Parish Council Report – May 2017
Held at Little Bentley Church Hall – 03 May 2017 – 7.00 pm
Previous minutes - Minutes were signed as a true representation of events and actions and were signed accordingly by Acting Chairman, Phil Suarez. No matters arising.
Chairman Nigel Dyson requests Deputy Chairman Phil Suarez chair the meeting owing to poor health. Chairman Dyson remained in attendance.
Felt to be effective by the external auditor - no concerns - Council received a robust positive review for the financial conduct in the year.
APPROVAL OF ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT
Council have fulfilled requirements of External auditors and stand in Chairman P Suarez signs the annual governance statement as agreed by all councillors unanimously.
APPROVAL OF ACCOUNTS FOR 2016/17
Year in summary view was given - previous year's agreement was considered in line with last year's return.
Closing Balance for the year was £2,970.00 total on both accounts - 31/03/2017
Councillors agree approval of accounts unanimously.
Ian Dimmock was thanked for his work as Internal Auditor of Accounts.
Planning - 2 Applications received in the previous period.
Retrospective application for windows at Ryecroft on Harwich Road - council largely felt that approval would be unfair on other villagers who own listed properties and have been declined applications in the past.
Application - Manningtree Road - New plans have been submitted and council awaits feedback on these prior to commenting on the application.
No determinations received.
Flytipping - Reports of flytipped builders rubbish including asbestos left under the waste collected during the village litter pick.
Chairman encouraged those present as well as the wider community to report incidences to Tendring District Council who remove waste within 48 hours as a rule. Flytipping can be reported via http://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling/fly-tipping or by calling 01255 686768.
If flytipping is witnessed, residents are encouraged to take photos of vehicles (including number plates) and the rubbish dumped but are reminded to ensure their personal safety while doing so. The council will bring convictions where possible.
Village Litter Pick - Villagers are reminded that a second litter pick has been arranged for 2017 - please save the date of Sat 16th September to come and help keep our village clean.
Church Hall Roof Repairs - Section 106 monies awarded - contractor appointed work to start soon.
Defibrillator - has been purchased and is now awaiting installation from a qualified electrician who has been identified and will be approached soon to carry out works. Information sessions and ? basic live saving training to be offered to the local residents. Local ambulance service/first responders to be informed of installation and article to be prepared for village magazine ready for completion of installation.
Further suggestions for investment of funds Training for defibrillator and basic life saving training - for investigation and further discussion at next meeting.
Fireworks - Parish Council agreed a sum of £800.00 to pay for the fireworks at the event.
Website - Clerk to apply for government funding available. 8 page website agreed.
Rectory Road - Clerk to apply for a speed limit to be applied along the length of the road from the junction with Harwich Road to the junction with Manningtree/Church Road at the Bricklayers Arms.
Priority Signage for Church Road Bridge - Waiting to receive notifications of funds award and commencement date for works.
Applications for speed limit boundaries to be extended - Little Bentley - clarification given on preferred location for speed survey points. Clerk to liaise with ECC
TENDRING ROAD VERGES / BUSES
Stephensons have not responded - Clerk to chase and report at next meeting.
SIGNAGE REPORTING - Being reported as received - update provided to Gallery on process to be followed
RAVEN'S GREEN TRAFFIC SOLUTION - Update and clarification on position of council who will support and put in application in for Ravens Greens residents but once again stressed that an agreement must be reached between the residents of the village before applications are made. Residents meeting will be convened soon and PC once again confirmed that a representative from the Parish Council and possibly from County Council will be present.
CRABTREE COTTAGE - update from Clerk on latest position. - We have received a response from the council to the effect that a visit had been made and the site would be cleared of vehicles by the 21st April, it was noted that this has not really been done and Parish Council now awaits a council response on enforcement against Mr Smith.
It has been noted that Mr Smith is planting Lleylandi in the roadside of his boundary but the problem of the view from Ravens Green Resident homes remains. Clerk to contact ECC highways about the nuisance vehicles parked on verges and roads at the junction of the A133/Ravens Green Road
Financial Update - Clerk added as signatory and internet banking is in the process of being set up
Report from PSCO, Neighbourhood Watch Update - These are no longer being received and villagers are advised to look on the Essex Police Website for latest news about crime and prevention of it in the Little Bentley area.
Other matters and Public Forum - none
The meeting closed at 20.15
Villagers are invited to the next Parish Council meeting to be held on July 5th at 7.00pm in the Church Hall.
A full copy of the parish council meeting notes from May 2017 are available to download here or by contacting the Parish Clerk, Karen Fiddes on 01206 255353, firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to 2 Crabtree Cottages, Colchester Road, Little Bentley, Essex CO7 8RU.