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Extract November 2016

NOTES FROM HORNINGTOFT PARISH COUNCIL

 

A meeting of Horningtoft Parish Council was held on 8 November 2016 at St. Edmund’s Church attended by four Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and three parishioners. The following items were discussed.

 

Highways: The Clerk had received all the necessary paperwork from Norfolk County Council to request that Dodmans Lane be added to the definitive map as this had been a public bridleway in the past. The same form for the evidence of use will have to be completed as was done for the proposed addition of the footpath from FP4 to Thumb Lane. The Clerk will be contacting those who have possibly walked the path in the last 20 years to fill in the form.

The County Councillor is to investigate the flooding outside Sycamore Cottage with the Highways Engineer. However the potential flooding from the culvert at the entrance to Apple Blossom Farm will not be investigated any further until there is an instance of flooding.

Planning: Applications: No objection was raised to the removal of a condition on planning permission 3PL/2009/1180/F to allow the sale of other goods at Town and Country Conservatories Whissonsett Road. However concern had been expressed to the applicant that there has been an increase of speeding vehicles from the site through the village. The SAM2 sign which records vehicle speeds is to be erected in the next month to check if there is a significant problem with speeding. Decisions: Permission had been granted for the demolition of the existing front porch and erection of a larger front porch at Sunset View Fakenham Road. Permission had also been granted for a variation on a condition of pp 3Pl/2000/0036/F to amend the restriction of use at the Industrial Units on Whissonsett Road.

Numbers of Councillors: The Clerk had contacted Breckland Council to undertake a Community Governance Review to increase the number of Councillors on the Parish Council from 5 to 7. However a significant reason has to be given to Breckland Council for a review. There has been no major change either in the number of residents or the facilities within the parish since the last review which would mean that a review would not be carried out. It was agreed` therefore not to proceed with a Community Governance Review.

County Councillor Report: Budget: There is a £22 million overspend for this year which is £11 million on Adult Social Services and £8 million on Childrens Social Services. It is likely that the Council tax will increase by 3.8% of which 2% is for Adult Social Services and 1.8% which is allowed by the Government. However this may change if the new Chancellor changes some policies in the Autumn Statement. Devolution: There had been a Council meeting on 7 November which became a shambles. The purpose of the meeting was to give the leader a mandate to discuss devolution with the Government and other Councils which was achieved. At the meeting it was made clear that there are many against an elected Mayor and if an elected Mayor is critical to the deal then at present Norfolk County Council is likely to vote against.

Dog Fouling: The Parish Council has purchased the dog bin to be sited at the church crossroads and is now awaiting the formal agreement to erect it. 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 Parish Council wishes all parishioners a Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

The next Parish Council meeting is to take place on Tuesday 10 January 2017 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.

 

 

September 2016

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.

 

Extract July 2016

NOTES FROM HORNINGTOFT PARISH COUNCIL

 

A meeting of Horningtoft Parish Council was held on 12 July 2016 at St. Edmund’s Church attended by five Parish Councillors, District Councillor T Carter and three parishioners. The following items were discussed.

Highways: A response from Norfolk County Council to the application to add the path from the western end of Thumb Lane to FP4 to the Definitive Map for Public Rights of Way had been circulated to all members. This stated that the addition of the footpath to the definitive map has to be between the existing FP4 and another highway. Thumb Lane is not a public road so it cannot be considered the destination for any established public rights. Norfolk County Council had therefore suggested that a new application be submitted which included Thumb Lane. Norfolk County Council had also suggested that Dodman’s Lane be added to the application.

A parishioner objected very strongly to the possibility of establishing Thumb Lane as a footpath This would disadvantage all those who live on the lane and they do not wish for Thumb Lane to be a footpath as in time access by vehicle will be denied. He was informed that it is not the wish of the Parish Council to make this a footpath but a Public Right of Way. The parishioner stated that the Parish Council is letting down the residents of Thumb Lane.

It was agreed that the Clerk would contact Norfolk County Council on the future status of

Thumb Lane if an application was made and what are the implications of public rights over time.

It was agreed to raise the matter of the flooding outside Sycamore Cottage again and to contact the County Councillor regarding the culvert near to the entrance to Apple Blossom Farm.

Planning: The application to the removal of condition 4 (personal to the applicant) on pp 3/89/1046 at the industrial units at Whissonsett Road had been granted permission by Breckland Council.

Devolution: The District Councillor reported on devolution. He stated that all Councils in Suffolk had decided to consult but four Councils in Norfolk, Great Yarmouth, Breckland, Norwich and North Norfolk, had decided to oppose the devolution. These will not be involved in the consultation.

The consultation will still be sent to all households. The Government is insisting on an Elected Mayor which has opposition and there is also opposition to another tier of Government.

Breckland Council is in a good financial state and there is a worry that its assets may be lost as it is self financing. The consultation is available on –line or by post. All households will receive information concerning devolution.

Heritage Event 2016: The event on 25-26 June had been very successful. The Chairman thanked Councillor Chapman and her colleagues for organising the event

Dog Fouling: The Parish Council is to proceed with the purchase of a 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.