Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

August 1st - 15th 2016

Wednesday 3rd August 2016 - Garden Produce, My Recipes, Painted Lady and Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars on the Ragwort

Sunday 7th August 2016 - Parish Council Meeting, Incident on the Cliff and a Hot Day

There was an interesting item on the Parish Council’s agenda for the meeting on Wednesday evening. Under the heading of ‘Public Conveniences’ was, ‘To consider and agree NNDC proposals’. Earlier this year, the North Norfolk News reported that NNDC had highlighted several public toilets in the area for closure. Those on Pauls Lane were on their list. At the following Parish Council Meeting, our District Councillor, Angie Fitch-Tillet assured those present that the toilets would not be closed. NNDC have now put forward a proposal, which includes a financial incentive, for Overstrand Parish Council to take over the toilets. This was discussed and it was felt that there were insufficient details provided by NNDC, as to the terms etc., for an immediate decision to be made. NNDC will be contacted and no doubt this topic will feature on the agenda again at some later date. Other items under discussion at the meeting were; frequency of collections from the dog bins, proposal by NCC for the Parish Council to take over grass cutting on the verges, the Neighbourhood Development Plan and it was confirmed the fireworks for 5th November have been ordered.

On Friday afternoon we heard and saw emergency vehicles as they converged towards the front. The air ambulance made a number of circuits while, I presumed, they were looking for a suitable area to land. I imagined there was a major incident on the beach and once an area had been cleared, the helicopter would land. However, this was not the case as I found out after reading North Norfolk News report on their website later in the day. On the one hand it was heartening to see the amount of resources that can be directed to an emergency but on the other hand, it was annoying to think that they had been deployed because someone was foolish enough to either get so close to the edge of the cliff that they fell off, or they had been climbing our fragile cliffs and got into trouble. It must have cost thousands of pounds for what turned out to be basically, a false alarm.

Our beach is very high and has been for some time now. When the winds veered north-west, we lost some sand but as the photograph above shows; it is still very high and has completely covered the steps and the lower sea wall. According to the forecast the winds should change over the next couple of days and come over the land, in which case we should see the sand building again.

A sign has been erected on the plot of land on Mundesley Road, where planning permission has been granted for forty two dwellings. It looks as though it won’t be long now before Hopkins Homes start building works. When I checked, there were no details on their website as to the final layout and prices. Currently, there is a shortage of properties for sale in village, so this has to be good news for anyone who is looking to move to Overstrand. My only gripe is; the number of affordable homes, which would benefit local people trying to get a foot on the property ladder, was decreased from the original 50% to 20%.

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