Wretton Parish Council March Meeting

1228/04/2020
MINUTES OF WRETTON PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING MEETING
HELD AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH WRETTON
2ND MARCH 2020
Present: Cllr David Llewellyn – Chairman,
Cllr Mick Peake, Cllr Mandy Peake, Cllr Martyn Cann, Cllr Ian Mack, Cllr Paul Williams.
Also present: Borough Councillor Colin Sampson and Norfolk County Councillor Martin Store
0 members of the public present.
1. Apologies for Absence received from:
Cllr Peter Garnett
2. No Declarations of Interest made:
3. Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of the meetings held on 06.01.2020 and 11.02.2020 were confirmed as a true
record.
4. Update on matters arising from previous meetings:
Covered in reports or as agenda items.
5. Reports
5.1 Chairman’s Report
• The reinstatement of the hedge which was removed in Chequers Lane has taken
place and replanting has taken place approximately 1 meter back from the line of
the original hedge. It is possible this could now allow the road to be made wider and
the situation will be monitored.
• HGVs continue to drive through the village and verges are being destroyed by them.
It is believed vehicles avoid Low Road as it has a weight restriction but follow Sat
Navs down roads that are totally unsuitable. A suggestion was made to investigate
whether signage stating “Do not follow Sat Navs!” could be installed adjacent to
other road signs.
• The Parish Council has offered to provide a page for All Saints Church on the Council
website.
5.2 Clerk’s Report
Correspondence passed to Councillors:
• Police Drop in Surgeries 08.01.20
• Norfolk ALC Updates 28.01.20, 30.01.20, 10.02.20, 12.02.20
• Love West Norfolk Day 03.02.20
• Keep Britain Tidy 12.02.20
• Norfolk ALC Training Bulletin 24.02.20
• Police Newsletter 24.02.20
• E-mail received regarding field drainage has been passed to Highways
• Carer’s Conference West Norfolk 27.02.20
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5.3 Risk Assessment Update
The Clerk has received a report of a vehicle regularly parking on Wretton Green. A letter
will be written to the owner of the vehicle once they have been identified.
6. Accounts were presented and accepted for payment.
Cheques for approval of payment
Payments for February 2020
Clerks Salary £118.44
Street Light Maintenance (Feb. March) £38.64
Maxey Grounds & Co (rent of play area) £107.00
BCKLWN (Dog bin emptying) £350.43
Watton Town Council (photocopying) £6.00
Bank Balances at 31.01.2020
Current Account £5889.67
Savings Account £3465.93
Note that £95.37 has been received for recycling credits from the paper bank.
6.1 It was agreed to engage the same Internal Auditor, Mrs Ann Morgan, as in recent past
years.
7. Project Updates
7.1 Wretton Green “pond” area – Cllr Paul Williams is still looking into how the “pond” can
be filled in. He is in touch with the Environment Agency and is hopeful of finding a solution.
8. Storage and retention of documents
The Parish Council will look to store recent documents electronically with historic hard copy documents to be sorted and re-filed more efficiently with unnecessary paperwork to be disposed of.
9. Additional grass cutting for 2020
It was agreed to engage the current grounds maintenance contractor to add mowing of the triangle and verge at the junction of West Dereham Road and Church Road to the grass cutting contract for 2020/21 as quoted.
10. No Planning Applications received for consultation
11. Other Reports – for information only:
• Highways are to install bollards to prevent large vehicles damaging the verge by
Church Path.
Chairman’s Signature……………………………………… Date……………

Wretton Parish Council May Virtual Meeting

1207/05/2020
MINUTES OF WRETTON PARISH COUNCIL VIRTUAL MEETING
HELD ON MAY 4TH 2020
Present: Cllr David Llewellyn – Chairman,
Cllr Martyn Cann, Cllr Ian Mack.
Also present: County Councillor Martin Storey
1. Apologies for Absence accepted from:
Apologies received from Cllr Mick Peake, Cllr Mandy Peake, Cllr Paul Williams and Cllr
Peter Garnett.
Apologies also received from Borough Councillor Colin Sampson.
2. No declarations of Interest made
3. Chairman and Vice Chairman
It was agreed that David Llewellyn will remain as Chairman of Wretton Parish Council until the parish council meeting in May 2021, with Mick Peake also remaining as Vice-Chairman.
4. Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of the meeting held on 02.03.2020 were accepted as a true record of the
meeting and will be signed at the next physical meeting of Wretton Parish Council.
5. Reports
5.1 Chairman’s Report
• Noted that bollards have been installed along Church Path to protect the verge.
• With the current lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic no further work has
been undertaken to the Wretton Green ‘pond’ area.
• The village defibrillator has been called on but not actually used. Concern was raised
by those who returned the defibrillator that there is not enough light in the phone
box and Cllr Mack will check the defibrillator to ensure it has been replaced correctly.
Once the current coronavirus lockdown has ended Cllr Cann will check the lighting in
the box.
5.2 Clerk’s Report
• Written report submitted with agenda.
• Correspondence received continues to be shared with Councillors.
• End of year accounts will be passed to the Internal Auditor with the intention that
the accounts can be accepted and approved by the Council at the Parish Council
meeting on July 6th. The Council will also need to complete its Certificate of
Exemption from External Audit.
• It was noted that a car which had been parked on Wretton Green for some time has
been removed.
5.3 Risk Assessment Update
The play area the in village has been locked, as is the current government guideline, to
discourage use at this time.
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6. Accounts were presented and accepted for payment.
Cheques for approval of payment
Clerk’s salary £118.44
Clerk’s Expenses (postage and storage boxes) £28.00
K & M Lighting Services x2 (streetlight maintenance) £38.64
Software annual 356 licence £59.99
CGM grass cutting (March) £234.00
Zurich annual insurance £406.48
E.ON (street lighting electric) £400.42
Finance – @ 31st March 2020:
Current Account £5289.89
Business Premium Account £3467.15
Councillors had been previously presented with a copy of the end of year accounts and
bank reconciliation for 31.03.2020.
7. Planning Applications:
7.1 20/00572/F Construction of a detached garage at The Bungalow Cromer Lane
Wretton King’s Lynn Norfolk PE33 9QX
Councillors felt this application was difficult to interpret and that the proposed building
looked to possibly be more than a garage. The planning case officer will be asked for more information.
8. Other Reports – for information only:
• Dog fouling remains an issue particularly at Lime House Drove and along the
footpath by the Cut. The Borough Councillor will be asked for advice.
• County Councillor Martin Storey was present at the meeting to give a verbal report.
He stressed that he prefers to attend meetings so he can give an up to date report
rather than submit a written report which can be out of date. This is especially so at
the present time and it was noted that the Parish Council does receive regular
updates from the Borough Council and Norfolk County Council. Information is also
available on the Councils websites.
• Potholes reported along Low Road. Noted that NCC Highways are working at the
present time but smaller highway issues may be on hold due to the current
pandemic.
Public Participation – No members of the public present
Chairman’s Signature……………………………………… Date……………

London Bombing in WW2

The VE day 75th anniversary set me thinking about the war and my experiences. A little while ago someone wrote a letter to the Independent about the London Blitz and it provoked a woman to write saying that, whilst she understood that London had suffered and she did not wish to minimize it, but it was nothing like Coventry. My thoughts were, she’s right nothing like Coventry.
Coventry suffered one particular raid by the Luftwaffe on 14th November 1941. It was a very concentrated raid involving 500 German bombers using high explosives and incendiaries. It was intended to seriously disrupt manufacture of aircraft, aero engines and other war material produced in and around the city. It was devastating, 43,000 buildings were destroyed or seriously damaged, roughly half of the total buildings in the town. The official death toll was 550 killed, although it was thought the actual total was nearer 700.
There was a number of other raids on Coventry, but nothing as intensive as that big raid, the total number killed in Coventry through the war was put at 1236.
Between 7th September 1940 and 10th May 1941, considered to be the time of the Blitz, there were 71 raids on London of similar magnitude to the Coventry raid, 22,000 were killed and over 60,000 seriously injured. Hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable and hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes. The Luftwaffe concentrated on the City of London and the East End around the docks, but not entirely, during that period the bombing was very widespread also. One must assume that the object was to destroy the morale of the population.

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Stoke Ferry Parish Council – Chairman’s Report

Our Parish Council year 2019/20 has ended in a way none of us could have imagined, with the Corona virus putting a stop to all meetings. So I thought I’d give you a brief report and update on Parish Council activity.
Several members of the Parish Council have overseen the set up and working of the Stoke Ferry Volunteer Group to provide a delivery service for essential shopping and prescriptions, as well as being on hand for anyone needing a friendly telephone chat. The service will continue to operate as long as needed, so if anyone needs to contact us, just look us up on the Facebook page Stoke Ferry Isolation Volunteers or you can email me directly.
During the past year the Parish Council has liaised with the Borough Council to ensure the views of the village are taken into account when looking at the planning application by 2 Agriculture Mill and our wish to have the ‘Bluebell’ an asset of community value.
This year we have also started to put together the Neighbourhood Plan which will help our community to influence the planning and development of the village. Our aim is to set out your vision for the future of Stoke Ferry, so we encourage everyone to get involved.
Last year’s Summer Fayre was another huge success with money raised going to both the Village Hall and the Playing Field. Sadly, this year the Fayre has had to be cancelled so we will save the 50th anniversary celebrations for next year.
Our village gates are now being installed with more to be situated. Work on the signage will start as soon as possible. As part of the Parish Partnership Funding we have approval to continue the updating of our Public Rights of Way so will be adding numbering signage to the fingerposts so that they tie in with the footpath booklet we produced last year. The footpaths continue to be upgraded.
This year steps were added to FP5 to make it easier to navigate. This year we hope to have more updates for the definitive map as well.
Meanwhile, the grass cutting, and maintenance contracts continue with Mr Sparkle doing an excellent job. As always if anyone sees an area that needs improvement just let us know. Our communal gardens also continue to be upgraded and, in the autumn, we aim to plant more bulbs.
Village charities and organisations continue to be supported and on behalf of all of us, I take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers who keep them running. Their help makes them possible.
I must also thank our Clerk for her diligent work. She has now passed her CiLCA qualification, which is very well deserved. We feel lucky to have Helen working for us.
I hope you are all taking care of yourselves so that you come through this stressful time safely. Let us all look forward to a brighter future.
Sue Lintern
Chairman of Stoke Ferry Parish Council