In attendance District Cllr. D. Young. Mr. E. Stocker (NCC High Level Stewardship Scheme) and four members of the public.
Apologies. Cllrs. N. Cary. S. Johns & PCSO G. Bridges
The meeting was opened at 7.31pm
Mr. C. Large, having offered himself as a parish councillor, was duly co-opted by the members present. He then signed the acceptance of office.
Minutes. The minutes of the meeting held on 8th January 2013 were approved by the members and signed by the chairman.
Matters arising from the minutes. Cllr. Harrod reported that the radio tests had been carried out and everything worked well and was satisfactory. There are two flood wardens at present but more are needed.
It was proposed by the chairman that money from the sea defence fund should be allocated to buy four radios, as one would be needed at the village hall in an emergency. This was seconded by Cllr. Large and carried.
Declarations of interest None
Mr.Ed. Stocker The High Level Stewardship scheme is a ten year agreement for the basic management of the Heath. This runs until 2017. If the trustees get Involved there could be more money available. Small areas could be fenced. There is already a small temporary area fenced off to protect Nightingales. The main work at present is to control birch and bracken. The grant money for this is paid by Norfolk County Council. The fences already in place are the property of The Trustees but there should be a follow on agreement. There is a problem with trees bring cut down.
Deer are also a problem but they can be controlled by fencing.
The heath has open access but the trustees can close certain areas for limited periods.
Mr. Stocker will have a site meeting with the trustees, parish council and other interested parties later in the year.
Natural England has absolute say on what is to be carried out by Norfolk County Council
The chairman thanked Mr. Stocker for his very helpful and informative presentation.
Mr. Stocker can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by telephone on 01603 222218
There were no calls to the police during the previous eight weeks.
The next mobile police visit is on 29th March.
Dist. Cllr. D. Young.
Full Council in January approved the terms of the revised system of Council Tax Support. All those receiving support of working age will pay 8.5% of the full council tax assessment on top of anything they already pay. For a Band D property, this is about an extra £130. This is bound to be a shock to many of those families who have not had to pay anything before. The original proposals that went out to consultation envisaged an extra 30%. The reduction to 8.5% is funded largely by a one-off government grant, a 50% premium charged on properties empty for 2 years, and a reduction in the second home discount from 10% to 5%.
Full Council in February approved the budget for the year. There will be no increase in NNDC's council tax charge. It is understood that the County Council's charge (some 75% of the total) is also being held though the Police and Crime Commissioner is to increase its precept by just under 2%. In view of uncertainties in the localisation of business rates and council tax support, the amount deemed necessary to hold in the unallocated General Reserve is being increased from £900,000 to £1.6m. There is also some £5m of earmarked reserves and these need to be reviewed to see if they are all necessary.
NNDC is participating in the "Big Switch and Save" exercise in which a number of councils are collecting potential switchers to their gas and/or electricity supply to help with costs. Households can register their interest on-line, without commitment, by 29th March.
Councillors received a preliminary briefing on the probable introduction of a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) later this year. This seeks to recover the cost of increased infrastructure necessitated by housing development. Currently major developments are subject to "Section 106 agreements" which achieve the same purpose. These are to be subject to restrictions since central government favours the CIL, which will apply to all developments over 100m2. It will be necessary to avoid discouraging house building and there is likely to be some trade-off between the CIL and the percentage of affordable housing. The relevant Parish Council will be given 15% of any CIL received. This is to be paid by instalments. Details at this point are fairly sketchy.
Appointment of three trustees to the Salthouse Heath Trust.
It was agreed to make these appointments at the May meeting of the parish council.
Application Ref. PF/12/1445 Amended proposal for erection of two-storey dwelling on land at Purdy Street, Salthouse.
Mr. Waters, a resident in the parish and a strong objector to the application was invited to speak.
“The footprint has been moved three meters to the North East. This is in a conservation area and an AONB. And does not fit in with the development plan for the area. Access would need to be improved which would mean the demolition of an old flint wall. The building would restrict the views and the colour would be very visible and out of character.
An application on this site was rejected in 2009”
Dis. Cllr. Young The plot is regarded as countryside so the application is likely to go to committee.
Three members of the Parish Council expressed concern regarding the impact of such a large development, especially in regard to the height.
A site meeting was called by Coast Hopper and was attended by members of the parish council, the Police and Highways.
Mr. Coulson of Coast Hoppers said that unless a suitable solution could be found to parking near the village green bus shelter, buses would not stop there in future.
The Police can only enforce Parking if it causes an obstruction.
Highways will not put yellow lines but could put a white line on the corner.
The village green is an ongoing project needing further discussion.
It was agreed that temporary barriers (telegraph poles) would be put round the green. They can be moved when the centre is to be built up and banks raised. This can be carried out without planning permission.
A letter from Mr. Bowskill asking for the contact details for the landowner of the fields that the path from Salthouse Green to Snipes Marsh runs over.
The committee suggested he contact Mr. Liam Sheridan.
Matters for information.
It was reported by Cllr.Turville-Petre that the web site is under construction.
It was propsed by the chairmen that Cllr. Turville-Petre should become a cheque signatory this was seconded by Cllr. Johns and approved.
There being no further business the chairman closed the meeting at 8.47pm