Parish Council Meeting 12th Sept 2016 – Minutes

MINUTES of the meeting of HONINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL held on Monday 12th September at 7pm in the Village Hall.

Present were Mr D Bishop (Chairman), Mr R Human, Mrs L Human, Mrs S Blyth and Mrs N Cargill.

Nine residents of the village also attended the meeting.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE were received from Mr S Steggles and Mr T Sapey


THE MINUTES of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed.


MATTERS ARISING from the Minutes. (a) a cheque for £645 has been received from East Tuddenham Parish Council, representing their share of the cost of refurbishing the War Memorial.

(b) work is proceeding on repairs found necessary following the inspection of the children’s playground by RoSPA. This work should be completed soon.


FINANCE. A cheque was signed to Mr E Perrett, for mower service, for £150.75.

Payment was made for equipment for the Bowls Club area:

Marker Cones   £37.47

Wheelbarrow    £59.94

Croquet set      £49.95

Crazy Golf set  £220.74

Payment for these was made to Mr D Bishop, a total of £368.10


PLANNING. A letter had been received from Broadland District Council, stating that the application for a change of use for the house at Merryhill had been approved.


HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS. The Clerk was asked to write to Broadland District Council about the state of the footpath that leads out of the village to the east, to the roundabout.


LEISURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS. Mr C Mattless reported that the Open Day at the Bowls Club area had been a great success, with good attendance and much positive feedback. A total of £198.50 had been raised from donations, and this was handed to the Parish Council at the meeting. The next event would possibly be a barbeque afternoon and evening. Decisions need to be made about the financing of future activities. It was reported that the History Day had also been a great success, with much interest shown by many people. Thanks were expressed to all the people who had worked hard to stage these two events.


VILLAGE HALL TOILETS. The Chairman raised this matter, saying that it seems that the present toilets in the Village Hall do not comply with the law. For the Hall’s capacity of 200 people, there should be four ladies’ toilets, a separate toilet for the disabled, and baby changing facilities. Mr J Norfolk of Building Plans, will draw up plans for a small extension to take new toilets. Mr E Perrett has offered up to £5000 from the old Bowls Club funds. A sub-committee will be formed with members of the Parish Council and the Village Hall Management Committee, to be chaired by Mrs L Human. Sources of finance, such as charities and various Grants will be investigated.


CORRESPONDENCE. A copy of Parish Pages was circulated.

A letter had been received from the Council for the Protection of Rural England, about new housing targets. This would be circulated for Parish Councillors to read.


ANY OTHER BUSINESS. The Clerk was asked to pursue the matter of the dog waste bin on Berrys Lane.

The Clerk was asked to write about the bin on the playground, which is not being emptied.

Mrs L Human has received an approach from a jazz group, seeking venues to play. The proposed financial arrangements need to be looked into and Mr R Human is pursuing this.


There being no further business, the Chairman closed the meeting.

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