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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Rocklands Parish Council
held on Monday 11May 2009 in the Village Hall

P. Cotes (chairman)
P. Smith (Vice Chairman)
Mrs C.Jones

W.Smith (District Councillor)

2 Parishioners


Councillor Smith proposed and Councillor Steel seconded that Councillor Cotes be elected Chairman. This was carried.
Councillor Jones proposed and Councillor Cotes seconded that Councillor Smith be Vice Chairman. This was carried


Apologies were received from Councillor Mrs N.Southgate and Mrs M.Gibbon,Ms S.Colenut and Mr C.Jordan (County Councillor.


The minutes of the Annual Assembly held on Monday 6 April 2009 were initialled as correct and the minutes of the Council meeting of 6 April 2009 were signed as a correct record.


The Clerk reported that the dog bin had now been installed at the junction of Bell Road and Cemetery Lane and the necessary authority had been informed for cleaning.

He reported that he had been in touch with the insurers regarding the safety of the pond and they will forward their standard letter regarding their requirements, but that weekly checks are a good start.

The Clerk had received the necessary request forms for a brown sign for the Village Hall and the Playing Field and this was discussed. It was decided to circulate the application form for consideration, as there as a serious non-returnable financial cost.



Community Account 1658.00
Business Premium Account3143.76

Invoices for Payment

Allianz Insurance............ 601.18
Mrs Parker -Internal Audit ... 25

Both invoices passed for payment


The Clerk reported that he had received the audit back from the internal auditor and


This was discussed and it was proposed by Councillor Cotes and seconded by Councillor Steel that the Clerk should now be on scale 21 of the National scale, that is to say 9.843 per hour for 140 hours, which is 1378.02 per year or 344.50 per quarter paid in arrears. This was approved


Planning applications had been received for

Mr Garrod - Rocklands - Halfway Far, Sandy Lane - 3PL/2009/0313/F - Erection of agricultural storage building
Whilst the Council did not object concerns were expressed about the extent of the applications on this site and the one opposite

Mrs Leeder - Rocklands - Bowling Green at the rear of the White Hart - 3PL/2009/0343/CU - Change of use for 5 touring caravan pitches
The Council had no objection

Mr Dyer - Rocklands - 41, The Street - 3PL/2009/0378/F - New conservatory to the rear & ground floor extension at the front
The Council had no objections

Planning permission had been granted for

Mr Garrod - Rocklands - Peels Farm, Sandy Lane - 3PL/2009/0125/F- Erection of 2 pig rearing sheds

Planning permission had been refused for

Mrs Firmin - Rocklands- 68, The Street - 3PL/2008/1467/O - Demolition of bungalow and erection of 4 dwellings

Mrs J Allen - Rocklands - 17, The Street - 3PL/2009/0223/F - extensions and double garage


Councillor W. Smith informed the meeting that the signage at Thieves Lane regarding the directions to the Industrial site was due shortly and he would speak regarding the knocked down Attleborough Road sign



Councillor Smith reported that Jason Glasspole had attended a site meeting and had produced a map of the drainage in the Street. Jason Glasspole also stated that subject to finance he was looking at sorting our and rationalising the drainage flow in Low Lane.
Andrew Bingham had attended and spent about two hours checking out the drainage in The Street and the outfall and intended to return for a further visit with the intention of producing a feasibility report. He is also considering dye tests to check on what goes where.
Dave Jones has produced a questionnaire to be circulated in houses affected by flooding to add to the flooding fileand he has "agreed" to coordinate the results. Volunteers have already agreed to deliver and collect the survey.


The Clerk brought to the attention of the Council this legislation and explained that any necessary further action would be forthcoming in the near future. The literature has been included in the circulation pack.


The Chairman brought to the attention of the meeting a latter he had received regarding "dangerous" trees in Green Lane. After discussion the Clerk was directed to reply that EDF are at present checking trees interfering with power lines, and also that the trees were on Playing Field Land and queries should be addressed to them..

Councillor Steel informed the meeting that his son no longer wished to be Tree Warden. Thanks were expressed for his services. It was agreed that a request for a replacement should be put in the Rocklander with anyone being interested to contact Councillor Steel for a "job description" with a reminder that the post did not attract any remuneration.

The rest of the correspondence was circulated to the Councillors

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.00 p.m.

The next meeting will be on Monday 27 July 2009 at 7.00 p.m. in the Village Hall a