Parish Council Report – September 2017
Held at Little Bentley Church Hall –– 7.00 pm
Previous minutes - Minutes were signed as a true representation of events and actions and were signed accordingly by Chariman, Nigel Dyson. No matters arising.
New A120 Europark Cllr. Suarez & Cllr King were not present so further discussion at a later date to be confirmed. Cllr Dyson was unable to comment as he declared connections with the owner of the site.
Cliphedge Farm Landowners of the land adjacent to Cliphedge Farm have now requested meeting with representatives of the Parish Council and local residents. Concerns over access have been addressed, residents reminded that planning could be approved and that residents and council should suggestion that conditions could be placed on application to limit certain development.
Cllr Guglielmi confirmed that regeneration team at TDC are widely supporting the plans. History of site was given by Cllr. Guglielmi, Tendring Garden Village/Oasis application was rejected and discounted. Oasis not in plan now and alternative investment in regeneration in the area is now sought.
2 determinations in the period - Walsh Workshops Church Road - Approval - Full
Cobbald and Sons - Variation of condition 14 to building height.
Flytipping - Reports of flytipping in Ravens Green - residents encouraged to continue to report in the usual manner.
Litter Pick - 16th September - Clerk has arranged litter pickers and other equipment. To be collected from Chairman and litter will be collected on the 18th Sept from the Bricklayers Arms.
Chairman also reminded the wider community to report incidences of flytipping 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. Convictions will be brought by the council where possible.
Defibrilator - CPR training was reasonably well attended although more were expected. Thanks were given to Manningtree First Responders. A suggested donation of £100.00 was thought to be appropriate for the evening, this will be forwarded to the group with thanks and a request to repeat the session in the spring for the benefit of those unable to attend the summer session.
Further suggestions for investment of funds None, although suggestions are always welcome.
Fireworks - These have been ordered and paid for. Date confirmed as 4th November 2017 Guy competiton ad for next magazine. Prizes to come from local businesses. Email to be sent to remind local residents of event. Comittment from Applegreen to contribute.
Website - Clerk to ensure this is complete for the 1st of January 2018.
Ravens Green Road - Quiet Lane Application was presented and feedback received as favourable. No additions suggested - additions from residents emailed to clerk by 15th Sept will be included in application. Clerk to seek support from TDC councillor and ECC councillor for the scheme. Residents discussed the pros and cons of certain restrictions and speed bumps. Clerk reminded those present that a survey would be conducted as part of the application and therefore strategies may be suggested although input was always welcome.
Signage for Holland Brook priority traffic - Clerk to chase the funding and a start date for this project.
A120 Update - works will commence late summer 2017 following final consultations with contractor and involved councils.
Rectory Road speed limit application - made and awaiting confirmation of speed survey
Church Road/Manningtree Road village boundary speed limit extension application - speed survey complete. Awaiting results.
Crabtree Cottage - Correspondence received from Local Resident. Vehicles continue to be a problem. Bonfires also continue. Clerk to forward complaint to council and seek enforcement.
Financial Update - Balances given to council. External Audit complete - Clerk advised of availability of accounts for public viewing.. Clerk to contact auditor to arrange VAT reclaim and send external audit
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.
Report from Cllr A Coley – Tendring District Council News - A full report is available on the Parish Council Website. www.littlebentley.net
Report from Cllr C Guglielmi – Essex County Council News - A full report is available on the Parish Council Website. www.littlebentley.net
Other matters -
Query over split role as a regeneration and finance representative and district level role and a potential conflict of interests for Cllr Guglielmi. Reassurance given.
Request for application to limit traffic on Ravens Green Road to 30mph for its length. Public advised that speed restriction with form part of Quiet Lanes Scheme application.
Impact of new roundabout on local traffic and access also raised again. This was discussed at recent roadshow. Chairman to once again seek reassurance of Highways and ECC that this will be limited.
The meeting closed at 21.05.
Villagers are invited to the next Parish Council meeting to be held on November 1st at 7.00pm in the Church Hall.
A full copy of the parish council meeting notes from July 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.