BEESTON REGIS PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES of the Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 at Scout HQ, Cromer Rd., Beeston Regis. – (7pm)
Present: M.Knowles (Chair), R.Smith, M.Roffe, D.Thompson, S.Kent, G.Dyson, N.Wright, M.Wright, C.Goodwin, R.Beckley, and the Clerk. Also present were J.Oliver (NCC), S.Butikofer (NNDC), PC.I.Smith, M.Gibson (Norfolk Gravel), and one member of the public.
1a. To receive and consider apologies
Apologies were received and accepted from S.Anderson.
1b. To receive Declarations of Interest on agenda items
No interests declared.
2. To approve the minutes of meeting held 12/6/19.
The minutes, which had already been circulated, were accepted as a true record.
(Prop: DT, Sec: MR).
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:
G.Sadler £80.00, (bus shelter cleaning),P.Bullimore £316.40 (net salary),
HMRC £11.20 (tax on salary), P.Bullimore £44.90 (clerks exps)
Secret Gdns £195.00 (grass cutting) E.Farrow £106.00 (VAS & repr dog bin)
Overstrand Parish Council £38.00 (members training).
*** The above payments, as scheduled on the agenda, plus one other payment, were approved (Prop: GD, Sec: DT). The “other” payment was payable to Cheverton & Son Ltd., in the sum of £52.00 for printing. (Cheques 101993 – 102000). The reconciled bank balances, as checked and agreed, were as follows :- A/C 10162132 £4566.76, and A/C 10162140 £8429.47 – Noted. Balances had increased slightly on last month because of the receipt of the NCC grass cutting subsidy – Noted.
***** At the Chairmans suggestion it was agreed to take items 5(f) and 12 next – see minutes further on.
(a) To note decisions/information received from NNDC/NCC since last meeting
The following was noted :-
PO/19/0711; Outline only, re access; Rosewood, Sheringwood – Approved.
(b) To consider planning applications received since agenda printed
PF/19/0911; Change of use (retrospective) (annexe to holiday let); Turning Point, Sheringwood, The Chair summarised the situation stating that this property had been the subject of some enforcement action. Members agreed “no objection” (Prop: DT, Sec: MW).
(c) To receive update re Affordable Housing.
There had been nothing to report for some time and it was agreed to remove this item from the agenda.
(d) To further consider development activity on land adjacent to A149 lay-by.
The Chair had been unable to obtain information from the Planning Enforcement Dept. at NNDC and asked S.Butifofer (NNDC) to make further enquiries.
(e) To note/consider the planning appeal re Wind Turbine at Pond Fm., Bodham
This planning application (PF/14/0925) was now back in the hands of the Planning Inspectorate at Bristol and the Clerk was asked to inform them that the PC is against wind turbines on land, but particularly on the Cromer Ridge, on the basis of the gross visual intrusion, and being adjacent to the AONB. (Prop: MK, Sec: RB).
(f) To receive update from rep. of Norfolk Gravel re the quarry planning application.
The Chair introduced Martin Gibson representing Norfolk Gravel. MG referred to the concerns of members regarding traffic using Britons Lane from the A148 and stated that the proposed ghost lane was not necessary. He stated that there were fewer quarry traffic movements than in the past because of the change in the nature of their business (no precast concrete products etc). He agreed with the PCs view and did not want to encourage traffic down Britons Lane from the A148 by introducing an additional lane. He stated that he would also try and assist the PC by contacting Google regarding sat navs which also instructed drivers to use Britons Lane rather than the better A1082 (Holway Road). The Chair stated that travelling south from the quarry entrance is not too bad but the road immediately north of the entrance has raised many concerns over many years. The Chair thanked M.Gibson who then left the meeting.
(m) To consider PCs responsibilities re the AONB.
*** At the Chairs suggestion it was agreed to take item 11 next; see minute further on
6. Highways/Footpath matters.
(a) To further consider memorial, flower borders, & shrubs in the parish
Reporting back from the May, 19 meeting RS stated that he had decided that there was a lack of seating in the area adjacent to the main bus shelter and thought that a “memorial seat” would be more appropriate than a memorial stone and gardens. It could be placed east, and slightly south of the shelter with names or some other inscription put on it to remember the fallen from the wars. He would be ascertaining costs, contacting the land owners, and reporting back to members with further information.
(b) To consider village logo on Bus Shelter.
CG was still obtaining quotations for the signage and would report back to the next meeting.
(c) To note/consider project from NCC local members highways fund.
Following discussions at 5(f) it was agreed to write to J.Oliver (NCC) to request financial support for a traffic survey on Britons Lane (a study of traffic movements between the A148 and A149).
(d) To note/consider NCC Highways Partnership Scheme for 2020/21
This was noted and would be carried forward for future consideration.
(e) To consider damaged bench seat opposite Church Close on A149.
Enquiries had revealed that the existing bench was not suitable for repair and it was agreed to purchase a new plastic wood bench at a quoted cost of approx. £360. (Prop: MR, Sec: MW).
(f) To note/consider Electrical Inspection & Testing of Street Lights
The PC contractors had written stating that this was part of new legislation which the PC needed to consider now that the LED lights were five years old. The cost quoted was £9.90 per light generating a bill of approx. £600 and it was agreed to investigate and make further enquiries.
7. Meetings & Conferences (to receive reports and announcements)
The Clerk reported the following :-
NNDC Coastal Forum – 15/7/19 – Summer Field Trip – RB was unable to attend.
Hilltop 30th Birthday Celebrations – 29/8/19 – PC to be represented.
Sheringham TC. – Training; “Being an effective Councillor” – Noted.
*** MR/SK reported on a good councillors training session hosted by Overstrand PC.
8. To note/consider celebrations re “VE Day 75” in 2020.
It was agreed that BRPC joins with Sheringham TC and Upper Sheringham PC in joint celebrations with RB acting as the representative at meetings etc. (Prop: MK, Sec: MW). STC., and a working group, had already produced an extensive draft programme of events.
9. To consider Beeston Regis Family Adventure Afternoon.
The Clerk and RB reported that there had been a reasonable response to this proposed event and it was agreed that RB speaks with the management at Hilltop to try and arrange a suitable date, price, etc…A budget of up to £120 was also agreed (Prop: MK, Sec: DT).
10. Local Council Award Scheme & Governance
(a) To further consider a parish questionnaire.
The working group of MK, SK, and CG agreed to meet in early August and report back to members when appropriate.
11. To receive reports from District & County Councillors
*** S.Butikofer (NNDC) reported on the following :- (a) the new NNDC is looking at whether the proposed agenda can be delivered; the Splash project appears to be requiring an extra £2m over its original estimate (b) Deep History Coast is to be launched next week (c) working with other agencies regarding the Sheringham sink-hole. (d) sandscaping project at Bacton starts on Friday (e) the bagot goats are back in Cromer (f) will make enquiries re the A149 lay-by.
*** J.Oliver (NCC) reported on the following :- (a) NCCs new 6 Year Plan: £120m for new special schools and specialist resource bases, concentrating on reducing loneliness and social isolation, £29m for extra care housing, supporting the governments 25 year environment plan, delivering 95% broadband coverage in Norfolk. (b) work progressing in Norfolk to have ultra-fast broadband with £8m funding from DCMS. (c) various environmental improvements (d) Police & Fire now sharing a control room (e) dedicated support for young people leaving care.
12. Police Report /Sect.17 Crime & Disorder Act.
PC.I.Smith reported on crime figures in what is the old Chaucer Ward stating that in the last 6 months 33 incidents have been recorded. The more serious crimes, such as burglary and theft, were virtually nil and those incidents recorded mainly related to peoples personal care needs and domestic issues. People in Beeston Regis should feel safe he said. He gave a warning regarding rogue traders and telephone scams, and also referred to the community speed-watch programme and its volunteers.
13. To receive Correspondence (not included in agenda items above).
NCCs “Your Norfolk” magazine had been received.
14. Resolution re Public Participation (comments/other matters).
MR reminded members about the church service on 22/9/19.
15. To confirm date of next meeting.
This was confirmed for Wednesday, 14th August, 2019. – 7pm.
A request for a donation regarding cameras for emergency services drones would be on the agenda.