Cllrs. S. Dawson (chairman) N. Cary, D. Harrod. C. Large, M. Turville-Petre.
In attendance Three members of the public.
The meeting was opened at 7.01pm
Apologies. Cllr. S. Johns. County Cllr. M. Baker, Dist. Cllr. D.Young, PCSO G. Bridges.
1. Election of Chairman.
It was proposed by Cllr. Cary that Cllr. Dawson be elected for a further year. This was seconded by Cllr. Large and confirmed by the members.
Cllr. Dawson then signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.
2. Declarations of interest. None
3. Minutes of the meeting of 4th March 2014.
It was proposed by Cllr. Dawson that the minutes of the meeting of 4th March 2014 be approved This was seconded by Cllr. Harrod and agreed by the members present. The minutes were then signed by the chairman.
4. Matters arising from the minutes.
Flood update. The Environment Agency have stated that thebreaches in the shingle bank are repairing themselves. The shingle covering the Beach car park is the foundation for the new shingle bank at that point. They do not wish any of the shingle there to be removed The National Trust accept some responsibility about loss of the car park and are meeting to discuss. Currently there is serious problems with parking at Beach Road with cars getting stuck in the shingle, difficulty turning around etc. Highways have been contacted to improve the signage. All relevant agencies are aware of the problem.
The fence has been moved back in places by N.W.T. but this has made access to the beach more difficult where this has occurred. The chairman and Andrew Wigley (flood warden) are trying to map ownership of the land.
The Environment Agency are only responsible for the upkeep of the main river up to the start of the Duck Pond and Middle Cut up to beach Road. Everything else is the responsibility of the owners of the land adjacent. The Duck Pond is full of weed, reeds from the flood and is very messy. Quotations are being sought by the Parish Council to have the pond cleared. It was suggested that this could be funded from the Salthouse Flood Fund of which the Parish Council are Trustees.
The bridge near the duck pond is collapsing and the sluice at Beach Road is completely blocked. Highways will remove rotting weeds at the edge of the main road by the Dolls House.
Kier have removed three wheelie bins and other rubbish for Environmental Health. They are not planning any other rubbish clearance.
Written reports (copies attached) were read from County Councillor M. Baker and District Councillor D. Young.
6. Financial Matters.
The statements of accounts for submission to the district auditors for the year April 2013 to end of March 2014 were examined and approved by the council. Section one and two were signed by the chairman and responsible financial officer.
7. Village Green.
One quotation to raise the level and move the seat to give more room for parking was for £5000.
Leaving the telegraph poles in place indefinately was not a solution. The plan should be for a gradual improvement over a number of years. A barrier is needed at the Bard Hill end to prevent flooding from run-off. It is hoped there will be other suggestions at the Annual Parish Meeting in one weeks time.
Further correspondence has come from Mrs T. Wincote concerning the placement of a memorial bench on the gren. It was agreed to meet Mrs. Wincote on site when details of the specification should be at hand.
8. Play Area.
There is to be a meeting later this week with the housing association to discuss a possible grant.
Fencing is not yet in place
A letter from the PCC thanking the parish council for their donation towards the new burial ground.
10. Matters for information only or for the next agenda.
It was asked if consideration should be given to producing a parish plan.
There being no further business the chairman closd the meeting at 8.26pm.
Notes for Chairmans report to Salthouse Annual Parish Meeting May 2014.
The Parish Council appointed three trustees to the Salthouse heath trust at the beginning of this year
Poles have been placed round the edges of the triangle on the village green. It was decided that more soil was needed to raise the cente of this part of the green to stop flooding. Quotations were received for the raising and leveling of the green but these have proved to be too expensive. The total cost could be over £5000. Letters of support from residents have been received for the measures taken so far. There have also been some letters of complaint, however these were nearly all from visitors living well outside the area.
Since the December flood the poles have been replaced and more firmly secured to the anchor posts
The flood wardens have attended meetings at NNDC. Packs giving advice on actions to take during possible flooding have been ordered for distribution to housaeholds.
The flood wardens have now been equiped with two-way radios.
Following the tidal surge in December Mr. Steve Hayman of the Environment Agency adressed the Parish Council meeting in January. The EA are carrying out an assesment of the shingle bank during the winter and a decission will be made on future action later in the year. It appears probable that the shingle bank will gradually roll back and the marshes become more saline.
Subsidies for the Coast Hopper are to be phased out over the coming year.
Norfolk Green is being sold to Stagecoach.
Enquiries were made to see if it was feasable to have a bus shelter at the bottom of Cross Street.
I would like to thank Mr. Turville-Petre fore producing an excellent web site for the Parish Council.
All minutes, agendas and other information concerning the village will be published. The site can be found at www.salthouseparishcouncil.org
The playing field has been greatly improved, thanks to the work of Mr. Turville-Petre and Mr. ??The gress has been cut and the access improved. It is hoped to provide goal posts in the near future.
The play area is to be fenced during the coming year.