MINUTES of the Meeting of Honingham Parish Council held on Monday 20th. Februry 2017, at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall.
PRESENT were Mr D Bishop (Chairman), Mr T Sapey, Mr S Steggles, Mrs S Blyth, Mrs N Cargill and Mr and Mrs R Human. There were no apologies for absence. 16 residents of the village also attended the meeting.
THE MINUTES of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING from the minutes. People from Highways England have contacted Mr R Grant to see whether the Village Hall would be suitable for the planned exhibition about the proposed dualling of the A47. They visited the hall and filled in forms.
CODE OF CONDUCT COMPLAINT. Mr Bishop stated that he had been the subject of a Code of Conduct complaint, following remarks made at the last meeting. The matter was dealt with by Mr Thrower at Broadland District Council. Mr Bishop read a letter he had written to Mr Thrower, and the Clerk then read a letter from Mr Thrower, which summarised the entire procedure, and concluded that no breach of the Code of Conduct had taken place. This letter is appended and forms part of the minutes of this meeting. Mr Bishop emphasised that he would not be apologising to anyone. The Council resolved that no further action would be taken, and from the floor Mr J Skipper proposed a Vote of Confidence in the Chairman, which was greeted by a round of applause.
FINANCE. A cheque for £300 was signed to Anglia Electrical, for work on the reconnection of the Bowls Club electricity supply.
A cheque fpr £136.01 was signed to E.on energy, for Bowls Club electricity.
There were no PLANNING matters for this meeting.
HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS: hedge cutting. The Clerk had not been able to contact Mr Rampton about the possibility of removing some of the hedge on the Mattishall Road. It was requested that Mr Henry Alston be approached again.
There were no LEISURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL matters for this meeting.
THE AILWYN CUP. The Clerk reminded the meeting that this award was once again approaching, and invited suggestions for the next recipient.
CORRESPONDENCE. More material had been received about the offshore windfarm project.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS. The Chairman introduced Ruth Goodall, who is standing for election to the County Council, as Mr James Joyce is standing down. Ms Goodall then spoke briefly, outlining her background .
Quotations are still being awaited for the work on the new Village Hall toilets.
Mrs S Byth is working on Bowls Club curtains.
Mr Ray Roberts, who lives next to the Red Barn, asked why Honingham Parish Council had expressed support for the Food Hub on Broadland District Council’s website. He was assured that the Council had not posted any such message, and the Clerk was asked to see about getting this removed. Mr Human summarised the Council’s view of the Food Hub, which at this stage was broadly supportive, but ooen-minded.
There being no further business, the Chairman closed the meeting.