What We Do
The Town Council’s responsibilities include maintaining the Local Facilities;
The Library Annexe Office and Rear Hall, and the Staithe Public Conveniences.
The Town Council is also responsible for the following public open spaces; Allotment Gardens, Kitten's Lane Play Area, Skate Park, Old Hockey Field, Broadland Meadow Play Area.
The Council also maintains the War Memorial, Streetlights and Street Furniture such as Dog Bins, Flower Towers and planters, Bus Shelters, Litter Bins, Notice Boards, the Town Sign and benches at Loddon Staithe, Pyes Mill, Farthing Green and Church Plain.
The sport facilities; the Loddon and Chedgrave Playing Field and the Tennis Courts are jointly owned by Loddon Town and Chedgrave Parish Councils. The Loddon and Chedgrave Playing Field Committee meet quarterly and the current chairperson is Colin Binfield, Clerk is Emily Curtis and Finance Officer is Georgina Hirst.
The Town Council is consulted on planning applications received from South Norfolk Council and the Broads Authority.
Information about Loddon can be found on South Norfolk's website by clicking here.
FREEDOM OF LODDON AWARD
The Town 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 or the summer fete.
The Town Council finances the beautiful Christmas lights on Church Plain and the Staithe Car Park and organises the Christmas lights that the householders of Loddon kindly allow the Council to display on their property in December through to early January. The Victorian Evening is not organised by the Council, but we help to support the occasion.
The Town 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 Town 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.
Loddon Town Council offers small grants to local groups & organisations.
Applications will be considered for any activity which will be of benefit to some or all of the residents of Loddon or to improve the environment in Loddon. The level of the grant must be commensurate to the benefit gained. The grant should be towards the cost of events or purchases required for a group and not usually for running/everyday costs (unless it is running costs to assist a new organisation become established).
The Grant generally is for £100, although applications can be made for a higher amount. The Small Grants Policy is available to read here.
Loddon Town Council offers litter pickers, Hi-Viz and waste bags to individuals that wish to volunteer to litter pick in the town. Please contact the Council to become a member of the group.
CHET VALLEY COMMUNITY LARDER
The Community Larder opened in the Library/Town Council lobby on the 01 September 2022. This community initiative is supported by Loddon & Chedgrave Councils, Chet Valley Churches and Loddon Co-Op.
The Community Larder is open to everyone. You can bring and take food, share food and make a food donation, or just receive food if you are in need. Please just help yourself - no vouchers, no questions. If you would like to be involved with the running of the larder, please let us know.
Monday to Friday - 8.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday - 8.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday - 10.00am – 4.00pm
Parish and Town Councils have the right to make comments on planning applications affecting their area.
Loddon Town Council has received the Statement of Community Involvement for the proposed development on land north of Beccles Road in Loddon from Scott Properties.
It provides an account of the meetings, discussions and events that have been held with Planning Officers, elected representatives, local residents and other relevant stakeholders in
relation to the proposed development, and can be viewed here.
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 Town 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 Town 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 Town Council provides valid planning ‘material considerations’.
The Town Council’s comments can be found on South Norfolk Council's Planning Pages