Minutes of the Alburgh Parish Council meeting held on Thursday, 4th April 2019 at 7.30pm in Alburgh Village Hall.


Parish Councillors present:

Mr. Denny: Chairman, Mr. Stiffel: Vice Chairman, Mrs. Davis, Mr. Renaut, Mrs. Gladden-Fenn, Mrs. Gedge. Mrs. Beckett


Also attending: 6 members of the public, Dr. M. Gray; District councillor, Mrs J Ellis: clerk.


1     Welcome by the Chairman, Mr. Denny


  1. To receive and accept apologies for absence: None


  1. To receive any declarations of interest from members on any item to be discussed – None


  1. To approve and sign the minutes of the last meeting

The minutes of the March 2019 meeting were signed by Mr. Denny as a correct record.


  1. The meeting was not adjourned for public participation as no member of the public had any comments.


  1. Report from Dr. M. Gray, District Councillor
  • Work has temporarily stopped at Hempnall crossroads. This is because of the bird nesting season.  Work will re commence in the summer.
  • SNC are running annual community awards. There are 8 categories to nominate in.  Information is on the SNC website.
  • This is Dr. Gray’s last meeting. We invited him to our Annual Parish Meeting which he said he would come to and give a report. Mr. Denny thanked him for all he has done on behalf of the whole village and said that he will be greatly missed.


  1. To discuss matters arising from the minutes of the last meeting

Highways have been contacted re the road sign directing to the church.  We have had an acknowledgment that this is being looked in to.


  1. Correspondence

The Highway Rangers are coming to Alburgh soon. The following work was asked to go on the list:

  • The sign for Burntoak Lane at the junction at Church Lane is pointing the wrong way and needs re-positioning.
  • There is a blocked gulley on Station Road on the side of The Old Armoury – the gulley and pipework is blocked across the road.
  • The grass verge on the junction of Station Road and Lower Denton Road needs cutting.


  1. Update on Film Night

The last film showing was ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ which was a huge success.

The Childrens film will be held on the 10th April at 2.00pm and this will be ‘The Return of Mary Poppins’.

The next showing will be ‘The First Man’ on Friday 26th April.



  1. To discuss the outcome of meeting with Wortwell P.C. on the allotments

We had a meeting with ourselves and Wortwell parish councillors on the 28th March at 7.30pm to discuss the allotments at Wortwell.

Wortwell parish council stated that they are going to clear their site, put water on for allotment holders and reinstate it back to allotments for new tenants.

After discussion tonight, it was agreed that we would clear our site and mark out our area; with the assistance of Wortwell parish council. One suggestion at the joint meeting was that we could lease our share to Wortwell p.c. but we decided not to do this. It was also agreed that we would register our land and we will agree the boundaries prior to this with Wortwell p.c.


  1. To discuss Speed Watch

Richard Gedge and David Denny have met with the speed watch team.  The speed watch team would like our support which it was agreed that we would provide. The idea of producing a regular news letter summarising the findings from both the mobile speed cameras and the speed watch team was discussed. Richard Gedge is happy to do this and suggests that this is done every 3 or 6 months.  All councillors were happy with this.

Mr. Gedge has also updated the village website with details of the speed watch team and included a graph of some of their results.


  1. To discuss the opening of the Picnic Site

It was agreed that this would be held on the 20th July, 2019 at 2.00pm.   A parishioner has taken a photo of a sign which was shown to all councillors as an idea for our picnic site sign.

We will ask people to bring their own food and invite The River Waveney Trust, Wortwell, Homersfield and Denton parish councils.  Dr. Murray Gray said he would be happy to open it.  Details of the event will be advertised in the magazine and on the web site.  Mr. Denny will organise some flyers.


  1. Playing Field Report

Mr. Renaut did report.  All was in good order.

The clerk will chase up the progress of the new sign for the playing field.


  1. Update on signs for dog fouling in the village

The clerk has contacted SNC for their charges on dog bins.  For weekly emptying this is £71.85 per bin and fortnightly emptying is £106.80.  This is invoiced from 1st April to 31st March annually.  SNC provide the bags; we have to provide the bins.  It was felt that this was too expensive.

SNC have sent out some signs for us to put around the village to prevent dog fouling.


  1. To confirm and discuss Annual Parish Meeting on 9th May, 2019

It was agreed to include ‘The Litter Pick’ on this agenda.

New candidates for the Feoffees need to be elected at the Parish Meeting.  The clerk will ask the Feoffees clerk for their names.


  1. To report on planning decisions, applications commented on since last meeting – None


  1. To approve payments to be made and monies received

Payments:  J Ellis, Clerk salary and expenses £169.85

HMRC Paye £148.20

Moviola £223.20

Norfolk Ass of Local Councils – Annual Subscription for 2019-20 £123.74

Receipts:    Film Night £532.00 plus £64.00 ice creams




  1. To receive items for the next agenda

The next parish council meeting and Annual Parish Meeting will be held at 7.00pm on 9th May 2019.


  1. The meeting was adjourned at 8.34pm and reconvened at 8.36pm for public participation

A member of the public said that news of  the police not looking at the speeding data captured by flashing signs was on Radio Norfolk this morning.


  1. Close of meeting

Mr. Denny thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 8.38pm.



Mr. Denny, Chairman Alburgh Parish Council, 9th May, 2019.