Town Council : Statutory local government elected body for the Parish of Wymondham Norfolk. The Town Council has a number of statutory duties and powers including the provision of recreation areas, play facilities, woodlands, wildlife sites, open spaces,allotments,markets,Tourist Information Centre and the Town Cemetery. We also act as a link to South Norfolk District Council including being consultees in all planning applications relating to the Town and to Norfolk County Council for the reporting of faulty street lights and highways issues.


Photographs of Abbey & Market Cross by Tim Smith – www.spacepenguin.co.uk

 

 

 

New Council Offices, Equipment Store and Workshops

The Councils plans for a new facility at Ketts Park to incorporate Council Offices. Equipment Store and Maintenance Workshop together further car parking spaces are well advanced.

Planning permission has been granted, and tenders received from building companies.

At its Novembre 2018 meeting the full Town Council unamousily approved the project and authourised the Council to apply for a Public Work Loans Board facility of £765,000.  Repayments are to be over a 12 year period.

A copy of the report can be found in the Agenda section of this website.

Wymondham Lions Presentation

Town Mayor  Cllr Holden (l) receives award from Lion President John Wilde (r)

Wymondham Town Council have been awarded a commerative trophy in Recognition of its Outstanding Service to the Community, specifically for help in furnishing street planters and the financial contributions made over the years to assist with Dickensian, Carnival and other events in the town.

 

Becketswell Path

 

Following requests from residents a new footpath has been constructed accross the Becketswell riverside ammenity area, thereby allowing residents to use this popular walk throughout the year.

The work was funded by the Town Council using Community Infrastructure Levy monies received from housing developers.

The work was untertaken by local company J S Asphalt.

 

 

 

18th August 2018 – Market Place – 9.00am – 1.00pm

Reduced number of stalls due to cancellations and holidays

 

Wymondham Town Council Meeting

7th August 2018   – CANCELLED

 

 

 

Fairland Street Road Closure starting 16th July 2018 for gas works

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the 1) C700 Fairland Street from its junction with U78299 Friarscroft Lane for a distance of 94 metres south eastwards; 2) C542 Bridewell Street; and 3) C700 Fairland Street & Market Place, Market Street in the TOWN OF WYMONDHAM because of gas works.

The road 1) will be temporarily closed (except for access); road 2) will be temporarily subject to a suspension of the one-way restriction (westbound); and traffic using the road 3) will be temporarily prohibited from parking, stopping and loading/unloading vehicles from 16th July 2018 to 17th August 2018 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 25 days within the period.

Alternative route for road 1) is via: U78299 Friarscroft Lane, C701 Damgate Street/ Whitehorse Street, B1172 London Road, U78459 Avenue Road, C542 Elm Terrace/ Bridewell Street, C700 Market Place/ Market Street and vice versa.

(If necessary the restriction could run for a maximum period of 18 months from the date of the Order).

Penalty: £1000 maximum fine on conviction and/or endorsement for contravention.

In the event of the start date being delayed the new start date will be displayed on site in advance.

The person dealing with enquiries at Norfolk County Council is Adam Mayo (Community and Environmental Services) Telephone 0344 800 8020.

Dated this 29th day of June 2018

Abdus Choudhury

Practice Director

County Hall

Martineau Lane

Norwich

NR1 2DH

MARKETS – Article in About Wymondham

Supporting Wymondham’s Markets. Two meetings have been held
between representatives of groups involved to address concerns about
the slow decline of markets in Wymondham. Stallholders, local
residents and town councillors met with Lisa Cosh from South Norfolk
Council and local MP Mr George Freeman to see how best to go about
regenerating our markets.
The first meeting was a listening exercise, where all present were given
the opportunity to air their views. The stallholders expressed concerns about the dwindling number of stalls, lack of footfall,
Town Council rental charges and a lack of publicity. They also feared that if nothing was done the Friday markets would die.
Various ideas were discussed.
The second meeting took account of all views expressed, and discussed a number of measures that could be introduced to help with renewal. As the first part of a longer-term exercise the suggestion that
rental charges should be reduced was approved, and that the current offer of two “come and have a go for free” sessions for new stallholders be increased to four free sessions. These would be conditional upon
the stallholders paying a deposit on their first visit and attending on four consecutive occasions. If they met these criteria their
deposit would be refunded on their fourth visit. New rental charges were proposed, covering considerations such as stall length
and whether or not electricity would be supplied.
At its June meeting the Town Council approved recommendations to:
• Further promote the markets
• Help to increase footfall and attract new stallholders
• Support increasing the “free come and have a go” sessions from two to four
• Support the reduction of rental costs
• Investigate ways to make better use of
the Market Place (phase 2)
• Carry out a review of these new
arrangements in six months’ time

Wymondham Town Council 

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Friday 22nd June 2018 

Council calls for traders to join their historic markets

WYMONDHAM Town Council is calling on traders far and wide to come and secure a pitch at their historic weekly Friday Market held at the Market Cross, with reduced pitch fees for newcomers.

Revised fees come into effect on Friday 6th July and the Council is hoping new traders will join the Market which has traditionally been held in Wymondham for more than 9 centuries.

Local councillors are keen for the Market to continue to thrive, particularly with the imminent arrival of the Digital Heritage Trail and Wymondhams’ very own GoGo Hare Henry, which will encourage more visitors to the historic market town.

Councillors recently consulted with existing traders to come up with measures to help the Friday Market and also the Farmers’ Market which is held on the third Saturday of every month.

As a result of this consultation Cllr Kevin Hurn produced a paper which was presented at the June meeting of Wymondham Town Council, outlining plans to reinvigorate the town’s markets. The proposals received unanimous approval from all councillors.

A council spokesperson said “We have a wonderful setting for our Markets, next the historic Market Cross building and it is a treat to see a bustling market in our Town, a tradition that goes back centuries. Wymondham town council is now offering trial pitches to new traders for the Friday Market or the monthly Farmers Market and this is a great opportunity to come and trade in a historic Norfolk town. A visit to our markets is an enjoyable experience for visitors and residents alike who not only have the opportunity to pick up some lovely fresh produce along with other ‘can’t buy in the shops’ items but also enjoy the social aspect of a busy market and take in the great shopping and heritage opportunities that make our town unique.”

*To book a pitch at either the Friday Market or monthly Farmers Market, contact Wymondham Town Council on 01953 603302 or email  office@wymondhamtc.co.uk

 

Photo caption: Shoppers stocking up on fresh produce

 

Photo caption: Some of the goodies on sale at the Farmers Market 

ENDS

Editor’s Notes

Contact Karen Chamberlain for any further information about the markets on 01953 603302

 

The traditional  Friday Market was first permitted under King John back in 1203 with the Charter renewed a couple of centuries later by King Henry VI in 1440.

 

Wymondham’s Charter allowing for a market in the Town is stored at Wymondham Abbey

 

The Farmers Market is over 18 years old and was the first of its kind in Norfolk

 

Farmers Market May 2018

New Town Mayor

NEW TOWN MAYOR 2018/19

Town Mayor Cllr. Tony Holden (left) & Deputy Mayor Cllr. Lee Hornby (right) 
Cllr Tony Holden has been elected the new Mayor of Wymondham. Tony currently works as a supervisor for a logistics company in Norwich, but most people recognize him from JP’s coffee shop on Norwich Road in Wymondham. JP’s was a successful business that Tony and his wife Samantha started and ran for 9 years before selling it in 2015. Tony was one of the founders of the Wymondham town team and has been responsible for helping to organizing many events in the town including the very popular carnival. Having been a councillor for only 3 years Tony said “It’s a huge honour to be elected Mayor and I’m looking forward to a very busy year”
“Wymondham is a great place to live and we are very lucky to have so many volunteer groups and a council that is keen to support them.” Looking forward to the year ahead Cllr Holden outlined his priorities at a recent meeting of WTC. These include engaging more with our residents through the use of social media and an improved web site, the council will also be talking to the market traders to find out what can be done to re-invigorate this historic asset to the town.
“This is a very exiting time for Wymondham with so many great projects in the pipeline, including the upgrade of Ketts’ park and the planned artificial grass pitch, the ever-popular music festival, Vintage day and the Ketts’ park woodland project.  I’m particularly looking forward to the heritage trail and GoGo hare app’ going live in July.

Civic Award

Dianne Fernee

Dianne Fernee was elected to Wymondham Town Council in 2011 and subsequently for 2013-14 during this time she was instrumental in setting up Wymondham Business group, as the previous Chamber of Commerce had dissolved.

It was during her year as Mayor that she became involved in Dementia Support for the town including giving assistance to the Pabulum café, and in conjunction with Age Concern, established a tool kit and training for local businesses this becoming the bench mark to be used throughout Norfolk.  Since then she has been a committed member of the support group and her good work, together with that of all the helpers here resulted in a Queens Voluntary Service Award being received in 2017, and I know she was delighted to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace with Trevor Brown.

The growth of the Wymondham Dementia Support Group has been phenomenal, starting with some six couples eight years ago and with over 80 couples at the present time.

She was also heavily involved in the Battle to save Admiral Dementia Nurses and thanks to her efforts together with other compaigners the foundation has now been made for a sustainable nursing service.

For her sterling Community Service work Mayor Cllr Robert Savage was pleased to present on behalf of the Town Council the Civic Award to Dianne Fernee. 

New Council Offices

Council Offices Progress

The Town Council is thinking about establishing new premises on it’s own land, saving on the rent, maintenance and running costs of the present aging and inefficient building. We promised to keep you informed on progress, and some big steps forward have been made.

Vincent & Gorbing, the architects appointed for the project, have now presented plans for an office building and maintenance base at Ketts Park, with adjacent parking. The site is to the west of the existing community hall, on the right as you enter the site from Harts Farm Road. It will replace the present Council offices in Middleton Street, currently leased from South Norfolk Council, and no longer fit for current needs.

The Council has accumulated reserves which will meet more than a third of the £1.5 million plus cost of the project. Savings on the cost of the lease, and on the running costs of the present building, will pay off charges on a Public Works Loan Board facility, and potentially there will be a Community Infrastructure Levy contribution. It is envisaged that all these sources will enable the project to be completed with no increase in Council Tax required from ratepayers. When completed, funds will be available for the next major project – there’s sure to be one in 10-15 years time!

The architects, in conjunction with the working group of councillors set up to manage the project, expect to make a planning application to South Norfolk Council shortly, after completion of required environmental surveys.

Plans for the whole project are on display until 6 April in the Council offices. The Council would very much appreciate comments from the Wymondham community.

Robert Kett Childrens Visit

Robert Kett Primary School council members visit the Mayor Cllr Robert Savage in the Council Chamber.  This follows the ceremony at Becketts Chapel to lay flowers in memory of local hero Robert Kett.

AUGUST COUNCIL MEETING

I have been in consultation with the Chairman of the Council, Cllr. Savage, in respect of the agenda for the meeting scheduled for 1st August 2017. At present apart from  normal housekeeping requirements there are no other items for discussion other than below.

In respect of King’s Head Meadow Play equipment a positive informal meeting has been held with Mr Garwood, Chairman of Wymondham Town Football Club and a number of ideas have been discussed. Further discussions will take place but will not be concluded before the 1st August.

Another item that was to be considered related to a presentation from South Norfolk Council but they have requested that this is deferred until later in the year.

In view of the above and with the agreement of the Mayor, Cllr. Savage, the scheduled Full Council meeting for August has been cancelled.

TB Gurney

Town Clerk

JULY COUNCIL MEETING

I have been in consultation with the Chairman of the Council, Cllr. Savage, in respect of the agenda for the meeting scheduled for 4th July 2017. At present, there is very little business to be conducted other than the normal housekeeping requirements.

Following the June meeting of the Town Council it was resolved tp prepare a sub master plan in respect of the provision of play activity at King’s Head Meadow.

The Council has now received an initial proposal from Mr P Doyle and Mr B Spiegal (Play England) in respect of the preparation of a sub master plan for King’s Head Meadow. To clarify the position in line with agreeing a correct design brief, it seems appropriate that a meeting first be held with Mr Garwood as the Chairman of Wymondham Town Football Club. Because of commitments the earliest he is available is Friday 30th June in the afternoon. It is likely that the initial design brief will need to be reviewed in scope before it is presented to the Council for discussion.

In the circumstances with the agreement of Cllr. Savage the meeting scheduled for Tuesday 4th July 2017 has been cancelled.

TB Gurney

Town Clerk

TOWN MAYOR 2017/18

Cllr. Robert Savage was elected as the Chairman of Wymondham Town Council and the Mayor of Wymondham at the Council’s Annual General Meeting which was held on Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Cllr. Savage commented that he would like to thank the Town Council for electing him Mayor for the coming year. He also thanked Cllr. Mooney, the outgoing Mayor, for all the work he has put in over the last 2 years. I consider it a great honour to be elected Mayor.

 

Annual Parish Meeting

WYMONDHAM TOWN COUNCIL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING FOR WYMONDHAM WILL BE HELD on TUESDAY 25th APRIL 2017 at 7.30 p.m. at the Fairland Hall

 

ALL REGISTERED ELECTORS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND

A  G  E  N  D  A

 

1.      Welcome and Introduction – Town Mayor Cllr. Joe Mooney.

2.      Approval of the Minutes of meeting held on 26th April 2016.

3.      Matters Arising from the meeting held on 26th April 2016.

4.      Presentation – David Potten – Citizens Advice Bureau.

5.      Town Council Review of the year-  Town Mayor Cllr. Joe Mooney.

6.       Residents questions.

JF Mooney

Mayor of Wymondham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Governance Review

South Norfolk Council’s Community Governance Review has commenced. The review begins with a consultation period (between 20 March – 12 June) whereby you can submit your representations  via a residents survey http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/communitygovernancereview1/

For more information and to keep up to date please do visit our website https://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/boundary-and-polling-station-reviews

 

Civic Award

Town honours fund raising team with civic award

A civic award was presented to Wymondham couple Jennifer and Jim Cawte at a ceremony held at the Wymondham Dell Bowls Club by the town’s mayor Joe Mooney.

Mr Mooney said “Jennifer and Jim are a great local fund raising team. They have over many years managed to raise thousands of pounds for local good causes and I know that many groups and projects in Wymondham have benefited from their fund raising activities. They are a credit to Wymondham and they are in my view very worthy recipients of this year’s Wymondham Town Council Civic award”.

In May 2016 they set off in their 1983 Morris Ital from Wymondham to John O’Groats, Lands’ End and back to Wymondham. They managed to raise a staggering £4,350 for the new children’s EACH hospice near Norwich. The above is just one small example of how they go about raising funds.

Jennifer and Jim said “We are thrilled and honoured to have received this civic award. Fund raising is something that we both enjoy doing and community service has been a large part of our life since Jim joined the Wymondham Lions Club in 1978”.

L – R   Jim Cawte, Jennifer Cawte and Mayor Joe Mooney.

Kings Head Meadow Review update

Statement issued by Amy Brooke NCC

In August 2016, Wymondham Town Council (WTC) accepted an offer from Norfolk County Council (NCC) to provide a mediation service and help the community find a solution for the location of the play area at King’s Head Meadow.

The working group, made up of nominated members of the community, has now put forward a proposal for a compromise solution. This proposal is based on feedback from interested parties in the community and agreed by consensus as being the most viable option.

A report outlining the initial requirements for this proposal has been provided to WTC and the Town Council has now asked Play England to give them expert specialist advice on the existing and proposed new site.

As a result of reaching this stage in the process and having helped people in Wymondham work together to put forward this compromise solution, which has a consensus of support, NCC now considers its work is complete and that the time is right for it to step away from the process to allow the final decision making, which ultimately rests with Wymondham Town Council, take place.

Town Clerk Trevor Gurney commented that this matter will be discussed at a future meeting of the Town Council.

 

GOVERNANCE REVIEW GROUP

Statement of Wymondham Town Council Governance Review Group

 

In July 2016, Wymondham Town Council set up a Working Group, including independent representatives, to review the Council’s governance arrangements and suggest improvements to ensure the Council operates in an open and transparent way moving forward.  We are now inviting members of the public to discuss our findings with us before we present them to the Town Council.

 

The Group’s work was focussed on three key areas –

 

  • Standing Orders and Decision Making Processes;
  • The Council’s relationship with the Public and how it communicates; and
  • The internal relationships and roles of the Councillors and the Clerk.

 

The Group has now concluded its preliminary work and has formulated a draft report which includes recommendations to Wymondham Town Council. Before the report is presented to the Council, the Group is holding a public meeting in order to receive final comments from residents and interested parties. At the meeting, the Group will present the recommendations and seek feedback, which will be debated and reviewed before we  the report is finalised.

 

The meeting will be held on Monday 6 February 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Robert Kett Primary School. The meeting will take place in one of the classrooms and there will be someone available to show you to the room.

 

The agenda and draft report will be available on Wymondham Town Council’s website: http://wymondhamtc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/. Alternatively, to request a copy, please contact democracy@s-norfolk.gov.uk, call 01508 533954 or write to Leah Mickleborough or Emma Goddard at the South Norfolk Council offices, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, NR15 2XE.

Wymondham Town Council Governance Group draft report Jan 2017

King’s Head Meadow Play Equipment Update

Following mediation work undertaken by Norfolk County Council the following report has been published. Please click on the link below to read this.

Position Statement of the Kings head meadow working group Jan 2017

KINGS HEAD MEADOW UPDATE

KHM Working Group update

It has been decided that a female community rep will join the KHM Working Group. I can confirm that Suzanne Nuri has been selected and has accepted the place. Suzanne will join us from the next meeting onwards

 

WYMONDHAM ROTARY CLUB

rotory-crocus

Well done to the Rotary Club of Wymondham for managing to plant 5,000 crocuses on the Fairland in Wymondham as part of the world wide Rotary campaign to help eradicate polio.

FARMERS MARKET

Wymondham Farmers Market 19th May 2018

 

Kings Head Meadow Working Group Update

KHM Working Party Update:

 

The members of the KHM Working Party have now been selected and can be confirmed as follows:

 

Councillor representatives:

Councillor Doug Underwood

Councillor Lee Hornby

Councillor Tony Holden

Councillor Julian Halls

 

Community representatives:

Pete Green

David Roberts

Nick Ringer

 

Resident representatives:

Ian Flatt

Crispin Hill

Anthony Miller

 

The first meeting is currently being planned, where the group will agree a Terms of Reference and assign initial tasks to be undertaken. The group will involve and engage other community groups / specialist advice as and when required

An update on progress will be provided to the Town Council meeting in January 2017.

 

The meetings of the working party are not open to the public or the press. All members of the group are asked not to make comment to the press on the activity of the working group.

A young people’s working group is being planned in parallel led by Deborah Lee, Outreach Practitioner from South Norfolk Early Help Family Focus Team

Kings Head Meadow – Play Equipment

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL

Kings Head Meadow, Wymondham

Moving forward Working Group

Overview:

In order to assist Wymondham Town Council to move forward towards a final decision on the action to take with regards to the place space at Kings Head Meadow, a small working group of interested individuals has been agreed to explore and develop each of the options as described in the Options paper. I propose that the working group consists of representation from:

  • Wymondham Town Council; 1 rep from each political group plus a further Conservative Councillor (4 people)
  • Residents from the properties on Orchard Way whose gardens directly back onto the playscape at KHM (up to 3 people)
  • Wider community members from across Wymondham. These representatives do not need to be associated with any particular group (up to 3 people)

I am in agreement to co-ordinate this group supported by Deborah Lee, Outreach Practitioner.

The involvement of young people as part of moving forward is fundamental, this will be facilitated by Norfolk County Council Outreach Practitioners to work alongside this working group in a way that enables a wide range of young people to be proactively involved.

Key skills and responsibilities:

In order to take forward the next steps with pace, it is important to have the right people on the working group that can assist in exploring options in a timely but fair way. The working group should be a proactive meeting where tasks are assigned, options explored and progress is feedback.

Responsibilities for those involved in the working group include:

  • Develop and agree a TOR for the group
  • Attend regular meetings (likely to be evenings on Tuesdays) to assign tasks, track progress and feedback
  • Lead on particular actions as directed by the working group and provide feedback / updates as required
  • Work collaboratively with others, respecting differences but keeping focused on the task at hand
  • Consult and engage with other relevant groups and specialist advice as required

The group will need to work swiftly and equitably but cannot be a forum to challenge differing views or historical decision making processes.

 

An update on progress of the working group will be provided to the Wymondham full council meeting in January 2017

What next?

Formal expressions of interest to be a member of the working group will be advertised on Wednesday 2nd November by completing the attached EOI form. The closing date for Expressions of Interest will be 5pm on Monday 7th November.

Places on the working group will be selected by ballot by 5pm on Tuesday 8th November. This process will be independently witnessed.

Following this, all members will be contacted and arrangements will be made for a first meeting to take place w/c 14th November

To access an EOI form please click on the link below.

expressions-of-interest-form