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Parish Council - At the meeting of Stoke Ferry Parish Council held in the Community Centre, on Wednesday, March 14 the following matters were discussed:

Kebab/Pizza Shop Lynn Road - The clerk advised the meeting that Environmental Health had inspected the premises and found a number of issues which will be brought to the attention of the freeholder - a schedule of works will be drawn up including a timescale for completion.

Community Car Share Scheme - The chairman introduced Mr Mike Peel who had kindly agreed to come along to talk about a community car share scheme, how it works and the problems which could be encountered. The most important element is to have sufficient volunteer drivers for it to work. There are increasing requests for journeys to hospital appointments as hospital cars are not so readily available now. The drivers will wait at the hospital up to one and a half hours, longer than this they would have to return later. The charge is 45p per mile plus a £2 administration charge. If possible bookings should be made 24 hours in advance of journey. Mr Peel advised it would be useful to make contact with other schemes that are operating, also advertise for drivers, CRB (Criminal records Bureau) checks were also mentioned. Cllr Nicholas-Letch advised that Norfolk County Council will pay for CRB checks to be carried out.

The chairman thanked Mr Peel for attending the meeting to explain the scheme.

It was unanimously agreed to proceed with the scheme which is for residents of all ages of the Parish of Stoke Ferry for doctor’s or hospital appointments. The driver is paid a fixed rate of 45p per mile for a trip. The parish will appoint a Scheme Co-ordinator, who will set up and maintain a monthly statement of trips and expenditure against budget and also cumulative quarterly statements which are to be submitted to the clerk. Cllr Nicholas-Letch advised that he had possibly four or five volunteer drivers, he also agreed to be the Scheme Co-ordinator, at no charge to the Parish Council, Cllr Mrs Clements would assist. A hospital parking pass can be applied for.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Meeting - A further meeting was planned to discuss the progress of plans for the Diamond Jubilee, and it was agreed that Quiddenham Children’s Hospice would benefit from the proceeds of the Diamond Jubilee raffle.

Telephone Box - The chairman referred to the constantly vandalised telephone box and the possibility it could be used as a defibrillator unit. Before any decision is made it was agreed that a representative from East Anglia Community Heartbeat Organisation should attend a meeting to explain how this would work and the costs involved.

Road Gritting - The question of gritting non main roads was raised at the last meeting. The clerk contacted K. Plant to see if they would be interested. They have raised a few points to be considered - they would require written permission from Highways, and they would need confirmation from Highways as to the location of the sand/salt material to be used. The clerk would ask highways about these points.

Land Furlong Drove - A letter has been received from Burges Salmon relating to the land the Parish Council purchased for the extension to the Cemetery, asking the Council to consider transferring it back to their client as it did not appear to have been used. However, part of this land has been consecrated and will be used in the very near future.

Parking Buckenham Drive - The problem of parking on land in front of numbers 1-4 Buckenham Drive was raised again at the last meeting, Freebridge advised they have contacted their tenants asking them not to park on this grassed area. It was agreed to ask Highways to put bollards in this area and also request Freebridge and the Borough Council to get together and sort this problem out. An email received from a resident will be forwarded to Freebridge.

The following accounts were approved: MHB Services Ltd, £70.55, Lighting Maintenance February/March; Mrs C. Hardy, £367.81, Salary/Expenses February; James Bradfield School, £15.44, Hire of Hall - February; Thomas B. Bonnett, £234.00, Creating new steps in Cemetery; E-on, £45.70, Lighting - February.

Statement of Account as at February 29, Balance in Bank: Community Account £313.69, Business Saver Account £7,959.94. A total of £8,273.63

Correspondence - Abbey Memorials (Stonecraft) Ltd requested an additional inscription for Mary Iris Smith; H. Brett & Son requested a new Memorial and Inscription for Richard Morley Croot; a equested was received from Tracy McCarthy to hold a Street Party in Lynn Road on June 3 and for closure of part of the road; Mrs Claire Smith, Wretton Road Homewatch advising costs of signs lower than originally stated

Other business - Cllr Mrs Clements advised that the Stoke Ferry sign on Lynn Road had unofficial wording placed on it, this will be removed.

Rats had been seen on the footpath between Buckenham Drive and Lynn Road. The clerk will contact Vion.

The garages in Buckenham Drive are let out to private tenants not Freebridge tenants - this is a matter for tenants and Freebridge to sort out.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at 7.30pm.