In attendance District Cllr. D. Young. WPC G. Bridges and six members of the public.
Apologies. County. Cllr. J. Perry-Warnes, Cllr. N. Cary.
The meeting was opened at 7.31pm
Report by Dist. Cllr. D. Young.
Following the death of Keith Johnson, the new Leader of the District Council is Tom Fitzpatrick, the Member for Walsingham. Ill-health has caused John Perry-Warnes to stand down as Chairman, though he retains his positions as District and County Councillor.
The government has reversed its earlier decision to operate a separate council tax base for parishes in order to avoid an increased charge per household due to the implementation of the new system of Council Tax Benefit. In order to keep the charge per household the same in 2013/14, the government has provided some grant funds and NNDC is making up the difference. Parishes need to lower their precept claim to allow for that part of their funds that will be met by the grant. The position in following years is currently unclear.
The Dept of Health has made funds available to Norfolk under its "Warm and Well" programme for vulnerable residents over this winter. Funding is available for low-level insulation measures, such as draught excluders, chimney balloons and lagging and for emergency boiler repairs. NNDC can also make temporary loans of electric heaters. NNDC's Housing Services can be contacted on 01263 516315 for further details.
Dist Cllr. Young left the meeting at 7.43pm.
There followed a presentation by Mr. A. Hudson of the proposed house he wished to build on land off Purdy Street.
The design was very modern in character, the outside walls being lime-washed and pebble dashed with shells. Roof tiles were to be terra cotta.
If necessary the wall on the roadside will be repaired in keeping with its existing construction.
It was commented by a member of the public that this design was not traditional to Salthouse and completely out of character.
As the formal planning application was not received in time to be included in the agenda this item will be discussed in item 8. (correspondence).
Report by PCSO Gillian Bridges.
There were three calls to the police during the period November to January. One was a domestic dispute, one was a lost dog and the other was a seal on the beach.
One crime was reported where a throttle cable was cut on a motorcycle.
An update on crime can be found on the Police web site.
Parished are being patrolled on a regular basis and the number of surgeries are increasing.
PCSO Bridges left the meeting at 8.25
1. Approval of minutes of the meeting of 11th December 2012.
It was noted that Mrs. Johns had been co-opted at the meeting 9th October 2012 not at the meeting of 11th December as stated in the minutes.This was duly amended and initialled by the chairman and clerk.
The minutes were then approved as correct and signed by the chairman.
2. Matters arising from the minutes.
Item 8. Cllrs.D. Harrod, S. Johns and M Turville-Petrie reported that they had met Mrs. Kleeman at Manor Cottage to discuss the small area of land on the village hall car park. She would like to rent this small area to extend her garden.
The meeting decided not to rent any land, but shrubs could be planted on the boundary and a fence erected.
3 Declarations of interest. None
4. Reports See above
Due to a change in funding , part of the precept (£323) will be paid by NNDC as a grant, this arrangement being for the 2013/14 financial year only. A new precept demand for £3677 was then signed. Thus giving a total income for the year of £4000.
6. Village Green.
It was noted that signs advertising the Public Meeting on 22nd January to discuss improvements to the green had been posted.
Cllr. Harrod (flood warden) attended a meeting at NNDC Cromer where it was suggested that a pair of two-way radios would be beneficial. The cost would be £149 of which some of which could be grant aided.
It was decided to have test to see if reception was adequate before purchasing the radios.
A planning application received after the agenda was published was discussed in this item.
Appl. No. PF/12/1445 Erection of two-storey dwelling at Bard Hill Cottage, Purdy Street, Salthouse
After discussing the plans and taking into account observations from the presentation it was proposed by Cllr. Dawson that the plans should be approved, this was seconded by Cllr. Harrod.
Cllr. Johns strongly opposed the application feeling it was completely out of character with Salthouse.
On a vote of three in favour and one against the application was approved by the Parish Council.
NNDC – Letter of approval for the installation of front dormer windows and timber cladding to garage and erection of a raised platform at 6, Bloomstiles, Salthouse.
9. Questions from members of the public.
· Cllr. Turville-Petre has produced a computer aided view of the green showing a small single bar wooden rail.
It was asked who owned the road opposite the bus shelter as this is part of the green. Highway had said that they maintained the carriageway but it remained part of the green. This is to be clarified with highways.
One of the first operations is to raise the centre of the green with more soil to aviod flooding. As this is in a conservation area a letter is to be sent to NNDC asking for permission.
· Names of the Heath Trustees are not known but the Parish Council is required to appoint three trustees every fourth year. The last appointments were made in 2009.
· Cllr. Turville-Petre is to set up a new web site.
There being no further business the chairman closed the meeting at 9.55pm
The next parish council meeting will be on Tuesday 12th March.