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Minutes of the Meeting of Honingham Parish Council 20.02.17

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.

Minutes of Honingham Parish Council held 9th Jan 2017

MINUTES of the meeting of Honingham Parish Council held on Monday 9th. January 2017, at7.00 pm in the Village Hall.

PRESENT were Mr D Bishop (Chairman), Mr and Mrs R Human, Mrs N Cargill, Mrs S Blyth and Mr T Sapey.  17 residents of the village also attended the meeting.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE were received from Mr S Steggles.

The Chairman began the meeting by welcoming Mr Nick Atkinson, who is working for the design consultants who are concerned with the development of the A47.   Mr Atkinson then addressed the meeting.

He said that his role was to talk to people at this stage, and gather opinions and thoughts about the possibilities for the dualling of the A47.  A statutory consultation will follow, when more input from local people will be possible.  Finally, it will all be put to the government minister, who will make the final decision about the route.  The consultation will take place during the first half of 2017, with a possible exhibition of maps and plans and information in April, probably in Honingham Village Hall.  There will probably be four options for the route. He stressed that this was just the first stage of consultation, and that there will be many opportunities for voices to be heard. He invited questions from the members of the Parish Council and the residents who were at the meeting.

Will consideration be given to the links with the NDR and the proposed Food Hub?  Yes, all these things will be factored in to the debate, and the implications considered.

What will the four options be? There are no constraints on the routes, so some options may go north of the existing road, and some south, or a mixture of the two.

Will the Church be cut off from the village?   The general principle is that the existing road should be kept in use for 90% of the building time.  This will enable the Church to be served.  Its final situation relative to the village can only be known once the final route is established.

Will village landowners be affected by a possible southern route? All considerations have to be looked at, but it is too early to answer this question.  Do not read too much into the fact that some land in the village has been surveyed – these surveys are being carried out over a huge area.

Is the funding for this project definitely settled?  In the end it will be a political decision, so there is always the remote possibility that it will be cancelled at the last minute.

Is compulsory purchase still used?  Yes, but as a last resort. It is always better to negotiate these matters.

Will the surveyors and contractors be using the latest technology, such as drones, to obtain accurate results?  Yes indeed.  It will be a very detailed survey.

Will this be of any help in improving the bus service to the village?  It will depend on the route, but this will be a point worth making.

If everything falls into place, what is the earliest that work can start?  The start date may be the middle of 2020, with the work taking about 2 years.

The Chairman then thanked Mr Atkinson for his valuable contribution to the meeting, and the rest of the Agenda followed.

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

There were no MATTERS ARISING.

FINANCE.  Some further discussion followed about the Parish precept for 2017-8.  It was decided that the final figure would be £5000.

Two cheques were agreed and signed: to Building Plans Ltd, for plans for the proposed Village Hall extension – £360.

Clerk’s salary for 2016 – £450.

PLANNING.  Several members of the Parish Council had attended a meeting with Mr Ian Alston, at which he had presented his plans for the Food Hub.  The general impression gained had been favourable, though the increase in lorry traffic was an issue.  Mr Alston had said that  lorries would not be allowed through the villages, and alternative access roads would be built.  The Chairman, drawing on his experience in the transport business, said that a lorry driver under pressure would not always respect regulations, and that some foreign drivers might not be familiar with local rules.

The possibility of houses on the field below Fellowes Road was discussed, but no planning applications had been received yet, and it seemed unlikely at the moment that any planning permissions would be granted.

HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS.  The Highway Rangers would be visiting the parish, and the Clerk was asked to mention the missing road sign at the west end of the village, the pavement between Tud Lane and No. 8, the vegetation encroaching on the footpath towards the Church and the poor drainage and consequent puddle on the road by the bridge.

LEISURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS.   Mr Human spoke about getting the roadside hedges on the Mattishall road cut.  He had met with Mr Ian Alston, who had offered to do the work for free, but who needed the permission of the landowner, especially as about 15 metres of hedge needed to be removed.  Neither Mr Human nor the Clerk had had a response from Mr Henry Alston, who acted for Mr Rampton in these matters.  The Clerk was asked to write directly to Mr Rampton about this.

The Clerk had received electricity bills relating to the Bowl Club.  Mr Perrett said that nothing was owed, and the Clerk was asked to query the bills.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS.  Mr Human said that tickets were selling fairly well for the Jazz Evening on January 14th.    Mrs Human said that a large advertising structure at the new roundabout ought to be removed, and the Clerk was asked to follow this up.

THE NEXT MEETING was fixed for February 13th. 2017

Parish Council Minutes 12th December 2016

MINUTES of the meeting of Honingham Parish Council held on Monday 12th.December 2016, at 7 pm in the Village Hall.

PRESENT were Mr D Bishop (Chairman), Mr and Mrs R Human, Mr T Sapey, Mrs S Blyth, Mrs N Cargill and Mr S Steggles. There were no apologies for absence.

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

MATTERS ARISING:  The meeting arranged with Mr Ian Alston will be on 19th.Dec at 7pm, at Honingham Thorpe Farm.

In response to the Clerk’s note about cutting the hedge at the bottom on Colton Road, Mr Brooks had sent a message agreeing to do this, but mentioning the various wildlife protection factors that he was taking into consideration.

There had been no response to Mr Human’s letter about cutting the other roadside hedges in the village, and the Clerk was asked to write to Mr Henry Alston about this.

FINANCE.  The Parish Council discussed the setting of the precept for 2017 – 8.  The Clerk and the Chairman had provided summaries of previous years’ accounts, and the meeting considered the fixed costs that had to be taken into consideration. These included insurance, grass-cutting (now reduced to mower fuel and servicing, now that the Sapey’s were cutting the grass on a voluntary basis), Clerk’s salary etc.   This led on to a discussion of the plans for new Village Hall toilets.  Plans had been drawn up, and some possible sources of grants had been identified. It was established that a £5000 donation from the Bowls Club would be available when needed.  Much detailed discussion ensued, and in conclusion the Parish Council agreed to set the 2017/8 precept at £4000.

There were no PLANNING issues for this meeting.

HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS. The Clerk had been contacted by Mr Atkinson, who was involved in the design stage for the projected A47 improvements.  He would attend the next Parish Council meeting on January 9th.   Mr Bishop reported that the pavement on the Street between Tud Lane and No. 8 was badly broken up. The Clerk was asked to write about this.

LEISURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS.  It had not been possible to reconnect the electrical supply to the Bowls Club, as it turned out that the meter had been removed.  The Clerk was asked to arrange for a new one to be installed.

CORRESPONDENCE.  A new issue of Licensing News had been received, and was passed to the Chairman.

NEXT MEETINGS of the Parish Council were arranged for January 9th.2017 and February 13th. 2017

 

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting held 14th November 2016

MINUTES of the meeting of Honingham Parish Council held on Monday 14th.November 2016, at 7 pm in the Village Hall.

 

PRESENT were Mr D Bishop (Chairman),Mr and Mrs R Human,  Mr T Sapey  ,Mrs N Cargill, Mrs S Blyth and Mr S Steggles.

There were no Apologies for Absence.

 

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

 

MATTERS ARISING – (a ) a  letter had been received about the footpath from the village to the new roundabout,  saying that it would be cleared of the encroaching vegetation.

(b) Mr Human had written to Mr Rampton about cutting back the hedges by the village roads, and his letter was read out.

 

FINANCE:  the following payments were agreed, and cheques signed –

Mike Amiss Signs   £525.00

Collier Turf Care   £416.51 (materials and equipment for the bowling green)

East Tuddenham Parish Council (repayment of overpayment for war memorial)

Mr D Bishop   £231.60 (playground and shrine expenses)

Mazars   £30   (Audit fee)

 

PLANNING:   A letter had been received about consultation meetings for the proposed Food Hub.   Members of the Parish Council noted the dates.  Mr Alston had invited members of the Parish Council to meet with him, to discuss concerns: this meeting might include some residents of the village.   A date would be arranged.

 

HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS:  A letter had been received about traffic monitoring which would take place in connexion with the construction of the Northern Distributor Route.

Mr Anthony Meynell had let the Council know that his closing-off of the stile on Berry’s Lane was due to the fact that his timber merchant now used a bigger lorry.  People were welcome to use the alternative footpath route further along the road.

 

LEISURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS:  Mr C Mattless reported that the new materials and equipment for the bowls club green had arrived.  The Clerk was asked arrange for the electricity supply to be reconnected.

Information was distributed from the Hornsea Project 3 Windfarm enterprise.

BT had enquired whether the Parish Council wished to purchase the other phone box within the Honingham area, which stands in Colton.   The Clerk was asked to contact Colton Parish Council about this.

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  path to the bus stop on Mattishall Road – Mr Steggles will apply weedkiller.

Mr Sapey requested action on the hedge at the bottom of the Colton Road hill, which was spreading over the road. The Clerk was asked to contact the householder.

Mrs Cargill reported that the Heritage Ranger project was moving forward.

Mr Human reported on the Jazz Night he was arranging.  He envisaged the tickets costing £12.50, to include a meal.

Mr Bishop spoke about the Greater Norwich Action Plan, to develop housing.   Honingham Thorpe Farm had put forward proposals for 3,900 dwellings and infrastructure, including shops, a primary school and a Community Centre. There was also a proposal for 13 houses to be put on the field between Fellowes Road and Mill Lane.

Mr Skipper asked whether it would be possible to get rid of the bus stop by the pump, since it was no longer used by any buses.  The Clerk was asked to write about this.

Mrs Human had received some updates regarding the provision of high-speed broadband in the village, and had received much information, which the Clerk was keeping in the records. Nothing likely to happen until 2018 at the moment.

 

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

Honingham Parish Council Minutes of meeting 10th October 2016

MINUTES of the meeting of Honingham Parish Council held on 10th. October 2016, at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall.

 

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

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE were received from Mrs S Blyth.

 

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

 

MATTERS ARISING: 1. A letter from Broadland District Council stated that no further free dog waste bins would be supplied, but that the Parish Council could pay for a bin and its emptying at over £200 a year.  It was decided that this option would not be taken up.

  1. All the defects in the Children’s Playground equipment, as noted in the RoSPA report, had been put right by Mr .D Bishop. The members of the Parish Council expressed their thanks to him for this.
  2. No answer had been received to the Clerk’s letter about the footpath to the new roundabout.
  3. Mr R Human has booked the Jazz musicians mentioned at the last meeting for an evening on January 14th.2017. The evening might include a meal.

 

FINANCE:  The Clerk had received a Precept Consultation document, which was to be circulated among the Parish Council.

 

PLANNING:  1. Planning Application 20161566 (Stable Block near Greenacres, Colton Road) was considered at the meeting.  No objections were raised.

  1. Two documents had been received in connexion with Environmental Impact Screening for the proposed Food Hub. The members of the Parish Council undertook to study these before the next meeting.

 

HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS.  A note had been received from Mr A Meynell, saying that he had removed the stile leading to the footpath over his field off Berry’s Lane, and blocked up the gap. However, a gate and a permissive path were available a few yards along the road.

LEISURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS. 1. Mr Human has been in contact with Mr Rampton about the hedges alongside village roads, and will contact him about trimming the hedge on the Mattishall Road.  Mr Winchester asked that the hedge by the Dereham Road should be included.

  1. Mr C Mattless has had a meeting with an authority on bowling greens, to discuss the maintenance of ours. As a result of this meeting, he produced a detailed schedule of equipment and materials, together with a timetable of maintenance. The cost for a year  would be between £1000 and £1500.  The meeting thanked him for his work on this, and supported this expenditure.  Mr Mattless has also consulted an electrician, who said that there would be no problem in reconnecting the Bowls Club to the electricity supply.
  2. A letter had been received about  a Heritage Ranger scheme.  The members of the Parish Council would study the letter, and it would be discussed at the next meeting.

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS.  1. The Paper Recycling Bank would be removed, as it was hardly used now.

  1. Mr Winchester said that a car was once again parked at the end of Mill Lane.  It  was pointed out that it was not there all the time, but that an eye would be kept on the situation.
  2. Mr B Webb spoke to the meeting about the dangers of the Wood Lane / A47 junction. He gave it as his opinion that all traffic joining the A47 at this point should turn left and go up the roundabout. Mrs L Human, and other members of the Parish Council said that neither Broadland District Council or NCC Highways would entertain this idea. Mr Webb also asked about the refurbishment of the War Memorial in relation to Armistice Day, and was assured that the process would be complete by then.

 

THE NEXT MEETINGS were fixed for November 14th and December 12th.2016.

 

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

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.

Honingham Parish Council Minutes of meeting 18.08.16

MINUTES of the meeting of HONINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL held on Thursday 18th. August 2016, at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall.

 

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

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE were received from Mrs N Cargill and Mr R Human.

 

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

 

MATTERS ARISING from the Minutes.  (a) The War Memorial.  The Chairman reported that, following discussions with East Tuddenham Parish Council, it had been agreed that each Council should pay £645 towards the cost of refurbishment.  The Parish Council agreed to this.

(b) The fence round the Children’s play equipment had been treated with preservative paint.  Grateful thanks were expressed to Mr and Mrs Sapey, Mr Skipper and Mr Bishop for doing this work.

 

FINANCE.  Four cheques were agreed  and signed:

To Anglian Water, relating to the Bowls Club – £26.19

To Mr T Sapey, for petrol for mowing and paint for the playground railings – £60

To Playsafety td., for the RoSPA inspection of the playground – £92.40

To H Blyth and sons, for repairs to the swings – £95.

 

Some discussion followed about the RoSPA inspection, as rotten wood had been detected in the swings by several people in the village, which is why Mr Blyth had made and fitted the steel repair bar.  It was felt that this should have been picked up by the inspectors.  The Clerk was asked to write to Playsafety, asking for their comments on this.

 

PLANNING.  Mrs Human summarised the situation with regard to the Merryhill planning application. Broadland District Council had emphasised that the application should be looked at on its own, even though there were concerns about other aspects of developments on the site.  It was decided that the Parish Council would still object to the proposal, on the grounds that they had not enough information.

 

HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS.  Thanks were expressed to Mr Chris Knibb for his work in clearing the footpath over the fen.

 

LEISURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS.  Mr Craig Mattless outlined a proposal for the use of the Bowls Club area.  This would consist of facilities for informal bowls, plus croquet and putting. A sub-committee had been formed, and had met once.  Some costings had been done: electrical work up to £500: some equipment to be donated: heavy-duty croquet sets were being priced.  Mrs S Blyth asked for details of how this grant application was put together, and Mr Bishop emphasised the speed that had been necessary, and the need to submit a plan.  He asked if the Parish Council were happy for this plan to go forward, and the Council agreed.  Thanks were expressed to Mr Mattless for his work.

 

RoSPA REPORT ON THE PLAYGROUND.  Mr Bishop will take the report and see what is to be done.

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS. (a) Mrs Blyth mentioned the forthcoming History Day, and said that gifts of cakes would be welcome.

(b) Mrs Human mentioned a communication she had received from Switzerland, enquiring about a visit to Honingham Hall in 1928.   No one was able to shed any light on this matter.

(c) The Clerk was asked to write to everyone who had donated towards the cost of the defibrillator, thanking them.

 

NEXT MEETINGS.   The Council was now meeting on the 2nd.Monday of each month, making the next meeting 12th.September 2016.