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

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