Cllrs. S. Dawson (chairman) S. Johns. D. Harrod, C. Large, M. Turville-Petre.
Dist.Cllr. D. Young, PCSO G. Bridges, J. Sizer (National Trust) J. Stibbons (clerk) and nine members of the public.
The meeting was opened at 7.30pm
1. Apologies. Cllrs. N. Cary, County Cllr. M. Baker,
2. There were no declarations of interest.
3. The minutes of the meetings of 16th September 2014 and 30th September 2014, having been previously circulated, were approved by the members present and signed by the chairman.
4. There were no matters arising from the minutes.
Mr. John Sizer The National Trust are happy to support the Parish Council regarding the Beach Road car park. There is no straight forward solution but there is access to funding.
Initial meetings with Norfolk Coast Partnership, Highways local officer and Local PCSO was held on 17th September. Highways need to be helping in finding a solution. The issue of the Beach car park was raised at the Norfolk Coast Partnership meeting on 18th September.
The National Trust are working with the Environment Agency to produce and install temporary signage to reduce the number of vehicles driving onto the shingle.
Highways have installed a “ROAD AHEAD CLOSED” sign on the side of the road and also a “NO TURNING” sign on the A149 junction. Verges are deteriorating rapidly with the change in the weather.
A Salthouse Car Park working group needs to be defined. Correspondence to identify potential stakeholders and interested parties has been sent to Norfolk County Council and North Norfolk District Council. There is scope for various options to gain agreement for the way forward between the parties and organisations involved. There are five possible options. 1. Do nothing – unacceptable to local community and visitors.
2. Re-instate former car park – unacceptable to Environment Agency, National Trust and others. Likely to be a very short term fix and conflicts with the dynamics of the shingle ridge.
3. Re-locate the car park on the grazing marsh at Beach Road – likely to be unacceptable to Natural England and landowners. Would also be very expensive.
4. Re-locate car park away from Beach Road – very expensive and unlikely to meet the desires of visitors. This option would not solve the issues along Beach Road.
5. Formalise parking along Beach Road. This could be a viable option but would need design standards that meet Highway Authority obligations. This solution would require a strip of
land to the East of Beach Road which is within the National Trust freehold, although the land is leased. The West side of the road would need to be fenced.
Appointing a suitable Highways Authority contractor to come up with some options would seem the most efficient way forward. A response is awaited from Norfolk County Council.
Consent and permissions would also be needed from the Local Planning authority, Natural England, Environment Agency, the Highways Authority and relevant land owners.
A timescale will need to be determined and surveys carried out to support a planning application and mitigate impacts. Shingle movements and flood events will need to be monitored and recorded to identify the vulnerability and possible life span of the car park location.
A local village representative will be asked to log incidents and monitor the frequency of highway use to understand the capacity required.
Potential funding sources will need to be explored to ascertain what is available.
A National Trust, Salthouse web page will be developed and key information posted for visitors about lack of car parking and alternatives to reduce congestion issues.
A down-loadable walk based on arrival via Coasthopper bus will be published as an alternative to car parking.
Updates will be provided for the Parish Council and other working groups and social media will provide updates to the wider community when appropriate.
A link will also be placed on the Salthouse Parish Council web site.
David Young said the Norman Lamb had written to the District and County Councils on this issue. David would ask Norman Lamb to back up the National Trust.
Mr. Sizer left the meeting at 8pm
6. Co-option of new member. It was decided that as there will be an election next May the situation can be reviewed then, depending on the number of candidates.
7. Budgets Finance and Precept.
The accounts for the year to date showed the following –
Community a/c £4114.54. Playing Field a/c £3169.22 National Savings a/c £4562.47
The budget forecast for 2015/16 showed a deficit of £631, this included £500 to cover the cost of a Parish Council election (if more than seven parishioners decided to stand).
After considering the budget for 2015/16 it was proposed by Cllr. Dawson that the precept should be increased to £4250. This was seconded By Cllr. Johns and carried.
8. Planning Ref.PF/14/1368
Change of use of agricultural land to churchyard and creation of pedestrian access.
The parish council supported this application.
9. Village Green.
Posts are to be placed round the central village green. Committee members agreed to meet at the green on 19th November at 10am to finalise the details.
10. Play Area.
There was a discussion on play equipment. This will be placed on the agenda of the next meeting.
11. Web Site.
This should be back in operation be the end of December.
N.C.C. – notification of a rent review of the allotment land to be held in 2015.
13. Public Questions.
Q. Was the shingle bank monitored at the last high tide?
The bank is monitored weekly. The shingle is moving back.
It was noted that the green had been cut on the North side of the road which was a great improvement. It will be cut regularly next year.
Q. Can the Parish Council provide a Defribulator either at the telephone box or in the Dun Cow?
The cost would be about £2000. The money could be raised by a committee of all the village. It could be advertised in Link-Up.
14. Matters for information only.
It was noted that there appeared to be a water leak on the village green. A.W.A. and Highways are to be contacted.
There being no further business the chairman closed the meeting at 9.14pm