Agenda May 2015

Agenda

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

The Annual General Meeting of Oulton Parish Council will be held at
the Congregational Chapel on Tuesday 12th May at 7.00pm

AGENDA

1. Apologies

2. Minutes of the meeting held on 14th April 2015

3. Declaration of Interests

4. Matters Arising

5. Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman

6. Any Planning Applications to hand

7. Financial Matters

8. Any other business

9. Date of the next Meeting – 30th June

J.H. Rogers,
Clerk to the Parish Council 3rd May 2015

All are welcome to attend the meeting

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Minutes April 2015

Minutes -April

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF OULTON PARISH COUNCIL held on Tuesday 14th April 2015
1. Present: Mr. P. Killingback, Mrs. S. Mather, Mr. A. Nash, Mr. G. Peck, Ms. N. Poole, Ms. A. Shaw.
In attendance: Councillor Steve Riley, (BDC)
2. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held on the the 24th February were approved and signed.
3. Declarations of Interest: There were no declarations of interest.
4. Matters Arising: (i) Church Lane and Hall Road: Members of the Parish Council had met Chris Mayes of NCC and Mr. Jim Agnew. Some patching has been done to Church Lane but there was still a gap between the edge of the concrete pad and the road surface. Mr. Agnew agreed to concrete this gap in. The reason that the size of the pad had been increased was that Mr. Agnew could no longer use the one at the top of Spa Lane as the electricity wires were too close and it was felt that this could be dangerous. As far as Hall Road was concerned, Mr. Agnew agreed to put some drains in the field above the lane and Chris Mayes said that the NCC will clear the existing drains and put two gulleys under the road. The Chairman would email Chris Mayes to remind him of this.
(ii) New signs had been put in place for the bottle bank with the change in companies. The clerk had received the forms for informing NCC of the weights of glass.
5. Councillor Riley reported that the BDC budget had been signed and there would be no rise in council tax for this financial year.
He also reported that there was still time for the appeal for the Aylsham AD tobe received.
6. Allotment: Mr. Nash had looked at the allotment and felt there was space for further allotments and maybe a small community orchard. The allotments would be publicised at the Annual Village Meeting in case anyone in the village didn’t know of their existence. The possibility of a community orchard would also be mentioned.
7. Planning Applications: There were no planning applications to hand.
8. Solar Farm: a request for a screening opinion for proposed photovoltaic panels and associated work on Oulton Airfield had been received from BDC. Members of the Parish Council had met on the proposed site and a letter had been sent to BDC setting out the Parish Council’s comments. Solarcentury, the developers will be holding a drop-in meeting during the day at Oulton Chapel and this will coincide with the Annual Village Meeting on the 12th May. It was suggested they should be given a
slot during the meeting but a representative will be available to be fully questioned in the afternoon, should parishioners wish to attend. A series of questions will be written out.
9. Financial Matters: The Clerk presented the annual accounts. These showed a balance on the 31st March of £2,58.55 with £3,278.80 in the Oulton Village Fund and £771.26 in the Box Day account. The accounting statements were approved as was the annual governance statement. The accounts would now be sent to the Internal Auditor for her approval before being sent to Mazars LLP who act as auditors. Three cheques were signed. To the Norfolk County Association of Local Councils for £83.52 the Parish Council’s subscription; to the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust for £80 for 8 meetings held in the last financial year and to Zurich Municipal for £276.21 for the Parish Council’s insurance cover.
10. Annual Village Meeting: The date of the meeting has already been notified, being the 12th May. Helen Bailey of the National Trust has been invited and may attend; the Rev. Beane will attend. As mentioned above, a representative from Solarcentury will be present. Both the Historical Society and Box Day will have a slot. The Chairman will organise a flyer to go to all parishioners and a poster. The Clerk will organise the wine and soft drinks.
11. Any Other Business: The noticeboard in The Street either needs repairing or replacing. Mr. Nash will look at it and possibly make a second noticeboard.
The Clerk mentioned the fact that there should be a playground inspection. Mr. Nash will organise.
12. Date of the next meeting: This will be held on Tuesday 12th May and also the 30th June.

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ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING Tuesday 12th May 2015 at 8pm

Oulton Parish Council
Invites you to the
ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING
To be held on TUESDAY 12TH MAY 2015 at 8pm in the
OLD CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL, HALL ROAD.

Please come along and hear what your Parish Council have been doing over the past year and hear reports from speakers from the National Trust, Local District Councillors, The Church and the efforts being made to bring better broadband to our area.

It will also be a chance to hear about the latest proposed development on the old airfield. Whilst there has been no formal planning application made as yet, a company called Solarcentury are holding an information day at The Old Congregational Chapel from 3pm on the same day in connection with a proposed SOLAR PARK on the land. The Village Meeting will be an opportunity for you to question the Solarcentury representatives about this.

Please come along and meet your friends and neighbours and find out what is going on in your village. Refreshments will be served!

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Parish News April 2015

OULTON PARISH NEWS April 2015

A quarter of the year has already gone and we find ourselves at Easter. Spring is here- birds are nesting and the countryside is turning a delicate hue of green. Once more the daffodils in the village are putting on a good show and now is the time to notice other potential planting areas for later in the year.

Lent and Easter Services.
Fifteen people attended the Mothering Sunday service. Sadly there were no children present but Spring posies were distributed to the adults for their mothers or in memory of them. Palm Sunday was celebrated with a group communion service at St. Agnes, Cawston and in keeping with another tradition, palm crosses were presented to each member of the congregation. If anyone would like one they are available in Oulton church, so please help yourselves.
During Holy week Revd Irena Edgcumbe, Director of Training and Development in the Diocese of London, will be visiting SS Peter and Paul on Tuesday 31st at 7.30pm as part of the nightly pilgrimages and Reflections around our churches. All welcome.
Our Easter Day service is Holy Communion at 9.00am.

Community Events.
Thank you to all who helped with the Spring Clean last month.

This month we have our quarterly History Society Meeting on Sunday 26th at 11.00am in church. Coffee provided.
We are also planning a visit to the RAF Oulton Exhibition at Blickling, provisionally on Saturday June 13th at 10.00am to view photos and hopefully choose the ones we’d like printed to form a permanent display in the church. Please join us, especially if you were here during the war and bring your memories with you. Further details from Stephen Jefford 01263 587480.

By popular demand we are planning another Picnic and Parachuting Teddy Bears day during the summer so get your bears in training now. Date and time TBC.

Open Gardens.
The garden at Oulton Hall is again open for The National Garden Scheme on Sunday May 31st 1-5pm. Adm. £5 children free. Refreshments served by members of Oulton Church.

Our 2015 Village Open Gardens is on Sunday 12th July 11-5pm so This is our main fundraising event for church funds this year so please support us. All sizes and types of gardens are urgently needed and even ‘conservation’ ones. Please contact me as below. Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help in other ways on the day. More help is needed! Please help to make this the huge success of the 2013 one.

Oulton Congregational Chapel.
Open afternoons recommence this month and continue through to October.
As usual the second Sunday of the month 2-4pm. Refreshments provided.

Dates for Your Diary.
Box Day: Saturday June 27th from 3pm.
Annual visit of the Veterans: Saturday May 16th.

Wishing you all a Happy Easter.

Sue Hall. 01263 734245.

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Agenda April 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 14th April 2015 at 8.00pm

AGENDA

1. Apologies

2. Minutes of the meeting held on 24th February 2015

3. Declaration of Interests

4. Matters Arising: Bottle Bank
Allotment Area
Church Lane/Hall Road

5. Opportunity for Members of the Public to speak

6. Any Planning Applications to hand

7. Screening Opinion for Solar Farm, Oulton Street

8. Financial Matters including annual accounts

9. Annual Village Meeting and AGM on 12th May

10. Any Other Business

J.H. Rogers,
Clerk to the Parish Council 6th April 2015

All are welcome to attend the meetingAgenda 150414

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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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