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ROCKLANDS PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Rocklands Parish Council
held on Monday 8 May 2006 in the Village Hall

PRESENT:
P. Cotes (Chairman)
P. Smith (Vice Chairman)
R. Steel
J. Able
Mrs N. Southgate
Mrs M. Gibbon

6 Parishioners

1. TO ELECT A CHAIRMAN AND VICE CHAIRMAN

Chairman, Councillor Smith proposed and Councillor Able seconded that Councillor Cotes be elected as Chairman; this was carried

Vice Chairman, Councillor Southgate proposed and Councillor Steel seconded that Councillor Smith be elected as Vice Chairman; this was carried

Both Councillors signed the statutory declaration

Councillor Smith also stated that he was willing to take on Chairman of Planning this was approved

2. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

There were apologies from County Councillor C. Jordan, District Councillor W. Smith

3. MINUTES

The minutes of the Council meeting of 10 April 2006 were signed as a correct record. The minutes of the Annual Assembly were initialled as a correct record

4. MATTERS ARISING

The Chairman reported that he had received a letter of resignation from Councillor Leigh and instructed the Clerk to take the necessary action to advertise the vacancy

The Clerk had prepared a copy of the amended financial standing orders, which were then signed by the Chairman

The telephone box at the corner of Wayland Road still has no coin box but 999 calls can be made.There appears to be confusion as to if and when the coin box will be reinstalled

All other matters arising are covered by agenda items

5. FINANCE
Receipts5841.14
Payments415.24
5425.90
Reconciliation

Community Account 1691.46
Business Premium Account3734.44
5425.90

There were two cheques outstanding to the value of 612.27

The Clerk reported that the first half of the precept 1500.00 had been received, even though the payment slip received from Breckland Council showed only 150.00

It was agreed that due to the resignation of Councillor Leigh who had been one of the three Cheque signatories, that Councillor Smith should replace him and the Clerk was to obtain the necessary change over documentation.

AUDIT

The annual audit papers had been received and after discussion the Statement of assurance Section 2 was approved, completed, and signed by the Chairman

CLERKS PAY

It was agreed that the Clerks pay should be raised to pay scale 18, which is 8.387 per hour, for 140 hours work which equals 1174.20 per annum, to be paid in 4 quarterly instalments of 293.55

6. PLANNING

Planning permission had been received for

Mr & Mrs Leeder - Rocklands - White Hart P H - 3PL/2006/0317/F - Proposed infill extension (retrospective)

Mr A Boswell - Rocklands - Kantarta, Bell Road - 3PL/2006/0406/F

7. HIGHWAYS

The Clerk informed the meting that he had received a revised schedule of the offices and engineers responsible for Highway maintenance etc.
The matter of extending the 40 mph speed limit to go past St Peter's church was again discussed. Although the chances of obtaining such an extension had been ruled out at the previous meeting, Councillor Smith asked leave of the Council to make a written request. This was approved.
Speed through the village was also discussed and Councillor Gibbon had been in touch with the Highway engineer and had arranged a site meeting to discuss ways of traffic calming. Councillor Gibbon will email Councillors when the site meeting date is firmed up

8. ATTLEBOROUGH AREA PARTNERSHIP

Councillor Gibbon had been unable to attend the Partnership A. G. M. But had been informed that they were still seeking funding for a leafleting scheme to assess the need for rural transport.
She also stated that a taxi service from Rockland to Attleborough and return on Tuesdays had been agreed. Details are to be put in the Rocklander and also the Village notice board and shop.

9. CORRESPONDENCE

A letter had been received from Breckland Council regarding the problem of peacocks. Mr Lodge, a parishioner who knows Mr Reynolds well, agreed to act as an intermediatory to seek his views on the re homing of some of the flock. Mr Reynolds being the owner of the original flock members.
Time sensitive correspondence was brought to the notice of Councillors and was circulated with the rest of the correspondence.

The Chairman opened the meting to the floor and the problem of dirty swings and litter from the playing field was raised. The chairman stated that the matter rightly belonged to the Playing Field committee and Councillor Able who is a member of that committee agreed to raise the matter at the next meting.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.25 pm

The next meeting will be on Monday 24 July 2006 at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall