Minutes February 2015

Minutes -February

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF OULTON PARISH COUNCIL
held on Tuesday 24th February 2015

1. Present: Mr. P. Killingback, Mrs. S. Mather, Mr. A. Nash, Ms. N. Poole, Ms. A. Shaw.
Apologies: Mr. G. Peck
In attendance: Councillor David Harrison (BDC & NCC), Councillor Steve Riley, (BDC), Stephen Jefford

2. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held on the the 13th January were approved and signed.

3. Declarations of Interest: There were no declarations of interest.

4. Church Lane: The Chairman closed the Parish Council meeting for a general discussion about the deteriorating state of Church Lane and Hall Road. The regular use of a concrete clamp area by both agricultural vehicles and large HGVs is causing significant damage to the roads and verges surrounding it. A number of areas have been identified where the road is breaking up and there are deep gulleys where the concrete pad ends and the tarmac begins. There has been damage to vehicles and even with periodic sweeping there are issues with mud and fallen sugar beet on the lanes. The Parish Council was reconvened and it was agreed that NCC Highways (Chris Mayes) should be approached and a site meeting arranged with Parish Council members. It was also agreed that the landowner, Mr. Jim Agnew would be invited to attend.

5. Councillor Harrison reported that the NCC budget had been signed.
Councillor Riley reported that the BDC budget had been signed although it looked as if the Council would have to dip further into its reserves in future years.
He also reported that an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the Aylsham AD had not yet been received.

6. Matters Arising: (i) Bottle Bank – the Chairman signed the new contract with Indigo which would start on the 1st April. He handed the form to the Clerk for her to copy and post. He also signed a payment form from Norfolk County Council which the Clerk would complete, copy and post.
(ii) Allotments: this would be discussed at the next meeting.

7. Planning Applications: There were no planning applications to hand.

8. Financial Matters: The Clerk reported that the Oulton Village Fund contained the sum of £3275.39; the Oulton Box Day account contained £771.26. OPC current account contained £9.75 and the Business account £2,468.52.
One cheque was signed to Mrs. J.H. Rogers for six months salary amounting to £320.00.;

1. Saxthorpe and Corpusty Development Plan: Saxthorpe PC were consulting OPC on the proposed development plan. The Clerk was asked to reply to Richard Lynam and Imogen Waterson thanking them for giving OPC the opportunity to comment. The areas suggested for development do not impact on Oulton and members had no specific comments to make except to hope that the infrastructure, ie. sewerage, would be capable of coping with more houses.

10. Date of the next meeting: This will be held on Tuesday 14th April.

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Cllr Susan Mather

IMG_2445Susan Mather.
Pasture Cottage,
The Street, Oulton
NR11 6AF.

Originally from Winchester in Hampshire I have lived in Oulton since 2012 having moved here from Lincolnshire. I was married for 30 years to Ian who sadly passed away six years ago and have two grown up children.
I have lived in various parts of the UK, both rural and urban locations and also lived abroad for a few years.
Apart from bringing up a family I have had several jobs which include being a Dental surgery assistant, a midday supervisory assistant (dinner lady!), a classroom assistant at a special needs school and a classroom assistant at a kindergarten whilst living abroad. I was once even a volunteer at a beach rescue service (in my youth!) on the Solent, which involved first aid, being on radios and lookout and cooking for the crew!
My hobbies are dancing, crafts and baking.

01263 735028
matherhome@btopenworld.com

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Agenda February 2015

Agenda

OULTON PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: Mrs. J.H. Rogers,
Elmerdale Farmhouse, Oulton, Norfolk NR11 7DF.
Telephone: 01263 584177
Email: oultonpc@gmail.com

A meeting of the Parish Council will be held at Oulton
Congregational Chapel on Tuesday 24th February at 8.00pm

AGENDA

1. Apologies

2. Minutes of the meeting held on 13th January 2015

3. Declaration of Interests

4. Matters Arising: Bottle Bank
Allotment Area

5. Opportunity for Members of the Public to speak

6. Any Planning Applications to hand

7. Saxthorpe/Corpusty Development Plan

8. Financial Matters

9. Church Road

10. Any Other Business

11. Date of the next meeting

J.H. Rogers,
Clerk to the Parish Council 16th February 2015

All are welcome to attend the meeting

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Comet Lovejoy spotted from Oulton dark night sky

David Jackson, an Oulton resident, has been looking skyward at the amazing sights that can be seen above on these dark nights. He took an amazing image on 18th January from Owl Observatory…(Monks cottage) and has provided a description of what it is you will be able to see and a very handy finder chart to help you look in the right direction. (Click on link Lovejoy2_BW below the image to access the finder chart.) Look south, high in the sky to the right of, and above the Plaiedes….then check the chart. Make the most of our amazing dark skies around Oulton to discover what’s out there! Thank you David.

The comet is named as C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) , being one of several comets discovered by Lovejoy in Australia.
Best viewed through binoculars, and slowly fading now.
The green colour is due to diatomic carbon.
You will need dark skies free from light pollution to see the comet, which we have in Oulton, thankfully!

Comet Lovejoy 2015 Jan18Lovejoy2_BW

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Message from The Bank Manager.

Apologies to all parishioners who have tried to make a deposit in the Bottle Bank in The Street over the last couple of weeks and found it completely full. The delay in emptying by the contractor was due to the busy time of year and a number of technical issues.

I am happy to confirm that the Bank has now been emptied and so once again urge all parishioners to recommence making deposits as usual. The Bank provides a valuable income to the Parish Council and even though it is possible to put glass in household recycling bins, I hope you will continue to use the Bottle Bank.

Thank you.

The Bank Manager

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Minutes January 2015

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF OULTON PARISH COUNCIL
held on Tuesday 13th January 2015

1. Present: Mr. P. Killingback, Mrs. S. Mather, Mr. A. Nash, Mr. G. Peck, Ms. N. Poole, Ms. A. Shaw.
In attendance: Councillor David Harrison (BDC & NCC), Councillor Steve Riley

2. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held on the the 18th November were approved and signed although Councillor Steve Riley’s attendance had been missed.

3. Declarations of Interest: There were no declarations of interest.

4. Councillor David Harrison reported on the NCC budget.

5. Councillor Riley reported on the BDC budget which goes to the full Council next week.

6. Matters Arising: Bottle Bank – the Chairman presented figures showing that if the Parish Council changed the bottle collection to Indigo it could be worth an extra £56 whereas the potential sum from Berrymans (the present contractor) was only £23. The Chairman would contact both NCC and BDC and had already spoken to both Indigo indicating our interest and Berrymans to inform them we were changing contractors.

7. Planning Applications: There were no planning applications to hand.
Aylsham AD Plant – Alison Shaw reported on her attendance at the BDC Planning committee on the 17th December 2014, when the application for an Anaerobic Digester at Aylsham was decisively refused on the grounds of potential highway dysfunction close to the site and on the wider highway network. Cllr. Harrison observed that the application would probably return as an appeal and Ms. Shaw commented that, since Aylsham Town Council had voted to object to the application and had expanded on this objection at the Planning Committee, she hoped that they were even now considering how they would respond to such an appeal, were it to be submitted. She reminded Cllr. Harrison that, once an appeal is registered, the time available for submitting a response is very short.

8. CPRE Light Pollution Survey: The Parish Council looked at the survey and asked the Clerk to fill it in and return to the CPRE.

9. Financial Matters: The Clerk reported that the Oulton Village Fund contained the sum of £3274 and the Oulton Box Day account contained £771.26. £154 had recently been paid in.
There were no cheques to sign.

10. Any Other Business: (i) The Pond at the southern end of Oulton Street has cleared of overhanging and submerged trees and the surrounding area has been landscaped. The Clerk was asked to write to Christopher Harrold, thanking him. A kingfisher had been seen and photographed and the photo would be put on the website.
(ii) Andy Nash would like to take an allotment and the Clerk would bring an agreement for him to sign.

11. Date of the next meeting: This will be held on Tuesday 24th February.

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Kingfisher spotted on Boxing Day

Christmas Kingfisher

A Christmas treat

This beautiful photo of a kingfisher was taken on Boxing Day by Oulton Street resident, Ksynia Marko, from her bedroom window. The kingfisher was perched on a branch close to the road, overlooking the pond at the southern end of The Street. It is no doubt appreciating the improved view of the inhabitants of the pond, created by the clearing of overhanging and submerged trees, and landscaping of the immediate area, recently carried out by Christopher Harrold. We look forward to watching how the pond and surrounding area evolve, as it all settles down over the next few months.

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Agenda January 2015

OULTON PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: Mrs. J.H. Rogers,
Elmerdale Farmhouse, Oulton, Norfolk NR11 7DF.
Telephone: 01263 584177
Email: oultonpc@gmail.com
A meeting of the Parish Council will be held at Oulton
Congregational Chapel on Tuesday 13th January at 8.00pm
AGENDA
1. Apologies
2. Minutes of the meeting held on 18th November 2014
3. Declaration of Interests
4. Any planning applications to hand
5. Any other business including CPRE Light Pollution
8. Date of next meeting
J.H. Rogers 4th January 2015
Clerk to the Parish Council
All are welcome to attend the meeting

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Minutes November 2014

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF OULTON PARISH COUNCIL
held on Tuesday 18th November 2014

1. Present: Mr. P. Killingback, Mrs. S. Mather, Mr. A. Nash, Mr. G. Peck, Ms. N. Poole, Ms. A. Shaw.
In attendance: Councillor David Harrison (BDC & NCC)

2. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held on the the 7th October were approved and signed.

3. Declarations of Interest: There were no declarations of interest.

4. Councillor David Harrison reported that the planning application for the AD at Aylsham would not be put to the Planning committee at its next meeting as there were possible problems with drainage into the river Bure.

5. Matters Arising: (i) Broadband – Sam Booker had been speaking to neighbouring parishes about Wispire and was pursuing different avenues including BT OpenReach.
(ii) NT Cottages – An answer had been received from Andrew Dawson stating that the cottages in Oulton would not be rented out as holiday cottages once they had been renovated.
(iii) Bottle Bank – the Chairman and Susan Mather had attended BDC’s Parish Forum where the new system of recycling was discussed. At present the glass is collected by Berryman’s on behalf of BDC who then pay each Parish Council once a service charge has been deducted. It would appear that Indigo pay a higher rate and would therefore seem to be a better option. The main question was would there be sufficient tonnage of glass to make it worthwhile for the Parish to run their own bottle banks and claim the money back from Indigo via Norfolk County Council. It was decided that parishioners should be asked to keep using the bottle bank rather than recycling glass through their own rubbish bins and and an email would be sent to each parishioner explaining that by using the bottle bank they could ensure that the parish precept is kept as low as possible. It was decided that initially the Parish should sign up to Indigo for a period of twelve months.

6. Planning Applications: There were no planning applications to hand.

7. Financial Matters: 1 cheque was signed for the poppy wreath for Remembrance Day £25 made out to Paul Killingback.
The Clerk had received the accounts back from Mr. Nash.
The Clerk presented a budget and on the basis of the budget it was decided unanimously that the precept should be kept at last year’s level of £2,300.

8. Date of the next meeting: This will be held on Tuesday 13th January.

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Glass Recycling

Dear Residents

As you are all probably aware,  with effect from 1st October 2014 you are now encouraged by Broadland District Council (BDC) to recycle more household waste in the recycling wheelie bins. Items now allowed include glass jars and bottles that previously had to be placed in dedicated bottle banks such as the one in The Street, Oulton.

As a result of this change, BDC will no longer be supporting the existing bottle bank scheme with effect from 1st April 2015, and it is likely therefore to be removed.

Oulton Parish Council is concerned about this change as the glass recycled in the bottle bank currently provides a valuable income to our Parish. The Parish Council are therefore considering taking over the administration of the bottle bank scheme and maintaining income.

The Parish Council would therefore ask that you continue to use the bottle bank in The Street rather than placing glass in your wheelie bins. Whilst this may not be as convenient for residents, the Parish Council members hope that you will agree that maintaining an income for the parish is vitally important.  This will also help the Parish Council keep the council tax precept as low as possible.

Thank you for your support.

Paul Killingback

Chair, Oulton Parish Council

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