An amendment to the minutes of 1st December was requested - namely that, regarding the new village sign, the suggestion was that parishioners could be asked if anyone would care to make a donation towards the cost, and were not being asked to raise funds.
LAND MANAGEMENT MATTERS:
Village Green: New dates for a meeting with Norfolk Property Services were being sought in order to discuss the future prospects for the Green, the previous meeting having been cancelled due to bad weather.
Millennium Wood: Grass cutting contracts for the coming year will be discussed.
Footpath on disused railway line: A letter and photographs have been sent to the County Footpaths Officer.
Richard Fletcher, the County Highways representative had been escorted round the village and made aware of current problems with potholes and road drains. The periodic flooding of the path over the Village Green is under discussion. The Council is aware that a parishioner had been injured slipping on the icy conditions by the Eastgate Street entrance to the Green. The salt bin designated for that position was not in situ at the time. Discussion took place as to whether named persons should be responsible for salt distribution in the Street as was the case in Orchard Close. Councillor Fletcher was asked to check if there was a regular rota for filling such bins.
SIGN TO VILLAGE FACILITIES:
The Clerk had located another possible source of funding and a grant application will be made.
Charlie Stone had sent in a report. There had been no crime or antisocial behaviour reports since last month. She continues to patrol regularly in and around the village.
NORFOLK MINERALS AND WASTE LDF:
Councillor Miss Ketteringham gave a short report having read the recently received booklet.
PAVILION AND PLAYING FIELD MATTERS:
The moles are still very active on the playing field despite ongoing attempts to improve matters. The bottle banks had been used extensively over the Christmas season, but emptying had been satisfactory. There was considerable litter in the bus shelter. The litter picker had been contacted and is expected to return to work in the near future.
Anglian Water has been in contact with the resident in Larch Grove who had made a complaint about sewerage problems, and has undertaken to carry out regular jetting in the area.
The Stage One analysis is nearing completion and will probably run to 50 pages. Its distribution is under discussion. A shorter, simpler summary will then be made available for more general distribution.
STATION ROAD DEVELOPMENT:
The revised plans for the development had not been made available. It was again stressed that the Parish Council needs to see these modified plans, with particular regards to access, as a matter of urgency. A site meeting may well be necessary before discussions can take place.
SAFETY ON HOLT ROAD:
It was agreed that parking at the bottom of the Church hill was causing continued problems. Long term parking with cars facing the wrong way at the roadside was particularly dangerous at night. A possible extension of the 20mph limit was discussed. Councillor Lowe distributed a possible scheme of improvements for traffic control in the village which could be discussed at the next Council meeting.
THE BIG CONVERSATION:
This had been receiving extensive coverage in the press and a document had been received on the matter. It was generally felt by Councillors that the proposals were unfair and unworkable, particularly the suggestion that some work which might be undertaken by Parish Councils could be on a voluntary and some would be paid. A reply will be sent, worded along these lines.
The Middleton Developments Ltd. plans for plots 12 and 13 Larch Grove have received permission.