Minutes of the Alburgh Parish Council meeting held on Thursday, 5th March 2020 at 7.30pm in Alburgh Village Hall.


Parish Councillors present:

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


Also attending: 7 members of the public, Margaret Stone, County Councillor; Chris Brown, 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 February 2020 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 items to discuss.    


  1. Reports from District and County Councillors

Chris Brown, District councillor reported:

  • The Council tax is being increased by 3.3% which means an increase of £5 on a band D property.
  • The council receives a ‘New homes bonus’ which is going to be disappearing over the next 3 years.
  • Strategic plan for the next 4 years. Details are on the website.
  • The New combined staff have settled in well. There is a Team of staff in consultancy roles working across the council for improvements.
  • Greater Norwich Local Plan – details on website.


Margaret Stone, County councillor reported:

Margaret Stone updated on the following two items which we gave thanks to her for.

  • The Boundary Commission is reviewing all divisional boundaries through Norfolk. At present there are 84 Norfolk County Councillors covering 84 divisions. Divisions should have a similar number of electorate but at present they can vary between 3000 and 9000; hence the review to ensure a more equal distribution. County councillors can have up to 23 parish councils. This will not affect Alburgh.
  • Budget proposals are based on increasing council tax by 3.99%. 99% basic council tax, 2% adult care precept.
  • Survey on NCC website to give views about the future of transport throughout Norfolk.
  • Margaret will also ask for an update on the village signs which we have had funding for.


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

Footpath 12 and the bridge are being addressed by the highways team and should be sorted soon.

Margaret Stone will chase this on our behalf.




Flooding outside Dove Meadows, Station Road, Alburgh. The jetting contract team have completed the work this week. The ditch needs cleaning out. Margaret Stone has again chased this with Gary Overland.


We have had 3 positive responses from land owners re the dog fouling signs on their land.  We are just waiting on one more response.


  1. Correspondence – None


  1. Update on Film Night

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

The next film ‘Downton Abbey’ will be held on the 20th March, 2020.

We have had feed back that the new surround sound system is much better.

We are still waiting to hear from Adnams about a grant.

Discussion on an Easter Film for the children. Cllr Gedge has been approached by a parishioner, who is running a marathon for cancer, to ask whether we could ask for donations at this event. Discussions followed and it was felt that this would be ok.  We will sort a date and time etc next meeting.


  1. Village Hall Drains and Lease

The drains are done and working ok.  Contractors are coming back in better weather to tidy up and put a new fence up.


The Village Hall Lease item will be post poned until the next meeting.


  1. To discuss and set date for Annual General Meeting and Annual Parish Meeting

It was agreed that both these meetings will be held on Monday 18th May with the APM starting at 7pm.


  1. To discuss the big allotment at Wortwell

The existing allotment holders have given notice on this and we have new people who wish to take this on.  It was agreed that they could and to increase the price by £15.00 per year.


  1. Update on Litter Pick

Cllr Gladden-Fenn is organising this.  She has a document to read and has to go to Ketteringham to collect and return the equipment.

It we win the £200, it has to be spent on a community project.  It was agreed this would be spent on a seat in the millennium garden.

The date arranged is 18th April, meeting at the village hall at 1.30pm.


  1. Playing Field Report

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

It was felt that we need a new net for the basketball hoop.


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

Applications received:

Ref:  2020/0329, Hawthorn Farm, Mill Road, Alburgh.  Proposal:  Conversion of outbuilding to studio/garden room, including external alteration.  Councillors approved.


  1. To approve payments to be made and monies received

Payments:  J Ellis, Clerk salary and expenses £172.95

Moviola £175.00

Audio Electronic Design for surround system £3,582.00



Murray Anderson Services for village hall drains £14,118.00

Murray Anderson Services for ditching and trimming trees at village hall £792.00

Receipts:    Film Night £413.00

Donation to sound system £20.00

Donation from Alburgh Bar £11,765.00


  1. To receive items for the next agenda and confirm the time of the next parish council meeting as

2nd April, 2020.

Village Hall Lease


  1. The meeting was adjourned at 8.30pm and reconvened at 8.32pm for public participation

The public toilets in Harleston are in the process of being updated.

Mr. Denny informed us that he will not be able to make the next meeting.  Mrs. Gedge will chair this meeting.


  1. Close of meeting

Mr. Denny thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 8.34pm.





Mrs Gedge, Vice Chair, Alburgh Parish Council, 2nd April, 2020.