Weybourne Parish Council
Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 1st April, 2015 at the Village Hall, Weybourne, commencing after the Annual Parish Meeting.
Present: Keith Morley (Chair), Walter Wood, Mike Rayner, Robin Woodhouse,
Pat Floyd, Janice Rose, Penny Taylor, Tony Baylis, and the Clerk. Also present was D.Young (NNDC) and six members of the public.
1a. To receive and consider apologies
Apologies were received from Peter Gallally. Apologies were also received from
1b. To receive Declarations of Interest on Agenda items
No interests declared.
2. To approve the minutes of the meeting held 4/3/15.
The minutes, which had already been circulated, were accepted as a true record.
3a. Public Participation (requests to speak on agenda items)
Re 11(b) – A parishioner spoke of his sons desire to get a skate ramp built on the HDPF pointing out that villages nearby had them. The boy had also started a small petition. He agreed to forward information to the Clerk.
The Chair, with members agreement, took item 13 next. (see minute further on)
3b. To receive reports from County & District Councillors.
D.Young (NNDC) reported on the following :- (a) the government has amended its National Planning Policy Framework to provide for the building of Starter Homes.
(b) the government has introduced a “duty to co-operate” between neighbouring planning authorities (c) the NNDC cabinet is expected to establish a Corporate Enforcement Board to oversee all enforcement activities.
M.Baker (NCC) – not in attendance.
3c. To receive Police Report.
PCSO.Seabrook reported via e-mail :- (a) no recorded crime (b) call received re highway disruption (c) next police surgery will be on 13th April (d) next SNAP meeting will be on 30th April.
(a) To approve invoices for payment:-
P.Bullimore £291.60 (clerks salary), HMRC £16.20 (tax on clerks salary)
Weybourne V.Hall £14.00 (hire of hall), P.Bullimore £36.43 (clerks expenses)
Nfk ALC £126.98 (annual sub), Morston PC £7.26 (photocopying),
T.T.Jones Elect £51.20 (light mtce), J.Green £70.00 (payroll servs),
P.Bullimore £359.10 (holiday pay)
The payments, scheduled on the agenda, plus two urgent payments were approved. The urgent payments were as follows :- R.Payne & Sons £900.00 regarding work on the war memorial, and P.Floyd £5.00 for annual parish meeting refreshments.
(a) To note information/decisions received from NNDC since last meeting
The following were noted by members :-
PF/14/1687: 7 dwellings opposite The Maltings Hotel – application withdrawn.
PF/15/0185: Change in Dormer Window at Field Hse, Sheringham Rd – approved.
Appeal re The Barn, Bolding Way – Appeal dismissed.
(b) To consider planning applications received since agenda was printed.
(c) To receive update re the Marlpit
The Clerk reported that he was still awaiting news re the claim to recover expenses incurred on the Marlpit.
(d) PF/15/0323; Revised siting of works area on land at Weybourne Hope
It was agreed “no objections” to this application.
6. Highways & Footpath matters:
(a) To receive update re the pond in Beach Lane.
Discussions re WPC’s grant application were due to be discussed by Kari Hege and other senior officers of Statoil at a meeting in the next two weeks.
(b) To receive update/consider vehicle activated sign
The Clerk informed members that WPC had been successful in obtaining a
Norfolk CC Highways grant in the sum of £1600 towards a VAS. Members agreed to go ahead with the scheme and the Chair duly signed the acceptance of offer form. The Clerk would now liaise with the Highways Engineer regarding suitable sites for the sign.
(c) To further consider installation of the new bench seat on Station Rd.
KM informed members that a concrete pad, suitable for the new seat, already existed. He would arrange for the old metal struts to be removed (up to £25). Positioning of the new seat could go ahead soon.
(d) To further consider heavy lorries using Station Road
There had been no further reports re heavy lorries using Station Road. Members would continue to monitor the situation and report to the next meeting.
7. Meetings & Conferences (to receive reports and announcements)
No new announcements or reports.
(a) To receive report re allotments. (RW)
RW reported that the final rent had now been paid. The signs regarding “dog fouling” had been made and would be placed on site soon. WW reported his concerns re the damage to a greenhouse following recent strong winds.
9. Village Hall:
(a) To receive report re Village Hall (PF)
PF reported that the electrical work was virtually completed and estimates were being obtained for new doors (front & fire doors).
10. Cemetery & Churchyard:
(a) To further consider re-planting of tree near west gate of churchyard.
The Clerk had been informed that the Parochial Church Council, agreed with the PC, and would not be replanting at the west gate to replace the felled turkey oak.
11. Harry Dawson Playing Field:
(a) To receive report re HDPF (PT).
PT reported that safety matting needed to be installed around the pirate ship. It looked as if they had found a suitable maintenance man. Replacing the existing safety surfaces with modern rubber matting was being considered and the Clerk was requested to place the matter of the PC contributing towards this expensive scheme on the next agenda.
(b) To consider a skate-park on the HDPF.
There was a lengthy discussion on this matter with the Chair adjourning the meeting at one point to allow the public to speak. It was agreed the Clerk makes enquiries re costs, insurance, public re-action, etc..and report back to members by which time there should be an official response to this request from the HDPF Committee.
A parishioner, with knowledge of such projects, would forward information to the Clerk to assist with his enquiries.
12. Weybourne Community Fund:
(a) To receive report re WCF (KM)
KM reported that the gates to the field would have drop bolts. The country fayre would be on the spring bank-holiday weekend.
13. To further consider Affordable Housing. (talk by NNDC Housing Officer)
The Chair introduced Elaine Ferguson (NNDC Housing Development Officer) who gave a brief talk on the need for affordable housing in the village. She covered topics such as affordable housing providers, the NNDC Planning Policy, developments in areas designated as countryside, exception scheme housing, funding, and the need to consider a scheme for Weybourne. The Chair thanked AF and said that the PC would continue searching for a suitable site.
14. To receive update re repairs/maintenance of the War Memorial
The Clerk reported the completion of the work and referred to the improved appearance of the memorial. WW asked whether the stonemasons had used any sort of preservative during their work, and, if not, whether it was required. The Clerk would make enquiries.
15. To review/revisit the PC Website
Carried forward to the next agenda.
16. To receive General Correspondence (not included in agenda items above)
The Clerk referred to the following which would be circulated :-
NCC Signpost magazine, letter from Voluntary Norfolk re volunteers, CPRE lighting survey report.
17. Public Participation (comments/other matters)
A parishioner asked whether there were any plans for a new village hall. PF replied and stated that there was nothing in the pipeline at the moment. There was an enquiry as to whether the vehicle activated sign would need an electrical supply (the Clerk informed the parishioner that it was powered by rechargeable batteries)
18. To confirm date of next meeting – future agenda items.
Regulations required the May meeting in an election year to be arranged within a stipulated number of days from the date of the election. The 20th May was agreed.