Present Cllrs. Dr. S. Dawson,(chairman) C. Horwood, J. Wright. J.Stibbons(clerk)
Twelve members of the public
The meeting opened at 7.30pm
1. Apologies. County Cllr. E. Varney District Cllr. V. Holliday. Cllr. D. Harrod.
2. Declarations of interest. S. Dawson Item 11. Donations
3. There were no comments or questions on the agenda from members of the public.
The chairman reported that Dr. N. Cary had offered to join the parish council to fill one of the three vacancies for councillors. It was agreed to co-opt Dr. Cary. The necessary forms to be completed at the next meeting.
Dist Cllr. V. Holliday. A written report from was read to the meeting.
The maintenance of sea defences and beach accesses has continued throughout the summer
There are currently 40 households in temporary accommodation in North Norfolk. NNDC has bought 4 properties for rough sleepers and is looking to buy housing for temporary accommodation. We expect to build 183 affordable homes this year: this number includes the 66 with care in Fakenham. There are 2638 households on NNDC’s housing list and in the first half of this year 137 households have secured social housing.
The Reef pool and leisure complex is opening imminently.
Self referral to Social Prescribing is now live, so call 01263516353 for help with issues such as loneliness, finances, or looking after yourself or your home (brochure attached).
NNDC has signed its own armed forces covenant pledge identifying actions NNDC will take as an employer and community leader to show gratitude to, support for and commitment to the armed forces community in North Norfolk.
NNDC is the winner of the Digital Finance Project of the Year for its exemplary work in disbursing £126 million of COVID support grants to businesses, and has been awarded £760,000 of additional funding supporting business recovery, business digitalisation, Visit North Norfolk and care sector workforce support. You will be glad to hear Visit North Norfolk’s campaign for September/October is how to enjoy our beautiful countryside and coast without a car!
NNDC is developing a Carbon Strategy and Action Plan to scope reduction in emissions over next year, and has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2030. Issues with waste collection which have affected many are hopefully being remedied. NNDC expects to see 40,000 trees planted, starting in the autumn.
Planning performance is below target for minor applications but we have a new Director of Planning who has developed an Action Plan to work on this. Part of the problem is that Planning Officers have large workloads. Planning applications are up, and the building sector has been busy with 480 new homes built last year. The Local Plan, which will guide development decisions in North Norfolk till 2036, will soon be out for consultation so don’t miss your chance to comment. The new web pages for reporting of enforcement complaints should now be live.
Food waste will be collected from 2023 onwards.’
CLEY Catchwater Drain between CLEY Catchwater Sluice and the Glaven has been de-silted.
One of the EEAST Rapid Response Vehicles will be deployed as a three month trial into Fakenham, which gives better coverage of our coastal villages. The North Norfolk Ambulance Response Working Group is also working with the Clinical Commissioning Group on messaging as to how best access emergent care in the winter, and hopefully on recruiting new community first responders.
It was noted that discussions on the Phone mast were still in progress and Duncan Baker M.P. was involved.
County Cllr. E. Varney
Chances, a £4.9m Norfolk County Council project, co-funded by the European Social Fund, is reaching out to people in Norfolk who have recently lost their jobs or are long-term unemployed who may face barriers to finding work. It aims to help them get back into employment through new opportunities for support and training.
Launched in April 2021, the project has already supported nearly 300 participants on their journey to find employment.
The Norfolk County Council-led Chances for Work and Chances Healthy Living projects are being run by partners Voluntary Norfolk, Citizens Advice Norfolk, Citizens Advice Diss, Thetford and District, and Future Projects. There are local advocates based in each of the seven Norfolk district areas, who work to provide personalised one-to-one support.
Depending on the needs of the individual, the support could include help to identify skills gaps and finding suitable training and qualifications, support to access services to boost health and well-being, or finding ways to overcome barriers such as transport or accessing childcare. Support for those with physical or learning disabilities could also include providing help to access services, or assistance from a mental health specialist or disability support specialist who will be working closely with the Chances team.
The project which officially started in April 2021 will run until September 2023.
Individuals who are keen to find out more are welcome to contact the project team directly – for contact details and further information see www.norfolk.gov.uk/chances
5. The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 14th September 2021.were approved by the members present and signed by the chairman.
6. There were no matters arising from the Minutes.
7. To appoint three Trustees to the Salthouse Heath Trust.
As stated previously the Parish Council has ultimate responsibility for protecting the heath.
There are now two strands to this– protecting the heath for the village to use as an amenity and secondly to try and restore the habitat of the heath. The latter is being funded by Natural England by the giving of grant money. A ‘prescription’ is given by them for the work recommended to be done.
The Parish Council have met with the Heath Trustees and a way forward has been found.
The Parish Council will appoint the first three Heath Trustees but also one member of the Parish Council (either Chair or Vice Chair ) will be appointed . The Parish Council trustee will act as liaison between Parish Council and the Heath Trustees and also with the village . Any future questions about the heath, heath management etc. should be addressed to him or her .
The four Parish Council appointees will then appoint the remainder of the Heath Trustees.
The Heath trustees will continue to have an annual public meeting in Sept or October.
Annual accounts will be presented at this meeting after scrutiny by an independent auditor.
The meetings will take place in the village hall (neutral space) which is sensible as the Heath Trustees paperwork is there.
Minutes of the meetings will be taken.
A new Constitution will be drawn up following consultation between the Heath Trustees and the Parish Council.
The Parish Council therefore appoints the following:
Colin Horwood (Parish Council)
8. Marl Pit. Approximately 20% of the plants are cleared. During the winter it is intended to clear the overhanging branches and allow the sunlight in. This should help the water to clear.
9. Planning There were no planning applications to consider at this meeting
10. Financial matters.
The provisional budget for 2022/23 was discussed and approved. It was proposed by Cllr. Dawson that the precept for 2022/2023 should be set at £5400. This was seconded by Cllr. Horwood and approved.
The Bank Balances at 9/11/2021 was Current a/c £7850.08 Savings a/c £4752.63
The following invoices were approved for payment:-
N.C.C. Rents £1190 (allotments half year £1140 Playing field £40)
J. Stibbons Salary and expenses £632.92
HMRC PAYE £124.80
J. Wright Grass cutting £510
11. Donations. It was proposed by Cllr. Horwood that a donation of £250 should be given to the village hall to help with insurance costs. This was seconded by Cllr. Wright and approved.
12. Speed Signs. There was nothing to report on this item at present
13. Playing Field. The damaged seat has been repaired.
14 Correspondence. A letter from Mr. Turville-Peter
Dear Parish Councillors
I believe the village benefits considerably by the children who currently make up a large part of its residential population. Without them, the village would be greatly the poorer for it would become simply a dormitory for the older and retired. I believe residents and visitors alike benefit from a vibrant and divers living community of which young families and their children are an essential part. In recognition of their importance I would like to suggest a fund is created for the benefit of children who live in the village to promote their welfare and education. The fund might be supported by donations and general fundraising in the village and managed by the parish council as a separate fund.
Monies might be granted to individuals or groups for the general benefit of children and young people for their general welfare/education.
I appreciate that this is a somewhat hazy idea but would like the council and villagers generally to consider it and perhaps build on it
Councillors agreed that a meeting should be arranged to from a committee and progress the idea further.
15. Matters for information or the next agenda.
The meeting was informed that three CCTV cameras were being installed at Corner Cottage. One directed to the back of the cottage overlooking neighbouring properties the second directed at Purdy Street and the third overlooking the bus shelter. The parish council does not sup[port the filming of public spaces especially the bus shelter where school children wait for the bus.
The parish council are to write to the owner of Corner Cottage expressing their concerns.
Both sets of signs in Beach Road have been destroyed. Toilets have been emptied in the ditch beside the road.
A letter is to be sent to North Norfolk District Council with asking for action to be taken to prevent a repeat of these problems in future. Copies to be sent to Norfolk County Council (Highways) National Trust, Environment Agency and Norfolk Wildlife Trust
There was a general discussion on the re-wilding of the North part of the village green.
A clear plan was needed for the aims going forward.
There being no further business the chairman closed the meeting at 8.49pm