Foxearth and Liston Parish Council Meeting – 2nd March 2019

The Council met on 2nd March 2019 with Cllr. Tony Clayton in the Chair. There were 13 members of the public present.

Chairman’s comments: The Chairman confirmed that the closure of Rodbridge for most of March for repairs would be on a 24 hour basis and not just for the hours that work was being done as some signs misleadingly suggested.

Stafford Park: It was reported that a planning application would be considered by Braintree District Council on 19th March. The Chairman summarised the comments against the development previously submitted by the Council and these were agreed as being still applicable. They were that the traffic plan was flawed as there is no public transport, a majority of local residents are opposed to the development, local schools and other services could not cope with the influx that 100 extra dwellings would bring, no account is taken of the countryside and the area does not fall within the definition of a brown field site. Asked by the Chairman whether he wished to comment on these points Mr McPherson said that he could but he would prefer to answer any questions. There were none. A comment was made from the floor that three major developments in Long Melford had impacted upon schools and doctors’ surgeries.

Braintree District Council report:  District Councillor Iona Parker outlined various issues mentioning in particular that Council Tax was likely to be increased, the councillor individual grant scheme would continue and garden waste collections had resumed. Initiatives included “Help for the High St”, a Jobs Fair, police emphasis on road safety and more public involvement in planning.

Handy(wo)man: The Clerk agreed to make an application from the EALC Local Services Fund for £15,000 over three years for handyperson services.

Local traffic issues:  Cllr. Posen suggested the setting up of a working party – to include local representatives – to look at traffic issues in the two villages. This was agreed.

Broadband; Cllr Posen understood that County Broadband’s fibre installation was proceeding and that B.T intended to upgrade their system to fast (their definition) in 2019.

Footpaths: Cllr. Robson reported that he had put “no horses” signs in appropriate spots. In relation to any handyperson service it was important to co-ordinate any maintenance, e.g. hedgerow cutting,with local authority services.

Next meeting:   Saturday 25th May 2019 9.45am in Foxearth Village Hall. This will be the Annual Meeting of Electors to be followed by the Parish Council AGM

Ken Nice

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