BEESTON REGIS PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 11th January, 2017 at the Scout HQ., Cromer Rd., Beeston Regis – 7pm.
Present: M.Knowles (Chair), R.Smith, D.Thompson, G.Dyson, Mrs.M.Wright,
N.Wright, C.Goodwin, Mrs.S.Goodwin, R.Beckley, and the Clerk. Also present was one member of the public.
1a. To receive and consider apologies
Apologies were received and accepted from M.Church and Mrs.M.Roffe. Apologies were also received from B.Hannah (NCC).
1b. To receive Declarations of Interest on agenda items
No interests declared.
2. To approve the minutes of meeting held 14/12/16.
The minutes, which had already been circulated, were accepted as a true record subject to an addition at item 1(a). (Prop: GD, Sec: CG). The addition was insert the name “D.Thompson”.
3 . Public Participation (requests to speak on agenda items)
No requests to speak on agenda items.
(a) To approve invoices for payment and note bank balances:
C.Allen £80.00, (bus shelter cleaning),P.Bullimore £252.70,(net salary),
HMRC £63.20 (tax on salary),
W.Runton Scouts £25.00 (hall), P.Bullimore £61.39 (admin exps).
(Cheque numbers 101738 – 101742 inclusive)
*** The above payments, scheduled on the agenda, were approved (Prop: DT, Sec: CG). The reconciled bank balances, as checked and agreed, were as follows :-
A/C 10162132 £3612.85 and A/C 10162140 £7401.30.
(a) To note decisions/information received from NNDC/NCC since last meeting
(b) To consider planning applications received since agenda printed
(c) To receive update re 9 Affordable Dwellings near Beeston Common.
RB had spoken briefly at the Sheringham Town Council Planning Committee when the affordable housing application was discussed but STC had still objected to this scheme. The Chair had expressed his views to the press on this matter. Dates for the NNDC Planning Committee to discuss the Hastoe application were still awaited.
(d) To receive update re the wall constructed at Closewood, Sheringwood ***
(e) PF/16/1727; Conversn of Garage to Annexe Accom; Two Pines, S’Wood.
It was agreed “no objections” to this application (Prop: RB, Sec: DT).
(f) PF/16/1753; Erectn of Boundary Walls; Closewood, Sheringwood. ***
The Chair summarised the situation and pointed out that the walls were not on the original planning application. Members had always been against the urbanisation of Sheringwood and therefore instigated the Enforcement Notice issued by NNDC. It was agreed to “strongly object” to this application (Prop: RB, Sec: DT). The PC objected on the grounds that the dwelling is within an AONB and the walls and fences exceed one metre high next to the highway used by vehicular traffic; and over two metres high elsewhere. The walls and fences are urbanisation in an area where other planning applications have been refused e.g. PF/2007/1333. The addition of the walls is totally out of character with the surroundings. Additionally three metal bollards have been erected alongside the wall adding to the urbanisation.
(m) To consider PCs responsibilities re the AONB.
This had been duly considered – see 5f above.
The Clerk informed members that (a) the NCC Highways Rangers were visiting soon
(b) the road sign cleaning was about to be carried out and (c) the VAS was now going and on a new site.
6. Highways/Footpath matters.
(a) To receive update re new bench seat adjacent Church Cl. (A149)
The Clerk had been informed that the bench should be delivered by the end of the week and Ed Farrow would install it a.s.a.p.
7. Meetings & Conferences (to receive reports and announcements)
The next NNDC Coastal Forum would be on 28/3/17 – Noted.
SG reported on a Police meeting that she and CG had attended in North Walsham.
(a) crime statistics will be recorded and forwarded differently by a community engagement officer (b) information from a speedwatch co-ordinator (c) the work involved in policing the Bacton Gas Site.
GD reported on his attendance at a recent Sheringham Society meeting – the organisation was seeking a new secretary.
8. To note/consider NNDCs draft response to BT Payphone Consultation.
The PC had agreed with the removal of the Britons Lane BT phone. The NNDC response was noted (objections from other parishes mainly concerned the lack of a good mobile signal)
9. To note/consider Boundary Commisions draft recommendations re Elect. Review.
The Chair stated that the draft recommendations were as expected. This was basically a “numbers game”. The number of councillors would be reduced to 40 and Beeston Regis would become part of the Runtons Ward. He invited members to press for Beeston Regis to become part of the Sheringham Wards.
10. Local Council Award Scheme & Governance
(a) To receive update re LCAS. (incl. response to Accreditation Panel)
RB reported that the response to the Accreditation Panel was ready and would be sent soon.
(b) To further consider preparation for Annual Parish Meeting (SG).
SG reported that she had sent emails to various organisations inviting them to attend the next APM and was awaiting their response. She pointed out that a date for the next APM needed to be agreed soon.
(c) To review & adopt Parish Council Action Plan.
The action plan had been circulated and was agreed and adopted (Prop: RB, Sec: SG).
11. To receive financial report re the 800th Anniversary of the Priory event (RB)
RB gave a final report which showed a surplus of £37.
12. To receive reports from District & County Councillors
MK reported that NNDC hoped to have a talk from the Police and Crime Commissioner in the near future.
13. Police Report /Sect.17 Crime & Disorder Act.
The crime report received via email stated that (a) no crimes recorded in the last month (b) next police surgery is on 22/1/17 (c) next SNAP meeting is on 26/1/17.
14. To further consider future use of Daisy Green
Agreed to carry this forward and keep on future agendas.
15. To receive update re celebrating the 60th anniversary of BRPC.(RB)
RB and RS had a meeting with the Headmaster of Beeston Hall School on 16/1/17. There had been a positive reaction to the PC’s plans and the school would be working with the PC in organising this event. Many Old Beestonians, including the Earl of Leicester, would be invited to the event on 25th May, 2017.
16. To receive Correspondence (not included in agenda items above)
The celebrations commemorating the end of World War 1 (Beacons of Light) was noted and would be placed on the next agenda.
17. Resolution re Public Participation (comments/other matters)
No comments etc.
18. To confirm date of next meeting & future agenda items.
This was confirmed for Wednesday, 8th February, 2017 (7pm)
RB offered his apologies as he would be on holiday