Prior to the meeting a discussion was held with District Councillor Simon Howell. The three submissions to the Local Highways Panel were discussed. Mr Howell fully supported the Council’s efforts to make the village safer as his mail was always full of complaints about speeding and poor driving. He made some other suggestions but appreciated that some of these would lead to increased signage which the Council was anxious to avoid.
The closure of the Bluebell Public House was discussed. Whilst it may mean a lengthy closure he was adamant that Uttlesford District Council would strenuously oppose any change of usage, particularly as the Parish Council Had listed it as a Village Asset. He was optimistic that a new landlord would eventually come forward.
He was pleased to note the progress towards the start of work on the footway through the village. He congratulated the council, particularly the Chairman, on their persistence over the last few years. He described it as a really significant achievement.
He explained that the Uttlesford Local Development Plan had been vetoed by central government. It would have to be re-submitted with even higher targets for housing. The latter would endanger the local infrastructure and may lead to a ‘suburbanisation’ of the area.
The Parish Council Meeting opened at 8.22 pm.