Foxearth & Liston Parish Council – AGM Report – 27th May 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Council was held in Foxearth Village Hall on Saturday 27th May 2017. Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. Tony Clayton, Cllr Corinne Cox and Essex County Cllr. David Finch. Nine local residents were present.

Election of Officers: Chairman – Cllr. Tony CLayton, Vice-Chairman – Cllr. Mark Posen  (and Chairman for the meeting).

Chairman’s update: A planning application has been submitted for the development of Stafford Park – further discussion later in meeting. County Broadband are hopeful that an improved service may be offered to customers at the end of July. The company intend to hold an open meeting in the summer. The Foxearth Church tower is not considered suitable for a booster aerial because of surrounding foliage. Speedwatch is once again in operation but more volunteers are needed -please! Dog fouling is still a problem and dog walkers are reminded that it is a criminal offence not to remove dog mess. Happily the Jubilee oak seems to have revived.

District Council report:  District Cllr. Iona Parker briefly highlighted priority areas including improved recycling services to flats and schools, reduction of litter, energy switching advice, the new local plan, development of businesses, leasing buildings for health services, on line services, support for the Colne Valley Railway Preservation Society  and grants for energy-saving measures such as loft insulation, draught proofing etc.

Public Participation Session: Reference was made to the possibility – raised at the last meeting – of the Stafford Park Working Party being resurrected and a local resident questioned what function this would serve. The Chairman indicated that as a planning application had now been made it would perhaps be appropriate for wider consultation to take place; the difficulty in this respect was that the District Council had set a closing date of 5th June for the receipt of comments. Mr Gordon McPherson – owner of the site -expressed a willingness to discuss his proposals with individuals or at meetings at any time. The Council noted that its previous objection to the original plans was still valid but in view of the numerous changes in the latest application a request should be made to extend the consultation period – which The Clerk would immediately seek. Residents were invited to make any comments on the application to the Parish Council and/or the Braintree District Council.

A resident drew attention to poor visibility at Rodbridge and wondered whether safety would be improved if the right of way was changed giving priority to traffic entering Essex.

It was noted that the bridge at the junction of footpaths 11 and 12 in Foxearth was broken and that the Highways department would be visiting in the near future.

Defibrillator; Council agreed to support an application made by Cllr Posen to the Community Heartbeat Trust for a grant of £2,500 for the provision of a defibrillator.

Next meeting:  15th July 2017

N.B The Clerk has now given notification that an additional meeting of the Council has been called for Saturday 10th June, 9.45am in Foxearth Village Hall - for the purpose of discussing, inter alia, the latest Stafford Park planning application.


Ken Nice

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