RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL
Parish Council Information
The villages of East and West Runton are combined for local government purposes into two electoral wards, each represented by six Parish Councillors; the current Members names are listed below. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month with the exception of December, which is on the third Tuesday, and in August there is no meeting. The venues alternate between the Reading Room at East Runton and the Church Hall at West Runton . The Annual Parish Meeting also alternates between the villages.
Becoming a Councillor will allow you to make a difference in our Parish.
Engaging with local businesses, residents and groups to find out their needs and making decisions on projects for the Parish Council to take forward.
Being a Parish Councillor is a voluntary part-time commitment which many people manage around full or part time jobs, family or other commitments. You need to set aside an hour or two each week including engaging with your community and Clerk and attending meetings or committees and advisory groups.
In order to qualify to be a Parish Councillor you must be a British citizen, eligible Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of any member state of the European Union.. You must be at least 18 years old. Also during the past 12 months you must have been on the electoral roll for Runton or have occupied as owner or tenant, premises or land within Runton Parish or have had your principal or only place of work in Runton Parish area, or have lived in or within three miles of Runton Parish area.
The Parish Council office and information centre is to be found at:
The Reading Room, Felbrigg Road, East Runton, Cromer,
Norfolk NR27 9PE. Tel: 01263 512214
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The current Members of the Parish Council are:
Vice Chairman. Mr. Brian. Cushion, Meadowsett, Top Common East Runton.
Mr Kevin S Jonas. Tiddlers
Cottage Mill Lane East Runton..
Ms. Teresa Edwards. 2 Victoria Terrace East Runton.
Mr. Gerry Baker - 3, The Paddock East Runton.
Chairman - Mr John A
Simpson. Woodrising, Sandy Lane, West Runton.
Mr. Bruce Bedwell. The Dreys, Longacre Shawcross Road, West Runton.
Ms. Carole Davidson, Widgeons, Home Close, West Runton.
Parish Clerk: Mrs Barbara Emery is the Parish Clerk.
Telephone: Office 01263 512214 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile with voice mail service 07422 665978
Office opening hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10.30am-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm. Please ring for an appointment as the Clerk may be out on Parish Council business.
The Meetings scheduled for 2021 are as follows:
Meetings are usually held on fourth Tuesday in the month and on 3rd Tuesday in December. Each meeting commences at 7.15 pm unless otherwise notified and the agenda is displayed on the Parish Notice Boards and on this website. Members of the public are most welcome, there is an open session at the start of the meeting when any member of the parish can address the meeting. Some Councillors are available from 7pm for any individual questions or comments on a one to one basis.
District / County Councillors and Member of Parliament.
The District Councillor for Runton is Ms. S. Butikofer;
Representative Councillors on Village Committees are:
Playing Field Management:: Cllr.
Allotments Advisory committee - Cllr. D. Bakewell, , Cllr. R. Annis. Cllr. S. Gurney and Cllr. T. Edwards.
S.N.A.P. Cllr. G. Baker.
Commons Working Party. Cllr. S. Gurney for East and Cllr. C. Davidson for West.
Planning advisory group. Cllr. B. Bedwell for West and Cllr. B. Cushion for East.
Internal Control Officer for finance. Cllr. B. Bedwell.
SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE PARISH COUNCIL
There is a defibrillator situated at the Spar shop on Cromer road in West Runton. There are a number of people who have trained how to use it. Including the Clerk to the Parish Council.
There is also one situated at East Runton on the wall of East Runton Stores.
CLERK TO RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL
Barbara Emery, the Clerk to the above Parish Council has undertaken training and obtained a pass for another module; an addition to the CiLCA qualification. "The Power of Competence" which will allow the Parish Council wider powers in spending.
METHODIST CHURCHES - both East and West Runton Methodist Churches are now closed permanently. East Runton Methodist church building is now being used by Cromer Baptist Church as their building in Cromer is in a poor condition and now unfit for use.
Speed Awareness Mobile Signs (SAMS)
One of these signs will be used in East and West Runton. They are moved to a different location each month and are designed to slow down the traffic in high volume areas. They record data to show how effective they are. There are locations at either end of West and East Runton and one on Sandy Lane at the junction of Shawcross Rd. West Runton.
Over the last four years, the street lighting owned by the Parish Council has been changed to LED lamps. There has also been a new lamp fitted on the promenade to replace the one damaged in a storm.
Seating in the Parish and Village Signs
There are a number of seats in the parish which are maintained by the Parish Council. In 2015 they have been inspected and repaired when necessary and re-stained or painted if required. One or two are oak and therefore are not stained but left natural.
This building owned by the Parish Council has been re-furbished and an office included for the Parish Council. The former Billiard Room now has tea and coffee making facilities and meetings for East Runton ward are now held there when able. See calendar for dates. Also coffee mornings on the first Thursday of each month, by Runton History Group. Postponed until further notice.
Work is continuing with the commons conservation work. The borehole At West Runton is still being monitored and there is a slight trickle to the pond since it has been switched off. However it is not enough to sustain levels during dry periods. A start has been made on clearing out the ditches and will be continues in the autumn. The pond at Lower Common East Runton originally was fed by an open ditch. This can be seen in some of our old photographs. The ditch was eventually covered and the pond was fed by an overflow from the Top Common pond. Ponds have been surveyed by conservationists and the East Runton Lower Common pond although occasionally dry is full of wildlife and will hold water naturally as a seasonal pond, having had the substrate compacted and vegetation will be controlled. Habitats of wild bees, frogs, toads and various insects and plants are found in this pond. Top Common pond has been dredged under control by a conservationist. Various new plants have been planted and are flourishing. Norfolk Reed has been planted to help trap the silt and this can be maintained in future by a volunteer group.
We no longer have a representative attending Parish Council meetings.
There has been significant work to re-establish the boundary of the field, clear the vegetation around the edges and erect a new fence between the field and the adjacent caravan site. The Pavilion has been upgraded to provide hot water and heating.
A new football team will be playing there from the 2021 season. Runton FC have registered with the North Norfolk Football League.
Monitoring is continuing and for untidy plots, tenancies will be considered for termination.
A field near the Moyes Close allotment site has been sold. This will not affect the plots which are used on this site as it has been separated from the allotments. The field was previously unused and had laid fallow being only a drain on the finances of the Parish Council. It was purchased by a caravan park owner and now has caravans on the site, this further opening up the tourist industry for Runton.
Planning considered at recent meetings.
Planning can be
found on the minutes page in detail for the last meeting.
Income and invoices with bank balance can be found in detail in the minutes for meetings. See minute page.
RUNTON PARISH HISTORY SOCIETY: There is now a much larger display of our photographs and "The Runtonian" (a magazine produced by the school in 1924) at The parish office The Reading Room East Runton.
The book "The Runtons Past and Present" is available and features old photographs alongside the new ones of the same views as near as possible with narration on each picture. Priced £6.99 it is available at good book shops. No longer available locally.