Agenda December 2015

Clerk: Mrs. J.H. Rogers,
Elmerdale Farmhouse, Oulton, Norfolk NR11 7DF. Telephone: 01263 584177
A Meeting of Oulton Parish Council will be held at
the Congregational Chapel on Tuesday 1st December at 8.00 pm

1. Apologies
2. Minutes of the meeting held on 20th October 2015
3. Declaration of Interests
4. Matters Arising
5. Planning Applications to hand
6. Financial Matters including new arrangements for audit, budget and precept
7. Any other business
8. Date of the next Meeting

J.H. Rogers,
Clerk to the Parish Council 23rd November 2015
All are welcome to attend the meeting

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SS Peter & Paul News

We now have confirmed our phase two application, which is the material request for the money to do the repair work.

Our application finally was for a grant of £104, 200, which represents 76% of the project costs of £137,664 for phase 2.

The gap will be filled by reclaiming the VAT on the building work (which is done under the Listed Places of Worship Scheme) and our own fund raising, which to date is as follows:

Norfolk Churches Trust £5,000 (this is the charity that shares the money raised from the annual church bike ride)
Weston Foundation £5,000
AllChurchesTrust £1,750

Our Oulton Church Tower Fund has used some it’s resources in funding our phase 1 (lots of architect’s bills !), but has been replenished by the most fabulous kindness and hard work of you all, namely:

The door to door letter raised individual donations of in excess of £1,000 (and some people have very kindly signed up for regular giving which is hugely appreciated)

Hall Open Day £250
Chapel Craft Fair £375
Open gardens £800
Jazz in the yard & Art Exhibition & Yoga donations also £450

A part of the commitment we have to make to the HLF is that we will deliver, in addition to the walks display board, two further historical displays, which the Oulton History Society will take forward. Do join in these projects ! The first will record those that served in The Great War from Oulton (taking forward the names from the boards in the Chapel) and the second, as prefigured in emails before, will track the involvement of the village and the Airfield in the Second World War.

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SS Peter & Paul News

Carols & Christmas Services

Sunday 29th November 10:00 AM Advent Carols and Readings

Saturday 19th Dec 6pm Church Carol Service at SS Peter & Paul (Maybe Carols also at Chapel at 3pm Saturday 12th)

Mon 21st Dec meet at 6:30 pm on the Street by Old Post Office on the Street, Carol Singing round the village in aid of St Martin’s Housing Shelter in Norwich.

Thurs 24th Dec Children’s Service : 3pm decorate the church and children’s activities & music, 4pm Crib Service.

Christmas Day 10:00 AM

We have a new vicar ! Andrew Whitehead was licensed at Cawston. He studied philosophy at Lancaster and Theology at Cambridge. He and his wife and 2 children look forward to joining us at Oulton at least once a month.

The work on the church is now scheduled to begin in January. I dearly wish I had some news from WiSpire, but they are not being communicative.

Many thanks to all supporters and performers at Oulton Entertains. A good evening and a couple of small photos of big hearted entertainers below:

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Solarcentury email correspondence 9th & 10th November 2015

Dear Residents,

Please see email string below, initiated by Solarcentury on 9th November, in which Ed Perrin  seeks to outline the likely course of the construction of Phase 1 of the solar farm.

As you will see,  the Parish Council sought further clarification and Solarcentury’s  response appears at the end.


Paul Killingback

Oulton Parish Council


9th November 2015

Dear Paul,
I wanted to contact you to let you know the timescales for development of Phase 1 of Oulton Airfield Solar Farm so you can disseminate this to residents.
At present, we are aiming to commence on site on 26th November.  Usually the first week will just be setting up the compound and marking out the site so we do not expect construction activity in the main to commence until the following week.
The large majority of deliveries to the site will be within the first few weeks of December and all deliveries will use the strict haul routes committed to within our construction traffic management plan coming south along The Street from the B1149.  Signs will be deployed at the site entrance to ensure all vehicles do not continue forward into Oulton Street.
In terms of the construction duration, the site will be fully constructed by week commencing 18th January where we have a committed connection date with UK Power Networks.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or my colleague Oli (copied) in the first instance.  We will in turn pass your message on to the project manager.
In turn, we will do our best to keep you informed throughout construction of any important milestones to ensure that you are fully abreast of information if asked by local residents.
Kind regards
Ed Perrin
Project Developer
DD: +44 (0)207 549 1130 M: +44 (0)7823 354 062
Solarcentury, 50 Great Sutton St, London EC1V 0DF
T +44 (0)20 7549 1000

Sent: 10 November 2015 07:46

Subject: Re: Oulton Airfield – Phase 1 construction
Hi Ed,
Just considered your message in a bit more detail and I have a few points to make.
1. Think that you meant that the construction traffic will travel northwards from the B1149 and be prevented from going past the site entrance into The Street?
2. Your construction period is very tight. Please confirm what allowance for working has been made for the Christmas and New Year period. Normally I would expect construction sites to close for 2 weeks at this time. If this is not to be the case here I would wish to inform the residents of this. 
3. Regarding the construction plans and the Christmas period I think it would be appropriate, as a matter of courtesy, for you to directly contact the nearest affected resident (Railway Gatehouse) to confirm your plans. 
As the work will involve an element of piling to construct the frames I am concerned that any noise is kept to a minimum during the festive period. If working during the Christmas period is part of your plan then it will give the occupants of Railway Gatehouse an opportunity to make other arrangements.

Please let me have your comments,
Paul Killingback
Oulton Parish Council

Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 9:11 AM
Subject: RE: Oulton Airfield – Phase 1 construction

Good morning Paul,
In response:
1)      Correct, apologies I meant traffic will come from the south.  No vehicles will pass through Oulton Street;
2)      A condition of our consent is that there will be no working on Sundays or public holidays.  However, outwith this, we will continue to work through the Christmas period in order to meet our connection dates.  Once the piling is completed, the main activity will be the erection of the framework structure.  This requires hand tools only so noise from the site will be limited to the movement of plant after piling has been completed;
3)      We are arranging for a letter to be sent to the occupants of the Railway Gatehouse to outline construction timescales and to provide a point of contact throughout the build.  As I’ve outlined above, we anticipate that any noisy works will be over by Christmas.  However, if there is any slip in our programme, we will of course make sure they are fully informed.
Kind regards
Ed Perrin
Project Developer
DD: +44 (0)207 549 1130 M: +44 (0)7823 354 062
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Minutes October 2015

1. Present: Mr. P. Killingback, Ms. S. Harrison, Mr. A. Nash, Mrs. S. Mather, Ms. A. Shaw
Apologies: Mr. G. Peck, Ms. N. Poole
In attendance: Mr. D. Harrison
2. Declarations of Interest: Ms. Shaw declared in an interest in Item 7 for the cheque paid to Mr. J. Pearce and she left the room when this was discussed. There were no other declarations.
3. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held on the 8th September were approved and signed. The minutes of the site meeting held on the 19th September were approved and signed.
4. Matters Arising: (i) Planning Application 20151443 Application for the variation of Condition 2 of Planning Permission 20080187 – Change of Use of Existing Building to Holiday Accommodation and Associated Alterations: This has not yet been decided by BDC but the Parish Council felt very strongly that the variation should not be permitted and a letter would be sent to BDC.
(ii)Playground Maintenance: Mr. Nash had this in hand and would ask for help when and if necessary.
5. Opportunity for Members of the Public to speak: Councillor David Harrison reported on the approval by Aylsham Town Council of a new roundabout on the A140 junction with the Burgh Road and a new garage and M &S mini-store on the site of the former Aylsham Bath and Door Centre. He also reported on various County Council matters.
6. Planning Appliction: 20151626 Stabilisation and Reconstruction of Fire Damaged Property (Listed Building) at Oulton Hall for Mr. Bolton Agnew. The Parish Council inspected the plans and strongly supported the planning application.
7. Financial Matters: The Clerk reported that there was a total of £493.26 in the Box Day account and £3,287.02 in the Village Fund.
The following four cheques were signed:
£167.22 to Norse Eastern Limited for mowing the playground £27.60 to Indigo Waste for emptying the bottle bank four times £378.84 to Mrs. J.H. Rogers for her six monthly salary of £340.00 and £38.84 for expenses
£147.00 to Jonathan Pearce for strimming round the playground 8. Date of the next meeting: This will be held on 1st December

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Christmas Coffee Morning

Christmas Coffee Morning
Saturday 5th December
Pasture Cottage,
Oulton Street.
10am – 1 pm.
Tea, Coffee & Homemade Cakes,
Stall selling Gifts,
Christmas decorations,
Christmas preserves etc.

Proceeds going to
Oulton Church Tower Fund & Oulton Box Day.

Coffee morning 5th dec

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Agenda October 2015

Clerk: Mrs. J.H. Rogers,
Elmerdale Farmhouse, Oulton, Norfolk NR11 7DF.
Telephone: 01263 584177

A Meeting of Oulton Parish Council will be held at
the Congregational Chapel on Tuesday 20th October at 8.00 pm


1. Apologies

2. Minutes of the meeting held on 8th September 2015 and the site meeting at
2 The Loke on 19th September 2015

3. Declaration of Interests

4. Matters Arising

5. Planning Application 20151626 Stabilisation and Reconstruction of Fire Damaged
Property (Listed Building) at Oulton Hall for Mr. B. Agnew

6. Financial Matters including new arrangements for audit

7. Any other business

8. Date of the next Meeting

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Planning Update. Application No. 20150952

Dear Residents

Planning Update re: Application No. 20150952
PV Solar Array and associated works on 46 acres (18.7ha) of agricultural land to the west of Oulton Street.

As you may know, Oulton Parish Council submitted an objection to this proposal, on the grounds that it was an unjustified loss of good agricultural land.

However, at its September meeting, the Broadland District Council Planning Committee voted to Approve the application and so the scheme will go ahead.

The developer has indicated that they intend to commence the building of Phase 1 as soon as practicable and the Parish Council has been led to believe that Solarcentury will be in touch soon to discuss the management of construction traffic so as to minimise wherever possible the impact on residents. The construction period is likely to last for 8 weeks.

with best wishes,

Paul Killingback
Oulton Parish Council

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Box Day 2015

Box Day 2015
On Saturday 27th June the sun made a welcome appearance as this year’s Box Day festivities started with the children enjoying the usual traditional games, ably organised by Andy Nash & Alison Shaw. The adults were not left out as there was an opportunity for their athletic skills to be tested in the egg and spoon, three legged races and the sprint.

Box Day is a good chance for friends old and new to catch up over a cup of tea (or beer) and a piece of cake.

There was just enough time for the rounder’s match before ‘Fledgling Music’ arrived to entertain young and old alike (yes the adults did get to play with bee puppets!!). A story about Bees had been chosen and was accompanied by music and puppets, Lorna from fledgling music skilfully tailored the story to suit a varied age range and soon had them all participating.
The theme of Bees had been carried through to this year pre Box Day craft workshop as children (and adults) had the chance to make bees and flowers to decorate the marquee, which they did with great skill and a lot of glue!!

The lighting of the BBQ’s heralded the start of the evening’s entertainment which was provided this year by ‘Walking the Dog’ a local blues and boogie Band, thanks to a fortunate bid at Itteringham auction of promises.
They proved to be excellent and there were a few brave souls who got up to dance!
The evening wound down to a slower pace as the bonfire was lit and everyone enjoyed what was left of a beautiful warm evening.
This just leaves me to thank all those who helped on the day, with the teas, baking cakes, raffle, name the hippo, setting up and taking down of the marquee, awnings etc. and Bob & Gill shoals who stepped in to give me a hand.
I now hand over the reins to next year’s organizers Andy Nash & Nicola Poole.

Susan Mather.

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Minutes September 2015

1. Present: Mr. P. Killingback, Mrs. S. Harrison, Mrs. S. Mather, Mr. A. Nash, Ms. N. Poole, Ms. A. Shaw.
Apologies: Mr. G. Peck, Mr. D. Harrison
2. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held on the 9th July were signed and approved.
3. Declarations of Interest: There were no declarations of interest.
4. Matters Arising: Application 20150952 Solar Farm, Oulton Street. The Parish
Council had replied to Broadland regarding the letter from Savills. Broadland would be holding a Planning Meeting on the 23rd September which would be attended by members of Oulton Parish Council.
Aylsham AD Appeal – this will take the form of written evidence only and there would be no hearing.
5. Financial Matters: Two cheques were signed. To Playsafely Limited for the playground inspection amounting to £85.20 and to Norse Eastern Ltd. for grounds maintenance for £167.22.
The Clerk received two cheques for £100 each for marquee rent.
The Clerk stated there was £3,284.28 in Oulton Village Fund.
The annual Return for the financial year ended 31st March 2015 had been returned from Mazars, the auditors. In future the Parish Council should seek to receive the Internal Audit report before Section 2 of the form is approved. The fixed assets were understated by £1 and in future it should be noted that trust funds, ie. The Oulton Village Fund was entirely managed by the Parish Council. The notice for viewing the accounts will be displayed on the website and the noticeboard.
6. Playground: Following on from the playground inspection by Playsafety Limited, there were a few minor remedial matters that needed doing. Mr. Nash will carry the repairs out.
7. Date of the next meeting: This will be held on Tuesday 20th October.

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