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January 2011


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At a Parish Council meeting on the January 2011 it was reported:

The Anglian Water sewerage scheme will not start until 2014-2015 – they have already programmed works up to 2014.

The Bridge adjacent to the main road to Acle a Norfolk County Council Officer is to meet with Parish Councillors at the bridge to discuss the matter. Norfolk County Council  has replaced the damaged posts with bolt in posts so that they are easier to replace.

Flooding bottom of Croft Hill  Norfolk County Council is to be advised the water is running across the road and going into the EA dyke.

The Chicken sheds a Parish Councillor  reported he has seen dust coming out around the extractors – he has taken photographs and sent them to PD Hook. The Parish Council is to send a letter with copies of the photos taken. expressing their concerns,.

Norfolk County Council is to be requested to fill the pot holes in the main roads in the parish.

The river bank car park depressions  will be  filled in with tarmac, but  tarmac needs warmer weather to work.

The following planning applications were considered:

BA/2010/0391/Ful compartment 9 – left bank of the river Bure, Boundary Farm Dyke to Stokesby for EA - flood bank works incluidng strengthening, rollback, setback and crest piling of flood banks, soke dyke excavation for material sourcing, piling and erosion protection works with the erection of temporary compound and ass works including permanent footpath diversion – no objections

BA/2010/0431/FUL Conversion of Barn to dwelling including ext (amendment to approved consent 06/06/0069/BF) Hall Farm, Runham Road, Stokesby with Herringby for Mr & Mrs Ledsham – no objections

BA/2010/0426/FUL lst floor side ext above existing side addition and new projecting balcony to rear Chandlers End, Mill Road,Stokesby for Mr & Mrs Manners – the Parish Council has no objections to the ext however they would prefer a square window in place of round, which is more in keeping with existing.

The Precepts for year ending 31 March 2012 Great Yarmouth Borough Council has agreed to the figures the Parish Council has submitted.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council Tree Officer is to inspect the trees on the Village Green any works needed quotations will be obtained for consideration at the next Parish Council meeting.  

Norfolk County Council held a meeting at County Hall for Parish Councils to discuss various works that Parish Councils could take on. Because of financial implication for parishioners it was agreed no action would be taken.


March 2011

At a Parish Council meeting on the 9 March 2011 it was reported:

Bridge adjacent to the main road to Acle

Signs have been erected advising ‘high risk accident area’ have been erected on the main road  Acle to Fleggburgh identifying the bridge is a problem. A feasibility study is being carried out on the bridge but it will not be completed until the end of March 2011.  

Chicken sheds

The site is being converted back to a rearing farm, this work will commence between April and July 2011. A request has been sent to the company to have the dust removed from the shed roofs.

Pot holes around the parish

Norfolk County Council has been advised of the problems.

Information centre in the parish

Due to the economic climate the parish would need to demonstrate good evidence of need, it has been left with parishioners to put forward the evidence.

The following planning decision made by the Broads Authority

BA/2010/0426/FUL first floor ext above existing side addition and new projecting balcony to rear – Chandlers End, Mill Road, Stokesby with Herringby – Mr & Mrs Manners – granted

Common  land

The solicitor is being advised to proceed with the Compulsory Purchase Order for all the land identified on the amended plan

Village Sign

A local artist is to be approached to see it they would give a quotation to prepare and re-paint the Village Sign.  

Hawthorne hedge from the muckfleet to the main road to Acle

Norfolk County Council to be requested to cut it back.

The Chairman gave the following report on items that the Parish Council has dealt with over the last 4 years

Parish Councillors big thanks for support and hardwork.

Parish Councillors have conducted themselves all as the Code of Conduct and if need be declared a personal or prejudicial interest which has been recorded in the minutes..

PC Cook has attended most of the meetings in the four years, even when he is off duty, so a big thanks do his help and dedication.

BCllr Thompson and CCllr Carttiss have attended meetings giving the PC their support, so thank you it has been greatly appreciated.

PC adopted the Freedom of Information Act Jan 2009

Parish Council adopted Standing Orders and Financial Regulations in Jan 2009, which are being amended in 2011.

Risk Assessment on PC assets has been carried out bi-monthly by PCllr Ward so a big thanks to him for carrying out this work.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council gave the PC an Environmental Grant of £250 and the PC paid the difference to purchase shrubs and trees.

Parish Council achieved obtaining the funds from Great Yarmouth Borough Council to enable the riverway road way to be upgraded.

EDP Award Stokesby was runners up in a community under 500.

Post Office closed.

Parish Council achieved obtaining funding from Great Yarmouth Borohg Council gave the funds to enable a Sand Compound to be erected, 4 tons of sand and sand bags – this was due to a near flooding occurrence a couple of years ago.

PC has a website thanks to Ann Dixon

Village Appraisal/plan was produced and managed by PCllr Trowbridge – so a very big thanks to David – all the matters identified were investigated and where possible implemented.

BA opportunity for wetlands in the parish – this was opposed and the scheme is no longer going ahead.

Flooding concerns in the parish Tony Wright MP attended a public meeting.

River bank flood protection works are being carried out by BESL including raising the flood wall.

Boats being lived in on the river bank the BA and Police took action

and they were either removed or moved to another area out of Stokesby.

Leasing riverbank to the BA – this is still ongoing.

Sluice gate and dyke by the Ferry Inn the problems have been resolved.

Anglian Water – the Village Plan identified parishioners would like a sewerage system, therefore the Parish Council applied for a sewerage system in Stokesby – this has been accepted and should be implemented around 2014, depending if they get any urgent works to be carried out elsewhere.

Recycling bank one was removed as households now have green bins.

Maintenance in the village grasscutting, posts and chains, and flower tubs - the work has been carried out by the same contractors with just an inflation increase each year.


Bridge adjacent to the main Acle Road – there is a feasibility study being carried out at present.

Common Land investigations to have it compulsory purchased is coming to an end.

Playing field – awaiting for questionnaires to be completed to see what the youngsters would like – Bowling Green.

Thanks to the PClerk for all her work over the last 4 years.

Date for the next Parish Council meeting 11 May 2011.


July 2011

At the  Parish meeting held on the 13 July 2011:

It was agreed the paperwork received from NPLaw is correct and they will be instructed to proceed with the CPO of the Common Land.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council Planning Decision:

06/11/0219/F retrospective change of use of agricultural land to be included in residential cartilage. Erection of timber log cabin and open sided summer house – Whitegates Farm, Private Road for Mr C Jelfs - granted

Broads Authority Planning Decision.

Anchor Cottage/The Old Reading Room – refused

A Sub Committee has been formed to look into various Grants available for play equipment and the Sub Committee will report back to the next Parish Council meeting.

Village Sign – a parishioner has offered to re-paint the sign their quotation will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting.

6No Planters (locations 1 outside PCllr Cranes property, 1 river bank, 2 adjacent to VHall, 1 opp old Bungalow Stores & 1 by bus shelter – the Parish Council is to make a decision on them at the next Parish Council meeting.

Norfolk County Council footpath closure order

A letter has been received from Norfolk County Council and footpath closure order FP18 Fleggburgh to FP7 Stokesby from 9 July 2011 for a maximum period of 6 months.

It was reported BESL are making good progress on the section of bank between Stokesby and Commission Mill. It is expected that, subject to the weather remaining settled, the earthworks will be completed in the next fortnight and they can start to topsoil and seed. The length of bank behind the residential properties will be opened as soon as possible so that the owners can gain access to their moorings over the summer. The remainder of the bank upstream to Commission Mill (and beyond) will remain closed and fenced off for the rest of the summer whilst we monitor vegetation establishment. In the meantime people can use the temporary diversion route that links in with the circular walk up the Muckfleet and of course there is also the option to use the footpath downstream of the pub for those that want a riverside walk.

Parish Councillors expressed concern at the length of time the footpath will be remain closed when the preparation works had been carried out earlier in the year.

BESL are to be advised the brick floodwall damage was due to the work being carried out during the bad weather and the frost caused the damage.

The owners of a couple of overgrown hedges in the village are to be written to requesting they cut them back.

GYB Services to be requested to sweep the highway at the junction of Filby Road/Runham Road.

Dogs fouling along the footpath – the Broads Authority are to be approached to see if the Parish Council can place ‘dog fouling’ signs on their notice board.  

The Broads Authority to be requested to cut of the footpath to the east of the ‘Ferry Inn’  

MP Brandon Leweis has written requesting a meeting with Parish Councillors to discuss the localism bill and the implications for Parish Councils – the suggested day is14 September 2011  

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is setting up an inaugural meeting of the Northern Parishes Area Committee which Parish Councilliors will be attending that meeting.

The area around the bus shelter is very overgrown – this is one of the areas that the grasscutting contractor should be cutting, however there is an issue of vehicles parking there which makes it nearly impossible to carry out the works.

Next Parish Council meeting will be held on the 14 September 2011 at 7 30pm in the Community Centre, at Stokesby

Yours sincerely

Shirley Weymouth Parish Clerk


September 2011

At the  Parish meeting held on the 14 September 2011:

PC Cook reported there have been 13 calls into Wymondham over the last four months, 1 crime being a theft, the item has been recovered and the offender has been dealt with.

BESL has advised the footpath will remain closed until next summer whilst the vegetation establishes and any necessary weed control and grasscutting is carried out. The diverted  footpath will remain in place until the original footpath has re-opened.

BESL are to carry out repairs to the damaged floodwall and install six bollards in front of the wall.  

The Broads Authority are no longer responsible for maintaining the footpaths, it is now Norfolk County Council, however this year BESL will be cutting footpaths adjacent to the river and they will be cut again in October 2011.

Parish Councillors will be meeting MP Brandon Lewis on the 7 October 2011 with Mautby Parish Councillors on the 7 October 2011 at Runham Village Hall, meeting commencing at 7pm, parishioners welcome to attend.

The moles around the village sign are to be treated.

The following planning application was considered:

BA/s011/0262/FUL piling removal and lowering of flood bank following completion of consented works in compartments 10 & 11 riverbank of river Bure between Stokesby & GY – for the EA – no objections.

The Village Sign is to be repaired and repainted by Mr Canham a parishioner.

The 6 planters are to be removed and a decision will be made at the next Parish Council meeting as to shrubs or trees being planted where the planters have been removed.

It was agreed ‘speeding through the parish’ would be an Agenda item for the next Parish Council meeting.

As the ‘see saw’ is broken and the swings squeking GYB Services are to be requested to carry out the repairs.

The next meeting will be held on the 9 November 2011 at 7 30pm in the Community Centre, at Stokesby

Yours sincerely

Shirley Weymouth  Parish Clerk


November 2011

At the  Parish meeting held on the 9 November 2011:

Great Yarmouth Borough Councillor David Thompson reported he had two items he wished to raise:

1.Planning Application for the Riverside Tea Room and Store – he will be attending the Broads Authority Planning meeting as he has a couple of concerns with the application and he will request a site meeting.

2.On the 6 Dec he is attending a meeting with Great Yarmouth Borough Council MD & Leader looking at issues in his Ward.

PC Cook reported there has not been any crimes over the last two months – there has been two telephone calls into HQ.

Norfolk County Council are to be requested to dig out the grips on Filby Road leading down to the junction with Mill Road to prevent rainwater running down the hill.

BT are to be contacted to advice them the telephone in the kiosk is not working

PC Cook reported on the 3 November a speed check was carried out in the village - there were 46 movements 44 travelled at 15-20MPH and 2 at 32MPH.

It was agreed another speed check should be carried out at a week-end.

Norfolk County Council is to be contacted asking them to consider marking a broken white line on the centre of the highway from Manor Farm and around the bend to encourage drivers to stay on the right side of the road.

Planning application considered:

BA/2011/0336/FUL proposed garage/workshop/store at Riverside Tea Room & Stores – for Mr & Mrs B Reynolds – after discussions the following objections are to be forwarded to the Broads Authority

1.The size is over powering for the size of the plot.

2.The height is excessive in comparison with surrounding properties

3.The application would set a precedent

4.Red roof and red brickwork will give a dense appearance with the applicants property next door rendered and painted white.

5.A condition should be imposed that the proposed property can only be used in conjunction and by the owners of the tea rooms and stores, not as a separate unit

Planning decisions made by the Broads Authority:

BA/011/0262/FUL piling removal and lowering of flood bank following completion of consented works in compartments 10 & 11 riverbank of river Bure between Stokesby & GY – for the EA – granted.

BA/2011/0134/CU retrospective change of use from shed to micro brewery Japonica House Mill Road, for Mr Joao Branquinho – granted with conditions – it was agreed a copy of the conditions will be emailed to Parish Councillors

Common Land Compulsory Purchase - the Chairman gave a report on a meeting with the Broads Authority on the 2 November 2011. Parishioners put forward their views on the Broads Authority leasing or Compulsory Purchasing the strip of river/land where they have 24 hour moorings.

Consideration was given to the fact that at present the 24hr moorings the Broads Authority maintain the river bank, if the Parish Council compulsory purchased that area the Parish Council would be liable for any piling etc to that area and the costs would have to be paid by parishioners and would be claimed on the council tax.

Parishioners unanimously voted by a show of hands for the area of the existing 24hr moorings should be Compulsory Purchased by the Broads Authority, with a condition that they maintain and pay for any works to the area, legal costs and insure against all liabilities. If the Broads Authority is no longer in existance the area would automatically be reverted back to the Parish Council at no cost to the Parish Council.

The 6No planters are to be removed and broken up. The areas where they stood are to be looked at for planting shrubs and bulbs.

Village boundary signage – Norfolk County Council is to be approached to see if they can supply and site three signs.

Next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on the 11 January 2012 at 7 30pm in the Community Centre, at Stokesby

Yours sincerely

Shirley Weymouth Parish Clerk

Parish Council Minutes 2011