Minutes of the Last Meeting: Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday 5th February 2018 were read through and agreed by all present.
Matters Arising from the Minutes: Ref: C/7/2017/7016 & C/7/2018/7001 – Crossways Farm – Installation of new equipment and upgrading of present equipment (part retrospective). At the last meeting, concern was voiced at the amount of work that has been carried out on this site in recent years. Mrs Watson attended the Thurlton Parish Council meeting in February when they discussed this and reported that this operation had grown considerably in size in recent years with ‘stuff’ now being shipped in from all over the country to be processed which has resulted in an increase in large vehicular traffic. It was suggested that the clerk tries to get hold of a recent report from DEFRA which may give us a better understanding of the processes being carried out at this site.
Planning: Ref: 2018/0474 – Hillfield Nurseries – Erection of staff dwelling – All Councillors approved this application. Mr Beevor declared an interest and did not comment.
Ref: 2018/0129 – Willow Farm – Demolish existing barn and replace – this application was withdrawn
Finance & Administration: The clerk presented the Budget ‘v’ Actual for Year End 31.03.18 This was agreed by all present.
The clerk advised that she had had the Accounts internally audited this week and everything was agreed and signed off. All present agreed the accounts and the necessary Auditors form was signed off by the Chair.
The clerk advised that we have received the £200.00 for the glass recycling unit at the village hall.
Ms Alford requested the purchase of a dog poo bin for Church Lane. This area is popular with dog walkers and it will be good to encourage them to dispose of their poo in the correct manner. The clerk will get this ordered.
The fence running along the end of the new churchyard needs to be replaced. It was agreed that the parish council will make a donation towards this and Ms Alford will supply us with a quote in due course.
Playground: Mr Long supplied us with a list of repairs needed on the playground. Ms Alford will supply a new heavy duty latch for the gate. The clerk will purchase a ‘No Dogs’ sign and a new seat for the flying fox.
The mole hills and rabbit warrens are really causing a problem. This was discussed at length and the decision was that Mr Long will now be our Pest Controller and we, as a parish, will cover his BASC membership and all expenses to keep these pests under control.
Mr Long will also purchase some matting pegs and trim back the brambles that are growing through the fence.
The work for the speed reduction to 40mph along the Haddiscoe Dam should take place shortly.
The clerk advised that we have received confirmation that NCC have approved our grant for 50% funding for the SAMS2 Speed awareness sign. The clerk will order this from Westcotec and get in touch with Gary Overland, the Highways Inspector to arrange the installation of the two new posts needed.
All councillors agreed to share the responsibility of moving the sign every four weeks. Mr Haycock will create a rota for this.
Concern was voiced over the piece of land known as the Pea Viners. More and more scrap, skips etc are being placed there along with a building recently erected. The horses have now been removed. Ms Alford has been in touch with Mr Acer Coolstock, the Enforcement Officer for the Broads Authority, and he is going to investigate this site further.
Ms Alford voiced concern that certain Sat Navs are still sending vehicles down Church Lane if they programmed in Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe. This lane is not suitable for anything larger than a small car. The clerk will try and find out how to have the Sat Navs reprogrammed to remove Church Lane as an access route to anywhere.