Hempstead
Parish Council

2020
January February March April May June
July August September October November December

Parish Council Contact List

ResponsibilitiesNameTelephone
Chairman + Police Liason + Village HallSean McCarthy01799 599558
Village WebsiteDiana Frost01799 599771
EnvironmentAlan Weedon01799 599366
Traffic and Legal IssuesMark Welbourn01799 598113
Highways + Public FootpathsDavid Drane01799 599397
Neighbourhood Watch + Tree WardenLaura Saxel 
Clerk + Responsible OfficerRebecca Cox07468 413684
Parish Council Hempstead
Minutes of the Meeting of Hempstead Parish Council
held remotely on Thursday 2nd July 2020
Present: Part Time:
Members of the Public:

The Parish Council meeting started at 8:14pm

  1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

    Mr Alan Weedon
    County Councillor Simon Walsh

  2. REPORTS FROM DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS

    County Councillor Simon Walsh had sent a June report that had been circulated.

    District Councillor Alan Storah briefly spoke about his report that had been circulated prior to the meeting. In addition he advised that he has liaised with the Planning Enforcement Officer regarding possible continuance of Boyton’s Farm being run as nursery. Due to Covid-19 restrictions no enforcement visits have occurred, but the Parish Council’s concerns have been passed along. In regard to the delayed implementation of the 40mph along Bumpstead Road he has spoken to the district representative on the Local Highways Panel, Geoff Driscoll, who was unaware that the it was yet to be implemented.

  3. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

    4th June 2020. Agreed as a correct record.

  4. MATTERS ARISING

    None

  5. PLANNING

    Bridge House: UTT/20/1376/HHF. Erection of first floor extension. No objections.
    Oak House: UTT/20/1383/HHF. Increase height to existing wall and construction of fence. Mark Welbourn and Laura Saxel recused themselves. No objections.
    Brookmead: UTT/20/1117/HHF. Revised retrospective application. AWAITING DECISION
    Newlands: UTT/20/0813/FUL. New application for 3 bed, single storey house. WITHRAWN
    Bramley Hollow: UTT/19/2082/OP. APPEAL AWAITING DECISION
    Boytons Farmhouse: enforcement action awaited.

  6. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AND WELLBEING

    Laura Saxel reported on the online wellbeing forum she attended in June. The Council discussed how best to support isolated and/or vulnerable residents. It was agreed that Laura would share the information received on the course with Council members and will draft a signposting package, which will provide information on where residents can receive advice and assistance on health and wellbeing issues.

  7. CORRESPONDANCE

    The Hundred Parishes – The Clerk had received an email regarding the renewal of membership. It was agreed that the membership should be renewed (£10).

    Public Rights of Way maintenance – The Chairman and Clerk had received correspondence from a resident regarding the responsibilities of footpath maintenance in the Parish, and confirmed that it is for Essex County Council and private land owners to maintain.

  8. HIGHWAYS AND RIGHTS OF WAY

    Rights of way – The clerk has written to two contacts in Essex County Council regarding much needed footpath cutting this year. A response is awaited.

    40mph Speed Limit – Following a Freedom of Information request details on the “objections” to the scheme have been received. However, there is still no indication on when implementation may occur.

  9. ENVIRONMENT

    Tree Survey – This was carried out on 15 June and the report provided. The main area of concern is the trees at Wellyards. The report will be shared with councillors and it was agreed that 2 quotes should be acquired for the work recommended on trees at Wellyards. After discussion it was agreed that a letter should be sent to residents of Wellyards who park their cars on the common land in the vicinity of possibly unsafe trees, making them aware of possible dangers if they continue to park there. Mark Welbourn to liaise with the Clerk to draft the letter.

    Railings – A quote for repair and repainting of the railings at Wellyards and the War Memorial has been received. After discussion the Council agreed to the quote for £115 for repainting of the War Memorial posts and the white railings over the stream at the bottom of Church Hill. The Council will consider what work on the railings at Wellyards is actually required. A quote on the repair and repainting of the railings by the ponds at the top of Church Hill is awaited.

  10. COMMUNICATIONS

    The website has been updated with all required Parish Council financial documentation and the “Newcomers Pack” has been updated.

  11. FINANCE

    The Council approved the Annual Governance and Accountability Return documentation for 2019/20, as presented by the Clerk.

  12. DEFIBRILLATOR

    No update on training. It is being checked regularly.

  13. VILLAGE HALL

    The Village Hall and play area will remain closed due to Covid-19 restrictions and health and safety requirements

  14. EMERGENCY PLAN

    Responses are being received from residents offering assistance. It may take up to 5 weeks to adequately draft a new plan. It was agreed that when complete the plan should be reviewed on a regular basis (every 6-12 months) to ensure it is kept up-to-date.

FUTURE MEETINGS - 6th August 2020 at 8pm, remotely

The meeting ended at 9:34pm

For a printable version of these minutes please click here.


January February March April May June
July August September October November December


(Top of page)