Agenda item

Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 4)


The Chairman asked Councillor A. Steward, as the relevant Executive Member, to give a brief update on the LDF situation.   Mrs Steward confirmed that the Inspector’s report had now been received and that the document was considered sound.   Some minor changes had been highlighted, but these had been agreed with other parties during the examination process.


She drew attention to the fact that this was an excellent result and that Breckland Council was one of the leading Local Authorities in this field in the country: less than 60 were so far advanced into the LDF process.


She outlined the next phase, explaining that the Council now had until 13th October to make any necessary amendments.  The Inspectors would then have five days to scrutinise the document before the final report would issue.   During this process the document would not be in the public domain, but, once finalised, the Report would be placed on the Council website and all those who had participated in the exercise would be notified.     


The Executive Member concluded by passing on sincere congratulations, which were later echoed by the rest of the Council, to all the officers who had worked so hard on this project.  The Chief Executive endorsed these comments.  Quoting from the Inspector’s letter, he drew attention to the professionalism of the Council staff, saying that they had been “helpful and courteous” throughout the process.   Particular thanks were passed to Charlotte Taylor for her skills and local knowledge in her role of Programme Officer.   It was also acknowledged that whilst Capita Symonds had made the final presentations, Council staff had put in all the background preparation over many months.


The Chairman then ran through his list of recent engagements, highlighting his Reception on the 20th August.   He thanked Sue Allen, his secretary, and all those who had helped to make the event a success.   He also expressed particular thanks to Councillor N. Wilkin for the gift of a Rocking Horse for auction, which had proved very popular.  


Another event he had particularly enjoyed was the Joan Mann Special Sports Day on 19th September.


                                Engagements List – Chairman

                         30th July, 2009 – 30th September, 2009




31 July

100th Anniversary of the Scenic Railway, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

The Mayor of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Councillor Albert Jones

20 August

Chairman’s Reception

Breckland Council

9 September

Change of Command Ceremony – RAF Mildenhall

Lieutenant General Frank Gorenc – Commander, Third Air Force

10 September

EDP Pride in Norfolk Awards Ceremony

The Chairman of Norfolk County Council, Mrs. S. Gurney, and the Chairman of the EDP Pride in Norfolk Awards Committee, Mrs. J. Wilson

14 September

Reception to commemorate the Battle of Britain

The Chairman of Norfolk County Council, Mrs. S. Gurney

16 September

Civic Reception followed by horse racing

The Worship the Mayor of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Councillor Albert Jones

19 September

Joan Mann Special Sports Day

Colonel Eden J. Murrie, Commander 100th Air Refueling Wing and Colonel Jay B. Silveria, commander 48th Fighter Wing

20 September

Battle of Britain Commemoration Service and refreshments

Mayor of Thetford, Councillor Mrs. Pamela Spencer

22 September

Civic Reception

Chairman of South Norfolk Council, Councillor Beverley Spratt and Mrs. Dawn Spratt

23 September

Annual General Meeting, Norfolk County Scout Council

President, Norfolk County Scout Council, Richard Jewson

25  September

Formal Opening of Reepham College

Mr. C. Hassell, Principal of Reepham High School and College

30  September

Brecks Dragons Den Competition

Breckland Council – Economic Development