Present Cllrs. Dr. S. Dawson,(chairman) M. Turville-Petre,D. Harrod,C. Large,
Dist. Cllrs. D. Young and four members of the public. J.Stibbons(clerk)
The meeting opened at 7.30 pm
1. Apologies There were no apologies
2. Declarations of Interest None
3. The Minutes of the meeting held on 12th September 2017, having been previously circulated, it was agreed by the members that these were a true and accurate record of that meeting. The chairman then signed the minutes.
4. Matters arising from the minutes None.
5. Reports From Police, District and County Councillors
Annual Accounts for 2016/17. Total Usable Reserves amount to £28.9m
A banded mechanism to alleviate the effects of substantial increases in business rates due to the recent revaluation will run off over a period of 4 years.
Cabinet recently considered its medium term financial strategy. The government has back-tracked on its intention that councils retain 100% of revenue from Business Rates, to offset the reduction in councils' direct government funding. All Norfolk councils have applied to be part of a pilot scheme for 100% retention. The New Homes Bonus no longer applies to all new builds and its payment period is reducing from 6 years to 4. The revenue from the NHB is estimated to reduce from £1.15m in 2018/19 to £0.76m in 2020/21. The County Council's return to NNDC of additional council tax from second homes is reducing from £564k in 2017/18 to £269k in 18/19 and will cease in 19/20. The revised forecast indicates break-even in 18/19; a deficit of £1.2m in 19/20 increasing to £2.3m in 21/22. These losses could be addressed in part by increasing Council Tax by £5 pa (Band D) each year, the maximum permitted without a local referendum, and would raise £0.8m by 20/21. Total revenue Reserves are still anticipated to be over £19m by 1 April 2020.
Recent press releases from the District Council include the following:
An invitation to bid for a contract to review 5 Conservation Areas around the
Glaven Valley leading to the development of a Management Plan (Cost
Encouragement to small businesses to bid for concession pitches.
The revamp of Splash! Is recommended to be financed in part by using
adjacent council land for a hotel.
A further £0.5m funding obtained, bringing the total so far to £1.6m towards
the sandscaping project to protect Bacton and Walcott from coastal erosion.
A bid for £1m from the LEP is under way but the total funding required has
been estimated at £4.8-7m.
It has been decided not to sell a car park in Fakenham but charges will be introduced.
6. Allotments Notice has been served by NPS (landlords of the allotments) that a rent review will take place in October 2018
7. Salthouse Heath The public meeting held on 29th October was very successful with a good attendance. A letter from the Chairman to the Heath Trustees was read to the meeting (full copy attached) offering help with administration.
The re-appointment of Trustees nominated by the parish council will be made at the January 2018 meeting.
8. Financial Matters.
Current account Balances at 14/11/17 £8099.70
Budget 2018-19 After discussion, it was proposed by the Chairman that the
budget for 2018-19, as presented to the meeting, should be adopted. This was
seconded by Cllr. Harrod and approved. This included approval to set the precept at
£5000 for the coming year.
The following invoices were approved for payment.
NCC Rents (allotment and playing field) £1040
J. Wright Grass cutting £200
Village Hall Grant £200
9. Beach Road For discussion at a later date
10. CORRESPONDENCE - None
11. Matters for information only or for the next agenda.The water level on the marshes has been raised to encourage waders. Flood water is starting to cause a problem.. Norfolk Wildlife Trust are to be contacted and invited to a meeting.
Church Lane footpath is still very restricted at the Bard Hill end by a large barrier to enable building work at the barn conversion and it is not possible to get a pushchair through. Also the ground has become very wet, it is now uneven and difficult to walk on. County Council are to be contacted to have the barrier moved back to avoid restriction.
There being no further business the chairman closed the meeting at 8.39pm.