Hempstead
Parish Council

2019
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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 
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF HEMPSTEAD PARISH COUNCIL

held at the Village Hall on Thursday 7th November 2019
Present: Part Time:
Members of the Public:

The Parish Council meeting started at 8 pm

The Chairman welcomed Mr Turkentine to his first meeting as Parish Councillor

  1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

    County Councillor Simon Walsh

  2. REPORTS FROM DISTRICT OR COUNTY COUNCILLORS

    County Councillor Simon Walsh had sent his October report that had been circulated.

    District Councillor Alan Storah discussed his previously circulated report and agreed to keep the council updated on progress with enforcement concerning the failed application for a Nursery at Boytons.
    He also reported that changes to the Planning Committee process had been approved and further changes may follow.
    A reply from Government re the Local Plan had not yet materialised.
    The Chairman thanked him again for his report and attendance.

  3. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

    held Thursday 1st October were agreed as a correct record, subject to correction of a future meeting date to 16th January from the 6thJanuary.

  4. MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ELSEWHERE

    None not covered elsewhere.
  5. PLANNING

    The status of applications was as follows:
    Frenches Farm UTT/19/1987/OP Conditionally approved all matters reserved
    Land South of Limes: UTT/19/1756/FUL Awaiting decision
    Boytons reapplication for Nursery UTT/19/1979/FUL refused
    Bramley Hollow: UTT/19/2082/OP Permission refused
    Ronans Barn UTT/19/2140/FUL Approved conditionally (Condition already met).

    New applications with comments that were agreed after discussion.

    Land north of Old Bakery, High Street. UTT/19/2517/FUL
    Whilst the Parish Council is not opposed to this application, there are reservations about issues that should be explored by the planning process.
    1) The planned property is very close to the stream that has experienced flooding in the past. Remedial work has been done but it is vital that this section of stream is kept clear and remains open rather than piped.
    2) The two-storey building is very close to the road and there may also be issues of it overlooking Trevor House.
    3) Access onto the road needs to be carefully considered as it in one of the most populous parts of the village where the road is barely adequate for the traffic and size of vehicles. It is on the inside of a bend, so visibility splays need to be ascertained. The Parish Council hopes that these issues will be considered carefully during the application process.

    Land by Thatch Cottage, Hill Road. UTT/19/2707/OP.
    For this item Mrs Saxell declared and interest and took no further part in the discussion of it.

    The Parish Council was initially concerned that this proposed property might be detrimental to the views over the village coming down the hill from Radwinter. On closer inspection the mature trees should shield the new property adequately. However, they do need to be preserved to maintain the views. The Council also would expect other potential concerns such as access onto the highway are carefully considered as the planning application process unfolds.

  6. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

    Mrs Saxel thanked those who had responded to her invitation to join the scheme and said that she would continue to remind people via the Newsletter.

  7. HIGHWAYS AND RIGHTS OF WAY

    Local Highway Panel: 40 mph zone. Rissa Long had sent plans for approval. I was agreed that these were in order and that the Clerk should write to inform her.

    Mr Drane reported that he had been chasing a few outstanding potholes especially the one on Anso Rd near Prentices farm which was looking dangerous. Wellyard posts had been tidied but there was further work to be done. The road outside Cracknells also needed attention. It was agreed that the Turpin’s Trail signs that had been refurbished should be checked.

  8. ENVIRONMENT

    Pond: No reply had been received from Mr Sills concerning the pond.
    However, the Highways Rangers had cleared the highway bank and made a great improvement This verge near the pond needs regular attention, so it was agreed that the Clerk should contact Julian Basham to get a price for regular cutting alongside his normal work.

  9. FINANCE

    Inspection of the half yearly accounts by Mr Welbourn had been completed and approved for accuracy. The Clerk had now made the necessary adjustments to his salary payments after the increase agreed at the meeting of June 13tt min:31. This was to update to compliance of Joint National Council rates. Additionally, an increase in hours from September 5/9 min 59.

    Back pay amounted to £138.52. This, a payment or £440 for his yearly expenses and two alterations to standing orders for salary and PAYE had been put on the website for authorisation.

    Budget: The clerk had sent out a draft budget for the next financial year 2010/2021 which was discussed. There was agreement that the precept should stay the same as this year. There were some other amendments that the Clerk would incorporate, and these would be agreed as the final budget at the next meeting.

    Overpayment to RCCE due to duplicated invoices had been returned by them.

  10. VE DAY 2020

    It was agreed that this event should have a 1940s theme and planning would continue in the new year.

FUTURE MEETINGS - Tuesday 3rd December 8.15pm and Thursday 16th January at 8pm, February 13th at 8p, all in the Village Hall.

The meeting ended at 9.35 pm

For a printable version of these minutes please click here.


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