Before the meeting opened Cllr Simon Howell addressed the meeting and supplied the clerk with a list of Uttlesford District Council staff and their telephone numbers, the new Cabinet structure and a time table of committee meetings. No new information was available about the pedestrian footway project despite Councillor Howell’s efforts.
The possibility of neighbourhood plans being jointly submitted with neighbouring parish councils had met with no support. Uttlesford Council were committed to concentrating on developing solar heating with their housing stock so there was no possibility of including Village Halls at this stage. An Essex County Council office had been moved from Fairycroft to the UDC London Road site as a cost saving measure. There was no news of the Saffron Walden Police Station’s fate in light of the cost cutting measures. The meeting expressed concern as this is the last station in the area.
Mr Howell’s offered his apologies for the next meeting but promised to continue his efforts concerning the pedestrian footway issue.
The Chairman opened the meeting at 8.20pm