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(watton) (URGENT NOTICE)


Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984 – Section 14(2)

In accordance with the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, the Norfolk County Council HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that owing to carriageway surfacing to new roundabout the use by vehicles of the C402 Road From Thetford Road To Watton Road from its junction with A1075 Thetford Road for  40m southwards in the TOWN OF WATTON will be temporarily prohibited between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19th to 24th April 2021 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 5 nights within the period. If necessary the restriction could run for a maximum period of 5 days.

Alternative route is via: One-way Southbound traffic – C402 Road From Thetford Road To Watton Road/ Thompson Road, U33007 Crows Lane/ The Green, U33006 Watton Road/ Merton Road.

One-way Northbound traffic – C402 Road From Thetford Road To Watton Road/ Thompson Road, U33008 Broonhill, U33009 Low Common Lane (Merton, Watton).

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

Road Damage – February 2021

Just as by way of update, we would like to reassure residents that communication channels are still open with the Local Authorities in terms of repairing any damage to roads resultant of excess vehicular use this month, exacerbated by freezing temperatures and snow-fall.  Breckland Council are factoring in further visits to clear excess mud and Norfolk County Highways are aware of the need to inspect and review damage to banks and repair potholes.  Whilst we know the situation  is very frustrating for us all given the progress made within our village earlier in the year, we are confident that these sources are working hard to attend to us in what are unprecedented and demanding times.  Please do email the Clerk with any new or ongoing concerns.

Best wishes

Merton Parish Clerk – 18th February 2021



Third National Lockdown

As we heard in the Prime Minister’s recent announcement, sadly we are moving from Tier 4 to National Lockdown status.  Whilst there are numerous agencies and authorities offering aid and support to us all, Merton Parish Council would like to remind residents of Merton that the Parish Council is available to offer help and support to parishioners who may be affected by these new measures.  If you are struggling with the logistics of lockdown such as getting help with shopping, collection of prescriptions etc, or just feel lonely or concerned and need to hear a friendly voice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Two of our Cllrs are designated as contacts during the Covid-19 crisis and their numbers are detailed below.  Alternatively, please email me, Parish Clerk [email protected] or call me, Vicky, on 07961 806849.

Jayne Wesley-Smith – 01953 881919 or Louise Hyde – 01953 889419

Don’t be afraid to ask.  Stay well and safe.

Emergency Road Closure


Due to recent heavy and persistent rainfall, flooding is becoming an increasing issue across Norfolk.  If you are experiencing any flood-related problems, please see below for advice from Breckland on reporting an issue.

Reporting Incidences of Flooding

Issues relating to ditches/non-emergency flooding issues – Contact  NCC Floods at:


Report a flood at: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/safety/floods/report-a-flood

It is important that evidence is provided such as photos or an insurance claim, to confirm that the property has been flooded internally.  You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire and supply information about the incident, for example when it occurred. , how the water entered the property, where the water came from (green space, road, toilet etc).  If you do not have access to the internet, a paper copy can be posted to you – in this instance please call 0344 800 8020.

If the Flooding is life-threatening, contact the Emergency Services and report the issue to Norfolk County Council at a later date.

For information on potential flood-plains in the area, please see the Environment Agency website via the link below:


Exercising during lockdown

Now, more than ever, we are more likely to appreciate the beauty of our Norfolk countryside whilst other pleasures have to be temporarily curtailed.  In order to make the most of walks in our locale, please see the below which might be helpful in determining a new and safe route for our daily exercise

Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?

Walking in Norfolk www.walkinginengland.co.uk/norfolk is the website for you!

With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or when regulations allow, with a group, all the information is there in one place.

John said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Norfolk (part of the Walking in England suite of websites (www.walkinginengland.co.uk)  – one for each county in England) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday after the restrictions end, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

So home or away, check out the website and get walking!

John Harris


email: [email protected]

Avian Bird Flu Outbreak

Chief Veterinary Officers have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds. The new housing measures announced on the 3 December 2020, which will come into force on the 14 December 2020, mean that it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease. All bird keepers (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) will be required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions. As Norfolk has one of the largest commercial flocks in England it is important that all our residents who may be affected are made aware.  For more information  see the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) – https://www.facebook.com/APHAGov  Twitter – @APHAgovuk.

Are you a Carer or know a Carer? See this link to find out about support in your area

Flu Season – Whilst Corona Virus is on our minds we mustn’t forget the threat of ‘flu this year.  For full National Health Service advice, click here.


Just to let all know that the New Year sees the undertaking of the next national Census.

This is an obligatory process and takes place on March 31st 2021.  More information to follow.

Mobile Library Service for Merton

Your mobile library service is back!  Please see the attached pdf for more details: https://mertonparishcouncil.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/files/2020/10/CEN220-2.pdf



NEXT Meeting of Merton Parish Council

At 6pm, Tuesday 9th February 2021 – Please contact the Clerk for a Zoom Invitation and see Agenda here 



Please see our Tab specifically designated for updates and useful contact details available for residents.  For general and current information from our Local Authority, please see the link below:

For current information on the current Corona Virus (COVID-19) please see Breckland’s page which is updated regularly.



















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