MARSHLAND ST JAMES
Marshland St James
King's Lynn, Kings lynn, Kingslynn
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Marshland St James at a glance;
Marshland St James is a sprawling village situated in North West Norfolk. The Local authority is the District Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk. The area is listed almost everywhere as being in Cambridgeshire and appears flagged under the town of Wisbech which it is claimed is the ‘capital of the fens’. It is however well inside the Norfolk borders and the correct address information for this and some of the villages in the area appears to be incorrect and potential mapping and delivery problems might therefore arise.
The village of Marshland has no central point and planning restrictions appear to have confined most of the residential building to a single long road which is called Marshland Smeeth. Along there can be found almost all the houses and developments and nothing much aside which gives a bleak appearance. The Smeeth Road runs for several miles and is sporadically developed.
The building used as a village hall is a corrugated sheet steel shed type structure. There is also a Second World War prefabricated hut on the opposite side of the road made from concrete slabs and wood. This building is unfortunately strewn in graffitti and has boarded up windows.
There is a small and pleasant infants school with a handful of pupils at the beginning of ‘School Road’ opposite a very large old peoples home/care centre which is adjoined by a secure unit housing both in and out patients. There are no village shops or services and no Post Office. There is a large haulage business which has been sited near the village crossroads. The road running through the village centre (Smeeth Road) is a busy highway lorry route. An industrial development on this scale in the middle of a village is unusual. It is where one would usually expect to see a village green.
At the back of Marshland Smeeth Road at the end of Jubilee Lane is a large Gypsy travellers encampment. Screened by a row of trees this travellers camp has planning consent and is apparently one of the largest sites in the borough. There is also now a second site for travellers in this village along Gooses Lane which is half a mile away. Expansion of this second site for Gypsy travellers (Planning reference; 11/01113/F) was supported by the local Parish Council in their recomendation for approval to the District Council dated 11th August 2011.
The air space above Marshland St James and the surrounding area is used as a training area for the RAF from several nearby bases. British and American fighters regularly fly through the skies at low levels on training missions down to 250 feet.
Generally the surrounding area could be fairly described as open and flat with no trees, hedges or hills or anything to break up the landscape. It is below sea level and is kept from flooding by the constant pumping out of water via a series of drains and ditches. Marshland St James, as the name suggests is ‘reclaimed’ marsh. It would, in its natural state, be under water. The area is listed on the Environment Agency data bases as a flood risk. The local authorities apparantly have some contingency plans.
Issues related to air pollution may be due to releases from chemical sprays used on farm land. Chemical spraying of crops and land begins in late winter and continues up to the following November. During summertime the burning of waste can increase creating an acrid smell. This can present problems with windows open on warmer days. There are a number of dog kennel facilities in operation in and around the village. There are also plans by Norfolk County Council to build one of the largest waste incineration plants in Europe at Saddlebow which is a short distance away.
Power lines and telephone lines are mainly overhead. Telephone lines can be affected from strong gusts of wind as can the power lines causing disruptions to supply.
There appear to be numerous press reports in local newspapers related to crime in the area and the Police have posted crime warnings following what seems to be a systematic and prolonged period of break ins and thefts. Some properties have resorted to security fencing, flood lights, dog patrol signs, alarms etc. Serious crimes are not uncommon and again local newspaper reports show a history of repeated attacks on property, cars and outbuildings. A few of these press reports are reprinted on the crime page. According to press statements petty crime goes undetected or unreported and shops in nearby towns of Wisbech, Downham Market and King's Lynn have seen signifigant increases in theft as well as other offences.
The water supply is hard water.
Most telephone services operate normally and broadband is available at fast speeds.
Wind speeds can be high due to the open flat landscape.
Television reception can be diminished in some parts and high strength aerials are sometimes unable to achieve reliable receptions. Check with networks to confirm if Freeview is available. The best way to get a watchable television picture is by subscribing to the Sky or similar digital Network and pay a monthly charge.
Trades men such as plumbers, builders etc are available as a local service but larger firms are some distance away.
The local council authorities are West Norfolk District Council and Norfolk County Council and are based at King’s Lynn (15 miles) & Norwich (70 miles).
There are very few local employment oportunities. You will need to work out of the area or be retired or have a private income.
Marshland St James can look bleak in appearance with a collection of properties that mostly run along a single stretch of road. There are no local shops or services and journeys into the nearest town will mean 25 to 30 mile round trips each time. Electricity cuts can present problems as can TV reception. Environmental issues such as noise and air polution need to be considered.
See below extract from local paper;
Fens face climate change battle
Published in the Eastern Daily Press 15 March 2007 06:28
"The Fens are more at risk from climate change than any other part of England, a conference heard yesterday.
Borough Council King's Lynn & West Norfolk - Website ;
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GYPSY & TRAVELLER SITES ( AUTHORISED & TOLERATED SITES LISTED)
Annual Monitoring Report – LDF (Local Development Framework) Task Group Amendments Gypsy & Travellers Housing
The following table shows the location and capacity of Gypsy and Traveller sites within the Borough and in particular within Marshland St James (Highlighted with bullet points for ease of reference). The table is in response to a survey conducted in October 2006. Whilst this is after the monitoring period covered by this report it seems more important to include the most up to date information with respect to this issue.
Gypsy & Travellers’ Sites Location Capacity Planning Status;
Poplar Tree Farm, off Bailey Lane Clenchwarton 2 mobiles toilet block and scrap yard Enforcement Notice extant
The Orchard, Hall Road, Clenchwarton 2 mobiles Authorised Caravan site, opposite Crow Hall, Downham Market
7 mobiles + 5 tourers Authorised
Rear Haygates Mill, Bartons Drove, Downham Market 2 -3 mobiles Authorised
The Wroe, Emneth 2 caravans Enforcement not issued – site tolerated
Caravan site, Saddlebow Road, King’s Lynn 44 caravans Authorised
NB: Since 2006 (date of this information) more Gypsy & Traveller sites have been added, tolerated or authorised by the Borough Council in Marshland St James.
Whittington Hill, Methwold Road, Northwold 4 mobiles Authorised – breach tolerated
South Fork, The Common, South Creake 1 mobile Authorised
The Jays, The Common, South Creake 1 mobile Authorised
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