BEESTON REGIS PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 10th February, 2016 at the Scout HQ.,
Cromer Rd, Beeston Regis – commencing at 7pm.
Present: R.Beckley (Chair), R.Smith, D.Thompson, G.Dyson, Mrs.M.Wright, N.Wright, C.Goodwin, Mrs.S.Goodwin, and the Clerk. Also present were two members of the public.
1a. To receive and consider apologies
Apologies were received from M.Knowles, M.Church, and Mrs.M.Roffe. Apologies were also received from B.Hannah(NCC) and PCSO.Slade.
1b. To receive Declarations of Interest on agenda items
No declarations of interest.
2. To approve the minutes of meeting held 13/1/16
The minutes, which had already been circulated, were accepted as a true record.
(Prop: GD, Sec: DT)
3 . Public Participation (requests to speak on agenda items)
A parishioner requested to speak on item 12.
(a) To approve invoices for payment and note bank balances:
C.Allen £80.00, (bus shelter cleaning),P.Bullimore £272.90,(net salary),
HMRC £43.00 (tax on salary), West Runton Scouts £25.00 (hire of hall),
P.Bullimore £43.96, (admin exps), NNDC £75.20 (uncontested election exps)
*** The above payments, scheduled on the agenda, plus two urgent payments, were approved (Prop: DT, Sec: MW). The urgent payments were as follows :-
Emcy Garden Centre £21.07 (flower bulbs for Daisy Green), Norfolk a2z £50.00 (hosting website). Bank balances were as follows :- A/C 10162132 £4252.67 and
A/C 10162140 £4198.21 The balances included the recently received £1679.50 from Norfolk CC in respect of the VAS (Norfolk Highways Partnership Scheme).
(a) To note decisions/information received from NNDC/NCC since last meeting
PF/15/1689: Extn at The Lantern, Church Close – permission given
PF/15/1781: Erectn of replacement sun room at B/Regis Lodge – permission given
(b) To consider planning applications received since agenda printed
(c) Update re Affordable Housing
The Clerk had no further news. RB had obtained a copy of a recent Strategic Housing Market Assessment and thought it useful if this was circulated to members.
(d) To consider NNDC’s “Call for Sites” – New Local Plan.
The Clerk summarised the situation stating that NNDC was looking for suitable sites for housing, employment, community facilities etc as part of the new Local Plan. SG queried whether members could think of a suitable site for a community building.
(m) To consider PCs responsibilities re the AONB.
This had been duly considered during planning matters.
6. Highways/Footpath matters.
(a) To note/consider deadline for registration of historic public rights of way.
It was agreed to carry this item forward for members to consider further. The NCC Definitive Map had been circulated.
NW asked if vehicles could be stopped from using Calveswell Lane particularly at the western end which was unsuitable for vehicles. The Clerk would make enquiries with the Highways Engineer.
7. Meetings & Conferences (to receive reports and announcements)
The Clerk stated that there was now other committees being formed to consider coastal issues besides the NNDC Coastal Issues Forum which RB attended. Overstrand PC was hoping to form a coastal parishes forum to discuss issues of common concern to parishes (first meeting on 22/3/16). A group was also being formed to promote the “Deep History Coast” (first meting 25/2/16) whereby the coast’s historical interests could be promoted. RB hoped to attend both meetings but wondered whether many matters for discussion were being duplicated and already discussed, or could be discussed, at the NNDC Coastal Issues Forum.
8. To consider future External Audit arrangements for smaller authorities.
Details had been circulated to members who agreed to stay in the Government Scheme (opt-in). (Prop: MW, Sec: DT). This followed the Clerk’s recommendation after his discussions with Norfolk ALC and other clerks.
9. To further consider quality of mobile phone signal in the parish.
This matter had been referred by B.Hannah (NCC) to Dr.Marie Strong who was the County Councillor for Wells and NCC Champion for Broadband and Mobile Phones.
She had referred the problems being experienced with the Vodaphone phone signal in the area direct to Vodaphone.
10. Local Council Award Scheme & Governance
(a) To receive update re LCAS.
The Clerk had no further news re the PC’s application for Foundation Status.
SG continued to work on reviewing policies for the next stage (Quality Status)
11. To receive update from Hooke Charity re purchase of Defibrillator (RB)
RB hoped to report further to members at the next meeting.
12. To further consider the 800th Anniversary of the Priory
The Chair, with members agreement, adjourned the meeting in order that Mr.S.Pegg
(a parishioner and Director of the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust) could give an update on the anniversary plans. SG reported on plans for 6/8/16 weekend :-
(a) the Bishop of Norwich would be taking a service at 2pm (b) Edgefield Nurseries had agreed to display/decorate the ruins with plants/shrubs (c) there would be a falconry display (d) people from the Norfolk & Norwich Medieval Association would be attending in period costume (e) Norfolk CC Historic Environment Services would be giving tours of the ruins. The Chair thanked
SP for his report and hoped members would agree to contribute towards the cost of the weekend. The meeting was re-opened.
13. To receive reports from District & County Councillors
No councillors in attendance.
14. Police Report /Sect.17 Crime & Disorder Act.
Report received via email (a) 5 calls made to the police (b) 1 recorded crime (theft) – this took place in Cromer but was reported from Beeston Regis (c) Police surgery dates for 19/2/16 and 20/3/16 (d) report re speed awareness day in Britons Lane (31/1)
(e) next SNAP meeting is on 11/2/16.
SG commented on (d) which was very informative and worthwhile.
15. To consider the creation and use of a Mobile App.
CG reported on this matter stating that apps were often very expensive to set up but he had found a way that might not cost the PC any money. This could be a useful tool for mobiles and members agreed that he investigates further and reports back at a future meeting.
16. To receive Correspondence (not included in agenda items above)
No “general” correspondence.
17. Resolution re Public Participation (comments/other matters)
Prop: DT, Sec: NW – agreed – adjourned – no public comments – meeting re-opened.
18. To confirm date of next meeting & future agenda items.
This was confirmed for Wednesday, 9th March, 2016. (7pm)