Wretton Parish Council July 2017 meeting

Present– Cllr David Llewellyn – Chairman, Cllr Martin Cann, Cllr Mick Peake, Cllr Mandy Peake, Cllr Bill Whitmore, Cllr J Wyett.
Borough Councillor Colin Sampson
County Councillor Martin Storey present for latter part of the meeting
6 members of the public
No Apologies for Absence received
No Declarations of Interest made
The Minutes of the meetings held on 08.05.17 and 08.06.17 were agreed as a true record.
Matters Arising from previous meetings
 Transparency Grant
The Parish Council has been awarded a grant of £1255 to purchase a laptop, software, scanner etc. to enable the Parish Council to meet the regulations of the Transparency Code.
 White Gates
40mph roundels have been requested for the white gates that have been installed on the West Dereham Road but no communication has been received from Highways regarding this so far. Signs in Fen Road are also in need of replacing.
 Street Name Plate Signs
Cllr Sampson suggested a list of missing street name signs (provided by the Borough Council) be passed to him so he can investigate replacement.
Highway concerns were raised concerning pot holes still not being repaired in Fen Road (half have had work) and that grass is not being cut at the corner of All Saints which is a causing problems with visibility. There is an ongoing issue regarding whether this area is cut by the Borough Council or Norfolk County Council. The Parish Council would like a definitive answer on this and Councillor Sampson will endeavour to locate a map indicating which body has responsibility for cutting the area concerned.
5.1 Chairman’s Report
The Chairman had nothing to report other than in relation to items already on the agenda.
5.2 Clerk’s Report
Correspondence received is generally passed to Councillors electronically and has included:
 Notification that the Highways Rangers will be visiting the parish w/b 24th July. Several requests have been passed to them for work to be undertaken.
 An electoral review of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk warding
arrangements is being undertaken and comments are being sought.
However it is expected that there will be no changes to the local ward
and therefore the Parish Council had no comment to make.
 The grounds maintenance contractors are to arrange to obtain extra
keys for the play area gate to replace those mislaid.
 Notification has been sent of Norfolk County Councils 2018 Parish
Partnership Scheme
 It was noted the Council should request a letter of engagement from
the Internal Auditor. This is good practise and something the External
Auditor has been requesting from Councils this year.
5.3 Risk Assessment
No matters raised.
6. Accounts were presented and accepted for payment.
Cheques for approval of payment
SJ Scarrott £118.44
K & M Lighting £35.04
CGM £118.44
It was also agreed Soundwave marketing would be paid £72.00 once the
invoice is received.
Financial position @ 03.07.17
Community Account Balance £5430.91
Business Savings £3451.53
It was agreed by all that £1600 received back from the Norfolk County Council
Parish Partnership Scheme towards the cost of the SAM2 vehicle activated
sign would be transferred from the current account to the Business Savings
Account. It was noted the £1255 Transparency Grant is held in the
Community Account.
6.1 Purchase of dog waste bin
It was agreed by all that a new dog waste bin would be purchased once
permission has been obtained to site a bin near the footpath sign at the end of
Lydia’s Lane.
7. Risk Management Plan
The Risk Management Plan was reviewed and accepted as presented.
Consideration will be given as to whether or not the Parish Council should
register with the Information Commissioner as a data controller. Previously a
policy that registration will not be undertaken has been adopted but the
possible necessity to register will be re-visited and action taken if it is now
felt registration should be undertaken.
8. Village Projects
It was agreed that the suggested projects of fitting a defibrillator in the
village phone box and/or using the phone box as an information kiosk and
that of managing the ‘pond’ area on Wretton Green should be looked at as
village projects and proper plans need to be put in place.
Funds thought to be in the region of £1000 would be needed to purchase and
install a defibrillator in the phone box. Bill Whitmore will consider acting as
Project Manager for this initiative and further discussion will take place at the
next meeting. Consideration will also be given to re-painting the phone box.
The ‘pond’ or Wretton Wildlife Area as designated by the Parish Council will
be looked at with the view to removal of the trees and options will be sought
for either total removal in one clearance or phased removal. A timed and
costed plan is needed to manage the trees but to maintain the area as a
wildlife area. The popular suggestion is to remove the current trees and
replace with native hardwoods and a draft proposal will be made at the
September meeting of the Parish Council. Residents of the parish will be kept
informed of the plans and will be consulted regarding the options offered.
9. Consideration of planning applications received
9.1 17/02103/F rear extension to dwelling Chequers, Chequers Road, Wretton
Interest declared by Chairman.
Mick Peake took no part in this item.
Proposal supported as development was thought to enhance the building.
10. Date of next Parish Council meeting
It was agreed by all that the next Parish Council meeting will be set back one
week and will take place on September 11th 2017.
11. Further Report
 The ‘No Parking’ signs on Wretton Green are in need of replacement. It
was agreed new signs would be purchased up to a cost of £50.
 It was noted the Wretton Facebook page is not administered by the
Parish Council.
 West Dereham Road was reported as having flooded recently and it
was felt the roadside grupps need to be cleaned out. Verges are
encroaching on to the road which narrows the road.
 It was noted that former Parish Councillor Nigel Pilgrim has died. A sad
loss to the Parish.
 Councillor Storey advocated the benefits of Councillors attending training stating
that the planning training organised by the Borough Council is well worth going
 Recent odour thought to be emanating from Wissington Sugar Plant is reported
to be possibly from clearing out of the on-site lagoons but a consultant has been
engaged to locate the source of the smell.
 Norfolk County Council is to suffer more cuts as there is a need to save much
more money in the forthcoming years.
 Pot hole reported at the top of Field Lane where it joins the bypass.
Chairman’s Signature……………………………………… Date……………

Meet Nick Cann

I think the first thing I should do is to thank The Pump for making me get on with something I’ve been going to do for ages – write down what I’ve done with my life so that I can hand it on to my family. Now Ray has given me the push I needed to get started.
I’m Nick Cann and was a post WW2 baby, born in West London, the youngest of 3 and the only son.
As a man of the church, my father had more than one sphere of responsibility. He was not just Curate of St. Paul’s Church, Hammersmith, he was also Chaplain and teacher in the Latymer Upper School, also in Hammersmith, and Chaplain to the Territorial Army. Mother was a State Registered Nurse. Father met her at his brother’s wedding which had been a case of the proverbial – the doctor marrying the nurse.
My schooling began at that same Latymer Upper School, but after my father died in 1958, I moved to a boy’s Boarding School for the orphans of clergymen – St. Edmund’s School in Canterbury. As you can imagine, the school being in Canterbury it had connections to the Cathedral. I was in the school choir, which sang twice a day in the Chapel and three times on Sunday. We also sang when the Archbishop conducted confirmations.
The school had a Cadet Force which was affiliated to The East Kent Regiment, known affectionately as ‘The Buffs’, and this turned out to have a big impact on my future.
As a teenager, I was thinking of following in my father’s footsteps and opting for a career in the Church. I was certainly at the right school for such a choice. But as one of my grandparents had been the Captain of a Merchant Navy ship plying between the UK and Barbados in the West Indies – where he met and married my grandmother – it was thought that I might join the Royal Navy. And my other grandfather was Headmaster of the School in the village of Calstock in Cornwall.
When I was 17 and still in the school’s Cadet Force, one of those quirks of fate intervened. I saw an ad in the Daily Telegraph seeking young men who wished to make a career in the Army. I snipped out the form, filled it in, and using one of my precious stamps meant for sending letters home to Mum, I posted it – and forgot all about it.
What had tempted me was the thought that I would be able to continue to enjoy sporting activities. I played a lot of sport, loved it, and wanted to go on playing. The army seemed the choice most likely to further this wish. Six weeks later I was surprised to get a letter from the Ministry of Defence, together with a rail travel warrant and instructions to attend the Regular Commissions Board at Westbury in Wiltshire. Uncertain how to respond, I took the letter to the School’s Careers Master for his advice. Soon after I was on a train taking me to Wiltshire.
Selection for officer training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (RMAS) – at that time a two year course – was based on assessments conducted over 3 days at Westbury. There were 3 possible outcomes:- the offer of a place at Sandhurst, rejection, or deferment for re-assessment after 2 years when the applicant was more mature.

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What does the doctor think this month? November


Just a quick update on the hip situation: Having had my artificial hip removed 12 weeks ago, I have hopped on one leg and a Zimmer frame and have spent 10 weeks preparing and injecting intravenous antibiotics. As I write this, I am waiting to be admitted for removal of the gruesome concrete pillar after which yet another artificial hip will be inserted. The recent weeks have been made much more bearable by the GoGo electric scooter loaned to me by Giselle Sagar and her husband, Will. I can zoom around the house and garden and can even help with some of the chores. One fine day, I ventured out into the village and found lots of old patients and friends to chat with. Apart from crossing the roads and sharing my space with motor vehicles, the only unnerving feature of the journey involved crossing in front of the entrances to house driveways. To create the ramp for the cars, the tarmac has been sloped from the road up to the driveway. Fair enough, not worth a second thought until you hit one of these things sideways as you shoot along the pavement. Suddenly, everything veers to one side and you feel sure the buggy will fall over, tipping the driver into the road. I wondered how to determine the “tipping point” without courting disaster but I failed. However, I have spoken to seasoned buggy drivers who remember their initial alarm in this situation but reassure me that it would be difficult to fall over. However, the A1Mobility advice sheet is not so reassuring: When going up or down a kerb on a scooter, make sure to approach it at a right angle. Going up or down a high kerb at an acute or obtuse angle, one side of the scooter on the road and the other side on the pavement, is a sure-fire way to tip the machine over. If you go at right angles to the kerb, and use dropped kerbs only, every time, you will ride that scooter safely and with confidence. When going up or down a steep gradient, the same logic applies. Do not approach it at an acute angle, but straight on at a right angle.

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