The major topic of discussion at the Town Council meeting on 11 April concerned the revised planning application for the demolition of the Reepham Motors garage at 31 School Road and the erection of a Co-op convenience store.
This is a revision of the application submitted, and withdrawn, by the applicant some months ago. Essentially, the revised application involved a redesigned frontage and the provision of off-road customer parking spaces in front of the store.
The Council received submissions from five members of the public before discussing the application. It was agreed that there should be no change to the objections made by the Council to the original application, subject to additional objections to the proposed customer car parking arrangements and the proposed loading/unloading arrangements for delivery vehicles.
Concerns were expressed particularly about the number of parking spaces provided, potential conflict between vehicles leaving the site and pedestrians, especially at school start and finish times, and the safety of vehicles entering and leaving the site on a narrow, busy and congested stretch of road.
Resurfacing work completed
We don’t need to tell everybody how cold and wet the weather has been so far this year and how much it has delayed necessary repairs and improvements we have needed to make in Reepham.
However, after several years of increasing deterioration of the surface, the car park at Stimpson’s Piece has now been resurfaced and it is expected that the new surface will provide a more durable and user-friendly alternative.
Similarly, the roadway in the cemetery in Whitwell Road is being repaired and resurfaced where it has been subject to flooding over the past few months.
Meanwhile, the Council received the annual crime statistics report from the police and it is comforting to note the low level of offences recorded in Reepham over the past 12 months.
Changes to councillors
The Town Council meeting reported the resignation of two councillors, Mike Pinchin and John Rawlinson.
Mike has been with us for only a relatively short time, but has been a member of our personnel committee and has taken an active role in scrutinising and authorising payments to our staff, contractors and suppliers. Unfortunately, Mike is moving away and is no longer eligible to be a councillor.
John Rawlinson has been a councillor for some time and has proved to be a very hands-on member of the Council, working on various projects over the years. John has resigned for personal reasons.
We would like to express our appreciation for all their efforts on behalf of the Council and for the people of Reepham, and wish them well for the future.
However, we were pleased to welcome Matthew Steel as a new councillor when he was co-opted at the April meeting and we look forward to working with him in supporting our community.
We would like to remind everybody that we still have vacancies for councillors and welcome new volunteers.
We now have five vacancies and if anybody would like so consider serving the community, please do not hesitate to contact any councillor or the town clerk, who will be pleased to give you any advice or assistance you might need.
May is the time of year when local councils have their round of annual meetings – and Reepham is no exception.
The Annual Town Hall Management Committee meeting will be held on 2 May in the Town Hall at 7.30 pm.
The Annual Town Meeting will be held on 9 May in the Town Hall at 7 pm, where residents have the opportunity to meet councillors and raise any matters in an informal setting.
This will be followed by the Annual Town Council Meeting, when a new chair and vice-chair are elected, and the Annual Stimpson’s Piece Trustee Meeting.