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  • Action on road safety needed for Trimingham
    Article: Jan 15, 2018

    Minutes after I left Trimingham Parish Council last Monday there was a truly scary car crash in the village.

    I was contacted by the resident whose home was hit by the car. I'm told that the driver and passenger were not seriously injured which is good news. The crash has wrecked the garden wall of the property and the car came to rest very close to the house itself.

  • Paston playing field
    Article: Jan 15, 2018

    I'm absolutely delighted to see that the new footpath has been constructed for Paston playing field.

    The work was part-funded from the 'pot' of money I can allocate to Highways works in Mundesley division.

    Local volunteers continue to raise funds for new equipment and I am really looking forward to seeing it when all the work to improve the playing field is completed.

  • Bacton Gas Terminal
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    Half a million pounds has been invested from Business Rates into sandscaping at Bacton and Walcott. The scheme will help to protect the Gas Terminal and the villages of Bacton and Walcott from coastal erosion. Figures from the County Council reveal the scheme was the only project in North Norfolk to be funded from Norfolk's Business Rates Pool.

  • Children
    Article: Dec 16, 2017

    Text of my letter to Norfolk's Director of Children's Services:

    Dear Sara

    You will recall the last meeting of the Children's Services Committee revealed an astonishing increase in the number of children being home-schooled in Norfolk. You no doubt also heard the Chief Inspector of Schools this morning highlight this as a concern in relation to how schools are 'managing' children with special educational needs.
    At the committee meeting I asked if there was any discernible pattern in the number of exclusions between different types of school and the answer was no. However, I wonder if you could investigate this further and take into account the pattern of home schooling?
    Obviously I am not questioning home schooling as a legitimate choice for some parents but we clearly have a duty to ensure that schools are not adopting it as a strategy to encourage children who will need an extra investment of resource to support them off their books.
    Could you also give me a summary of the support we are giving to children who are home schooled and how we measure its impact please? I am aware, for example, of the work being done at Erpingham Primary school in this area but I am keen to understand what the council's strategy is in relation to both supporting children who are home schooled and ensuring that such decisions are being made with the best interests of the children in mind.
    Thank you and best regards
    Ed Maxfield
    Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Mundesley Division