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Foxearth & Liston Parish Council Meeting – 9th September 2017 – Report

Chairman’s update: The Chairman reported that Essex County Highways had notified the current criteria for the designation of a “Quiet Lane” in relation to the application for Liston Lane to be so appointed.. All Liston residents will receive a copy of the criteria and notices will be published of a required special meeting to discuss this topic alone . The Liston Residents Association have already broached the subject at their AGM and expressed overwhelming support for the idea which would reduce the speed limit considerably.

Being keen to see how other councils worked  the Chairman had attended a meeting of Long Melford Parish Council – which had included a planning meeting. It now seemed likely that the proposed Bull Lane development would go ahead in spite of numerous local objections. There was also some shock at the announcement that outline planning permission had been sought for 300 homes on land in the north of the village towards the bypass.

Essex County Council and Braintree District Council: In the apologised absence of Cllr David Finch and Cllr Iona Parker there were no reports on the activities of these authorities

Defibrillator update:  Cllr Mark Posen reported that a grant of £720 had been made towards this project from the discretionary scheme operated by individual district councillors. In relation to a larger grant application Cllr Posen had been informed that the paperwork had been lost and that a fresh application would need to be made.

Public Participation Session:  A local resident asked what was being done about the Foxearth  War Memorial and  who was responsible for it. The Chairman explained tht it was the responsibility of the Parish Council and that Cllr Mrs Corinne Cox was seeking quotations for the correction of the serious deviation from the vertical which it presently shows. Comment was made on the splendour of the recent fly pasts by the Red Arrows commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Commanding Officer Bernard Ward of Foxearth and appreciation mentioned for the local initiative that brought this about.

Planning: No objections were expressed to an application to allow the occupation of two ancillary residences in Liston on short term tenancies for a maximum of six months. No objections were  offered to the proposed installation of Velux windows in a resdence in Foxearth. It was noted that an  application for the continuation of structural works, cleaning and redecoration at a Foxearth residence had been approved but the replacement of a carport at another Foxearth house had been refused.

Renovation of village sign:  It was noted that the Foxearth Village sign was in need of cleaning – mainly because of the adjacent tree. Also mention was made of some advertising notices along the roadsides and it was questioned whether these had been placed with the permission of the land owners; the Clerk would pursue this with the perpetrators.

Next meeting:  25th November 2017 at 9.45am in Foxearth Village Hall

Ken Nice

Foxearth & Liston Parish Council – 15th July 2017 – Report

The Council met on Saturday 15th July with Cllr. Anthony Clayton in the Chair. There were three local residents present.

Chairman’s update: The Chairman referred to the previous meeting at which it was reported that a Foxearth resident had made a formal complaint to the District Monitoring Officer with regard to the conduct of two councillors who ” have acted in a predeterminant manner and have therefore disqualified themselves from any active participation relating to the consideration of the Stafford Park planning application that is set to come before the Council at its meeting on Saturday 10th June 2017 in contravention of section 25 of the Localism Act”

The Clerk had sought advice from the BDC Monitoring Officer and, given his response, the two councillors were allowed to participate.

The Chairman stated that it would seem that the advice from the Monitoring Officer, Ian Hunt, did not satisfy the resident who immediately after the meeting  reiterated his complaint to Braintree; the Clerk is awaiting a further response from Mr. Hunt.

The Chairman expressed his view that the Council acted in a proper and professional manner with regard to the planning application and listened to all the objections put forward by members of the public at the last meeting before drawing a conclusion. None present offered any positives with regard to this application even when prompted to do so by the Chairman.  The Chairman  now regarded the matter as closed.

Public Participation Session: A resident requested that dog walkers should keep their charges on leads when in the vicinity of  ponies and other livestock to prevent avoidable alarming. It was noted that dog fouling is still occurring and that it is a criminal offence not to remove dog mess from public areas. Cllr. P Cox reminded that he had a supply of poop bags which were freely available.

Attention was drawn to the need for some grass cutting to clear various footpaths.

Planning: No objections were expressed at proposals to (a) replace an existing car port at a residence and (b) carry out tree works at another residence – both in Foxearth.

It was noted that approval had been given to the continuance of structural work including beam cleaning and a change of colour to external walls at another residence in Foxearth.

A decision is awaited on a proposal for a change of use from agricultural to dwelling at a property in Liston.

Next meeting: 9.45am Saturday 9th September 2017 in Foxearth Village Hall


Kenneth Nice, Orchard Cottage, Foxearth

Foxearth Village Fete – 24th June 2017

The sun shone, the people came and the only slightly troublesome factor was the breeze which tried to redistribute the raffle tickets – but compared with the deluge of yesteryear we were blessed! So the annual village fete in the lovely gardens of Hunters Lodge on 24th June was a success from all points of view. From the outset the reliable and expert Melford Silver Band entertained with their varied selections. Sustenance came in the form of a Pimms bar, a burger stall and delicious teas  and ices. A bouncy castle was just one of the attractions in the childrens’ games department and for those wanting a flutter there were tombola and raffle tables. There were stalls for cakes, plants, costume jewellery and craft work . The crossword competition was won by Rosemary Branwhite, Churchwarden at Belchamp Otten and Steven Starling of Great Bentley- a cousin of the compiler; both received their choice of tipple!

The result was a magnificent £1,365 for Parish Church funds . We thank all who helped in the event,  all who came along and we express our sincere appreciation to Louise and Nick for allowing us to invade their home once again.


Ken Nice