What We Do
The Parish Council’s responsibilities include maintaining the Parish Facilities;
The Library Annexe Office and Rear Hall, Tourist Information Centre, and the Staithe Public Conveniences.
The Parish Council is also responsible for the following public open spaces; The Allotment Gardens, The Kitten's Lane Play Area, the Skate Park, Hockey Field and Pyes Mill picnic area.
The Council also maintains the War Memorial, Streetlights and Street Furniture such as Dog Bins, Flower Towers, Bus Shelters, Litter Bins, Notice Boards, The Village Sign and Benches at Loddon Staithe, Pyes Mill, Farthing Green and Church Plain.
The village sport facilities; the Jubilee Playing Field and the Tennis Courts are jointly owned by Loddon and Chedgrave Parish Council's. The Loddon and Chedgrave Playing Field Committee meet quarterly and the current chairperson is Colin Gould, Secretary is Emily Curtis and Treasurer is Georgina Hirst.
The Parish Council is consulted on planning applications received from South Norfolk Council and the Broads Authority.
FREEDOM OF LODDON AWARD
The Parish Council presents an annual award; ‘The Freedom of Loddon’ to someone nominated by the public who has made a notable contribution to the community of Loddon, usually presented at the September or October Parish Meeting.
The Parish Council finances the beautiful Christmas lights on Church Plain and organises the Christmas lights that the householders of Loddon kindly allow the Council to install on their property in December and early January.
The Parish Council works closely with the Royal British Legion to ensure that Loddon has an annual Remembrance Parade with an organised road closure to support the event. There is also an opportunity to remember those that lost their lives in service to their country at the War Memorial, in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Church in Loddon.
The Parish Council has adopted a several streetlights from South Norfolk Council. These lights are primarily situated in Cedar Drive, Drury Lane, Elm Close and Leman Grove. If you wish to report a fault and are unsure of who has responsibility for that particular streetlight, Norfolk County Council is aware of ownership and directs the streetlight enquiries accordingly. Streetlight faults can be reported to Norfolk County Council.
Parish Councils have the right to make comments on planning applications affecting their area.
The planning authority (which is usually South Norfolk Council) allows a parish council 21 days to respond to a planning application. The application will be considered by the Parish Council at the next Council meeting and will feature on the agenda as an item to be discussed. Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings and can speak during the public participation item on the agenda to give their views on a planning application. They are also encouraged to provide their own comments on South Norfolk Council's planning pages.
If there is not a meeting within the 21 days, the parish council is usually able to extend the time-limit. Whilst the overall decision is the planning authority’s, the Parish Council’s local knowledge, combined with an understanding of the planning process, means that its views are more likely to be heard by the planning authority, so long as the Parish Council provides valid planning ‘material considerations’.
The Parish Council’s comments can be found on South Norfolk Council's Planning Pages