Minutes of the Alburgh Parish Council meeting held on Thursday, 2nd January 2020 at 7.30pm in Alburgh Village Hall.


Parish Councillors present:

Mr. Denny: Chairman, Mrs Gedge: Vice Chair, Mrs. Gladden-Fenn, Mr. Renaut, Mr. Soanes


Also attending: 12 members of the public, Mrs J Ellis; clerk.


1     Welcome by the Chairman, Mr. Denny


  1. To receive and accept apologies for absence: Mrs. Davis, Mr. Dunbar, Margaret Stone; County Councillor, Chris Brown; District Councillor   


  1. To receive any declarations of interest from members on any item to be discussed – Mr. Soanes declared an interest in No. 13 planning applications.


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

The minutes of the November 2019 parish council 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. Reports from District and County Councillors

No councillor was in attendance and no report has been received.


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

The footpath and bridge as discussed last meeting have been reported to highways again and the clerk has received an email to say that these have been programmed to be looked at/repaired.


  1. Correspondence

Mr. Soanes has put a gate up at the picnic site.  We will put a sign up to say ‘please shut the gate’.


Alburgh Allotments – Mr. Denny has purchased the hedging and two thirds of this has been planted.  2 Oak trees have been planted.


  1. Update on Film Night

The last film showing was ‘Yesterday’ which was well attended.

The Children’s Film ‘Aladdin’ was also well attended.

The next film will be ‘Blinded by the Light’.

The cost of the surround sound system will be £2,985.00.  We have received £1,575.00 in donations. We have applied to Adnams for a donation and should hear shortly.


  1. Update on quiz night for River Waveney Trust

This has been organised to be held on the 14th March, 2020.  Mrs. Davis has things in order.


  1. To discuss training: date arranged 3rd March, 2020.

The clerk will find out how many denton parish councillors would like to join us.  We picked 6 topics and the clerk will pass these on.



  1. Playing Field Report

Mr. Denny did the last inspection and all was in good order.

He replaced 3 wooden steps on the zip wire and replaced some caps.


  1. To report on planning decisions, applications commented on since last meeting

Applications received:

2019/1690 Location:  Land East of Tunbeck road, Alburgh. Proposal:  Outline planning for erection of 4 dwellings with garages, access and associated development.  This proposal has now been amended with a new entrance which parish councillors had no objection to.


2019/2381 Location:  Land West of 1 South Farm Cottage, Station Road, Alburgh.  Proposal:  Erection of bungalow. Discussions on this application with members of the public also.  Parish councillors object to this application as it is not in the village envelope and feel it may set a precedence.  It was also felt that if planning was approved then we would like the property to look more in keeping with surrounding properties.  It was felt that the vehicular entrance should also be addressed.


Decisions received:

2019/1876 Location:  Willow Cottage, Low Road, Alburgh.  Approval with conditions.


  1. To approve payments to be made and monies received

Payments:  J Ellis, Clerk salary and expenses for 2 months £324.30

Moviola £153.20

HMRC Paye £15.20

David Bracey Play Safety Inspection £102.00

Homestead Nurseries – Hedging £97.50

Plugs for Zip Wire – £16.10

Receipts:    Film Night £381.00

Donation to sound system £1,000.00

UK Power Networks – Wayleaves £47.56


  1. To discuss 2020/21 Budget and set the precept

The Clerk has prepared a budget and precept setting document which was circulated to all councillors prior to the meeting.  After discussion it was agreed to set the precept at £6,000.00


  1. To receive items for the next agenda and confirm the time of the next parish council meeting as 6th February, 2020.



  1. The meeting was adjourned at 8.20pm and reconvened at 8.29pm for public participation

It was asked if the Litter Pick could be done earlier this year which was agreed would be a good idea.

The question on ‘Dog Fouling signs’ was raised which Mrs. Gedge said she has in hand.

Tarmac is broken up along The Street and Low Road.  Mr. Denny has reported this and been told it is being programmed for the new year.


  1. Close of meeting

Mr. Denny thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 8.31pm.




Mr. Denny, Chairman Alburgh Parish Council, 6th February, 2020.