NOTES FROM HORNINGTOFT PARISH COUNCIL
A meeting of Horningtoft Parish Council was held on 13 September 2016 at St. Edmund’s Church attended by five Parish Councillors and four parishioners. The following items were discussed.
Highways: The Parish Council decided not to proceed with the application to Norfolk County Council to add the path from FP4 to Thumb Lane as this would mean that thumb Lane would also have to be designated as a Public Right of Way. Whilst this would not mean that vehicular access to the properties on Thumb Lane would be denied, as all residents of Thumb Lane have private rights to their properties for vehicular access, it was agreed that the opposition to this from the residents should be supported.
It was however agreed to request that Dodmans Lane be added to the definitive map as this had been a public bridleway in the past.
Norfolk County Council had been to the parish to investigate the matter of the flooding outside Sycamore Cottage and the culvert near to the entrance to Apple Blossom Farm but this has not resulted in any definitive action from the Highways Department.
Planning: No objection was raised to the demolition of the existing front porch and erection of a larger front porch at Sunset View Fakenham Road.
Numbers of Councillors: It was agreed to request that Breckland Council undertake a Community Governance Review to increase the number of Councillors on the Parish Council from 5 to 7.
County Councillor Report: Devolution: the consultation period on the devolution proposal ended on 23rd August. The result has been published and although Norfolk rejected devolution and an elected mayor, the response from Suffolk was largely in favour as were the LEP and the wider business community. The overall response, therefore was in favour of devolution but was unhappy with the concept of an elected mayor. Norfolk County Council will debate the issue on 3rd November.
Highways: there has been a general unhappiness with the feedback from County Highways on the resolution (or not) of reported highway defects. I spoke today with the Chairman of the Economic Development and Transport Committee and he outlined to me an action plan to address the issue. This would included a dedicated post to deal with PROW issues, a new defect reporting procedure and a policy that ensures rural verges and visibility splays will receive regular cuts during the growing season.
External Audit: This had been completed with no comments from the External Auditor. The Annual return is available for any parishioner to view by contacting the Clerk.
Dog Fouling: The Parish Council has agreed the position of the dog bin to be sited at the church crossroads. If any parishioner notices instances of dog fouling would they please report to the Dog Warden on 01362 858500. This will assist in fighting the increased instances in the village.
The next Parish Council meeting is to take place on Tuesday 8 November 2016 in St Edmund’s Church at 7.30p.m. The full minutes of Parish Council meetings are available on the Horningtoft website (www.horningtoft.org.uk) or by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112.