minutes of the meeting of Boughton Parish Council
held on Friday September 14th in the church.
Chair: Frank Reid
Councillors: Paul Coulten
(Parish Clerk and Treasurer) Peter Agate, Geoff
Proctor, Steve Saunders and Pam Wakeling
Ten members of the public were also present.
received from M. Pogmore
minutes of 4/7/07 were agreed.
Jenkins’ memorial bench. M. Pogmore had informed the Chairman that one more quote was
awaited before the family selected the bench they preferred, and it would then
come before the Council.
minutes of the AGM had been circulated and
approved in principle.
area safety report: the Chairman had dealt with defects noted in report
Cavenham corner footpath: concern had been expressed re
dogs and an electric fence, but the land owner, Mrs Birch, had been approached
and the matter was now resolved.
in Norfolk: it was agreed that a
sign to mark the village’s success in reaching the final of its class should be
affixed to the village sign.
- Pride in Norfolk: the competition had
been won by Stokesby, but the chairman
congratulated all those involved on the effort put in. More preparation was needed before
entering next year’s competition, and it was suggested that a
representative group be formed to plan next year’s entry.
- Events: The Jazz picnic had been very
successful, and Paul Coulten was congratulated.
There had been another good evening at the Hog Roast, and thanks were
recorded to Andy Beeston for the many good
evenings he had assisted at with his roasting expertise! Bubbles on the Green had also been
successful, and Giles Luckett was thanked. There would be other BVC events in the next
few months (and events organised by others!)
- The Parish Strimmer had needed to be replaced, and the costs had
been split between the Council and a donation from the BVC.
- There had been four
working parties to deal with trees around the village: in the churchyard,
the playground and around the pond.
- Boughton Fen: the wood wasted
had been cleared and burned.
- Stoke Road: AW stated
that the flow of water had been there before the contract work had
started. The Council challenged
this, but a temporary solution had been arranged by Andrew Faherty with help from other members of the village.
Highways to be requested to clear the ditches on either side of the road.
Reports from Councillors:
- Village Signs: Peter
Agate reported that the Village Notice Board had been rebuilt with a new
facing and architrave. All timber
had been stained with wood preservative.
The signs at both entrances to the village had been refurbished.
The main village sign had been treated with preservative, but would need
treatment to bring it to a better condition. Some of the carvings were showing signs
of deterioration, and professional attention would probably needed in the next few years. All other signs has
been cleaned, and plant growth cleared where necessary to improve
visibility. The Phone Box had been
cleaned internally and externally, and BT had been contacted with a
request that repairs (BT Ref EA32938167)and
repainting (BT Ref EA 32938199) be carried out.
- Report on fen from
Mark Pogmore – read by Angela Faherty in his absence. Over the past month or so we
have had discussions with a number of organisations concerning the future
of Boughton Fen.
In view of the potential for progress at Boughton
Fen a sub-committee consisting of F.Reid, Mark Pogmore, Angela Faherty,
Kevin Fisher and Allan Hale has been formed. Each of these people has various skills
which will enable us to move forward.
- Frank, Allan and Mark
met Norman Sills of the RSPB on 23rd August for some guidance on what we
may do to improve the Fen. Norman is probably one of
the most knowledgeable people on wetland habitats in Britain and he is in charge
of the newly developed RSPB site at Lakenheath
- Norman Sills was
impressed with the current state of the Fen although he did comment that
if we didn’t do anything then within 15 years our Fen will first become a
scrubland and then progress on to becoming a wood.
- Norman’s initial
suggestions were to reduce the ground level to varying depths which will
raise the water level to create ponds and water areas to suit a variety of
birds and other small mammals and the creation of some seating areas. Norman has offered to work
closely with us to facilitate this project.
- In order for this
work to be carried out we need to obtain funding through various grants
and for this we need to produce a fully costed
‘Scheme Plan’ indicating our proposed improvements over the next few years. To assist with this Allan Hale has
kindly agreed to produce a map of the Fen indicating where all the
different vegetation and bird nesting sites are and what we need to do to
encourage more Kingfishers, Water Rails, Bitterns and Nightingales to name
but a few.
- We will also be
meeting with Nigel Middleton of the Hawk and Owl Trust who have a reserve
at Sculthorpe near Fakenham. As well as knowledge of wetlands and
reed fen he is an expert in obtaining funding which may prove very useful.
- At every stage of the
proposed work the committee will seek the approval of the Parish Council
and the residents of Boughton.
- Steve Saunders asked
if Natural England had been involved, and this was confirmed.
- (The Parish Council
approved the setting up of the sub-committee noted above.)
Proctor reported that the ditch leading to the church boundary had been
cleared, and should no longer smell, but Angela Faherty
reported that there was still a problem.
- Steve Saunders:
Highways had expressed concern that some ditches in Stoke Road were higher than the
road level. They would be cleared
before winter. (Check this for
reserve account currently held £2967, and the current account held £172.78.
donations had been received. Thanks had been sent to the Armsbys
for donations towards the cutting of the churchyard. Rent had been received from Tam Payne (and
would be expenses to come for mower fuel, the annual audit, cutting the
Treasurer proposed a donation of £100 to the church project, to come from money
raised at the jazz picnic. This was
7 & 8 had been dealt with in earlier reports.
had been a letter from Norfolk Rural Community Council re: Post Office
closures, but no details were yet available as to which would be closing.
were no current applications.
Parish Council were pleased to support Steve Saunders in his application to
join the Standards Committee.
Cricket team report:
Chairman commented how good it was that the Boughton
Cricket Team had been revived. Two
matches had been played, with a win against West Raynham and a defeat by Mundford. Thanks to
Andrew Faherty for organising the revival, and it was
hoped to have four matches in 2008.
Questions from the floor:
re bungalow ‘The Old Bell’ in Stoke Road. Had now been vacated due to
for info regarding name of road from white bridge at bottom of Oxborough
to the main Oxborough Road – owners of property
needed correct address. No one present
was absolutely certain of name.
described to meeting. Member of public stated that the land and all rights had
been sold by Bill Miller to Carter. Was
it possible to sell public right of way?
To be determined.
resolution to exclude the public from this was passed by the members of the
Council who were present ie all except Councillor