Hempstead
Parish Council

2022
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Parish Council Contact List

ResponsibilitiesNameTelephone
Vice Chair/Flooding/Emergency PlanNick Turkentine 
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 OfficerRebecca Cox 
Parish Council of Hempstead
Minutes of the Meeting of Hempstead Parish Council
held on Thursday 24th March 2022
Present: Part Time:
Members of the Public:

The Parish Council meeting started at 8.00pm

  1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

    Apologies for absence were accepted from Mr Sean McCarthy
    County Cllr Martin Foley sent apologies.

  2. REPORTS FROM DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS

    District Councillor Smith confirmed that Uttlesford District Council’s budget had passed at the last Council meeting and that the appointment of the new Director of Planning would be announced soon.

  3. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

    The Minutes of 17th February 2022 were agreed as a correct record, and signed by the Vice Chair.

  4. MATTERS ARISING

    fd None.

  5. FINANCE

    Financial Update – The Clerk confirmed the current account balance as £2457.66 and reserve account at £9251.25.
    Local Government Pay Award – The delayed increase in pay scales for April 2021 had been published. It was agreed that the Clerk’s salary should be increased as per the new pay scale, to £11.05 per hour.
    Water Fountain Budget – Diana Frost confirmed that Essex Heritage Trust have agreed to provide a grant of £1500 for the renovation of the village water fountain. This leaves a shortfall of £1300 to be funded by the Parish Council, £500 above the budgeted amount. It was agreed that the £500 shortfall could be covered by the budgeted £800 for greenery clearance behind the water fountain and pond at the bottom of Church Hill.
    Invoices – Invoices were presented and payment approved as follows: £56.99 to David Boreham for base materials for Glebe bench; £48.55 to the Village Hall Management Committee (VHMC) for paving slabs, and £25 for membership of Essex Heritage Trust. Approval of £110 for the framed Parish map was also confirmed (invoice was signed at the previous meeting on 17th February).

  6. PLANNING

    Fairview Bungalow: The Parish Council had been made aware of possible breach of planning consent for UTT/19/0687/HHF regarding the converted outbuilding at the front of the property, by creating a habitable basement area. Uttlesford Planning Enforcement had been contacted in regard to this possible breach. The Clerk is awaiting confirmation that a case has been raised.
    Hempstead House: UTT/22/0506/FUL. Proposed riding arena. NO COMMENTS REQUIRED
    Anso Corner Farm: UTT/22/0441/FUL AWAITING DECISION
    Lakehouse Farm: UTT/21/1862/FUL. AWAITING DECISION

  7. CORRESPONDENCE

    None

  8. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH & WELLBEING

    Laura Saxel will include some information in the next Newsletter on targeted thefts on vulnerable people. Feedback from the community safety partnership event had been positive.

  9. HIGHWAYS AND RIGHTS OF WAY

    Feedback from the Liaison Forum on Highways to be given at the next meeting, when Mark Welbourn should be present.
    It was noted that the culvert/bridge at the bottom of Church Hill had been repaired and cleared. The Clerk will send a note of thanks to the Essex Highways officer responsible, to be passed on to the contractors.

  10. ENVIRONMENT

    Tree Work – The horse chestnut by the village hall is due to be felled by Josh Watson on 20/21st April, Laura Saxel to contact UKPN to organise for the power to be turned off. Diana Frost and the Clerk have contacted neighbours to inform them when the work is to take place.

  11. FLOODING

    Nick Turkentine is awaiting a response from County Cllr Martin Foley with regard to available funding for ditch and drain clearance.

  12. COMMUNICATIONS

    No update required.

  13. VILLAGE HALL

    VHMC awaiting grant funding agreement for work on improving the car park.

  14. PLATINUM JUBILEE

    Diana Frost updated the PC on the sub-committee’s plans for the celebrations as follows: Thursday, 2nd June – over 60’s afternoon tea party; Saturday, 4th June – open church events, including fused glass artwork, a children’s walk and Parish boundary walk; and Sunday, 5th June – ‘Street style’ party on the village hall patio, games on the Glebe and evening BBQ and disco.

  15. EMERGENCY PLAN

    It was agreed that as there is no requirement for Parish Councils to have an Emergency Plan it can be taken off future agendas, and will only require intermittent attention to ensure it is up to date. Next review to take place in early 2023.

The meeting ended at 9:42pm

FUTURE MEETINGS - 14th April at 8pm and 18th May at 8pm

For a printable version of these minutes please click here.


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