A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2nd March 2017 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and 5 members of the public.
Planning. Applications. There were no planning applications to consider. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused permission for the erection of an agricultural workers dwelling at Beetley Nurseries, Elmham Road as insufficient justification had been provided to demonstrate that there is an essential need for a dwelling on the site which is outside the settlement boundary.
Bus Service in East Bilney. The bus service for East Bilney is regularly used by several parishioners and it is hoped that this will continue. The Parish Council has been in communication with Norfolk County Council as to whether the service can be extended on a Tuesday to incorporate Old Beetley as well.
County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that Norfolk County Council will be increasing the Council tax by 4.8% which is 3% for Adult Social Care and a 1.8% increase to cover additional costs as the grants from Central Government are being reduced. There has been an overspend in the current financial year of £21.4 million of which £20million is on adult and Children’s Care. He was queried why this had occurred and he replied that under the current committee system there is no scrutiny of decisions made by committees unlike the Cabinet system which was in place before the 2015 elections. This means that decisions can only be made at Committee Meetings which are held every six weeks.
District Councillor Report. The District Councillor reported that the Council Tax will be increased by £4.98 for a Band D dwelling. The District Council is able to maintain a low Council Tax through its commercial enterprises which brings in rent from its properties which is used to finance its responsibilities. Yaxham is no longer to be a service centre in the emerging Local Plan and therefore the houses allocated to the village will have to be allocated elsewhere. Defibrillator. The Management Committee of the Village Hall had confirmed that a defibrillator can be fitted at the Village Hall so the Parish Council will be proceeding with this.
Highways. The trod has been installed in East Bilney but only as far as Dawn Meadow and not up to the Cottage and Norfolk County Council has been contacted regarding this and to improve the surface at the bridge which had also been promised. The Parish Council is disappointed that vehicles are being parked on the trod so causing an obstruction to pedestrians. Four parishioners who attended the meeting complained about this parking. The County Councillor will investigate whether Norfolk County Council can enforce no parking on the trod.
Footpaths. Several trees have been felled on footpaths and the necessary authorities will be informed. Many stiles on paths are now rotten and dangerous and Norfolk County Council will be contacted to request that these be replaced.
Beetley River Meadows Play Area. The weekly inspection of the site has highlighted that the wooden fencing around the play area is becoming rotten and is in need of replacing. The Parish Council is to obtain quotations to replace all this fencing with the same material as that used on the basketball court.
Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 6 April at the Village Hall, Beetley to follow the Annual Parish Meeting which will commence at 7.00 p.m. Planning applications are available for viewing from 7.15 p.m. Minutes. The full minutes are available for viewing on the Beetley Parish website, beetleypc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk, or by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.