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 Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at 8.15
Present: Part Time:
Members of the Public:

The Parish Council meeting started at 8.15 pm

  1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

    County Councillor Walsh
    District Councillor Alan Storah
    Mr Nicholas Turkentine

  2. 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.

  3. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

    held Thursday 7th November were agreed as a correct record.

  4. MATTERS ARISING NOT COVERED ELSEWHERE

    None not covered elsewhere.
  5. PLANNING

    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

  6. 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.

  7. ENVIRONMENT

    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.

  8. COMMUNICATIONS

    Website: some issues has been experienced with the history section but it was hoped to resolve these soon.

  9. FINANCE

    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.

  10. DEFIBRILLATOR

  11. 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.

  12. VILLAGE HALL

    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.

FUTURE MEETINGS - Thursdays February 13th and March 12th at 8pm, all in the Village Hall.

The meeting ended at 9.05pm

For a printable version of these minutes please click here.


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