Present Cllrs. Dr. S. Dawson,(chairman) M. Turville-Petre, D. Harrod. J.Stibbons(clerk)
County Cllr. S. Botikofer Dist. Cllr. D. Young and three members of the public.
The meeting opened at 7.30pm
1. There were no apologies.
County Cllr. S. Botikofer. The agreed budget approved an increase in council tax on a band D property of almost £70, being made up of £39 for the County Council, £24 for the Police and £4.95 for the District council.
The budget calculates a saving of £30 million in the current year with a three year shortfall of £74 million.
The Coast Hopper service will not be cut. Sanders are campaigning to have bus passes valid in areas where they are issued. A small fee could be charged for other pass holders from outside the area.
Dist. Cllr. D. Young.
The Budget review identified an estimated surplus for the year 2019/20 of £224,000 with a possible deficit in 20/21 of £1.65m, increasing to £1.8m the following year.
The estimated surplus is to be allocated to local projects, including £33,000 to Community Transport, £100,000 as match-funding towards the cost of a roundabout at the top of Holway Road and £30,000 to keep public conveniences open during the winter months. A further £20,000 would be contributed towards Operation Moonshot, installing automatic number-plate recognition along roads used in the carrying out of marine crime along this part of the coast. The proposals also involved moving £2m from other reserves to set up a property investment company. This is to enable the Council to address directly the shortage of local housing, while at the same time creating an income stream for the Council.
The redevelopment of the Splash facility, costing over £10m, is likely to require NNDC to borrow around £5m. This will be the first time that NNDC has had to borrow since the transfer of its housing stock to Victory Housing in 2006.
The first draft of the new Local Plan, to cover the period up to 2036, is expected to be ready for consultation in the next month
A report from the Enforcement Board, which oversees the Combined Enforcement Team. was set up in 2016 and inherited a large backlog of planning enforcement cases. Its current caseload is just under 300 with around 170 cases closed and a similar number of new ones over the last 6 months. In the year to last October, the number of Long Term Empty properties was reduced by 121. Compulsory Purchase is a long and difficult legal process, much of the progress made is through informal means and encouragement to bring properties back into use.
I have spoken to Broadland Housing and NNDC regarding an update on the potential exception scheme for affordable housing in Market Lane. While the County Council has agreed to sell the land in principle, they are clearly very wary of selling at a price that is less than its worth. They have asked Broadland for a lot of information and detailed costings. This is causing Broadland some headaches because the site has considerable physical problems and the cost is difficult to fix with confidence. There is a chance of the Community Housing Fund helping to address any cost overrun, but this presupposes a community involvement that goes beyond what would be expected of the Parish Council by way of support for an exception scheme. I have mentioned the S106 moneys, that include £46,000 for Bard Hill Barns, which do not hinge on a community involvement. It is hoped that Broadland will be in a position to visit the PC at their meeting on May 7th.
By now residents may have heard that I will not be standing for re-election in May. Karen Ward is the current Councillor for the Glaven Valley Ward and will be standing for election to the new Coastal Ward covering parishes from Stiffkey to Weybourne.
The chairman and councillors thanked District Councillor Young for all his help over the years he has represented Salthouse.
3. There were no declarations of interest.
4. Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 8th January 2019.
It was proposed, seconded and resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 8th January 2019. be approved. The chairman then signed the minutes
5. There were no matters arising from the Minutes.
6. Heath Trust. There was no report for this meeting, it was anticipated that there will be a progress report for the Annual Parish Meeting to be held in May.
PF/19/0034 Manor Cottage, Cross Street, Salthouse, Holt, NR25 7XH
It was noted that this application was withdrawn on 26th February 2019
PF/19/0272 Cumfus Bottom, Purdy St. Extension of dwelling under existing cart shed (Retrospective).
The parish council had no objection to this application.
PF/18/1145 Erection of two storey detached dwelling at Purdy Street.
It was noted that this application was withdrawn on 12th March 2019
8. Playing Field and Telephone Box. The playing field is in a satisfactory condition but the defibrillator telephone is still not in working order. It should be operational in the near future.
9. Financial matters.
Bank Balances at 5/3//2019 Current a/c £7096.59 Savings a/c £4680.96
The following payments were approved and cheques signed:-
J. Stibbons Salary and expenses £526.29
HMRC PAYE £99.97
10. District and Parish Elections. To be held on 2nd. May.
The nomination papers for the members present were completed.
Carers Matter Norfolk. This item is to circulated.
12. Matters for information only.
It was reported that there had been a break-in to a garden shed.
It was reported that the house at Bard Hill was still for sale but Flagship Housing had refused to delay sale pending an attempt to maintain the property as affordable community housing.