Stop Stansted Expansion
Minutes of the Meeting of The Parish Council held on
9th January, 2002
in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m.
Mr R. Clark, Miss Collinson, Mrs Flook, Mrs Kesterton, Mr Knowles, Mrs Oliveira, Mrs Clark (Clerk) and two members of the public (for item 3a below only).
Apologies for Absence
These had been received from Mr M. Clark, Mrs Cheetham and Mr Whitehead.
Approval of Minutes of the Previous Meeting
The minutes of the previous meeting, having been circulated, were agreed and signed.
Provision of Recreational Land in the Village
The owners of Bell Meadow (the members of the public present) briefly outlined their thoughts as to the possible future of the site. Briefly, they are prepared to give part of the field, (some of which has a restrictive covenant preventing any building on it) to the Parish for the recreational use of the village, at no cost. They would also be prepared to fence it. They would require, in return, the support of the Parish Council for any application they would make for a single dwelling in the far corner of the field, in the area of the present stable and barn. The Clerk had already written to the planners requesting that the site be considered for the building of a single dwelling in the next District Plan, for which a draft is currently out for consultation.
NOTE. A letter was received from the owners of the meadow, after the meeting, detailing the discussion – see appendix to these minutes.
Dumping of Cars at Brick End
Mrs Oliveira reported that she had been chasing Uttlesford for action, as had Mrs Cheetham. The site is apparently now off the market. The Clerk was asked to write yet again to the planners urging immediate action.
- Representative Governor
There had been no reply to the letters of 27th August and 25th November requesting the name of the representative governor. Mrs Kesterton, as a parent governor, undertook to speak to the Headteacher at the school to find out the details.
- Proposed Contribution to the Rebecca Meade Trust
The Clerk had written to the Chairman of Governors of the school asking for details of the Trust, and advising that the proposal to contribute was being considered. She had also contacted EALC to enquire whether the Council had the powers to give to an educational trust. A reply was awaited. Mrs Kesterton agreed to speak to the Headteacher at the school to try and obtain the information.
Celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee
Miss Collinson informed the meeting that Messrs P & W Burton may be willing for an event to be held at Moor End Farm. The Clerk was asked to formally write and ask if this might be possible. The meeting agreed that a family event be held with something to entertain all age groups, including a barbeque and a bonfire. The Clerk was asked to put a general article in the Five Parishes Magazine asking for volunteers and suggestions for events.
Uttlesford Community Achievement Awards 2001-2002
The committee is about to meet to consider nominations.
Brown's End Road Sign
The arrow to define the start of the road is yet to be made.
A letter had been received from Uttlesford about the event held on the farm on 26th August, 2001. This had, in fact, been a legitimately staged Pony Club event. Planning permission for the change of use from agricultural land to a private training equestrian cross country course with associated parking, had not yet been implemented and Uttlesford would need to be advised by condition two weeks before the proposed date of first using the course.
Highways had advised that it hoped to write by 4th February, 2002 once the matter had been fully investigated.
Housing Needs Survey
The clerk had e-mailed Mrs Moor with the queries raised by the meeting in November, and had, on the day of the meeting, been informed that she had left the Rural Housing Trust. The Clerk would contact the Trust again with the queries.
Flood Emergency Meeting – 22nd November, 2001
Mrs Oliveira had attended the meeting. She had felt that it was not very productive since the problem was not an Uttlesford one but an Environment Agency one. The Parish Council had been asked whether it could store and distribute sandbags for use in future emergencies. It was felt that since properties in Broxted had not been flooded because the village was largely set on high ground there was no need for sandbags to be stored in the village. Furthermore there was no obvious storage site, and distribution could be difficult.
Public Transport Forum
Mrs Oliveira had yet to make contact with neighbouring parishes with a view to pooling resources.
This had been produced and distributed with the January Five Parishes magazine. Printing had cost £10.90 and had been paid by the Clerk herself – to be reclaimed as expenses in March.
Footway – Chapel End
It was reported that with the threat of compulsory purchase of the very small piece of land required from the airport a price had been agreed and with the necessary paperwork in hand there was an anticipated start date of February, 2002.
Quality Parish Councils – DEFRA Consultation Paper
Mrs Oliveira briefly outlined the proposals whereby the Parish Council could earn the title ‘Quality Parish Council’. This would involve the setting of various standards, and meeting them. The cost of assessment would fall upon the council. After some discussion it was agreed that we were a very small council with little activity. We communicated regularly with our parishioners through the Five Parishes Magazine, and it was felt that the proposals were more likely to be of interest to larger, busier, councils.
Village Civic Amenity Scheme
The rota for rubbish skips in the during 2002 had been received, with the first one due at the end of January. It was agreed not to publicize the dates in order to try and reduce the usage by people from outside the parish, and hopefully prevent the situation that arose last autumn, when the skip was full within hours of arriving.
Possible Relocation of Uttlesford Planning Department to Saffron Walden
An invitation to attend a meeting to be held on 21st January in Dunmow to hear an explanation of, and to discuss, the above had been received. No-one was able to attend.
Letter from Takeley Parish Council regarding Local Policing Levels
A copy of a letter from Takeley Parish Council to UALC, asking that the poor levels of local policing in the area be discussed by the Association, had been received. It was to be hoped that, through the Association, strategies could be jointly recommended by member councils to improve the quality of, and confidence in, the local police service.
Letter from Inspector Wrigley re: Local Policing
A letter had been received from the above about his plans to bring policing into the villages. He suggested either himself or a representative attending one Parish Council meeting a year to address local issues and also holding annual cluster-based meetings. The Clerk was asked to reply stating that our designated officer, P.C. Rout has an open invitation to attend any meeting and suggesting that he might perhaps be the ‘speaker’ at the Annual Parish Assembly. The Clerk would need to know well in advance if he could be present at this meeting, to be held on 8th May, in order that it could be properly advertised in the village. As regards the suggestion of ‘cluster’ open meetings, members felt that this would not be very practical since Broxted has little in common with some of the others in the cluster, namely Dunmow, and residents would be unlikely to travel to, say, Little Bardfield, which was in the same cluster.
Uttlesford Parish Review
Further to the letter of 23rd August, 2001 from Uttlesford about the above another dated 17th December, 2001 had been received bemoaning the lack of response from the parishes. The Clerk was asked to write advising that following its unsuccessful attempt in 1998/99 to rationalise boundaries, the Parish Council had no further comments to make.
Questionnaires were distributed to members for completion. The Clerk had been asked to complete one on behalf of the council, however members felt that since it covered so many issues there was unlikely to be an unanimity of views. The Clerk was asked to advise that individual members were making their own comments.
Balances as at 31st December, 2001 at Barclays Bank, Dunmow were reported as follows:
|Community Account (current)
|High Interest Business Account (high rate deposit)
As at 31st December, 2001 these stood as follows:
|General Admin inc S.137
||balance of funds
After some discussion it was unanimously agreed to make the following grants, and to issue cheques, proposed by Mrs Kesterton and seconded by Mrs Flook:-
|Five Parishes Magazine
|St. Clare Hospice
|Uttlesford Home Start
|Essex Air Ambulance
|Broxted w. Chickney Church Committee
(towards upkeep of the open Churchyard)
|Molehill Green Cricket Club
The current position on planning matters is:
Oakmead, Brick End
first floor rear extension
gone to written appeal – awaited
renewal of permission for change of use, alterations and conversion of redundant barn to form dwelling with associated garaging and access
Brown's End Cottage
erection of pool building, replacing consent for detached barn and pool extension
Any Other Business
There was no other business.
Date of the Next Meeting
It was confirmed that the next meeting would be on Wednesday, 13th March, 2002, in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m.
The meeting closed at 10.00 p.m.