MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF OULTON PARISH COUNCIL held at Oulton Chapel on Tuesday 4th April 2017
1. Present: Mr. Paul Killingback, Mrs. S. Mather, Mr. A. Nash, Ms. A. Shaw, Mr. A. Windross, S. Harrison
Apologies: Mr. G. Peck, Mr. S. Riley BDC Councillor
In attendance: Mr. D. Harrison, Norfolk County Councillor
2. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held on 28th February 2017 were approved and signed.
3. Declarations of Interest: There were no Declarations of Interest
4. Opportunities for Members of the Public to speak: Councillor David Harrison had no County Council matters to report as everything is in abeyance until the election takes place on the 4th May.
He had attended a meeting of Burgh and Tuttington Parish Council regarding traffic problems caused by the transportation of maize to the Scottow AD. Ms. Shaw and Ms. Harrison has also attended.
5. Matters Arising from the Minutes: (i) The Chairman and members of the Parish Council had held a meeting with Mr. Mayes of Norfolk County Council regarding the B.1354 (since the downgrading in 2005 now the C.593) near Oulton Lodge. It was agreed that “Road Narrows” signs would be installed and the word “Slow” would be painted on the road. The Parish Council have to pay half the cost amounting to approximately £200 and would have to make a bid.
Positions had been agreed for speed awareness monitors (SAM) and it would maybe be possible to borrow them from Aylsham or Cawston.
The question of village gateways would be taken up with Mr. Mayes.
(ii) Noise from nearby buildings: A resident in the Street had reported noise coming from the agricultural building, possibly Bernard Matthews. This had occurred on the 30/31st March at approximately 2300 hours.
(iii) New Clerk: The Chairman and Mr. Windross would be interviewing an applicant on the 11th April.
(iv) Broadband – Mr. Windross would keep up the pressure to try and improve services.
6. Financial Matters: One cheque was signed for £89.68 made out to the Norfolk Association of Local Councils for the Parish Council’s annual subscription.
The Clerk reported that there was a total of £3,307.64 in the Village Fund account; the Community Account stood at £110.22 and the Business Premium Account stood at £3,982.81.
7. Planning Matters: There were no planning applications to hand.
8. Grantscape: Ms. Shaw had been investigating the possible items for grants. At present it is not clear how much money was available, however if the sum available is divided between Oulton and Cawston, then £5,000 should be available. Priority will be given to three new noticeboards costing somewhere between £2,500 and £3,000. The second item to be put forward was an information board near the crossroads in Oulton Street opposite the war memorial with a site map of the airfield and an explanation about the wartime RAF site. The approximate cost would be £2,000. The third possibility was one or two picnic benches for the playground and replacement playground equipment.
9. Any Other Business: The Chairman had received an email from a resident regarding a perceived increased frequency of shots during the game season, night shooting and excessive shooting during consecutive Saturdays since the end of the fame season in February. The chairman told the meeting that we would contact the landowners asking for clarification particularly regarding the post season shooting.
10. Date of the next meeting: This will be held on Tuesday 16th May. The Parish Council meeting will be at 7.00 pm, followed by the AGM.