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Foxearth & Liston Parish Council – Report of Meeting held on 10th November 2018

A meeting of the Council took place on Saturday 10th November with Cllr. Tony Clayton in the Chair. There were 8 local residents present.

Chairman’s update: With regard to the Liston quiet lane the Chairman had noticed a reduction in traffic speed. In response to a question from the District Council it was agreed not to have the verges cut.

Essex County Council report: Council Leader Cllr David Finch stated that work was proceeding on the budget for 2019/20 with the objective of saving £50m and reducing expenditure to £900m a year. More outside contracts and the renegotiation of some would be considered. One-time grants are available for highway repairs. Thought is being given to further devolvement of some functions and funds to parishes. Essex schools continue to perform above the national average.

District Council report: Cllr Iona Parker confirmed – as recently reported in the press – that the Sudbury by-pass project had been abandoned. The District Council had been selected for a pilot scheme on the production of identifcation at the local elections next May. (It was understood that two items would be required giving rise to some discussion that this would possibly disenfranchise young or elderly people who might not have a driving licence or passport). BDC takes the problem of fly-tipping very seriously and will prosecute offenders. The Council is looking at improving support for people who are lonely by a “Meet up Mondays” initiative.

Housing Needs Survey: The Clerk reported that the RCCE had collated responses to the questionnaire relating to Mr David Fahie’s suggestions for the provision of affordable housing in Foxearth; 38% of households in the village had taken part. An email from Mr Fahie setting out his views on some of the survey’s conclusions was  circulated to councillors.

Public Participation Session: In response to a question about the refurbishment of the Foxearth village sign the  Clerk stated that Mr Steven Binks would undertake the work next April/May. Regarding the Stafford Park development it was enquired whether affordable housing figured in the plan. It was recalled that about two years ago the original proposal included some two-bed houses but there was no information as to the stage that planning has now reached. Concern was raised about neccessary strimming of footpaths and the annual nuisance of leaves on the roads and pavements. The Clerk would contact the EALC about the “Handyman” grant.

Defibrillator: Cllr. Mark Posen reported that this equipment had now been installed and that some familiarization sessions will be held for residents – probably in the New Year.

Fibre Broadband: Cllr Posen said that he had been unable to obtain any latest information from County Broadband about this installation. Road closures had been scheduled for next year but it was apparent that target dates would not be met.

War Memorial: Cllr Corinne Cox – in her role as Secretary of the Parochial Church Council – reported that funds are now secured and a contractor appointed for this repair. Permission for the go-ahead was still awaited from the Diocesan Chancellor.

Tree Warden: The resignation of Mr Alan Fitch from this voluntary position was received and he was thanked for his past service. Attempts would be made to fill the vacancy and anyone interested should contact the Clerk.

Planning: No objections were expressed to applications for tree work in Foxearth, the construction of a storage facility at Foxearth Fisheries and the conversion of a barn and cart lodge to residential use in Liston.

Next meeting: 26th January 2019 at 9.45am in Foxearth Village Hall


Kenneth Nice , Orchard Cottage, Foxearth


Foxearth and Liston Parish Council Meeting – 8/9/18 – A report

The Council met on Saturday 8thSeptember with Cllr Tony Clayton in the Chair and 5 local residents present.

Housing Needs Survey: The Chairman reported 34% of residents had responded to the request for their views and that the Rural Community Council of Essex was analysing the results.

Essex County Council: No report was available.

Braintree Dostrict Council : A written report from D. Cllr Iona Parker was read. Concerning the Local Plan (to 2033), BDC must provide more information to the Inspector for the  garden communities to be included. Work will shortly begin on slip roads to connect Freeport and Braintree centre to the A120.

Public Participation Session:  A question was asked about the cleaning of the Foxearth village sign: the Clerk agreed to follow this up with the contractor

Liston Village Green: The Chairman proposed that, at the request of the Liston Residents Association,  the green should become a registered green. This would protect the area and a plaque would commemorate the “Peasants Revolt” which started there.

Defibrillator: On attempting to install the defibrillator on the front wall  of the Village Hall the Community Heartbeat Trust had found that the structure was insufficiently strong to take the weight of the equipment. The Trust will try another installation method and will make good any damage,

Broadband;  Cllr M Posen reported that County Broadband had informed interested residents that design plans are complete and that construction is due to begin in November to take about 8 weeks.

Cllr Posen noted that the villages do not have a formally registered “Broadband Champion”. He offered himself for this role – which would enable him to receive uodates directly and pass them on  – and this was agreed.

Foxearth War Memorial: Cllr Posen explained that he had discussed this project in detail with Cllr C Cox (in her capacity as Secretary of the Parochial Church Council) with a view to the Parish Council taking financial responsiblity for the restoration; as the memorial is on church land it must remain a PCC project. The Village Hall Trust had agreed to double its previous contribution of £500 leaving a budget shortfall of £1,350 which the Parish Council agreed to meet from its reserve funds.

Footpaths: Cllr. K Robson said that he would be happy to discuss any concerns or questions local residents may have about footpaths. Cllr. Robson’s details are:

                  Email :   Mobile tel. 07900263666.

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

Next meeting: Saturday 10th November 2018 at 9.45 am in Foxearth Village Hall

Ken NIce


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