PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES 16 JANUARY
BEAUMONT PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES
Meeting on 16th January 2017
MEMBERS PRESENT: Mr Geoff Macey, Tracy Stevens, Kevin Thorpe, David Day, Trudy Carr, Jane Wright and Aimee
ALSO PRESENT: Mr Ian Greenwood
APOLOGIES: Mr Daniel Land, Mrs Marilyn Peck
Mr Ian Greenwood attended the meeting to voice his concerns regarding a planning application made for
the provision of six parking bays at Oak Farm Business Park. His objections to the Planning Application are that there are landowner issues to the site, and that part of the site marked in the application belongs to him, therefore the application should be rendered invalid. The applicant has no right of access across this line, and furthermore the application severely restricts vehicular access through the site. Parking and access are a major issue.
2-3 years ago, an application was made for a M.O.T. Station. Permission for parking at that time was refused as it was deemed unsightly and an intrusion onto the land owned by Mr Greenwood.
18 months ago, it was conceded- objected- but told that landowners needed to sort out the ownership issues between themselves. Appears this was not done.
- Minutes from the previous meeting were read aloud as a true and accurate record.
Proposed by Geoff Macey and Seconded by Tracy Stevens.
- MATTERS ARISING:
- A) Quay Lane- still in a deplorable state and needs re-reporting.
- B) Highways Repairs- need to keep up pressure to have issues addressed.
- C) Chairs- does anyone want the older chairs for free?
- ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
- a) Precept- Last year the audit was entered erroneously (Part Grant and part Precept. Must not make
this mistake again. Suggest that this year the Council Tax is not raised. Proposed by Geoff and
Seconded by Tracy.
Clerk is to meet with Chairman to finalise precept.
- b) Speed Monitoring- all in place now, just waiting for a date to facilitate training. Tracy Stevens to take
- c) Speed Limits- Oaks Corner needs to be a priority but Chapel Road remains an issue. To reduce the
speed to 30mph means that it needs to be manned for speed checks at least once a year?
Traffic is only going to increase through the village, especially now as planning for new houses has
been accepted in Tendring.
- d) Library Service/ Village Hall Extension- The Library Service is looking for an excuse to cease the van
serviced library. We cannot use an area in the Village Hall due to lack of space and is not an effective
solution. Some villages have used a Telephone Box as a library? A potential solution is to extend the
Village Hall out into the disabled parking bays to provide room for an office space. This will also enable room for a small library and meeting space for the Beaumont Book Club.
The main questions raised are:
- How many people currently use the library? Present in the village every second Friday.
- How much will it cost? Are there Grants available? Essex Communities? Lottery
Funding? Tracy and Kevin to source quotes- Steve Mills from Beaumont.
- e) Broadband- email was sent to CBB regarding the fact that despite Sue Traynor agreeing to have a mast
installed at her property she had still not received a response.
Has Beaumont House been connected? Despite their lofty claims that they could supply the entirety of
the village it seems that Chapel Road remains a test. Trudy Carr is still not connected, but William
Griffiths has had success. Trudy stated that an aerial on her barn would enable almost everyone to be
connected due to the location in the village. Geoff to investigate.
Superfast Essex- This has now escalated to EU level. If it is fact due to EU regs that Superfast Essex
cannot connect us Geoff will use freedom of Information to disclose all grants to those over 2 megs.
Ian Greenwood then stated that although CBB are supplying the village they are not supplying
everyone. May be a way to circumnavigate Superfast Essex issue? We need to ask CBB for a definitive
list of who they cannot supply.
- f) Beaumont Quay- Response regarding state of Customs House at Beaumont Quay is finally received.
There was no sign of any movement within the building, cracks not at an increased risk. Therefore,
building is up for repair. Car park works to be included- we need to know where we are on list of
- g) Website- is now up and running, (beaumontparish.co.uk) There is a page on the site for the Church,
Village Hall, Parish Council and is linked with our Facebook page.
The cost was £20 for connection, and then originally £5 per month but now incurs additional cost as
site is larger than originally planned. It has been backdated also.
Council would like to thank Paul Macey for his continued hard work getting the site up and running.
Village Hall and Parish Council are to share costs. Approval to pay, proposed by Geoff and seconded by
- h) Tendring Rangers- need to think of some projects for them to do
- i) Purchase of laptop for Parish Council- not required at present- funds to be kept in reserve for when it
- A) Village Hall- Excellent sales of 100 Club Tickets
- B) Tendring Association- meeting on 18th , cannot attend.
- C) Footpaths- nothing to report.
OAK FARM- 6 Parking Bays-
- Land ownership needs to be addressed first and foremost prior to further discussion taking place.
- Application is obstructing- to other businesses on the site and to access to the site to and from the Wix
Road, which poses a danger to persons on site and to persons using the road.
- As previously discussed site is generally unsightly- needs to be cleaned up- further parking to exacerbate
OBJECTION TO APPLICATION TO BE LODGED
LUCAS FARM- Extension to existing house, cart lodge, underground swimming pool and erection of Granny
- Don’t object to extensions so long as all regulations are adhered to.
- Concerns over drainage in regards to swimming pool- heavy clay with no drainage. This needs addressing
prior to approval.
- No objections to the erection of cart lodge
- DO NOT APPROVE of further new builds outside of the village envelope. This is consistent with all
applications and shall remain so until services and infrastructure improves. OBJECTION TO BE LODGED
- Bills for Payment
- a) G.H. Day & Son £270.00
Proposed by Geoff, Seconded by Trudy
- ANY OTHER BUSINESS
- Simon Morris noticed that some empty aerosol cans had been disposed onto his property from the
footpath- community to be aware of potential substance abuse. To be posted on Facebook.
- Gill from Cum-Moze Cottage was recently walking her dog on the footpath near to Gravel Wood when
approached by a farmer in a tractor and shots were fired overhead. She has reported the incident to
MEETING CLOSED AT 21.17