The March Parish Council Meeting was held by a virtual meeting and attended by 6 Councillors.
For the full minutes and report from County & District Councillor please see the minutes on the website http://firstname.lastname@example.org
New Problems within the Parish: All highways items reported in December are still outstanding. The lines have been reinstated at the junction of Druids Lane/Mileham road. The County Councillor Kiddle-Morris reported that Norfolk County Council have appointed a new highways inspector and he will be visiting the village soon. The clerk will write a report of all the outstanding items for inspection.
Litter Bins: It was agreed to install new litter bins, one to be placed outside the Litcham High School and to place a new litter/dog bin on Wellingham Road. The Clerk will obtain quotes, and this will be approved at the next meeting.
Christmas Tree: The Council discussed the possibilities of planting a Christmas tree on the green, opposite the Bull Public House. The Clerk has contacted the insurance company to confirm if this will be covered under the parish’s insurance. This item will be added to the next agenda for further discussion.
Community Car Scheme: The Community car scheme has increased booking, but unfortunately only one driver is covering all of these as the other drivers are waiting for their Covid jabs.
Annual Parish Meeting: Unfortunately, the Annual Parish Meeting was postponed last year, due to Covid restrictions. The Council has agreed to delay the meeting again this year.
Finance: The financial position at the end of January 2021 was considered and payments were authorised.
County Cllr and District Cllr Kiddle-Morris Reports
The government is putting in place plans to hold Covid secure elections on the 6th May. In Norfolk, there will be elections for the 84 seats on Norfolk County Council and for the Police and Crime Commissioner which was postponed in May last year. Currently, hand delivery of leaflets and canvassing is not allowed, instructions on delivery of election material from candidates is awaited. The government is allocating extra money to local councils to allow polling stations and vote counting venues to be made Covid secure. Rules on postal voting and proxy voting are being considered.
The County Council have set the Council Tax budget, it will increase by 1.99%, which is £4.95 for a Band D property in Breckland. Social Care budget will increase by 1%. Full details of the whole budget can be seen on the Norfolk County Council Website.
District Councillor Kiddle-Morris reported that due to some recent problems outside the Litcham shop regarding parking and rights of way, it has now been established that this area is designated Highways. Pedestrians have right of way across the pavements and vehicles should be approaching this area with caution.
The full minutes are available for viewing on the notice board at the village hall or on the Litcham Website or Email Mileham Clerk: email@example.com.
Next Meeting will be held on Monday 3rd May at 7:30pm, this may be in the Village Hall or will continue as a Virtual meeting.
Donna Secker, Clerk to Litcham Parish Council.