ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Minutes of the APM held on
Wednesday, 15th May, 2013, at the
Scout HQ, Cromer Rd., Beeston Regis
In attendance: M.Knowles (Chair), Councillors Mrs.M.Roffe,
G.Dyson, P.Kemp, Mrs.M.Wright, H.Roper, C.Goodwin, R.Beckley, B.Hill,
and the Clerk. Eleven members of the public.
1. CHAIRMANS WELCOME & APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Mike Knowles welcomed everyone to the meeting and received apologies from Councillors M.Church, D.Thompson, County Councillor B.Hannah, District Councillor Mrs.A.Sweeney, and PCSO.G.Bridges.
2. MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 18th APRIL, 2012.
These were accepted as a true record.
3. MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES
Parishioners had nothing to raise but most matters would be covered in the Chairman’s Annual Report.
4. CHAIRMANS ANNUAL REPORT
Mike Knowles gave his annual report a full copy of which is attached to the minutes in the APM minute book (see appendix A)
He referred to (a) a full compliment of councillors (11) (b) thanks to members and clerk for their input in the last year (c) special mention for the Vice-Chair (d) a modern and updated website thanks to Chris Goodwin (e) the annual precept was now at £14k (f) the lighting stock is very old and might prove to be expensive to maintain in the next year (g) the PC has applied for a grant for 34 of the 58 lights to be changed to LEDs – the NCC Highways Partnership Scheme could finance 75% of the cost – this should result in lower electricity and maintenance costs as well as being more environmentally friendly (h) grass verge cutting is now in the hands of the PC following the NNDC terminating the service (i) the PC has taken on other responsibilities from the District and County Authorities such as road sign cleaning and footpaths (j) little progress has been made in finding a suitable site for Affordable Housing (k) a second entrance to Cookies car boot field has alleviated parking problems (l) Beeston Regis is a relatively crime free area.
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5. PARISH MATTERS
(a) To consider new LED lighting
The Chair summarised the situation stating what a great opportunity this was for the Parish Council if the grant application was successful
(b) To consider donations by the Parish Council
The Clerk listed the organisations that had requested financial assistance during the past year and it was agreed to only support the local Citizens Advice Bureau.
(c) To note the Hooke Charity
The Vice-Chair explained about the charity and the work being done in the parish.
6. DISTRICT COUNCILLORS REPORT
Mrs.Sweeney gave her apologies to the meeting. – no report submitted.
7. COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT
B.Hannah gave his report (via e-mail) a full copy of which is attached to the minutes
in the APM minute book (appendix B). He spoke about his involvement in (a) Fire & Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Panel (b) the Youth Advisory Board (c) Eastern Sea Fisheries and Conservation Authority (d) Restorative Justice work (e) Fire Joint Consultation Forum (f) Nfk Police & Crime Panel (g) Standards Committee
He spoke regarding the following :- (1) the new state of the art fire station (2) the Police & Crime Commissioner replacing the old Police Authority (3) the work of the Police & Crime Panel (4) The role of the Eastern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (5) being part of the committee dealing with the reporting of the leader of NCC (6) the setting up of youth hubs (7) progressing restorative approach iniatives.
8. POLICE REPORT
The Clerk read the e-mailed report which stated that there had been 12 recorded crimes in the parish during the last twelve months. Crime and anti-social behaviour remains low in the area.
9. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Vice-Chair, Roy Beckley, spoke of his attendance and the work of the Coastal Issues Forum. He referred to the coastal path which hopefully would enable people to walk from Cromer to Sheringham on the cliff top.
A parishioner proposed a vote of thanks to the parish councillors for all the good work that it does.
There would be a village clean-up on Friday 17th May.
The Chair thanked people for attending and then closed the meeting.