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JULY 7TH 2020

 RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL REMOTE MEETING

DRAFT ONLY UNTIL SIGNED

MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD REMOTELY VIA THE ZOOM CLIENT COMMENCING AT 7.00 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairman. Mr. K. Jonas, Mr. S. Gurney, Mr. B. Bedwell, Mr D. Bakewell, Mr. G. Baker and Ms. C. Davidson.

The Chairman opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.

20/023. APOLOGIES received, reasons given and accepted; from: Cllr. R. Taylor, Cllr. B. Cushion, Cllr. R. Annis, Cllr. J. Creasey.

20/024. TO AGREE THE SCHEME OF DELEGATION
The above having been circulated beforehand was proposed for acceptance by Cllr. Bakewell, seconded by Cllr. Jonas and agreed.

20/025. TO AGREE THE ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT (section 1)
Having been circulated beforehand the above was proposed for agreement by Cllr. Davidson, seconded by Cllr. Gurney and accepted and agreed by all.

20/026. TO AGREE THE ANNUAL STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS (section 2)
Having been circulated beforehand the above was proposed for agreement by Cllr. Davidson, seconded by Cllr Bakewell.

20/027. COUNCILLORS DISCUSSION ON THE FUTURE OF THE CAPITAL FINANCES.
Cllr. Davidson had sent the Clerk some questions on the accounts including suggestions as to the future use of the capital finance. These with the Clerk’s response had been shared with all Councillors. Referring to Cllr. Davidson’s suggestions that some enhancements be made to the parish using the capital Cllr. Jonas suggested that at some point a strategy could be put together for any future work. This met with approval.
The Clerk reported that the matter of the WR car park lease was in hand. This would be one project already discussed and any enhancement there was dependent on a new lease being formulated next year when the present one is due for review and renewal.

No decision having been made for the date of the next meeting, the meeting then closed
At 7.25pm.


Signed…………………………………………………………Chairman.



Date……………………………………………………………



 

 

FEBRUARY 2020

 RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL
DRAFT MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD BY THE ABOVE ON 25TH FEBRUARY 2020 AT THE READING ROOM EAST RUNTON COMMENCING AT 7.15 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairman. Mr. B. Cushion – Vice Chairman.
Mr. R. Annis, Mr. D. Bakewell, Mr. G. Baker, Mr. B. Bedwell, Mr. J. Creasey, Ms. C. Davidson, Mr. K. Jonas, Mr. P. Nichols, Mr. R. Taylor.
Ms. B. Emery – Clerk. Mrs. S. Butikofer –NNDC/NCC.
One member of the public.

20/018. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR PARISHIONERS/GUEST SPEAKERS
The Chairman opened the meeting and invited members of the public to speak.
Mr. Forbes introduced himself and expressed concerns over the derelict Methodist Church in West Runton. The roof has been taken off at the back and the disabled toilet is no longer fit for use. Mrs. Butikofer assured the meeting that the situation has been brought up with the enforcement team which met recently. Mrs. Butikofer will reinforce the need for action on this. Also concerns expressed about the ivy growing on the Lugger Stile wall needing attention and the outlet gratings at Top Common pond.

20/019. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr. Stephen Gurney.

20/020. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN FORTHCOMING ITEMS – None.

20/021. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 28TH JANUARY 2020
The minutes had been circulated and were agreed as a true record. Prop. B. Cushion Sec. J. Creasey.

20/022. MATTERS ARISING from the Minutes above
Cllr. Cushion reported that the gullies in Greens Lane still had not been done. Mrs. Butikofer was meeting with the Highways engineer soon and this would be looked at on site. Cllr. Creasey asked if the tenant asked to quit on an allotment, had indeed vacated the site. The Clerk confirmed this. Cllr. Davidson asked about the toilets at WR gap and why they were not being replaced. Mrs. Butikofer replied. The Chairman brought up the matter of the hedge around the corner of Station Rd/A149. The Clerk would report.

20/023. CLERK’S REPORT – ER toilets have been re-opened. The posts around Lower Common ER have been done by Mr. Darling. The new defibrillator box has arrived and will be fitted as soon as can be done. Woodhurst in Water Lane WR is slowly being restored. The Clerk reported having visited the Deep History Coast Information centre in Cromer and said it was well worth a visit. A police newsletter was read out for the area.

20/024. PLANNING
PF/20/0322 Midsummer House The Hurn - extension. Circulated. No objections raised.
PF/20/0180 Constantia Restaurant – conversion to flats. Circulated. Although the restaurant would be sadly missed and has been an asset to the village for many years, the reasons for application were understood and there was no objection to the proposal.

As Mrs. Butikofer had to get to another meeting, The Chairman invited her to report at this point.
Points reported and made were:
* The Splash in Sheringham was closed and would be some weeks before re-opened as part of the roof had been lost in the recent storm.
* Unofficially reported that NCC had approved the Parish Partnership Bid for the “trod” on Lower Common ER.
* NCC budget 1.4 billion. 290 million pounds was being cut from Central Government this year.
* NNDC budget was proposed for 2 years and recommended an 8p in the £ rise in council tax.
* NNDC Cllrs. were not in agreement with the recommendation to increase their pay and would oppose it.
* The orange hare and the large sign at the Dormy Hotel would be removed by the enforcement team.
* This year the charity trail sculptures would be GoGo Dinosaurs and the Parish Council were asked if they would like one. A suitable site would be decided on.
* Road haunches would be looked at next week and Cllr. Bedwell asked if the western side of Sandy Lane near Renwick Park could be cleared of detritus.
* Disabled toilets are being fitted in Cromer. Also beach wheelchairs for the summer.
* The shop “Strand Heating” was thought not to be in the interests of the public to prosecute for unofficial change of use.
* Cllr. Davidson asked about car park charge increase. No further information was available at present.

20/025. TO HEAR FURTHER REPORT ON WORK ON TOP COMMON POND
The previous quote was open ended and reading through the terms, they would have supplied the excavator at a minimum of three days hire including the operator.  This would have cost £4200.00.  If it took more than three days then the cost would have been an extra £970.00 per day.  Estimated work would take up to a week.  However no-one came out to look at the area and therefore there would have been unknown cost when they arrived.
The company now being used is Peter Jex of Kings Lynn.  The site was surveyed and the pond measured and it needs a longer arm than was quoted for initially.  Hence the price of £7880.00.  However that price does include all the work including insurances.  The other problem was the removal of the sedge from the roadside area which is blocking the outlets.  Therefore a small digger and dumper was the best option as the road is open to traffic.
The conservationist has built a revetment with the wood cut off from the willows to contain the silt dredged to minimise the amount spread over the common itself. 
The dredging is due to take place shortly. Discussion took place on the costs. The Chairman pointed out that as with the Reading Room restoration, this type of work needed a Clerk of the Works. That has to be paid for. Cllr. Cushion said that in future more definition of cost beforehand should be clarified in similar situations.

20/026. TO HEAR A REPORT OF THE MEETING WITH HAYES + STORR REGARDING THE REGISTRATION OF EAST RUNTON VILLAGE HALL LAND
Clerk and Brian met with Jeremy Elliot of Hayes and Storr. Cllr. Cushion reported on the meeting. The reason a solicitor was needed was to formerly register the land with certified copies of the original documents instead of sending originals through the post. It was thought that they would be safeguarded this way as originals could often get mislaid. Approximate cost of fees £300.00. (Three hundred pounds).

20/027. TO FORMERLY AGREE THE ADDITION OF THE CLIFF LANE SITE TO HAZELBURY CARAVAN PARK LEASE FROM OCTOBER 2019
This will need to be done this year to allow the land to be incorporated into the lease for the review. Mr. Hay paid £1000.00 for rent for one year up to October 2020. Hayes and Storr dealt with the lease last time. The Clerk has requested that the new piece of land be added to the lease, as from last October 2019 as that is when Mr. Hay paid the £1000.00. This was proposed by Cllr. Bedwell seconded by Cllr. Bakewell and agreed unanimously.

20/028. FINANCE
i. Income – None this month.
ii. Direct Debits paid report
e.on energy for street lighting £129.12
Unicom – telephone/broadband £70.42
Opus energy Reading Room electricity Jan £472.25
Opus Energy Reading Room electricity Feb £209.05
Wave water WR allotments £12.20
Anglian Water – Reading Room water £31.38
Wave Water Moyes Close allotments £19.15
Wave Water Lugger Stile allotments £247.25
Some of the above direct debits are unusually high. All are from estimated readings.

iii. Invoices to agree for payment
N. Darling – Removing fallen tree near pond ER plus
Trimming footpaths, replacing bollards on ER common £390.00
Adam Jones – Clearing willow on Coopers common £120.00
Barbara Emery (Clerk) Salary plus reimbursements £986.07
HMRC – tax and ni on above £197.74
Luke Turner for pond work £1013.98
Jex Pumping Ltd. Deposit for pond dredging £2400.00

iv. Clerk’s report on balances and vat refund.
Our current account stands at £27,820.24 this is including all the above listed as uncleared amounts. Deposit account including interest is £150,649.25 Thereby making a total of available money of £178,469.49. the VAT has been sent for and will realise £3,568.36 which includes some £524 brought forward from last year. The residue for the end of this financial year will be carried forward to be claimed in with next year’s claim. There is always an overlap as it takes 3-4 weeks for the claim to be processed.

20/029. CORRESPONDENCE
Cromer Hospital Friends appeal for the new Macmillan unit for cancer patients. It was proposed by the Chairman that Runton Parish Council should make a donation to this cause of £500.00 (five hundred pounds). Seconded by Cllr. Bakewell this was agreed and would be ratified at the next meeting.
Pricilla Bacon hospice – requesting support. Cllr. Bakewell reported that the Rotary Club have made this their charity this year.

20/030. TO HEAR A REPORT ON TRAINING ATTENDED BY CLLR. DAVIDSON
This item was deferred to the next meeting.

20/031. MEMBERS REPORTS
Cllr. Nichols reported that he has asked Norfolk Stock Fencing to check the fence on the Playing Field as Cllr. Cushion had reported one of the wires had gone slack.
Cllr. Annis - had planted the hedge between his allotment and the Kraft and was of the opinion that it would be better if it was continued all the way along the border. The first part had been done at Cllr. Annis’s expense but the Parish Council were asked if they would pay for the rest. There was no objection and details of cost would be provided.
Cllr. Annis also reported on the details of the proposed vegetable show in August and pointed out that there were no representative for the East ward on the allotments committee. Cllr. Davidson and Cllr. Taylor agreed to help with the show.
V.E Day celebrations were discussed also and it was decided to put it on the next agenda.
Cllr. Davidson asked if something would be done about the bad surface of the car park. People had taken to social media to complain. The Clerk informed that if anyone was concerned then they should contact the Parish Council directly. The Clerk reported that a kind parishioner was filling in the holes and would continue to do so if more aggregate or similar was available. It was agreed that the Clerk would look into getting some materials.

20/032. TO CONFIRM DATE TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING
Confirmed as 24th March 2020 at West Runton Church Hall 7.15pm





Signed                       Chairman.



Date
 

 
 

 

JANUARY 2020

 RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD BY THE ABOVE ON 28TH JANUARY 2020 AT WEST RUNTON CHURCH HALL COMMENCING AT 7.15 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Chairman Mr. J. Simpson. Vice Chairman Mr. B. Cushion.
Mr. S. Gurney, Ms. C. Davidson, Mr. J. Creasey, Mr. R. Taylor, Mr. B. Bedwell, Mr. D. Bakewell, Mr. R. Annis, Mr. P. Nichols.
The Clerk, Mrs. B. Emery. Also attending; Mrs. S. Butikofer (NCC) (NNDC).
One member of the public.

20/001. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR PARISHIONERS/GUEST SPEAKERS
The Chairman opened the meeting and invited Mrs. Butikofer to report as she needed to get to another meeting.
Points reported on were:
* Car parking charges likely to increase, but considering a residents “pass”.
* NNDC consulted by County Council about the possibility of a change in the boundaries which may affect smaller areas.
* Councillors remuneration being considered.
* Adoption of Holocaust and Anti-semitism Policy
* A possible change in the way electricity generated by solar panels owned by individuals, can be utilised to be sold back to the national grid.
* Cliff falls at Trimingham. Warning of likelihood of more falls.
* Announcement of the passing of Former NNDC councillor Brian Hannah.
Questions were invited. The Clerk asked why the toilets at East Runton were closed. Mrs. Butikofer had not been aware of this as the policy was agreed last year to keep them open. Would be checked.
Cllr. Annis asked, if the new toilets were likely to be built soon at West Runton gap. The explanation was that there was still a dispute with a local fisherman over the land.
Chairman Simpson reported, reiterated by other Cllrs that Sandy Lane surface was in a poor state again. Mrs. Butikofer had agreed to take this up again with Mr. Steve White (NCC)
Cllr. Cushion had informed of the overflowing drains in Greens Lane East Runton but nothing had been done.

20/002. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – Cllr. Kevin Jonas, unable to attend owing to work commitments.

20/003. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN
FORTHCOMING ITEMS – None.

20/004. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 17TH DECEMBER 2019. The above minutes were agreed as a true record of proceedings and signed by the Chairman.

20/005. MATTERS ARISING – None.

20/006. CLERK’S REPORT – Allotments: Plots have been inspected again and tenants written to, who haven’t kept plots in good order. The one with household items on has been part cleared but the tenant has been given Notice to Quit. It is hoped that the plot will be clear to re-let soon.
Traffic order West Runton parking. County Council have agreed to change the parking times for West Runton and are requesting comments on a form sent to the Clerk. The Council was in favour of this at the start and the form would be filled in with that in mind.

20/007. TO CONSIDER THE CO-OPTION OF A COUNCILLOR FOR THE VACANT SEAT ON THE EAST RUNTON WARD.

The Chairman at this point changed the order of business to allow the consideration of the co-option to take place before any further business. Mr. Gerry Baker had applied to fill the vacant seat and Councillors had considered the application beforehand.
It was proposed by Chairman Simpson seconded by Cllr. Nichols that Mr. Baker should be co-opted onto Runton Parish Council. This being agreed by all, Mr. Baker was invited to join the meeting.

20/008. PLANNING
23 Renwick Park, alterations to conditions. Sent around Councillors. No objections.
10 Renwick Park alterations to conditions. There was concern about the cladding being altered for this building and therefore there was an objection to this.
Gold Coast Caravan site – amended plans for siting of 44 vans on Moyes Close field. Some members thought this was too many vans for the site, others were concerned that some land not belonging to the site had been encroached upon. However this was not Parish land and therefore up to the owners to object.
Dormy House Hotel – various alterations and additions.Approved on 8th Jan 2020. There was no further news about the sign.

20/009. TO HEAR A REPORT ON WORK ON TOP COMMON POND
Cllr. Taylor reported to say that the volunteers had done a really good job. The edges had been cleared and everyone worked very well. Cllr. Nichols had brought a tractor to help with the removal of trees from the pond. The Clerk had liaised with Mr. Luke Turner and had received information and prices for a dredger. This is likely to amount to approximately £4000.00, which was to be expected, depending on how long the work took.
The Chairman asked the Clerk to record grateful thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work and diligence.

20/010. TO DISCUSS THE VALUATION NEEDED FOR THE CAR PARK WR.
The Clerk reported that the District Valuer could not do the valuation because of other commitments and suggested we contact the Land agent who dealt with Moyes Close sale.
This was agreed.

20/011. REGISTRATION OF VILLAGE HALL LAND
Cllr. Cushion had obtained the relevant survey plans and has measured the site which would be needed for the registration. A local estate agent valuation was £50,000.00 for the site. This is just a formality. An appointment has been made for February with solicitors. A preliminary fee of £150.00 is requested by them. The Chairman suggested that a simple agreement could be drawn up and a peppercorn rent of one pound per annum be charged to the Village Hall Committee after the registration was completed. This was agreed. Proposed by Cllr. Simpson, seconded by Cllr. Cushion.

20/012. TO CONSIDER REPLACEMENT OF A FEW POSTS ON LOWER COMMON
(requested by parishioner) Nick Darling has given a quote of around £250.00. It was accepted that this work needs doing. Mr. Darling would be informed.

20/013. TO HEAR REPORT ON NEW DEFIBRILLATOR BOX PURCHASE
Having seen the minutes reporting the purchase of a new box, Mr. Mike Ashwell has suggested that the Parish Council consider changing the lock (in order not to have batteries in it) and having an electrician to check the thermostat instead of purchasing a new box, thereby saving the expense. Thermostat has been checked and appears to have a supply of electricity to it. Mr. Ashwell donated the box as it was originally purchased by the Friends of East Runton charity and never used. As it had been recommended that the box be changed and already agreed previously, the Clerk was instructed to go ahead with the order.

20/014. FINANCE
i. Income
Airwave Solutions rent for mast site on Playing Field £1500.00
Further allotment payments £75.00
Interest on deposit account to December three months £112.59 ii Direct Debits paid
Opus Energy £122.58
Unicom £69.52
e.on energy £129.12
iii Invoices to agree for payment
Luke Turner – Pond work £200.00
Kevin Richardson – tree pollarding £1220.00
Brian Cushion £22.50
TT Jones Electrical – lighting maintenance £232.45
Barbara Emery – Clerk salary £978.82
HMRC – tax and NI £197.94.
Hayes and Storr Solicitors £150.00
Luke Turner (Aquatics) £120.00
NALC for Councillor Training £72.00
The Community Heartbeat Trust £924.00
The above were all accepted and agreed for payment.

20/015. CORRESPONDENCE
Ncc Highways Traffic Order. Dealt with above.
Hayes and Storr – terms and conditions etc.
Duncan Baker – Newsletter – would be sent around members.
Mrs. Hill, thanking PC for new bridge on Top Common and pond. Asking that commons are cut every four weeks. It was reiterated that the commons would be cut six times at East Runton and a seventh allowed for if necessary as per the contract.
Police Community officer – invitation to meeting 24th Feb at North Walsham. Clerk has further details and would distribute them.
Norse – informing of annual increase of 5%. This was for grounds maintenance on the Playing Field.
Deep History Coast update on Mammoth Marathon newsletter.

20/016. MEMBERS REPORTS – Playing Field meeting report.
Cllr. Cushion reported on the Playing Field meeting held on 15th January 2020: the pavilion had been finished except for one post needing replacement. Rubbish was a problem but Cllr. Jonas had agreed to clear up after the youth football matches regularly.
Cllr. Gurney – will report potholes in Greens Lane.
Cllr. Baker said he was pleased to serve the Council and would contribute what he could.
Cllr. Nichols – concerned about the drainage in Greens Lane.
Cllr. Bakewell had had complaints of golf balls coming into the road from the golf course, but not much can be done about that. It’s the nature of the layout.
Cllr. Davidson – attended a course on How to be an Effective Councillor. It was an excellent course very informative. Key points will be flagged up and distributed to members. The next one is at Hellesdon on 26th March. Also reports that the toad patrol has started at West Runton and the Retting Pit was very low. The Chairman explained the affect the borehole had on local ponds and that it had been switched off but would take a few years for the ponds to recover.
Cllr. Annis – the hedge around the south east corner of the threeways has become overgrown again and causes pedestrians to have to walk in the road. Also could we have an update on whether Aylmerton PC wish to join in the horticultural show. The Clerk had contacted them but as yet had no reply. Would chase up.
Cllr. Creasey reported that the pavements alongside the cottages leading to the Church were in need of cleaning. Streetscene Inspectors would be informed.

20/017. CONFIRM DATE TIME AND PLACE NEXT MEETING East Runton Reading Room Tuesday 25th February 2020 7.15pm. Confirmed.

The meeting closed at 8.20pm


Signed  J.  Simpson Chairman Date 25th Feb 2020.…….
 

 

 

DECEMBER 17TH  2019

 RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD BY THE ABOVE ON 17th DECEMBER 2019 AT THE READING ROOM EAST RUNTON COMMENCING AT 7.15 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairman. Mr. B. Cushion – Vice Chairman. Mr. D. Bakewell, Mr. J. Creasey, Mr. R. Annis, Mr. S. Gurney, Mr. P. Nichols, Mr. B. Bedwell, Mr. R. Taylor.
The Clerk Ms. B. Emery. One member of the public.

19/178. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR PARISHIONERS/GUEST SPEAKERS – None
Mrs. Butikofer had tendered apologies for non attendance. (NNDC) (NCC).

19/179. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr. C. Davidson and Cllr. K. Jonas.

19/180. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN FORTHCOMING ITEMS None.

19/181. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 26TH NOVEMBER 2019
The Clerk had added Cllr. Taylor to the attending persons at a meeting about Top common pond, .in item 19/171. The Minutes were then agreed as correct and signed by the Chairman. Prop Cllr. Cushion, seconded Cllr. Creasey.

19/182. MATTERS ARISING
Cllr. Cushion referred to his report at the previous meeting about the state of the road and entrance to The Paddock (lane). Having contacted Highways, some work has taken place. Although gravel still spills out of the lane the road has been greatly improved for a good stretch.

19/183. CLERK’S REPORT
The defibrillator box has been ordered. The checks are reported now online and the defib is registered with Community Heartbeat website.
Concern from a resident in Mill Lane that the trees are overhanging and tangling with wires prompted a report to UK Power Networks in the hope that they will trim them. They have promised to inspect. The Clerk has contacted the District Valuer regarding a valuation for the Car Park WR.
ALLOTMENTS. The one which was supposed to be cleared is not finished. Reminders have been sent to all non payers and in January plots will need sorting out regarding the dumping of rubbish. The Chairman reminded that the particular plot causing the problem would have the tenancy terminated if the clearance has not taken place. Also an application had been received regarding the co-option to the east ward seat on the Parish Council. This would be on the agenda for the January meeting.

19/184. PLANNING
PF/19/2045 First Storey extension at St. Margarets Station Rd WR. Application sent round – No objections.
ADV/19/0324 – Dormy House Hotel Signage – Appeal dismissed.
PF/19/2085 – Woodhill Park East Runton. Demolition of existing buildings and siting of 4 prefab units. No objections.

19/185. TO DISCUSS COMMONS AND POSSIBLE ALLEVIATION OF FLOODING.
A parishioner has suggested ways to implement drainage work on the commons including installing pipework and planting trees. This was discussed and decided that there would be no action on this suggestion this coming tax year as major work is taking place elsewhere in the Parish. In any case it would not be considered unless a written plan was produced so that it could be discussed with full knowledge of what was suggested.
It was pointed out that the commons owner would need to be involved and also that Highways were ultimately responsible for drainage.

19/186. TO HEAR REPORT ON SPEEDING AND TRAFFIC DETAILS – S.A.M.S.
A copy of the report was sent around Councillors. The Chairman reported in more detail on the contents and it was noted that the worst case of speeding picked up by the signage was at 90MPH passing the Playing Field on the approach into East Runton.

19/187. TO HEAR UPDATE ON POND WORK
Although work had not yet started the Clerk has been informed that work should begin as soon as possible after Christmas. A date put forward was 6th January and the contractor would be informed.

19/188. TO RATIFY PURCHASE OF NEW DEFIBRILLATOR BOX agreed as a necessary purchase immediately at the last meeting. Ratified, proposed by the Chairman seconded Cllr. Cushion and agreed.
This particular device is to be obsolete at the end of this year but can remain until the pads and battery need changing again. Therefore we may need to look at replacement by 2021.

19/189. FINANCE
i. Income - £724.50 Rural Payments Agency for Stewardship agreement.
ii. Direct Debits paid report
Unicom – telephone etc £73.22
E.on – street lighting £124.96

iii. Invoices to agree for payment
Carl Bird – skip hire restrospective £278.40
Edward Farrow – collecting data from SAMS £135.00
N. Darling – trimming trees/bushes WR allotments £ 40.00
Barbara Emery – Clerk’s salary etc £983.50
HMRC – tax and NI on above £197.94
Luke Turner – replacement cheque £260.00 payment details on the invoice were incorrect, so this is a replacement cheque.
iv. Internal Financial Control Officer report.
Cllr. Bedwell reported as above. A checklist has been drawn up with the help of the
Chairman and Clerk (Cllr. Bedwell thanked both for their support). The accounts have
been checked in detail and the signing of cheques was observed at the meeting
26thNovember 2019 and counterfoils checked. The benefit of initialling invoices was discussed and thought to be not necessary for Runton Council. The provision of cancellation stamps for invoices was also put forward by Cllr. Bedwell and again thought not to be necessary. The Clerk explained her regime for the accounts insomuch that the invoices were numbered to correspond with the accounts in two places on spreadsheets with the date and cheque numbers. This provided a firm cross reference. The Chairman said that the Council has a responsibility to carry out these checks and the Clerk produces monthly accounts and reconciliations to the bank.
Cllr. Bedwell was thanked for the report.

19/190. CORRESPONDENCE
Two applications for the seat on the East Ward of RPC. One was withdrawn.
Invitation for two councillors to a meeting with the Local Police Inspector for our area at North Walsham on 24th February 2020. Names needed by 10th Feb.

19/191. MEMBERS REPORTS – REPORTS FROM NNDC AND NCC
Cllr. Annis suggested that a natural hawthorn mix hedge could be planted on the boundary between the allotment land at WR and the Kraft land. Cllr. Annis would plant the hedge at his own expense. This was met with approval. The Clerk advised that the hedge would have to be added to the list of annual maintenance work.
Cllr. Cushion reported that a building has been erected right up to the boundary with Seaview Caravan Site and the strip of land east of the site near the steps to the beach ER. The Clerk had been in touch with the owners and was assured that the fence which had been removed would be replaced.
Cllr. Gurney had observed that the footpath around the base of Incleborough Hill had been cut and contractors had informed him that the rest would be done in due course.

19/192. CONFIRMED DATE TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING Tuesday
28th January 2020. West Runton Church Hall 7.15pm.

19/193. TO AGREE TO CLOSE THE MEETING FOR THE NEXT ITEM, on the grounds that discussion may be prejudicial to public interest. Agreed.

19/194. TO CONSIDER REGISTRATION OF LAND CONTAINING THE VILLAGE HALL
Some discussion took place on the reasons for registering the land. Cllr. Cushion had looked into this and the Registry office may ask for a valuation and copies of deeds would need to be sent.
It was generally thought that the best way forward would be to get our solicitor to deal with the registration. Although the land belongs to the Parish Council, it does not plan to alter existing practice about the tenancy nor to dispose of land associated with the Village Hall.

The meeting closed at 8pm.


Signed J Simpson  Chairman.



Date 28th January 2020
 

 

 

NOVEMBER 26TH 2019

 RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD BY THE ABOVE ON 26TH NOVEMBER 2019 AT WEST RUNTON CHURCH HALL COMMENCING AT 7.15 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairman. Cllr. B. Cushion – Vice Chairman. Cllr. D. Bakewell, Cllr. J. Creasey, Cllr. R. Annis, Cllr. C. Davidson, Cllr. P. Nichols, Cllr. R. Taylor. The Clerk Ms. B. Emery. One member of the public.

19/161. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR PARISHIONERS/GUEST SPEAKERS
The Chairman opened the meeting for comments. A report was heard about overgrown footpaths around Incleborough Hill and along the Golf Course. It was explained that in both cases the paths were on land owned by local land owners and not cut by the Parish Council.

19/162. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Received from Cllr. K. Jonas. Cllr. B. Bedwell.

19/163. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN FORTHCOMING ITEMS – None declared.

19/164. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 22nd OCTOBER 2019
The above minutes having been circulated beforehand were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman. Prop. Cllr. Cushion, seconded. Cllr Creasey.

19/165. MATTERS ARISING
Cllr. Cushion asked if there was any information regarding the Old Mill Studio planning. No further details were available.
The Chairman reported that the willow on the common at W. Runton had not been done yet as NNDC had to agree to the work first.
Cllr. Creasey asked if any more details had arisen regarding the proposed Horticultural Show. The Clerk was awaiting details. Aylmerton Parish Council were to be contacted to see if they wanted to amalgamate.

19/166. CLERK’S REPORT: A playing field meeting was held on October 30th. An invoice has been provided to show that the final work to install heaters etc, has been completed. They are requesting a release of the £500.00 previously pledged, to help with this work and previous completed renovations. It was agreed to release the cheque. The Clerk reported having fitted new pads to the defibrillator and is doing weekly and monthly checks on the machine. A paramedic has been consulted as there is a concern that the box is not suitable for purpose. Batteries operate the entry buttons and this could fail. Also is is not certain that the thermostat is working correctly. The purchase of a new box was recommended. The Chairman proposed that this should be purchased as soon as possible.
Agreed. This would be ratified at the next meeting.
The newsletter is being printed and will be distributed shortly. .

19/167. TO CONSIDER CO-OPTION TO FILL THE VACANT SEAT ON THE PARISH COUNCIL – Councillors have seen a comprehensive application from Mr. Stephen Gurney. On that basis, it was proposed by Chairman J. Simpson seconded by Cllr. D. Bakewell that Mr. Gurney be co-opted. Agreed unanimously. Cllr. Gurney was invited to join the meeting.

19/168. TO SET THE CALENDAR FOR MEETINGS 2020 – 2021.
Produced by the Clerk the calendar for the coming year was agreed.

19/169. PLANNING
PF/19/1770 at 7 Renwick Park – extension. No objections.
PF/19/1530 Sunset House WR – re-construction. Approved.
There had been no further details about the Dormy Hotel sign.

19/170. TO CONSIDER AND DECIDE ON QUOTE FOR POSTS AT THE HURN
The Clerk met with Renosteel; posts and rails needing replacement were agreed on. The quote for this is £2960 plus vat. It was agreed unanimously that the above work should be done. Prop. Cllr. Bakewell, Seconded Cllr. Creasey.

19/171. POND TOP COMMON – TO HEAR A REPORT AND COSTS OF INSTALLATION OF A SILT TRAP – also report on completed work re: fence and bridge.
Fence and footbridge have been completed. A comprehensive report had been received for the pond work which could commence within the next two weeks. A working group will be needed to reduce cost of clearance. It was confirmed that the conservationist involved would manage the work and see it through. Because of the pond getting silted up, the Clerk and Cllr. Cushion along with Cllr. Taylor, met with Highways Engineer to consider the installation of a silt trap or indeed if it would be possible at some time in the future. After deliberation with a colleague, Highways Engineer Steve White sent a quote for a chamber and piping across the road £6800.00. This would not be necessary at this stage but could be considered in the future.

19/172. TO HEAR A REPORT FROM THE MEETING ABOUT THE CAR PARK WR.
A Meeting was attended by the Clerk, Chairman John Simpson, Cllr. Brian Cushion, two members of the Social Club committee. The Chairman reported that a new lease was desirable to both parties and would be considered soon. The Social Club would need to increase the rent for the land considerably. It was agreed that the District Valuer would be contacted to give a valuation of the land to facilitate a decision of a fair rent. It was hoped that the car park would still be free for locals and tourists.

19/173. FINANCE
i. Income –
Allotment rents £1,542.00 to date.
Caravan site rent £28,500.00 plus £1,000.00** for use of Cliff Lane site for one year until added to the lease. The Clerk explained that the Hazelbury tenant had been offered a choice of obtaining the land now for the extra rent or to wait until the lease had been changed. The tenant agreed to take it now as above**.

ii. Direct Debits paid report
Wave Water WR allotments £42.99
e.on energy – street lighting £129.17
Wave water WR allotments £12.07
Unicom – Telephone/broadband £69.42
Opus Energy – Reading Room elec £99.01 three months.

iii. Invoices to agree for payment
Imperative Training – defib pads £68.40
LT Aquatics – pond report and meeting £260.00
Hanworth Timber – fence and bridge £750.40
NNDC – uncontested election costs £330.58
Bentham Inks and Toners £40.68
J. Lynes for PAT test £48.00
Adam Jones – clearance around pond £95.00
Runton PCC – hire of Church Hall WR 2 years £165.00
Barbara Emery – Salary etc £982.66
HMRC tax and NI £197.74
Chevertons £70.00
Playing Field Committee £500.00 donation.
To sign a new direct debit for wave. Done.
iv. To consider a request for a donation to Citizens Advice Bureau. Decided against.
v. To hear a report from Internal Financial Control Officer. Would be heard at the next meeting.
Cllr. Cushion proposed a vote of thanks to the Clerk for comprehensive work bringing the Cliff Lane site to a conclusion. This was endorsed by all.

19/174. TO CONSIDER THE BUDGET (previously circulated) AND SET THE PRECEPT for 2020-2021. Balances are very healthy and extra work for pond etc should be possible out of our revenue. Some of the capital may have to be used as there are some things which need doing and are costly. Hurn posts, willow tree pollarding.
Cllrs., had considered the budget proposals and the Clerk answered some questions. Following that the Chairman proposed that the precept be increased by £300.00 (three hundred pounds) in line with inflation at 2%. Seconded by Cllr. Bakewell this was agreed with one abstention by the new Councillor. The Chairman thanked the Clerk.

19/175. CORRESPONDENCE
NNDC details of tree planting scheme. Citizens Advice Bureau request donation.

19/176. MEMBERS REPORTS – REPORTS FROM NNDC AND NCC
No report from District or County Councils.
Cllr. Davidson had provided a mental health leaflet produced by Cromer Medical Centre and asked if it could go inserted in the newsletter. This may be possible this time or in the next one
Cllr. Annis reported the footpath alongside the A149 by the fish restaurant was overgrown again. Also had obtained a book regarding Horticultural Shows.
Cllr. Cushion asked for thoughts on moving the bin by the seat in Beach Road to a location nearer the bus stop as litter was more prevalent there. It was thought that this would not make much difference. Also reported a tree on Top Common overgrown and could be a danger to electricity cables. Cllr. Taylor informed that the electricity company would work on the tree if it was a danger to their equipment and could take it down.
Cllr. Cushion also reported that gravel and silt caused pot holes and slippery surfaces at the junction of The Paddock and Greens Lane as it spilled out onto the road.


19/177. TO CONFIRM DATE TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING – Tuesday 17th December 2019 - 7.15pm at East Runton Reading Room. – Confimed.

Signed J.  Simpson  Chairman

Date 17th Dec 2019
 

 

 

OCTOBER 22nd 2019

 RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD BY THE ABOVE ON 22nd OCTOBER 2019 AT THE READING ROOM EAST RUNTON COMMENCING AT 7.15 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairman. Mr. B. Cushion – Vice Chairman. Mr. J. Creasey, Mr. B. Bedwell, Mr. R. Taylor, Mr. P. Nichols, Mr. D. Bakewell.
The Clerk, Mrs. B. Emery. Mrs. S. Butikofer NNDC/NCC.

19/143. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR PARISHIONERS/GUEST
SPEAKERS
Two parishioners expressed concern for the flooding in the village. One gentleman who had written a letter was concerned that the road drains were blocked in Davy Hill. There was also a request for more cuts on the commons. The Chairman explained that they were cut monthly and owing to illness, one of the cuts in summer was missed. This could be rectified next year.

19/144. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr. Davidson, Cllr. Annis, Cllr. Hawkins and Cllr. Jonas. All accepted.
Cllr. James gave apologies for the meeting and also had formally tendered retirement from the Parish Council.

19/145. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN FORTHCOMING
ITEMS – None declared.

19/146. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 24TH SEPTEMBER 2019 . After an alteration in the list of names – one initial was incorrect, the minutes were then agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

19/147. MATTERS ARISING – No matters.

19/148. CLERK’S REPORT – The bid has gone in for the path at ER and been acknowledged.
The West Runton War Memorial has now been added to the Statutory List of Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest. It is a Grade ii in the list for the reasons of being; Historic interest, “as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20”.
Also for architectural interest, “for it’s poignant and well executed design”. The Clerk was asked to inform the P.C.C. as they may not know. Cllr. Creasey was thanked for his information that the Clerk was able to draw from to send in as support.

19/149. PLANNING APPLICATIONS TO REPORT
TPO for land at Fervaques Holt rd has been confirmed. For information only.
PF/19/1530 Sunset House – re-construction of fire damaged dwelling. Approve.
PF/19/1682 – Dormy House Hotel – Extensions, fire escapes, bin storage area, raised paved seating, second floor balcony, first floor Juliet balconies, external air conditioning units, timber cladding and more disabled parking. Cllr. Bedwell had done some research and it was obvious that some of these plans had been put in before and were an improvement. There was no planning reason to object therefore a “No comment”, observation would be sent in.
PF/19/0875 Balfour Rd. Extension. Approved 12th August 2019.
Mrs. Butikofer, informed the meeting that the application for the Old Mill Studio was called in to committee.

19/150. TO CONSIDER COST OF POLLARDING TREE – WR COMMON – ALSO CONSIDER THE CLEARING OF DITCHES FOLLOWING RECENT RAINFALL
The cost of the pollarding is quoted at £1200.00. This will include hire of a chipper as this
type of work can’t be done now without it. Also a fallen tree needs to be cleared away from
Coopers common as cutting can’t be done in future unless it’s removed. Awaiting quote.
A complaint has been received about the ditches and recent flooding and a request that the
ditches are cleared. This was agreed last season to be done at some point this year. It
was thought that the best way would be to start at the cottages end and work back as to clear
the whole stretch may well lead to excessive water causing more flooding. The Clerk was
instructed to contact the contractor .

19/151. TO HEAR ONGOING REPORT OF FENCE REPAIR AND FOOTBRIDGE ER COMMON
There had been no further information of this. It would be chased up as the work needs doing
soon. There was a concern that the work on the pond may impact on the repair of the fence,
but Cllr. Taylor informed members that the digger would not be on the roadside and therefore
not cause a problem. There will be a review of the cost as the quote is out of date.

19/152. ALLOTMENTS – TO HEAR REPORT OF PROBLEMS AND
OVERHANGING TREES, At Lugger Stile there was a report of an overhanging tree
but a tenants of a nearby plot have trimmed it. Skip is ordered for WR but not yet for
Moyes Close as the Clerk has to find someone to fill it.
The plot which was full of car boot sale rubbish is very untidy now as the tenant has been
working another plot which is in the name of someone else and the car boot sale rubbish is
now there including an abandoned car and now another one both full of non garden items.
The tenant is aware. Letters have been sent and also to other tenants with
untidy plots. It was agreed that if the plots with the household/car boot paraphernalia were
not cleared in one month, then the Clerk would send out “Notice to Quit” to both tenants.

19/153. TO HEAR REPORT OF POSSIBLE WORK AND/OR RESTORATION OF
POND IN EAST RUNTON RESULTING FROM MEETING WITH POND
CONSERVATIONIST
Having met with Luke Turner, accompanied by Cllr. Taylor, the suggestion is that the pond could be restored to a wildlife area. Some dredging needs to take place and then Norfolk Reed planted to trap the silt from the road. Plants can be put in when the pond has settled and ongoing maintenance to clear the silt trap and some removal of invasive species should keep it nice. Hopefully a group to help can be got together. It would be overseen by Mr. Turner. Initial cost would be his fee – unknown at mo – and a week of digger hire approx £1250.00. The Chairman proposed that work necessary could go ahead up to the cost of £5000.00 with a review after initial work. Seconded by Cllr. Bedwell it was agreed by all.

19/154. TO HEAR RESULT OF THE REQUEST FOR 30MPH TO BE EXTENDED IN GREENS LANE – Having contacted highways, this idea was thrown out at the first hurdle. The Clerk was told it would not be considered worthy of the cost unless there was some extra building in the area which would generate more traffic.

19/155. TO CONSIDER A PROPOSAL FOR THE HORTICULTURAL SHOW
PROPOSED FOR NEXT YEAR
The Clerk had been in touch with the Sheringham horticultural society who were looking for
a low cost venue and we wondered if we could incorporate something whereby they would set
up and Runton would have a section. Unfortunately their meeting were against it, but invited
us to enter their show. It was thought to be not feasible, and the status quo would stand but to
ask if Aylmerton would like to amalgamate.

19/156. FINANCE
i. Income
NNDC 2nd half of precept includes £198.00 grant £7698.00
Quarterly interest on capital £112.51
ii. Direct Debits paid report
Opus energy £102.90 some of this has now been credited.
Unicom – telephone etc £70.85
e.on energy – street lighting £125.01 September

iii. Invoices to agree for payment
Hayes and Storr – final payment £444.60
Viking Office supplies – stamps, stationery etc £117.62
Anglian Water – Reading Room £32.64
Barbara Emery – Clerk £986.22 salary and expenses
HMRC – tax and NI on above salary £197.94
iv. To agree a donation to Royal British Legion for Poppy Fund (wreath for WR)
Proposed by the Chairman and agreed that £60.00 be given as last year. The Chairman reported that the wreath had been delivered and it was agreed that he should lay it on behalf of the Parish Council.

v. To receive Budget Proposals for inclusion in next months meeting. The Clerk suggested that we think about increasing the precept as there is a lot of expense in the proposed projects and no maintenance has been done in many areas for a lot of years. If the precept is kept low for too long any capping in future would prevent bringing it in line with possible needs.
The budget was briefly discussed and the Chairman suggested a slight increase of say 2% in the precept might be acceptable.

19/157. CORRESPONDENCE
From: NNDC regarding the removal of some telephone boxes. The one at the Hurn was on
scheduled for removal. The Clerk was instructed to object to this as it was quite well used
and also to request it be renovated as it is in poor condition.
Mr. Grover – regarding the misuse of parking and engines running during football matches on
Playing Field. It was agreed that a notice would be put on the pavilion.
Mr. Gurney – regarding cutting commons and flooding.

19/158. MEMBERS REPORTS – REPORTS FROM NNDC AND NCC
Cllr. Phil Nichols had reported a parishioner suggesting lowering the common to create a
flood plain and chevron parking introduced near Lower Common. It was pointed out that Mr.
Batt owned the common and Highways owned the verge.
Cllr. Brian Cushion reported much silt and gravel on the road after the downpour. He had
emailed Highways engineer but some work had been done on pavements but nothing on the
roads.
Cllr. John Creasey, mentioned the orange hare still at the Dormy Hotel.
Cllr. David Bakewell had been asked why the training aircraft were circling over land and not
over the sea. District Councillor Sarah Butikofer explained that it was because they needed
land marks.
Cllr. Bruce Bedwell reported that the detritus had been cleared down Sandy Lane to Renwick
Park.
Mrs. Butikofer was invited to report.
* The Chairman asked for information on the shop Strand Heating as there was a notice in their window of an intention to start selling. (Mrs. Butikofer) officers were still debating this.
* The publican of the Village Inn was investigating the possibility of lowering the wall around the garden to provide more visibility for approaching and exiting Water Lane.
* Regarding the parking times in West Runton: officers are to draw a plan and informing those concerned.
* Some Highways work is being outsourced to Norse.
* Electrical charging points are being fitted in car parks and in the NNDC car park. Vehicles used by NNDC staff will be replaced by electric cars as and when necessary.
* The new swimming pool at Splash ground breaking ceremony will be held next week.
* North Walsham is being allocated £1m for the heritage zone and buses may be re-routed through the area.
* Further action is being taken on the Shannocks Hotel Sheringham.
* A “Code of Conduct “ breach was upheld regarding the funding for disabled.
* Central Government may cap Council Taxes.
* NCC would conduct a review of business rates concerning refunds.
* The Local Plan had 950 responses locally and 50% were related to the Clifton Park inclusion.

19/159. TO HEAR A REPORT OF THE OUTCOME OF THE CLIFF LANE SITE
The above land is now free to include in the lease for Hazelbury. Agreed at the last meeting
that is what will be done.
Proposed: Cllr. Brian Cushion
“that the Clerk proceed with changes to the lease for Hazelbury and inform the prospective
tenant of the intention”.
Seconded by Cllr. Bruce Bedwell. Agreed by all.
Clerk proposes to ask the prospective tenant if he wants to start on the land now, in which case although it is not yet on the lease we could ask him to pay the £1000.00 he offered for the forthcoming year. If he doesn’t, then it could be included in the lease and the rent would be reviewed accordingly.

19/160. TO CONFIRM DATE TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING 26th
November 2019 at West Runton Church Hall 7.15pm.


Signed J.  Simpson.  Chairman


Date 26th November 2019
 


 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2019 

 RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD BY THE ABOVE ON 24TH SEPTEMBER 2019 AT WEST RUNTON CHURCH HALL COMMENCING AT 7.15 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairman. Mr. K. Jonas, Mr. B. Bedwell, Ms. J. James, Ms. C. Davidson, Mr. J. Creasey, Mr. C. Hawkins, Mr. P. Nichols, Mr. R. Taylor, Mr. R. Annis, Mr. D. Bakewell.
Also attending, Mrs. B. Emery – Clerk. Six members of the public.

The Chairman began by welcoming Cllr.Carole Davidson (recently co-opted) to the Parish Council.

19/121. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR PARISHIONERS/GUEST SPEAKERS
A parishioner who gave her name brought up the matter of the strip of land near the East Runton Village Hall and asked it it could be tidied, and the grass cut around the waste bin. Also that a letter sent to the Clerk had requested that the Top Common pond be de-silted and contact made with conservationists with a view to improving the quality of the water. The Chairman explained the reason for the lack of water in the Spring Pond at West Runton. That it was owing to the borehole taking the water from the aquifer. This had now been switched off. Also it was requested that the commons be cut every four weeks in summer.

19/122. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Brian Cushion.

19/123. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN FORTHCOMING ITEMS
None.

19/124. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 23RD JULY 2019
The Minutes had been circulated directly after the July meeting and were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

19/125. MATTERS ARISING
Cllr. Creasey asked if anything had been done about the orange hare sculpture at the Dormy Hotel in WR. The Clerk had not had any report from NNDC. The Chairman asked if the pavilion work had been carried out on the playing field yet. Cllr. Jonas replied that it was underway.

19/126. CLERK’S REPORT
The replacement of the lamp on ER prom has now been completed and all lamps have been replaced with LED lanterns.
The Clerk suggested that as a number of things in the village need upgrade or repair, a long term maintenance programmed be adhered to. RoSPA failed to notice a major fault in the play equipment last year. The inspection for which we paid £80.00. It would be more beneficial if the Council inspected it themselves. The Clerk has done so recently and also checks the defibrillator monthly. The Chairman suggested that a figure be worked into the budget to cover maintenance of assets.
The company who installed the damp courses in the Reading Room had been asked to come and check as it appears that damp is appearing in places. The check revealed that it is caused by condensation where cold pipes meet warmth etc.

19/127. PLANNING
PF/19/1472 Old Mill Studio East Runton. Cllr Cushion and Cllr. Jonas have been to visit the property. It appears that there is no planning reason to object.
A Tree Preservation Order has been received for Land at Fervaques Holt Rd Cromer. Details are listed on the order for information.

19/128. ALLOTMENTS - TO HEAR REPORT ON NEW FENCING AND PATH AT WEST RUNTON. ALSO STORING OF MATERIALS AND UNLAWFUL FENCING AT EAST RUNTON
A new fence to denote the boundary between the Kraft land and the allotments at West Runton has been erected. Cllr. Annis has cut a path through a mid-plot to the east side at West Runton. This is to facilitate access without using private land nearby. There are tenants on plots at East Runton who are storing rubbish still, in sheds and on plots and a fence has been erected which restricts access for others at Wyndham Park. One site at WR had overgrown bamboo. The tenants will be written to.

19/129. TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED LISTING OF THE WAR MEMORIAL BY HISTORIC ENGLAND
The Clerk had circulated this information and it had been responded to in the affirmative.
All were in favour.

19/130. PLAYING FIELD – to discuss and consider tidying up and removal of rubbish and soil left over from the previous work done. (Caravan owner complaint). It was reported to environment health (NNDC) who wanted information as to where the soil had come from. The Clerk replied that it was spoil skimmed off the side of the field to make it level. This had been accepted. Cllr. Nichols had inspected the area and deemed it not to be an obvious problem. It was decided to leave it as it is for now.
It appears that caravan owners are growing honeysuckle etc along the new fence. The Clerk is instructed to write to the manager.

19/131. DISPENSATIONS – To agree a dispensation for all councillors to allow the named members to participate and vote on the setting of the budget and precept for Runton Parish Council.
This is necessary on the grounds that members of the council would be exempt from the vote as all would have a disclosable pecuniary interest. Acceptance was proposed by Chairman J. Simpson seconded by Cllr. J. Creasey and agreed.

19/132. COMMONS AND PONDS– To hear a report from the Clerk about the cutting and to consider proposed work on the Top Common pond. Adam Jones (conservationist) has been met on site and he is to give us an estimate to cut back the willow tree on the corner, remove the sedge and cut back the trees overhanging on the west side. It appears that there are some roach in the pond. An expert is hopefully coming to check the water quality. The Clerk explained the reason for the commons at ER having been missed out on a cut and this would be rectified next year. It was also explained that the strip of land near the village hall belonged to Highways (County Council) and the Parish Council had no rights to attend to it. However the Clerk would contact Highways and get the grass cut. Cllr. Davison asked if the sheep would be grazed on the common at WR this year. The Clerk would check. The Chairman reported that the willow near the Spring Pond WR needs pollarding again. This was agreed.

19/133. TOP COMMON EAST RUNTON FENCE AROUND POND AND FOOTBRIDGE.
To hear and consider an estimate for repairs to above. Cllr. Cushion had circulated the costs from an estimate by Hanworth Timber. It was to supply the materials necessary to replace the footbridge and repair the wooden railings. Total cost ex vat was £657.79. This was accepted, proposed Cllr. D. Bakewell seconded Cllr. K. Jonas.

19/134. TO CONSIDER SUPPORTING A REQUEST FOR HIGHWAYS TO EXTEND THE SPEED LIMIT ON GREENS LANE – this has been asked for by a number of residents. A petition was handed to the Clerk. Cllrs agreed to support this in principle.

19/135. TO HEAR THE REPORT ON THE EXTERNAL AUDITORS STATEMENT.
The external Auditor has sent the final opinion on the Statement of Accounts and the review revealed that the information in the return is in accordance with proper practices and no matters have come to their attention giving cause for concern.
Conclusion notices have been displayed and the Statement of Accounts in full displayed on notice boards and website.

19/136. TO DECIDE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BID FOR NEW PATH ER.
This is the Parish Partnership Bid which was discussed at previous meetings. A firm quote has been received now for £3580.00 we would pay 50% County Highways pay the rest. This was accepted and the Clerk was instructed to implement the bid. Proposed Cllr. C. Hawkins, seconded Cllr. K. Jonas. Agreed.

19/137. FINANCE

i. Income – Wayleave from UK Power Networks £100.00

ii. Direct Debits paid report since last meeting
Opus Energy August £51.76
Unicom August £67.26
Unicom September £66.58
e.on energy street lighting August £129.17
Wave Water WR Allotments £11.93
Anglian Water Reading Room £32.96
e.on energy September £129.17

iii. Invoices to agree for payment retrospectively
Hayes and Storr for solicitors fees £339.60
N. Darling grass cutting etc £520.00
Barbara Emery salary for August £1082.14
HMRC tax on above £197.94
iv. Invoices to agree this meeting
TT Jones Electrical – replacement lamps to LED £2805.12
West Runton Social Club – rent £200.00
SLCC – subs £156.00
PKF Littlejohn – external audit fee £720.00
NNDC – waste bin collection annual £2433.12
Norse – Playing Field grounds £1727.29
Barbara Emery – salary etc £980.38
HMRC – tax and ni £197.94
Adam Jones commons cut and collect £1400.00
Chevertons for newsletters printing £70.00
Kevin Richardson – commons general cutting £856.00
TT Jones – new lamp on prom ER plus other repairs £2659.28
v. Report on balances to date.
Deposit account £150,424.15 at last statement
Current account £ 21,824.56 at last statement
NET balance including all payments above £155,808.15
The above were all accepted and agreed by all.


19/138. CORRESPONDENCE
Minerals and Local Plan Review – proposed sites. A list is available but there are none in the
Parish of Runton. Nearest is East Beckham and Aylmerton. Police newsletter. Next SNAP
meeting 24th October at Cromer Town Council Offices.
Deep History Coast – briefing about the marathon taking place next year 17th May 2020
between Sea Palling and Sheringham.
Disability Network Norfolk Group – information of what they do. There is new money for
Adult Care and in addition the expectation of an additional 2% precept (£8m in Norfolk.
Local Government Boundary Commisssion consultation, forwarded by email.

19/139. MEMBERS REPORTS – REPORTS FROM NNDC AND NCC
No report from NNDC or NCC.
Cllr. Bedwell reported drains and gullies in Sandy Lane down to Renwick Park need attention. Also that visibility is impaired exiting Shawcross Rd., onto Sandy Lane.
Also reported that houses at the top end of Renwick Park are progressing quite quickly.
Cllr. Nichols reported that the fence around the land on the cliff at ER was in need of repair. This was NNDC land and they would be informed.
Cllr. Taylor – confirmed that the Village Hall had been booked for a Horticultural Show/competition for 1st August 2020.
Cllr. Creasey reported that a seat had been erected for Sir Colin Turner at the Beach Café.

19/140. TO CONFIRM DATE TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2019 EAST RUNTON READING ROOM. – Confirmed.

19/141. TO AGREE CLOSURE OF THE MEETING AT THIS POINT FOR THE FOLLOWING ITEM on the grounds that publicity would be prejudicial to the public and press interest, due to the confidential nature of the business being considered. Chairman J. Simpson proposed the closure and it was agreed. The meeting was then closed to the public. 8.20pm.

19/142. CLIFF LANE SITE
The site is still being discussed in confidential session.


Signed………J  Simpson…….Chairman


Date………22nd October 2019……………….

 


 

 

 

JULY 23RD 2019

 RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD BY THE ABOVE ON 23RD JULY 2019 AT THE READING ROOM EAST RUNTON COMMENCING AT 7.15 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairman. Mr. B. Cushion – Vice Chairman.
Mr. J. Creasey, Mr. K. Jonas, Mr. P. Nichols, Ms. J. James, Mr. C. Hawkins, Mr. B. Bedwell, Mr. R. Taylor, Mr. R. Annis.
The Clerk Mrs. B. Emery. Representing NNDC and NCC – Mrs. S. Butikofer.
Five members of the public.

19/100. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR PARISHIONERS/GUEST SPEAKERS
Cromer Town Councillor, Mr. Tim Adams, was present and gave a short talk about the request for funding towards an infra red camera to be fitted to a drone for emergency services. This would be used to help searches for missing persons etc. The cost was usually £10,000.00 which they were hoping to obtain by securing grants of up to £5,000.00 towards it.
A parishioner also spoke about a letter she had sent to the Clerk about the Top Common pond. The letter contained names and contacts of people who could help to restore the pond.
The Clerk explained that much had been spoken about the pond and that it had been surveyed by conservationists and some remedial work had taken place last year. The Chairman said that it would be looked at again and some of the people that the lady had listed would be contacted before the autumn.

19/101. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – Cllr. Bakewell

19/102. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN FORTHCOMING ITEMS. Cllr. James declared a personal interest in Item 10.

19/103. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 25TH JUNE 2019 The Clerk
reported that the balances recorded on the above minutes as having included the invoices listed were in fact actual bank balances and did not include the income or payments listed..

19/104. MATTERS ARISING - none

19/105. TO HEAR APPLICATIONS FOR NEW COUNCILLOR AND TO CO-OPT IF APPROPRIATE
An email was sent round regarding Ms. Davidson’s keenness to be on the council but has commitments this year that were already in place before she thought to apply. Having considered the points made, it was suggested by the Chairman that in the absence of any other applicants Ms. Davidson be co-opted.
The motion was proposed by Cllr. Bedwell seconded by Chairman Simpson and agreed.

19/106. CLERK’S REPORT – Safety Inspection Report (Play equipment)
The Clerk reported on the Inspection Report by RoSPA and it was much as in the past. No major concerns had been brought to attention. The inspection in future would be done by the Parish Council as not all parts were covered by RoSPA and it was noted that some problems were missed last year.
Renosteel has been contacted for the posts on the Hurn. They can’t do anything until September. Chris Yaxley has been asked to look at the Top Common bridge.
Lifeguard patrols are now in place on the beaches.
Report of camper vans at Dormy Hotel. Mrs. Butikofer was contacted and reported that a change of use would be needed.
Cllr. Hawkins can no longer do the rotations for the speed awareness signs. The Clerk has appointed Mr. Ed Farrow who does others in the area. He charges £27.00 per move and will provide invoices quarterly. This was met with approval by all.

19/107. PLANNING Dormy Hotel appeal against refusal for the sign has been received.

19/108. LED STREET LAMP REPLACEMENT PROGRAMME – To decide the next phase.
The promenade lamp is scheduled for replacement. There are eight others left to change to led. The Clerk suggested that all eight be changed over before the winter. This is recommended by the contractors. The original plan was six per annum. It was agreed that the remaining eight now be replaced en block.

19/109. TO CONSIDER A REQUEST FOR FUNDING TOWARDS THE PURCHASE OF AN INFRA RED CAMERA FOR THE DRONE USED BY NORFOLK CONSTABULARY ie; missing persons search equipment etc.
This was discussed at length and Cllr. James reported on the value of the equipment which could be used by many emergency services and recommended support. Cllr. James (a member of the Coastguards) answered some concerns by Councillors. Cllr. Taylor asked if the Parish Council were lawful in funding this type of thing. The Clerk confirmed that the Council has the Power of Competence which does allow grants to anything concerning the public at discretion.
It was proposed by Cllr. Jonas that £500.00 be given, there was no seconder but an amendment was made by the Chairman that the Parish Council consider giving £100.00 in the future. Seconded by Cllr. Nichols and agreed. It would be on the next agenda.

19/110. TO CONSIDER A REQUEST FOR FUNDING FOR CROMER GROUP PRACTICE TOWARDS EQUIPMENT NEEDED (Not funded by NHS) List provided.
There was some discussion but it was decided that no grant would be given at this time.

19/111. TO HEAR UPDATE ON CAR PARK LEASE
The Clerk has written to the Social Club to request a meeting for consideration of a new lease. To date there has been no further communication.

19/112. ALLOTMENTS – To hear responses to the letter sent out regarding the
competition. Sixteen responded all in favour. The Chairman suggested that a small
Horticultural Show may be a nice idea. Cllr. James suggested that as we had an allotments
working group, they might like to organize it. The date for it was agreed as the 1st August
2020.
A letter had been written to plot holders about the need to conserve the water. A number
of requests were received recently to have items of rubbish, old sheds, oil drums, glass etc;
removed. New tenants on old plots are finding these items difficult to deal with.
Also Nick Darling had been strimming the plot nearest the northern boundary in order to
create a new path to the eastern side plots and erect the fence. It was suggested that a mini
digger could be brought in to level the bank for the path.

19/113. PLAYING FIELD MEETING REPORT and to hear costs of pavilion
repairs. This was reported by Cllr. Cushion. Work had not yet started on the installation of
the heaters inside the pavilion and more work is needed on the outside costing £2,400.00.

19/114. TO HEAR UPDATE ON THE PARISH PARTNERSHIP BID FOR ER
PATH –emailed Steve White on 10th July. Approximate cost £3,500.00 if no issues.
Parish Council pay half. This was met favourably. Mrs. Butikofer is contacting Mr.
White on another issue and will ask him to look at the path area.

19/115. FINANCE
i. Income - £181.16 from RPA Stewardship payment
ii. Direct Debits paid report
Unicom – telephone etc £68.29
e.on energy – street lighting £125.01
Opus Energy – Office electricity £55.48


iii. Invoices to agree for payment
Norfolk A2Z for website – Mrs. M. Clarke £110.00
Rick Taylor – light fitting £59.72 reimbursement
Hayes and Storr solicitors fees £228.00
Playsafety Ltd. Inspection £82.20
Barbara Emery – Salary £974.34
HMRC – tax etc on above £197.74
Nick Darling £440.00
Kevin Richardson £856.00
The above were all accepted and agreed for payment.

iv. Internal Control Officer report.
Cllr. Bedwell reported having met with the Clerk to go over the role as ICO and
would be looking at the Accounts and Regulations further and reporting at regular
intervals.

19/116. CORRESPONDENCE
Sixteen letters in response to letters sent to allotment tenants.
Parishioner regarding the Top Common pond.

19/117. MEMBERS REPORTS – REPORTS FROM NNDC AND NCC
Mrs. Butikofer – report: Sandscaping going well at Happisburgh. The Coast Watch
station for East Runton had permission granted. The launch of the monoliths for the Deep
History Coast project had taken place and by the autumn the Tourist Information Centre in
Cromer will have been converted to the Deep History Coast Information Centre.
Local Plan; opinions generally received were against any development adjacent to Clifton
Park. There had been approximately 2000 responses and at least half were against this
land being used.
There would be a programme of dates for recycling hazardous waste coming for the
Hempton site which is nearest for this area.
There were moves to try to help solve the speeding problems in Station Road West Runton.
Environmental Forum date at North Walsham Community Centre 18th August.
The “Strand Heating” Cromer Rd WR needed a change of use which would be enforced.
The Chairman asked for an update on the problems at WR beach. No further information was available.
Cllr. Annis asked if the Dormy Hotel could appeal any more times. Mrs. Butikofer replied that this was the last one allowed for the sign and once more for the hare sculpture.
The Methodist Chapel in West Runton was on the enforcement board list.
Members Reports:
Cllr. James reported that the SNAP had a new beat officer but as the old details were on the website it is proving difficult to find up to date information.
Cllr. Nichols reported that the footpath around Incleborough Hill had proved a problem and the Clerk said that the work to clear it should have been done by now.
Cllr. Bedwell reported that the verges on railway bridge had been cut. The green area at the entrance to Shawcross Rd., needed trimming. Mrs. Butikofer said that Highways were doing Renwick Park and she would ask them to look at Shawcross Rd as well.

19/118. TO CONFIRM DATE TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING Tuesday
September 24th at West Runton Church Hall 7:15 PM

19/119. TO AGREE CLOSURE OF THE MEETING TO THE PUBLIC AND
PRESS,
The Chairman closed the meeting as above on the grounds that the content of discussion
for the item regarding the Cliff Lane site may be prejudicial to the public.

The meeting then closed to the public at 8.20pm.



Signed…J  Simpson….Chairman.


Date……………………………..


 

 

JUNE 2019

 RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD BY THE ABOVE ON 25TH JUNE 2019 AT WEST RUNTON CHURCH HALL COMMENCING AT 7.15 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairman. Mr. B. Cushion – Vice Chairman.
Mr. D. Bakewell, Mr. J. Creasey, Mr. R. Annis, Mr. C. Hawkins, Ms. J. James, Mr. B. Bedwell, Mr. K. Jonas. Mr. P. Nichols, Mr. R. Taylor.
Also attending Ms. B. Emery – Clerk. One member of the public.

19/083. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR PARISHIONERS/GUEST SPEAKERS – no takers.

19/084. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – none.

19/085. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN FORTHCOMING
ITEMS. None.

19/086. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF ANNUAL MEETING HELD 14th May 2019.
The above having been circulated beforehand were agreed as a true record of proceedings and signed by the Chairman. Proposed Cllr. Bakewell, seconded Cllr. Cushion.

19/087. MATTERS ARISING

19/088. TO HEAR OF APPLICATIONS FOR NEW COUNCILLOR AND TO CO-OPT IF APPROPRIATE. There had been one application but the person was unable to attend the meeting. Therefore it was deferred.

19/089. CLERK’S REPORT
New regulations regarding Data Protection mean that we do not need to register with the ICO but we can if we wish to. In general it was agreed that it was in our interests to continue with the registration. The cost to us is £40.00 per annum reduced to £35.00 because we pay by direct debit.
Having received information from the Police news feed, the Clerk reported that new projects have been launched in Norfolk to prevent child criminal exploitation. “We feel that our children are safe in our small parish but gangs do infiltrate our schools if they can, and we should be aware of this as a Parish Council”.
NNDC draft local plan. Our comments have been sent in.
Having been asked if the defibrillator and the speed signs are insured, the Clerk confirmed that the policy has been checked and both are insured against vandalism and theft up to £5000.00.

19/090. PLANNING
Pf/19/0875 – Single storey extensions front and rear. Replacement windows, chimney removal and conversion of garage for studio and enlarge patio. Concerns regarding policy EN8 and SS2 ( adaptation of buildings for appropriate use). Otherwise no objections.
PF/18/2220 – Amendments to previous application. Amended description and additional information. No objections.

19/091. TO DISCUSS VILLAGE PONDS
Observations made when the ponds were surveyed in 2017 revealed that Top Common pond is turbid and lacking biodiversity. Improvements could be made by clearing the outflows of which there are three, and cutting back the sedge and some willow. This was done at the end of the year 2018. The willows have overgrown the pond and encroached, so that the pond is getting smaller. It was agreed that work could be done again in the autumn as above.

19/092. ALLOTMENT INSPECTION REPORT – DISCUSS VIABILITY OF SIMPLE BOUNDARY FENCE AT WEST RUNTON.
Cllr. Bakewell gave a report following the allotment inspection recently, saying that overall there had been a general improvement in tidiness and grass cutting. At Wyndham Park only one is fully cultivated but most are kept tidy. At Lugger Stile some are exceptional and only two are not cultivated. Moyes Close are average to good also. West Runton are average to good, with two overgrown ones.
The Clerk reported that the plot on the boundary of West Runton is not tenable and needs clearing before any letting can be considered. It was agreed to have it strimmed and erect a simple post and wire fence. Proposed by Cllr. Cushion seconded by Cllr. Annis. N. Darling would be asked.
Two letters of thanks have been received for the new tap installation at Lugger Stile ER.
The Clerk was instructed to write to tenants giving the results of the inspection and ask views on the reintroduction of the competition.

19/093. TO HEAR REPORT ON PLAYING FIELD MEETING AND REVIEW COMMUNICATIONS MAST SITE RENT
Cllr. Cushion reported on the Playing Field Committee meeting held on 19th June2019:
The meeting was well attended. The pavilion work is still not done for which the Parish Council pledged £500.00; members were asked to get a quote for renovating parts of the pavilion at the rear of the building; next meeting of the committee in July would hopefully produce the quote. The accounts held approximately £4000.00. In response the Chairman suggested that the Playing Field Committee organize some form of fundraising to pay for the work needed.
Mast Rent Review
We have in the last two reviews kept the rent at the same £3000.00. To increase it at market value would only a nominal amount. They pay regularly at six month intervals and the site costs us nothing. The Chairman proposed that in view of the foregoing information, the rent should be kept at £3000.00 per annum. This was seconded by Cllr. Jonas and agreed.
19/094. TO CONSIDER PARISH PARTNERSHIP BID FOR EXTENSION OF ER PATH ACROSS COMMON.
Again we have been offered the 50% help with various improvements to the parish including a “trod” which we did on the common at ER. The path could now be extended if possible alongside the pond to the “Old Cottage”. Many people have suggested it and therefore the Clerk was asked to look into it subject to survey.

19/095. FINANCE
i. Income – Rural Payments Agency £543.34 Stewardship
ii. Direct Debits paid report
Opus Energy £106.33
Wave Water WR water £54.37
e.on energy street lighting £129.17
Unicom for May-June £69.16
ICO data protection fee £35.00
iii. Invoices to agree for payment retrospectively
Hayes and Storr – solicitors £1061.40
Norse £1727.29
Bentham – Inks and Toners £40.68
J. Lynes – electrical £156.77 work on the defib
Nick Darling – grass cutting £90.00
Matthew Williams £331.20 paid in May for tap trench
Chris Hawkins – new taps etc £280.48
Kevin Richardson – commons £856.00
All the above have been paid
To agree for payment:
TT Jones Electrical 3 months £232.45
Barbara Emery – Salary £981.30
HMRC tax and NI on above £197.94
N. Darling £200.00 grass and strim on Playing field
The above were accepted and agreed by all.
iv Balances report
Current Account £29,410.42 including the above.
Deposit Account £150,311.72
v. To update Finance Policy for external auditor. No changes needed but must show that it’s updated annually. The Clerk read out the updated policy and it was agreed with no changes.
The end of year Statement of Accounts etc have been sent to the External Auditor.

19/096. CORRESPONDENCE
From Two residents thanking PC for the tap on Lugger Stile.
Able Community Care – leaflets and stickers and information in general for the vulnerable
elderly about scams and security etc.

19/097. TO CONFIRM DATE TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING – Tuesday July
23rd 2019 at East Runton Reading Room. Confirmed.

19/098. TO AGREE CLOSURE OF THE MEETING FOR THE FOLLOWING ITEM on the
grounds that publicity would be prejudicial to the public and press interest due to the
confidential nature of the business being considered. There were no members of the public still
in attendance.

19/099. TO DISCUSS THE CLIFF LANE SITE in closed session.
A report from the solicitor was given and a progressive decision was made based on the report. Proposed by Cllr. Simpson (Chairman) seconded by Cllr. Cushion and agreed by all.

19/100. MEMBERS REPORTS
Cllr Cushion reported that a request had been made to get paths cut to the play equipment on Top Common.
Cllr. Jonas asked if the West Runton car park lease was being processed. The Clerk had it in hand but had not progressed further. It was then decided to go ahead with the process as soon as possible.
Cllr. Annis reported the hedgerow on the south east corner of the Threeways/Station Rd., was overgrowing the footpath. This would be reported to NNDC.
Cllr. Bakewell reported that the Gardens Day although not being held this year, would be reinstated in 2020. There was however to be a barbeque at Arcadia Church Lane; proceeds to the Air Ambulance.

The meeting closed at 20:20 hours.



Signed………J  Simpson.…..Chairman. Date……23 July 2019…

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MAY 2019

 RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ABOVE PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON 14TH MAY 2019 AT THE READING ROOM EAST RUNTON COMMENCING AT 7.15 PM.

PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairing the meeting. Mr. B. Cushion.
Mr. D. Bakewell, Ms. J. James, Mr. C. Hawkins, Mr. P. Nichols, Mr. R. Taylor, Mr. J. Creasey, Mr. B. Bedwell, Mr. R. Annis.
The Clerk, Ms. B. Emery. Also attending: Mrs. S. Butikofer for NNDC and NCC.
One member of the public.

19/063. TO ELECT THE CHAIRMAN - Cllr. Simpson as outgoing Chairman asked for nominations for the Chair. Cllr. Creasey proposed that Cllr. Simpson be elected as Chairman for 2019-2020. Cllr. Simpson then asked if there were any other nominations. There were not and therefore the original proposal was seconded by Cllr. Bedwell and agreed unanimously.

19/064. TO CO-OPT COUNCILLORS TO FILL VACANCIES LEFT AFTER THE
ELECTION
The vacancies have been advertised on the notice boards for two weeks. Mr. Jonas having been a councillor previously, had applied but had tendered apologies being unable to attend the meeting. The following then took place.

Kevin Jonas to be co-opted, nominated by Cllr. J. Simpson .Seconded by Cllr. Hawkins, was agreed by all.

19/065. CHAIRMAN AND NEWLY ELECTED COUNCILLORS TO SIGN
DECLARATION OF ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICE AND TO RECEIVE REGISTRATION
DOCUMENTS FOR COMPLETION AND RETURN TO NNDC.
Forms were given out by the Clerk to those Councillors who had not got hard copies. The
declarations of office were then signed by each Councillor and countersigned by the Clerk.

19/066. TO ELECT A VICE CHAIRMAN
Cllr. B. Cushion was nominated by Cllr. Simpson seconded by Cllr. Nichols and elected
unanimously.

19/067. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND
GUEST SPEAKERS.
The parishioner present had requested that the Parish Council be mindful of the fact that the
Top Common pond needed cleaning and some restoration work done. There had been nothing done for many years and the pond was appearing neglected. The Clerk explained what had gone on before and work done last year. However, the matter would be put on the agenda next time to see what further could be done.

Mrs. Sarah Butikofer was invited to give a report and spoke on the following points.
* Pension age for women.
* Climate emergency debates and climate concern agreement. NCC and the District Council also declared a climate emergency.
* The PCC (Lorne Green) considering again taking the fire service in with police.
* Communication with Anglian Water about the Retting Pit in WR, resulted in and explanation of the reduction in water, mainly a reduction in the aquifer in general.
* The Local Plan consultation was now available in many areas.
14/05/19
* The enforcement at the Dormy Hotel WR is ongoing.

The Chairman asked for further information concerning the parking issue at WR.
Mrs. Butikofer explained that there was to be a meeting with the highways engineer and Councillors were welcome to attend. Also concerning the weight limit for Sandy Lane, the County Highways were not keen to explore this.
Cllr Cushion asked if there were any minutes regarding the climate change from either County or District Councils. Reply: there was an Action Plan being drawn up.

19/068. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES – None.

19/069. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN FORTHCOMING
ITEMS
The Clerk explained what declaring interests meant and gave some examples. There were none in this instance.

19/070. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 23rd APRIL 2019
The above minutes had been circulated beforehand and were accepted and agreed as a true record of proceedings and signed by the Chairman.

19/071. MATTERS ARISING
None.

19/072. CLERK’S REPORT
COMMONS. Emails between Anglian Water and Martin Brandish have voiced concerns about the borehole sunk by Links Hotel which appears to be causing the Retting Pit to dry out. A query by the Clerk regarding an abstraction licence had been answered as follows: That the borehole was a replacement and that the allowance to abstract without a licence is 20 cubic metres.
NNDC local plan consultation is available at various venues. Our concern is the piece of land bordering Clifton Park. Cllr. Cushion spoke about the situation and said he was going to comment and point out that they don’t mention that the site for housing at the boundary with Clifton Park Cromer, is actually in East Runton. Previous information would be looked up. It was suggested that any correspondence should point out the site was not in Cromer, was adjacent to sewerage works, was next to a railway and that there was no need for another school. Also that any new building would serve to close the division between town and village. The impact of extra traffic also is not mentioned.
The Clerk received a formal complaint about the heap of earth/rubble etc which was moved from near the pavilion to the top end of playing field. Caravan owner says it’s an eyesore. This was discussed and it was thought that when a skip was used to take away the old posts from the Hurn, then the tree trunk and some concrete rubble and rubbish could be taken off the heap and reduce it that way. Cllr. Nichols would have a look at the tree to see what could be done to get it out of the heap.
ALLOTMENT TAP. The digger is coming on Monday 20th May. Cllr. Hawkins will lay the pipe in at the same time.
Renosteel have been asked to inspect the play equipment but they don’t inspect, just repairs. It was agreed to allow RoSPA to inspect this year and then to carry out regular inspections in house.

19/073. PLANNING – There were no applications this month.

19/074. TO RECEIVE REPORTS FROM COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES ON
OTHER COMMITTEES AND TO APPOINT SUCH REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE
YEAR 2019-2020
Runton Parish History Society:
14/05/19
The Clerk gave a report that the History Society was going along well, much interest has taken place during the coffee mornings held once a month and they are a great success, making a little profit each time.
Cllr. Creasey and the Clerk would carry on as representatives.

Playing Field Management committee:
Cllr. Brian Cushion gave a report: The pavilion was due to be fitted inside with heaters etc, reported at a previous meeting. This has not yet taken place. It is felt that the Playing Field Committee is not keeping up with meetings or getting on with the work needed. The pavilion also needs work on the guttering and rear of the building. The Playing Field Committee would be informed that they must consider their constitution.
Cllr. Cushion would carry on as representative.

East Runton Village Hall committee:
Cllr. Rick Taylor gave the report: The Village Hall was well used by outside groups and was self sufficient. There is an activity on every day. The only downside is that it is not used by local groups from the village.
Cllr. Taylor agreed to be the representative for the Village Hall.

Ploughlet Charity:
Cllr. John Simpson who was willing to carry on. As one of the representatives, outlined how the Charity worked: originally set up to help the poor in the parish. The constitution has been changed to incorporate a wider area of people in need. The income is largely from a caravan site plus rental from cottages and land. Cllr. Nichols agreed to be the second representative.

Commons working party:
Cllr. D. Bakewell would represent the West commons and Cllr. B. Cushion the East commons
Commons were being cut regularly now and there were no complaints.

Representative for SNAP (Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel) meetings every 3 months.
Mrs. Hodson who had been attending these meetings was now retired from the Council and Cllr. J. James offered to attend the meetings in future as Runton representative.

Allotments inspection group.
Cllr. David Bakewell, Cllr. Richard Annis. Cllr. Chris Hawkins all agreed to carry on with the group and to get together soon to have an inspection of the plots. Cllr. Bakewell had inspected West Runton allotments and found them on the whole to be quite acceptable.

Planning advisory group.
Cllr. Bruce Bedwell was willing to carry on and check applications in West Runton and Cllr. Brian Cushion offered to check the East Runton ones.
It was agreed by all to appoint the above named representatives en block.

19/075. TO HEAR A REPORT ON THE RE-POSITIONING OF THE DEFIBRILLATOR ER.
Chris has repositioned the defib on the wall of East Runton Stores. It is now back on the CAD list as being rescue ready. It will be checked each month according to the instructions given by the first responder team. The Clerk will do this or one of the councillors. A form will be filled in each time and kept on file. The Parish Council will need to buy new pads as they are due for replacement by October. The battery is ok until 2023. Cllr. James asked if the Council insurance covered the defib in case of theft. The Clerk would check.

19/076. TO CONSIDER A QUOTE FOR A NEW LAMP ON ER PROMENADE
Clerk has details cost is £1959.00 plus vat.
Proposed for acceptance by Cllr. Hawkins Seconded by Cllr. Cushion and agreed.

19/077. TO AGREE AND SIGN ACCOUNTS FOR YEAR ENDING 31ST MARCH 2019
SECTION 1 – ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT 2018-2019
SECTION 2 – ACCOUNTING STATEMENTS 2018-2019.
The above having been circulated beforehand councillors were asked to agree the accounts.
Proposed for acceptance by . Cllr. Bedwell seconder Cllr. Creasey and agreed.

19/078. FINANCE
To appoint internal control officer. Cllr. Bedwell agreed to take on this post.
To appoint internal auditor – Mr. Stuart Meakin was re-appointed. Cllr. Creasey pointed out that he did a very good job of auditing the accounts.
i. Income this month:
Precept with grant £7699.00
VAT refund £6024.75
ii. Direct debits paid
Anglian Water £27.94 for the Reading Room
Wave Water £55.49 Moyes Close allotments
e.on energy £125.01 for street lighting
iii. Invoices to agree for payment
Reimbursement to Cllr. Hawkins £16.67 for items relating to parking sign.
Came and Company £943.87 insurance
TT Jones Electrical £309.85 Street lamp maintenance
Stuart Meakin £100.00 for internal audit
Darling and Son £70.00 for grass cutting on the Hurn WR
Barbara Emery £974.14 Clerks salary
HMRC £197.74 tax and nat insurance on salary
The above were all agreed for payment.
Bank balances including above to date:
Current Acc: £ £28,328.44 plus receipts not shown £7699.00 minus payments not shown
£ £5,291.87 plus deposit account £ £150,311.72 = balances total of £ £181,047.29

19/079. TO REVIEW THE RISK MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT
Last review March 2018.
sent round by email. There is an addition defining the street lamps on page 4. Also on page 4 the venue of the meetings at East Runton has been changed to the Reading Room

Proposed for acceptance by Cllr. Simpson. Seconded Cllr. Nichols and agreed by all.

19/080. CORRESPONDENCE
From: Caravan resident complaint - dealt with above
Email correspondence between Anglian Water, Mr. Brandish and the Clerk regarding the ponds etc.
Dealt with above.
NNDC about Local Plan consultation.
19/081. MEMBERS REPORTS
Cllr. Hawkins: several people had asked if something could be done on the Top Common pond. This had come up previously and some remedial work was done to clear sedge and part of a tree. Cllr. Hawkins informed members that a pond in Aylmerton had been rejuvenated and he would enquire as to what was done.
14/05/19

Cllr. Bakewell: traffic lights had been installed at the entrance to Renwick Park as the gas mains were being replaced into Renwick Park East. This was to take three months apparently.
Cllr. Creasey: attended the St. Georges Day parade and service which went very well. Also reported that the “Olley Rd” sign was in a poor condition.
Cllr. Nichols: the playing field was getting rather weedy where the work was done recently. The ground has been too dry to put in grass seed and the whole may need strimming soon. The Clerk would contact Mr. Darling to request that he does whatever is necessary.
Cllr. Cushion: the goal posts on the Playing Field had been moved out of the way of the caravan site as requested.
Cllr. Bedwell: five years ago planning permission was given for the re-development of “Woodhurst” in Water Lane WR. The permission expires this month and nothing has been done. Also reported that the posts holding the sign for Shawcross Rd are rotten.

19/082. TO CONFIRM DATE TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING
The above will be on Tuesday 25th June 2019 West Runton Church Hall commencing at
7:15pm


Signed……J.  Simpson  ..Chairman Dated……25th June 2019……


 

 

APRIL 2019

 RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD BY THE ABOVE ON 23RD APRIL 2019 AT WEST RUNTON CHURCH HALL COMMENCING AT 7.30 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairman. Mr. B. Cushion – Vice Chairman.
Mr. J. Creasey, Mrs. J. Hodson, Mr. K. Jonas, Mr. B. Bedwell, Mr. D. Bakewell, Mr. R. Annis, Mr. C. Hawkins, Mr. P. Nichols. Mrs. B. Emery – Clerk. Mrs. Sarah Butikofer (for NNDC & NCC) Three members of the public.

19/050. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR PARISHIONERS/GUEST SPEAKERS
One member of the public did register additional interest in the business of parking at West Runton.

The Chairman gave thanks to Cllr. Steve Bacon and Cllr. Martin Brandish and Cllr. Jane Hodson for their invaluable help to the community as councillors as they are all now retiring from the Council and will not be standing for election this time.

19/051. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Received and accepted from Cllr. S. Bacon and Cllr. M. Brandish.

19/052. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN FORTHCOMING ITEMS
None received.

19/053. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 26TH MARCH 2019
The above minutes having been circulated beforehand were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman. Proposed Cllr. Bakewell seconded Cllr. Hawkins.

19/054. MATTERS ARISING
Cllr. Jonas asked if the tap at Lugger Stile was soon due to be fitted. Cllr. Hawkins was to lay the pipe in when he was available and the digger could be organized.

19/055. CLERK’S REPORT
We have a new box for the defibrillator at East Runton. It was given by Mr. Mike Ashwell which having been bought by the now defunct Friends of East Runton charity, was never used.
This will be positioned on the wall at East Runton Stores, with thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Steve Bacon. We are just waiting for a new light for the top of the box and then it will be fitted.
The lease for the Cliff Lane site has been sent to the tenant and acknowledged.
Cllr. Hawkins has erected the new sign for Wyndham Park to hopefully restrict parking to residents.
A request for a quote for a new lamp at ER prom has not yet been received.
It has been brought to notice that there are problems with caravans/motorhomes using Davy Hill as access from East Runton to the caravan/camping site on Holgate Lane. This was discussed as a problem as is the waiting by caravans in West Runton to access the site off Sandy Lane. It was being monitored by Cllr. Bakewell.

19/056. PLANNING
PF/19/0488 – Use of Land (Moyes Close) for 44 holiday caravan pitches at Gold Coast E. Runton. Councillors have seen and no objections were recorded. It had been pointed out to the Clerk that there is no amenity area on the proposed site. The Clerk was instructed to register “no objections” but with reference to there being no amenity area.
PF/19/0520 – Single Storey rear extension, loft conversion with dormer window. 23 Renwick Park W. Runton. Seen. No objections.

19/057. TO CONSIDER REQUEST FOR SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES SEEKING CHANGE IN PARKING TIMES. Letter received from shopkeeper indicating that he is willing to contribute towards the cost, as is Mrs. Butikofer. After discussion during which it was re-iterated by the Chairman that this was a Highways matter and their responsibility, therefore the Parish Council may not have any influence; a proposal was made by the Chairman that the Parish Council would support in principle. This was agreed unanimously.
Councillors were then asked if they would agree to support financially.
A motion was proposed by Cllr. Bakewell to support with a pledge of £500.00 (five hundred pounds) This was seconded by Cllr. Annis. An amendment to this was moved by Cllr. Cushion which proposed to support with a pledge of £1000.00 ( one thousand pounds) seconded by Cllr. Jonas. A vote on the amendment showed two votes for and eight against, therefore the amendment was not carried.
The original motion proposed was voted on and there were six votes for with four abstentions. Therefore the motion to pledge £500.00 (five hundred pounds) to the cause was carried.
Some figures found by Mrs. Butikofer had indicated that the cost would be in the region of £6000.00 for the Cromer Road and £4000.00 for Station Road. Mrs. Butikofer had pledge £3000.00 of her funding allowance. Highways only have money for safety work and therefore are reluctant to fund this kind of traffic order.

19/058. TO HEAR AN UPDATE ON PLAYING FIELD.
Some favourable reports have been received about the clearance A couple of complaints from the caravan site that footballs are coming over into the site have been resolved with the goals being moved. Also, that the back wall of the pavilion is in need of cleaning up. This will be reported to the Playing Field Committee.

19/059. FINANCE
i. Income – from Rural Payments Agency for Stewardship £181.16
ii. Direct Debits:
Unicom – telephone etc. £73.80
e.on energy – street lighting £129.17
iii. Invoices to agree:
Runton PCC agreed at last meeting £500.00
Norfolk Association Local Councils – subs £303.90
Viking payments – stamps and envelopes £101.86
Darling and son – grass cutting and footpaths £390.00
iv. Pay Award for Clerks from 1st April 2019. There has not been a pay award since April 2017
The rates have increased in the Clerk’s case on spinal column point no: 26 from £12.16 to £12.89 per hour.
Clerks salary in accordance with above: £977.46
HMRC – tax and NI on above £197.74
The above rates were proposed for acceptance by Cllr. Simpson (Chairman) seconded by Cllr. Hodson and on being put to the vote was agreed unanimously.
19/060. CORRESPONDENCE
North East Norfolk Scouts WR. Thank you letter for the donation £150.00
Copy of email to Cllr. Brandish regarding water levels in ponds. Anglian Water. The Clerk read the letter which indicates that monitoring of the water levels in two ponds showed that the cause was the use of the borehole. This was to be rectified and the levels should start to rise next spring.
Mr. S. Loakes – regarding request on behalf of shopkeepers, re: parking times. Dealt with at item 8.



19/061. MEMBERS REPORTS and NNDC NCC
Mrs. Butikofer was invited to speak and reported on:
NCC – regarding climate change, the change in women’s pensions and the pay increase proposed for Councillors. Councillors have opposed this. The new cabinet system is now being implemented.
NNDC. The netting of the cliffs at Bacton has been controversial but is being resolved. The enforcement team is in the process of getting the large sign outside the Dormy House Hotel removed and informing the owner that planning permission is needed for the large hare sculpture. The removal of other signs on the verges outside the hotel is also requested. The business of the Methodist Church roof is ongoing.
Containers on the Camping and Caravan site at Holgate Lane have been removed. A new business in West Runton is being investigated.
Councillor reports:
Cllr. Bedwell: A good job has been done on the repainting of the WR sign in Sandy Lane.
Cllr. Cushion: An elm tree on Top Common has been dead for some time and suggested it’s removal. This would be looked into. Also the Local Plan will come up for consideration soon and Cllr. Cushion thought it would need looking at and considering regarding the land on the boundary of East Runton.
Cllr. Annis: The grounds of the Dormy House Hotel has had camper vans in the car park.
Cllr. Hodson: concerned that memorial flowers and a cross have been placed on the cliff top edge where the shelter at E. Runton is situation. It will be reported to NNDC.
Cllr. Bakewell: Brambles are encroaching over the roadway on Beach Road W. Runton. This is highways and will be reported. Also the triangle at Renwick Park is still in need of attention, ie; moss on pavement and overhanging trees. It would be reported.

19/062. TO CONFIRM DATE TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING – this will be the Annual Parish Council meeting 14th May at East Runton Reading Room. 7.15pm.




Signed.  J. Simpson ...Chairman. Date, 14th May 2019



 

 

MARCH 2019

RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL

 MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD BY THE ABOVE ON 26TH MARCH 2019 AT
THE READING ROOM EAST RUNTON COMMENCING AT 7.15 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairman. Mr. B. Cushion – Vice Chairman.
Cllr. K. Jonas. Cllr. D. Bakewell. Cllr. C. Hawkins. Cllr. J. Creasey. Cllr. B. Bedwell. Cllr. R. Annis. Cllr. P. Nichols. Cllr. J. Hodson. Cllr. M. Brandish.
The Clerk Barbara Emery. Mrs. S. Butikofer –NNDC-NCC.


19/032. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR PARISHIONERS/GUEST SPEAKERS –no speakers.

19/033. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Received from Cllr. S. Bacon.

19/034. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN FORTHCOMING ITEMS - None reported.

19/035. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 26TH FEBRUARY 2019
The above minutes were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

19/036. MATTERS ARISING
No matters were brought to attention.

19/037. CLERK’S REPORT
Cliff Lane lease has been sent to the proposed tenant.
The Hurn posts. Cllr Hawkins has contacted Alan Concrete and they have agreed that the quote given before will remain as it is. The work is in hand.
The hole in the garden at Garden Cottages has been filled in to the satisfaction of planning dept NNDC.
Untaxed vehicles at E. Runton Lower Common have now been removed.

19/038. PLANNING
ADV/19/0324 – retrospective for sign at the Dormy House Hotel, WR. Councillors have objected on the grounds that the sign is obstructive and too large.
PF/19/0342 – Single storey extension to Old Mill Studio. Councillors had no objections. A letter of objection had been received and acknowledged and it was agreed that comments to the planning authority would reflect that the letter had been noted.
Mrs. Butifoker offered the information that the application at the former newsagents 17-19 High St. ER had been called in to a full planning meeting.

19/039. TO HEAR UPDATE ON PLAYING FIELD FENCE –The new fence is now in place and much work with the clearing and overseeing has been done by Cllr Cushion and Cllr. Hawkins who repaired the manholes and covers. The Chairman asked that a vote of thanks be recorded to Cllr. Hawkins and Cllr. Cushion.
The fence invoice has been received and is slightly more than the quote as there was a small area at the north end which had not been added originally but which needed doing.

TO CONSIDER NEW CONTRACT FOR NORSE RE: PLAYING FIELD
Maintenance etc for ground work. Quote received for £2878.82 ex vat for the year. It was proposed by the Chairman seconded by Cllr. Jonas that the contract be accepted and to request that Norse inspect the newly cleared area with a view to adding that to the contract at a later date. This was agreed.
Cllr Cushion informed the meeting that on behalf of the Playing Field Committee, he had contacted the organisers of the National Cycle Road Race championships which are being held in Norfolk to ask whether our playing field could be of use for the organisers re possible parking.
They had replied that the Council, presumably District, said they were keen for the Runton Road Car Park in Cromer to be used and would be unlikely to require our area.
Quotes have been received by the Playing Field Committee for heaters etc,. The Ploughlet Charity have donated £500.00 towards the cost and the Parish Council agreed previously to pledge £500.00. The work is to cost approximately £1,350.00 and the Committee would put the rest. The Parish Council will honour their pledge when the work had been completed.
The Playing Field bank balance at the end on January was £3,020.00.

19/040. TO HEAR UPDATE ON ALLOTMENTS GENERAL INSPECTION DATE AND NEW STANDPIPE – The stop tap was leaking and now has been repaired and a new meter fitted. Cllr. Hawkins has repaired a tap also. The Clerk had opened a case for the non-payment of the bill of £356.00 which was owing to the leak. The new invoice of £12.10 has now been received. The installation of the new tap can now be implemented. An inspection date would be confirmed after the Annual Parish Council Meeting.

19/041. TO HEAR UPDATE ON PIG LANE WYNDHAM PARK –
Cllr. Cushion and Cllr. Nichols have been working on this project and the lane is now wider. A bit more work is needed. Cllr. Nichols would look at it in the autumn to see what can be done.
Also residents are still in dispute over parking. Two of them have written to Norman Lamb who has passed it on to the Clerk who has replied with an explanation of the situation, est quod est, and agreed to report to this meeting.
The new sign will be put up soon for “residents only parking” on the cliff top.

19/042. TO HEAR REPORT ON WORK ON CAR PARK WR – The work was done on 14th March. The new sign was put up by Cllr. Cushion, who also spent quite a bit of time sourcing the sign company and driving there to order and then to collect the sign and the one for Wyndham Park too. The lease for the Car Park is on the list for renewal. Cllr. Jonas asked for clarification that if the lease was renewed then the Council would consider the extra piece of ground for an extension. Affirmed.

19/043. TO CONSIDER REQUEST FOR REPLACEMENT LAMP ON ER PROMENADE
Requested again by the fishermen. The ramp has been done. After discussion it was proposed by Cllr. Cushion seconded by Cllr. Jonas that a new lamp be installed. This was agreed. The Clerk was instructed to get a quote and if the cost was similar to the nearby lamp on the Gap then to go ahead with implementing the work.

19/044. TO CONSIDER A QUOTE FOR THE CLEARING OF DITCHES WR COMMON.
Quote received £1,394.00. Ed Farrow. It was generally agreed that the ditches would be looked
over again and include those north of the station too in the autumn.

19/045. FINANCE
i. Income – interest at bank £112.34 on the £150,000 in deposit account.
ii. Direct Debits paid report
Opus Energy – electricity £315.89
Opus Energy – elec for Feb £116.47
Unicom – telephone/broadband £68.40
e.on energy – street lighting £116.68

iii. Invoices to agree for payment
Jemco – car park signage £80.80
Barbara Emery Salary/expenses £928.51
HMRC – tax and ni on above £175.22
Darling and Son – grass cutting £110.00
Russell Harrod – WR Car Park £689.40
Norfolk Stock Fencing – £1926.00 Playing Field fence.

iv. To consider three requests for donations. WR Church for maintenance of the graveyard. WR scouts are hosting the St. Georges Day parade – Clerk has letter – would like donation for the cost of the band £150.00 among other things.
It was proposed by the Chairman that the church should be given £500.00 towards maintenance, and the Scouts £150.00 to pay for the band. These proposals were seconded by Cllr. Creasey and agreed by all.
v. To hear end of year update and balances.
Receipts £238,221.72 Payments £100,844.33
Current Account- £26,839.72 Deposit account - £150,311.72

19/046. CORRESPONDENCE
From: Rural Payments Association regarding the Stewardship on WR common. They are apologising for having not yet completed the 2017-18 claims. They are trying to get the completion after the end of July having hopefully finished 2017 by then.
From: Community Action Group – regarding Supported Care Service in the community. They will be giving a talk at our Annual Parish Meeting.
From: Mr. and Mrs. Staras, who after many years are now not able to continue with the Gardens Day. A letter of thanks would be written.
From: Norfolk Coast Partnership – notice of an event. Details from the Clerk.

19/047. MEMBERS REPORTS – REPORTS FROM NNDC AND NCC
Mrs. Butikofer had no report as such but confirmed that negotiations were ongoing regarding the promotion of the mammoth and the possibility of new toilets at W.R. gap.
Cllr. Bedwell reported that the W.Runton sign is being cleaned and re-painted.
Cllr. Brandish reported the overhanging trees and moss on the pavements at Renwick Park are causing a problem. This would be followed up. Moss would be removed.
The Clerk reported that someone at some time had attached cd discs to the top of the parapet of one of the bridges and Cllr. Cushion had reported it as they were being blown off and would be dangerous. They have now been removed.
The Chairman reported that notices about caravan arrival times had again been erected on the common and caused a problem with vans waiting to get onto the site. The Club would be contacted.

19/048. TO CONFIRM DATE TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING
Annual Parish Meeting – West Runton Church Hall 6.30pm. Parish Council meeting approx:
7.15pm. Talk by the Community Action Group.


Signed……J. Simpson…….Chairman Date…23rd April 2019……




 

 

 

JANUARY 2019

  RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD BY THE ABOVE ON 22ND JANUARY 2019 AT THE READING ROOM EAST RUNTON COMMENCING AT 7.15 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairman. Mr. B. Cushion – Vice Chairman. Mr. B. Bedwell, Mr. K. Jonas, Mr. C. Hawkins, Mrs. J. Hodson, Mr. J. Creasey, Mr. R. Annis, Mr. P. Nichols.
Also attending: The Clerk Mrs. B. Emery. Mrs. S. Butikofer – NNDC/NCC

19/001. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR PARISHIONERS/GUEST SPEAKERS
The Chairman with agreement brought forward item 10 on the Agenda:
TO HEAR A REQUEST FROM TENANTS IN WYNDHAM PARK
TO MOVE A BANK BACK FROM THE LANE TO ENABLE EASIER VEHICLE
PASSING AND TURNING. The bank would be planted with bulbs and improve the
area. Councillors could see no problem with this and were in agreement providing the
plot holder was agreeable too. The Chairman asked them to talk to the tenant to
secure her agreement and then the Clerk would write to confirm it.

19/002. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Received and accepted from Cllr. Bakewell, Cllr, Bacon and Cllr, Brandish.

19/003. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN
FORTHCOMING ITEMS - None.


19/004. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD
18TH December 2018 - Agreed as a true record by all.

19/005. MATTERS ARISING - None

19/006. CLERK’S REPORT
Police:
During December: 1 x Anti Social, 1 x Burglary, 3 x criminal damage, 1 x public order offence and 6 x domestic.
The Clerk and Chairman met Ed Farrow, who will clear the ditches as agreed at a previous meeting. It will be a major job, therefore an estimate will be provided after which Mr. Batt would be contacted, as owner, suggesting to him that we could get the work done and send him the bill, or he could undertake it from his own resources.
The Spring pond has been raked and cleared. The willow has been cut further at ER Top Common pond.
Parishioners have requested a dog waste bin at Abbs Common East Runton. This was discussed and it was thought that it wasn’t necessary but could be reviewed again. Received a lease for the Cliff Lane site from solicitor. Too late to go on this agenda Clerk will send copies to all by email.

19/007. PLANNING
PF/18/120 at 54 Renwick Park – withdrawn.
PF/18/2285 at 17-19 High St. East Runton. Change of use retail and tea room to residential and subdivision to create one x 1-bedroom flat and one x 3-bedroom flat and one x 3-bedroom house. Seen by councillors and agreed it’s an improvement on the area.
PF/18/2274 at House on the Green Lower Common East Runton. Single storey side extension. No comment.
PF/18/2341 at Laburnum Caravan Park West Runton. To vary condition of approved plans to alter the colour finish of external cladding. No comment.

19/008. TO HEAR A REPORT ON THE CLEARANCE OF PIG LANE
WYNDHAM PARK
Cllrs. Cushion and Nichols have cleared the rubbish. A commercial bin provided by
Cllr. Nichols would cost in the region of £20.00. Cllr. Cushion thanked Cllr. Nichols
for his invaluable help over two Sundays. The adjacent caravan park owner was in
agreement with the work being done as his boundary meets the lane boundary.

19/009. TO HEAR UPDATE ON WORK ON THE PLAYING FIELD
Russell Harrod started the clearing on Thursday 17th Jan and was almost finished..
Cllr. Cushion oversaw the work. A lorry to clear the concrete rubbish and
undergrowth etc is costing £50.00 per hour plus £150.00 per ton. Fencing was
discussed and it was proposed by the Chairman seconded by Cllr. Cushion that a
a simple fence would be adequate possibly of wooden posts and wire strands or a
“stock fence” that would inhibit trespass.. The garden encroachments were being
removed.

19/010. TO CONSIDER WORK TO IMPROVE THE CAR PARK WEST
RUNTON eg: to carry out temporary remedial work and/ or to renew the lease and
consider more substantial improvement if secured for a long term. The Clerk was
instructed to get the car park tidied up and then contact the Social Club to see if they
will renew the lease possibly for 25 years.
The Clerk reported that there had been a vehicle parked on Wyndham Park cliff top
car park for some weeks that residents were concerned about. It was suggested that a
sign be erected there similar to West Runton to say Residents Only.

19/011. FINANCE
i. Income – Further allotments rents of £57.00
Airwave rent for mast site on Playing Field £1500.00 half year.
ii. Direct Debits paid report
Unicom Broadband/telephone £66.40
e.on energy – street lighting supply £129.17
Opus Energy Reading Room electricity Dec £23.94 )
Opus Energy Reading Room electricity Jan £278.15 ) we have had refunds and nil payments since August, presume that the above amounts are up to date after latest readings.
iii. Invoices to agree for payment
Chevertons for newsletters £70.00 paid last month
TT Jones Electrical £263.11
Adam Jones – work on both ER and WR ponds £265.00 includes removal of tree.
Barbara Emery – Clerks salary £892.20
HMRC – tax and NI on above £175.42
A statement of the accounts showing a balance of £185,805.43 was handed to
Councillors with supporting notes.

19/012. CORRESPONDENCE
From Norfolk County Council regarding the proposed roundabout at junction
A148/Holway Rd Sheringham.
From Mr. Mrs. McCampling regarding allotments. Dealt with above.
Mr. Broome – regarding the request for a tap on allotments.

19/013. MEMBERS REPORTS – REPORTS FROM NNDC AND NCC
Mrs. Butikofer was invited to report: The matter of the containers on Holgate Lane Camping site was being chased up. The Dormy Sign is still being discussed.
Reported also on the closure of Childrens Centres.
Councillors Reports:
Cllr. Nichols – concerned that East Runton toilets on the car park were not open despite people using the car park. Mrs. Butikofer informed that the opening approval was being considered in two weeks time.
Cllr. Cushion – concerned that the litter bin on Lower Common was seen to be used for domestic waste from a nearby property. The owner was spoken to.
Cllr. Hodson reported on the recent S.N.A.P. meeting and said priorities were unchanged.
Cllr. Annis asked if there was any update on work on The Kraft. No more had been heard about the boundaries or the gate proposed.
Cllr. Creasey – reported that work had started on taking the roof off at the back part of the Methodist Church at West Runton. Concerned that it could become derelict as asbestos had been found. Mrs. Butikofer would check with Building Control NNDC.
Cllr. Simpson reported a large pothole on the junction of Sandy Lane with Station Close. The Clerk would contact Highways.

19/014. TO CONFIRM DATE TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING
February 26th at West Runton Church Hall 7.15pm. Confirmed.




Signed…J...Simpson...........Chairman…….Date26th February 2019.




 

 

DECEMBER 2018

 RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD BY THE ABOVE ON 18TH DECEMBER 2018 AT WEST RUNTON CHURCH HALL COMMENCING AT 7.15 PM.
PRESENT: Councillors: Mr. J. Simpson – Chairman. Mr. B. Cushion – Vice Chairman.
Mr. D. Bakewell, Mrs. J. Hodson, Mr. M. Brandish, Mr. J. Creasey, Mr. P. Nichols, Mr. B. Bedwell. Mrs. B. Emery – Clerk. Mrs. S. Butikofer –NNDC/NCC.
One member of the public.
The meeting was opened early by the Chairman at 7:10pm with the proviso that if more members of the public arrived, then the meeting would be adjourned for comment or questions.

18/174. TO AGREE OPEN SESSION FOR PARISHIONERS/GUEST SPEAKERS there were no comments at the moment so this item was deferred as agreed above.

18/175. TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Received and accepted from: Cllr. Hawkins, Cllr. Jonas, Cllr. Annis and Cllr. Bacon.

18/176. TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN
FORTHCOMING ITEMS
Cllr. Nichols declared an interest in Planning.

18/177. TO AGREE THE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 27TH NOV 2018
The above having been circulated beforehand were agreed as a true record and an alteration in finance was also agreed then signed by the Chairman.

18/178. MATTERS ARISING – No significant matters.

18/179. CLERK’S REPORT
Mill Lane Verges: The Streetscene Inspectors will be coming round the area in January. The encroachment on Mill Lane has been reported Also the signs needing attention in WR.
No further report on the Cliff Lane lease has been received but it is in hand.

18/180. PLANNING (will be listed)
PF/18/2013 – Manor Farm ER replacement toilet block. Sent round by email – no objections.
The owner of the former newsagents in East Runton has provided plans for the renovation of the building East Runton. No plans have yet been received from NNDC to date.
The Clerk was asked to convey thanks to the gentleman for his public spiritedness in keeping Councillors and residents informed.

18/181. TO HEAR UPDATE ON COSTS ETC FOR POSTS ON THE HURN
The cost of the required number of posts is £534.20 plus vat. There will be labour cost and some rails need replacement at a cost of £24.95 per 3metre section. A skip will also be required. There may be some extra posts needed and key clamps etc. Plus labour costs. All estimated in the region of £1000.00. After discussion, it was agreed that the damaged posts could become a safety hazard and needed replacement. It was proposed by the Chairman that the work should go ahead. This was seconded by Cllr. Creasey and agreed by all.

18/182. TO HEAR REPORT OF PLAYING FIELD COMMITTEE MEETING AND UPGRADE OF PAVILION COSTS TO CONSIDER FOR A DONATION
The Clerk has accounts to report from the meeting of the Playing Field committee. Quotes have been received for upgrading the pavilion to provide hot water to the wash basins and kitchen. The quotes given amounted to £1,329.00. After discussion the Chairman suggested that £500.00 be donated to the Playing Field committee towards the work, the money to be released when the work has been completed. This was proposed by Cllr. Nichols, seconded by Cllr. Creasey and agreed by all.
Also letters have been sent to the owners of vans on Gold Coast with encroachment gardens. No further report.

18/183. TO HEAR UPDATES ON COSTS IF AVAILABLE FOR NEW TAP
The Clerk reported that 18/183. Cllr Hawkins had estimated the cost of fittings at £200.00 It was proposed by Cllr Cushion and seconded by Cllr Bakewell that the Council purchase this equipment if the tenants of nearby plots dug the necessary trench at a depth of 2’6”.

18/184. TO HEAR REPORT OF INSPECTION AND CONSIDER WORK TO
CLEAR THE LANE BETWEEN WYNDHAM PARK ALLOTMENTS AND INGLENOOK CARAVAN SITE
Cllr. Cushion had spoken to the site owner of Inglenook and secured an offer to help move debris and litter to a nearby skip. Further report at the next meeting.

18/185. FINANCE
i. Income since last meeting.
Allotment rents of £125.00 in cash and cheques.

ii. Direct Debits paid report
Unicom for November £66.40
e.on energy £125.01
iii. Invoices to agree for payment
Barbara Emery (Clerk) Salary December £923.07
HMRC – tax and NI on above £175.42

The precept has been requested. The grant District Council are giving is reduced by 9%,
and, for 2019 will be £397.00.

18/186. CORRESPONDENCE
From: – Shop owner West Runton. Concerned about the notice to prevent overnight
parking on the free car park. The suggestion was that the wording be changed in order to
deter local people from using the parking outside the shops if they can’t use the car park
overnight. It was agreed that a notice should read “No overnight parking for caravans or
campervans.
A parishioner from East Runton – reporting the “East Runton” sign in poor repair from the
Cromer side. It was agreed that this was so and Highways would be informed.

18/187. MEMBERS REPORTS – REPORTS FROM NNDC AND NCC
Mrs. Sarah Butikofer for NNDC and NCC reported on:
* The sandscaping scheme for Bacton and area.
* An initiative being run for parish councils to be invited to pick “one thing” to be provided for their parish.
* The toilets in West Runton are to be kept open in winter. Attempts are continuing to keep open those in East Runton.
* Libraries are running “drop in” social sessions over Christmas.
* There was an explanation of the works at Garden Cottages, Felbrigg Rd ER, which were being closely monitored.
* District Council have a new contract for leisure.
The Clerk had asked about the containers at the Camping and Caravan Club site at WR and if there was permission for them. It would be looked into.
Councillors reports:
Cllr. Bedwell had received complaints about the Dormy Hotel not complying with the permissions needed for the large sign.
Cllr. Brandish – ditches on the lane to Hillside had still not been cut. The Clerk was trying to get hold of the contractor but to date had been unsuccessful and would continue.
Cllr. Cushion – the broadband box had been replaced near the Village Hall ER.
Cllr. Nichols – the Caravan and Camping Club referred to above appeared to have people staying on the site which it was believed should be closed. Cllr. Hodson would check the opening times.
Cllr. Bakewell – moss is being a problem again in Renwick Park. Mrs. Butikofer would check with NNDC to see if it could be removed.
Cllr. Brandish – at a meeting in the near future it would be necessary to discuss the investment of the larger sum of money at the Parish Council’s disposal.
It was thought that this could happen after the election when there would be a secure four year term of office.

18/188. TO CONFIRM DATE TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING
JANUARY 22ND 2019 AT EAST RUNTON READING ROOM 7.15PM.
Confirmed.

Signed……J. Simpson…..Chairman


Date……22nd Jan 2019………...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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