Nine Parish Councillors were present with apologies from Jennie Borgnis and Ann Keeble.
The Clerk, the correspondent and 8 members of the public were also present.
Election for a new Chairman resulted in Martin Phillips being re elected. The Vice Chairman, Jennie Borgnis was also re elected , having given her permission to be nominated.Peter Wade Martins and Colin MacEwan were welcomed as new councillors.
No issues were raised.
Bob Fletcher gave his report regarding the new SAM, made in Dereham, which will delivered shortly. He has agreed to carry on, despite not being a Councillor, being in charge of Speedwatch for the village. The new flashing sign will be moved around the village to obtain maximum use.
The hedge cutting which was delayed earlier in the year will be done as
soon as the regulations allow.
Mr H Goldstein is liaising with Mr Cook on behalf of the residents.
Mr Winnett from NCC wishes to set up a site meeting with Parish Councillors and the landowner to discuss a permanent solution, probably a fence to partition the bridleway from the rest of the field.
Despite an earlier decision to go ahead with a new light in Larch Grove, the prohibitive cost of over £3000 must be taken into consideration. A full report will be made and the rest of the village surveyed for black spots, hopefully with the help of the contractors TT Jones.
Pavilion and Playing Field
Quotes have been received to repair the roof of the shed and bus shelter. After discussion, the middle priced quote was accepted and the work can go ahead.
Community Hall Working Group
The official meeting was suspended in order to allow the Cricket Club's representative, Mike Wyatt to explain their position. Originally the Cricket Club were looking to move to the Kings Head Meadow but the estimated cost of over £140,000 would be way over their budget as all grants from Sport England etc had been seriously cut. Mr Tom Cook had offered the use of the cricket pitch at Sennowe. The cost here could be smaller but surveys would have to be done and the members consulted, then grants researched and applied for which would take some time.
The Working Group was revived and the Council members were J Brown, J Heffernan, C Smith, C MacEwan and P Wade Martins. They would meet to discuss all options
The Grand Open day had been received very well and the weather had been kind. Many parents and children had enjoyed themselves enormously. The fence will be erected on 28/29 May when the Play Area will have to be temporarily closed. Cutting the grass inside the area will be added to our normal contract but thank you to Derek Shoesmith for doing the first cut.
Everyone is urged to vote for North Elmham Play Area on the Aviva Community Fund website, where 10 votes are available and to ask friends via other social media. This would enable us to receive a further £1000.
Jim Heffernan thanked everyone involved for supporting the project and felt we could all be very proud of our achievement.
The question was asked as to what is happening about the existing equipment on the Playing Field. It was agreed after much discussion, to meet with the ROSPA Inspector, who is due for an inspection and to seek his advice regarding the life, safety etc of this equipment and then to reconsider its future.
The excellent work was being completed in Prince William Wood. A suggestion to put a seat in the wood was met with approval. Paint would be sourced so that the two telephone boxes could be smartened up. A budget would be set aside for other maintenance work to be funded.
Mr &Mrs T Winterbourne, Snail Cottage, 97 Eastgate Street, North Elmham (3PL(2015/0468F) Demolish single storey rear extension and construct two storey rear extension.
Mr & Mrs M Goff, Great Wood Cottage, North Elmham (3PL/2015/0082F) part demolish existing house; alterations and extension to original retained cottage. (Permission granted)
Mr R Cooper, Keepers Cottage, Great Heath Road, North Elmham (3PL/2015/0311F) Extend garage to form workshop and single bay cart shed. (Permission granted)
A letter had been received from The Walking Group regarding the poor state of the bridleway which will be forwarded to Mr Winnett of NCC.
A letter regarding the Brookside Farm development recorded that there were no significant archaeological finds, the soakaways were in order but biological surveys had still to be done.
Date of next meeting
The next meeting will have been The Annual Parish Meeting on 27th May at 7.30 pm with the next Parish Council Meeting on Wed 3 June also at 7:30pm in the Pavilion.