News from the Winterton-on-Sea Parish Council & the village, October 2021
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VILLAGE ‘LET DOWN’: Concerns raised by the parish council about access to the former Virgin hub building in Low Road were not answered by the borough before planning permission to turn it into a holiday let was granted.
Resident Rebecca Durant queried why it appeared the parish council had not objected to the controversial scheme when so many in the village were against it.
A digest from September's parish council meeting
What day is bins?
Waste collection day is due to change later this month.
The borough council has written to householders warning bins will be collected in Winterton on Wednesdays from October 20. The first collection will be green recycling bins followed on October 27 by black general waste bins.
The schedule for garden waste brown bins is not changing.
If a householders’ collection is delayed by the change the council says as a one-off it will collect black sacks tied up and left beside wheelie bins on the first black bin day.
Food vouchers for children to continue for October half term
Food vouchers for children eligible for free school meals will continue for October half term after Norfolk County Council received additional Household Support Funding from the Government.
It means the vouchers, which are worth £15 per child per week, will be provided for a week, supporting around 28,000 children in the county.
Schools and colleges will be able to order vouchers on behalf of all families who are registered eligible.
The vouchers are available to families in receipt of certain benefits whose children would normally receive free school meals during term time.
Cllr Daniel Elmer, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services at Norfolk County Council, said: “We welcome this extension of Government funding to help families still facing hardship as the economy continues to recover following the Covid pandemic.
“We are pleased to be able to use the funding to extend the food voucher scheme over the autumn half term.
“Tackling the legacies of the pandemic and revitalising our economy to support recovery continues to be a top priority for us.”
Schools can order the food vouchers for pupils using an online service. Families can then either redeem their vouchers via an online code or receive a printed voucher by post, collection or delivery if they don’t have internet access.
Families who do not receive free school meals but who are struggling can contact The Norfolk Assistance Scheme (NAS) for support. The scheme can help those on reduced hours or who have been made redundant because of the pandemic.
NAS can support with food, paying bills and money for essentials for families struggling to meet everyday needs. It can also help with household items like white goods or beds. The support is for two weeks to begin with but anyone requiring more long-term help can work with NAS to access further support. To find out more and apply visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/nas
Children are eligible for the vouchers if their family receives one of the benefits listed below:
• Universal Credit - with an annual earned income of no more than £7,400 after tax
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
• Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
• Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
Children in Reception, Year One and Year Two who receive Universal Infant Free School Meals are not eligible as part of the scheme, unless they have registered their eligibility for pupil premium funding.
For more information and to make a new application for free school meals, visit the Norfolk County Council free school meals page.
But September’s full meeting heard although borough planners promised to look into questions over the use of Low Road and environmental issues, no response came.
Parish clerk Stacey Kent said: “We were told the planning department was going through changes and they would get back.”
She explained representatives from the parish council were invited to the borough’s development control meeting but it fell between parish meetings, which meant they did not have a chance to take a vote on whether to object.
“The parish council really has been let down,” she told the meeting.
“It is a bit of a mystery because we certainly raised it,” said deputy chairman Nigel Coe. “There wasn’t an official objection but we were asking for clarification.”
The parish is to write to the borough expressing its disappointment at the lack of response.
Cllr Coe said people were worried about the site being accessed from Empson’s Loke, but reassurances had been made contractors would be using North Market Road.
Marina Carr said Norfolk County Council had done a lot of work on Low Road and perhaps it should be pointed out to the highways department.
The parish clerk suggested asking the borough council officer to support the parish with planning conditions imposed on the developers.
The application attracted almost 30 objections from neighbours but none from highways, the Environment Agency or the Natural Environment Team.
Objectors highlighted the number of holiday properties already in the village, the fact that Low Road is a restricted byway and raised concerns about an increase in traffic.
But a report to the development control committee said the plan was acceptable because it made use of an existing building which was empty and would offer a modern holiday let in a preferred location in the village.
MURAL UPDATE: Work to install a mural on the beach road toilets will have to be postponed until the spring.
Emma Punchard told parish council colleagues an outline concept for the design had been agreed.
“We’re waiting for final designs to come back, which will be circulated publicly,” she said. A provisional date for the painting had been set for October 21, but it depended on the designs being approved by the borough council and the wall being primed in time.
If it didn’t happen this month it wouldn’t happen until spring.
A sonic postcard, allowing visitors to scan a QR code outside the block on their mobile phones and hear the story behind the artwork and the message it is meant to convey, will be created by the Open University.
All the funding for the project is in place, including donations from local businesses and grant funding from the county council and the coastal partnership.
More than £200 towards the cost of the mural was raised when dozens of properties in the village took part in the annual garage sale during the summer.
The council later confirmed the work would be delayed until next year.
Follow the link to read more about the project. Flick to page 11.
CONES AT THE READY: The next test for the village traffic management strategy will be the half-term holidays and the seal pupping season, parish councillors heard.
Highways officials were given a tour last month to see the council’s cones being used to control parking at pinch points and junctions and discuss more permanent measures.
The cones were deployed this year in the wake of chaotic scenes last summer when parked cars prevented buses and emergency vehicles getting through.
CHRISTMAS COLLECTION: Toys, new clothes and bedding sought for this year’s Salvation Army collection on November 18.
Donations of non-perishable food and toiletries will also be welcomed at the village hall between 5pm and 7.30pm. A list of what’s needed is available from Poppy’s or noticeboards in the village.
Sarah Gillings at work on a mural at Saltdean, near Brighton
Deputy chairman Nigel Coe said: “This year the feedback has been generally very positive from residents and the traffic has certainly flowed better.”
The next step would be to prioritise areas where they wanted to think about installing double yellow lines, but he stressed: “That is not a quick fix and they are not cheap.”
Parish clerk Stacey Kent said a report was being compiled but it was taking some time to go through all the many comments from residents and create a clear picture.
Marina Carr said some people who originally opposed cones had changed their minds after seeing the effect they had.
Cllr Coe said the cones had been collected up, cleaned and made ready for the school holidays and the start of the seal season.
TEAMWORK: Winterton is to team up with neighbouring Somerton on tackling the issue of flood risk with the Environment Agency.
Somerton Parish Council chairman Richard Starling asked whether they could work together to persuade the agency to hold an in-person meeting to discuss the future of the coastal area.
Storm damage at beach
BARRIERS and warning signs have been put up at the end of Beach Road after the North Sea took a chunk out of the dune.
Borough and county councillor James Bensly, who visited the scene with police today said: “It is a shock to the system how much has gone on Friday morning.”
The damage was done by a combination of a change in the wind direction to a north westerly with strong gusts and a Hunter’s Moon leading to high tides.
“The big concern is the landslips,” he said.
There was a sharp drop down to the beach and over the next new days the edge of the dune was likely to settle, leading to slippage. “We don’t want people getting caught in it.”
He praised Norfolk County Council’s highways team and police who had responded quickly to make sure the area was safe.
And he stressed the car park and Edge Airstreams were open for business as usual.
Drivers are no longer able to turn around at the head of the road and should use the car park instead. There is access to the beach through the dunes to the north and south of the car park.