Marham Parish Council

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News Release From RT Hon Miss Elizabeth Truss MP

News Release

Elizabeth Truss MP

South West Norfolk

14 October 2018

It was standing room only in Marham (12 Oct 2018) as local residents filled the village hall to discuss with South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss the proposal for silica quarrying between Marham and Shouldham. This is the second public meeting in the space of a fortnight to discuss the proposal with in excess of 150 residents attending, many having to stand. Considerable concern has been raised with Elizabeth about the proposal which if developed could see one of the largest quarrying sites in the UK. The sand in the area is of very good quality for clear glass making, and the proposal is for it to be pumped to an existing operation at Leiziate run by Sibelco. Attending the meeting with Elizabeth was County Councillor Graham Middleton, Borough Councillor Mike Howland and Mike Hurley from Sibelco.


Elizabeth commented ‘There is strong opposition to this proposal and I fully understand residents’ concerns. The scale of the site between Marham and Shouldham is considerable and one of the points raised at the meeting is how such an operation sits with the government’s ambitions for the 25 year environment plan, improve recycling and the health and welfare of our nation. Another factor is a genuine concern for the impact this will have on the value of people’s homes in the area. There were some excellent points raised at the meeting and although this is still at the consultation phase and a planning application has yet to be submitted, it is evident there is not the local support, so I believe it should not go ahead.’


Elizabeth Truss MP

Member of Parliament for South West Norfolk


Congratulations to the speed watch team who have been presented with an award in recognition of their contribution to the community, with the most hours volunteered. Cllr Dave
Paisley is working hard co-ordinating the speed-watch if anyone could spare a few hours each
week to help out with this worthwhile project please contact Cllr Paisley



Marham is a village in the centre of a triangle formed by Downham Market, Kings Lynn and Swaffham. Our village has nearly 400 dwellings and in excess of 1000 residents. These numbers fluctuate due to additional housing development and shifting population, this particularly through the influence of RAF Marham. Marham shares many of the problems common to Norfolk villages. It has housing styles suitable for young and growing families and those who are retired. The village supports a social club, but the last of the local pubs closed several years ago. There is a Junior School in the village and an Infant School within the Family Quarters of RAF Marham





 The Council meets each month in the Village hall but aims not to meet during August or December. Meetings normally start at 7.15pm. All meetings are open to the public and a public speaking time is held near the start of the meeting with a chance for an informal chat over refreshments later in the evening. Agendas are published on the three notice boards throughout the parish and also on the website. Councillors and the Clerk attend a variety of training sessions during the year to keep up to date with ever changing legislation and developments in the many areas of Parish Council work.

Some of the areas the Parish Council is responsible for include…..

Village Hall     Coronation   Playing Field      Pavilion     Children’s play area

  Muga     Allotments    Street Lighting     Grounds Maintenance

                 Cemetery      Dog and General Waste Bins

Proposed and Seconded     Website

If you would like further information on aspects of the Parish Council’s work please contact the Clerk or one of the Parish Councillors.


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