Minutes of the Last Meeting: Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday 2nd November 2015 were read through and agreed by all present.
Matters Arising from the Minutes – None
Planning: 2014/2655 - Former Cemex Quarry – Amendment to plans to include pedestrian path along Wiggs Road with steps upto the village hall. The plans clearly state the narrowing of the Wiggs Road to accommodate the new pathway which is dangerous on an already narrow road. If this new site is to accommodate the disabled, how are they going to get their wheelchair up the steps? These plans clearly need revising. Mr Musk (Durrants) has also stated that foul water will be disposed of via the main sewer. Haddiscoe Village does not have a mains sewage system.
2014/2435 – Wind turbines at Gillingham – This has been refused at Appeal.
Finance & Administration: The precept was kept at £4530.00 for 2016/17 with the SNDC grant of £195.00 – total £4725.00. Mr Kemp suggested that we increase our precept in future years to incorporate the £195.00 grant part of our income as this will be removed at some stage in the future.
Chq.422 - £964.14 – Zurich – Annual Insurance
Chq.423 - £2112.00 – S.Daines – Clerks salary and expenses for 2015/16
The clerk explained the new audit procedure and it was agreed by all present that we are excempt from the SAAA Audit scheme as our income and expenses are under the £25000.00 threshold. The clerk was asked to complete the Opt-Out form.
Playground: Clinks Care Farm workers have done an excellent job of clearing the playground.
Ms Alford and Mr Townsend has kindly made more robust hinges for the playground gate.
Highways: The clerk will continue to complain about the Waveney River signs and Barratt signs of the triangle at the end of Wiggs Road/A143 junction.
County Council: Mrs Stone explained that the County Council have made some serious cutbacks. There will be an increase in the Council Tax this year – iro. 3.9%
District Council: Mr Kemp explained various schemes that should improve broadband speed, none of which have been implemented to date. SNDC are proposing to give out vouchers in the future to financially help individuals purchase satellite broadband if they meet the set out criteria.
Mr Townsend submitted the second part of his report regarding the motorbikes in Bluebell woods. The newly appointed police officer has been very helpful with this matter.
The clerk explained the importance of keeping the bottle bank at the village hall as this pays us £200.00 p.a.