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Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on

Wednesday, 11th September, 2002

in the Village Hall

Present were:

Mrs Burton, Mr Clark, Miss Collinson, Mrs Flook, Mrs Kesterton, Mr Knowles, and Mrs Clark (Clerk).

In Attendance:

Mrs Cheetham and one member of the public.

  1. Apologies for Absence

    These had been received from the Chairman, Mrs Oliveira. In her absence the chair was taken by Mr Clark, Vice-Chairman.

  2. Membership

    Mrs Cathy Burton was welcomed as the new member, co-opted to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr M. Clark. She then duly signed the declaration of acceptance of office, having recently completed the register of members' interests. A copy of this had been forwarded to the Monitoring Officer at Uttlesford.

  3. Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting

    The minutes of the previous meeting held on 10th July, 2002, having been circulated, were agreed and signed.

  4. Matters Arising

    1. Housing Needs Survey

      The report on the survey, drawn up by the Rural Housing Trust, had been circulated amongst members. It was agreed that since so few families in the village claimed a housing need, the matter should be reviewed in five years time. The survey was generally considered to have been a worthwhile exercise.

    2. Child Care Homes – Chapel End and Molehill Green

      A letter had been received from Terry Morgan, Managing Director of Stansted Airport, with suggestions for improvements to the way the homes were being run, drawn up as a result of meetings he had held with representatives of Takeley Parish Council, Essex Police and Herts Care Ltd. It was intended that a further meeting be held between the management of Herts Care and Takeley Parish Council, to consider the proposals for the future running of the homes and the formation of a robust communications framework. It was reported to the meeting that Takeley Parish Council was refusing to attend such a meeting and was awaiting a reply to a further letter to Terry Morgan. Members wondered about the package offered to the children in the care of Herts Care. Mr Clark reported on a rumour circulating that another home was to be established in Chapel End. He had contacted Strutt & Parker, agents for BAA, who had confirmed that the rumour was quite unfounded.

    3. Common Land

      The Clerk had contacted EALC who had advised that legislation had just been approved by Parliament and that details would shortly be available. The urgency was not now quite so great since the resident of Cherry Green who had encountered problems had just moved. The Clerk had also written to County asking about ownership of the Common Land, and a reply was awaited.

    4. Dumping of Cars at Brick End

      A letter had been received from Mr Theobald, Uttlesford Enforcement Officer, who advised that the matter had been referred to the Development Control and Licensing Committee meeting on 12th August, when enforcement action had been recommended. Mrs Cheetham advised that this had been agreed.

    5. Delfit's Lane

      The Clerk had written to Highways as requested, asking for a Traffic Regulation Order, prohibiting motor vehicles, to be made. The residents of Sucksted Green had been advised accordingly. Miss Collinson reported on her unsuccessful attempts to stop motor vehicles using the lane some five years previously.

    6. Jubilee Village Sign

      The Clerk had looked at the sign installed in a neighbouring village and reported how tasteful it looked. She had contacted Pleshey Forge where it had been made and had been advised that it had cost £400-500. She was asked to investigate the cost with Ron Halls, the blacksmith at Molehill Green. It was felt that the finger post outside The Old Vicarage might be a possible location.

    7. Village Civic Amenity Scheme

      The free skip had been in the village the previous weekend, sited at Church End. There had been no reported problems with overspill.

  5. Election of Officers

    The Officers for 2002-2003 were all unanimously elected as follows:

    Position Nominee Proposed Seconded
    Community Assoc Mrs Kesterton Mrs Flook Miss Collinson
    Village Hall Mrs Oliveira Miss Collinson Mrs Flook
    Footpath Rep Mrs Burton Mr Clark Mr Knowles
    Public Transport Rep Mrs Oliveira Miss Collinson Mrs Burton
    Tree Warden Miss Collinson Mr Clark Mrs Kesterton
    Dunmow & District Road Safety Committee no nominations    

    It was unanimously agreed that elected representatives to EALC and UALC were no longer necessary since invitations, if any, to attend meetings were extended to all members.

  6. Stansted Airport

    Since the meeting in July the Government had published the findings of the SERAS Report into runway capacity in the south-east. Amongst the proposals were a new, four runway airport at Cliffe, north Kent, an additional runway at Heathrow, a freight facility to be developed at Alconbury, and one, two or three new runways at Stansted. A new road link between the M11 and the A120, which would pass through Church End, Moor End and Brick End, would come with the first additional runway. A new rail link that would pass through Brick End was proposed should two additional runways be built. The Government had instigated a three month consultation period, ending in November. It had said that no decisions would be made until after the consultation period and that a White Paper would be published early in 2003.

    The whole Council was aghast at these proposals and agreed to fight them by every means available. It would consider its formal response to the consultation document at the November meeting.

    1. NWEEPHA Meeting 1st August

      Mr Clark had attended a hastily convened meeting in Stansted on 1st August. At this meeting a campaign (provisionally entitled Stop Stansted Expansion) had been formed. Mr Norman Mead was appointed chairman and Mr Peter Gowan vice-chairman. Appeals were made for money, for people to staff the office in Takeley and for people with experience in law, health & safety, public relations and lobbying to come forward.

    2. Broxted Meeting 21st August

      In response to requests from several villagers the Parish Council had convened a public meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday 21st August. Mr Peter Gowan outlined in some detail the Government's proposals, and the effect that they would have on the village. He then answered questions. More than 120 people attended the meeting.

    3. Donation to Stop Stansted Expansion Campaign

      In response to the appeal for funds for the campaign it was agreed to make an immediate donation of £500 (proposed Mr Clark, seconded Mrs Kesterton) and agreed that a further £500 might be sent later, if it were needed.

    4. Publicity

      The Clerk had been in touch with StopStanstedExpansion campaign office to offer the services of the Parish Council for the distribution of publicity material, posters etc. Mrs Cheetham offered to provide a list of others in the village who had volunteered to help. The Clerk agreed to liase with them to ensure that the whole parish was covered.

    5. DfT Road Show

      The Department for Transport had held a Road Show at the Hilton Hotel on Friday and Saturday 30th and 31st of August. Invitations for, and publicity about, this exhibition had only been circulated a very short time beforehand. Mrs Kesterton complained that, having been on holiday for a fortnight, she had missed both the invitation and the exhibition. It was agreed to write to the DfT to complain about the shortcomings of its consultation process.

  7. Correspondence

    1. Emergency Planning

      A letter had been received from the Uttlesford Emergency Planning Officer about a meeting to discuss Parish Emergency Plans on 25th September, and requesting a copy of the Parish Emergency Plan. Miss Collinson agreed to attend the meeting, after which the Parish Emergency Plan would be updated.

    2. Parish Paths Partnership

      Details of a number of courses were passed to Mrs Burton for consideration.

    3. ECC Local Area Forum

      Details of the next meeting to be held on 18th September had been received. Mrs Cheetham would be attending as a representative of Uttlesford and agreed to report back anything of relevance to the Parish Council.

    4. Consolidation of Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way in Essex

      Details of forthcoming seminars to discuss the function of the definitive map and the legal duties associated with its upkeep had been received. At these seminars new Consolidated Definitive Maps would be issued in exchange for the old maps and amendment orders. It was to be noted that consolidation would not affect the existing rights of landowners or users and was not therefore open to objection. Mrs Burton, as parish Footpath representative agreed to attend the seminar to be held on 19th November at Little Waltham.

  8. Finance

    1. Balances

      Balances as at 31st August, 2002 at Barclays Bank, Dunmow were reported as follows:

      Community Account (current) £128.64  
      High Interest Business Account (high rate deposit) £3,813.72  

      The second half year precept of £2,500 was due later in the month.

    2. Budgets

      As at 31st August, 2002 these stood as follows:

      Category Allocated Spent
      General Admin inc S.137 £5,500.00 £551.35
      Contingency Fund £1,000.00 £0.00
      Village Hall £1,000.00 £1,000.00
      Queen's Golden Jubilee (balance) £900.00 £693.84
      Capital Fund balance of funds £480.88
    3. Cheques

      The following cheque had been issued between meetings:

      30.07.02 Broxted Village Hall – towards new path £1,000.00  

      It was agreed to sign the following cheque:

      Uttlesford Area Access Group – annual subscription £10.00  
      Council for Voluntary Service, Uttlesford – annual subs £10.00 *
      P. Clark – salary £535.44 & expenses £287.00 (both April-Sept 2002) £822.44  
      Stop Stansted Expansion – donation to fighting fund £500.00  

      * A cheque to cover this had been issued on 1st April, 2002 but never presented. The Clerk had contacted CVSU who advised that it had not been received. It was agreed with CVSU that the cheque be re-issued and should the original ever turn up it would not be presented for payment. The original cheque would not be stopped because of the charge that would be levied by the bank. If, however, it was found and presented, no subscription would be paid for 2003-2004.

    4. Clerk's Contract

      A model contract had now been received which would be passed to Mrs Oliveira to consider. The Clerk commented that she had served the Council for nearly twenty years and that perhaps thought should be given to budgeting for an honorarium when she retired.

    5. Bank Mandate

      The Clerk had requested a form to add Mrs Burton to the list of signatories and to delete Mr M. Clark. She had been advised that changes could be made to the signatories up to 6th October, 2002 but that a new signatory who was not an existing customer of Barclays would need to present him/her self to the branch with evidence of identity and to compete a form requiring a great deal of personal information. Mrs Burton advised that she was not a customer of Barclays Bank, and that she was happy not to be a signatory to the account for the time being. The Clerk advised that from 7th October a maximum of three signatories would be allowed on the Community Account. Existing arrangements would be honoured, but any alterations would need to be in line with the new regulations. The Clerk reminded members that elections were due in May, 2003 which could result in change of membership and therefore of signatories. It was agreed to review the position at that time.

    6. Appointment of Internal Auditor

      The Clerk informed members that under the new ‘lighter touch’ audit regime there was a need to appoint an internal auditor who would review the accounts, making sure that they had been maintained correctly and legally. This person was entitled to levy a charge. Mr Clark proposed that Mr Peter Lloyd, a resident of Henham, Church Warden and Church Treasurer, who was an auditor by profession and who had indicated his willingness to assist, be appointed. This proposal was seconded by Mrs Flook and agreed unanimously. The annual audit return for 2001-2002 was duly completed.

  9. Planning Matters

    1. Rushy Mead

      erection of swimming pool

      Conditional Approval

    2. Dunvegan

      first floor verandah and creation of a lake

      Conditional Approval

  10. Any Other Business

    1. Hedges – The Maltings Road

      It was reported that some of the hedges are overhanging the road. Mrs Burton offered to approach the landowner.

    2. Recreational Land

      It was reported that the property known as Goodacres is currently up for sale. The Clerk was asked to write to Mullucks, the estate agent handling the sale, to see if it might be possible to negotiate the purchase some of the land for recreational use. The owners had previously been approached directly, before the house was on the market, and had advised that they had no intention of moving or selling off part of their land.

    3. Highways Sign Outside the Flying Rat

      It was noted that the 30 m.p.h. sign outside The Flying Rat had been knocked down and was lying at a dangerous angle in relation to the road. The Clerk was asked to report this to Highways.

    4. Bulb Planting

      It was agreed to plant bulbs on the piece of land outside The Flying Rat at Brick End and on the bank leading up to the lower numbered properties at School Villas, Church End. Mr Clark offered to organise the purchase.

  11. Date of the Next Meeting

    The date of the next meeting was confirmed as Wednesday, 13th November, at 8.00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Mrs Cheetham and the member of the public present were thanked for their attendance and contribution to the meeting, and the meeting was closed at 9.55 p.m.

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