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Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on

Wednesday, 12th March, 2003

in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m.

Present were:

Mr Clark, Mrs Flook, Mr Knowles, Mrs Oliveira, and Mrs Clark (Clerk).

In Attendance:

Cllr Mrs Cheetham and Cllr Whitehead (for part of the meeting)

  1. Apologies for Absence

    These had been received from Mrs Burton, Miss Collinson and Mrs Kesterton.

  2. Approval of Minutes of the Previous Meeting

    The minutes of the meeting held on 8th January, 2003 were agreed and signed.

  3. Matters Arising

    1. Common Land

      A copy of the Register of Common Land had now been received. It showed that the area in Cherry Green had been registered as Common Land by the Parish Council in 1968 but that there was no registered owner. In the absence of Miss Collinson the report on the course on Greens and Commons which she had attended would be held over.

    2. Dumping of Cars at Brick End

      The cars were still on site, but it was reported that direct action was imminent.

    3. Jubilee Village Sign

      Mr Clark had talked to the blacksmith, who had suggested that the best sign would be one made in aluminium, like a large house name-plate. Mr Clark agreed to pursue this. The meeting suggested that the sign should incorporate a badger, as a symbol of Broxted.

    4. Recreational Land

      The Clerk had written to the family of the late Arnold Willis but as yet no reply had been received. She was asked to write again.

    5. Emergency Planning / Plans

      In the absence of Miss Collinson this was deferred until the next meeting.

    6. Postal Deliveries

      The Clerk had written as requested, but no reply had been received. She was asked to pursue this.

    7. Prince of Wales Public House

      A reply had been received from TK Taverns who advised that there was a prospective purchaser for the lease. It was anticipated that the legal formalities would be completed very shortly.

  4. Stansted Airport, including Fund Raising for SSE

    It was noted that the revised consultation document including the Gatwick option had just been published with representations due by 30th June. Mr Whitehead advised of a forthcoming West Essex Area Forum which would be discussing the revised options, with specific reference to health issues. Arrangements for the forthcoming slide show entitled ‘Now and Then in The Five Parishes’ on 29th March were finalised. It was noted that the Broxted Open Gardens would be held on Sunday, 29th June.

  5. Correspondence

    1. Uttlesford Community Travel

      An appeal for donations towards the work of the above had been received. It was noted that the grant it received supporting the Hospital Link service had now ended and that the whole of the service was now in jeopardy. It was agreed to make a donation of £100.

    2. Mobile Community Police Unit

      Details of the above scheme had been received. The nearest the unit would get to Broxted would be Takeley and Elsenham.

    3. Highways – Footpath Request Cherry Green

      A letter had been received from Highways asking if the Parish Council wished the request for a footway on the Cherry Green to Sibleys road to be kept on the Locally Determined Budget reserve list. The Clerk was asked to write confirming that this be kept on the L.D.B Reserve List.

    4. LDB Speed Reduction Scheme, Chapel End

      Details of the above which had been included in the 2002/2003 budget had been received. The Clerk was to write confirming the Parish Council's acceptance of the proposals and noting that they should have been presented by a representative of Highways at the September, 2002 meeting of the Parish Council.

  6. Finance

    1. Balances

      Balances as at 28th February, 2003 at Barclays Bank, Dunmow were reported as follows:

      Community Account (current) £724.75  
      Business Reserve Account (high rate deposit) £2,533.30  
      TOTAL £3,258.05  

    2. Budgets

      As at 28th February, 2003 these stood as follows:

        Allocated Spent  
      General Admin inc S.137 £5,500.00 £2,407.79  
      Contingency Fund £1,000.00 £1,000.00 (donations to SSE)
      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. Grants and Donations

      Letters of thanks in response to all the grants and donations made at the last meeting had been received with the exception of the Stort Trust. This cheque had been returned since the Trust had folded.

    4. Audit

      This had now been completed with no problems or areas of concern noted. A bill from Lubbock Fine, the external auditors had been received for £120 + VAT. This was in line with the scale of fees previously advised.

    5. Signing of Cheques

      It was agreed to sign the following cheques:

      Lubbock Fine (Audit Fee) £141.00
      Local Council Review (subscription renewal) £ 11.59
      P. Clark salary & expenses Oct-Mar £822.44, heating of hall 13.3.02 £2, 13.11.02 £2, payment for printing Broxted Directory £10.90 £837.34
      Uttlesford Community Travel – donation £100.00
      Uttlesford Volunteer Bureau – subscription renewal £ 5.00

    6. Annual Review of Clerk's Salary

      It was agreed that this be deferred until the next meeting.

  7. Planning Matters

    The current position on planning matters is:-

    1. Tuija's Cottage, Pledgdon Green

      erection of replacement dwelling and garage

      conditional approval

    2. The Rise, Brick End

      extension to workshop to provide new offices and welfare facilities

      awaited

    3. Peartrees, Brick End

      single storey rear extension

      awaited

  8. Any Other Business

    1. District Councillor

      It was noted that as a result of the reorganisation of District Council Wards, Broxted would no longer be part of Takeley Ward but part of the Eastons Ward, and thus this was the last meeting Mrs Cheetham would attend in her capacity as our District Councillor. She was thanked for all her past help to the residents of Broxted.

    2. Village Civic Amenity Scheme

      It was noted that the free skip would be in the village again over the weekend 5th & 6th April and would be sited in the field entrance next to Chestnuts at Church End.

    3. Hedge and Grass Cutting 2003

      It was agreed that Peter Freeman be asked to quote for hedge and grass cutting in 2003 as previously.

    4. Election – 1st May, 2003

      Nomination papers for the forthcoming election were distributed.

    5. Circulars / General Information

      It was reported that information passed out by the Clerk was so slow in being circulated that in some cases closing dates for responses to important issues were being missed. The Clerk agreed to pass out information on a weekly basis, in an attempt to speed up circulation. Members were urged to pass information wallets on without delay.

    6. Daffodils

      It was noted that the daffodils planted some years ago on the bank opposite the Prince of Wales were looking particularly attractive this year.

    7. Provision of Free School Transport for Primary Children

      A consultation document from County on the proposed change to the ‘qualifying distance’ criteria for free home to school transport for children of primary school age had been received. It was proposed to change the distance to two miles for children under the age of eight, and three miles for those over eight. This was not thought to affect any child living in Broxted. If, however a child was affected, Mr Whitehead as our County Councillor was prepared to take up the case.

    8. Highway Signs

      It had been reported that several highways speed roundels and village name signs had disappeared, presumably stolen for the metal content. The Clerk was asked to advise Highways.

  9. Date of the Next Meetings

    The date of the next meeting was confirmed as Wednesday, 14th May, 2003 in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m. This would take the form of the Annual Parish Assembly, to be followed by the Annual Meeting.

Mrs Cheetham was thanked for her attendance and the meeting closed at 9.25 p.m.

 

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