BEESTON REGIS PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES of the Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday, 14th August, 2019 at Scout HQ, Cromer Rd., Beeston Regis. – (7pm)
Present: M.Knowles (Chair), R.Smith, D.Thompson, S.Kent, G.Dyson, M.Wright, N.Wright, C.Goodwin, R.Beckley, and the Clerk. Also present were S.Butikofer (NNDC), and one member of the public.
1a. To receive and consider apologies
Apologies were received and accepted from S.Anderson and M.Roffe. Apologies were also received from J.Oliver (NCC).
1b. To receive Declarations of Interest on agenda items
No interests declared.
2. To approve the minutes of meeting held 10/7/19.
The minutes, which had already been circulated, were accepted as a true record.
(Prop: GD, Sec: MW).
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 £46.60 (clerks exps)
Secret Gdns £130.00 (grass cutting) G.W.R.Beckley £60.00 (Daisy Gn. mtce)
Morston PC. £4.98 (photocopying)
**** The above payments, as scheduled on the agenda, plus one other payment, were approved. (Prop: DT, Sec: SK). The “other” payment was in the sum of £362.97, payable to E.Farrow for the new bench seat near Church Close (cheques 102001 – 008). The reconciled bank balances, as checked and agreed, were as follows :-
A/C 10162132 £3606.03, and A/C 10162140 £8429.47.
(b) Request for donation from BRPCC re graveyard costs.
The Parochial Church Council had asked for a small increase on last year and after discussion it was agreed to increase the payment to £575. (Prop: SK, Sec: MW) – (cheque 102009 refers).
(c) Request for donation towards cameras for emergency drones.
The Chair reported that he had attended another meeting where this matter was discussed and stated that there were certain queries with this fund raising project. There had been only one pledge received so far and he thought it would be better to ask for an update on this projects progress before making a decision. Some members were concerned that the police precept had already been increased this year. It was agreed the Clerk writes back accordingly.
(a) To note decisions/information received from NNDC/NCC since last meeting.
The following were noted by members :-
29, Britons Lane; single storey rear extn & raise roof lights – Approved, 30/7/19.
82, Beeston Common (in Sheringham); rear extension – Refused, 30/7/19.
(b) To consider planning applications received since agenda printed
(c) To further consider development activity on land adjacent to A149 layby
The Chair had referred this matter to SB (NNDC) who said that she was still to get an answer from the Planning Dept.
(m) To consider PCs responsibilities re the AONB.
Nothing to consider on this agernda.
6. Highways/Footpath matters.
(a) To further consider memorial, flower borders, & shrubs in the parish
RS reported that he had been in contact with NNDC regarding funding for a “memorial seat” and was hopeful of obtaining a grant via the Armed Forces Covenants. He had also approached Victory Housing re the use of the land and was still waiting for their response. Noted by members.
(b) To consider village logo on Bus Shelter (CG)
CG and RB had both made enquiries regarding estimates and suitable materials for the signs to be put on the main bus shelter. RB had also enquired regarding reproducing the circular village sign. After discussion the Chair proposed that the PC accepts the Graphic Edge idea which appeared more robust, more appropriate, and well priced. (Prop: MK, Sec: DT). This was agreed and RB would contact Graphic Edge and instruct them to make the village logo signs.
(c) To consider project from NCC local members highways fund. (Brit.Lane)
MK and RB had sent a summary of the PC’s views to J.Oliver and NCC regarding traffic using Britons Lane, the negativity of a new third lane on the A148, and the proposed signage changes which would help alleviate the problems. J.Oliver had written to a representative of Norfolk Gravel confirming and backing these views hoping that the NCC Planning Dept would accept them when considering the planning application for extending the quarry. Noted.
(d) To note/consider NCC Highways Partnership Scheme for 2020/21
SK enquired as to whether cycle routes could be introduced in to the area using scheme funds. It was agreed that major works such as this would not be accepted for the Highways Partnership Scheme but needed to be taken up with J.Oliver (NCC) with a view to progressing the idea.
(e) To receive update re damaged bench seat opposite Church Close on A149.
As agreed at the last meeting a new bench had been installed. (invoice paid at 4a)
(f) To receive update re Electrical Inspection & Testing of Street Lights
RB stated that enquiries were still ongoing regarding the new legislation and the PCs responsibilities regarding the testing of lights. Noted.
7. Meetings & Conferences (to receive reports and announcements)
The Clerk reported the following :-
*** Nfk Coast Partnership “Dark Skies Festival”, 6/9/19 – 22/9/19. It was agreed that MK and MW attend the opening event on 6/9/19 at Cley and a further two places were booked for the event on 22/9/19 at the Oddfellows Hall, Sheringham.
*** Sir N.Lamb MP – Village Tour – Beeston Regis on 29th August at 11.30am.
*** Nth Norfolk Environment Forum – The Atrium, N.Walsham (15/8/19) – Noted.
8. To receive update re celebrations for “VE Day 75” in 2020.
RB, who had been appointed as the PCs representative on the Sheringham TC Working Party, reported that the next meeting was on 12/9/19.
9. To receive update re Beeston Regis Family Adventure Afternoon.
The event would take place on Friday 23/8/19 in the afternoon with 16 children taking part. Activities and refreshments would be arranged and Hilltop had agreed that this would be free of charge. This was well received by members and it was agreed that the Clerk informs Hilltop that 3 – 4 members would be attending their 30th Birthday Celebrations on 29/8/19.
10. Local Council Award Scheme & Governance
(a) To further consider a parish questionnaire.
CG had compiled a draft questionnaire and the working group was due to meet on 22/8/19 with a view to completing the work and presenting it to the PC.
11. To receive reports from District & County Councillors
*** S.Butikofer (NNDC) reported on the following :- (a) the extra £2m had been agreed for Splash (b) the tennis-hub project is to go before cabinet (c) the Planning Enforcement Section had issued a demolition notice on a property in Cley (d) there would be an Environment Forum in N.Walsham on 15/8/19 (e) Greenbuild weekend coming up at Felbrigg (f) the Egmere Project looks like it will be shut down (g) the sandscaping project at Bacton is coming to completion.(h) Weatherspoons in N.Walsham needs to be re-negotiated.
*** J.Oliver (NCC) submitted a copy via email of the NCCs “Annual Review” for members information.
12. Police Report /Sect.17 Crime & Disorder Act.
A “Cluster” newsletter had been received as usual.
13. To receive Correspondence (not included in agenda items above).
(i) Confirmation from external auditors that exemption certificate had been received.
(ii) Notice re Sheringham TC relocating to the Community Centre.
(iii) Confirmation from Planning Inspectorate re PCs comments.
14. Resolution re Public Participation (comments/other matters).
Reminder that Merchant Navy Day ceremony would be on Sunday, 1st September.
15. To confirm date of next meeting.
This was confirmed for Wednesday, 11th September, 2019. – 7pm.