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Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on

Wednesday, 10th March, 2004

in the Village Hall.

Present were:

Mrs Burton, Mr Clark, Miss Collinson, Mrs Kesterton, Mrs Oliveira, Mr Perry, Mr Rixson, and Mrs Clark (Clerk).

  1. Apologies for Absence

    These had been received from Cllr Mrs Down.

  2. Welcome to New Member

    Mr Perry was welcomed as the recently co-opted member, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mrs Flook. Arrangements had been made for him to sign the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and also complete the Register of members Interests prior to the meeting.

  3. Approval of Minutes of the Previous Meeting

    The minutes of the meeting held on 14th January, 2004 were agreed and signed.

  4. Matters Arising

    1. Jubilee Sign

      The post was now ready and the sign due for completion shortly. It had been learnt that planning permission would be required from Uttlesford to erect the sign, and the application was in hand.

    2. Emergency Plan

      This had been revised and circulated amongst members for comment. It was agreed that the plan was now ready for lodging with the appropriate bodies, subject to the possible inclusion of an additional qualified first-aider.

    3. Community Achievement Award

      Mr Knowles had been presented with his award, accompanied by Mrs Knowles and escorted by Mr Clark.

      Editor's note: see picture here.

    4. Litter Bin opposite The Old Vicarage

      A bin had been purchased at a cost of £215.60 including VAT. It was to be installed by the bench on the map by Mr Knowles, to whom grateful thanks were extended.

    5. Missing Highway Signs

      These had still not been replaced despite an assurance from Highways that they would be in place by 31st January. The Clerk was asked to write to Highways with a copy to Cllr Whitehead.

    6. Winter Gritting and Salting of Roads

      The Clerk had written to Highways who advised that grit bins could be supplied on request at justified locations for which there were suitable sites for the receptacles. There was a one-off charge to the Parish Council of £100 per bin for the supply and regular replenishment of salt. It was the responsibility of the Parish Council to advise when replenishment was required. Members of the public spreading salt in a responsible manner were allowed to do so by the authority. It was unanimously agreed that a bin be purchased to be sited on the hill at The Maltings going up in the direction of Moor End Farm, proposed by Mrs Burton and seconded by Mr Clark.

    7. Members Allowances

      The Clerk had written to Uttlesford asking to adopt the scheme suggested by the Parish Remuneration Panel. A reply was awaited. At the request of EALC she had also written to Sir Alan Haselhurst, M.P. asking that he bring to the urgent attention of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister the drafting error in the legislation that excluded co-opted members from being able to claim allowances and expenses.

  5. Footpaths

    Mrs Burton, as Parish Footpath Representative had checked the electric fence alongside a path in the area of Pledgdon Green and found it to be adequately signed. The path, however, was about 2" short of the legal width requirement. She had walked the path with a small child and did not find the width of the path caused any problem. She would report back to the complainant.

  6. Web-site

    Mr Rixson, as editor of the Parish Council web-site produced a paper on the potential development of the site. After some discussion it was agreed that the priority should be to fill in some of the gaps in the life of the village, namely the Community Association and the Village Hall. It was suggested that more old photos be added. Thanks were extended to Mr Rixson for originally offering to set up the web-site and for its regular maintenance and improvement.

  7. Communications

    Mrs Burton reported on a course run by EALC, ‘Raising Public Awareness of the Parish Council’, that she had attended recently. It was agreed that in future the Clerk submit reports of the meeting to the Five Parishes Magazine and a precis of the minutes to the local papers. It was also agreed to put reports of the Annual Parish Meeting, as well as members profiles, in the magazine.

  8. Stansted Airport

    1. SSE Public Meeting 7th April, 2004

      Members were reminded of this meeting to be hosted by the Parish Council in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m.

    2. Meeting with the Managing Director, Stansted Airport

      A letter had been received from Terry Morgan, Managing Director, offering to host a one to one briefing meeting with members, at the airport, on the second runway project. The Clerk was asked to write accepting the offer and requesting a choice of dates for an evening meeting.

    3. Home Owner Support Scheme (HOSS)

      Details on the consultation on the above, for those whose homes were now blighted, had been received, with a deadline for comments of 30th April, 2004. It was agreed that a special meeting be held on 31st March in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m. for members to draw up a formal response to the consultation document. It was also agreed that at this meeting a letter be composed to go to all residents detailing the position of the Parish Council with regard to the airport, the action it has taken so far and its thoughts for the future.

    4. Joining Forces with Takeley Parish Council

      It was noted that Takeley Parish Council was seeking legal and other advice in order to inform and help its residents with matters of compensation etc. It was agreed that the Clerk write to the Clerk of Takeley Parish Council suggesting that Broxted might join forces with them, on the grounds that it was better for local Councils work together in their dealings with the airport.

  9. Correspondence

    1. Essex Service – 4th May, 2004

      An invitation to attend the Essex Service in Chelmsford Cathedral had been received. No-one was able to attend.

    2. County Council Reception 16th April, 2004

      The Chairman and Clerk had been invited to attend a reception in Chelmsford of Parish Councils that had donated to the display of memorabilia. The Clerk was unable to attend but Mrs Oliveira hoped to attend with a guest.

    3. Planning Services Workshop 18th March, 2004

      An invitation to attend the above had been received. No-one was able to attend but the Clerk was asked to request a copy of the presentation notes.

    4. Spring Clean Event

      A letter had been received from Uttlesford advising that refuse sacks, litter pickers and tabards could be made available if members want to organize a litter sweep. It was agreed not to accept the offer.

    5. Proposed Orange Mobile Phone Mast

      A letter had been received concerning a proposal from Orange Personal Communications Services to site a mast on the corner of the meadow by Goodacres at Church End, on the junction opposite the Old Vicarage. The proposal was put to the vote with one member in favour, four against and two abstentions. The Clerk was asked to convey this to Orange.

    6. Vacancy on the Council

      Mrs Oliveira had received a letter of complaint from a villager who had been considered for the Council, but who had not been co-opted. The Clerk was asked to respond, dealing with the various issues raised.

  10. Finance

    1. Balances

      Balances as at 29th February, 2004 at Barclays Bank, Dunmow were reported as follows:

      Community Account (current) £   862.68
      Business Reserve Account (high rate deposit) £ 2,854.96
      TOTAL £ 3,717.64

    2. Grants and Donations

      Letters of thanks had been received from all the recipients of the grants and donations made at the previous meeting.

    3. Signing of Cheques

      It was agreed to sign the following cheques:

      Glasdon UK Ltd – supply of litter bin £215.60
      Local Council Review – subscription to magazine £12.50
      Uttlesford Volunteer Bureau – annual subs £5.00
      R. Clark – purchase copy location maps re planning application for Jubilee sign £17.50
      P. Clark – Oct-Mar salary £566.50, expenses £312.50, heating £10 £889.00

    4. Annual Review of Clerk's Salary and Expenses

      It was agreed to defer this to the next meeting

  11. Planning

    The current position on planning matters is as follows:

    1. Pledgdon Barn, Pledgdon Green, storage of cars

      Certificate of lawfulness granted

    2. Flemings Hill Farm, conversion of barn to dwelling

      Conditional approval

    3. 1 Cranham Road, change of use from retail to residential

      Granted

    4. Aviation fuel pipeline and operations building

      Decision deferred

  12. Any Other Business

    1. Hedge and Grass Cutting 2004

      It was agreed to ask Peter Freeman to quote for hedge and grass cutting as previously.

    2. Recycling

      It was noted that Uttlesford had stated in its Quality of Life Corporate Plan 2003-2007 its intention to stop the free collection of unwanted bulky items from homes, and by 30th April 2005 reduce the number of itmes collected to four at a cost of £20, rising to £25 by 31st March, 2006. It was also noted that it intended to stop the supply of free rubbish skips to the Parishes. The Clerk would write to Uttlesford deploring this retrogressive action.

    3. Postal Service

      The Clerk had written to the Customer Care Centre following the non delivery of mail on a number of occasions at the beginning of the year. A most unsatisfactory reply had been received. Members agreed it would be fruitless to pursue this further.

    4. Members Interests

      The Clerk had taken advice from the Uttlesford Monitoring Officer regarding declaration of interest by members when discussing matters relating to the proposed expansion of Stansted Airport. The advice received suggested members err on the side of caution and individually apply to the Uttlesford Standards Committee for dispensation given the fact that all were affected by the proposed expansion. It was agreed that the Clerk draw up a pro forma letter of application to be used by each member and forwarded en bloc to Uttlesford.

    5. Village Hall

      It was noted that the Village Hall Committee would be appealing for financial assistance towards the cost of re-rendering the outside of the hall. An estimate for £5,000 had been received. It was agreed that in principle some financial assistance might be possible and the Clerk was asked to estimate what funds might be available. It was noted that in setting the precept no allowance had been made for assistance.

    6. Highways

      1. Rushy Mead

        The Clerk was asked to write to Highways requesting that the drain near Rushy Mead be cleared in an attempt to alleviate the flooding that frequently occurred in the area.

      2. Verges by the Prince of Wales

        Complaints had been received about lorries mounting the kerbs and churning up the verges at the junctions by the Prince of Wales. The Clerk was asked to write to R.B. Haigh to ask if their drivers would take more care when negotiating these junctions.

  13. Date of the Next Meeting

    The date of the next meeting was confirmed as Wednesday, 12th May in the Village Hall. This would take the form of the Annual Meeting and would be preceded by the Annual Parish Assembly at 8.00 p.m.

The meeting closed at 10.15 p.m.

 

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