BEAUMONT PARISH COUNCIL 27 February 2017
MEMBERS PRESENT: Mr Geoff Macey, Tracy Stevens, Kevin Thorpe, David Day, Trudy Carr, Jane Wright, Mr Daniel Land and Aimee Carr
ALSO PRESENT: Mrs Janet Wright, Mrs Marylin Peck
APOLOGIES: None Received
1. Minutes from the previous meeting were read aloud as a true and accurate record.
Proposed by Geoff Macey and Seconded by Trudy Carr.
2. MATTERS ARISING:
A) Quay Lane- has been resurfaced and now seems to be in a good condition.
B) Website- is now up, running and open for business.
C) Planning at Oak Farm- six parking spaces for mechanical business. This has been approved, but conditions will most likely be ignored.
3. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
a) Speed Limit along Chapel Road and Oaks Corner- Received email from relevant persons regarding our requests to have these limits amended. Results from speed checks were resent- will request a re-check of speeds in the Summertime. Accidents are continuing. Clerk to attempt to access statistics of number of accidents at Oaks Corner. Also, to write to the Highways Agency regarding our attempt to move the speed limit sign and highlight the danger at Oaks corner.
b) Courses- There are two courses approaching- Audit Preparedness (Clerk) and Planning (Councillors) There are two spaces available- Tracy Stevens and Trudy Carr to attend. Due to high demand a further course is planned and Kevin Thorpe and Geoff Macey are to attend later. The Councils Code of Practice regarding Planning needs updating and implementing.
c) Walkers and Gunshots- Gill Kendall (Cum Moze Cottage) has now been involved in two incidents regarding the footpaths near to Gravel Wood and shotguns being fired overhead/ near to her person. Another Beaumont citizen, Jackie Morton-Hart was also shot at/ near to. This is rather alarming. Attempts at more information have been thwarted- Clerk is to write to the Police regarding this matter addressing that they have been tardy in their actions and want clarification of laws.
d) Avian Influenza- something that needs to be taken seriously. New regulations are in place from the 1st March- Beaumont is to remain in the ‘High Risk Zone’. Some villagers have taken appropriate action whilst others have not. Geoff has spoken to most persons involved.
e) Future Village Activities- nothing is currently planned, but we need to start planning a village activity for the middle of the year, perhaps for June? (Last year was HRH90). The Byng celebration is planned for the end of April, discuss options more at next meeting.
f) Community Speed Monitoring- there has been a delay with our equipment. We now have a solid team of eight volunteers. Could Oak corner be a potential site? Might need surveying/ risk assessed first.
g) Play Area Inspection- this is to be inspected this year and then perhaps we can chase a grant for upgrading equipment?
h) Village Hall Extension- quotes from Kevin and Tracy are not yet in. Geoff spoke to Planning Office regarding the regulations and we can self-approve. Andy Woods (Blacksmiths Corner) suggested using black feather edge and having access externally. Can’t take further steps until the quotes have come
in. There could be grants available through the Communities Initiative- sign up and pay subs. This would enable room for the Library Service, PC Meeting rooms etc.
i) Broadband- At the end of previous meeting it was picked up by Geoff that Mr Greenwoods plan to have his own green box installed by Superfast Essex and Oak Corner Business Park. Wrote to BT regarding this and purported cost of £8000, stating that this was not only uneconomic but also unfair. It should benefit everyone. He enclosed a long letter encompassing the history of BB in the village.
j) Beaumont Quay and the Customs House- needs prompting into action, as survey is now complete work can now begin.
A) Village Hall- Club 100 Winners announced. Thanks to Marylin for a whopping 141 tickets sold.
B) Playing Field- is very wet and the Mole is still very much present.
C) Footpaths- behind Beaumont Hall has been reported yet again. Is the state of the footpath legally unsatisfactory or just visually untidy? David did speak to owners and they agreed that they would tidy the area up. They did a bit but not much- needs addressing.
D) Tendring Association- meeting is on 22nd March at Beaumont. Tracy to attend with Aimee
a) Oak Corner- 6 Parking Spaces. Approved
b) New Moze Hall- New Build on site of 2 Barns. Off the road, but plans are out of the village envelope. Would set a precedent. Undesirable without further improvements to infrastructure and services. Objection to be lodged, in line with all new builds outside the village envelope.
c) Elm Farm- retrospective use of barn as a dwelling- no objections provided the external appearance of the building remains in keeping with the location and the environment.
d) South View- side and rear extension with 2 Velux windows. No objections.
e) Blacksmiths Corner- plans not yet received, but plans are for a long barn, height of stable. Needs to be in keeping with existing environment. Further discussion once plans are in.
Geoff Macey at this point declared an interest in the plans as his property and others along that part of Harwich road are unified under the planning requirements for additions to their back yards. These additions were previously farmland.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1. David Day has had diesel stolen from his property.
2. Coles Wood- Clean Up planned for Saturday 6th March at 10am.
3. Trees in front of Bricklayers Cottage are dangerous- Kevin is to investigate and tackle.
4. George Sanderson (Tree Surgeon) has had several his tools stolen from his Grandfathers Property at Elm Farm.
5. Daniel Land spoke about the fact that despite the fact that he cannot always make it to our meetings he is always available for support of our ‘lovely community’ and that he’s always there for us.
MEETING CLOSED AT 2050
Next Meeting 27th March, 1930hours
Annual Assembly: 24th April 1930
AGM: 15th May 1930