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Quiz Night – 12th May – Foxearth Village Hall

A lot of unknown facts about animals, geography, food and drink and people emerged at the quiz night  in Foxearth Village Hall on Saturday evening 12th May as quiz master Peter Highmore – resplendent in suitable attire – fired 56 questions in 7 rounds at 8 teams to sort out the best from the rest. Contestants seemed to be  “more at home” with Radio and TV!  The final scores were surprisingly close with the Geddes Clan turning out to be top of the class by a couple of marks. Well done to them – they obviously knew exactly when to use their Joker!

At half time a supper of cottage pie or chilli was served and a bar kept thirst at bay. Val used her persuasive powers to achieve an excellent raffle result. We thank those who cooked, washed up, moved chairs and tables about and served the drinks; and the unquestionably right Peter who kept things moving with good humour. Mostly we thank all who came along and raised a marvellous £540 for the Parish Church.

Ken Nice

Annual Meeting of Electors of Foxearth and Liston – 5th May 2018

This meeting was held in Foxearth Village Hall on Saturday 5th May. There were 22 local residents present. Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Tony Clayton, reported on the activity of the Council in the past year. Funding for the installation of a public access defibrillator had been obtained and quotations were being obtained for an electrical supply to the Foxearth telephone box. Progress was being made on the restoration of the Foxearth War Memorial and the “Quiet Lane” in Liston had been formally designated. Fibre Broadband for Foxearth and Pentlow was a step nearer following an expression of the minimum 30% support (in this connection a local land owner understood that permission had not yet been sought for the neccessary cable laying across his land) Mr David Fahie explained his thoughts on the need for forward planning of housing needs in Foxearth. He felt that it would be in the best interests of villagers if there were opportunities for local folk – as their requirements changed but who wished to continue to live in the area- to downsize, acquire “easier living”, to have some choice available with different ownership options. This could be provided by a phased housing development for which an appropriate site would be an area at the back of Glebeside and the east side of Claypits. The first phase might consist of about 12 dwellings (various types of 2 or 3 bedroom properties) ultimately extending to about 21 units of accommodation all with a reasonable garden. Mr Fahie stressed that this was long-term thinking as any action in this matter would depend on several important factors: before any planning could begin the District Council Planning Department would need to be convinced that there was a requirement for such a development in the village. An independent housing needs survey would have to be undertaken and the views of the local populace obtained. Any project must have local support and Mr Fahie urged all to think carefully about his ideas and co-operate in any survey. Mr Fahie was thanked by Cllr Clayton for his contribution. Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, discussed current objectives of the Council as (a) sustaining economic growth which had seen council tax stable for 7 years intil 2018/19, (b) extending services for the elderly and children as demand grew; new schools were planned for Colchester (3) and Chelmsford (2), (c) protection of the environment and (d) ensuring that every service is provided as effectively as possible. He emphasised the County’s high rating in various fields by comparison with other authorities. Cllr Finch drew attention to several schemes initiated by County including the Essex Lottery, crowd funding and the community service fund which provides grants of up to £5,000 pa for up to 3 years. Responding to questions concerning pot holes Cllr Finch urged that all problems should reported via the web site or by telephone as all instances are recorded and put in the repair programme. District Councillor Iona Parker explained that investment in community facilities such as doctors’ surgeries in Braintree was continuing as was support for tourism development. Efforts were being made to gain wider Broadband access. She mentioned the small grant scheme which provided amounts up to £1,500 at individual councillors’ discretion.The Council also had a policy of dealing with fly-tipping complaints within 24 hours whenever possible. In the public forum session it was recalled that at a recent meeting attention had been drawn to problems arising from the priority at the Rodbridge river crossing at which an aggressive incident had been noted. Visibility from the Suffolk side was not clear until one is on the beginning of the bridge. Cutting back some foliage would help but better still would be to reverse the priority! It was noted that litter – in considerable quantity- tended to be left at the “lay-by”, on the left past Foxearth Hall, and it was questioned whether this unofficial stopping place should be allowed to continue to exist. The land owner expressed a willingness to close it off and bank the edges with soil. Dog mess was also reported as a persistent nuisance and health hazard. Dog walkers were reminded that failing to remove fouling constitutes a criminal offence; plastic bags are available and receptacles – which are regularly emptied – are in place.

Ken Nice.


Parish Council A meeting of the Parish Council for Foxearth and Liston was held on 12th May with Cllr Mark Posen in the Chair; there was one local resident present. Formal elections were unanimously made as follows: Chairman – Cllr Tony Clayton, Vice-Chairman – Cllr Mark Posen, Appointments and Employment Committee – Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Cllr William Binks. Arising from the recent meeting of electors it was noted that Mr David Fahie had offered to commission and fund a RCCE housing needs survey if the Parish Council supported this approach – which it did unanimously. In connection with the desired War Memorial realignment Cllr C. Cox explained the difficulty of getting an alternative quotation and said that the matter was now in the hands of the Arch Deacon who had asked for more information. On the subject of footpaths it was noted that some repairs had been done and some areas overgrown with nettles would be reported. Next meeting: 14th July 2018 9.45am in Foxearth Village Hall.

Ken Nice

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