Skeyton Village Hall
Skeyton Village Hall



SKEYTON PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Held at Skeyton Village Hall on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. 7.50.p.m.


Present: Chairman Cllr: M. Hicks, Vice-Chairman Cllr: J. Hughes, Cllr: S. Bunting, Cllr: I. Stevenson, Cllr; A. Morton, Cllr: D. Scott, District Councillor Saul Penfold,

County Councillor John Timewell and Parish Clerk Mrs. Diane Fields.

1.Apologies.
Apologies were received from Cllr: H. Randell.

2.Election of officers.
Cllr: I. Stevenson proposed Cllr: M. Hicks to be Chairman this was seconded by Cllr: S. Bunting. Cllr: M. Hicks accepted the proposal.

Chairman Cllr: M. Hicks asked if there were any proposals for Vice-Chairman, Cllr: S. Bunting proposed Cllr: J. Hughes and this was seconded by Cllr: A. Moore. Cllr: J. Hughes accepted the proposal.

3.Minutes from 24th January 2018 and 21st February 2018, were signed and accepted as a true and accurate record of proceedings.

4.Matters Arising
a. Village Sign. The Village Sign was taken down before winter and stored in a dry barn. It was suggested that after it has been repaired the oak post will still be used but fitted into a 4 x 4 steel box section.
The steel has been ordered and delivered and a carpenter will place the oak post in the steel box section. Then the sign will be repaired. The repaired sign will then be moved to the front of the village hall come September. Cllr: D. Scott said “The Village Hall committee is in the process of obtaining quotes for new toilets for the village hall”. This will have to be taken into account before placing the repaired sign. It was suggested that perhaps Norman Lamb M.P. would like to unveil the new sign.

b.Insurance. The clerk explained she was unsure of the wording of the
Insurance documents. As long as the computer equipment was insured for more than the quote, this would then be O.K. to use Drayton Insurance company. Simply Business was used before but their quote came out £20 more than Drayton.

5.Correspondence
a.A Newsletter with Crime Updates (1st March – 31st March 2018)
has been received. Unfortunately, it does not give individual crimes
in parishes.

b.E-mails concerning updates from Vattenfall dates 23rd March and 25th April, 2018 have been received. As stated before in the minutes this does not affect Skeyton.

c.River maintenance and flood prevention April 2018 to March 2019, correspondence has been received. Tributaries run through the village into the River Bure, King’s Beck and Stakebridge Beck.

d.Notification from NNDC regarding local Government Boundary Committee. May 2019 elections will take place and there will be one Councillor to represent Worstead Ward. Scottow, Skeyton, Swanton Abbott, Westwick and Worstead, will all come under Worstead Ward loosing Felmingham and Suffield.

e.A litter and recycling bin catalogue has been received.

f.A Calor Gas project flyer has been received where you could bid for funds on a project. This was given to Cllr: D. Scott who sits on the Village Hall Committee.

g.NNDC are putting on a free event at Holt on “Learn how to write a successful funding bid”. This event will take place om May 16th.

6.Planning
a.PU/17/1160

b.PF/18/0702. The Parish Council had no objections to these plans.

7.Finance
a. A VAT refund of £72.02 has been received.

b.Bottle Bank Credit of £104. 51 has also been received.

c.Section 1 of the Accounts (Annual Governance Statement) has been approved.
Section 2 of the Accounts (Accounting Statements) has been signed and approved.

d.Bank Statements. Up to 28th March 2018 = £2,462.47

e.Clerks’ Wages and Tax, cheque signed.

f.Precept 2018-19, First half of the year received.

g.Annual Subscription to NALC £96.91 cheque signed.

8.Highways
Potholes outside Beech Farm, Norwich Road. Clerk to notify Highways.

9.Any other business.
County Councillor John Timewell reported that there was a build up of traffic on the North Walsham Road, since the NDR has opened. It was suggested that a feeder lane should have been built when the road was constructed. It was also noted that the new NDR had hardly any lay-bys.
Bids are in for completion of the NDR taking in Wensum Valley.

Swift Air flying out of Scottow Enterprise Park within two weeks.
Run way open to traffic.


Skeyton Parish Council “Welcomed” Saul Penfold our new District Councillor. District Councillor Saul Penfold thought they have a good team, with Normal Lamb MP, County Councillor John Timewell and himself. He would like to have a Parish day, where all Parishes would come and work together. He has been busy in his new role, attending several meetings, joined the Big Society panel and helping with the serious matter of plastics.

Cllr: D. Scott reported that she had had complaints of flooding down school road. It was suggested that she tactfully suggested that the residents of the road in question could perhaps clear their own drains.

Also reported to her where over hanging branches down New Road, this
was mentioned and would be dealt with.

An e-mail from NALC re: Data Protection Bill, an amendment has been put forward that all parish and town councils might be exempt from having to appoint a Data Protection Officer, but all other measures will apply.

New Pay Scales from NALC have been received.
The Parish Clerk’s hourly rate was to be increased from £8.61 to £9.39.
This was approved by the Parish Council.

The meeting closed at 8.45.p.m.
Septembers meeting was scheduled for the 5th September 2018, this has been altered to 12th September 2018.



SKEYTON PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

Held at Skeyton Village Hall on Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 7.30.p.m.


Present:  Chairman Cllr: M. Hicks, Vice-Chairman Cllr: J. Hughes, Cllr: S. Bunting,

Cllr: I. Stevenson, Cllr: A. Morton, Cllr: D. Scott, District Cllr: S. Penfold, County Cllr: John Timewell and Mrs. D. Fields, Clerk.


  1. Apologies


Apologies were received from Cllr: H. Randell.


  1. Minutes from previous meeting


Minutes from the meeting dated 10th May 2017 had been signed on 30th August 2017.


  1. Chairman’s Report


Again, twelve months have passed since my last Chairman’s report.

At our first meeting last year due to a vacancy we welcomed Mrs Dorothy Scott on to the Parish Council.

PLANNING. Plans viewed were, Manor Farm, these were the first plans that the Parish Council viewed online.

Also plans for change of use of of agricultural building at Willow farm, as well as plans for alterations at Gable end cottage and Courtyard Barns

Also plans for out building at Stack yard barn, there were no objections to these applications.

HIGHWAYS.  Potholes, we have had our share, with the winter weather that we experienced in the first quarter of April, heavy snow blocking all routes in and out of the village.  I would like to thank Henry and Justin for acting promptly in clearing the roads. A road traffic accident at the Blackhorse crossroads resulted in the “Give Way” sign being demolished, a new sign has since been erected. Thanking John Timewell for his input with the sign and potholes.

FINANCE.  Once again, the Parish Council have kept the Parish Precept at the same level, and the bottle bank continues to generate income.

The Parish Council made a donation from the proceeds of the bottle bank to the Manor House Care Home towards the cost of the residents outing on a river trip on the broads and to the Christmas end of the pier show at Cromer.

A brand new weather proof notice board was purchased jointly between the Parish Council and the Village Hall, this has been fitted on the wall of the Village Hall.

Skeyton Church received an increase of £25 bring the total to £125 towards the cost of the up keep of the Churchyard.

The Parish Council also contributed to half the cost of running the Village Hall website.

£25. was given towards the annual remembrance poppy wreath which the Chairman laid at the Remembrance Sunday service.

Once again with careful spending the Parish Council remains solvent.

VILLAGE SIGN.  (Ongoing) The village sign is in need of renovation.  It was taken down before the onset of winter and stored in Stewart Buntings’ barn to dry out before renovations start.  The Skeyton Michaelmas Trosh

Committee kindly donated £500 towards the cost of the village sign renovation.

Finally, I would like to thank Diane our Parish Council Clerk for all her hard work throughout the year, and to my fellow Parish councillors for their support.


Michael Hicks, Chairman


  1. Vice-Chairman Cllr: J. Hughes provided an update on the Neech Loan Trust.


The Neech Loan Fund, which was created by a Doctor Neech in 1947, to provide loans for men and women to start an agricultural or horticultural business, within a ten mile radius of North Walsham, Norfolk. Loan was up to a maximum of £5000 with very competitive interest rates are available to be repaid over up to ten years.  Over time (with permission of the Charity Commission) the Trustees have varied and extended the terms and conditions of the loan to include all types of businesses in a wider radius.

Currently the fund has in excess of £120,000 available for start up businesses and for small successful businesses looking for investment to expand.  Anyone can apply for a loan for any type of business and the Trust is now actively seeking to expand the number and type of applicants.

    A group of Trustees are keen to encourage are school leavers who are

    considering starting up their own businesses, providing them with advice     and a low cost start-up loan to get their ideas off the ground.

    Another group that the trust wish to support is Parents who are looking

    to work from home, and perhaps need office equipment to help them

    get started (e.g. a computer, printer etc.,)

    A website is currently being built to include all the relevant details.


To apply for a loan the application form is on line contact North Walsham Town Council Clerk – Julie Shields

Julie.shields@northwalsham-town.co.uk


Our new District Councillor Saul Penfold said he would gladly help by

publicising the Neech Loan Trust.


The meeting closed at 7.50 p.m.




SKEYTON PARISH COUNCIL

Held at Skeyton Village Hall on Wednesday 24th January 2018. 7.30 p.m.


Present:  Chairman Cllr: M. Hicks, Vice-Chairman Cllr: J. Hughes, Cllr: S. Bunting,
Cllr: H. Randell, Cllr: I. Stevenson, County Councillor John Timewell and Parish Clerk
Diane Fields.

1.Apologies
Apologies were received from Cllr: A. Morton.

2.Minutes from previous meeting.
Minutes from the Parish Meeting dated 1st November 2017, were signed and accepted as a true and accurate record of proceedings.

3.Matters Arising
a. Skeyton Village Sign.  The Village Sign has been taken down to dry out, which it has been doing for the last two months. It was suggested that after it has been repaired the oak post will still be used but fitted into a 4 x 4 steel box section.
It is also to be moved to a more prominent place.

b.The Skeyton Parish Emergency Plan has been updated.  Cllr: D. Scott and Cllr: S. Bunting to hold the keys of the Village Hall.  Cllr: D. Scott has been given a copy of the Emergency Plan.  The Emergency Plan will be looked at again in November for any further up-dates.

c.New Notice Board.  Clerk has ordered this and it should be delivered on 2nd February 2018.  This will be then delivered to the Chairman and installed on the wall of the Village Hall.  It was suggested that the Village Hall might like to contribute towards the cost of this as they will have access to it.

4.Correspondence
a.An e-mail had been received regarding the “Storm Eleanor”  regular updates on UK Power networks can be found on www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk

b.An update from North Norfolk Town and Parish Forum has been received regarding the Second Homes Council Tax Campaign.  Cromer and Sheringham Town Councils proposed a motion that NALC would take this campaign forward and lobby parliament to ensure that there is a fair and equal distribution of the revenue created by Second Homes Council Tax, this was passed overwhelmingly.

c.A Norfolk 2020 Planned Policing Model has been received.  The main cause of concern is that the PCSO will be removed and the link with the Community will in turn suffer.

d.New guidelines regarding Data Protection (GDPR) will come into force on 25th May 2018.  The Council has been advice that a Data Protection Officer should be appointed within the Parish Council.  Vice-Chairman Cllr: J. Hughes has offered to take on this role.

5.Planning
a.Plans PF/18/0065 labelled as Courtyard Barns 2 & 3.  The Parish Council had
no problems with these plans.  However, it was noticed that when the Clerk
went on to NNDC to comment on these plans they were listed as Barns 1 & 2.
The Clerk contacted NNDC and Barn 1 is now called “Fairview Barn” and Barns 2 & 3 are now listed as Barns  1 & 2.

b.The Parish Clerk is to attend a workshop on 13th February to go over problems
that have occurred with on-line plans.

6.Finance
a.Bank Statement up to 1st December 2017 = £2,795. 83

b.URM Invoice paid 15/01/18 for £11. 52.  Claim to be submitted end of March.

c.Precept 2018-19. The Precept was agreed in the November 2017 meeting, but there were not enough Councillors to form a quorum.  The Parish Clerk contacted NNDC who were happy with the paper work sent them but wanted
the Precept to be minuted in the next set of minutes.

d.Correspondence has been received from HM Revenue & Customs regarding
new way of claiming VAT back.

e.Notification that PKF LittleJohn LLP instead of Mazars will be auditing Skeyton’s
Accounts this year.

f.NALC subscriptions for 2018-19 are set to rise by 1.93% together with the introduction of a £30 annual charge for provision of their current supported “Wordpress based” Norfolk ALC websites where applicable.

g.Cheque for work carried out by the Parish Clerk includes tax bill which now has to be paid on line, instead of in “The Post Office”

7.Highways
a.One of the Councillor’s said that there was a large pot hole in the road outside
Randell’s farm which caused damage to one of his car tyres.  This was reported to the Highways Saturday lunch time and was repaired the same evening.
It was also reported that there are several rotten branches on the righthand side
of the road leading to North Walsham.  County Councillor John Timewell to have a word with Highways regarding these over head branches and get back to us.

8.Any Other Business
a. It was reported that a bad accident happened on Black Horse Corner the other day.  A Land Rover Defender had hit a truck which ended up upside down.  It was thought that although there is a GIVE WAY sign at the crossroads the driver of
the Land Rover went straight across.  The Police were called.  It was suggested that perhaps a STOP sign would be better than GIVE WAY.

b.Insurance paid by the Council to cover accident and liability for the Clerk is due in March 2018.  It was suggested that if this increased by 10% the Council would be happy to pay this.  The Company who provided this service is Simply Business.
£71.59 was paid for 2017-18.

a.County Councillor John Timewell reported that Council Tax is likely to rise by at least 6% for 2018-19.  Government not paying for improvement/increases so therefore Council Tax will have to rise.

b.Business & Property Committee hoping to invest by bringing businesses into
Norfolk.

c.NDR Wroxham/Postwick link to open soon.  Bids have been invited for completion of NDR in the Wensum Valley.

d. Scottow Enterprise Park now 89% occupied.  Swift Air moving in to one of the hangers.  Solar panels restricting part of the use of the run way.

e.Due to the retirement of District Councillor Glyn Williams, three candidates
have put up for Election.
Saul Penfold -Liberal Democrat
Robin Russell-Pavier – Conservative
David Spencer – Labour.  The Election will be held on 15th February 2018.

f.It was reported that a Post Box in Westwick had been stolen.

g.A young resident in Skeyton not happy about the Broadband speed.
When is fibre coming?

h.The Chairman voiced his concerns about the water supply in Skeyton.
Several times recently his water pressure has been very low and leaks in the old
pipes have been found.   Something must be done before they build any more houses which will be connected to these pipes.

The meeting closed at 8.35.p.m.

The next meeting will be the Annual General and Parish Meeting which will be held on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.




SKEYTON PARISH COUNCIL

Held at Skeyton Village Hall on Wednesday 1st November 2017.  7.30.p.m.

Present:  Chairman Cllr: M. Hicks, Cllr: S. Bunting, Cllr: I. Stevenson, District Cllr: G. Williams, County Councillor John Timewell and Parish Clerk Diane Fields.


1.    Apologies.
Apologies were received from Vice-Chairman Cllr: J. Hughes, Cllr: H. Randell, Cllr: A. Morton and Cllr: D. Scott.


2.    Minutes from previous meetings.
Minutes from the Parish Meeting dated 30th August 2017 and a Planning Meeting on
4th October 2017 were signed and accepted as a true and accurate record of proceedings.


3.    Matters Arising
a)     Skeyton Village Sign
Both quotes for repairs to the above were well over £2,000.  One of the Councillor’s
has a contact who suggested the sign was removed and stored somewhere dry for a month and then work would be carried out to repair the sign.  Estimated cost would be £500.00.  This did not include replacing the oak posts.  This was agreed amongst the Councillor’s and the sign would be taken down as soon as possible.  The Chairman announced that the Skeyton Trosh Committee have agreed to donate £500.00 towards the repairs.  The Clerk has written and thanked Diane Randell for their generosity and the cheque is to be presented to Skeyton Parish Council Thursday 2nd November 2017.
b)    Up-date if Emergency Plan.
The Parish Clerk reported the only item that needed changing on this document was the key holder of the Village Hall.  It was agreed that Cllr: S. Bunting should remain as a key holder and Cllr: I. Stevenson would ask the Village Hall Committee it this was possible.
The present key holder is Cllr: D. Scott.
c)    New Notice Board
The Clerk has found a very smart, lockable, shatterproof, weatherproof notice board.
Made by a company called Weathershield, web address xldisplays.co.uk
They came in 3 sizes, 1220 x 1031 which held 5A4 sheets across the top 3 down. £279.00
                                       1005 x 1031 which held 4A4 sheets across the top 3 down. £265.00
                                         780 x 1031 which held 3A4 sheets across the top 3 down. £169.00
It was agreed that the Clerk should purchase the 5A4 sheet board.
It was suggested that this could be mounted on the Village Hall wall at the far end near
the disabled access.  Cllr: I. Stevenson would ask the Village Hall Committee it this was O.K. also as they would have use of this board if they would like to donate anything towards same.

4.    Correspondence
a)    Skeyton’s Dell computer is now one year old and a to re-new the warranty for two
Years would cost £140.00  It was decided not to re-new the warranty.
b)    It was agreed at the last Council Meeting that we would donate £180.00 to The
Amenities Fund at The Manor House, Skeyton.  This would enable the residents to go
on trips, ie The Broads and Sea Side Special at Cromer Pier.  A very nice “thank-you” letter has been received from the Administrator at the home.

5.    Planning.   
a)    Revised plans for Stackyard Barn (sorry this should have read PF/17/1522 and not 1572).
The Parish Council were happy with the above but as yet no decision by NNDC has been published.
b)    Appeal against Shepherd Huts PF/17/0083.  Once again the Parish Council had no problems with these.
c)    Plans withdrawn PU/17/1160
d)    Courtyard Barn PF/17/1572 NNDC have agreed these.

6.     Finance
a)     Second Half of Precept for 2017-18 has been received.
b)    Notification for the Parish Council to set the Precept 2018-19 has been down loaded.
It was not possible to finalise this as only three Councillor’s attended the meeting.
It was proposed by Cllr: I. Stevenson the Precept stayed the same and was seconded by
Cllr: S. Bunting.  The Clerk to forward a copy of The Income and Expenditure Report to the Councillors’ who did not attend the meeting asking for their comments.  The grant
For 2018-19 has been reduced from £40 to £37.00
c)    Bank Statement, current account balance = £2,324.33
d)    Bottle Bank Return received giving the Council £163.99
e)    Clerk’s Wages and Tax cheques signed + cheque for Poppy Wreath £25.
f)    In future Clerk’s tax to be paid on line.  HM Revenue & Customs no longer accepting cheques or cash.

7.    Highways
a)     County Councillor John Timewell explain that County Councillors’ have been given £6,000 to spend on highway issues in their divisions.  Lots of villages have purchased  Sam2 which reminds road users they are in a limited speed zone.  He has decided to
utilise his grant this year to purchase a system for open use across the North Walsham
and Erpingham Division at no cost to the Councils.  Unfortunately, because Skeyton has no speed restrictions this would be of no use to Skeyton.

8.    Any other Business
a)    An e-mail has been received informing the Council of the new chair of North Norfolk Town and Parish Forum which is Cllr: Liz Withington
b)    The Data Protection Bill/GDPR requirements update and 2. The Planning for the right homes in the right place consultation has been received.
c)    More information from Vattenfall along with data on a memory stick.  District Councillor
Glyn Williams says that the cabling will not affect Skeyton but will touch Suffield.
Cable laying could be a bit of a nuisance and sub stations causing issues and concerns.
District Councillor apologised for his recent absence.  He informed the Council there was to be a meeting in Cromer soon regarding the Cromer Lock Down Day.  The public are demanding answers.  Also, was is happening to the PCSO’s.  Fortunately, our area only has low level crime, but there must be someone who the villagers can contact and how is this contact going to be made.  It can affect all people.
d)    It was brought to the Council’s attention that there had been an accident in Green Lane
Involving a bike and a car.
e)    The Chairman to check the grit bins.  No grit bins in the future will be filled by the Highways.  Councils to purchase their own grit and fill them themselves.

The meeting closed at 8.40.p.m.
Councils dates for next year to be advised



SKEYTON PARISH COUNCIL

Held at Skeyton Village Hall on Wednesday 30th August 2017. 7.30.p.m.


Present:    Chairman:  Cllr: M. Hicks, Vice-Chairman:  Cllr: J. Hughes, Cllr: S. Bunting,
Cllr: H. Randell, Cllr: A. Morton, County Councillor John Timewell and Parish Clerk Diane Fields.

1.    Apologies
Apologies were received from Cllr: I. Stevenson

2.    Minutes from previous meetings.
Minutes from the Annual General and Annual Parish Meetings on 10th May 2017
were signed and accepted as a true and accurate record of proceedings.  Plus
a Planning Meeting on Monday 31st July 2017 was only signed and accepted as a true
accurate record of proceedings.

3.    Matters Arising
a)     Bin collection at Chapel Lane.
This problem has now been rectified. But to report back to NNDC if this occurs again.
b)    Bottle Bank Donation.
After paying our Bottle Bank provider, £180.00 has been raised.  It was suggested by the Chairman that we could help the local Care Home in the village with the transport costs so that the residents could have a day out on the Broads.  This was
seconded by the Vice-Chairman.
c)    Village Hall Sign.
The Parish Clerk had received two quotes for repairs to the Village Sign.  Both of
them quoted quite high prices for the repairs.  It was decided that perhaps the village or the village hall could help with this cost.  The Vice-Chairman would make enquiries to the original carver to see if he could offer his services.
d)    Grass cutting at the Church
The Chairman has had a request from Skeyton Churchyard committee asking
for more funding from the Parish Council with regards to cutting the churchyard
grass.  It was agreed to raise this from £100.00 per year to £125.00 per year.
This was proposed by the Vice-Chairman and seconded by Cllr: A. Morton.
The Churchyard committee has approached Norfolk Wildlife Trust for advice
regarding an area of the churchyard left wild to help with the cost of cutting
and a natural habitat for wildlife.

4.    Correspondence
a)    Vattenfall – Norfolk wind farms
A summary report of the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas Offshore Wind Farm Projects has been received.  The refined cable route corridor will not affect Skeyton.

5.    Planning
a)     Decision  notices on PF/17/0611 and PF/17/0355 have been received and permission has been granted.
b)    Plans on line and looked at LA/17/1205 re: Gable End Cottage, Church Road, Skeyton.  The Parish Council have no objections to these.
c)    Plans on line EF/17/1158 re: Stackyard Barn.  The Parish Council have no objections to these.
6.    Finance.
a)     Bank Statement shows £2351.15 in the Current Account.
b)    URM Bottle Bank, all invoices have been paid.
c)    Mazars End of Year Accounts.  Mazars quite happy with these.
d)    Wages and Tax cheques signed and paid.

7.    Highways
a)     Maintenance report.  To report potholes and problems as and when they occur.
b)    The large pot hole repaired recently in New Road has sunk again, large hole
could be quite dangerous.  Green Lane has been re-surfaced but there is still
a pot hole there.
        These problems have been recorded on line by pin pointing on the map.
        Also County Councillor John Timewell has made Jon Winnett, Highway Engineer
        based at Aylsham aware of these potholes.

8.    Any Other Business
a)     County Councillor John Timewell stated that there was not a lot to report
till the committee’s meet up again which will be September.
He did state that he is trying to bring to the attention of NNDC that there are lots of empty properties which could be bringing in valuable income.
b)    It was brought to the Council’s attention that some parishioners were dumping their grass cuttings, hedge cuttings and various other garden waste in fields adjacent to their properties.  The Parish Council would like it to be known that this is a Health Hazard and they would appreciate if this would stop.
c)    It was agreed that the Parish Clerk would purchase a new  notice board.


        The meeting closed at 9.00.p.m.

        The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 1st November 2017. 7.30.p.m



SKEYTON PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Held at Skeyton Village Hall on Wednesday 10th May 2017. 7.00.p.m.

Present: Chairman Cllr: M .Hicks, Cllr: J. Hughes, Cllr: S. Bunting, Cllr: I. Stevenson, Cllr: H. Randell,
District Cllr: G. Williams, County Cllr: John Timewell and Mrs. D. Fields, Parish Clerk + a Parishioner.

1. Apologies
Apologies were received from Cllr: A. Morton

2. Minutes from previous meeting
Minutes from the meeting dated 4th May 2016, had been signed on 7th September 2016.

3. Chairman’s Report.
Twelve months have now past since my last Chairman’s report, again the Parish Council
have dealt with a number of issues.
Planning: We had very little planning over the last twelve months, mostly change of use
from agricultural to domestic.
Highways: The usual pothole issues, the flooding issue at the low point on New Road was
quite a lengthy problem though after numerous emails to highways the issue was eventually
sorted out.
The Maize Harvest appeared to have caused very few complaints from the village and the
vehicle operators drove slower and were more considerate.
Finance: Again as the previous year the Parish Council have kept the Precept at the same
level. The Bottle Bank is generating a steady income, thanks go to those who support it.
The Parish Council have also purchased a new laptop computer and printer for the Clerk to
use on Parish Council business. Also purchased is a portrait of the Queen to commemorate
her 90th birthday, the picture hangs in the village hall along with the framed commemorative
coin.
In May last year we received the sad news that after a short illness Councillor Molly Fern
passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. Molly was a great
contributor to the village, village hall and Parish Council and will be sadly missed.
With the passing of Molly, the Parish Council have been running with a vacancy. This is a
position that we will hope to fill in the very near future.
I would like to thank Diane the Parish Council Clerk for all her hard work and to my fellow
Parish Councillors.

4. Neech Laon Trust
The Neech Loan Fund, which was created by a Doctor Neech in 1947 to provide loans for
men and women wishing to start an agricultural or horticultural business, within a ten mile
radius of North Walsham, Norfolk. The loan was to be a maximum of £5000 with an interest
rate of 1 1/2% to be repaid over 10 years. Over time (with the permission of the Charity
Commission), the Trustees have varied and extended the terms and conditions of the loan to
include all types of businesses in a wider radius.
The Trustees are comprised of one person elected by the Parish Councils of Skeyton,
Banningham, Burgh with Tuttington and two persons elected by the Town Council of North
Walsham, with the Town Clerk acting as the Secretary.
Over the past few years the capital of the fund has grown from a relatively modest sum,
until today it stands at just over £180,000. Despite funding a number of successful
enterprises, including the creation of a multi-million pound business, recently the Trust has
had the great difficulty in attracting suitable businesses and people to loan the money to.
With the number of applicants steadily drying up, the Trustees have therefore conducted in
depth analysis of the current situation and have two major areas of focus.
1. To look for ways to change the Loan model to make it more relevant for to-day’s
society.
2. To learn from the experiences of other organisations and adapt & adopt accordingly.
The Trust is therefore looking at:
 Actively engaging school leavers who are considering starting their own businesses and
providing them with advice and a low cost start-up loan.
 Engaging mothers with younger children looking to return to work and providing support
and funding to enable them to set up a home office and “work from home”
 Contacting the Prince’s Trust to exchange ideas and potentially ways of working together
to lend to young people in our geographic area.
If there is anyone with an idea for a small business that is looking for assistance with funding
start up then the Neech Loan Trustees would be happy to meet to discuss.
If there is anyone interested in the above please contact:- North Walsham Town Council –
The District Council Clerk is Mr. N. Clancy.

5. Any Other Business
It was agreed that in future we would have a report from North Norfolk District Council.
The meeting closed at 7.40.p.m.



SKEYTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
Held at Skeyton Village Hall on Wednesday 25th January 2017. 7.00.p.m.

Present:  Chairman Cllr: M. Hicks, Cllr: S. Bunting, Cllr: H. Randell, Cllr: I. Stevenson, Cllr: A. Morton,
District Cllr: G. Williams, County Cllr: John Timewell and Mrs. D. Fields Parish Clerk,

Visitors:  Julie Chance, Clerk of Cromer Town Council and Roger Arguile, Chairman of Wells Town Council.

1.    Apologies

There were no apologies received for the above meeting.
     
2.     Minutes from the Previous Meeting

Minutes from the meeting held on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 were signed
and accepted as a true and accurate record of proceedings.
       
3.    Matters Arising

a)     Second Homes Council Tax
 Julie Chance and Roger Arguile kindly attended our meeting. 
 Many towns and villages in North Norfolk have a high level of second home
 ownership.  The high level of non year-round  occupation has impacted on the area.
 Many communities have suffered with the loss of shops, post offices and public
 houses which will eventually lead to loss of the community.
 At the moment the Second Home Council Tax is shared between NCC and NNDC.
 Following an inaugural meeting at Cromer in February 2016, to which all Town and
 Parish Councils were invited, it was agreed to set up an Executive Committee to look   
 Into the allocation of money received from Second Homes Council Tax.
 Some of this money goes into the Big Society Fund which Town/Parish Councils,
 Village Halls and Charities can apply for.  The committee are looking to obtain
 50% of the 45% to go back to the Towns/Villages that have second home occupants.
 Lots of money at the moment spent on admin, a new portfolio needs to be set up
 to look at this.  Not an attack on The Big Society Fund.
 At the moment there are forty parishes on board.  Skeyton Parish Council added their
 Support. Cllr: I. Stevenson proposed that the concept of working together was good and
 this was seconded by Cllr: A. Morton.
 The Clerk thanked Julie Chance and Roger Arguile for turning out on a dark cold
 Evening.
b)     Queen Elizabeth II Portrait.  A portrait of the Queen Elizabeth II visiting Canada
 has been chosen, Clerk to order same.  Just checking with the Village Hall Committee
 first that this is O.K.
c)     Skeyton Parish Sign.  Still ongoing, sign needs urgent repairs due to wood rotting.
Clerk has received an e-mail from a TV programme that is interested in restoration
and has contacted them regarding same.

4.     Correspondence

a)     Local Boundary Commission.  The Local Government Boundary Commission for
 England has published draft recommendations on the future electoral arrangements
for North Norfolk Council.  You can view the Commission’s draft recommendations at
https://www.lgbce.org.uk  In future Aylsham could come under NNDC and not
Broadland, where NNDC could lose Fakenham.  Norman Lamb is trying to balance
things up.

5.     Planning

     The Clerk attended a meeting on 14th December 2016 regarding Planning.  All Councils
     are coming under pressure from the Government to meet performance targets.
     NNDC is asking Town/Parish Clerks to turnaround planning applications within 21 days
     from the day Clerks are notified of the application.  All plans will in future be on line.
     No paper copies of plans will be received unless the plans involve a big scheme such as
     a large housing estate etc.,  Councils can still have paper copies but they will have to be
     paid for.  It was suggested that Councils set up a separate e-mail address purely for the
     use of plans, this Skeyton will do with the Chairman and the Clerk to have access to this.
     It was felt by the Council that we would still like to have planning meetings where all the
     comments on said plans could be viewed.  In future all comments will be submitted on
     line.

6.    Finance

(a)    Cheques were signed for Bottle Bank, PX2 and Clerk’s Wages and Tax.
(b)    Vat return to be submitted end of February 2017.  Will be for over £100.
(c)    Bottle Bank Claim to be submitted end of March 2017.  Still doing well, last
two empties were both three quarters of a tonne.
(d)    Bank Statements Current Account stands at £2,244.86
(e)    Accounts for 2016-17.  Mazars to carry on with external audit for this year
but 2017/18 they will be audited by a Company called PKF Little John LLP
will take over.  As yet I have not been informed if there will be a charge.
(f)    Work Place Pension.  Our staging date is 1st May 2017.

7.    Highways

a)    Potholes.  All potholes recently reported have been attended to.
b)    Overhead hanging branches near Banham Poultry are being chopped down.

8.     Any other business

Dog waste still being seen in the village, Clerk to put up more signs.  Also
Plasterboard had been dumped on one of the Farmer’s fields, this is a hazard waste.
No crime report was received from PCSO Rob King, even though this was requested.
A theft however was reported to the Police regarding stolen batteries from one of
the Councillor’s out buildings.
Correspondence from North Walsham Police Station concerning Community Speed Watch
has been received, unfortunately this does not apply to us as we have no speed limits
in Skeyton.

A report from County Cllr: John Timewell:
Budget cuts in 2020, next three years see changes in how County operates.
Children in care budget is very tight.
Norfolk ageing population a huge problem in the future.  Perhaps merging Police with
the Fire Service would be more liquid, one button to press not 2.

A committee was set up some twelve months ago to look into the possibility of joining the NDR to the A47 which would complete the full circle of Norwich.  All work is exploratory at the present and various option routes are being designed for consideration.  The final choice is yet to be made and this will go before full council before public consultation.  Reality is as it stands at present, the earliest the road would be open is circa 2025.

 A report from District Cllr: G. Williams.
Storm Surge reported for December 2016, fortunately not as serious
as first thought.  All preparation and evacuation went very smoothly, hardly any problems.
No government grants at all to protect services.  Last month’s meeting looked at
Anti-Social behaviour, no crimes reported in Swanton Abbott during the last 6 years.
Lorne Green to attend next meeting which is on the 15th February 2017. 9.30.a.m.

Next Parish Council Meeting is Wednesday 10th May 2017. 7.00.p.m.
(Please note I have changed the date from the 3rd May to 10th May 2017. 7.00.p.m.

Meeting closed at 8.15.p.m.








       



 Previous Meetings
 
 August 2010  

 November 2010

February 2011 

Emergency Planning Meeting March 2011

AGM May 2011

May 2011

Planning Meeting July 2011

August 2011

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