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Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on

Thursday 2nd March, 2006

in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m.

Present were:

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

  1. Apologies for Absence

    These had been received from Cllr S. Walsh.

  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting

    The minutes of the meeting held on 8th February, 2006 were agreed and signed.

  3. Matters Arising

    1. Speed limits Woodgates

      Cllr Walsh had been emailed, but there was still nothing to report.

    2. UALC Meeting 16th February

      Mr Clark and Mrs Oliveira reported on this meeting, at which Paul Hardy had given a presentation on the work of Highways. UALC had formed a panel of seven Parish Councils (drawn by lot) and the Clerks of Great Dunmow Town Council and Saffron Walden Town Council to review the applications made for a grant from the Essex County Council Community Initiative Fund.

    3. Donation from the Millennium Fund of the Five Parishes

      The Clerk had obtained a number of brochures for noticeboards, these would be circulated. It was also suggested that the bus shelters needed re-painting.

    4. Hedge and Grass Cutting 2006

      A quotation had been received from Peter Freeeman for £195. It was agreed to accept this quotation.

  4. Stansted Airport

    1. Consultation on the Siting of Runway 2

      Mr Clark had produced a revised draft response, which had been circulated. It was agreed unanimously (proposed Mrs Oliveira as Chairman) that this should be the Council's formal response.

    2. Consultation on Stopping Up and Diversion of Local Roads and Public Rights of Way

      Mrs Oliveira reported on the meeting she had attended on 27th February. This concept meeting was to discuss what might be done with regard to roads between communities that would be severed by a second runway. A number of options were put forward. Mrs Oliveira raised the issue of the local bus, and pointed out that a large number of footpaths and bridleways would also be affected. The consultants promised to take note of the all the comments made. A consultation document would be published later in the year.

  5. Correspondence

    1. Questionnaire on the Future Organisation of Mental Health Care Locally

      A questionnaire on this had been received. Mrs Oliveira agreed to complete it on behalf of the Council.

    2. Footpath 40 Pledgdon Green

      A complaint had been received about work being done to this footpath. The Footpath Representative had met the landowner and discovered that re-alignment work was being undertaken with the approval of the County Council Highways officer.

    3. Civic Amenity Scheme - 2006

      A letter had been received from Uttlesford District Council asking if we wished to take part in the scheme this year. It was agreed unanimously (proposed Mrs Kesterton, seconded Miss Collinson) that we would again request a skip for ½ a day twice in the year.

    4. Parish Liaison Meeting 7th March, 2006

      An invitation to this had been received. Mr Clark and Mrs Oliveira hoped to attend.

    5. East Area Panel Meeting 1st March

      The Agenda for this meeting had been received and Mr Clark had attended. At the first meeting held on 11th January, Mr Clark (backed up by Cllr Mrs Down) had requested that Stansted Airport appear as a fixed item on the agenda for all future meetings, and was under the impression that this had been agreed to. However, it did not appear on the agenda and Mr Clark had emailed the Chairman to rectify this.

      The Chairman (Cllr Gregory) had refused, on the grounds that the panel had no decision-making powers with regard to the airport, and any discussion on development plans might embarrass those Councillors who sat on the Development Sub-Committee as they would be barred from speaking. At the meeting the subject was again raised, but Cllr Gregory refused to reconsider.

      It was agreed to write to the Chief Executive of the Council, with a copy to the Leader of the Council, to ask that Cllr Gregory be over-ruled on this.

  6. Finance, including Signing of Cheques and Annual Review of the Clerk's Salary

    1. Balances

      Balances as at 28th February, 2006 at Barclays Bank, Dunmow were reported as follows:

      Community Account (current) £2,031.04  
      Business Reserve Account (high rate deposit) £3,950.98  
        £5,982.02 *

      * of which £1,000 is committed to the Village Hall, £1,000 is in the Professional Services Account, and £1,000 is in the ECC Grant Account.

    2. Annual Review of the Clerk's Salary

      It was agreed to defer a decision on this to the next meeting.

    3. Signing of Cheques

      It was agreed to sign the following cheques:

      Peter Freeman first instalment of payment for hedge and grass cutting £97.50  
      P. Clark Salary (Oct '05 Mar '06) £608.00  
      P. Clark Expenses (Oct '05 Mar '06) £380.50  

      It was unanimously agreed to reimburse the Clerk £7 spent on heating the Village Hall for meetings, proposed Miss Collinson, seconded Mrs Burton.

  7. Planning

    1. Pledgdon Barn

      A letter had been received from the resident of Pledgdon Green who had been complaining about activity at the barn. She complained that the Parish Council had not objected to the application for a Certificate of Lawful use when it was made in 2003, and asked for a weight limit on the lane to restrict its use by heavy lorries. The Clerk had replied pointing out that as the Council had never received a single complaint about the storing of cars in the barn in the fifteen years it had been operating it had no grounds to object. It was also pointed out that the imposition of a weight limit on the road was unlikely, and in any case lorries would be exempt if the road provided the only access to the property.

      No reply had been received to the letter that the Council had written to the Chief Executive at Uttlesford District Council, other than an acknowledgement. It was agreed to write again requesting a proper response to the questions raised.

    2. Other Applications

      The current situation on planning applications is:

      1. Land adjacent to Leswins, Chapel End

        Detailed application for the erection of a bungalow

        Conditional Approval

      2. Church Hall Farm, Church End

        Conversion of the barn to eight bed & breakfast rooms

        Awaited

      3. Chaureth Cottage, Cherry Green

        Demolition of rear conservatory, construction of a new extension and internal alterations

        Awaited

      4. Tudor Cottage, Brick End

        Erection of rear conservatory

        Awaited

      5. Wood Farm, Pledgdon Green

        Demolition and rebuilding of front porch, replacement windows and French doors and rear conservatory

        Awaited

      6. Wood Farm, Pledgdon Green

        Refurbishment of outbuildings

        Awaited

  8. Any Other Business

    1. Essex Info Website

      Mr Rixson reported that he had linked the village website to the Essex info website.

    2. Photographs of Broxted

      Mr Rixson reminded the Council that it had been agreed last year to collect photographs of the village that could be displayed at SSE events in Broxted and similar functions. It was agreed that a display of about 25 photographs was required, and that this might be displayed at the Runway Ramble in June which was starting from the Old Vicarage.

    3. Recycling

      Mr Rixson reported that, after a two and a half year campaign, recycling boxes had at last been supplied to the residents of The Maltings, although as yet there was no information as to when they would be emptied.

  9. Date of the Next Meeting

    The date of the next meeting was confirmed as Wednesday 12th April, 2006 in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m. The Annual Parish Assembly would be held on Wednesday 10th May, 2006.

The meeting closed at 9.05 p.m.

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