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Minutes July 5th 2010
SOUTH CREAKE PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the South Creake Parish Council Meeting held in the Ostrich Function Room on Monday July 5th 2010 at 7 30pm.
Councillors, L Ringwood, Chairman, R Wakeman, G Allen, C Gardner, A Harvey, V May, R Maslin, the Clerk and 4 Parishioners.
1. The chairman welcomed all present to the meeting.
2. Apologies for absence.
It was agreed to accept apologies from Councillor Mrs D Cox (incapacity) and Councillor T Harrison (work commitments)
3. Declaration of Interests on Agenda Items
Councillors Mrs V May, Mrs A Harvey, L Ringwood, R Wakeman, R Maslin. Agenda Item Finance 10e. War Memorial Trustees. Request for a grant. (Personal)
4. Public Participation
It was resolved to adjourn the meeting for Parishioners Questions and Statements.
a. A complaint was received regarding Wind Farm Notices being vandalised. It was pointed out to the complainant that there had been other acts of vandalism in the village and the situation was being monitored
b. A complaint regarding speeding through the village was noted. The Chairman stated that the speed watch team were operating in the village but were hampered by the number of constraints placed on them by Norfolk Constabulary. A comprehensive request for speed limit changes in the village and on the B1355 Creak Common Area had been submitted to Norfolk County Council.
The meeting resumed.
It was resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on June 7th 2010, copies of which had been circulated to members and were available in the room be approved and signed by the Chairman after the following amendments had been made.
Proposed Wind Farm Jack's Lane Agenda Item 11c. Number of Turbines at Swaffham - 1. Barmer Church not Barwick and the connection would be made to the National Grid.
6. Matters Arising from the Minutes for Information Only
a. Councillor Mrs A Harvey again reiterated the points she had made in her June Wind Farm meeting report, namely that consideration should be given to the circulation of a questionnaire, a Parish Meeting or possibly a Parish Poll The Chairman again stated that in his opinion no balanced opinion would be obtained.
b. The Chairman stated that he would again contact the Environment Agency regarding the removal of weed from the Burn.
The following general correspondence had been received and the contents noted.
a. Norfolk Fire Authority: Consultation Document, Safety Plan 2011 / 2014.
b. Norfolk RCC: Details of the Annual General Meeting.
c. Norfolk Playing Field Association: Details of the Annual General Meeting. Councillor R Wakeman stated that he would try to attend.
d. Norfolk Constabulary: Letter regarding the Revised Structure for Local Delivery.
e. Borough Council Development Services: Details of further Planning Training.
f. Community Car Scheme: Letter of thanks for the grant received.
g. Borough Council Licensing Act 2003: Details of a Licensing Policy Review.
h. Borough Standards Committee: Minutes of the meeting held on June 18th 2010-07-24
8. Highway Matters
a. Potholes: It was noted that some had been repaired but others had been missed. The Clerk stated that there was a phone number in the Eastern Daily Press which anybody could use to report highway problems (0344 800 8009) for dangerous potholes.
b. Speed watch Team; Councillor R Wakeman stated that he had little to report, one session had been carried out since the last meeting.
c. Speed Restrictions - South Creake: The Clerk gave details of the response he had received from Norfolk County Council regarding Council's request for speed restriction changes in the village. To reduce the speed limit along the Creake Common Area to 50mph would be ineffective and unfeasible.
The request for a uniform speed limit of 30mph through the village could be added to the Traffic Management Programme for a feasibility study in 2011 / 2012 and implementation possibly in the year 2012 / 2013.
This could change due to the impending budget cuts.
9. Footway Lighting
There was nothing to report.
a. It was noted that the following accounts had been paid under the late payments (interest)act 1998.
* 101247. Land Registry Office: Playing Field. £40.00
* 101248. New Print & Design: Printing Annual Report. £191.85
b. It was resolved that the following accounts should be paid.
* 101249. Harry Stebbing Workshop: Community Notice Board. £41.13
* 101250. Clerk's Salary and Travel June. £171.20
* 101251. Clerk's Expenses. 02/03/10 - 28/06/10. £44.86
c. It was noted that the following finance amounts had been received.
* 1 Allotment Rent. £4.00
* HM Revenue and Customs. VAT Repayment. £575.45
d. Financial Statement: The financial statement for June was considered approved and signed by the Chairman. Councillor G Allen suggested that efforts should be made to obtain a better rate of interests for the capital account. Government Bonds could be considered.
e. War Memorial Trustees: Councillor L Ringwood stated that he was in the process of applying for grants to construct the new bridge onto the Playing Field. One of the conditions on the forms was that the Parish Council had been willing to give financial support to the project. He would like to request that the Parish Council would consider giving a grant. The Clerk stated that it would not be possible to process a grant until the legal problems regarding the Playing Field had been addressed. It was then resolved that a firm promise of £5,000 should be made towards the construction of the bridge when all the legal problems had been solved.
11. Planning Matters
a. 10/00543/F Alterations and Extensions to 46 Back Street.
It was agreed to recommend approval.
b. 09/01387/F Retention of caravan at The Jays, The Common.
It was agreed to recommend approval for one caravan on the site.
c. It was noted that the following applications had been approved by the Development Services.
10/00770/CU Change of Use from Parish Institute Building to dwelling at 25 Front Street.
10/00602/F Proposed alterations and extensions to dwelling (including some demolition) at Grove Cottage, Southgate.
10/00508/F Proposed new dwelling at Cornloft Cottage, The Green. It was noted that this application would be considered by the Development Control Board at its meeting to be held on 12th July at 10am. d. Leicester Road - Section 106 Agreement: The Clerk stated that he had been in touch with the Borough Council's Legal Department regarding the Shared Equity Property which had been purchased outright. They had informed him that there was nothing could be done to reverse the sale. Nothing further had been received from Flagship Housing.
e. Wind Farm Report: Councillor Mrs A Harvey stated that she had nothing to report as she had been unable to attend the June Meeting.
12. Allotment Matters
a. Allotment Land - Back Street: The Chairman stated that he had received two requests to rent the land. Mr D Bickle, North Creake who wished to rent the land, part as an allotment and part for grazing.
Mr D Berry would like to rent the land for the purpose of growing Christmas Trees. It was then resolved to adjourn the meeting to allow Mr Berry to address the meeting.
In his presentation Mr Berry stated that he had consulted varies interested bodies and had received no negative responses. The fences would be maintained and repaired when required and the grass would be regularly cut. As the growing of Christmas Trees was very lengthy he would wish to obtain the maximum length of rental agreement possible.
The meeting resumed.
Council agreed that they would not wish to have horses on the land again. After a discussion it was resolved that Mr Berry be offered a lease of 10 years at an initial rent of £80 to be increased each year after, linked to the Government's Retail Price Index. If in the event a calendar year shows a negative RPI the previous years rent would remain.
13. was noted that the next full Council Meeting would be held on September 6th 2010.
With no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.05pm.
THESE MINUTES WERE APPROVED BY THE FULL COUNCIL ON SEPT 6th 2010
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