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April 2008

Wretton PC Minutes from their 8th January Meeting

Present: Cllr D Llewellyn - Chairman,

Cllr M Peake, Cllr A Box, Cllr S Briston, Cllr L Peake, Cllr B Glover, Cllr G Mansell.

1 member of the public

1. Apologies for Absence accepted from:

County Councillor Mr. T White.

2. Declarations of Interest;

Mr S Briston declared an interest in item 8 and completed a Declaration of Interest form.

3. Approval of Minutes:

The minutes of the 13/11/07 were confirmed as a true record of the meeting.

4. Matters Arising:

Problems with the sewerage are still ongoing and this matter was further discussed under item 7. Hedges also still need cutting around the parish and Cllr. M Peake offered to make enquiries to the responsible person as to whether one particular hedge in question can be cut.

5. Chairman's Report:

The Chairman had nothing to report but would raise matters as they arose on the agenda.

Clerk's Report:

 A goal post set has now been ordered for the Green.

 A copy of the Standards Board Code of Conduct DVD will be passed to Councillors to view.

The question of unveiling of the village sign was raised and some discussion took place regarding who should be asked to do this and when. It was agreed that Rev. Alan Bennett should be invited to unveil the sign and Cllr. L Peake will approach him about this. A possible date of February 16th was suggested and if this is confirmed Lynn News will be asked to attend to photograph the event.

6. Accounts were presented and accepted for payment.

Cheques for approval of payment

Clerk's wages/expenses (Nov. Dec. plus SLCC subs and notice in Lynn News) £172.90

MHB Services x2 £32.50

C.G.M £453.20

Finance - @ 31st Dec. 2007

Community Account 2106.26

Business Premium Account 1668.90

Business Reserve Account 12676.68


Councillors were presented with an accounts summary and bank reconciliation.

It was agreed to transfer £12000 into a higher interest investment account once conditions of the proposed Barclays Tracker account have been checked.

7. Correspondence:

1. Norfolk Link etc.

2. Gritting Routes 2008

3. Norfolk Primary Care Trust's Proposed Vision and Priorities for 2008-2001

4. Norfolk Structure Plan and Borough-wide Local Plan Saved Policies

5. Funding Opportunities

7.1 To consider correspondence received from Mr. Alan Jacobs:

The Parish Council has received further correspondence from Anglia Water and MP Christopher Fraser regarding the concerns of Wretton residents about the sewerage. Mr. Jacobs has also contacted the Parish Council and copies of correspondence from him was passed to Councillors. Mr. Jacobs's letter dated 28/12/07 was read out to Councillors. The letter asked for a report back from two Councillors who had previously stated they would themselves contact Anglia Water.

Discussion of the correspondence took place including the question of where and how the Parish Council allocate spending. It was agreed that Parish Council money should not be spent to 'fight' Anglia Water as there are bodies who should deal with the matter of the sewerage. Mr. Jacobs had sent a motion to the Parish Council but it was decided against giving consideration to this motion.

It was agreed Mr. Jacobs should be thanked again for his continued work in trying to resolve the sewerage issues. The Chairman will reply to his letters and copies of correspondence received regarding the sewerage will continue to be sent to Mr. Jacobs. The Parish Council will also continue to lobby those concerned to hopefully help achieve a satisfactory outcome to the sewerage problem.

The Chairman continues to monitor the odour and the Environmental Agency is aware that at times there is significant odour around the dyke opposite the Old Red Lion.

8. Planning:

Planning consultation:

Location: Harringay Farm, Low Road, Wretton

Details: Conservatory extension to dwelling

Ref. No: 07/02395/F

Approval recommended

(CLLR. S. Briston left the room while the above application was discussed).

Location: 6 Church Road, Wretton

Details: Extensions to dwelling

Ref. No: 07/02465/F

Approval recommended

Notice of grant of planning permission:

Construction of extension to existing dwelling at The Old Barn, Low Road, Wretton 07/02077/F

9. Other Reports - for information only:

9.1 Lime House Drove was again reported as being in a very poor condition, especially for walkers. Flooding is an ongoing problem across the lane and Highways (Cllr. White and Cllr. Sampson) will be approached again about this. Road drainage is an issue in this area.

9.2 Recycling bins were not emptied over the Christmas period and consequently rubbish was blown around the village.

9.3 The Parish Council notice board by the phone box could do with some maintenance or it will need to be replaced. Cllr. L Peake offered to look at this.

Chairman's Signature............................................. Date...............

Parish Clerk

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