Village News

News from the Winterton-on-Sea Parish Council & the village, March 2021

The controversial planning application to convert and extend the ex-telecoms hub had not been decided at the end of February. It drew opposition from people concerned that there are too many holiday homes in the village and worried about the impact on the quiet road.

The county council’s ecologists want a dog waste bin to be installed at the property, or for it to be let without dogs.

They also want a visitor information pack highlighting alternative walking routes and the vulnerability of the nearby nature conservation sites like the dunes.

Winterton Parish Council made no objection to the scheme at its January meeting, but has since pointed out access to the site is by a restricted byway and asked borough planners to review it.

HERE IS THE NEWS: Plans to bring back a printed version of the village newsletter a year after the last edition was put through residents’ letterboxes are moving ahead after the parish council agreed a £500 grant.

A team of volunteers is being formed to put together editorial, sell adverts and distribute the leaflet.

Marina Carr told the parish council on Wednesday the bulk of the content – news and features from the village - would be the responsibility of the volunteers, but the council would have its own dedicated pages.

Chairman for the meeting Mark Bobby raised a possible conflict of interest but was told by Cllr Carr that as a councillor she could only be a member of the group rather than hold a position of responsibility.

Nigel Coe said: “All of us have been approached by residents asking ‘when will the newsletters be back?’”

It was a major source of information for villagers but was a major task that used to fall mainly on the parish clerk. “I think all we can ask for is for the result to be balanced and informative and I see no reason why it shouldn’t be.”

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READY TO ROLL: Winterton Marine Cadets have a new minibus waiting for them at the end of lockdown after they smashed their fundraising £4,000 target in the space of just two months.

After generating just under £2,900 by crowdfunding on JustGiving, they shot over the finish line thanks to a £2,500 donation from their patron, Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk Lady Agnew.

A delighted commanding officer Lt Rachel Tooke paid tribute to all the supporters and said: “We absolutely mullered our target.”

Among the many donations from members of the public was £1,000 from Winterton Valley Estate.

She said the vehicle, which has already been bought and is now in the village, would be at the core of 901 Troop’s programme. “We have great plans and the bus is the backbone.”

It will be used to provide transport to parades and activities like camps, sailing, swimming, range shooting and Airsoft sessions.

The unit, which caters for boys and girls aged 10 to 21, relies on fundraising through raffles, displays and grants to run the programme.

STORES TIDY UP: The area in front of the village store is set to be made safer with a fence.

Parish councillors agreed to pay £380 towards the project – half the cost – after hearing that there were health and safety concerns.

They were told the store owner was putting up the other half of the money needed.

But the grant from the village improvement fund comes with a condition that the area is tidied up and the fence is maintained afterwards.

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HUB HOLIDAY LET: Norfolk County Council’s natural environment team has called for conditions to be imposed if the former Virgin Media building in Low Road is turned into a holiday home.

It’s the second major fundraising success for the village in recent weeks. Winterton in Bloom raised more than £2,000 on GoFundMe for new raised planters and sensory borders at the village hall green.

DIGGING IN: Work to install pipes for a water supply at the allotments was set to start at the weekend.

John Smithson told parish council colleagues a crossing through the Duffles Pond area had been agreed that would not disturb the wildlife and a group of volunteers was preparing to dig and fill trenches for the pipes which will carry water to dip tanks on the site.

The pipes had to be in place ready for connection.

The byway at the back of the site is to be shut temporarily by Norfolk County Council for maintenance and the water authority is planning to use the closure to extend the supply to the edge of the allotments.

Cllr Smithson said the latest quote for the cost was £1,000, down from £3,000.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: The first annual parish meeting to be held in two years is set to be a virtual affair.

Because of Covid restrictions on numbers of people gathering indoors, the parish council expects the traditional-style meeting in the village hall won’t be allowed to happen.

So it is planning for an online version on 4th May.

Parish clerk Stacey Kent said people could send in reports on email and they would be invited to speak during the session.

The next full council meeting is via Zoom on 31st March.

BEACH CAR PARK: Winterton beach car park is set to open for business again on 29th March.