In attendance District Cllr. D. Young. and four members of the public.
Apologies. PCSO Bridges
The meeting was opened at 7.34pm
Election of Chairman. It was proposed by Cllr. Large that Cllr. Dawson should continue as chairman. This was seconded by Cllr. Cary and approved.
Minutes. The minutes of the meeting held on 12th March 2013 were approved by the members and signed by the chairman.
Matters arising from the minutes. It was reported that the web site is under construction but more ideas are needed.
Declarations of interest. Cllr. Large declaired an interest in item 6 ( Heath Trustees)
Report by Dist Cllr D. Young
This year NCC’s funding for the Coasthopper has been reduced. As a result, fares have been increased by a further 7.5% and journeys along the coast are broken at Wells, requiring a change of buses and new tickets
Car parking charges. From 1 April 2013 holders of short-stay and long-stay season tickets will be able to use them in any council car park from 6pm to 11 pm.
A revised Discretionary Housing Policy. Central government’s funding for NNDC has been increased this year from £52k to £112k to provide some extra transitional relief where reduced housing benefit causes undue hardship that can be relieved by short term assistance.
The Big Society Fund for 1013/14 will be administered by NNDC in-house and not by Norfolk Community Foundation as previously. There will be two funds each of £225k: one for grants up to £15k and an “Enabling Fund” for larger grants and to assist in working up more complex projects,.
A new “Localism Board” comprising Cabinet members and officers is to be set up and processes established to handle applications under the Community Right to Challenge and the Community Right to Bid. Under the Right to Bid a community organisation can apply to nominate land or property, publicly or privately owned, as an “Asset of Community Value”. A successful nomination would last for 5 years If the asset is to be sold the community organisation would have a 6 month opportunity to arrange funding to enable it to bid for the purchase of the asset. During that 6 month period the owner is unable to sell it on the open market.
Appointment of three trustees to the Salthouse Heath Trust.
It was proposed by Cllr. Dawson that Mr. C. Large, Mr. C. Elsden and Mr. N. Featherstone should be appointed. This was seconded by Cllr. Johns and carried. The chairman wished them well.
To examine the accounts and approve the submission to the Auditors.
After discussion the chairman and \clerk signed the accounting statement and the meeting approved the annual governance statement which the chairman and clerk then signed.
Village Green Poles have been placed around the edge of the centre triangle and the grass is improving but this is not a longterm solution. More soil is needed in the centre and to build up the banks. These operations cannot be carried out until the autumn. A source of top soil is needed and Cllr. Harrod will contact Carl Bird to enquire if any is available.. There was a discussion on moving the bottle bank as there is broken glass around the base. The clerk is to contact Kier to have the broken galss cleared.
Flooding. The two flood wardens had a meeting at NNDC Cromer. More packs were ordered and it was proposed that a leaflet should be produced for all houses in the flood plain explaining the symbols. Cllr. Harrod will be taking delivery of four radios. More flood wardens are needed.
Correspondence. Planning decision Erection of a two storey dwelling on land at Purdy Street has been refused.
Renovation of detatched annex at Greenacres, Cross Street has been approved.
A map and public consultation notice showing the proposed development of land at Heath Farm Hempstead Road Holt.
Coasthopper bus service. The summer timetable for 2013 will start on 4th May. Due to losses last year the timetable has been reviewed and fares will be increased by an average of 7.5%
There were no public questions.
Matters for information only or the next agenda.
Agenda items, Bus stop and shelter
Grant to the village hall
There being no further business the chairman closed the meeting at 9.02pm