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ROCKLANDS PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting of the Rocklands Parish Council held on Monday 5 April 2004 in the Village Hall

PRESENT:

P. Leigh (Vice Chairman)
R. Steel
P. Smith
Mrs M. Gibbon

6 Parishioners

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Councillors P. Cotes, J. Abel, Mrs N. Southgate
W. Smith District Councillor and J.Rogers County Councillor

2. MINUTES
The minutes of the Council meeting of 23 February were signed as a correct record

3. MATTERS ARISING

The Clerk reported that he had received a letter from Mrs Lister, Secretary Village Hall Committee thanking the Council for their attendance and contribution to the Village Hall 50th Anniversary exhibition
Councillor P. Smith reported that Broadband would be enabled in the area on 28 July having now reached the required target of 200 possible users

4. FINANCE
Bank Balances
Community A/c£ 363.03
Business Premium A/c£3,824.39

Invoices for payment

David Webster Ltd(Street Lighting Maintenance)£ 62.64
NCAPTC Subs£ 117.40
D.L.Davis Clerk Expenses£ 24.19
Pay£252.00 £276.19

All invoices passed for payment
5. PLANNING
Planning applications had been received for
Mrs S. Thorougood - Rocklands - Rocklands Farm, Mount Pleasant - 3PL/2004/0242/F - Conversion of existing building for pet food/farm shop (Renewal)
The Council had no objections. Comments were attached

Mr & Mrs D. Colchester- Rocklands - Cottage Farm, Bell Road - 3PL/2004/0175/FConversion of outbuildings into living accommodation
The Council had no objections. Comments were attached
This application has now been approved

Mr. Russell - Rocklands - Halfway Farm, Sandy Lane - 3PL/2004/0179/F
Errection of egg packing station and workshop and siting of mobile home
The Council Objected. Objections attached to application

Planning permission had been granted for

Mr Maves - Rocklands - Land at west end of Poplar Lane - 3PL/2004/0025/F
Nursery including agricultural buildings, lean to surround and green housing. Conditions attached to this approval

6. FLOODING - UPDATE
Councillor Leigh stated that his water divining exercise had been a success in location the position of the drain. There was now nearly a full commitment by residents in The Street to having the drain jetted and re-videoed and also to installing manholes on their land to assist in future rodding exercises. He stated that he had the mesh for the end of the pipe in Mr Reynolds field when the sump was dug. On opening the discussion to the floor he added that there were about three residents to be contacted regarding the cost of the rodding operation and that the sump should be dug as a matter or urgency prior to the jetting exercise. He continued that as there had been no response from Breckland Council to numerous e-mails on the subject of the drain he and the Chairman were on the Chairmanís return intending to take the matter to the local M.P. to assist in the resolution of the problem

7. HIGHWAYS
A query was raised about the siting of a bus timetable at the end of Chapel Street. Councillor Steel stated that parishioners regarding the positioning of this board as it was in an inconvenient place, height and was thought to be dangerous had approached him. The Clerk agreed to find out how had placed the board and ascertain if it could be re-sited

8. VILLAGE WEB SITE
The sub committee stated that they had made no further progress on the subject. The Chairman asked if a formal proposal as to cost and content could be made to the Council so that a discussion could be undertaken to either progress with the idea or lay it to rest and consider an alternate to complying with the Freedom of Information Act requirements

9. CORRESPONDENCE
The Clerk called the attention of the Councillors to various items of important correspondence, which were being circulated

The meeting was then opened to the floor but there were no comments

There being no further business the meeting was closed at 8.30 p.m.

The next meeting of the Council will be on Monday 10 May 2004 at 7.0 p.m. in the Village Hall and will be the Annual General Meeting