BEESTON REGIS PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 14th August, 2013 at the Scout HQ., Cromer Road, Beeston Regis – 7pm.
Present: M.Knowles (Chair), M.Church, Mrs.M.Roffe, D.Thompson, P.Kemp, Mrs.M.Wright, H.Roper, C.Goodwin, R.Beckley, B.Hill, and the Clerk. Also present were B.Hannah (NCC), A.Sweeney (NNDC), PCSO.Bridges, and 6 members of the public.
1a. To receive and consider apologies
Apologies were received and accepted from G.Dyson.
1b. To receive Declarations of Interest on agenda items
No interests declared.
2. To approve the minutes of meeting held 10/7/13 (circulated)
These had been circulated and were accepted as a true record (Prop: DT, Sec: MR).
3 . Public Participation (requests to speak on agenda items)
No requests to speak on specific agenda items.
(a) To approve invoices for payment and note bank balances:
C.Allen £70.00, (bus shelter cleaning),P.Bullimore £286.80,(net salary),
HMRC £11.40 (tax on salary), W.Runton Scouts £25.00, (hire of hall),
P.Bullimore £53.20, (admin exps), SLCC £114.00 (sub.2013/14)
Secret Gdns £116.00 (grass cutting), E.Farrow £40.00 (repairs to bench)
Morston PC £13.31 (copying chgs)
The above payments, scheduled on the agenda, were approved (Prop: DT, Sec: MR)
Bank balances :- A/C 10162132 £956, A/C 10162140 £7838 – noted.
The Clerk asked members to note that a VAT refund (£886.67) had been received.
(b) To note NNDC letter re glass banks & recycling credits in 2014.
NNDC had informed parish councils that glass would be collected with household waste starting summer 2014. Bottle Banks would no longer be available and therefore the last receipt for BRPC would be for the current year to 31/3/14. Members expressed concerns regarding the loss of income for both the parish council and many other organisations.
(c) To consider charges to Weybourne PC for photocopying
It was agreed to charge 3p per copy during the clerks temporary contract.
(d) To note Salary Award for Clerks – w.e.f. 1/4/13.
Members noted the pay award to clerks of 1% which equated to approx. £3 per month increase back dated to April 2013.
(a) To note decisions/information received from NNDC/NCC since last meet
The following were noted :-
Norfolk CC – retrospective application re bulk deliveries at Stone Pits – granted.
PF/13/0687: Picket fence at 59, Priory Close – refused.
PF/12/0387: Abbey Pets, change of use re overnight accom. – appeal dismissed.
(b) To consider planning applications received since agenda printed
(c) PF/13/0824; Retention of raised ground level at Craig Nos, Sheringwood.
Members had all seen the application and letters of objection from parishioners. The Clerk had been informed by the NNDC Planning Legal Manager that the application is being returned as it is incomplete. Further information is being requested from the applicant and the PC would be consulted in the usual manner when another application is received.
(m) To consider PCs responsibilities re the AONB.
This had been duly considered.
6. Highways/Footpath matters
(a) update on survey/reports on footpaths/public rights of way
The second survey on the footpaths was still to be carried out.
(b) update on NCC Highways P’ship scheme re LED lighting
The Clerk reported that the Chairman had signed the NCC Grant Agreement and the LEDs had been installed by the contractor. There had been coverage in the North Norfolk News. The final application to the Sheringham Shoal Fund for the remaining 24 lights was near completion. RB proposed a vote of thanks to the Chair and Clerk for their work.
(c) To receive update on car parking during car boot sales.
It was agreed to remove this item from the agenda following another satisfactory report from the police.
(d) To receive update on repair of gate on footpath FP17
The Clerk had been informed verbally that the work had been programmed and should be carried out in the next 2 – 3 months.
(e) To receive update re drainage ditch (PC western boundary)
There was still no news from Sheringham TC re the proposed meeting that had been acknowledged in April.
(f) To note & consider final consultation re new coast path
RB reported on the meeting in Cromer which had been poorly attended. He was minded to make some recommendations if members agreed but for the time being the papers would be circulated and the matter discussed at the next meeting. It was noted that only landowners could object to the proposed path.
Items 11 and 12 were taken at this point – see minutes further on.
7. Meetings & Conferences (to receive reports and announcements)
The Clerk reported the following :-
N.Lamb MP – Village Tour visit, 30/8/13 at 10.15am – notice on board.
Community Transport Event – 28/8/13 at 6.30pm at Cromer Community Centre.
8. PC Assets:
(a) To receive verbal report re lighting by the Clerk
Some premature light problems had been reported after the LEDs were installed but the contractors had not yet finished their work at the time.
(b) To consider seat next to glass bus shelter.
The Clerk would make enquiries with NCC Highways regarding the positioning of the proposed bench and obtain some prices/ideas for the next meeting.
9. To note & consider proposed extensions to Scout HQ. (RB)
RB reported to members that the scouts were trying to improve the facilities and extend their headquarters but had been unable to obtain grant aid. It was agreed that a letter of support from the PC would accompany their next grant application.
10. Quality Parish Status & Governance
(a) To receive update re Annual Asset Inspection
DT had put in a new post for the dog bin in Priory Close and the Clerk would request NNDC to secure the bin using the proper equipment.
Members were still concerned that some residents at the northern end of Abbey Park had not cut back their trees/hedges that were overhanging the A149 footpath and in one case was starting to obscure the street light. The Clerk would refer the matter to the NCC Highways Engineer.
(b) To consider quarterly newsletter (Sept.13)
It was agreed that the main story/front page would be a report regarding the LEDs.
Church matters would form the basis of another article.
11. To receive reports from District & County Councillors.
B.Hannah (NCC) reported on a meeting at the Stone Pits when a long term possibility of forming an access road direct to the A148 was discussed. The meeting was adjourned and the manager of DSP confirmed that serious consideration was being given to getting traffic off Britons Lane if a further quarry was opened..
A.Sweeney (NNDC) was going to report on the loss of bottle banks and the Sheringwood planning application but they had been covered earlier in the meeting.
12. Police Report & Sect.17 Crime & Disorder Act.
PCSO Bridges stated that there was nothing of note to report. She would continue to monitor parking during car boot sales. No issues were reported during the carnivals park and ride. Monotoring of Britons Lane had only produced two speeding tickets with over 95% of drivers keeping within the prescribed limits. Only two heavy vehicles had been stopped north of the stone pits but they were both within the law as they were delivering goods. Further signage to assist drivers was being considered.
13. To receive Correspondence (not included in agenda items above)
The Clerk drew attention to the following :- NNDC agenda/minutes, Police & Crime Commissioners survey re tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence, Nfk Coast Partnerships Roadside Nature Reserves Scheme. – all to be circulated.
14. Resolution re Public Participation (comments/other matters)
Prop: BH, Sec: DT – agreed – meeting adjourned.
A parishioner spoke of his concerns re his refused planning application regarding a picket fence. (Rhodri Oliver kindly agreed to take this up with the planners). A suggestion of putting a reminder in the newsletter re the Energy Box was received.
Rhodri Oliver stated that he was still pursuing the purchase possibilities of the Caxton Pk land. – meeting re-opened.
15. To confirm date of next meeting – future agenda items
This was confirmed for Wed.11th September, 2013 (7pm)
Apologies were received in advance from MK and HR.