Annual Meeting of Electors of Foxearth and Liston – 5th May 2018

This meeting was held in Foxearth Village Hall on Saturday 5th May. There were 22 local residents present. Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Tony Clayton, reported on the activity of the Council in the past year. Funding for the installation of a public access defibrillator had been obtained and quotations were being obtained for an electrical supply to the Foxearth telephone box. Progress was being made on the restoration of the Foxearth War Memorial and the “Quiet Lane” in Liston had been formally designated. Fibre Broadband for Foxearth and Pentlow was a step nearer following an expression of the minimum 30% support (in this connection a local land owner understood that permission had not yet been sought for the neccessary cable laying across his land) Mr David Fahie explained his thoughts on the need for forward planning of housing needs in Foxearth. He felt that it would be in the best interests of villagers if there were opportunities for local folk – as their requirements changed but who wished to continue to live in the area- to downsize, acquire “easier living”, to have some choice available with different ownership options. This could be provided by a phased housing development for which an appropriate site would be an area at the back of Glebeside and the east side of Claypits. The first phase might consist of about 12 dwellings (various types of 2 or 3 bedroom properties) ultimately extending to about 21 units of accommodation all with a reasonable garden. Mr Fahie stressed that this was long-term thinking as any action in this matter would depend on several important factors: before any planning could begin the District Council Planning Department would need to be convinced that there was a requirement for such a development in the village. An independent housing needs survey would have to be undertaken and the views of the local populace obtained. Any project must have local support and Mr Fahie urged all to think carefully about his ideas and co-operate in any survey. Mr Fahie was thanked by Cllr Clayton for his contribution. Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, discussed current objectives of the Council as (a) sustaining economic growth which had seen council tax stable for 7 years intil 2018/19, (b) extending services for the elderly and children as demand grew; new schools were planned for Colchester (3) and Chelmsford (2), (c) protection of the environment and (d) ensuring that every service is provided as effectively as possible. He emphasised the County’s high rating in various fields by comparison with other authorities. Cllr Finch drew attention to several schemes initiated by County including the Essex Lottery, crowd funding and the community service fund which provides grants of up to £5,000 pa for up to 3 years. Responding to questions concerning pot holes Cllr Finch urged that all problems should reported via the web site or by telephone as all instances are recorded and put in the repair programme. District Councillor Iona Parker explained that investment in community facilities such as doctors’ surgeries in Braintree was continuing as was support for tourism development. Efforts were being made to gain wider Broadband access. She mentioned the small grant scheme which provided amounts up to £1,500 at individual councillors’ discretion.The Council also had a policy of dealing with fly-tipping complaints within 24 hours whenever possible. In the public forum session it was recalled that at a recent meeting attention had been drawn to problems arising from the priority at the Rodbridge river crossing at which an aggressive incident had been noted. Visibility from the Suffolk side was not clear until one is on the beginning of the bridge. Cutting back some foliage would help but better still would be to reverse the priority! It was noted that litter – in considerable quantity- tended to be left at the “lay-by”, on the left past Foxearth Hall, and it was questioned whether this unofficial stopping place should be allowed to continue to exist. The land owner expressed a willingness to close it off and bank the edges with soil. Dog mess was also reported as a persistent nuisance and health hazard. Dog walkers were reminded that failing to remove fouling constitutes a criminal offence; plastic bags are available and receptacles – which are regularly emptied – are in place.

Ken Nice.

 

Parish Council A meeting of the Parish Council for Foxearth and Liston was held on 12th May with Cllr Mark Posen in the Chair; there was one local resident present. Formal elections were unanimously made as follows: Chairman – Cllr Tony Clayton, Vice-Chairman – Cllr Mark Posen, Appointments and Employment Committee – Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Cllr William Binks. Arising from the recent meeting of electors it was noted that Mr David Fahie had offered to commission and fund a RCCE housing needs survey if the Parish Council supported this approach – which it did unanimously. In connection with the desired War Memorial realignment Cllr C. Cox explained the difficulty of getting an alternative quotation and said that the matter was now in the hands of the Arch Deacon who had asked for more information. On the subject of footpaths it was noted that some repairs had been done and some areas overgrown with nettles would be reported. Next meeting: 14th July 2018 9.45am in Foxearth Village Hall.

Ken Nice

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