Sunday, 15 December 2013

Old Buckenham Parish Council minutes for December

Notes on latest Parish Council meeting 
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.
 All members were present except Akis Chrisovelides and Paul Boggia who had sent their apologies.
Minutes of the Precept meeting held on Thursday 14 November. Under declaration of interest it should read Carol Marshall and not Sarah Dye. With this amendment they were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from these minutes. None.
Minutes of November Parish Council meeting. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes. Steve Milner reported he and Mrs Burton had written to the County Highways Department, the EDP, Radio Norfolk and Mrs S Webb regarding the school crossing on the B1077. The County Council engineer had responded, following a survey, and it was felt there were not enough people crossing the road to warrant a crossing.
At this time the matter has been taken up by Norfolk County Councillor Stephen Askew as requested by Parish Council at its November meeting. Stephen Askew was in talks with Highways to find a solution and various actions and costs were suggested. He will report back to the Parish Council. It was reported that potholes in Doe Lane had been repaired.
Future precept meetings. It was suggested that village groups who were seeking grants should be able to give a short presentation to the Parish Council at its September meeting prior to the October precept meeting if they wished. They could then give their reasoning behind their grant applications. This was agreed and the Parish Clerk will check standing orders to see if this was allowable.
Bullying and Harassment Policy. Deferred to January meeting.
Planning application. 3 Mill Cottages, Mill Road. Erect timber framed first floor rear extension.
Planning decisions received from Breckland. None received.
Adrian Joel attended the Roughlands Planning Inspector site meeting.

Chairman’s report. Sarah Dye has agreed to read a lesson at the Christmas Eve church service. The proposed move of the Chapel Road school is still under consultation and a further meeting of the steering group will meet again in late January and Tim Ing has been invited to join. He was glad to see moves are afoot to help children cross the B1077 to school and the Parish Council will support in anyway they can.
District Councillor’s report. Breckland Council are shortly going to offer WW1 heritage grants up to £500 for community projects which explore, share and conserve WW1 heritage. Breckland have also been holding an art trail in November and December throughout the district. This enabled local artists to display their work in public at Snetterton Brewery.
Parish Councillors’ reports. John Frost suggested planting poppies around the war memorial as a commemorative garden. Steve Milner said the village hall boiler and floor need repairing. A race night had been organised by the village hall and a film night will be held there on Saturday 4 January. Adrian Joel suggested naming the new road on new affordable housing development as Harry’s Loke. Tom Johnson suggested that the local police attend some Parish Council meetings, Derek Smalley will raise this matter at next SNAP meeting. Jonathan Kemp asked that a loan application by the Rainbow group be put on the January agenda. Dekek Smalley said the Mardle group’s Christmas lunch was well attended and enjoyed by everyone.
Highways. The road to Stacksford verges were only cut once, Highways engineer to sort out. The drainage pipework has been flushed out at Manor Corner and should hopefully now stop the flooding that has been happening there. Reflector marker posts at Manor Corner have been broken and need replacing.
The Green. Lorries, when turning onto B1077, are knocking down marker poles.

The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will take place on Thursday 2 January in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

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