OULTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes from Tuesday 28th February 2017

  1. Present: Mr. Paul Killingback, Mrs. S. Mather, Mr. A. Nash, Ms. A. Shaw, Mr. A. Windross
 Apologies: Mr. G. Peck, Ms. S. Harrison

In attendance: Mr. D. Harrison, Norfolk County Councillor

  1. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held on 24th January 2017 were approved and signed.
  1. Declarations of Interest: There were no Declarations of Interest
  1. Opportunities for Members of the Public to speak: Councillor David Harrison reported on County Council matters and said that the Council Tax increase would be 5% with 60% of that going to social services.
He had attended a meeting of Burgh Parish Council who were fighting the problems of tractors and trailers using the village to transport maize to the Scottow AD. He was reminded by members of the PC that this Council had worked hard to get the planning permission for an AD in Oulton rejected as the relentless traffic during harvest had been identified as one of a number of key issues. He was asked to express Oulton Parish Council’s sympathies and support for parishes who are now suffering from increased traffic due to the Scottow AD, probably as a result of the change of route from through Buxton/Lammas.
  1. Matters Arising from the Minutes: The Clerk would resend the letter to NCC relating to problems on the B.1354. Ms. Shaw would let the Clerk have details of whom to send the letter. NCC would also be asked to make some new grips on Oulton Street to improve drainage following a request from a resident of The Street.

Noticeboard: this had been damaged beyond repair by the recent storm Doris and a new one was needed urgently. In view of the significant cost this may be something to consider for a Grantscape grant.

Noise from Bernard Matthews: as suspected, the recent noise at night was coming from BM. Ms. Shaw had sent a message to Mr. Joll who, although no longer at BM will contact them to remind them of the planning conditions relating to deliveries at night. In due course, he will give the Parish Council contact names at BM.

New Clerk: two people had so far expressed an interest. The closing date for applications is the 31st March.

  1. Financial Matters: Four cheques were signed. To Indigo Waste for removing bottles from the bottle bank £12.00; to Mrs. J.H. Rogers for her half year’s salary of £320 plus £35.77 expenses; to Mr. A. Nash as reimbursement for paying Wickey GmbH. for a child’s swing in the playgound; to Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust for £80.00 being rent for the 8 meetings held during the year.

    Transparency Fund – it was proposed that a Grant application should be made to cover the cost of a laptop, software and a printer and scanner, as, in the interests of Data Protection, a dedicated laptop is now required for a Parish Clerk. This was being handled by Suffolk ALC. Members of the Parish Council agreed unanimously to this proposal.

  1. Planning Matters: There were no planning applications to hand.
  2. Grantscape: Parishioners had been invited to make suggestions. Ms Shaw had produced a summary of information received to date. She reminded members that it must be borne in mind that any project must be completed within six months of the grant being awarded.

Zoe Dunford had suggested that a path should be made along the Street to the playground. Although this was a commendable idea, it was felt that it would not be completed within six months bearing in mind negotiations would have to be made with both the National Trust and the tenant.

Chris Lambert had asked that the ‘gates’ with the speed limit be considered – similar to those in Edgefield. Unfortunately it was felt that this proposal was not within the grant parameters as it was something that a statutory body (i.e. NCC) would be responsible for and the PC would have to cover 50% of the cost (in the region of £3000) without grant aid.

Fiona Glenser had asked about the possibility of improving broadband. Again the PC felt this was not likely to meet the grant conditions. However, Mr Windross will investigate broadband improvements using the church tower once more – previous efforts by Stephen Jefford having been frustrated by the potential supplier.

Stephen Jefford had asked for the following to be looked into – further conservation to the Royal Coat of Arms, conservation of the Mothers’ Union banner and stabilising the fish mural in the church. It was doubtfull whether Grantscape would consider these ideas as they could be considered to be of a religious nature and appear to be excluded from grant aid.

Other suggested projects  that could be more successful were new noticeboards, (replacement one for The Street, and possibly two smaller ones elsewhere in the Parish) a portable generator for the marquee (thus providing greater flexibility when siting the marquee for events), a self composting lavatory for the church (bearing in mind this would help to make it a community space) and a fireproof storage cabinet for Parish Council records. (with the change of Clerk there is a large amount of historic records that need to be kept securely). Ms. Shaw agreed to draft application forms for those projects which were felt to have a reasonable chance of success.

It was also agreed to find out if Cawston PC are likely to persue any grant aided projects. It was noted that Mr Peck will contact them upon his return to the UK to find out.

  1. Moles: The Parish Council had received a letter from Norse pointing out the number of moleshills in the playground which could damage their cutting equipment and may be a hazard to people. The situation would be monitored and it was agreed that if necessary a pest controller will be hired.
  2. Any Other Business: It was noted that Dong Energy would be holding meetings at various places to discuss the wind farm and potential routing of the underground cables. The most relevant meeting to this Parish will be held on the 8th March at Corpusty Village Hall from 3.00 to 8.00.

The Clerk pointed out that documents would need to be stored safely and that it was unlikely that the new Clerk would have a suitable space. She suggested that the Chapel might be a suitable space as there was a lockable book cupboard. It was suggested that a fireproof container should be aquired (see 8 above).

It was noted that Box Day this year will be held on the 24th June.

  1. Date of the next meeting: This will be held on Tuesday 4th April 2017
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Oulton Parish Council Meeting Agenda – Tuesday 28th February at 8.00 pm

OULTON PARISH COUNCIL

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

A Meeting of Oulton Parish Council will be held at
the Congregational Chapel on Tuesday 28th February at 8.00 pm

AGENDA

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the meeting held on 24th January
  3. Opportunity for members of the public to speak
  4. Declaration of Interests
  5. Matters Arising including Noise from BM site; update on new Clerk
  6. Financial Matters
  7. Grantscape Fund
  8. Any planning matters to hand
  9. Moles on playground
  10. Any Other Business
  11. Date of the next Meeting

J.H. Rogers,
Clerk to the Parish Council

All are welcome to attend the meeting

20th February 2017

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Applications are invited for the post of Parish Clerk

Oulton Parish Council job vacancy.

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Oulton Parish Council Meeting Minutes Tuesday 24th January 2017

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF OULTON PARISH COUNCIL held at Oulton Chapel on Tuesday 24th January 2017

1. Present: Mr. Paul Killingback, Mr. G. Peck, Ms. S. Harrison, Mrs. S. Mather, Mr. A. Nash, Ms. A. Shaw, Mr. A. Windross

In attendance: Mr. D. Harrison, Norfolk County Councillor

2. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held on 13th December 2016 were approved and signed as were the minutes of the site meeting held on 14th January 2017.

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

4. Opportunities for Members of the Public to speak: Councillor David Harrison reported on County Council matters and said that work had started on the roundabout in Aylsham near Stonecraft.

5. Matters Arising from the Minutes: The information from the National Trust regarding car parking was discusssed. The Clerk was asked to write to the Trust to see if there was a possibility of their being any leeway in making local decisions regarding charging.

Oulton Lodge – after the site meeting on the B1354, it was agreed that the Parish Council would write to Norfolk County Council, pointing out there was no consistency in the road markings along the length of the road from Oulton Street to Elmerdale Bridge. A record of accidents would be kept and Mrs. Williams was asked to keep a note with dates and pass it on to the Clerk.

6. Financial Matters: The Parish Council had received a donation from Oulton Parochial Church Council to go towards playground equipment. The Clerk would acknowledge to Stephen Jefford. A new swing was being provided and all councillors agreed to this. Payment would be made at the next meeting.

No cheques were signed.

7. Planning Matters: There were two application for Oulton Hall, 20162197 and 20162198 for the formation of a raised terrace and for reconstruction of the interior and changes to fenestration. Both applications were approved unanimously.

8. The Clerk: A subcommittee will meet, consisting of the Chairman and Andy Naish and Andy Windross to discuss the details and a job description and draft an advertisement.

9. Noticeboard: A replacement noticeboard was needed as it was felt the present one is beyond repair. Steve Price would be approached and Sam Booker had also said he could help. Possibly a second noticeboard could be put at the other end of the village.

10. Grantscape: The leaflet about Grantscape will be put on the Parish Council’s web page with the request that anyone wishing to make an application will inform the Parish Council first to avoid duplication. Grantscape will be asked how they allocate funds and whether there might be a little more flexibility in the closing date. Ideally the Parish Council should find out what Cawston are likely to ask for. Suggestions at the moment include more playground equipment, the new noticeboards and a generator for the marquee.

11. Any Other Business: There have been complaints about noise from agricultural equipment round about 3.00am in the morning. The Clerk will ask Christopher Harrold if it comes from Street Farm. There is a possibility it may be from the Bernard Matthews site.

10. Date of the next meeting: This will be held on Tuesday 28th February 2017

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Grantscape – Projects in our community

Oulton Parish Council would like to bring to your attention the attached flyer from Grantscape.

This provides information on applying for grants for eligible projects in our community following the completion of the first phase of the solar Farm in Oulton. You will note that there is a tight timeframe to make an application, and the Parish Council would encourage any interested parties to check the Grantscape website for the eligibility criteria before making an application. It would be very helpful if any applicants who do apply could also copy details to the Parish Council so that we are aware of projects that are important to our parishioners. The Parish Council will also be identifying potential projects for grant applications over the coming weeks and have been invited to be part of the review process with Grantscape and Cawston Parish Council, once all applications are in.

Solarcentury Flyer Oulton Jan 2017

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Agenda: Meeting of Oulton Parish Council Congregational Chapel on Tuesday 24th January at 8.00 pm

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

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

AGENDA

  1. Apologies
  2. Opportunity for members of the public to speak
  3. Declaration of Interests
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Financial Matters
  6. Preliminary discussion about Solar Century grant
  7. Road safety measures outside Oulton Lodge
  8. Planning Application 20162197 for Formation of Raised Terrace to North-west (rear) elevation of Oulton Hall;Planning Application 2016198 Reconstruction and remodelling of interior rooms, details of fenestration, etc.
  9. Arrangements for appointment of a new Clerk to the Parish Council
  10. Repair/Replacement of PC notice board in Oulton Street
  11. Any Other Business
  12. Date of the next Meeting

J.H. Rogers,
Clerk to the Parish Council 16th January 2017

All are welcome to attend the meeting

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Oulton Parish Council Meeting Minutes Tuesday 13th December 2016

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF OULTON PARISH COUNCIL held at Oulton Chapel on Tuesday 13th December 2016

1. Present: Mr. Paul Killingback, Mrs. S. Mather, Mr. A. Nash, Ms. A. Shaw, Mr. A. Windross

Apologies: Mr. G. Peck, Ms. S. Harrison, Mr. S. Riley
In attendance: Mr. D. Harrison, Norfolk County Councillor, PCSO William Kerr

2. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held on 8th November were approved and signed.

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

4. Opportunities for Members of the Public to speak: PCSO William kerr introduced himself as the sucessor to Brian Levy. He explained that parishes could now produce their own crime reports by going to www.police.uk/find myneighbourhood. Ms. Shaw asked about obtaining traffic accident records and he will look into this. He also said that he would be able to carry out crime prevention surveys on properties, if asked.

Councillor Harrison reported on County Council matters including the budget, social care and the possible increase in council tax for social care.

5. Matters Arising from the Minutes: Sadly the application for a grant to help fund Box Day had been turned down.

No further information had been received from the National Trust about car parking. The Clerk would remind the office that the car parking figures had been promised when Andrew Dawson had attended the previous meeting. Following on from the question of car parking, concern was expressed by councillors about traffic management at Blickling for various events.

Comments by Mrs. Williams at the previous meeting about the dangerous section of road outside Oulton Lodge would be dealt with at the next meeting by which time members of the Parish Council would have met the Williams on site.

6. Financial Matters – Budget and Precept: Two cheques were signed. To Paul Killingback who had paid for the wreath for Remembrance Sunday for £25.00; to Mazars the auditors as they had returned the audit form for minor changes for £30.00. The Clerk presented a budget and it was agreed that the precept should remain at £2,300. Mazars had commented that they thought the Parish Council was holding too much money in reserve, however it was pointed out that there would probably be increased costs next financial year to cover training costs for a new Clerk and money should also be set aside for possible road safety measures.

Norse are to increase their grounds maintenance costs by 5% to cover additional costs. The Chairman signed the new contract.

7. Planning Matters: There were no planning matters to hand.
8. The Clerk will be retiring from the Parish Council with effect from the 31st March 2017.

9. Any Other Business: The Highway Rangers had asked for comments about future work and the Clerk would ask them to look at all the passing places on the Street, in particular there was a very bad gap nearly opposite the Turkey Sheds at the end of the old runway. There were also potholes at the top of Itteringham Road near the Sovereigns and the 30 mph sign near the duck pond has been damaged.

The Chairman had received a thank you letter from 18B Squadron RAF.

10. Date of the next meeting: This will be held on Tuesday 24th January 2017

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Some background and contact details for Cllr Andrew Windross

The following has been sent into the Oulton Parish Council website from Andrew Windross.

Andy Windross, Clare Cottage, Itteringham Road, NR11 6NX. Phone 01263 587193 (windrossandy@gmail.com)

I and Sue my wife moved into Oulton four and a half years ago when we retired from a frenetic life in London.

I worked as a priest – prebendary at St. Pauls Cathedral – Sue was a headteacher in Hackney.

In addition to working as a parish priest for thirty eight years I served as a local Hackney Councillor and as Chair of the Homerton University Foundation Trust Hospital.

Moving from London has meant that there has been a steady flow of visitors – family and friends coming to stay and enjoy community life here in Oulton.

I have enjoyed fishing, walking and getting to know other residents in my corner of the parish together with sailing a little further away at Morston. As part of the Aylsham team of clergy I preside and preach on a regular basis in Oulton, Heydon and Aylsham churches.

I look forward with much hope to a long and enjoyable time here in Oulton.

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Norfolk County Council-Get prepared ahead of predicted wintry and stormy weather in Norfolk

Norfolk County Council Weather

11 January 2017

Get prepared ahead of predicted wintry and stormy weather in Norfolk

Photos of Norfolk County Council gritter trucks are available to download via the link at the bottom of the press release.

Norfolk County Council is encouraging people to keep a close eye on the weather forecast over the next few days and be ready to react, as stormy and wintry weather is expected to arrive in the county from tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.

The Met Office is warning that the east of England including most parts of Norfolk could get some snow between tomorrow and Saturday, with a chance of it settling and causing disruption to travel.

In addition to the prospect of snow, strong winds and low temperatures are also forecast over the next few days, with wind chill making it feel even colder. Road surface temperatures are due to dip below freezing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and therefore any rain or wintry showers that fall are likely to freeze, which could lead to icy roads, pavements and cycle paths and make journeys treacherous.

Norfolk County Council’s gritting teams are going out at 7pm tonight (Wednesday) on all usual county gritting routes and are standing by to go out again at 3am if necessary as road surface temperatures are due to fall to around freezing across Norfolk overnight, with rain and sleet likely tomorrow. The gritters are ready to go out as often as required over the next few days.

The County Council currently has around 13,000 tonnes of salt stocked in the county. This is replenished throughout the winter as needed through a long-term contract the council has with its supplier Compass Minerals.

More than a third of Norfolk’s roads totalling over 2,000 miles are on the council’s 49 regular gritting routes, including all A and B-class roads and some C-class roads, and each route takes around three hours for a gritter lorry to treat. The A11, A47 and A12 are gritted by Highways England.

People can check which roads are on the council’s gritting routes by looking at the map at www.norfolk.gov.uk/gritting. On the same map people can find the locations of the more than 1,800 grit bins in the county that are filled by the County Council and which people can use on public pavements, cycle paths and roads.

The specially formulated salt used to treat roads in Norfolk works by reducing the freezing point of water on the surface. However, even when roads are treated there is no guarantee they will be completely clear of ice or snow, and with a mix of wintry showers forecast over the next few days, some salt that is spread may be washed off the roads.

Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “Conditions over the next few days are likely to make everyday life more difficult for lots of people in Norfolk. Our highways team are well-practised at dealing with icy and snowy weather and they will work around the clock if needed to keep the roads on our gritting routes as safe as possible, but people should still be prepared for potentially hazardous travel conditions.

“I would urge everyone to keep up to date with the latest weather and travel information at the moment so they can make an informed decision about the conditions before they travel anywhere. Please also consider checking on older or vulnerable relatives and friends who may find it harder to cope during cold and wintry weather.”

If you have to make a journey during wintry weather, the council’s road safety team has the following advice:

  • Always drive to the conditions – slow right down and brake gently when road surfaces may have less grip.
  • Leave plenty of extra time to make your journey – ‘drive to arrive’ and don’t take unnecessary risks.
  • Make sure you allow time to clear your car of any snow before setting off, and remove ice from your windscreen and windows – don’t make travelling more treacherous by not having a good range of visibility or by snow sliding off your car onto the road and causing a hazard for other road users.
  • People may want to plan their route to avoid any steep hills in snowy or icy conditions – rear wheel drive cars in particular can struggle with traction when driving uphill.
  • If you skid on ice or snow, don’t brake and steer into the direction that the rear of your car is sliding.Most pavements and cycle paths in Norfolk are not gritted as standard (although there are 1,800 grit bins throughout the county stocked with salt for people to use

Most pavements and cycle paths in Norfolk are not gritted as standard (although there are 1,800 grit bins throughout the county stocked with salt for people to use on public spaces), so sometimes road surfaces may have more grip. Pedestrians and cyclists should also allow extra time for making journeys and wear shoes or boots with a thick tread.
People are also being asked to help each other by getting behind the County Council’s Norfolk Winter campaign, designed to help people in the county cope during the colder months. Regular gritting updates and other useful advice are posted on social media channels, using the #norfolkwinter hashtag on Twitter and on the Norfolk Facebook page (www.facebook.com/norfolkcc). Everyone in Norfolk is encouraged to share any information that may help keep people in the county safe when the weather is cold, icy or snowy.

Older people, very young children, pregnant women, those with long-term health conditions and people who live in poor quality housing or are homeless are particularly vulnerable during cold weather. While low temperatures themselves don’t usually directly make people ill, they can contribute to conditions that lead to illnesses including stroke and heart attack. Flu viruses are also more stable in cold air, making it easier for them to spread and leading to more cases of flu during the winter, which can be life-threatening to some vulnerable people.

Steps everyone can take to reduce the risk of older or vulnerable people falling ill include:
Ensuring their home is well-heated and insulated – living in cold, damp or mouldy rooms can affect your health. Heat your home, or at the very least the rooms you use regularly, to between 18 and 21°C.Making sure they’re dressing appropriately for the cold, wearing layers, moving around regularly if possible and eating hot meals and drinking hot drinks.

Making sure they’re dressing appropriately for the cold, wearing layers, moving around regularly if possible and eating hot meals and drinking hot drinks.
Checking that tasks like picking up prescriptions and buying food aren’t going undone because wintry weather is making it difficult for them to get out and about, and offer what support you can,Reducing their chance of falling over and resulting injury by strengthening muscles through exercise (a programme of sitting exercises can be found on the NHS website) and by having well-fitting footwear with

Reducing their chance of falling over and resulting injury by strengthening muscles through exercise (a programme of sitting exercises can be found on the NHS website) and by having well-fitting footwear with good grip on the sole – in both shoes and slippers.
Encouraging them to get the free flu jab if they are eligible for it – everyone aged 65 and over is offered the flu jab for free on the NHS, as are other ‘at risk’ groups.
For more information about keeping in good health during cold weather, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/staywellthiswinter. Information on gritting, including a map of gritting routes and grit bin locations, can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/gritting. For the latest weather warnings covering Norfolk, visit:

www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings

For political comment

Cllr Martin Wilby (Conservative) Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, on 07920 286618 or 01379 741504
Cllr Jonathon Childs (UKIP) Vice Chair of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, on 07899 037719 – text only
Cllr Terry Jermy (Labour) on 07742 157967
Cllr John Timewell (Liberal Democrat), on 07717 881857
Cllr Andrew Boswell (Green) on 07787 127881
For further information please contact:
Media Team at Norfolk County Council
Tel: 01603 228888
Email: pressoffice@norfolk.gov.uk

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RAF at Oulton 11th November 2016

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