The following questions were received from the Parish Councils:-
Burgh Castle Parish Council
1. What can be done about vehicles being parked on grass verges in the village?
2. Will the Parish Councils continue to receive the concurrent function grant? If not can the Parish Councils be reassured that any cut will take place over at least three years incrementally, as this cut would have a great impact to Parish Precepts?
Hemsby Parish Council
1. Is it possible that someone can discuss with the Parish Council that receive concurrent functions about the constant rumours that this is ending, as every year we are advised this by local & GYBC Councillors after we have been forced by GYBC to submit our precept not knowing if they are going to continue or not for the following year. This annual rumour mill is putting unnecessary pressure on both Parish Council's, Clerk & budgets at the last minute.
Caister Parish Council
1) How much money does GYBC raise from the Council Tax that Caister residents pay?
2) When the Borough refuse collectors leave a bin on the footway who is responsible if someone walks into it? I leave mine on the edge of my drive, but the bin men leave it in the footway. I spoke to a visually impaired person last week who said they found it a problem on a Friday when the bins are emptied, as they walk with a long stick.
3) Beach Road Car Park, if the Borough find that they are unable to resurface the car park why can’t they patch the potholes then spray with bitumen and cover with chippings this will seal the surface?
4) Car Park charges are due to rise again in the summer months, the Car Park on Gorleston cliff top has a good surface and it is free, why can’t Beach Road, Caister Car Park be down graded and made free?
Browston Parish Council
1. Is it possible for the Parish Council to adopt various open spaces (unregistered land) specifically referring to areas of estate grassland within the Parish, to enable these to be managed more effectively e.g. to facilitate the planting of trees?
2. Can the Parish Council plant small trees or install posts on grass verges i.e. between road and pavement in the Parish, (subject to Highways permission and ensuring motorist's view is not obscured) or any other measures, to prevent vehicles parking on them?
3. If in the near future, GYBC decide to no longer pass the concurrent function grant onto Parish Council's in the Borough, as has been reported, how will this be done? Will this be undertaken in stages with yearly reductions? Will GYBC take over responsibility to undertake the works which have previously been funded by this grant such as grass cutting in the villages?
4. At the last Parish Liaison Meeting we asked the question about responsibility for old field boundary hedges that neither GYBC nor NCC will take responsibility for, i.e. when old trees within them endanger neighbouring properties and life. We have yet to receive a response?