Foxearth and Liston parish Council – Report of meeting on 25th January 2020

There was a meeting of the Parish Council on 25th January 2020 when the following principal items were discussed

Fibre Broadband installation. Work continues on this although the latest connection date of March was suggested by Cllr. Mark Posen to be optimistic. Considerable concern and frustration was expressed, by councillors and members of the public present,¬† at the time this work is taking and it was recalled that in May 2019 connection was anticipated in October/November of that year. It was felt that the performance of County Broadband has been disgraceful and that they should be pressed for a programme for the delivery of a service long promised. Also comments were made about the misleading signs relating to road closures and it was felt that these signs should be more specific in relation to the point at which a road is closed. A sign saying ‘Road head closed’ when the actual closure is perhaps a mile or two ahead is not very helpful.

Apologies were received from County Cllr. David Finch and his update of ECC activity was circulated. A copy of this is available on the Parish Council website. It gives brief details of the budget for 2020/2021, the setting up of a climate change commission, the forestry initiative begun in Nov 2019, the year-long Essex 2020 programme of exhibitions and creative events, developments in services for rough sleepers, the homeless, children and families and proposals for housing and highways developments.

Apologies also were received from District Cllr. Iona Parker who drew attention in a report to the Braintree D.C. establishment of a Climate Change working party and the regeneration initiative fror Manor Street.

Questions were asked about the cleaning and the trimming of branches around the Foxearth Village sign and the work required to straighten the War memorial in the churchyard. The Clerk was asked to pursue the first matter and the second was in the hands of the Parochial Church Council.

Several points were raised about the state of some footpaths – mainly overgrowth and, at this time of year, mud

No objections were expressed to a planning proposal for work on a property in Liston.

 Next meeting: Saturday 21st March 2020 at 9.45am in Foxearth Village Hall

Ken Nice


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