Minutes of Honingham Parish Council 13th March 2017

MINUTES of the meeting of Honingham Parish Council held on Monday 13th. March 2017, at 7 pm in the Village Hall.


PRESENT were Mr D Bishop (Chairman), Mr T Sapey, Mr R Human, Mrs L Human, Mrs N Cargill and Mrs S Blyth.  14 residents of the village also attended the meeting.


APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE were received from Mr S Steggles.


THE MINUTES of the previous meeting were read, approved (with one minor amendment) and signed.


MATTERS ARISING from the Minutes. (a) An exhibition and presentation about the proposed dualling of the A47 will be held in the Village Hall on April 6th, from 3 to 8pm.

(b) The Clerk had ascertained that the Parish Council’s insurance policy does not cover the Village Hall.  It was decided that this would be discussed at a meeting of the Village Hall committee.

(c) M r J Skipper has handed the running of the litter-picking teams over to Mrs N Cargill.


There were no items under the headings of FINANCE or PLANNING.


HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS.   Mr Henry Alston had requested plans showing the section of hedge on the Mattishall road that needed to be removed.  These plans had been prepared, and the Clerk would send them to Mr Alston.

Mr Human reported on a meeting at Weston Longville about the Northern Distributor Road and its link to the A47.  He distributed documents detailing the principles and concerns being considered by the consultants, Mouchel.  Mr and Mrs Human and Mr Bishop were planning to attend a further meeting on March 14th.

Mr Ray Grant had been to a meeting about the A47 dualling, and had leaflets showing the four possible routes between Easton and North Tuddenham.  The Council spent some time examining these, and there was discussion about the implications.  Points of view have to be expressed before March 21st.


LEISURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS.  Mr and Mrs Sapey have cut the grass on the bowling green.


THE AILWYN CUP. Three names had been proposed for the next recipient.  The Parish Council voted, and a decision was reached.


ANY OTHER BUSINESS.  (a)  Mrs Human reported on discussions about the new Village Hall toilet scheme.  The cheapest estimate was now in the region of £32,000.  It has been decided to try to raise at least £20,000 from grants.  All options for fundraising were being looked at.

(b) Mrs Human has received an email from Mrs June Carter, saying that 7 people at the bottom of Colton Road have no landline phone connection.   BT have stated that this is due to trees in the garden of The Old Pightle.  The Clerk was asked to write to Mr and Mrs Brookes about this.

(c)Mr Sapey mentioned the triangle of land in the corner of the field at the extreme west end of the village.   He felt there was a possibility that this land might become used by travellers, and he suggested that it could be planted with trees.  The Clerk was asked to mention this in his communications with Mr Henry Alston.

(d) The village is due to have the Speed Awareness Signs again in June.


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

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