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East Winch Parish Council meeting 4.3.19.

The meeting was attended by Cllr Jim Moriarty; his last visit to this parish as in May we will
be joining a new ward - 'Gayton and Grimston'. He was heartily thanked, having been an extremely helpful Borough Councillor for many years.

Several matters concerned Station Rd. Last year the dyke round Station Terrace flooded, and
the fear is that unless it is cleared regularly, there may be floods again. The consensus of the
Parish councillors was that the dyke is the responsibility of the householders in the Terrace,
while clearing the grid is undertaken by NCC Highways. We have since learned from
Highways suggesting that every time the Rangers are in the area we should ask them to checkthe grid. It was also stated that the grid should not get blocked from the bottom, as it wasdesigned to force all rubbish to the top.

The council had complained to Highways that the broken post by the Village Hall had still
not been attended to, with the consequence that the trod had been destroyed by traffic at that point. We have since heard from Highways that repair will be a priority - whatever that
means!

A parishioner complained that cars have been speeding down Station Rd. There seems little
we can do unless a Speedwatch team of 6 volunteers can be raised.
Other Highway matters. A parishioner had complained that road signs at Rae’s Farm
implied that the Parish Boundary was there, which was misleading. The clerk will contact the
Borough Council about moving them.

The Clerk had contacted Highways England to bring the dangerous state of the railings at the
Old Maid’s Head to their attention. Shortly after the meeting, an email was received
promising that the railings would be mended as part of a road safety scheme - but not until
2020-21.

Draft Local Plan. Cllr Moriarty told the meeting that West Norfolk’s Draft Local Plan had
been issued (at the time of the meeting we had had no notification) and concerned planning
for future housing, in accordance with government requirements. The consultation is
supposed to last for 36 days, which means that by the end of March it will be nearly over.
Cllr Moriarty pointed out that the phrase ‘at least’ should be commented on, because it allows
the council to approve planning permission for more houses than the original plan had
required, for example, ‘at least 5 houses’ could be 10 houses when built. See the plan online
at http://west-norfolk.objective.co.uk/portal/lpr2019/lpr2019

Elections on 2nd May. There is 1 candidate for West Bilney and 7 for East Winch. Most
councillors wish to stand again. All paperwork has to be with the Borough Council by 3rd
April, so anyone wishing to be a parish councillor should contact the clerk immediately.
The next meeting is on Thursday, 9th May at 7pm, when the Parish Assembly will be held.
The usual meeting will be held after that. Please note change of weekday and time!