MINUTES OF MEETING
held Thursday 6 December were agreed as a correct record.
There were none not covered elsewhere
GYPSY AND TRAVELLER SITE LIST
Mr Sladen declared an interest in this item. Following on from the discussion with Councillor Howell, prior to the meeting, the Parish Council discussed the matter further and it was agreed to write to Andrew Taylor (Head of planning at Uttlesford) It was also agreed to endeavour to speak to the owner of the site to get his views and alert him to the possibility of pre-emptive occupation which has been known to happen. It was also agreed to inform residents via the Newsletter
Boundary Changes to Electoral Districts:
Uttlesford District Councillors were voting the next day on alterations to the ward boundary. It was agreed that the clerk would respond to the consultation indicating the Parish Council’s preference for the status quo. This corresponded to the present grouping of Sampfords, Radwinter and Hempstead parishes. However was acknowledged that the Parish of Little Bardfield may be added to this ward as part of the restructuring.
The clerk provided details for circulation.
RCCE Group Oil Purchase Scheme
The clerk circulated the details of this scheme.
County Councillor Simon Walsh’s Report
The clerk read out a report from the councillor.
Amended papers would be sent off to Lloyd Simpson of Essex Legal Services.
The issue of the ash tree obscuring the church had been investigated by Miss Frost and Mrs Scott. It was decided to establish the ownership and if appropriate use part of next year’s £500 allocated for village jobs to reduce its visual impact. Miss Frost also informed the council that she would be having the Ash Tree in her garden reduced in height.
Gas Gun Birdscarers
Some residents have expressed concern about the loudness and timing of these. It was agreed that Miss Frost would informally contact Tim Sills to see if anything could be done.
The speed watch activities had started again after the Christmas break.
The Footway Project
Mr McCarthy had asked Councillor Howell to find out the progress on the Land Transfers for this project. The extravagant legal fees previously quoted had been based on the original plan that had included putting all the service cables underground. Councillor Howell had agreed to talk to Councillor Waters, Chair of the Highway Panel.
were still of concern especially the more dangerous ones. Mr. Drane continues to pursue this issue vigorously. It had also been raised with County Councillor Walsh.
A cheque for £48.75 was signed for payment to Source Tec Software (Avangate sothink.com) via Brian Kitchen to cover the new software needed to update the website.
The form was re-signed to cover the technical changes made necessary by Government alterations to the local funding to district councils. The overall sum received by the Parish would still be £8000.
VILLAGE EMERGENCY PLAN
An update had been sent off to Lisa Lipscombe, though Mr Sladen said that work would be ongoing to find more volunteers through an appeal in the Newsletter.
PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY
Negotiations for the 2013 grant were still ongoing. The Boxing Day Walk had been very enjoyable but some footpaths were becoming very muddy especially where ploughing had been very close to the edge of the field. It was also acknowledged that this was due in part to the very wet weather.
Re-formatting of the website was now ongoing by Brian Kitchen.
The clerk agreed to look into the timing of the invoice from ‘The Gutter Press’.
Mill Cottage extension: – The Clerk had previously circulated his response to this planning application that had been discussed at the last meeting.
Dick Turpins Cottage: – It was noted that the new owner of Turpins planned to remove the Leylandii at the front of the property.
Bellropes: – Most councillors had seen the application, and no problems were foreseen so no comments would be made to Uttlesford.
Fence at Little Orchard: – This had been investigated and the case closed without action.
The patio project was still ongoing.