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Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 29 July 2020 - 7.30pm

The press and public are invited to attend.

Due to Covid-19 parish meetings are being in the virtual format of an online meeting using Zoom. If you wish to attend please join the meeting via the link on the Parish Council website which will be published at least three days prior to the meeting date:

Parish Clerk is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Winterton Parish Full Council Meeting
Time: Jul 29, 2020 07:30 PM London
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POLICE MESSAGE 2 July 2020

People in Norfolk are being urged to enjoy themselves responsibly and follow social distancing guidelines as pubs, bars and restaurants reopen this weekend.

Saturday (4 July) will see many businesses and venues reopen having been closed for more than three months as a result of lockdown measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Members of the public are expected to take advantage of the chance to meet with friends and family at venues, which will be operating differently in order comply with government regulations. Many places, including pubs and bars, will be operating restaurant-like booking systems so people should check with venues before attending.

Local authorities have worked closely with other agencies, including the police, to make sure venues are aware of their licensing objectives and COVID guidelines to prevent a second spike of the virus. Pub goers should follow the guidance of staff and maintain social distancing. 

Louise Smith, Director of Public Health, said: "I’m sure lots of people will be looking forward to meeting up with their friends and family this weekend and visiting pubs and restaurants again. I want people to be able to enjoy themselves but we all need to remember that the virus is still with us. It’s easy for people to get carried away, particularly when they are out having fun, but we need to keep doing the things that can help prevent the spread of the infection, such as washing our hands and keeping our distance. If you have any symptoms please stay at home and get tested.  It’s important that we keep protecting ourselves, protecting others and protecting Norfolk.”

Assistant Chief Constable Nick Davison said: "The last few months have been challenging for our communities and I completely understand people wanting to take full advantage of pubs and bars reopening. However, life is by no means back to normal and venues will be operating in ways we are not used to. Pub goers should observe and follow guidelines set out by venues, which are in place to protect you and staff. We want people to enjoy these greater freedoms but remember to drink sensibly and plan you journey home. We know from experience that excessive drinking can lead to people becoming more vulnerable to harm, or cause harm to others. We have appropriate resources in place to deal with any issues which may arise and additional officers will be on patrol across the county.”

Dr Anoop Dhesi, Chair of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a local GP, said: "While it may seem that we have turned a corner, this pandemic is far from over. We must continue to limit the spread of infection and do all that we can to prevent a second wave. Many people are understandably looking forward to a trip to the pub this weekend. However, I urge you not to forget the personal responsibility we all have to keep ourselves and others safe. It is vital that our ability to maintain social distancing and good hand hygiene is not impaired by excessive alcohol consumption.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Lorne Green, said: "It’s understandable that Norfolk residents will be eager to support local businesses, raise a glass and enjoy the hospitality on offer when pubs and bars reopen. But we also have to remember the continued health and safety of our communities rely on this being done responsibly. I am proud of the way Norfolk has responded to the pandemic thus far – let’s not let ourselves down now. If you’re venturing out, follow the rules set by venues you might be visiting, travel safely and please continue to respect all of our emergency services who have worked tirelessly to keep us safe during the pandemic.”

In response to pubs and bars reopening, Norfolk Constabulary’s Roads and Armed Policing Team (RAPT) will be increasing patrols in marked and unmarked cars in both urban and rural areas with a particular focus on drink driving. Drink driving is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences alongside speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone, which increases the chances of you being killed or seriously injured in a collision. 

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CLOSED: Winterton-on-Sea Neighbourhood Plan Pre-Submission Consultation - Deadline Thursday 9 July 2020

The Parish Council has agreed the pre-consultation Draft Plan here and SEA Screening Report which has been sent to Great Yarmouth Borough Council for comment here: http://www.winterton-on-seaparishcouncil.org.uk/shared/attachments.asp?f=b98505f4%2D378d%2D4ec8%2Db100%2D22f6edb80b69%2Epdf&o=WintertonPreSubDraftFINAL%2DREG%2D14%2Epdf

Consultation with the community started on Thursday 19 March and now extends by a further six weeks to Thursday 9 July 2020 due to CV-19.  We will then produce the final Plan ahead of inspection and referendum.  All documents can be seen at the links below.

A copy of the plan can also be obtained from the village post office.

The online questionnaire can be completed now and closes on Thursday 9 July 2020  and accessed here:  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Winterton-on-Sea/

For further information please regarding the plan call Neil Punchard on mobile number: 07786 196952 or for a hard copy contact the Clerk on clerkwinterton@gmail.com or telephone: 07918 978921.

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The Priority of the Parish Council at this time is the safety of all Winterton-On-Sea residents, especially the most vulnerable. 

In response to the recent government message of ‘Stay Alert, Control the Virus, and ‘Stay Alive’ Council have refreshed public notices which will be erected at key points around the village. If there are any visitors they have been asked to please respect local residents by parking in the beach car park ‘only’ and adhering to social distancing at all times.

Whilst considering the safety of local residents, a ‘traffic management’ approach has been adopted in order to direct any traffic to the privately owned car park in the village which is located the furthest in distance away from homes.  The Parish Council has been assured social distancing procedures and guidelines will be adhered to.

The car park managed by the Council will remain ‘locked’ due to the close proximity to local residents homes.

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Further extension to the Winterton-on-Sea Neighbourhood Plan Pre-Submission Consultation - Deadline Thursday 9 July 2020

The Parish Council has agreed the pre-consultation Draft Plan here and SEA Screening Report which has been sent to Great Yarmouth Borough Council for comment here: http://www.winterton-on-seaparishcouncil.org.uk/shared/attachments.asp?f=b98505f4%2D378d%2D4ec8%2Db100%2D22f6edb80b69%2Epdf&o=WintertonPreSubDraftFINAL%2DREG%2D14%2Epdf

Consultation with the community started from Thursday 19 March and now extends by six weeks to Thursdays 9 July 2020 due to CV-19.  We will then produce the final Plan ahead of inspection and referendum.  All documents can be seen at the links below.

The online questionnaire can be completed now and closes on Thursday 9 July 2020  and accessed here:  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Winterton-on-Sea/

For further information please regarding the plan call Neil Punchard on mobile number: 07786 196952 or for a hard copy contact the Clerk on clerkwinterton@gmail.com or telephone: 07918 978921.

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Message to Parishioners - 06 May 2020

Dear Parishioners

When the UK entered Lock down on March 23rd 2020 it presented a huge challenge to everyone in the village. Now entering our sixth week we should be very proud of how we as a community have reacted in helping each other and particularly our vulnerable residents. Every Thursday the sound of applause, the pots and pans orchestra, and even bagpipes on the Village Green have helped highlight our support to all front line workers in the NHS, Care homes, the supermarket delivery drivers and all the key workers who are very much in our hearts and thoughts, we thank them all. It’s wonderful to see the rainbows and sunflowers being displayed in homes as simple but effective ways of showing we care.  

The Village group of volunteers continue to assist when required and we have been able to help over 20 individuals; dog walking, shopping or anything else we can help with please just ask. Loneliness and mental health issues are also likely to be key factors during any lockdown - our contact numbers are: 

01493 394932         01493 393877          01493 393978

In an effort to reinforce the Government message the Parish Council posted signs in the village to remind everyone that now is perhaps not the best time to visit our village with all of the following amenities closed : Beach Car park /Beach toilets/Village Chip shop/Dunes Café and The Fisherman’s Return. 

We would also like to thank local business owners the Post Office and Loomes Store who have remained open with their efforts in keeping people safe in store and by supporting our community.

This situation cannot be in place indefinitely, businesses must re-open and it's expected the Government will share details of their ‘exit strategy’ in the coming days. This may result in Winterton becoming a ‘destination village’ again with a growing number of visitors which will be challenging and together with the authorities, we must try to educate all concerned to remain within the law.

The work of the Parish Council continues in a virtual format and with the assistance of ‘ZOOM’ we had our April meeting, the minutes of which are available on the website. 

Neighbourhood Plan Extended to Saturday 16 May 2020

The consultation process closing date for the Plan was the 2nd May 2020 and a reminder of this was posted last week. This raised concern and comments from residents that it was difficult to review the Plan during lockdown so this has been acknowledged and the consultation process extended by 2 weeks to Saturday 16 May 2020. Should anybody require a copy of the plan please use the link http://www.winterton-on-seaparishcouncil.org.uk/community/winterton-on-sea-parish-council-15212/get-involved/ or alternative contact the PC who can deliver a hard copy. Importantly please fill in the online questionnaire and once again a hard copy of this can be delivered if required.

In closing we should still be very much aware that this isn’t over and social distancing is still very much in place, I am also aware that V.E Day is Friday 8th May this should not pass so within the boundaries of social distancing whatever we can do individually within the village lets commemorate and celebrate have a picnic in your garden and put out the bunting.

Keep Safe

Vice Chairman Mark Bobby

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The parish of Winterton-on-Sea covers an area of approximately 2.2 square miles, and includes the 109 hectare national nature reserve Winterton Dunes.  The population of Winterton-on-Sea is 1295 (2016 estimates).

The parish is part of the East Flegg ward of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, and the East Flegg county division.  The Borough Councillors are Mr James Bensley and Mr Noel Galer, and the County Councillor is Mr Ron Hanton.

Winterton-on-Sea Parish Council consists of 9 elected representatives who look after the general running of the parish.  They meet monthly on the last Wednesday of the month (except December) to discuss issues and address any concerns parishioners may raise.

This website aims to provide a snapshot of life in Winterton, as well as keeping the public up to date on the activities of the Parish Council.  Click on the links to find out more about the village.  Please note that the Parish Council has no involvement in the running of Winterton-on-Sea Churchyard or Graveyard.  This is the responsibility of Winterton-on-Sea Parochial Church - contact details are available at https://wintertononsea.co.uk/church-mobile.html.

If you have any feedback or comments regarding the website, please feel free to email the Parish Council at clerkwinterton@gmail.com.