Pathfinder Project Happisburgh Liaison Group ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Meeting At Larksfield, Hall Farm @ 7pm 10 May 2010 Present: Glenn Berry Jack Hall, Cubitt Siely, Jim Whiteside, George Siely, Rob Goodliffe. Apologies: David Mole Background The meeting was arranged to feedback the information gathered at the open day on the 24 April and update the Liaison Group on the project progress. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Actions Query if there was any safety work on the Happisburgh Beach planned to be completed before the summer Query as to whether there could be a beach clean up organised (either through the parish or NNDC). This could maintain the momentum of the communities involvement as there is no other direct contact planned at present. Information to be provided to Glen Berry prior to the next Parish Council meeting. Article following the Open day in the local newsletters Rob Goodliffe to supply pdf. copies of the Open day feedback report to Jim Whiteside and Glenn Berry to enable inclusion in the parish website and for circulation for the parish council. NNDC Pathfinder officer request to attend the Happisburgh Parish Council meeting of the 12 July if required. Glenn Berry will raise the concern about no female members on the liaison group at the Parish Council meeting and ask if there were any suggestions for female members. Other members of the Liaison Group will also think about if there are any other candidates. Raise at the Parish Council Meeting the management of the car park, toilets and cliff top area and if the Parish would like to involved in the long term management. Brian Farrow Rob Goodliffe/Brian Farrow Rob Goodliffe Rob Goodliffe Rob Goodliffe/Rob Young Glenn Berry Glenn Berry Comments 8 Feedback was given on queries from the meeting of the 19 April 2010. 9 The open day at Happisburgh was discussed and the result and feedback report was read. 10 If NNDC need to discuss any issue/idea with the Coastguard, it is also useful to also contact the Head Office in Southampton. 11 The RNLI only use the old lifeboat shed to sell souvenirs as all other functions have moved to the new station at Cart Gap. They intend to continue selling souvenirs from the old shed as long as possible as it does raise considerable funds. There are no current plans to relocate to cart gap. 12 There was general agreement that all the Happisburgh projects hinge on the outcome and success of the Beach Road houses project. If it is possible to 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 reuse the land in which the properties purchased and demolished are located for a car park, it may save a sum of money. There was a general feeling that although no overall preference for the location of the car park and toilets was met at the open day, one towards the end of Beach Road would be most appropriate. It was asked what the size of the car park would be. Rob Goodliffe stated that it would be of a similar size to the existing car park. The group said it would need to be slightly bigger to enable a turning area (which may alleviate the issue of cars getting stuck at the end of Beach Road). It was generally agreed that the proposed location of the new beach access was good (into the bay) There will need to be discussions around the future management of the car park, toilets and cliff top area. NNDC, the Parish Council or a joint approach could be explored. The inclusion of an art project was raised at the open day. The group feels that it is important to stay focused on the core elements of the projects at this stage. However, should another source of funding be available for a piece of artwork to be included towards the end of the enhancement scheme, which does not deflect resources from the core aims, it may be of benefit. The Coastwatch lookout relocation request was discussed. The project board said that if an appropriate piece of land was available as part of the enhancement scheme it could be considered for relocation. Jim Whiteside said that the important thing was that the land was secured to enable the lookout to be maintained in that location and rolled back as the coast recedes. Ideally he would like to see it at Cart Gap, however the land suggested does not belong to NNDC and is managed by the Environment Agency. The land adjacent to the car park was discussed; this was a concern of many local people who attended the open day. NNDC are planning a course of action to find a way to resolve the issue. Manor Farm project was discussed and it was agreed that if it was possible and the owner agreed, a two stage project of spreading the existing park as it is lost and a longer term relocation was a good idea. Rob Goodliffe informed the group that Bruton Knowles had been appointed as an independent property advisor to be involved in the property purchase projects. They are first writing a Property Acquisition Policy to enable the Council to purchase properties and also a methodology in the approach to the twelve Beach Road property owners. In the next few weeks they will be contacting the Beach Road owners in the demolition and relocation project and arranging times to carry out initial valuations of no risk market value and current market value. This valuation is just a starting point. The Heritage Open day was highlighted and Heritage newsletters distributed. Next Meeting The next meeting will be on Monday 5 July at 7pm.