The Parish Council

Chair: Vic Cross

Vice Chair:  Sue Nash

Councillors:

Andrew Bickerton
Olaf Brun
Liz Foster
Gillian Goold
Malcolm Hipkin
Mick Wingell
Caroline Boyden

Clerk: Kevin Webb

Address for Parish Council correspondence:

Kevin Webb

1 Townshend Green West

Fakenham

Norfolk.  NR21 8NQ

Tel: 01328 855046

e-mail:the.webbs59@btopenworld.com

Meetings are held each month on the Monday nearest to, but not before, the 20th of the month.


County Councillor is Stuart Dark and our Borough Councillor is Tim Tilbrook


GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 18-9-17

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 21-8-17

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 17-7-17


GMPC -items over £100 for year ended 31-3-17

Great Massingham Parish Counci1 – Bank Rec 2017

Great Massingham Parish Counci1 – Variance explanation 2017

governance statement

Parish Council annual return audit 31.3.17

 


 

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS  June & July Meetings
Main items to note are:
• Parish Councillor vacancy (see below)
• An application from the Dabbling Duck to build four additional bedrooms, a staff shower room and two new store rooms was discussed and generally supported but concern was expressed to the Borough Council regarding car parking problems that could result from the loss of spaces for the building. There are problems of congestion and cars parking  on the pavements every day. In the past, staff members did not appear to use the parking facilities but, following a request, it has been noted that they have now started to do so.
• There is continuing concern over the pavement from Mill Road northwards. (Please see below.)
• It is hoped the Fishing Warden vacancy will be filled shortly.

Update From the Chair – Vic Cross

1.At its meeting on Monday 17th July the Parish Council co-opted Mrs Caroline Boyden to fill the Vacancy following a recent resignation. Caroline will already
be known to many of you through her involvement with the Historical Society, running the Great Massingham Website and more recently assisting on the bar
at the Social Club.
2.Good news concerning problem footpaths……The stretch of footpath between Mill Lane and the Rudham Road junction that has proved so problematic
over the past few years, is now closer to being resolved. Despite numerous complaints from the Parish Council, the Norfolk County Council Highways
Department budget constraints prevented the work being carried out.
However, newly elected County Councillor Stuart Dark looked into the matter on our behalf. To this end he has agreed to release £1000 from his limited
Annual budget. This funding, matched with a contribution of £1000 from the Parish Council and a further £500 from the Highways Department means that the work will now be done by the autumn.

The Parish Council, although not responsible for financing Highways works, enters into this agreement without prejudice and without setting a precedent for future occasions but in the interests of residents’ safety. We would wish to express our thanks to Councillor Dark for understanding that we had a problem and
coming up with a workable solution.

Next Meeting: 21st August


 Parish Council Agenda July Meeting


           

                           GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL

 

                                    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

                            7.00pm – 7.24 pm, Monday 15th May 2017

                                    Village Hall Great Massingham

 

                                                            Minutes

 

Present:

Vic Cross (Chairman)

Andrew Bickerton

Olaf Brun

Liz Foster

Gillian Goold

Malcolm Hipkin

Mick Wingell

Kevin Webb (Clerk and minutes)

 

1          Declarations of Interest –     None

2          Apologies for Absence –  S. Nash

3          Confirmation of any part of the minutes that is exempt under the

            Freedom of Information Act

 4       Chairman’s Report

In presenting this year’s annual report I would first of all like to record my thanks to my fellow Parish councillors, their regular attendance at scheduled meetings has enabled Council business to run smoothly
We have also been well served by both our County Councillor and Borough Councillor, they have attended most meetings and have provided valuable help and advice and kept us informed of County and Borough activities.

I would like in particular to record our thanks to County Councillor John Dobson, who has retired after several years and did not seek re-election this time. Councillor Dobson has competently served the parish for many years and always displayed considerable interest in matters pertaining to Great Massingham. We wish him well and hope he has a long and happy retirement.

Cuts in Government spending are having an increasing effect on the level of service we receive from local councils and once again we have engaged in considerable correspondence to ensure we do not lose the services we are entitled to. Concern has been expressed about the state of some of the footways in the village, this has been reported to the Norfolk County Council highways department but has not resulted in any immediate plan to rectify or improve. Another area of concern brought to our attention is a problem of cars parked on footpaths, making it very difficult for pedestrians, especially infirm or disabled to access local services, again this has been reported with little likelihood of an early solution. Parishioners are asked to keep reporting any incidents so we can put further pressure on the relevant authorities.

This year we introduced the Mike Tilbury Award in memory of our late Borough Councillor and parishioner. The award is to recognise an individual’s outstanding voluntary contribution to Village life.

In considering nominees for the award the process illuminated the tremendous amount of voluntary activity by numerous individuals and groups that goes on all the time. Many thanks are due to so many that bring credit to the village.

The playpark promised in last year’s Annual Report has been completed, although a funding application was unsuccessful the Parish Council released its contribution of Fifty thousand pounds to fully fund the first stage of the plan, the second phase is now totally dependent on outside funding.

Detailed discussions have taken place with the Village Hall trustees regarding planned refurbishment of the Hall, and the Parish Council has pledged one hundred thousand pounds towards the project. We understand it will not be too long before their application for Lottery and other funding is submitted. The funds released by the Council are those that were ringfenced in earlier years for Village projects.

Following the work last year on the Malthouse pond on Weasenham Road, further work was carried out to the Pond outside Parsonage Farm on the same road, a complaint by a local resident highlighted a misunderstanding between the Parish and Borough Councils regarding Conservation areas and Tree preservation. This has been resolved and the work completed as planned.

This year has seen the passing of several established village inhabitants, changing forever the makeup of the community, they will be sadly missed. Newer inhabitants now play an increasing role in all activities and bring a fresh impetus to everyday life. There remains a considerable need to find ways to enable young families to remain in the Village. The price of properties coming on the market are usually way beyond their reach, a problem not helped by the number of holiday homes attaining high prices in our attractive village.

The further provision of affordable and social housing goes some way to encourage young couples, but the siting of areas for such schemes often meet with local opposition and have to be carefully considered. I am sure that knowing the nature of most residents it is not a problem that cannot be resolved.

The planning authority has the final say, but the parish can make comment and try to influence their decisions.

As a Village Great Massingham stands proud amongst its neighbours., and I am honoured to have served as its chairman and feel proud that our Village is free from so many of the social problems that blight numerous others.

 

Vic Cross, Chairman.

May 2017


5     Election of Chairman

       In accordance with standing orders, Mr. Cross, having served for two years, stood down from

the position of Chairman. There being no nominations, however, it was unanimously agreed to

suspend this part of standing orders. Proposed by Mr. Wingell and seconded by Mrs. Goold.

All in favour. Mr. Bickerton proposed Mr. Cross for the position of Chairman and this was

seconded by Mrs. Foster. All in favour.

6     Vice-Chairman

Mrs. Nash who was absent from the meeting had previously indicated her agreement to serve

for a further period as Vice Chairman, should the need arise. There were no nominations. Mr.

Bickerton proposed Mrs. Nash for the position and this was seconded by Mr. Wingell. All in

favour.

7     Planning Sub-Committee

  1. Cross, O. Brun, S. Nash, G. Goold and M. Wingell. Agreed by all. (Mr. Hipkin asked to no longer be on this committee and his place was taken by Mr. Wingell).

8     Calthorpe Trust

  1. Brun and S. Nash. Agreed by all. Mr. Brun is to give a report of the trust’s activities later in the year.

9    Mallard Representative

  1.   Foster. Agreed by all.

10   Youth Club

  1. Foster. Agreed by all

11   Allotments

  1. Goold. Agreed by all.

12    Financial Report

The Clerk presented the Financial Report. It was agreed by all that the report be approved.

(Proposed by Mr. Hipkin and seconded by Mr. Bickerton)

Income for the year ended 31st March 2017 was £27,572 (£23,507) with expenditure of

£85,548 (£20,442) giving a deficit of £65,126. This resulted from a number of planned items

of expenditure, in line with the approved budget. The major payments were as follows:-

 

 

Total reserves as at 31st March, 2017 were £173,217 (£231,193)

The figures will be internally audited before being submitted to the external auditors.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 7.24 p.m.

 

 

 

………………………………… (Chair of the meeting)    …………………… (Date

 


 

PARISH COUNCIL AGM MAY 2016, SUMMARY OF CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

I thank my fellow Parish Councillors for all the support they have given me this year. Meetings have generally been well attended and we have continued to engage with both County and Borough Councils to ensure we receive the support and services we are due. Government spending cuts are having some effect on the level of service we receive. County Councillor John Dobson attends our meetings regularly and keeps us up to date with County Council activities and policies. He has given assistance to John and Yvonne Bridger to secure an improved bus service for the area. The Parish Council has made a financial commitment to support the scheme for the next three years. Mr Dobson is also currently setting up a working group to improve broadband facilities in the area.

The recent sad loss of Borough Councillor Mike Tilbury will be felt for a long time. I would like to pay tribute to Mike for the many years he has served this village both as a Councillor and as a parishioner; his carefully considered advice was always welcome and, through the years, he has promoted, protected and served the parish of Great Massingham to very good effect. Always willing to help individuals or groups, he avoided party political entanglements and told it as it was. He will be sorely missed. We have received comments and concerns from parishioners and have tried to resolve any issues in a fair and reasonable way.

A spate of vandalism on the allotments earlier in the year now seems to have abated. The allotments are generally well tended and in a tidy condition. A formal agreement between allotment holders and the Parish Council, clarifying the responsibilities of both, has been completed and is in place. New kerbing, to prevent vehicles overrunning the green, has been installed outside the Post Office using matched funding from both the County Council and Parish Council. The Parish Council has, for several years, been very supportive of providing affordable housing to help young people remain in the village. Land previously used for allotments was sold and affordable housing built. The Parish Council is very concerned that latest Government proposals to extend ‘right to buy’ could put this project in jeopardy and the Council is communicating with Henry Bellingham regarding the matter.

During the year the Council has ring-fenced funds, raised from the sale of land, to part fund village projects such as the refurbishment of both the Play Park and the Village Hall. Support continues to be given to groups within the parish including the Community Car Scheme, the Coronation Club, Inter Village games, Biodiversity Project and Youth Group. Two ponds have been dredged this year as the build up of silt was hindering drainage from the other ponds in the system.

We try to keep a balance between formally trimmed and tidy areas and areas that lend themselves to more diverse arrangements. We value the work done by volunteers to protect our wildlife areas and know how important this is for our village.

We are fortunate that there are groups and individuals of people prepared to give time and effort in supporting community projects and fundraising for charities. Our thanks go to them for helping to keep Great Massingham a very pleasant place to live.

Vic Cross, Chairman. May 2016

At the AGM – Mr. Cross and Mrs. Nash were re-elected as Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

 

 

Parish Council Accounts 31.5.16

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GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 15-5-17 (AGM)

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 15-5-17

 

GMPC – Financial Report year ended 31-3-17

GMPC – Financial Statement year to 31-3-17

 

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 24-4-17

Parish Council Exercise of Public Rights ending 31.3.17

Parish Council Agenda 24.4.17

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 20-2-17

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 23-1-17

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 21-11-16

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great-massingham-parish-council-minutes-19-9-16

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Great Massingham Parish Council Chairmans Report May 16

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 18-4-16

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 21-3-16

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 18-1-16

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes 16-11-15

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes October 15

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes Sept 15

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes August 15

GREAT MASSINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL – Minutes July 15

Parish Council Report June 2015

Parish Council Report AGM May 2015

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