BEESTON REGIS PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 14th January, 2015 at the Scout HQ., Cromer Road, Beeston Regis – 7pm
Present: M.Knowles (Chair), M.Church, Mrs.M.Roffe, D.Thompson, G.Dyson,
Mrs.M.Wright, C.Goodwin, R.Beckley and the Clerk. Also present were B.Hannah (NCC) and three members of the public.
1a. To receive and consider apologies
Apologies were received and accepted from P.Kemp and H.Roper.
1b. To receive Declarations of Interest on agenda items
MK declared a non-prejudicial interest for item 5(d).
1c. To receive update re vacancy on parish council
The Clerk reported that there had been no expressions of interest in the vacancy. Only three more meetings remained before parish council elections.
2. To approve the minutes of meeting held 9/12/14.
The minutes were accepted as a true record (Prop: MW, Sec: GD).
3 . Public Participation (requests to speak on agenda items)
A parishioner asked to speak on item 5(d).
(a) To approve invoices for payment and note bank balances:
C.Allen £70.00, (bus shelter cleaning),P.Bullimore £241.00,(net salary),
HMRC £60.20 (tax on salary), W.Runton Scouts £25.00, (hire of hall),
P.Bullimore £47.85, (admin exps),
The above payments, scheduled on the agenda, were approved (Prop: DT, Sec: MR)
The bank balances were as follows :- A/C 10162132 £466 and A/C 10162140 £9508.
(a) To note decisions/information received from NNDC/NCC since last meeting
Members noted the appeal regarding the wind turbine at Pond Farm, Bodham. This followed a High Court ruling and would be determined by the Sec.of State.
(b) To consider planning applications received since agenda printed
(c) To receive update re Affordable Housing in the parish.
Hastoe Housing would be attending the PC meeting in March when it was hoped the A149 site could be progressed.
(d) PF/14/1515; Change of use to Holiday Chalets at Priory Maze & Gardens.
All members had seen copies of the papers/plans. RB stated that his opinion had changed as he had investigated further into this application and he had finally decided that he agreed with English Heritages objections and letter submitted to NNDC. He stated that parts of the Priory were on the application site and would have been listed if being looked at today. MW thought this to be the wrong place for this development and MR expressed concerns regarding what would be found on the site if an archaeological dig took place. DT supported these views. The Chair, with members agreement, adjourned the meeting briefly for a member of the public to speak. The meeting was re-opened, and after further discussion, it was agreed to support the letter from English Heritage to NNDC dated 23/12/14 (Prop: RB, Sec: DT). The Chair abstained from voting.
(m) To consider PCs responsibilities re the AONB.
This had been duly considered during discussions.
6. Highways/Footpath matters.
(a) Update re Highways Partnership Scheme & vehicle activated signs
The Clerk had submitted a grant application under the NCC Highways Partnership Scheme 2015-16. There would probably be no further news until late March or early April, 2015.
7. Meetings & Conferences (to receive reports and announcements)
There would be a NNDC “Wider Engagement” meeting on 4th Feb (Cromer – 6.30pm). This was for parish and town councils and MK, RB and GD would attend.
RB would be attending a Coastal Issues Forum soon.
8. To receive update re the Church Field (RB)
No further news.
9. To note & consider the PCSO. Partnership Scheme
The Clerk summarised the scheme and it was agreed to circulate further details and place on the next agenda.
10. Quality Parish Status & Governance
(a) To receive update re QPS.
The Clerk reported that it had been announced that the Quality Parish Council Scheme had been replaced by the Local Council Award Scheme. This scheme will be on three levels (Foundation, Quality, and Quality Gold) and BRPC would automatically be registered at the Foundation Level because of its previous Quality Parish status. The Clerk would duly register BRPC for the Foundation Level before 31/1/15 (deadline). Further details would be circulated to members.
11. To receive reports from District & County Councillors
B.Hannah (NCC) reported that he had attended many enjoyable events as Chairman for NCC. Big decisions would have to be made regarding the NCC Budget and he was not looking forward to the discussions when further large cutbacks would have to be made. He spoke briefly regarding the car parking survey being carried out in Cromer and Sheringham stating that the public would be consulted before any action is taken on new parking arrangements.
12. Police Report /Sect.17 Crime & Disorder Act.
No report had been received regarding the Britons Lane statistics collected during a recent survey on traffic speed and over weight vehicles. There was no crime report.
13. To receive Correspondence (not included in agenda items above)
The following was noted and would be circulated :- (a) Christmas cards from N.Lamb and T.T.Jones Electrical (b) Acknowledgement re RBL donation for the wreath (c) NALC various information.
14. Resolution re Public Participation (comments/other matters)
Prop: DT, Sec: MC – agreed – meeting adjourned. A parishioner, wishing the council well, encouraged members to proceed with the Local Council Award Scheme.
The meeting was re-opened.
15. To confirm date of next meeting – future agenda items
This was confirmed for Wednesday, 11th February, 2015. (7pm).
RB requested that consideration for a bench seat at Caxton Park be placed on the agenda.