Foxearth & Liston Parish Council – 15th July 2017 – Report

The Council met on Saturday 15th July with Cllr. Anthony Clayton in the Chair. There were three local residents present.

Chairman’s update: The Chairman referred to the previous meeting at which it was reported that a Foxearth resident had made a formal complaint to the District Monitoring Officer with regard to the conduct of two councillors who ” have acted in a predeterminant manner and have therefore disqualified themselves from any active participation relating to the consideration of the Stafford Park planning application that is set to come before the Council at its meeting on Saturday 10th June 2017 in contravention of section 25 of the Localism Act”

The Clerk had sought advice from the BDC Monitoring Officer and, given his response, the two councillors were allowed to participate.

The Chairman stated that it would seem that the advice from the Monitoring Officer, Ian Hunt, did not satisfy the resident who immediately after the meeting  reiterated his complaint to Braintree; the Clerk is awaiting a further response from Mr. Hunt.

The Chairman expressed his view that the Council acted in a proper and professional manner with regard to the planning application and listened to all the objections put forward by members of the public at the last meeting before drawing a conclusion. None present offered any positives with regard to this application even when prompted to do so by the Chairman.  The Chairman  now regarded the matter as closed.

Public Participation Session: A resident requested that dog walkers should keep their charges on leads when in the vicinity of  ponies and other livestock to prevent avoidable alarming. It was noted that dog fouling is still occurring and that it is a criminal offence not to remove dog mess from public areas. Cllr. P Cox reminded that he had a supply of poop bags which were freely available.

Attention was drawn to the need for some grass cutting to clear various footpaths.

Planning: No objections were expressed at proposals to (a) replace an existing car port at a residence and (b) carry out tree works at another residence – both in Foxearth.

It was noted that approval had been given to the continuance of structural work including beam cleaning and a change of colour to external walls at another residence in Foxearth.

A decision is awaited on a proposal for a change of use from agricultural to dwelling at a property in Liston.

Next meeting: 9.45am Saturday 9th September 2017 in Foxearth Village Hall


Kenneth Nice, Orchard Cottage, Foxearth

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