ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Wednesday, 8th April, 2015. – 7pm.
St.Andrews Church, Cromer Road,
PRESENT: M.Knowles (Chairman), M.Church, Mrs.M.Roffe, D.Thompson, G.Dyson, Mrs.M.Wright, C.Goodwin, R.Beckley and the Clerk. B.Hannah (NCC), S.Maunder (NCC Trading Standards Officer), and sixteen members of the public.
- CHAIRMANS WELCOME & APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
The Chair welcomed everybody to the meeting and received apologies from P.Kemp, H.Roper, and PCSO.Bridges.
- MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 14/5/14.
The minutes were accepted as a true record.
- CHAIRMANS ANNUAL REPORT
(A full copy of the Chairman’s Annual Report can be seen on the PC Website and in the APM minute book).
M.Knowles spoke on the following (a) thanked councillors and the clerk for their work during the past year (b) noted the sad loss of Barry Hill a long standing member of the PC (c) PC elections to take place on 7/5/15 (d) Precept similar to previous year; small decrease of 1.9% (e) full accounts to be published in the Beeston Regis News but draft accounts indicate that BRPC succeeded in operating within its budget (f) LED lighting proved to be very economical and eco-friendly (g) PC is still keeping verges tidy with grass cutting and litter picks (h) affordable housing looks more of a possibility – more headway now achieved (i) PC looking to achieve a high level in the Local Council Award Scheme (j) PC has purchased a small piece of land in Caxton Park for a nominal price and are looking for ideas as to its use (k) invited questions from the floor.
- TALK on ROGUE TRADERS AND BOGUS CALLERS
(Mr.S.Maunder – NCC Trading Standards Officer)
Mr.Maunder gave an informative talk on Doorstep Crime. He referred to Bogus callers who are men or women who make up stories to gain access to a persons property. They may pose as an official from a utility company or they may pretend they have lost something nearby. They often work in pairs with one keeping the householder busy and their accomplice sneaks into the home to steal money and other valuables.
Rogue traders are people who pretend to be builders, gardeners or repair worker who pressurise and intimidate householders into agreeing that they carry out work which is usually of poor quality but charged at inflated prices.
He went on to explain the ways on how to protect yourself and your home
- PARISH MATTERS
- Community Speedwatch Scheme
There had been no response to the posters advertising for interested parties to help with this scheme and the Chair encouraged people to put their names forward.
- Future use of PC land at Caxton Pk
The Vice-Chair gave the meeting a brief update on its location and asked for ideas as to its future use. An outdoor gym had been suggested and the PC would be considering the matter over the coming months.
- Kingswood Centre
The Clerk read an email from a parishioner in Church Close who was complaining about noise and behaviour at the centre. The Vice-Chair spoke of the history relating to this site and stated that in conjunction with NNDC the PC had improved matters over the years.
- Dog fouling on the coast path
After discussion it was agreed to refer this matter to NNDC Environmental Health. It would appear that this is a problem in many areas around Nth Norfolk.
- DISTRICT COUNCILLORS REPORT
Mrs.Sweeney had offered her apologies to the meeting.
- COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT
B.Hannah reported on the following :- (a) BH had been a councillor for fourteen years and was given the honour of being chosen as Chairman of Norfolk County Council; this was an ambassadorial role and he had attended approx. 240 events in the last 10 months which included meeting the Queen; it had been a wonderful experience (b) 2014 had been a memorable year with the WW1 celebrations (c) a new restorative justice system introduced which puts the needs of the victim first (d) big moves being made to stop bullying in schools (e) NCC now has a committee system (cabinet system abandoned) (f) reorganisation of Childrens Services and Adult Social Services
(g) parking issues in Sheringham causing concern (h) the passing of Peggy English a former Chair of NCC who did so much for Sheringham.
- POLICE REPORT
Received via email :- (a) 7 recorded crimes in the parish during the last year (b) SNAP meetings set priorities for policing in the area (c) next mobile surgery to be held on 16/4/15 at 10am.
- ANY OTHER BUSINESS
There was no further business and the Chair closed the meeting.