Lyng parish meeting 2015
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT FOR THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
WEDNESDAY 11”` MARCH 2015
Publication of Notes from Parish Council Minutes
In March 2014 it was agreed that Notes from a Council Meeting would be published in the Hill & Vale magazine. There will be further changes as required under the Transparency Code.
The Fox & Hounds
Now to be known as The Fox was opened under new ownership in early 2014 and is much welcomed and every success is extended to the new landlords.
Lyng & District Community Hall
The Village Hall applied to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and an open event, displaying the new plans for the Hall, was due to be stage on 30s’ April’ 14. Planning Permission for the new hall was granted by Breckland.
A suggestion came forward regarding the use of Fairmeadow for public access. A meeting took place with Charles Sayer to discuss the possibility of a Permissive Path. The meeting resulted in quite a positive response and the Council are now in the process of drawing up a formal agreement.
A definitive drainage map is now in the Council’s possession.
A safe route for walkers of the Wensum Way from the Old School along the road to the next signpost has been sought by the Parish Council and is ongoing.
The new cemetery
The new hedge has now been planted.
A request was received for a demarcation to be made between the parking area and for the new burial ground. It is was decided to have two gates installed. One for pedestrian access and one for vehicles.
The Coullier-Clark memorial bench is now in place on the village green opposite The Fox.
WWI Centenary Project
Several Councillors met on site at the Old churchyard and discussed the options open for a project and determined that a number of level paths could be created. New paths will be constructed which will enhance access to graves and have little impact on the diverse flora of the cemetery.
The Electoral Ward boundaries were changed in July’ 14. This means that our ward will consist of 20 parishes covered by 2 Councillors who will both be responsible for all the parishes.
An Open Space audit request was received from Breckland which was amended by the Clerk. Three new salt bins were purchased for the village after the destruction of the previous bins.
Rev. Lyn Page — Priest in Charge.
Lyn Page was appointed Priest in Charge to the parish effective from 30th September 14.
Lyng FC has started up again. Members welcomed this news.
The area continues to be used nightly during the football season by at least 2 teams per night. Further plans for usage in the summer months are under way.
Breckland Sports for All used the playing field, hall and Multi Sports area. The events were very well attended and it was resolved that no charge for use of the field will be levied. These activities look to continue.
The possibility of a Post Office in the village is still under consideration and investigation.
Gordon Bainbridge was thanked for his assistance with the broadband outage and for his attendance at the hugely well attended public meetings.
During 2014 there were problems with telephone lines in the Heath Road, Elsing Road, Bakery Lane & Duffield Crescent area This was understood to be due to brittle cables at the junction box The situation is currently being monitored and parishioners were asked to ring 872769 with details of faults in order to compile a record of events.
PCSO Hayley Greenhill is our new local beat officer.
A Parish Tree Inspection took place at a cost of £175. Work will be carried out soon.
A discussion took place regarding the possibility of a new safety surface. Ideas and quotes were sought.
A planning application was received for over 40 holiday lodges in Lyng Easthaugh. Craig Neild gave a presentation at the Parish Council meeting. The Environment Agency, English Nature and Breckland Council had all been involved and `preliminary’ work was ordered to cease. Imported soil was removed along with associated plant and machinery. (Editor’s note: As of 14/03/15 no formal application has been made)
Following on from this, concern was expressed that Breckland Council does not have a strategy in place to protect the Wensum Valley from over development in particular by holiday accommodation. It was felt that this really should be a planning concept in the future.
A planning application, on the land behind The Fox, which is in the conservation area, to erect two dwellings was received. Paul Adcock gave a resume at the Parish Council meeting. Objection. (Ed’s note: Since amended and approved)
A Planning Meeting open to the public took place in June’ 14 to discuss, amongst others, the latest application from Lakeside Country Club to install 9 holiday lodges/caravans and works on the land at the front of their property. Objection. (Ed’s note: Since amended and approved)
The Chair would like to thank Parish Councillors, District Council Gordon Bainbridge and Peter Dilloway, Clerk, for their hard work and expertise during the year.