BEAUMONT PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES OF MEETING 15 MAY 2017
MEMBERS PRESENT: Mr Geoff Macey, Tracy Stevens, David Day, Trudy Carr, Jane Wright, Aimee Carr and Mr Kevin Thorpe
ALSO PRESENT: Mr Alan Roebuck
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 Jane Wright.
A.Coastal Footpath- we are still waiting for a response from Exchem regarding the proposed route. Natural England added as a footnote to a letter received that they will be implementing a close of Coastal Mud Margins. This will exclude access for a distance of 1.6km out to sea and enforce a protected area. It is felt this has been done to negate the responsibilities of Natural England to do what is right by the villagers impacted by the route of the Footpath. A shirking mechanism perhaps?
Dan Land also spoke to the Chief Executive regarding this matter and will keep us updated.
B.Litter Picking Event- 30 bags of litter were removed from the villages road sides. Dan land organised for the Tendring Council to remove the collected rubbish.
Good turnout despite being very quickly organised. Another to be organised for the Autumn. Jon Wiseman keen to keep praise away from himself, but wants it for the Parish instead
Trudy telephoned McDonalds Restaurants on Monday regarding their litter being dropped in Chapel Road after the litter picking event. They promptly sent someone out to collect it. Geoff suggested we could ask them for a donation to the fete as roughly 20% of the litter collected on the day was theirs.
C.Village Choir- there have been several volunteers, but could always do with more.
D.Village Hall Extension-Russell Peck has drawn up plans- 4x 3.5m. Studwork with same finish as existing Hall (there is enough remaining of this product to do this for free)
Contact Essex Community Initiatives to see if we can get some funding? Much of the work we could do ourselves.
Alan Roebuck spoke about the Library Service and how the funding to this is being pared back, the costs of the vehicles and drivers are high. Suggestion was that we could have our own mini Library where trolleys of books were supplied to the Village Hall and have volunteers run the library thus. Starting in July. Need to find secure storage for books before extension is built. Questions raised;
•Insurance Aspect? What are our obligations?
•Purchase laptop and barcode reader via Transparency Grant?
E.Planning- Bricklayers Cottage- privacy issue with neighbouring property, plans are to be modified and resubmitted to resolve issue.
3.ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
a.Playpark Inspection- this has been done. Anything highlighted as High Risk needs doing ASAP, lower risk according to age and priority. Work can start immediately. Ball courts could also do with revamping due to higher amount of recent use and age of village children.
There have been two incidents regarding the Playpark;
•Increased amounts of litter and damage to Jan Wrigh’ts hedge. Two families have been spoken to.
•A parent contacted the Chairman about burnt paper and aerosol cans in the park. A certain young person was seen, action has been taken, but parents have asked for matter to be kept quiet. There was some damage to the grassed areas.
b.Speed Training- Survey has now been done, problems with Chapel Road and sufficient sight line to conduct speed checks. 2 potential sites in Harwich Road have been identified, but permission from the homeowners involved must be granted first.
c.Survey- Future Initiatives- this is to be discussed at the next meeting.
A.Tendring Association- Next meeting is regarding Alzheimer’s, Tracy won’t be attending.
B.Planning Training Report- Tracy and Trudy-
•Still working from 2007 plan as 2017 edition not yet ready.
•Some things have changed, loss of view, value of property etc. no longer holds sway.
•Things that can still affect planning outcomes are: History, design and appearance (extensions excluded) loss of daylight or overshadowing, proximity to listed buildings, highway safety issues.
•Impact on trees is a large issue, many plans are denied.
•Infrastructure must come after houses are built. Classrooms must be full before schools are built.
•Enforcement Officers are few and far between- self policing encouraged
•Duty Planner can offer a 20-min session for free if unsure about anything.
Dan Land at this point spoke about the unprecedented opportunity over the past 12 months that has been in favour of development. Wasn’t plan led, now at saturation point. Builders now cannot keep up with planning.
B) Playing field- covered in Items for Discussion
C) Village Hall- Next Meeting June 1st. Tarmac lip into carpark has been done, thanks to Dan Land. Dips already appearing, some remedial action must be taken.
D) Footpaths- two have been reported, but are on list to be attended to. John Hutchby has sprayed footpath behind garage for nettles.
5.Planning- Lucas Lane- extensions and swimming Pool- APPROVED
6.Bills for Payment-
EALC Affiliation Fees £101.50
Alan Roebuck Auditor Fees 2 Years £ 60.00
Proposed by Geoff Macey, Seconded by Tracy Stevens
MEETING CLOSED 2125
Next Meeting Monday 26th June 1930 Village Hall