Foxearth & Liston Parish Council Meeting – 9th September 2017 – Report

Chairman’s update: The Chairman reported that Essex County Highways had notified the current criteria for the designation of a “Quiet Lane” in relation to the application for Liston Lane to be so appointed.. All Liston residents will receive a copy of the criteria and notices will be published of a required special meeting to discuss this topic alone . The Liston Residents Association have already broached the subject at their AGM and expressed overwhelming support for the idea which would reduce the speed limit considerably.

Being keen to see how other councils worked  the Chairman had attended a meeting of Long Melford Parish Council – which had included a planning meeting. It now seemed likely that the proposed Bull Lane development would go ahead in spite of numerous local objections. There was also some shock at the announcement that outline planning permission had been sought for 300 homes on land in the north of the village towards the bypass.

Essex County Council and Braintree District Council: In the apologised absence of Cllr David Finch and Cllr Iona Parker there were no reports on the activities of these authorities

Defibrillator update:  Cllr Mark Posen reported that a grant of £720 had been made towards this project from the discretionary scheme operated by individual district councillors. In relation to a larger grant application Cllr Posen had been informed that the paperwork had been lost and that a fresh application would need to be made.

Public Participation Session:  A local resident asked what was being done about the Foxearth  War Memorial and  who was responsible for it. The Chairman explained tht it was the responsibility of the Parish Council and that Cllr Mrs Corinne Cox was seeking quotations for the correction of the serious deviation from the vertical which it presently shows. Comment was made on the splendour of the recent fly pasts by the Red Arrows commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Commanding Officer Bernard Ward of Foxearth and appreciation mentioned for the local initiative that brought this about.

Planning: No objections were expressed to an application to allow the occupation of two ancillary residences in Liston on short term tenancies for a maximum of six months. No objections were  offered to the proposed installation of Velux windows in a resdence in Foxearth. It was noted that an  application for the continuation of structural works, cleaning and redecoration at a Foxearth residence had been approved but the replacement of a carport at another Foxearth house had been refused.

Renovation of village sign:  It was noted that the Foxearth Village sign was in need of cleaning – mainly because of the adjacent tree. Also mention was made of some advertising notices along the roadsides and it was questioned whether these had been placed with the permission of the land owners; the Clerk would pursue this with the perpetrators.

Next meeting:  25th November 2017 at 9.45am in Foxearth Village Hall

Ken Nice

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