Before the meeting opened Cllr Simon Walsh reported on some the current issues and thinking from Essex County Council in response to the current economic climate and impending spending review. Despite strenuously pursuing reduction of expenditure, every effort was being made to protect front line services. Partnership with Kent County Council was seen as a source of achieving savings, working together on crime, IT platforms and economic development.
Current progress with regard to the footway on the B1054 was discussed and Mr McCarthy reiterated to Cllr Walsh the need to keep up the pressure on the Highways Department to ensure that progress does not falter in view of the deteriorating funding situation. Cllr Walsh was thanked for his contribution and he then left the meeting.
The Chairman welcomed Mr Martyn Long as the Clerk designate and then opened the meeting at 8.35pm