The Parish Council Meeting was adjourned whilst Mr Howell addressed the Council. The Bluebell Inn was discussed and he reiterated his support for it remaining a public house.
He reported that the budget of the Local Highways Panel will be halved from £450,000 to £225,000. This means that there will be more competition for a smaller pot of money. Councillors expressed their concern as the footway project remains unfinished.
The Uttlesford district budget is also reduced and may show a £1 million deficit in 2 years time. This could lead to a council tax rise of 1%.
The impact on the Parish Council will be that the top up grant to the precept will be lost. Additionally 2016/7 will be the final year of the new home bonus distributed to Parish Councils.
Miss Frost raised several issues about the maintenance of areas in the village. The discussion and response to these is reported in the minutes. Miss Frost remained as a non-participant observer.
The Parish Council meeting opened at 8.32 pm