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SUTTON PARISH COUNCIL REPORT 2017

Chair's Report:
This my fifth report as Chair of the Parish Council. We started the year with 9 councillors and have had one resignation caused by a move out of the parish and so for a time were 3 councillors short of a full council. However we have co-opted 2 new councillors, leaving us one member short. We would welcome some younger people on the Council so if anyone is interested please feel free to come to a meeting and see what we do. Attendance by councillors has been badly affected by illness and work commitments this year but we have managed to be quota the for all our meetings and have managed to have meaningful discussions displaying a wide range of opinions. Attendance by members of the public has been disappointing this year but we encourage parishioners to submit questions for discussion. It is preferable that these are submitted in writing to the Parish Clerk as this avoids misunderstandings and ambiguities and enables the clerk to let councillors consider the issues raised before discussing them at council meetings.

The usual matters still cause us concern and are regularly discussed. These include planning issues, speed of traffic in the village, the inability of the foul sewers to cope in periods of heavy rain. I am sure that these will remain issues that come up whenever planning issues are raised.
The windmill has changed ownership and the new owners seem to be committed to restoring the mill. However the Council have not been permitted to attend meetings between the owners and English Heritage department of North Norfolk District Council so have no first-hand knowledge regarding the situation. Each time it appears that something is going to happen there is yet another delay. We appreciate the good intentions of the new owners but it would be good to see some progress!

The Sutton Staithe Hotel also recently changed hands again and the new owners seem very keen to work with the PC regarding their stewardship of the Staithe. The trees around the car parks have been trimmed, including those on parish land. The PC is hoping to replant some trees on the edge of the parish car park using some saplings given to the parish by
NNDC has removed the waste disposal facilities from the Staithe and we are still concerned about the lack of refuse facilities on the Staithe. We are investigating cost-effective methods of keeping the facilities available for use, particularly in the summer to replace the temporary bin.
A long stretch of the quay heading has been replaced this year. This cost us somewhere in the region of £12000 but was necessary for safety reasons and should not need attention again for at least 10 years. We will need to do some repairs to the car park next year.

The dog bins continue to be well used by dog walkers but there are still some people who fail to pick up their dog waste, or who bag it and then dispose of the bag in the hedges. It costs the council a considerable sum to provide dog bins and we are sure that parishioners would be grateful if all dog walkers used the bins.

The broken drain in Staithe Road was repaired and flooding has been much improved. The is still a large puddle that forms because of a dip that we are told will be corrected soon.
There are both parish moorings and allotments currently available to rent. If parishioners do not take these up we reserve the right to rent to people from outside the village.

The PC had a display in the church about its work as part of the exhibition about the village at the May Day weekend.

Once again, I would like to record my thanks to our Parish Clerk without whose advice and support my task would be considerably more difficult.

The Parish Council will continue to try to do the best it can to keep your village a pleasant place to live in. We hope to see more of you at our meetings in the future.

 

SUTTON PARISH COUNCIL REPORT 2016

This is my fourth report as Chair of the Parish Council. We started the year with 10 councillors and have had one resignation caused by a move out of the parish so we are now 2 councillors short of a full council. However attendance is good and we manage to have meaningful discussions displaying a wide range of opinions. Attendance by members of the public has been disappointing this year but we encourage parishioners to submit questions for discussion. It is preferable that these are submitted in writing to the Parish Clerk as this avoids misunderstandings and ambiguities and enables the clerk to let councillors consider th issues raised before discussing them at council meetings.

The usual matters still cause us concern and are regularly discussed. These include planning issues, speed of traffic in the village no the inability of the foul sewers to cope in periods of heavy rain. I am sure that these will remain issues that come up whenever planning issues are raised.
The windmill has changed ownership and the new owners seem to be committed to restoring the mill.However the Councilhave not been permitted to attend meetings between the owners and e Heritage department of North Norfolk District Council so have no first-hand knowledge regarding the situation.

The Sutton Staithe Hotel also recently changed hands and the new owners seem very keen to work with the PC regarding their stewardship of the Staithe. The Car parks have all had the edges trimmed back, giving more space to park. This work was carried out jointly with the hotel.
NNDC has removed the waste disposal facilities from the Staithe and we are currently investigating cost-effective methods of keeping the facilities available for use, particularly in the summer.
Unfortunately we have had poor condition reports about parts of the quay heading that the parish is res[ponsible for and it is obvious that a considerable amount of work will be required over the next few years. We have already started this work, with one side of the parish slipway and parts of the parish mooring beibg replaced this spring. Unfortunately we felt that we needed to raise the precept to help us to pay for this work both now and in the future without having to borrow to pay for the work.

The dog bins continue to be well used by dog walkers but there are still some people who fail to pick up their dog waste, or who bag it and then dispose of the bag in the hedges. It costs the council a considerable sum to. Provide dog bins and we are sure that parishioners would be grateful if all dog walkers used the bins.

Ther will be a need for Staithe Road to be closed in the near future to repair the broken drain that was causing the flooding by the pond. It is unfortunate that this will have to be carried out almost immediately after the road has been resurfaced!

There are both parish moorings and allotments currently available to rent. If parishioners do not take these up we reserve the right to rent to people from outside the village.

Once again, I would like to record my thanks to our Parish Clerk without whose advice and support my task would be considerably more difficult.

The Parish Council will continue to try to do the best it can to keep your village a pleasant place to live in. We hope to see more of you at our meetings in the future.

Christine Dearson 10/5/2016