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.
Chair, Oulton Parish Council
During the past few weeks two new couples have moved into The Street, and they were introduced to one another at the Remembrance Service.
On the left are Linda and Gordon Fryett from The School House and on the right Anne and Roy Butler from The Barn. We welcome them all and wish them many happy years in Oulton.
At almost eleven on Sunday 8th November many residents of Oulton met at the war memorial for a short Service of Remembrance.
The service was sensitively led by Chris Lambert and The Last Post and Reveille were beautifully played by George Jefford.
After their names had been read out by Sue Hall, crosses were added to those of RAF Oulton for each of the Oulton parishioners who gave their lives in the two great wars.
Wreaths were laid by Kim Barwick on behalf of RAF 100 Group Association and by Susan Mather for Oulton Parish Council.
The Service ended with a reading by Paul Killingback of the emotive poem In Flanders Fields.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and do let me know if you have registered your interest so I can keep you informed of progress.
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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
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
Parish Council members enjoyed this piece in last weekend’s Sunday Times…in fact so much so we wanted to share it.
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.
Oulton Parish Council