Cllrs. R. McNeil Wilson, (chairman),G. Place, D. Barrass, R. Batt, J. Dovey, K. Lord, T. Toyn.
Dist. Cllr. P. Butikofer. J.Stibbons(clerk)
The chairman opened the meeting at 7.00pm,
1. Apologies None
3.There were no declarations of interest.
4. The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 12th September 2019, having been previously circulated, it was proposed by Cllr. Dovey they should be confirmed as correct. This was seconded by Cllr. Toyne and carried.
The chairman then signed the minutes.
5. There were no Matters arising from the Minutes
6. Reports from County, District or Parish Councillors
Dist.Cllr. P. Butikofer.
Splash – started construction. Careful consideration had been given regarding wave machine. proved to be too expensive.
Sandscape project completed. After the latest storm, some sand has been moved, but then it was always known that some sand would shift and it is not a concern.
Won a bid for the heritage High `street Action Zone Fund. government initiative £975K. North Walsham has been the beneficiary. All of it has to be spent on heritage projects.
Passed a bid for electric vehicle charging points. received a grant from OLEF.
Long term empty properties, looking at higher council tax – 200%-300%. Will be next year dependent on how long they have been empty.
Corporate plan – will be coming to full council. This will be implementing the Lib Dem manifesto which outlines the strategic direction of the council for the next four years. This included – local homes for local people, environment, quality of life, coast climate change, financial sustainability and boosting and sustaining business growth.
Year Four of `Sporting `centre of Excellence initiative. To encourage children with talent for sport to get involved and take advantage of specialist coaching at Gresham’s. Running from October during school term – hockey, netball, cricket and running.
Prosecution of asbestos offences – two firms fined over £30K. BES Safe Removals Ltd (1st Choice Asbestos) – six offences fined £30K. Park Wright Training Services £800 – non removal of asbestos – not following procedures.
Successful application for local investment in future talent (LIFT) grant towards cost of skills training workshops for people employed in small business – tourism and hospitality – b&B, cafes, restaurant, leisure. Workshops will run from November 2019 to February 2020
Solar farm – planning given for extension from 20years to 40 years.
Karen ward has been nominated as the PPC for Lib Dems replacing Sir Norman Lamb.
Wind turbines at Selbrigg – still with the planning inspectorate.
Graham Allen Award winner 2019 – just announced. Winner was the Lookout on the Holkham Estate. Its an esteemed award given each year to the project considered to have made the most significant contribution to the build environment within the district.
No Broadband in East Beckham was discussed and Cllr. Butikofer explained how parts of Aylmerton had obtained connection from the Rural Broadband Scheme with grants obtainable.
A survey needs to be carried out to get all households and businesses involved.
7. Solar Community Fund Committee.
The committee are reviewing past projects and considering new ideas.
The new West Beckham village sign will be completed in 2020. No decision has yet been taken on
what to do with the old sign.
Heavy rain has caused some washing down of the East Beckham allotment track and the
Cllr. Barrass has agreed to keep the channel at the top of the track cleared. The bonfire heap at the
top of the allotments is now becoming a tip, with old carpets being dumped. Enquiries are to be
made to find someone who will pull the pile apart and burn it. It should not be burnt in situ as there
may be hedgehogs hibernation in the foliage
The Felbeck Trust have planted 350 trees at the West Beckham allotments.
8. Playing Field.
The gate has been repaired and replaced. The October inspection was completed by Cllr. Batt. It was noted that the condition of the equipment was satisfactory but the fence would soon need attention.
9. Financial matters.
Bank Balances at 14/11/2019 Current a/c £8957.59 Savings a/c £7083.30
A provisional budget for 2020-2021 was circulated to members. This included a precept figure of £3250.
It was proposed by Cllr. Dovey that the budget should be approved. This was seconded by Cllr. Barrass and carried.
The request for the payment of the precept for £3250 was then signed by the chairman and clerk.
The following invoices were approved and cheques signed:-
Chevertons Printing £100
J. Stibbons Salary and expenses £595.30
HMRC PAYE £122.80
Bodham Village Hall fee for meetings £54
10. Correspondence None
11. Matters for information only Highways are to asked if SLOW can be written in the road at
Church Corner (approaching from Gresham) and at Long lane. Also the ditch needs cleaning and
the hedge cutting near The Garth to prevent more flooding.
There being no further business the chairman closed the meeting at 8.08pm.