Draft Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 10th November 2022
Present. Cllrs Sarah Dawson, (chairman) Donald Harrod. Colin Horwood, J. Wright.
District Cllr. V. Holliday. County Cllr. Eric Vardy. Two members of the public.
Stuart Garman (clerk)
The meeting opened at 7.30pm
1. Apologies. Cllr. N. Cary, Jonathon Wright
2. There were no Declarations of interest.
3. There were no comments or questions on the agenda from members of the public.
4. It was proposed by S. Dawson that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 20th September 2022.should be approved. This was seconded by D. Harrod. and approved. The minutes were then signed by the chairman.
5. Matters Arising
Coast Hopper timetable has been investigated, as existing service does not allow workers or children to travel at required times.
Trading from Domestic Premises regulation is under the control of NNDC not SPC.
6. Reports from County, District and Parish councillors.
County Councillor - Eric Vardy – As attached document plus additional offer of some funds for Tree or hedge planting in the village. Contact Gemma in Eric’s absence.
District Councillor – Victoria Holliday – as attached document plus additional reference to available water testing kits. Contact direct. Funds of £2,500 available.
Report from Heath Managers
A meeting took place on 24th September in the village hall to finalise the Constitution.
The basic wording was agreed, and NF would finalise the document for approval by SPC.
So far not completed.
Work has started clearing the fences around the two enclosures to remove the gorse with the use of power tools and only qualified personnel were present. When completed the Heath management will ask for volunteers from the village to finish the work using hand loppers, which then conforms with Health and Safety.
A contractor is being sought to repair the fence with tension equipment, this was removed by the Fire service during the heath fire.
Work on clearing the Marl Pond will start in December, depending on the weather. So far vegetation has not reduced because of the warm weather.
The gates and overhead barriers have not been ordered yet for the heath.
Bank balance at 8/11/22 Current a/c £6352.80 Deposit a/c £4784.33
The following Invoices and donations were approved and cheques signed:-
NPS Half year rent £1170
S. Garman Salary and expenses £948.20
Village Hall Donation £200
Air Ambulance Donation £200
It was further agreed that a donation would be made to NARS but not in this financial year.
It was agreed that the bank would be change from Barclays Bank to Unity Trust bank.
It was noted that the rent review from NNDC for the allotments has risen by about 50% for next year starting in October All allotment holders to be notified by letter asap.
Budget documents presented but require studying in a committee meeting, to be set in the very near future and approved at the January meeting.
Playing Field Health and Safety - All good
Sustainable Warmth programme – no plans for a facility in Salthouse
Highway Inspection – Document covering road surface problems had been sent to Highways. Addition of request for signage “to be cleaned”
Letter from Iona premises requesting signs to be erected on verge with posts opposite house entrance. At present because of where house is located, courier companies cannot find the property being behind Corner Cottage.
Meeting closed at 8.45 pm
The next meeting of Salthouse Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 10th January 2023
Cllr Eric Vardy Holt Division County Cabinet member for Environment & Waste
Advice for bird keepers in Norfolk amid avian influenza (Bird Flu) outbreaks
14 October 2022
There have been several outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus in Norfolk. Mandatory housing measures for all poultry and captive birds in Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex are to be introduced from 00:01 on 12 October 2022, following a decision by the UKs Chief Veterinary Officer. The housing order legally requires all bird keepers in these hotspots to keep their birds indoors and to follow stringent biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks from the disease, regardless of type or size. Norfolk Trading Standards will be working with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to support businesses and minimise the risk of disease spreading further. The UK Health Security Agency has said that avian influenza is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low. The Food Standards Agency has said that avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk, and that properly cooked poultry and poultry products, such as eggs, are safe to eat. The measures that APHA require people keeping birds to take to reduce the risk of spreading the disease are:
- Housing all poultry and captive birds (including birds kept as pets)
- Cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment, and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
- Reduce the movement of people, vehicles, or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from litter, manure, slurry, and other products, and use effective vermin control
- Keep records of all deaths, movement of poultry and poultry products and any changes in production
- Thoroughly cleanse and disinfect housing on a regular basis
- Keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points. Foot dips should be covered to stop disinfectant getting diluted
- Minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds
- Prevent access by poultry to ponds and watercourses and ensure that birds are kept in fenced or enclosed areas
Have your say on tax and spending plans
People can have their say on the county council’s Council Tax and spending proposals, until 16 December 2022.
Norfolk County Council wants to hear people’s views on the level of general Council Tax, plus the adult social care precept, for 2023-24.You can have your say at www.norfolk.gov.uk/budget and paper copies of the consultation can be requested via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The council is consulting on:
- A proposed total increase of 2.99 per cent - 1.99 per cent for general Council Tax and one per cent for the adult social care precept – in line with the current budget planning and the expected level which will be set by the Government.
- People’s view on a rise of 4.10 per cent, as the council has set in previous years, and 10.1 per cent - in line with inflation - which would require a referendum.
- Reducing the opening hours of the Norfolk Record Office (NRO) from 28 hours a week to 22.5 hours a week.
- Reducing weed spraying activities on the highway from twice a year to once a year.
- Reducing summer opening hours at Norfolk’s recycling centres and closing all recycling centres on Wednesdays.