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Next Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Wednesday 22nd May 2024 and will include the Annual Parish Council Meeting first. Beginning at 7.00 pm in St Mary’s Church Burston


Spring Litter Pick

A fantastic turnout for the April litter pick ensured that all areas within the village were given a Spring spruce up. Large amounts of rubbish were collected along the boundary roads which always seem to attract food wrappers, wine and other alcoholic drink bottles although notably some were made of plastic rather than glass. Glass bottles are a dreadful hazard because when the verges are mowed they often shatter sending glass splinters into the road or embedding them into the verge itself causing a hazard for dogs, horses and walkers. Several full tins of paint were discarded by Shimpling BOAT. Did you know that once paint has dried out you can put the cans into your general waste bin? Add something absorbent like cat litter or sawdust, wait till the paint has thoroughly dried then bin it. Saves you waiting until one of the ‘amnesty days’.

After collecting up the litter volunteers enjoyed hot sausage rolls, cake, and drinks whilst having a chance to catch up or become acquainted with other villagers. The many bags of waste will be collected from Church Green in the next few days.

Thank you also to people who regularly pick up litter on their walks, take it home and bin it. Please be assured you efforts are recognised as being equally important and keep our paths and shared spaces tidy in between the litter pick events.

The next organised litter pick will be in October, please look out for the notices around Burston and Shimpling informing you of the date and in the intervening period remember to report any fly tipping directly to South Norfolk  & Broadland Council using their online form. (They define fly tipping as anything larger than a black plastic bin bag full of waste.)

Thank you very much all volunteers, adults and children alike. Without you giving up your time our villages would not be as well-kept and tidy as we would like them to be.




Dogs in the Recreation Ground

It is important to exercise your dogs in a responsible way in any public open space and keep them under control at all times, so that other people and animals do not feel harassed or intimidated.

Dog fouling is covered by a Public Spaces Protection Order which has been issued by South Norfolk Council and therefore applies to Burton and Shimpling.

Broadland District and South Norfolk Councils have renewed the existing Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) made under section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which cover dog fouling across both district areas.


Each PSPO makes it an offence for a person in control of a dog not to clear up the dog mess immediately, on any land that is open to the air and to which the public is entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment).

In South Norfolk, the PSPO also restricts the presence of dogs in play areas, making it an offence for you to take your dog into any enclosed play area or children’s playground.

There are details on what information is required and how to report an offence here

The full text of the Order is available here Public_Spaces_Protection_Order_No_3_SNC

Road Closures and Diversions

These are issued by Norfolk County Council and listed on the Highways part of their website as Public Information Notices here

For other road information around the UK there is a useful map here Roadworks, diversions and accidents  on the web site; zoom in to Norfolk for more local details.

Current Closures: See Road Closure Notices for more details

Some footpaths in the Parish are closed for UK Power Networks overhead powerline work when there are local signs in place. Please respect the closures for your own and the workers safety.

Burston – Station Road to Railway Crossing – 28th – 30th May 2024 – temporarily delayed due to road closure in Diss

Long Row B1134 – Hart’s Corner – 30th May – 14th June 2024



Who and Where We Are

The villages of Burston and Shimpling with the hamlet of Audley End, form one parish in South Norfolk, 5 miles to the north east of the market town of Diss, in the Waveney Valley.

Parish and Town Councils are the local level of government in the England. They are independent bodies and have responsibility for:

  • Representing all residents in the parish.
  • Running local services that must include: allotments, cemeteries, community buildings, recreation and play areas, seating, bus shelters, litter bins and local transport schemes.
  • Commenting on planning applications and long-term development issues.
  • Collecting money for their budget through the ‘precept’ as part of council tax. Each parish council has the power to set its own budget according to their plans for the year and therefore can decide what the precept level should be to provide the required funding.

And also have wide-ranging powers to become involved in further activities that contribute towards the improvement of the environment and quality of life in the parish.

All parish councillors are local residents who have volunteered; they have then either been elected by the public or the parish council; they are unpaid and serve a four year term. The parish clerk is a paid position and has a key role in advising the council, and Councillors, on governance, ethical and procedural matters.

There is a Community Facebook Group for Burston and Shimpling 
Link to Community Facebook Page