ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Minutes of the meeting held on
Wednesday, 14th May, 2014. – 7pm.
Scout HQ, Cromer Rd., Beeston Regis
Present: M.Knowles (Chair), Councillors M.Church, Mrs.M.Roffe, D.Thompson,
G.Dyson, Mrs.M.Wright, C.Goodwin, R.Beckley, the Clerk. Also present were
B.Hannah (NCC), Rev.D.Head, R.Oliver (Deputy Leader of NNDC), and 17 members of the public.
1. CHAIRMANS WELCOME & APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Mike Knowles welcomed everyone to the meeting and received apologies from Councillors P.Kemp, B.Hill, and H.Roper. Apologies were also received from
Mrs.A.Sweeney (NNDC) and PCSO.G.Bridges.
2. MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 15th MAY, 2013.
These were accepted as a true record.
3. CHAIRMAN’S ANNUAL REPORT
Mike Knowles gave his annual report a full copy of which is attached to the minutes in the APM minute book (appendix A).
He referred to (a) a full complement of councillors (b) thanks to members and clerk for their input during the last year (c) special mention for Roy Beckley, Chris Goodwin and the Clerk (d) precept for 2014/15 remains as the previous year which equates to £26.50 per property per year (e) a small source of income each year will disappear when glass collection arrangements change and bottle banks will be removed (f) all 58 street lights had been updated with LEDs (g) they will be more efficient, more carbon friendly and produce financial savings for the parish council (h) savings should amount to over £2000 pa. (i) the parish council continues to arrange for grass cutting and road sign cleaning for which a NCC subsidy is received (j) two new seats near bus stops have been installed (k) the damaged village sign will be re-instated soon – insurance would cover most of the cost (l) quality parish status, obtained by BRPC, will be changing soon and we await further information.
4. TALK BY RHODRI OLIVER (Deputy Leader NNDC; Young Councillor of Yr)
“The Role of Parish & Town Councils”
R.Oliver spoke about the Localism Act, 2011 and the right to bid, community asset transfers, the right to build, the right to challenge, and neighbourhood plans. Whilst parish councils are the lowest tier of local government with few powers they are the closest to the people. BRPC was a good PC he said, giving careful consideration to the precept, listening to the people, and having good governance. Parish Councils formed a great part in democracy exerting local influence on District and County Councils.
5. PARISH MATTERS
(a) Donation requests made to the PC:
The meeting indicated that the PC should not give donations to other organisations that had submitted requests during the year.
(b) England Coast Paths Consultation Report:
RB gave a report and update. There were many problems to overcome with the proposed path, and commercial land, particularly caravan sites, was being lost to mother nature all the time. He pointed out what a superb beach the parish now has.
(c) Cookies Field:
RB spoke about the planning application regarding extending the season and the number of car boot sales on this land. Many conditions applied to the decision that had been granted
(d) Church Matters:
The Rev. Head introduced himself to the meeting and gave a brief outline of his duties and role as the new vicar of five parishes, one of which was Beeston Regis.
(e) Pathway behind council houses on A149:
B.Hannah (NCC) agreed to look at the path which had become overgrown.
(f) Red Cross Services:
A parishioner spoke of the “home from hospital” service that was now available including assistance with transport and domestic support.
6. DISTRICT COUNCILLORS REPORT
The Clerk read Mrs.Sweeney’s emailed report which included reference to (a) the December storm surge (b) NCC Childrens Services now operating from the NNDC Offices (c) the Planning Department had been very busy (d) the Big Society was asking for grant applications.
7. COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT
B.Hannah (NCC) reported on the following :- (a) Kings Lynn Incinerator problems
(b) moving away from the cabinet system to a committee system (c) another £189m in savings needs to be found (d) problems with the Childrens Services Plan (e) good responses/feedback from the public regarding the NCC Budget (f) hoping that cuts will not impact on the most vulnerable (g) a summary of his commitments during the past year.
8. POLICE REPORT
The Clerk read an emailed report from PC Ian Smith which contained the following :-
(a) Beeston Regis had 12 recorded crimes during the last year of which 5 had positive outcomes with offenders being dealt with (b) during the previous year recorded crimes numbered 10. (c) overall Beeston Regis is a safe place to live.
9. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
No other matters arising.
The meeting closed at 8.40pm.