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Minutes of the Rocklands Parish Council held on Monday 23rd July 2007 in the Village Hall


P. Cotes (Chairman)
P. Smith (Vice Chairman)
R. Steel
Ms S,Colenut
Mrs C.Jones

6 Parishioners

W.Smith (District Councillor)

1. The Councillors unavoidably absent at the May meeting signed the Statutory Declarations and newly completed Declaration of Interest.


There were apologies from Councillors Mrs N.Southgate and Mrs M.Gibbon


The minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 14th May 2007 were signed as a correct record


Councillor Smith stated that the Flooding Working Party had not been set up as he had been informed by Councillor Gibbon that she had approached Councillors Smith and Jordan on this matter and also the Environmental Agency. Councillor Smith (District) reported that there was a shortage of monies for any new scheme for drainage in the village,but thought that it might be possible to form a consortium with the County, Breckland and the Environmental Agency to put together a financial package to cover the cost, but that it would probably be next year at the earliest. The Chairman asked if Councillor P. Smith would again look at forming his working party to study interim measures.

Any other matters to be dealt with under agenda items


Community Account 1358.80
Business Premium Account3831.97

The Clerk reported that he had received the repayment of VAT, which accounted for the increase in the monies held in the Current Account.

Invoices for payment

Mrs Parker - Internal Auditor 20.00

Clerks Wages 304.54
Clerks Expenses 18.86 Total 323.40

The Clerk reported that he had received the Audit pro-forma back from the Internal Auditor, who reported the accounts to be in order, but she had made several recommendations for the Council's attention. The Clerk was instructed to look into implementing these.


Planning applications had been received from

R D. Mayes - Rocklands- Poplar Lane Nursery, Poplar Lane - 3PL/2007/0681/F
- Nursery including agricultural building, lean to surround and green housing
The Council had commented
This application has been approved

R. D. Mayes - Rocklands - Windiacre, Bell Road - 3PL/2007/0769/F
- Proposed conservatory to rear (retrospective)
The Council had no objections
This application had been approved

J & C Riddell - Rocklands - Manor Farm Cottage - 3PL/2007/0785/F
- Extension and change of use of outbuilding to studio
The Council had no objection
This application has been approved

A Townsend - Rocklands - The Den, Thieves Lane - 3PL/2007/0795/F
- Single storey front and rear extension with minor internal alterations
The Council had no objections
This application has been approved

Mrs Firmin - Rocklands - 68, The Street - 3PL/2007/0972/O
- Demolition of bungalow and erection of 4 dwellings
The Council had no objection to the demolition but objected to the 4 dwellings

Mrs C Hollamby - Rocklands - 43 The Street - 3PL/2007/0976/F
- Front and rear single storey extension
The Council had no objections

Planning approval had been received for

H. Irwin Ltd - Rocklands - Scoulton Road - 3PL/2006/1359/F
- Pair of farm workers dwelling with garages

Mr M Innes - Rocklands - 3, Mount Pleasant - 3PL/2007/0256/F
- Demolition of conservatory and erection of sun lounge and detached double garage in -place of single garage

Mr Shadrack - Rocklands - Peel Farm - 3PL/2007/0586/F
- Demolition of existing buildings and erection of dog boarding kennels

A letter had been received from planning regarding

Rocklands St Peters - Chapel Street - Holly Cottage; Business Activities. The Clerk was asked to obtain an update on the situation

A letter had been received from Breckland - Housing Services regarding the role of the Enabling and project Officers for Strategic Housing Services

Councillor W. Smith suggested that the Council contact Breckland to get a presentation by the L.D.F group so that the Council were aware of planning strategies.
Clerk to deal

This item was adjourned to the September Meeting
Councillors were issued with the latest Code of Conduct booklet.


The Clerk informed the Council that Norfolk County Council had as from the 22 July introduced a dial a Ride flexi Bus service into the locality.Details are to be found in the Post Office. He also reported that that the Wednesday Watton Market bus had been withdrawn in favour of the Flexi bus service.

The state of the white lines at the junction of the Street and the B1077 was raised and also a need for a passing place sign in Magpie Lane. Councillor Steel was to draft a letter regarding the ditching work carried out on the B1077 West of the Street and the non removal of spoil which was falling back into the ditch.


Great Ellingham Council are in contact with various agencies regarding the upgrading of the Mill Lane track to allow a cycleway to be established with necessary signing. They asked if our local map of footpaths supplied by the Access team could be upgraded to show the cycle way and also to promote circular walks through both parishes and Little Ellingham. The state of local footpaths to be monitored by "dog walking " members of the Council


There was nothing on this item


The correspondence was circulated to the Councillors

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.45 p.m.
The next meeting will be on Monday 24 September 2007 at 7.00 p.m. in the Village Hall.