Minutes January 2015

held on Tuesday 13th January 2015

1. Present: Mr. P. Killingback, Mrs. S. Mather, Mr. A. Nash, Mr. G. Peck, Ms. N. Poole, Ms. A. Shaw.
In attendance: Councillor David Harrison (BDC & NCC), Councillor Steve Riley

2. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held on the the 18th November were approved and signed although Councillor Steve Riley’s attendance had been missed.

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

4. Councillor David Harrison reported on the NCC budget.

5. Councillor Riley reported on the BDC budget which goes to the full Council next week.

6. Matters Arising: Bottle Bank – the Chairman presented figures showing that if the Parish Council changed the bottle collection to Indigo it could be worth an extra £56 whereas the potential sum from Berrymans (the present contractor) was only £23. The Chairman would contact both NCC and BDC and had already spoken to both Indigo indicating our interest and Berrymans to inform them we were changing contractors.

7. Planning Applications: There were no planning applications to hand.
Aylsham AD Plant – Alison Shaw reported on her attendance at the BDC Planning committee on the 17th December 2014, when the application for an Anaerobic Digester at Aylsham was decisively refused on the grounds of potential highway dysfunction close to the site and on the wider highway network. Cllr. Harrison observed that the application would probably return as an appeal and Ms. Shaw commented that, since Aylsham Town Council had voted to object to the application and had expanded on this objection at the Planning Committee, she hoped that they were even now considering how they would respond to such an appeal, were it to be submitted. She reminded Cllr. Harrison that, once an appeal is registered, the time available for submitting a response is very short.

8. CPRE Light Pollution Survey: The Parish Council looked at the survey and asked the Clerk to fill it in and return to the CPRE.

9. Financial Matters: The Clerk reported that the Oulton Village Fund contained the sum of £3274 and the Oulton Box Day account contained £771.26. £154 had recently been paid in.
There were no cheques to sign.

10. Any Other Business: (i) The Pond at the southern end of Oulton Street has cleared of overhanging and submerged trees and the surrounding area has been landscaped. The Clerk was asked to write to Christopher Harrold, thanking him. A kingfisher had been seen and photographed and the photo would be put on the website.
(ii) Andy Nash would like to take an allotment and the Clerk would bring an agreement for him to sign.

11. Date of the next meeting: This will be held on Tuesday 24th February.

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