were taken as read and signed as a correct record by the Chairman.
Mr Drane had been in contact with PC Dawn Bamford – she was unable to attend this meeting or the next but will try for October; he also requested speed checks to be done in the near future.
SLCC Regional Conference 24 September 2009
Essex Heritage Trust Annual Meeting invitation 10 September – Mr Weedon may attend
UDC – Sandbag Consultation inefficient service was discussed and the Clerk was asked to write to advise that various flood defences are known about and have been implemented but to request sand bags be supplied in better quality bags so that they would last longer – say for 5 years. – Action CD
Rural Community Network request for circulation information – to remain as Clerk for internal circulation – Action CD
North Uttlesford Community Forum next meeting 10 September
Parish Planning Workshop no meeting since last report
West Essex Area Forum next meeting 15 September, location to be confirmed
Walden in Transition no meeting attended since last report
Village Green Issues Mr Haylock had received the papers from ECC identify where the 5 parcels of village green were situated. Miss Frost will contact Land Registry at Peterborough to establish who holds title to 2 of these parcels – a charge of £6 per parcel will be made and the Council approved this expenditure. Mr Haylock will now contact EALC for their free legal advice as to where we go from here to ensure that all 5 parcels of village green are within the Parish Council’s control. – Action DF/DH
Insurance renewal documentation for 2009/10 had been received from Zurich and, after various amendments needed to the detail, the final premium quoted was £718.65. Mr Sladen had contacted Suffolk ACRE for a comparable quote and this came in at £560.42. Miss Frost proposed that the insurance be taken out with Suffolk ACRE and this was seconded by Mr Weedon – the Council UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED this. Mr Sladen was thanked for his time and effort in this matter.
The following accounts were approved for payment and cheques drawn up:
PHM Contractors Ltd
1st cut of PRoW
2009/10 Insurance Premium
Mr McCarthy had written to Ian Hurwood for an update and was awaiting a reply.
Mr Drane and Mr McCarthy had attended a site meeting with Ray Curtis from Highways. This was very productive and already a number of items have been addressed. A full schedule was sent by Mr Curtis detailing the proposed work together with start dates. A couple of further items had since come to light – including overgrown hedges along Finchingfield Road – and Mr Drane will liaise with Mr Curtis accordingly. Mr Curtis was praised for his prompt action and Mr Drane was congratulated on a good job done. – Action DD
Community Speed Watch three volunteers had come forward so the Clerk was asked to contact Georgie Davis to establish the position with regard to training etc. – Action CD
Re-alignment scheme Miss Frost had received a letter from Robin Wallbank (PRoW Maintenance Engineer ECC) that Hempstead’s footpath network had been inspected as part of countywide inspection. A number of anomalies/discrepancies had been noted and were discussed. Mr Weedon, Mr McCarthy and Miss Frost will liaise with relevant landowners etc. Mr Wallbank also noted that some minor works such as realigning post, changing discs etc was needed and offered to do these within their plan of works. Miss Frost will liaise with Mr Wallbank accordingly. – Action AW/SM/DF
Drinking Fountain Mr Haylock continues to liaise with the Community Initiative Fund to obtain the grant monies promised. Mr Haylock has reminded Mark Halls that the golden pineapple still needs attention. – Action DH
Village Sign Mr Drane confirmed that the cleaning work was due to commence from 18 August. A quote of £52 + VAT for varnishing the sign had been received. However, Mr Drane will ask Dirtbusters’ advice, as last time the sign was varnished there were a number of problems. Mr McCarthy will also try to get some advice from Ronseal. – Action DD/SM
Website – all seems to be in order Newsletter – next newsletter deadline 20 August 2009
The plan needs to be updated in the near future.
UTT/1803/08/FUL – Lakehouse Farm no decision to date
UTT/0820/09/LB – Anser Cottage replacement door/window – no decision to date
UTT/0906/09/FUL – Pollards Cross new entrance gates and walls –in circulation
UTT/0971/09/FUL – Anser Cottage installation of a swimming pool – in circulation
APP/C1570/A/09/2108227/WF – Highbanks appeal for removal of condition – “annexe to be used for domestic purposes only by residents of main dwelling” – the Clerk to reply that the Parish Council strongly object to the removal of conditions imposed, any reasons then still remain. – Action CD
The proposals to alter 2 footpaths to bridle ways – no decision to date
redecorating of the hall will commence 15 August by volunteers.
BAA have drawn up a draft Noise Action Plan consultation which SSE are claiming misrepresents and understates the number of people affected by overflying.
Future meeting dates – Thursday 17 September, Thursday 15 October and Thursday 12 November 2009.
The meeting closed at 9.35pm.
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