Charlotte Land. Fred is photographed above with one of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team's eco friendly re-usable bags.

Mr Watkins was previously vice-chair for six years and has been on the council since 1987 apart from a break of 18 months. He is also a former South Norfolk District Councillor and a leading Norfolk Liberal Democrat. 

He has lived in the village for 33 years and is involved with a number of local groups including the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT), Hethersett Pensioners’ Association, Hethersett Friendly Club, Hethersett Society, St Remigius Parish Church, Hethersett and the Meltons Road Safety Committee and Hethersett Village Hall Management Committee of which he is secretary. 

“I am very pleased to take over the chair and am very keen to build on the excellent work of local organisations such as HEAT in promoting green issues in the village. 

“The parish council will also continue to work closely with the Safer Neighbourhood teams to tackle anti social behaviour and traffic issues as I know both are of concern to residents. We will be engaging with resident and looking at the parish plan to set priorities for the next three years,” Mr Watkins said. 

John Nightingale has taken Mr Watkins’ place as vice-chair. Previous chair Charlotte Land has resigned after moving away from the village. 

A vacancy now exists on the parish council and this will be filled either by an election or co-option. Anybody interested is asked to contact parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915

New Chair for Parish Council - June 2007

Charlotte Land (left) who has taken over as chair of Hethersett Parish Council from George Beckford (right).

Hethersett Parish Council has elected a new chairman to replace George Beckford who has stepped down from the post but who will be staying on the council.  

Charlotte Land has been a member of the parish council since May 1999. She has lived in the village for almost 18 years.  

She is keen to see local residents taking a closer interest in the workings of the council:  

“I would like to see more residents attending parish council meetings. I feel they can help us to make more informed decisions on matters that may affect themselves or the community. By taking part in meetings they would help us to understand things from the residents’ perspective,” she said.  

Charlotte would like to see residents co-opted onto working groups and committees.  

“I am looking forward to empowering fellow councillors and in turn the working groups to bring new ideas and initiatives to the table.”  

She is particular keen to support the work of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) which regularly cleans and spruces up the village with plantings and litter picks.  

“I would like to see the work of HEAT continue to be supported by all residents in the village. Within the next five years I would like to see the Jubilee Hall used as a fully functioning youth facility and a revamped play area at the Memorial Playing Field,” she said.  

 As well as being a parish councillor, Charlotte is a trustee of Hethersett Memorial Playing Field and Wymondham and Attleborough Citizen’s Advice Bureau. She is also a member of the parish council parish plan working group, planning committee and finance working group.  

Charlotte paid tribute to the work of outgoing chair George Beckford: “George has worked tirelessly for the village. When I have attended meetings in various places and when I tell people who I am representing, someone will always mention George. The village has grown throughout his time as chair. He has helped to develop HEAT and I have personally seen him out digging and weeding beds in all weathers. I wish to thank him for his contribution and dedication to the village. He will be a hard act to follow.”  

George Beckford became chairman of the parish council in May 1999 and has been a big supporter of environmental issues in the village, being closely connected with HEAT, Hethersett and Anglia in Bloom and the annual open gardens’ scheme. He has also been a big supporter of the youth parish council, believing in involving local people of all ages in community projects.

There is still a vacancy on the parish council. Anybody wanting to find out more about what being a councillor involves or anybody interested in the post should contact either Charlotte Land on 01603 811361 or parish clerk Ian Weetman on 810915.  

The new council consists of the following: Charlotte Land (chair), Fred Watkins (vice-chair), George Beckford, Jim Bartram, Anne Edwards, Vivien Hawes, Christopher Meakings, John Nightingale, Heather Williamson, Colin Wilson,  Jackie Sutton and Marie Clare Warren.  

More Council News - June 2007

Parking on verges and footways, graffiti and vandalism and dog litter are some of the main concerns of Hethersett Parish Council. In its latest newsletter, which is distributed throughout the village, residents are asked to keep footways and verges clear when parking in the village. 

“Whilst most residents do park responsibly, there are a few areas in the village where this is not the case. Residents are reminded that should any damage be caused by parking on verges or footways they may find themselves responsible for the cost of making good or reconstituting that area,” the newsletter states. It also appeals for residents to report to the police any incidents of graffiti or vandalism they see in the village. 

“It is the council tax payers of Hethersett who pay to have graffiti removed and vandalised items replaced,” it states. The council is also concerned at the number of incidents of dog litter being placed in litter and grit bins in the village rather than the dog bins provided.

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