Archive for July, 2018

Foxearth & Liston Parish Council Meeting – 14th July 2018

The Council for Foxearth and Liston met on 14th July with Cllr. Tony Clayton in the Chair. There were 7 members of the public present.

Chairman’s report: Arising from the address given to the Meeting of Electors on  5th May by Mr David Fahie on the subject of housing needs in Foxearth,  the Council agreed to commission a report from the Rural Community Council for Essex on “Affordable Housing for local people in Foxearth” Cllr.Mark Posen agreed to be the nominated councillor to liaise with the RCCE and Mr Fahie would co-operate as requested.

District Council report: Cllr, Iona Parker summarised a recent community forum meeting looking at traffic congestion in Sudbury in connection with whch Suffolk CC has allocated funding for a thorough survey. Options for consideration include a possible relief road around the town, moving the lorry park next to Tescos and improvements to the A 134 Colchester – Sudbury road.

Public examination of the District Council’s local plan has taken place. A 5 year target for more housing has not been met and more planning applications are being granted. The Council is promoting a tourism strategy and web site. An increased number of prosecutions for fly tipping and dog assaults have been brought by BDC.

Public Question Time: A local resident asked about progress on the required refurbishment of the Foxearth Village sign and trimming of overhanging branches. Also the  clearance of foliage at Rodbridge to improve visibility and the suggested change of priority. In regard to the latter it was felt that the local authorities would probably not agree to the funding of the necessary traffic survey. It was noted that there were still potholes needing attention.

Discussion took place about the re-alignment of the War Memorial and who owns it.

Council felt that it should take responsibility for the work but there was difficulty in finding a contractor and access to it. More grant funding would be explored.

Defibrillator: Cllr. Posen explained the problem of getting quotes for an electrical supply to the telephone box. It was suggested that the defibrillator might be fixed to the exterior of the Village Hall – subject of course to the Trust having no objection -making a connection very much easier. Cllr Posen would raise the matter with the Hall Trust and Cllr Parker would find out whether planning permission would have to be sought.

Broadband: Cllr Posen understood from County Broadband that progress was being made on the Foxearth and Pentlow fibre installation. It was clearly diappointing for Liston residents that they were not included but CB have insisted that their initial deployment was for Foxearth and Pentlow. Although there is still a lot of work to do it was hoped that the first customers might be connected by December. Before then another public “briefing” meeting would be held.

Footpaths: Some paths hve been cut by County.. Cllr Posen would endeavour to obtain a quotation for this work

Planning: No objections were expressed to an application for a single storey rear extension to a property in Foxearth.

Next meeting: Saturday, 8th September 2018 at 9.45am in Foxearth Village Hall


Ken Nice

Foxearth Fete – June 2018

“The sun has got his hat on – shout hip hip hooray” was one of the well -known themes the Harmonious Haverhill Silver Band played for us on the 23rd June at the Foxearth Summer Fete; and how appropriate it was! On a lovely warm afternoon the band entertained with a varied selection of music – performed with expert precision and expression – whilst a large attendance, from the village and beyond, enjoyed burgers, tea and delicious cakes, a Pimms bar and wandered around the usual array of stalls. For those who liked a flutter there was a tombola and a raffle. A bouncy castle mopped up the energy of the youngsters and there were games requiring feats of accuracy.

An innovation this year was the Dashing Dog Show, masterminded and judged by our own “Herriot” Jenny Fitch-Holland. This event attracted a large number of assorted canines who proved to be well-behaved and friendly – just like their owners. Five classes were judged ; 1 The dog with the waggiest tail, 2 The dog who looks most like its owner (it might be embarrassing to delve further into that), 3 Veteran, 4 The dog the judge would most like to take home – and 5 Best 6 legs (what influence did the owner have on this we wonder), No “top of the show” but a few rosettes were seen.

Once again we are indebted to Louise and Nick for the opportunity to invade their lovely gardens and for the great help they gave on the day. As always it was a team effort and we thank everyone involved. Mostly we grateful to all of you who came along and contributed to the magnificent result of around £1,500 for Foxearth Parish Church.

Ken Nice