Hope for Hopton church restoration plan

volunteers are to be sought to help with a project to restore and stabilise the St Margaret's Church ruins at Hopton.Parish councillors were told on Monday that a website dedicated to the old church could be found at www.

volunteers are to be sought to help with a project to restore and stabilise the St Margaret's Church ruins at Hopton.

Parish councillors were told on Monday that a website dedicated to the old church could be found at www.oldstmargarets.com

Funds now stand at �297, and three estimates are being obtained for the work. Professional advice is being taken about removing ivy so as not to damage the walls.

In the monthly police report to the council, PCSO Laura Allen said there had been 73 calls to the police from Hopton during July, which resulted in six crimes being recorded.


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Information has now been provided to the newly-formed neighbourhood watch scheme set up at Trafalgar Grange, and signs will be installed in the next few weeks. There will be a police presence at the summer fete on Sunday.

The next KIN meeting is on Sept-ember 7 in the village hall at 7.30pm.

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The summer fete is on Sunday, with the carnival procession meeting at 10.30am in Warren Road near Hopton Holiday Village. Seven scarecrows had been entered in the competition but more were expected, councillors heard.

Other matters discussed included problems at the pumping station in Warren Road and drainage problems in Barn Close. The council has received a response from Anglian Water to say it would investigate and report back.

An investigation into the supplying of free dog poo bags is continuing.

Hopton Bowls Club had asked for a donation or grant from the council. Councillors heard the appeal might be as a result of a compulsory purchase order on adjoining land, resulting in the direct water supply being cut off.

It was proposed that the council should not assist, but this failed and a second proposal was carried by a majority vote to write to the club and ask for a breakdown of costs and the number of members who were village residents.

A problem with jet-ski users going under the barrier in Beach Road was also reported. Councillors were told that jet-ski problems should be reported to the coastguard service.

County councillor Gerry Cook said a meeting would be arranged with the county council, Warren Road residents and the golf club with a view to progressing the issue of the Warren Road cycleway/footpath.

Councillors also heard that they may be approached by Outreach regarding their youth policy of finding

out what young people would like

to do. This has apparently caused some concern in Bradwell.

The next meeting of the parish council is on Monday at 7pm in the village hall.

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