Friday, 14 April 2017

Parish Council Report

Report of the Parish Council Meeting held on 11 April 2017

Beeswax Presentation
Ben Wills of Beeswax Dyson Farming gave an excellent, informative and comprehensive overview of the Beeswax ‘Empire” and a short but thorough description and explanation of all that has, and is, happening on the Nocton Estate.  In brief:
  • The bridle path to Dunston which the new Beeswax access road will cross will NOT be closed, although during (and after) construction extra care must be taken at the crossing point.
  • The new grain store near Wasps Nest is nearly complete and it is planned to carry out some more sympathetic landscaping to reduce the impact the building has from some aspects.
  • The large house that was Mr Clarke’s residence is to become the new Estate Office.
  • Should any of the Beeswax lorries or contractors be seen to be causing a traffic hazard or speeding, please let the Estate Office know as any incident of this sort will not be tolerated.
  • Talks with LEDA about the possibility of Beeswax carrying out some form of development at Nocton Hall and the old hospital site have taken place but to date the two parties are still miles apart…..!
  • A Beeswax Farm Visit is to be organised later in the year.  Details of the arrangements will be announced in Nocton News.
Councillor Goldsworthy thanked Ben on behalf of the Parish Council and those members of the public who had attended and assured Beeswax that any help it could give to resolving the Nocton Hall/former Hospital site issue would be wholeheartedly supported by the overwhelming majority of residents and Parish Council.

VHMC Meeting
Due to lack of support from stall holders the Easter Fair has been cancelled. However, a ‘Last Hoorah” event is to be held on Friday 7 July as a farewell tribute to our present village hall.

Neighbourhood Plan
The Plan, as amended by the Examiner, was approved after reassurance from NKDC planners that the removal of the specific policy on the Nocton Hall site would not significantly compromise the Parish Council’s position on its future.  A local Referendum to approve the Plan is planned for June.

Nocton Village Hall
The internal and external plans were finally approved after taking into consideration the layout of the Social Club area and the enlarged kitchen.  An A3 plan has been requested and will be displayed in the foyer of the Hall and also on the notice board outside.  Planning permission will now be sought by Simons on the Parish Council’s behalf.

Damage to the Footpath on the Green
Although the School, Parish Council and Tree Specialist from NKDC have all agreed that the offending trees should be removed, LCC has apparently insisted that they be retained and that the Parish Council ‘make safe’ the protruding roots.  It is intended to mark these with white or yellow paint while other avenues to arrive at a permanent and more appropriate solution are sought.

Main Street Bus Stop
It appears that cars and vans are regularly parking on the bus stop area in Main Street causing difficulties for both buses and passengers.  Highways are to be asked if a white line can be painted to indicate its presence and hopefully this will deal with the problem.  The local police have also been asked to keep an eye on the situation to ensure that the stop is not obstructed. In the meantime, Councillor Williams is compiling a list of all the outstanding highways issues in the village which she will draw to the Highways Authority’s attention using its new reporting system.

Red Telephone Box
The refurbishment of the red telephone box owned by the Parish Council at Wasps Nest is now almost ready to start.  Once restored it could replace the blue one that is shortly to be decommissioned and removed.  Restoring a red box to its original position and linking the history of our Church, designed Sir George Gilbert Scott with his grandson Sir Giles Gilbert Scott the designer of the iconic red telephone box.  A further report on the proposal will be presented in due course.

Open Gardens 24/25 June 2017
An application for a grant from the 200 Club for £99.48 for the printing of the event’s programme/map and for some advertising flyers was approved.

Councillors’ Reports
  • Nocton News:  Councillor Kania who is now editing the Nocton News asked that articles for inclusion be sent to her as soon as they are available but, in any event, by no later than the last day of the month if it is to appear in the following month’s edition.  Her email address is:  Articles should no longer be sent to the Parish Clerk.
  • Picnic on the Green:  Councillor Williams’ request to use the Village Green for the annual Picnic on the Green on Sunday, 4 June 1.00pm – 5.00pm was agreed.

Date of next Meeting
Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Annual Parish Meeting and AGM
Thursday, 25 May 2017 when there will be a representative from the NHS to give a presentation on what is planned for the future in our area. The Parish Meeting will begin at 7.00 p.m. with wine, soft drinks and nibbles being available from 6.45 p.m.  The meeting will be followed by the Parish Council’s Annual General Meeting at 8.00 p.m.

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
Councillor MaryAnn Williams

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