Hempstead
Parish Council

2022
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Parish Council Contact List

ResponsibilitiesNameTelephone
Chairman + Police Liason + Village HallSean McCarthy01799 599558
Communications + PlanningDiana 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 13th January 2022
Present: Part Time:
Members of the Public:

The Parish Council meeting started at 8.00pm

  1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

    Apologies had been received from District Cllr Smith and County Cllr Foley.
    Apologies for absence were also accepted from Mr Sean McCarthy

  2. REPORTS FROM DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS

    Monthly reports from District Cllr Smith and County Cllr Foley had been received and circulated to councillors prior to the meeting.

  3. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

    The Minutes of 9th December 2021 were agreed as a correct record, and signed by the Vice Chair.

  4. MATTERS ARISING

    The Bluebell Inn – The Council reaffirmed the position that they are happy to take a communicative role to ensure interested parties in the Parish are kept abreast of the situation and to take a watching brief. It was agreed that The Bluebell’s status as an “Asset of Community Value” was very important and that the Clerk would find out when this is due to expire, to ensure that the Parish Council can take action as and when required.

  5. FINANCE

    Financial Update – The Clerk confirmed the current account balance is £4187.55.
    Precept and Budget - The Clerk had circulated a draft 2022/23 Budget prior to the meeting, which was approved as final. It was also agreed that the Precept should be increased to £10,800. The Budget and Precept request form were signed by the Vice Chair and the Clerk. A letter to residents regarding the increase in Precept was approved, and it was agreed that Diana Frost would circulate by email.
    Invoices – Payment of £198 annual fee and £35 in payment of VAT for training, both to Community Heartbeat were approved and invoices signed by the Vice Chair.

  6. PLANNING

    The Moat House: UTT/22/0019/LB Proposed alterations to existing cloakroom to form shower room with window proposed to external wall. It was agreed NO COMMENTS REQUIRED.
    The Bluebell Inn: UTT/21/3719/TCA 1no. walnut – fell. It was agreed NO COMMENTS REQUIRED.
    Land at Village Hall: UTT/21/3671/TCA Fell 1no. Horse Chestnut as close to ground level as possible. Planning application made by Laura Saxel on behalf of the Parish Council.
    Blackthorn: UTT/21/3396/HHF AWAITING DECISION
    Lakehouse Farm: UTT/21/1862/FUL. AWAITING DECISION

  7. VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT ENVELOPE

    With a backdrop of Uttlesford District Council’s Local Plan being under pressure to be finalised by Summer next year, and following the Parish Council’s decision not to create a Neighbourhood Plan for Hempstead due to the commitment, timeline, resources and finances it would require, an open discussion was held on where future development might be acceptable, based on the village development envelope. It was noted that a series of new individual homes have been built over the last two years in line with the Government’s push for increased housing numbers. Some potential locations were considered favourable should planning requests be forthcoming. It was agreed that there is no intention to alter the existing envelope as part of this discussion.

  8. CORRESPONDENCE

    The Clerk and other members of the Council had received emails from concerned residents of Wincelow Hall Road, Church Hill and Finchingfield Road due to the Affinity Water road closure and excessive use of the single track lanes being used as unofficial bypasses. It was agreed to discuss with Highways and Rights of Way.

  9. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH & WELLBEING

    Policing - Laura Saxel has emailed the local PCSO highlighting concerns that residents have raised regarding suspicious behaviour/possible drug dealing in the village, and is awaiting a response. The Clerk had received an email from County Cllr Foley regarding whether these concerns had been reported to the Police and Laura confirmed that no crime reports appear to have been made. The Clerk to reply to County Cllr Foley’s email.

  10. HIGHWAYS AND RIGHTS OF WAY

    Affinity Water Road Closure - The current road closure and heavy use of Boytons Lane/Church Hill and Wincelow Hall Road/Witchtree lane, including residents’ concerns, were discussed. Affinity Water have promised that additional signage will be placed on the roads affected to dissuade drivers. The possibility of reinstatement work to verges etc, that had been damaged was raised as something that should be pushed for, but would ultimately be for Essex Highways to negotiate with Affinity. It was agreed that Mark Welbourn would draft an email to Affinity Water raising these issues, for the Clerk to send.

  11. ENVIRONMENT

    Tree Work – A planning application for the felling of the Horse Chestnut by the village hall has been submitted. Laura Saxel is awaiting Josh Watson’s availability to carry out the work.
    Village Pump - Diana Frost is finalising a grant application for Essex Heritage Trust.

  12. FLOODING

    Nick Turkentine has written to County Cllr Foley requesting support for getting Highways to action outstanding flooding issues, including drain and ditch clearance.

  13. COMMUNICATIONS

    Diana Frost confirmed that the village email distributions will now be coming from a new email address diana@hempstead-essex.org.uk.

  14. VILLAGE HALL

    A grant for car park work has been applied for. Village Hall Management Committee AGM to be held on 3 February at 8pm.

  15. PLATINUM JUBILEE

    Although it had been agreed that the Parish Council would not be able to fund Jubilee celebrations, it was felt that support for events would be provided. It was agreed that a request for volunteers to make up a Platinum Jubilee committee would be made in the next village newsletter, and that the Council very much encourages residents to step forward and get involved.

  16. EMERGENCY PLAN

    Nick Turkentine confirmed he is now working on a formal review of the plan.

FUTURE MEETINGS - 17th February at 8pm and 24th March at 8pm

The meeting ended at 10:18pm

For a printable version of these minutes please click here.


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