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ROCKLANDS PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting of Rocklands Parish Council
held on Monday 23rd February 2009 in the Village Hall

PRESENT:
P. Cotes (chairman)
P. Smith (Vice Chairman)
R.Steel
Mrs N.Southgate
Mrs M.Gibbon
Ms S.Colenutt

8 Parishioners

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies were received from Councillor Jones and W.Smith (District Councillor)

2. MINUTES

The minutes of the meeting of the 5th January 2009 were signed as a correct record

3. MATTERS ARISING

Further to the licence for Chapel Green Cottage to erect a sign on Chapel Green. The Clerk reported that the licence had been accepted by Mr Robinson and the first year's fee had been paid. File R16B maintained by the Clerk

All other matters dealt with under agenda headings

4. FINANCE

Receipts7641.73
Payments3751.12
3890.61
Reconciliation

Community Account 747.58
Business Premium Account3143.03
3890.61

The Clerk requested the signing of a letter to Barclays Bank to amend the payments to Pearce and Kemp for lighting maintenance; a final payment in March of 37.37 to correct overpayment with regard to VAT decrease and an increase of the April onward payment to 39.68 the increased rate and VAT.

5. PLANNING

Planning applications had been received for

H Irwin Ltd - Rocklands - Rocklands Manor, Scoulton Road, 3PL/2008/1686/CU - Change of use of retail shop to agricultural office
The Council had no objections
This application has been granted

Mr & Mrs Golke - Rocklands - Willow Cottage, 64 The Street - 3PL/2009/0032/F
- Demolition of conservatory and erect rear single storey extension, side one & half storey extension including a garage
The Council had no objections but had comments

Mrs K Callow - Rocklands - The Paddocks, Lower Stow Bedon - 3PL/2009/0100/F - Continued siting of mobile home.
The Council had no objections

Planning permission had been granted for

Kirk Hall Farm - Rocklands - Toad Hall - 3PL/2008/1527/F - Replacement of dwelling

Mr Garrod - Rocklands - Halfway Farm, Sandy Lane - 3PL/2008/1623/F - Extension of existing livestock building.

A letter had been received from Breckland Council to inform the council of the withdrawal of planning application 3PL/2008/1640/F Land adjacent to 50 The Street.

6.LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK - SITE SPECIFICS

This item was discussed and there was general agreement with Breckland assessment of the sites. Site map attached to minutes.

Site (079)013 was outside the settlement boundary but links with other village development. Possible future approval with developer funding towards flood prevention scheme.
Site (079)012 as above but with possible approval with the developer again helping with flood prevention and improving access in Green Lane.
Site (079)010 possible affordable housing site but again would need improvements to Mill Lane and drainage problems resolved.

7. HIGHWAYS

A problem had arisen in Cemetery Lane with dog walkers clearing up after their dogs and then throwing the collection bags onto the adjoining field.
It was proposed that a dog bin be purchased and sited at the Chapel Street end of Cemetery Lane. This was agreed. Clerk to look into the matter.

The Chairman reported that he had rodded out the drain leading across his lane and improved the water flow.

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8. FLOODING

Councillor Smith stated that he felt that there was little progress with the flooding problem and felt that self help was needed in that an independent survey should be organised so that the council had evidence as to what was required to help/prevent flooding in the village or ways of easing the problem with costing. He still favoured retaining water up stream and controlled release. He had obtained a quote from Andrew Bingham of 500 plus VAT for a half-day survey and report. Mr Bingham has knowledge of the village problem. It was agreed that subject to Mr Bingham being independent of any other planning/flooding matters at present in the village he should be asked to act. The Chairman thought that some of the costs could be defrayed by the Mann Trust and undertook to look into this.

8. CORRESPONDENCE

The Correspondence was circulated to the Councillors

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.20 p.m.

The next meeting will be on Monday 6th April 2009 at 7.00 p.m. in the Village Hall and will be the Annual Assembly