Archive for December, 2010

Decision Regarding Planning Application 10/01448/FUL

NOTICE OF A PLANNING DECISION BY BRAINTREE DISTRICT COUNCIL

You can review the decision of Braintree DC Planning Committee in respect of the above application by taking the following link.

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and entering an application number in the appropriate box.

Then by opening the document entitled “Decision”.

DRAFT MINUTES FOR PARISH COUNCIL MEETING OF 8 DECEMBER 2010

Please Note : The following minutes are in draft form and are published subject to the approval of the parish council at its next meeting

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF FOXEARTH AND LISTON PARISH COUNCIL HELD AT FOXEARTH VILLAGE HALL ON WEDNESDAY 8 DECEMBER 2010.

PRESENT

C Flux (Chairman), M Nice, K Nice, P Highmore & N Oakes. In attendance were N Hartley (District Councillor), D Finch (County Councillor) & J Geddes (Parish Clerk). There were some 14 residents present.

1 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

C Flux declared an interest in matters concerning the ex-IFF site in Liston

2 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

An apology was received from Mrs. C Cox

3 MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minutes of the meeting on 14 October 2010 having been circulated, were agreed to be a correct record and were duly signed by the Chairman.

4 MATTERS ARISING

No outstanding matters were brought to the Council’s attention.

5 HIGHWAYS & FOOTPATHS

The Clerk reported that he had requested repairs to sign posts following a resolution at the last meeting. The person responsible at ECC stated that the necessary repairs had been provisionally ordered but that action was awaiting funds which are currently scarce. He agreed to look into the defective signalling of the bend at the bottom of Claypits.

The Clerk was requested to ask ECC Highways to fix the potholes beside the road to Rodbridge, especially the one 50 yards or so after Red Cottages. (Action J Geddes)

The new stiles still have not been placed because of licence problems, apart from which there were no other matters to report in respect of footpaths.

6 TELEPHONE BOX

There was agreement that no actions could be undertaken in respect of the phone box until the weather is more clement, i.e. next spring.

7 PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

(a) General. In order to improve communications to parishioners, it was agreed that Agendas and Minutes of Council Meetings would be put on the villages’ website. It was later agreed that the Braintree District Council references to local planning applications would also be passed on to the webmaster.

(b) Some Liston residents expressed concern that the Council had (a) insufficiently consulted on a recent planning application to use the ex-IFF site as a paint balling centre and had (b) also stated to BDC that there were no objections too early in the process. These residents were against the application for a number of reasons and had put in individual objections to BDC.

The Council stated that the application had been put on both the Foxearth and the Liston notice boards as soon as it was received and that representations from certain Liston residents had only been received by Councillors after the Clerk had stated to BDC that the Parish Council had no objections. To facilitate communication in future it was decided to put planning applications on the villages’ website (see above). It was also agreed to communicate Parish Council opinions on planning applications nearer to the deadline date. The contested planning application comes before a BDC planning committee meeting open to the public on 14/12/2010 when objectors may make representations. District Councillor Nigel Hartley said that he would seek a delay in the planning process so that potential access matters could be further investigated.

8. DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

Councillor Hartley stated that consultations on BDC’s expenses were due to go on till the end of next week. A white paper on planning was expected soon and one of its probable suggestions will be pushing planning down to neighbourhoods. Another probable proposal will be a sharp increase in fees for planning applications and an even bigger rise in retrospective planning application fees as unauthorised building is regularised.

9 COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

Councillor Finch said that budgeting was currently very difficult but that Essex should learn its situation on 13/12/2010. The hope/expectation was an unchanged Council tax. Other items touched upon were the centralisation of procurement contracts, the transport policy covering homes to schools and the probable outsourcing of children’s homes. Finally Councillor Finch explained an apparent £200million reserve held by ECC.

10 PLANNING

The discussions regarding item 10/01448/FUL are set out above. The applications noted below passed without further comment.

11 FINANCIAL MATTERS

The payment shown on the Agenda was approved.

The draft budget which had been previously given to Councillors was discussed line by line and was approved in the form that it is attached to these minutes. Due to (a) the need for a new computer, (b) expenses expected to be incurred renovating the phone box and (c) the costs imposed by the police to remain in the speed-watch scheme, the parish precept will have to rise.

12 SECOND DOG LITTER BIN

The Clerk reported that the bin had been delivered and that Mr Broad had been contacted and would provide a suitable post. We await Mr. Cox’s return from Scotland where he has been delayed by bad weather.

13 STANDING ORDERS

Mr. Nice reported that his first draft had been circulated and that he was working on the comments received. He expected the final draft to be ready for the meeting in February.

14 ANY OTHER BUSINESS

There was none.

15 NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held in Foxearth village hall on THURSDAY 10 February 2011 when we expect our MP, Mr. Newmark to be present

The Chairman declared the meeting closed at 8.35 p.m.

Speed-Watch in Foxearth & Liston

Speed-Watch has been in abeyance for the last few months awaiting a re-appraisal of the county wide scheme by Essex police.

That is now complete and we are ready to start again when the weather improves. We have also been guaranteed a small cash component by the Parish Council, a new requirement from the police force. For that we say thank you.

Our main requirement is more volunteers. We have a group of willing helpers but more are always welcome so if you wish to join them in helping make our streets safer, please give me a call – 01787 310130.

I look forward to hearing from some of you.

David Busby