The Parish Council meeting started at 8.15 pm
FUTURE MEETINGS - Thursdays February 13th and March 12th at 8pm, all in the Village Hall.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
County Councillor Walsh
District Councillor Alan Storah
Mr Nicholas Turkentine
REPORTS FROM DISTRICT OR COUNTY COUNCILLORS
County Councillor Simon Walsh had sent a mid-November report that had been circulated.
District Councillor Alan Storah had sent in a report that had been circulated
A Corporate Plan and further changes to Planning Committee processes are both on-going.
He reported that the applicants for the Nursery at Boytons are seeking to overcome the reason for refusal for the opening of a nursery. Given that the owners are trying to remedy the breach of planning control and that enforcement should be a last resort the council will await for the outcome of the pre-application discussions and any further application for appeal against the refusal before pursuing any form of enforcement action.
A reply from Government re the Local Plan had not yet materialised due to the impending election.
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
held Thursday 7th November were agreed as a correct record.
MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ELSEWHERE
None not covered elsewhere.
The following are all still awaiting decisions:
Land South of Limes: UTT/19/1756/FUL Awaiting decision
Land north of Old Bakery, High Street. UTT/19/2517/FUL. Comments submitted
Land by Thatch Cottage, Hill Road. UTT/19/2707/OP. Comments submitted
HIGHWAYS AND RIGHTS OF WAY
Still no date had been received from the Highways Panel for the start of the work on the 40 mph buffer zone. Mr Welbourn agreed to try to get an update before the next meeting.
Mr Drane reported that he was continuing to chase several issues including PROW bridges, outstanding potholes, Wellyard railings and road surfacing. The road outside Lum Reekie also needed attention. The Turpin’s Trail signs that had been refurbished had not yet been checked due to the inclement weather.
A resident, Mr Ben Ruddock had noted his appreciation for the fingerpost refurbishment and offered possible help in footpath maintenance.
The Clerk agreed to contact Julian Basham concerning the extra cutting at the Church Hill pond area and possible involvement in footpath cutting.
The Borough: No further progress had been made in contacting Essex County Council concerning the status of this PROW.
Mr Turkentine had agreed to organise the erection of the village Christmas Tree.
Website: some issues has been experienced with the history section but it was hoped to resolve these soon.
The amended draft budget for the next financial year 2010/2021 had been circulated prior to the meeting and was discussed. There were some further amendments that the Clerk would incorporate, such as provision for a possible grant to the village hall for parking area expansion. These would be agreed as the final budget at the next meeting. and these would be agreed as the final budget at the next meeting.
PLANS AND OBJECTIVES
This document was agreed after some consideration of any potential costings involved. These were largely covered by the Budget and there were sufficient funds in reserves to cover any unexpected expenditure.
The update of the lighting in the Village Hall had finished and was a marked improvement. The Christmas Fair fundraising had been very successful thanks to Miss Frost’s effort which the Chairman thanked her for.
The meeting ended at 9.05pm
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