Getting Oulton Online

Amazingly there are still some houses in Oulton which are unable to get a broadband connection to access the Internet at all.  Even for those of us who can get a connection it can be painfully slow.  Many of the activities the rest of the country take for granted like watching BBC iplayer or talking with their family on Skype are just impossible.

Some of the residents worst effected are currently looking at an alternative solution provided by a company called Wispire (www.wispire.co.uk).  This would provide a wireless solution broadcasting from the top of the church.  At this stage we need 25 residents to express an interest  in order to get the ball rolling and get into the technicalities of how it would work (we’ve got 16 so far!).  You can sign up without commitment at the website (make sure to register your interest for Oulton!).

Please also let your neighbours who can’t get online know as those are the people this could potentially help most.  Anyone suffering from slow or intermittent connection would benefit too.  Even for those of you with a usable connection it might well be of interest as it may offer a viable alternative to BT and potentially be much more easily upgradable in terms of capacity and speed in the future.  As we’ve found out over the last few years trying to persuade BT to lay new cables isn’t easy!

Please do take a couple of minutes to have a look at the website and register your interest.

Any queries please contact sam@hangman.co.uk and do let me know if you have registered your interest so I can keep you informed of progress.

 

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Oulton Box Day 2014

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Falling this year on exactly mid summer’s day Oulton celebrated its annual Box Day under sunny skies for the first time in far too long. This year’s organisers Susan Mather and Karen Bailey did a superb job of making this … Continue reading

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Anaerobic Digester Appeal: Decision Reached

The Parish Council heard late yesterday afternoon from the Planning Inspectorate with the result of the AD Plant Appeal. The Inspector has dismissed the appeal.

The Inspector’s report is comprehensive and takes account of many of the concerns that were raised on highway safety and noise effects on the property known as the Old Railway Gatehouse.

The Overall Conclusion stated:-

Whilst some relevant matters are in favour of the proposal or at least neutral in their effect upon it, these are both individually and collectively insufficient to outweigh the conclusion based upon consideration of the main issues: which is, on balance, that the appeal should be dismissed.

The Inspector’s detailed response is available here for you to read in full. DECISION

 

 

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Reuse & Recycle your Gadgets and Gizmos

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20th Anniversary Veterans’ Day

Visitors from far and wide were welcomed to the village to mark the 20th annual Veterans’ Day. The combination of tea, cakes and unexpectedly fair weather helped make it a day to remember.

Thank you to all who travelled to get here and to those who helped on the day.

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Parish Councils in the press…

 

 

 

 

Parish Council members enjoyed this piece in last weekend’s Sunday Times…in fact so much so we wanted to share it.

Take heed!

Parish Council article

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Planning Appeal meeting 9 April – Proposed AD Plant Oulton airfield

The Chair, two Parish Councillors and a number of parishioners attended the planning appeal meeting on Wednesday 9 April 2014 held at Broadland District Council(BDC) offices. Also in attendance were 5 representatives for the Appellant and 4 from BDC. The Inspector spent a great deal of time reviewing a number of aspects, seeking clarification on the types of crop, the AD process, odour, transport, impact on the area, potential noise and the draft Section 106 traffic agreement to protect the northern part of Oulton Street.

During the discussions the Inspector allowed all those present to make comments – from the public as well as the main parties. The Parish Council and the BDC team were able to voice their concerns on the proposed development and to, where necessary, challenge the applicants on key aspects of their application. Strong arguments were made by the PC on the unsuitability of the road leading to the site from the Holt road for which the PC’s own traffic modelling software had provided evidence of potentially dangerous situations occurring during the harvest period. Furthermore, it was acknowledged by the applicants at this meeting that the harvest period could be extended with the use of grass and other crops which would be outside of the maize harvesting period.

The other key argument was on the loss of amenity impact for local residents and specifically the Railway Gatehouse cottage – technical arguments between the noise analysts on both sides provided the Inspector with differing views on the potential effects around the site should this development proceed. The owner of the Railway Gatehouse cottage was also present and able to inform the Inspector of her feelings and the true impact of this proposed development on her situation.

Following a break for lunch, the Inspector visited the existing Future Biogas AD site in Taverham to observe the workings of the plant and then held a meeting at the proposed Oulton site. The PC was again represented and was able to provide further background information in conjunction with the BDC and the applicants. The Inspector then walked from the site down the whole length of the C263 approach road to the B1149 Holt Road junction – checking with the plans where proposed passing places were to be established and seeking clarification from the Highways representative on technical issues. Some time was spent at the Holt Road junction where the speeds of passing traffic was observed and discussions on visibility occurred. The group then walked back to the proposed site and there being no further questions the meeting concluded.

The PC was very impressed with the way the Inspector conducted the events of the day but obviously have no idea what the likely decision will be. It is also not clear when the Inspector will make a decision on this matter – the process states a maximum timeframe of 26 weeks from the start date. This would take us to 7 August 2014, but we are hopeful that this matter will be determined before then. We will of course keep you informed.

Paul Killingback

Chair

Oulton Parish Council

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Notice of forthcoming Election for the European Parliament

REMINDER:

An election will be held on 22nd May 2014 for your European Parliamentary representatives.  More details can be found here:

Notice of Election

The parties and individual candidates standing for election are listed here:

SoPICN NoP

Please come and use your vote at Oulton Chapel on 22nd May

 

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Minutes from March 2014 Parish Council Meeting

For those of you looking for an update on PC matters, here are the minutes from the last Parish Council meeting held on 18th March 2014

 

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF OULTON PARISH COUNCIL

held on Tuesday 18th March 2014

 

1.   Present:    Mr. P. Killingback,  Mr. S. Booker,  Mr. A. Nash, Mr. G. Peck, Ms. N. Poole, Ms. A. Shaw.

Apologies:    Mr. D. Harrison, Mr. S. Riley

In attendance:   Mr. Nigel Perring and Mr. Stephen-Molineux-Wilkes of Lumicity Ltd;  5 Oulton parishioners

 

2.    Declarations of Interest:   Mr. Killingback, Mr. Booker and Ms. Shaw declared an interest in the Planning Application 20140335 (Biomass Boilers for Bernard Matthews) as living nearest to the development but completed the application form for Dispensation.

 

3.   Minutes:    Minutes of the meeting held on the 11th February were approved and signed.

 

4.   Matters Arising:   Following on from the report that road near the Old Rectory was in a bad state, it was also mentioned that the section of Hall Road between Ship’s Cottage and the Church Farm crossroads was partially flooded and had very deep potholes.   The Clerk was asked to contact NCC and see whether anything could be done to remedy the matter.

 

5.   Planning Applications:  The formal response to the AD in Oulton Street had been made to the Planning Inspectorate and the hearing would take place on the 9th April.   Members of the public were invited to attend.

Application 20140266  for single storey side extension extension at Irmingland Hall – members of the Parish Council held a site meeting and voted to support the application.

Application 20140335 for 6 Biomass Boilers and Fuel Stores (Re-submission) at Oulton Airfield for Bernard Matthews Ltd.   The Chairman closed the Parish Council Meeting to give Mr. Nigel Perring MRICS and Mr. Stephen Molineux-Wilkes and opportunity to speak on behalf of Lumicity Ltd who would be installing the boilers and to take questions from the floor.   (See separate notes attached to these minutes).

The meeting was reconvened and it was felt that the position on emissions and traffic had been clarified.   A section 106 condition should be put in place to prevent Oulton Street from the Blickling Road being used for deliveries and the working hours should be 0830 to 1730 – there should be no night time deliveries.   This was put to the vote and unanimously agreed.

 

6.   Financial Matters: A cheque was signed for £326.00 to Mrs. J.H. Rogers being her half yearly salary of £320.00 plus £6.00 for stamps.

 

7.   Any Other Business:   (i)  Allotment – Simon Dunford had reported that brick rubble and corrugated iron sheets had suddenly appeared on their allotment.   The Parish Council knew nothing about this and it rather looked as if they had been flytipped.   The Chairman would investigate further.

(ii)   The Clerk reported that Blickling had lost its polling station.   Although there was no threat to the one at Oulton at the moment, it was possible it would be closed if insufficient people used it.

(iii)           World War I – The PCC were hoping to do something.   It was pointed out that grants of up to £500 were available from BDC.

(iv)           Stephen Jefford had asked the Clerk on behalf of the PCC if it were possible to share information on newcomers to the village.   The Parish Council saw no reason why this shouldn’t happen.

(v)   Ms. Shaw reported on the presentation in Aylsham Town Hall on a potential AD on the outskirts of Aylsham.   She had attended the meeting with other parishioners.   It would seem that if the AD went ahead there would have to be a right turn lane at the Banningham/A140 junction.  The AD would be the same size as that proposed for Oulton and would be on a site near the Police Station.   The presentation was on the basis that it was a consultation and not a formal planning application.

 

10.   Date  of the next Meetings:   This will be held on Tuesday 29th April 2014.

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Mobile Library

The mobile library will be visiting Oulton Street on the following dates.  Its scheduled to be with us between 10:30am and 10:50am.

17th April

15th May

12th June

10th July

7th August

4th September

2nd October

30th October

27th November

22nd January

 

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