Hempstead
Parish Council

2021
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Parish Council Contact List

ResponsibilitiesNameTelephone
Chairman + Police Liason + Village HallSean McCarthy01799 599558
Village WebsiteDiana Frost01799 599771
EnvironmentAlan Weedon01799 599366
Traffic and Legal IssuesMark Welbourn01799 599238
Highways + Public FootpathsDavid Drane01799 599397
Neighbourhood Watch + Tree WardenLaura Saxel 
Clerk + Responsible OfficerMartyn Long 
Parish Council of Hempstead
Minutes of the Meeting of Hempstead Parish Council
held on Thursday 4th February 2021
Present: Part Time:
Members of the Public:

The Parish Council meeting started at 7.31pm

  1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

    Mr Alan Weedon.
    County Councillor Simon Walsh.

  2. REPORTS FROM DISTRICT OR COUNTY COUNCILLORS

    A report from the County Councillor had been circulated.

  3. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

    11th January 2021 agreed as a correct record.

  4. MATTERS ARISING

    None
  5. FINANCE

    Budget – The budget circulated by the Clerk was approved.
    Expenses – Payment to the Clerk of £440 for expenses was approved.

  6. PLANNING

    Longcroft: UTT/21/0105/HHF. Erection of detached garden room. No comments required.
    French’s Farm: UTT/20/3361/HHF. Extension to roof to form enlarged first floor accommodation and other proposed changes to existing building. AWAITING DECISION
    The Hawthorns: UTT/20/3045/HHF. Proposed first and single storey rear extensions. AWAITING DECISION
    Oak House: UTT/20/1383/HHF. Proposed increase to height of existing wall and construction of fence. APPEAL SUBMITTED

  7. CORRESPONDENCE

    Freedom of Information Request – Clerk has responded noting that there are no UAV bylaws.
    Local Plan – no requirement for the Clerk to forward onto Councillors.
    Solar Farms Email - no action required
    Newsletter – It was reaffirmed that the newsletter is not sent out directly by the Parish Council.

  8. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH & WELLBEING

    Health and Wellbeing Plan – This has now been uploaded to the website and a hard copy will be put on the notice board.

  9. HIGHWAYS AND RIGHTS OF WAY

    40mph Limit – Signs have now been erected and the new speed limit is in force.
    Potholes on High Street – Still awaiting ECC to commence resurfacing work.
    Bridleway – It was noted that bridleway 19 is closed for repair works for at least 21 days.

  10. ENVIRONMENT

    Railings – Work will be required to be finished before the end of March.
    Tree Felling/Pruning – The work has been concluded, including the uplifting of overhanging branches and brambles on the footpath.
    Litter – Reports have been received by residents regarding an increase in litter on village footpaths. The Council queried whether there is an Uttlesford anti-litter campaign, and Cllr Freeman agreed to investigate and report back.
    Fly-tipping – Dumped tyres by bridleway 19 have been reported to Uttlesford DC. Fly tipping is a big issue for the whole of Uttlesford, and Cllr Freeman agreed to look into the Council’s official policy and report back.

  11. FLOODING

    Anso Road – The planned clearing of ditches had been delayed by County Broadband work, but investigation and “cleansing” work is planned for later in February. Essex highways are investigating the impact of run-off from surrounding fields. The Council noted that there are historical issues with drainage down the side of the road, but that it has recently become a significant issue that requires resolution. Nick Turkentine and the Chairman are in regular contact with affected residents and Essex Highways.
    High Street – Anglia Water are still to inspect the suspected spring by Bellropes, but have confirmed that they will come out when time allows, as they currently have other areas of priority.

  12. COMMUNICATIONS

    Website Accessibility Statement - The website accessibility document well on way to completion.
  13. DEFIBRILLATOR

    No update.

  14. VILLAGE HALL

    Village Hall Management Committee AGM will be held on Zoom on 11th February.

  15. ANNUAL REPORT

    Councillors were reminded to provide submissions to the Clerk before end February.

  16. EMERGENCY PLAN Residents have been very complimentary about the new plan, which is now available on the village website.

FUTURE MEETINGS - 11th March and 15th April 2021 at 7:30pm remotely on Zoom

The meeting ended at 8.40pm

For a printable version of these minutes please click here.


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