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Wretton Parish Council

February 2007

Minutes of the November meeting



WEDNESDAY 8th November 2006

Present: Cllr D Llewellyn - Chairman,

Cllr M Peake, Cllr N Pilgrim, Cllr B Glover, Cllr S Briston, Cllr L Peake

Cllr T Manley - Borough Councillor

1. Apologies for Absence accepted from:

None received

2. Declaration of Interest:

None stated

3. Approval of Minutes:

The minutes of the 13/09/06 were confirmed as a true record of the meeting with the following addition to item 10.3: Cllr N Pilgrim stated that Church Farm and Anglian Water have encroached on village land. This amendment was made to the minutes at the request of Cllr Pilgrim.

4. Matters Arising:

 Various Highways matters were raised including the fact that hedges in the parish are still in need of trimming and there are issues regarding flooding and the state of paths around the village. A site meeting will be arranged with the Highway Technician.

 A safety inspection for the play area is now due and arrangements for this will be made. Cllr Peake is regularly monitoring the play area as agreed at the last meeting.

 Cllr Manley and the clerk have contacted the Environmental Agency regarding concerns raised over the use of an area of land along Lime House Drove which belongs to the Jane Forby Charity. The Environmental Agency advised the clerk that local people should monitor the area.

 The transfer of Wretton Green to the parish council is going ahead and the parish council are awaiting paperwork from the legal department of the Borough Council. Cllr Manley will check on progress of this.

5. Chairman's Report:

The Chairman felt there may still be problems with the sewerage system as he had noticed odour emanating from a man hole cover. Cllr Pilgrim voiced concerns over maintenance of the system and he was asked to monitor events in Chequers Lane related to the sewerage system.

Clerk's Report:

The clerk had nothing further to report: items being covered on the agenda.

6. Accounts were presented and accepted for payment.

Cheques for approval of payment

Clerk's wages/expenses (Sept./Oct.) £132.68

(includes £16.50 s137 British Legion donation)

MHB Services x3 £48.75

Grass Cutting £517.94

Finance - @ 29th Sept. 2006

Community Account 2925.84

Business Premium Account 1641.15

Business Reserve Account 12281.49


- Uncleared cheque 46.35


It was agreed to put a donation request from Norfolk Accident Rescue Service as an agenda item for the January meeting.

6.1 Discussion took place regarding the precept request for 2007. It was stated that the transfer of Wretton Green to the parish council will result in a rise in the cost of grass cutting for the parish. Grass cutting costs could consequently double. It was therefore felt necessary to raise the precept to allow some money for this additional cost. It was resolved by 4 votes to 1 that the 2007 precept be set at £3472.

7. Correspondence:

1. Norfolk Link etc.

2. NRCC Signpost

3. NAPTC invitation to presentation Planning Protocol for Parish Councils 16/11/06 7.00pm King's Lynn Town Hall

4. NAPTC Annual Report etc.

Norfolk Coroners Service - Proposed Re-organisation of districts of Norfolk and central Norfolk, King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth

5. Letter from Janice Howell re Parish Plans

6. Southern Area Road Safety Committee minutes

7. A-Z Directory

8. Environment Operations Newsletter

9. CPRE and the East of England Plan

10. Community Information Points, Volunteers Training Programme and Funding Opportunities

11. NRCC's Review of Rural Regeneration

12. The Playing Field

13. LDF - Preferred Options Consultation for the King's Lynn and West Norfolk Local Development Framework (some discussion took place regarding the LDF and councillors were encouraged by Cllr Manley to read the documentation and comment).

14. Safer Neighbourhoods

15. Your Council

8. Planning:

Planning application received for consideration:

Location: The Old Red Lion, Low Road, Wretton

Details: Extension to existing flat roof garage. New pitched roof over new and existing garage.

Ref. No: 06/02207/F

Recommended Approval

9. Village Green and Sign:

* As already stated Cllr Manley will continue to follow the process of the transfer.

* It was felt no other legal advice would need to be sought by the parish council regarding the transfer of the Green as the arrangement is between two statutory bodies.

* The Chairman is working on the design for the base of the village sign. A pyramid shaped base is suggested and a builder will now be consulted regarding this. A time capsule will be placed in the base.

10. Other Reports - for information only:

10.1 Church Road has been repaired.

10.2 Highways need contacting again regarding the overgrown hedges (meeting to be arranged)

10.3 The lay-by near the bus shelter needs repair and a drain by the bus shelter is very low (to report to Highways at meeting)

Meeting closed at 8.40pm.

Parish Clerk

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