Present Cllrs. Dr. S. Dawson.(chairman) M. Turville-Petre, D. Harrod. C. Horwood, J. Wright.
Seven members of the public J.Stibbons(clerk)
The meeting opened at 7.30pm
1. Apologies were received from Dist. Cllr. K. Ward
2.Comments or questions from members of the public.
District Cllr. K. Ward. (A written report was read to the meeting).
The only issue which has arisen this month is the issue of the telecommunications mast. This application has already received objections from other parishes. I have asked if NNDC would consider creating a map of appropriate sites which telecom providers could utilise to install their equipment e.g. church towers (like the example at Blakeney)
District Council report:-
Second Homes Non payment of Business Rates - together with other District Councils with high levels of second homes, we have submitted a formal request to the Minister of Housing, Communities and Local Government to revise the current legislation which allows owners of second homes to avoid paying tax locally by registering their home for business rates and then claiming small business rate relief.
Airbnb - we have set up a task force to look into the issues related to the number of properties within North Norfolk which are advertised on Airbnb. We have had various complaints including lack of provision for commercial waste collection; non payment of business rates and lack of planning permission for holiday letting. We need to investigate the scale of the issue.
Due to the number of applications for off shore wind farms which are coming through our District, we are actively lobbying Central Government to properly investigate an offshore ring main. The disruption to North Norfolk over the next decade will be significant if the current practice continues. Central Government needs to better co-ordinating the allocation of offshore wind farm licences.
Following damage to Splash leisure centre during the recent storms, we are pleased that the structural engineers have found a solution to enable us to keep the existing pool open safely while the construction on the new facility continues. Repair work is ongoing.
Corona virus - no reported cases in Norfolk. Preparations are in progress to respond if cases are notified. The Norfolk Resilience Forum is meeting weekly and will send updates if the situation changes.
Following my work with the RSA Food, Farming & Countryside Commission over the last two years, I have been asked to continue to represent North Norfolk in the next phase of work. In February I attended a workshop on the next phase of work on a Land Use Framework, where we reviewed the learning from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, who are well ahead of England in this work. I have requested that North Norfolk be considered as one of the English pilot areas given the range of pressures we face here locally. I will circulate the report from the workshop as soon as it is available.
4.There were no declarations of interest.
5.The minutes of the Salthouse Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 7th January 2020, having been previously circulated, were approved by the members and signed by the chairman.
6.There were no matters arising from the Minutes.
7.Planning. PA/20/0237 Telecommunications base station with 15m lattice tower with 3 antennas, one dish & four cabinets with fenced compound Land North West of Manor Farm View, Bloomstile Lane, Salthouse.
The Parish Council supports the provision of mobile telephone connectivity, which at present is non-existent within the parish but with the following observations:-
The proposed site is not the most appropriate. It is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is a designated area within the Permitted Development Rights and should require a detailed Planning Application. The mast would be seen both from the marsh and the heath.
The Parish Council believe that the N.N.D.C. should develop a strategy for dealing with applications from competing providers in this AONB.
This pre-application was only received on 20th February 2020, for a development which will greatly affect the parish. Councillors felt they should have been informed at the start of the consultation in December 2019 and more time should be allowed to assess alternative sites.
It was asked if this installation would be a shared mast providing access to the major mobile networks, or just to O2
8. Financial matters.
Bank Balances at 3/3/20 Current a/c £7737.16 Savings a/c £4752.63
The following invoices were approved for payment:-
J. Stibbons Clerks salary/expenses £562.58
HMRC PAYE £109.25
9.There was no correspondence
10.Matters for information only.
It was asked from the floor why there had been a locked gate placed at the Playing field and the
bottom of Market Lane?
These gates have not been put in place by the Parish Council. Enquiries are to be made to find the
reason. It was noted that access to the playing field from Market Lane was necessary for grass
cutting and also for access of emergency vehicles.
There being no further business the chairman closed the meeting at 8.16pm
The next meeting of Salthouse Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 7th May
to follow the Annual Parish Meeting which will commence at 7.30pm