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Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on

Wednesday, 12 January 2005

in the Village Hall

Present were:

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

In Attendance:

Cllr Mrs Down, P.C. Niki O'Mahony, Cllr John Whitehead (for part of the meeting)

  1. Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting

    The minutes of the meeting held on 8th December, 2004 were agreed.

  2. Community Police Officer

    Our new Community Police Officer, Niki O'Mahony introduced herself and briefly explained her role. As well as being the Community Police Officer for Elsenham, Broxted and Chickney, she was also the Braintree Divisional Wildlife Officer, with responsibility for badgers, hare coursing, fox hunting etc. She said that crime locally was very light, and agreed to try and get the traffic police to bring their speed guns to the village, as they had not been seen for many years. P.C. O'Mahony is based at Stansted Police Station, and can be contacted there, or via Dunmow. She also agreed to run a post-coding session in the village in the spring.

  3. Matters Arising

    1. East of England Plan

      This plan is out for consultation. It had been the main item at the West Essex Area Forum on Tuesday, 11th January, but as this had been a day-time meeting, nobody had been able to attend. A briefing note and questionnaire had been issued by the County Council. The note was circulated amongst members, and the questionnaire would be completed at the February meeting.

      Papers had also been received from The Friends of the Earth / Uttlesford Local Agenda 21 / CPRE Essex who were holding meetings in Dunmow and Saffron Walden to discuss the plan.

      A note had also been received from Uttlesford, enclosing a brief synopsis of the plan and seeking the Parish Council's opinion. Officers of the Council were prepared to attend meetings of Parish Councils, and it was agreed to convene a special meeting to discuss the plan, and to invite Takeley and other local councils to join us.

      It had been noted that since publishing its draft plan the East of England Regional Assembly had withdrawn its endorsement of it because of the lack of central Government funding for essential infrastructure in the region. The consultation period will end on 16th March.

    2. Alleged Breach of Planning Control – Activity Beyond Lawful Use

      It was noted that the park and ride scheme to the airport at Pledgdon Barn, Pledgdon Green, was still operating. Uttlesford's Enforcement Officer had investigated the alleged misuse and was in the process of ‘considering the most appropriate action suitable to controlling the activities on the land’. It was agreed to contact him again to ensure that some progress was being made.

    3. Bell Meadow

      There was nothing further to report.

  4. Footpaths

    There was nothing to report.

  5. Stansted Airport

    1. Visit to Track Monitoring Unit

      Names of those who would be attending the visit on 26th January at 7.00 p.m. were collected.

    2. Meeting at Takeley to discuss possible legal challenge to HOSS – 14th December, 2004

      Mr Rixson and Mr Perry had attended this meeting and reported on it. The legal challenge had been started and the support of local councils was being sought. Since the last meeting we had written to them pledging our support. The advice of EALC had been sought to ensure that the Council did have the powers to financially support the challenge. After some discussion it was agreed to make a donation of £1,000 to the fighting fund to be established by Takeley Parish Council, proposed by Mrs Oliveira, seconded Mrs Kesterton and passed unanimously.

  6. Correspondence

    1. Licensing Act 2003

      A letter had been received from Uttlesford regarding the Act. As the new licensing authority, Uttlesford was considering holding a short training session on the operation of the Act. It was agreed, in principle, to support such a training session. The Clerk was asked to respond to the letter.

    2. County & Parish – Working Together for the Future of Essex

      This is the title of a document issued by Essex outlining ways of securing closer co-operation between parishes and County. Copies of the paper, and questionnaire were circulated to members for completion at the next meeting.

    3. Woodgates End

      A letter had been received from a resident of Woodgates End complaining about the speed of traffic along the road in the that part of the village, and seeking an extension of the 30 m.p.h. speed limit to include that stretch of road. Cllr Whitehead suggested that a reasoned appeal to the Highways Department might secure such an extension. The grounds for requesting this would be the number of children now living in the vicinity of Woodgates End, the industrial units at Woodgates Farm, the fact that this is now a bus route, that the school bus makes two stops on this section of road, and that a bridle path joins the road along this stretch. Cllr Whitehead said he would support this application. The Clerk was asked to write to Highways, and to the resident who had raised the matter.

  7. Finance

    1. Balances

      Balances as at 31st December, 2004 at Barclays Bank, Dunmow were reported as follows:

      Community Account (current) £413.70  
      Business Reserve Account (high rate deposit) £4,886.95  
        £5,300.65  

    2. Signing of Cheques

      It was agreed to sign the following cheque:

      Uttlesford Area Access Group – Annual Subs    £10.00  
      Society of Local Council Clerks – Annual Subs    £64.00  

    3. Precept 2005-2006

      It was agreed to revise the precept for 2005-2006 set at the November meeting, in order to accommodate the donation to the Takeley Parish Council legal fighting fund. It was agreed to precept for £7,000.00, proposed by Mrs Oliveira, seconded Mrs Kesterton and passed unanimously.

      It was agreed to put a note in the Five Parishes Magazine explaining the reason for the increase.

  8. Planning Matters

    1. The current position on planning matters is as follows:

      1. Whitehall Hotel – erection of single storey and 2 storey extension to provide 17 hotel bedrooms

        Refused

      2. Clovelly, Brick End – removal of condition relating to occupation by present owners and their immediate dependents only

        Awaited

      3. Goodacres, Church End – erection of single storey rear extension and alterations to roof with four dormer windows

        Awaited

      4. Chaureth Hall – renewal of permission to convert farm buildings to a dwelling and garage

        Awaited

  9. Any Other Business

    1. SSE Newsletter

      A newsletter had been received from SSE outlining the present position with regards to the Judicial Review, the outcome of which is expected in February. SSE is trying to gauge what support would be forthcoming for possible appeals, depending on that outcome. The Clerk was asked to reply stating that the council would continue to support SSE, to the best of its ability.

  10. Date of the Next Meeting

    The date of the next meeting was confirmed as Wednesday, 9th February, 2005 in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m.

The meeting closed at 9.20 p.m.

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