Parish Council




What part does the Parish Council play in Local Government?

The Parish Council is the third tier of local government, 

after the County Council and the District Council, but it 

is a non-political body. It is at the "grass roots" and is in

the best position to represent the views of the local community

 

 

Widdington Parish Council
Draft 
Minutes of the Annual Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 5th May 2016 at 8.30pm subject to approval at next meeting.

Present Cllr Margaret Hudson, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Andrew Gardner and Cllr Kate Mackenzie
In Attendance                          District Cllr Jo Parry and Clerk to the Council, Amanda Lindsell.



05.16.01 ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN;
Cllr Southcott was nominated as Chairman.
Proposed; Cllr Gardner. Seconded; Cllr Mackenzie.
There were no other nominations.
Cllr Southcott was unanimously elected Chairman and it was agreed that the clerk would arrange the signing of the Declaration of Acceptance of Office of Chairman to be countersigned by the Clerk as Proper Officer of the Council within the next week.

05.16.02 ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN;
Cllr Hudson was nominated as Vice-Chairman.
Proposed; Cllr Mackenzie. Seconded; Cllr Darling.
There were no other nominations.
Cllr Hudson was unanimously elected Vice Chairman.
Cllr Hudson completed and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office as Vice-Chairman, which was countersigned by the Clerk as Proper Officer of the Council.

05.16.03 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received and accepted from Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Juliet Bickerton, Cllr Mike Forrest, Cllr Dee Underhill and District Cllr Neil Hargreaves.

05.16.04 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Cllr Darling declared a pecuniary interest in agenda item 05.16.09iii concerning Malt Place, Cornells Lane.

05.16.05 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
District Cllr Jo Parry detailed the biodegradable fluorescent paint ( approx £6/bottle) being used in neighbouring parishes to highlight dog fouling and prevent the public from stepping in the mess. Use of the paint in some areas has resulted in a significant decrease in fouling.

05.16.06 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the meeting held on 7th April, 2016 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by the Vice Chairman, Cllr Hudson.

05.16.07 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. receipt of £37.50 cheque from EALC, the 75% bursary for the End of Year Accounting Workshop, attended 14th April, 2016.
ii. Chris Stoneham has confirmed;
14/03/16 gullies and chambers cleaned, gully laterals jetted, area checked for manholes and 2 located in driveway of Dove House.
23/03/16 gully cleaned and jetted lateral through to main, gully clear and working. Chamber cleaned beside School House, clear and working. Concerns raised by Parish Council regarding Maple Cottage await attendance with the possibility of referring back to the adhoc jetting crew.
iii. David Woozley has confirmed his availability to speak at the Annual Parish Meeting.
iv. The road closure application for the Village Summer Event has been submitted and Uttlesford have confirmed that no diversion route is required. The consultation lasts for 3 weeks and the clerk will be informed when the consultation is complete.
v. The Village email list notice has been despatched with 30 responses to date. The clerk has drawn up a leaflet for interested parties to complete at the Annual Parish Meeting.
vi. The broken bridge on footpath 35 near Thistley Hall has been reported, ref 2457460.
vii. Cllr Forrest has cancelled the litter pick arranged for Sunday 8th May due to lack of interest, a notice has been placed on The Green

05.16.08 FINANCE
Cllr Darling presented a statement of accounts and cheques;
101066 - EALC + NALC Affiliation Fees and Course - £140.97
101067 - Mr + Mrs Eagleton - garage buy back - £50.00
101068 - Amanda Lindsell -clerks salary + expenses - £348.95
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Cllr Hudson and Cllr Darling.

05.16.09 PLANNING
It was agreed that the Parish Council had no objections to the following planning applications;             i. APPLICATION NO: UTT/16/1054/LB                                                                                                DEVELOPMENT: Proposed blocking up of one high level window and widening existing double doors to create an open storage bay within an outbuilding.                                                                               LOCATION: Widdington Hall, Church Lane ( 24/05/16)                                                                                       ii. APPLICATION NO: UTT/16/0891/FUL                                                                                           DEVELOPMENT: Replacement dwelling.                                                                                                  LOCATION: Camfield, Hollow Road. (10/05/16)   
County Cllr Ray Gooding arrived.                                                                                                     
It was agreed that the Parish Council had no further issues or objections to those previously stated regarding;
iii.  APPLICATION NO: UTT/16/0746/FUL                                                                                                   DEVELOPMENT: Demolition of existing dwelling and outbuilding. Erection of replacement dwelling and 3 bay cartlodge (alternative scheme to that approved under UTT/15/0378/FUL)                               LOCATION: Malt Place, Cornells Lane (06/05/16)                                                                                                      

05.16.10 ALLOTMENTS
Cllr Hudson detailed the Allotments plant sale on 21 May - all welcome and also the involvement of baby and toddler group Hedgehogs in widening the use of the allotments. 
The clerk confirmed the return of the majority of the allotment rental cheques.

05.16.11 OTHER BUSINESS  
County Cllr Ray Gooding confirmed that he is still trying to set up a meeting with Cllr Gardner at County Hall.

05.16.12 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Annual Parish Meeting - Thursday 19th May, 2016 at 8pm 

The meeting closed at 9.15pm


Amanda Lindsell, Clerk to Widdington Parish Council.


Widdington Parish Council 
Draft Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 7th April, 2016 at 8.00pm 

Present Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Margaret Hudson, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Mike Forrest, Cllr Andrew Gardner Cllr Kate Mackenzie, Cllr Kate Mackenzie and Cllr Dee Underhill
In Attendance                                1 member of the public,  District Cllr Neil Hargreaves and Amanda Lindsell, Clerk  to the Council.

04.16.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence received and accepted from  County Cllr Ray Gooding, District Cllr Jo Parry and Cllr Juliet Bickerton.

04.16.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Cllr Roy Darling declared an interest in agenda item 04.16.7i.

04.16.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
A member of the public requested an update on the Parish Council response to planning application UTT/15/3777/FUL Mole Hall, Mole Hall Lane, Widdington. Chairman Southcott confirmed the results of the Extra-Ordinary General Meeting held 30.03.16 where the Parish Council agreed to object to this application on the basis of the nature of Cornells Lane and it`s Protected Lane Status, the lack of coherent strategy and lack of detail within said application. Unfortunately, subsequently the planning consultants selected to represent the Parish Council who previously agreed that the Parish Council have valid grounds to object, have declined to act on behalf of the Parish Council due to a conflict of interest. Chairman Southcott also confirmed that the Parish Council have made contact with the applicant, who is overseas and who has welcomed questions from the Parish Council.

04.16.04 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 3rd March, 2016 and the Extra-Ordinary Parish Council Meeting held on 30th March, 2016 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by Chairman Cathie Southcott.

04.16.05 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. receipt of £1038.39 grant from the Transparency Fund, a currently  unexplained change from the £1289.91 applied for, response pending.
ii. confirmation of booking onto the EALC End of Year Accounting Workshop - 14.04.16, with 75%  bursary applied for. 
iii. the jetting crew have attended The Green but were unable to locate the issue. The crew did suggest the possibility of digging up the drain outside Dove House. Clerk to chase as no action has been taken. It was agreed that the clerk would also request that the drain outside Maple House is also jetted as the previously free-flowing drain there no longer works and it is presumed that part of the blockage has been relocated there by the previous jetting crew.
iv. the hall has been booked for the Annual Parish Meeting. Kate Robson ( CAB), Chivonne Claydon 
( Community Agent) and County Cllr Ray Gooding are currently confirmed speakers. District Cllrs Neil Hargreaves and Jo Parry are unavailable but have agreed to submit reports and a response is currently pending from David Woozley. 
v. Letters have been despatched to residents of South Green, Church lane and Church View regarding the proposed road closure 12.06.16. It was agreed that the clerk would complete the road closure application for the event.
vi. The invitation to the owner of Mole Hall to attend the April Parish Council meeting to discuss the current planning application was unsuccessful. 

04.16.06 FINANCE 
i. Cllr Darling presented a statement and review of accounts and cheques;
101062 - E.on - £81.34
101063 - Widdington Village Hall - £176.05
101064 - Clerk salary, expenses and back dated Working From Home Allowance - £1284.48
101065 - Derek Underhill - £11.49
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Cllrs Southcott and Hudson.
ii. Cllr Darling confirmed that under the annual audit process the Annual Return must be completed by 13.06.16, approved by the Parish Council by 30.06.16 and that the External Auditor is due to sign it off and return it to the Parish Council by 30.09.16.

04.16.07 PLANNING
i. It was agreed that the Parish Council has concerns over the drawing of driveways and access within application UTT/16/0746/FUL that are not currently specified or agreed within this or the previous application and objects to what is drawn as it is not recognised as previously approved. Chairman Southcott to liaise with the Planning Officer.
ii. It was agreed that the Parish Council wishes to offer the optimum opportunity for residents to engage with issues that may affect them and that the best way to implement this may be to email residents with agendas and minutes of Parish Council meetings, plus occasional relevant documents. It was agreed that Cllr Forrest would circulate a draft leaflet for agreement, giving the opportunity for residents to forward their email details to the clerk for inclusion in a village email list to receive such information in a BCC protected manner. Clerk to print leaflet for despatch. It was agreed that relevant information will also be advertised on the notice board on The Green for those without email access.
                                                                                                 
04.16.08 ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL AND SOUTHEND ON SEA BOROUGH COUNCIL JOINT REPLACEMENT WASTE LOCAL PLAN
It was agreed that Chairman Southcott would respond reiterating the Parish Council`s previous stated position.
It was noted that Newport Parish Council are keen to jointly engage with Widdington Parish Council once the full planning application is submitted.

04.16.09 PLAYGROUND GRASS CUTTING
It was agreed that Cllr Mackenzie would liaise with the resident in Hamel Way keen to take on the programme of works.

04.16.10 THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
It was agreed that Chairman Southcott would chase a response from David Woozley and that the clerk would purchase refreshments for the event.

04.16.11 LITTER PICK
Agreed as 8th May, 2016, meeting at 10am at the Village Hall.

04.16.12  OTHER BUSINESS
i. The Revised Final Emergency Plan was handed over to the clerk. Cllr Underhill thanked Cllr Hudson and Forrest for their assistance.
ii. Cllr Underhill expressed concern that Widdington do not feature on Essex County Council`s Surface Dressing Programme for the 1st quarter of 2016/17.
iii. Cllr Underhill requested that the clerk reports the broken bridge ( 3 rotten disintegrated planks) on footpath 35, near Thistley Hall, going over the River Camb.
iv. It was agreed that Cllr Gardner would liaise with the homeowner regarding the 3 trees on the edge of the village which appear to be likely to fall in strong winds and would block the main road into the village.
v. It was agreed to discuss the possibility of a hog roast, bouncy castle and treasure hunt at the Summer Event at the May Parish Council Meeting.
vi. It was noted that the Parish Council needs to find an alternative planning consultant. 
vii. As a result of the approved planning consultants refusal to act on behalf of the Parish Council in relation to  UTT/15/3777/FUL Mole Hall, it was agreed that Cllr Mackenzie would draw up and circulate ( by 09.04.16) a letter of objection based on the grounds previously agreed at the Extra-Ordinary General Meeting for agreement and submission prior to the 12.04.16 deadline

04.16.13 The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Thursday 5th May, 2016.

The meeting closed at 9.30pm.       
 





Widdington Parish Council
Draft 
Minutes of the Extra-Ordinary Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 30th March 2016 at 8pm subject to approval at next meeting.

Present Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Juliet Bickerton, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Mike Forrest, Cllr Andrew Gardner, Cllr Margaret Hudson, Cllr Kate Mackenzie, Cllr Dee Underhill
In Attendance                          13 residents and the clerk, Amanda Lindsell



EGM03.16.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE - None received.

EGM03.16.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST - Cllrs Roy Darling and Kate Mackenzie declared non-pecuniary interests in planning application UTT/15/3777/FUL - Mole Hall, Widdington.

EGM03.16.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION - Questions and comments from the public included;
a. whether the recent conversion of units at the site will be taken into consideration. Chairman Southcott confirmed that Planning Officer Clive Theobald acknowledges the lack of overall strategy and is considering the volume of conversion already undergone, although has not yet reached a conclusion.
b. whether the public would object as strongly if the site was located off a main road rather than a protected lane. The public present confirmed in the majority that they would still object to such an application.
c. is there a need for a play barn in Widdington when Saffron Walden, Linton, Dunmow, Royston and Bishop`s Stortford all already have play barns? Chairman Southcott confirmed that applications are determined only on whether they meet planning guidelines. 
d. how many children could attend at any point? Councillors confirmed that these details are not specified, nor finalised for parking, although ECC have confirmed that they do not have any concerns regarding the lane. Clive Theobald has confirmed that he will be liaising with ECC regarding further queries he has related to parking.
e. there are no lay-bys on Cornells Lane and the site has a narrow entrance. Molehall have an obligation to maintain the ditches and trees on Cornells Lane and recent history would imply that there is no evidence that they would maintain the area to a reasonable standard.
f. how does this application affect the Protected Lane status? Chairman Southcott explained that Clive Theobald was unaware that Cornells Lane scored 20 on the protected lane status, which may have some weight, although it is unclear what protection the status provides.
g. will the council install 30mph speed limits and lay-bys if the application is successful to prevent further decay of the lane?
h. the importance of maintaining pressure on the planning department to seriously consider applications in the parish.
i. the Village Design Statement states that the village is in favour of local business development. 

Chairman Southcott thanked those present for attending and expressing their opinions.

EGM03.16.04 PLANNING                                                                                                         UTT/15/3777/FUL - Mole Hall, Widdington - Demolition of existing glasshouse and erection of building for use as a children's play barn.
Chairman Southcott explained that Clive Theobald has confirmed;
a. that issues surrounding the lack of planning permission for the wildlife park previously run on this site will not set a precedent for this application.
b. that he has some concerns over the lack of overall strategy regarding planning at Molehall and the degradation of Cornells Lane and the litter resulting from the current works.
c. that he has received 28 letters of objection regarding this application.
It was agreed that the application would benefit from more transparency and that it was unfortunate that the applicant had not been available to attend the meeting to further explain the details of the application and the overall vision for the site.
3 councillors abstained from voting for or against the application.
3 councillors voted in favour of objecting to the application.
1 councillor voted in favour of supporting the application.
As a result of the majority vote to object to the application it was agreed that Cllr Mackenzie would engage Savilles to prepare representation on behalf of the Parish Council once the associated fees have been circulated by Cllr Mackenzie and agreed by councillors.
It was noted that the Parish Council response must be despatched to Clive Theobald`s personal email address by 12th April, 2016.

The meeting closed at 8.50pm.


Amanda Lindsell, Clerk to Widdington Parish Council.



Widdington Parish Council 
Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 3rd March, 2016 at 8.00pm 

Present Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Margaret Hudson, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Mike Forrest, Cllr Andrew Gardner and Cllr Dee Underhill
In Attendance                                15 members of the public,  District Cllr Jo Parry and Amanda Lindsell, Clerk                             to the Council.

03.16.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence received and accepted from  District Cllr Neil Hargreaves and Cllr Kate Mackenzie.
Apologies for delayed arrival received and accepted from County Cllr Ray Gooding and Cllr Juliet Bickerton.

03.16.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None declared.

03.16.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
A member of the public queried  whether the owner of Chicken George`s house has or requires  a felling license for their current works.

Cllr Juliet Bickerton arrived.

Several members of the public raised concerns related to the land to the rear of Meadow Cottage, High Street, Widdington, highlighted within the current call for sites for residential and employment development.  Concerns included the location being outside the village envelope and therefore excluded from development, lack of support from the community, unsuitable access, and liabililty to flood. It was also queried whether the recent reasons for refusals of applications at Wood End (lack of services and visual impact) also apply to the highlighted site. Residents requested to be updated with any actions they can assist in contesting this site highlighted for development.
Chairman Cathie Southcott detailed the recent unsuccessful separate proposed development of 6, 4, 2 and 1 properties on a plot at Wood End successfully contested and reiterated the Parish Council`s stance of not supporting development of land outside the village envelope. Chairman Southcott confirmed that the Parish Council have objected strongly and employed planning consultants to ensure previous planning applications have failed and are confident that they would be successful in contesting any application on this land.
Chairman Cathie Southcott introduced District Cllr Jo Parry who explained that the location of the site outside the village envelope is irrelevant under the new plan and underlined the importance of registering any factual errors in the report by 08.04.16.  Cllr Parry also highlighted that the consultation on the call for sites has been removed and that there are 10 times as many sites suggested as are required, and reiterated the importance of checking online for updates. Cllr Parry explained that sites which make it into the Local Plan will not then be contestable.
A member of the public queried the definition of a "protected lane."

03.16.04 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 4th February,  2016 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by Chairman Cathie Southcott.

03.16.05 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;

i. confirmation of a notice on the PC notice board regarding the availability of the information relating to the Transparency Code on the PC website.
ii. information regarding the proposed works at Cornells Lane have been forwarded  to County Cllr Ray Gooding who is arranging a meeting with Cllr Gardner at County Hall.
iii.The application for funding from the Transparency Code Funding has been applied for as agreed at the February meeting.
iv. BT have deemed Superfast Broadband Satellite unnecessary and the clerk has subscribed to Superfast Broadband.

Cllrs agreed to discuss agenda item 03.16.10 next, for the benefit of the members of the public present.

03.16.10
It was agreed that the Parish Council maintains their previous stance of objecting to any development outside the village envelope and notes the lack of community support for the site highlighted for development. 

15 members of the public left the meeting.

03.16.06 FINANCE 
i. Cllr Darling presented a statement and review of accounts and cheques;
101058 - Widdington PCC - £500.00 donation
101059 - A Lindsell, Clerk  - £199.19
101060 - Rodney Andrews - £100.00
101061 - John Calver - £100.00
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Cllrs Southcott and Hudson. It was agreed that the previously agreed backdated Working From Home Allowance would be paid to the clerk at the March PC meeting.                                                                                                                                                                                          ii. It was agreed that the clerk should attend EALC End of Year Accounting Workshop to be held on 14th April - and apply for the 75% bursary available.

03.16.07 PLANNING
It was agreed that the Parish Council had no comments to return regarding the following planning application;
Application No: ESS/09/16/UTT                                                                                                                                                                    Proposal: Proposed extension to existing office building and proposed construction of a replacement storage bay to an increased height of 2.1 metres, all ancillary to the existing minerals and waste operations                                                                                                               Location: Widdington Pit, Hollow Road, Widdington, Essex, CB11 3SL (17/03/16)      
                                                                                                 
03.16.08 DRAINS
It was agreed that the clerk would pursue an update.

03.16.09 HIGHWAY DEFECTS LIST
It was agreed that Cllrs Hudson and Underhill would assess all areas reported on the list to prioritise the areas in greatest need of repair.

County Cllr Ray Gooding arrived.

03.16.11  NEW AUDIT REGIME
It was agreed to opt in to the Sector Led Body Audit Procurement, as recommended by EALC.

03.16.12 THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
The date for the Annual Parish Meeting was agreed as 19th May, 2016, clerk to book hall.
Suggested speakers were agreed as David Woosley from the recycling facility, Kate Robson from CAB, Chivonne Claydon from Essex Community Agents and County Cllr Ray Gooding and District Cllrs Neil Hargreaves and Jo Parry. Clerk to coordinate availability.

03.16.13  OTHER BUSINESS
Clerk - letter to residents of properties on South Green and Church Lane regarding proposed intention to close the road on 12th June.
District Cllr Jo Parry agreed to confirm whether planning application; UTT/15/3777/FUL Mole Hall Mole Hall Lane Widdington will be called to committee. Clerk to invite applicant to attend the next PC meeting to discuss the application and confirm deadline extension.

03.16.14 The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Thursday 7th April, 2016.

The meeting closed at 9.45pm.                    
 



Widdington Parish Council 
Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 4th February, 2016 at 8.00pm 

Present Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Mike Forrest, 
Cllr Andrew Gardner and Cllr Dee Underhill
In Attendance
 Ann Taylor, Robbie Robson, District Cllr Jo Parry and Amanda Lindsell, Clerk    
to the Council.

02.16.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence received and accepted from County Cllr Ray Gooding,  District Cllr Neil Hargreaves, Cllrs Kate Mackenzie and Juliet Bickerton.
Apologies for delayed arrival received and accepted from Cllr Margaret Hudson.

02.16.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None declared.

02.16.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Robbie Robson detailed his proposed boundary walk scheduled for Easter Monday 28th March, meeting at 10.30am, covering  approximately 6-7 miles and returning to the Village Hall at 2pm for a soup and sandwich lunch. A budget of £75 was requested.

Cllr Margaret Hudson arrived.

02.16.04 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 7th January,  2016 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by Chairman Cathie Southcott.

02.16.05 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. Chris Stoneham has today reported that the jetting crew are programmed to return to the defect at Church Lane the week commencing 15 February.
ii. The replacement precept form was requested, received, completed and delivered within the required timeframe. 
iii. Following attendance at the EALC Transparency Code Briefing it is noted that the Parish Council requirements to comply with the code are to publish on their website;
a. all items of expenditure above £100
b. end of year accounts
c, annual governance statement
d. internal audit report
e. list of councillor responsibilities
f. details of public land and buildings assets
g. minutes and agendas.
The clerk is in the process of publishing these documents for the 2014/15 period.
From 2017/18 the Annual Return will not be sent away for auditing, although an exemption form will require completion and returning to the Auditor.
It was agreed that the clerk would post a notice on the PC notice board regarding the availability of the information relating to the Transparency Code on the PC website.

02.16.06 FINANCE 
i. Cllr Darling presented a statement and review of accounts and cheques;
101055 - Lucy Hoyle - £402.27
101056 - Information Commissioner £35.00
101057 - Clerk`s salary + expenses -  £203.57
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Cllrs Forrest and Underhill.
ii. It was agreed to reimburse the clerk £18 a month Working From Home Allowance, effective immediately and backdated to her start date, a tax-free allowance to offset costs incurred such as electricity, telephone calls, heating, lighting and broadband as a result of working from home.

02.16.07 PLANNING
It was agreed that the Parish Council had no comments to return regarding the following planning applications;
i. Application No: ESS/03/16/UTT                                                                                                                                                                        Proposal: Continuation of excavation of sand and restoration of land to agricultural use, including deposit of inert waste permitted by planning permission ESS/34/13/UTT without compliance with condition No. 35 (vehicular access), to remove the condition requiring construction of kerbing to restrict vehicles turning right at main access. (NB The timescales have been revised by condition. Cessation required by 30 April 2022 with restoration by 30 September 2023)                                                                                                                          Location: Widdington Pit, Hollow Road, Widdington, CB11 3SL                                                                                                                                                                                ii. Application No: ESS/04/16/UTT                                                                                                                                                                 Proposal: Continuation of use of land for skip hire, waste recycling, waste transfer and green waste composting operations, involving the importation, deposit, sorting, recycling, processing of waste materials (including construction and demolition waste, soil, wood, metal, plastics, green waste, road planings) the storage of skips, waste and recovered materials and use of processing machinery (including soil screeners, concrete crushers, mechanical concrete splitter, trommel shredder, loading shovels, 360 degree excavators and picking conveyors) and vehicles. The sale, storage and exportation of recovered materials. The importation, storage and sale of aggregate materials, including sand, gravel and ballast all permitted by planning permission ref ESS/35/13/UTT  without compliance with condition No. 34 (vehicular access), to remove the condition requiring construction of kerbing to restrict vehicles turning right at main access. (NB The timescales have been revised by condition.  Cessation required by 30 April 2022 with restoration by 30 September 2023)                                                                                                                                                                             Location: Widdington Pit, Hollow Road, Widdington, Essex, CB11 3SL

02.16.08 DRAINS
It was agreed that the clerk would contact County Cllr Ray Gooding regarding progress with Mike Thompson at Ringway Jacobs with a view to moving forward the proposed works at Cornells Lane. If no progress has been made it was agreed that Cllr Gardner would meet with Mike Thompson.

02.16.09 NEW AUDIT REGIME
It was agreed to carry this matter forward to the March Parish Council meeting in the hope that the legislation regarding authorities with annual turnover of below £25,000 will have been clarified by that point, thus enabling an informed decision on the matter. It was agreed that the clerk would investigate whether opting in or out is irrevocable.

02.16.10 GARAGE RENT
It was agreed to maintain the current regulations governing garage rental.

02.16.11  VILLAGE WALKS
It was agreed to fund the £75 budget for the soup and sandwich lunch for the boundary walk on Easter Monday, and to advertise the event on the Parish Council website.


02.16.12 THE QUEEN`S 90TH BIRTHDAY BEACONS 21ST APRIL, 2106
It was agreed that Chairman Southcott would investigate general interest in an event on 11th June in line with national celebrations detailing a suggested closure of Church Lane  - picnic - bouncy castle - bar - village picnic - village photo - fancy dress - possibly in conjunction with the PCC, with a view to making a decision at the March Parish Council meeting.

02.16.13 TRANSPARENCY CODE FUNDING
i. It was agreed to apply for the £500 funding available for a replacement Parish Council website through the Transparency Fund for website set up costs and £300 for annual website costs.                                                                                                                     ii. It was agreed to apply for funding through the Transparency Fund for Smaller Authorities ( deadline 15 Feb), consisting of;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    £350 new laptop                                                                                                                                                                                                             £100 new scanner/printer                                                                                                                                                                                      £100 software package for laptop                                                                                                                                                                                    50 clerk hours for up transferral of data, update of website and compliance with the code.                                                                                              3 clerk/hours per month up to end March 2016.
iii. It was agreed to investigate superfast broadband satellite, with a view to receiving up to £300 for internet annual costs from the Transparency Fund.                                                                                                                                            

02.16.14  OTHER BUSINESS
District Cllr Jo Parry confirmed that contravention of planning regulations can be reported to Enforcement Officer Mike Bloomfield-Bray.

02.16.15 The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Thursday 3rd March, 2016.

The meeting closed at 9.20pm.                    
 


Widdington Parish Council 
Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 7th January, 2016 at 8.00pm 

Present Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Mike Forrest, Cllr Andrew Gardner, Cllr Margaret Hudson and Cllr Kate Mackenzie.
In Attendance           Ann and Colin Taylor, Jill Brookman, and Amanda Lindsell, Clerk to the Council.

01.16.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence received and accepted from District Cllr Neil Hargreaves and Cllr Dee Underhill.
Apologies for delayed arrival received and accepted from Cllr Juliet Bickerton,  District Cllr Jo Parry and County Cllr Ray Gooding.

01.16.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None declared.

01.16.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Ann Taylor detailed her work with Robbie Robson arranging walks around Widdington including the popular New Years Day Walk which 14 people enjoyed this year. Following requests from walkers Robbie and Ann are keen to hold quarterly walks, with suggested dates so far for this year Monday 28th March and Monday 20th June, and also a walking the boundaries walk, culminating with refreshments/light lunch back at the Village Hall. 

District Cllr Jo Parry and Cllr Juliet Bickerton arrived.

Ann asked the Parish Council to consider covering the costs of the refreshments/lunch, and it was agreed that this would be an agenda item at the next Parish Council meeting.
Jill Brookman requested and received confirmation that the Parish Council website has a link to Gary Dunnett`s Widdington website.

01.16.04 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 3rd December,  2015 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by Chairman Cathie Southcott.

County Cllr Ray Gooding arrived.

01.16.05 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. 08.12.15 Chris Stoneham emailed confirmation that Highways were unable to jet the gully adjacent to The Green, due to the gully having a swan neck. A nearby manhole cover would allow access to jet the system but homeowners were not available to  allow access. Cllr Forrest obtained permission from landowners and the clerk forwarded this information to Chris Stoneham 09.12.15.
ii. 08.12.15 Chris also confirmed that the investigations carried out in the autumn has satisfied engineers that installing a culvert under the road should provide a solution up Cornells Lane. This will require a temporary road closure and a head wall to be constructed on either side of the lane and is on the Surface Water Alleviation Scheme list, but Highways are unable to confirm when funding will become available.
iii. 17.12.15 Clerk emailed photographs from Cornells Lane of overflowing ditches, expressing concern that the road surface would become an ice-rink should temperatures drop, and asking Chris to expediate the proposed works. No response was received.
iv. This afternoon Chris has emailed confirming that the jetting crew will be in the area next week and should jet the system at The Green.

01.16.06 FINANCE 
i.Cllr Darling presented a statement and review of accounts and cheques;
101049- UDC - uncontested election costs - £206.74
101050 - Rural CCE - £48.00
101051 - Alan Storah - Planning £265.00
101052 - Amanda Lindsell - clerk - £183.51
101053 - Tim Harding - £1000.00
101054 - Cathie Southcott - Burns Lunch advance - £700.00
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Cllrs Southcott and Hudson, with cheque stub 101054 also being signed by Treasurer Cllr Roy Darling.
ii. The 2016/17 precept was agreed as £11,566.00, a 0.3% decrease on the previous year for band b properties.
As neither the clerk, nor the treasurer have received the official precept request document, it was agreed that the clerk would request a replacement and that the council approved completion of the document requesting a precept of £11,566.00, which would then be signed by the chairman and the clerk and returned to Uttlesford District Council within the necessary timeframe.
Chairman Southcott thanked Cllr Darling for his continued hard work, detailing the council`s finances, which was reiterated throughout the council.
iii. It was agreed to renew the clerk`s registration as a data controller under the Data Protection Act at a cost of £35.00.

01.16.07 PLANNING
It was noted that planning application UTT/15/3245/FUL - Swaynes Cottage, Cornells Lane, Widdington -
demolition of existing dwelling and erection of replacement dwelling - has been approved with conditions

01.16.08 DRAINS
It was noted that further to the comments within the clerk`s report, that there is now also a blocked drain in the road outside Maple House.

01.16.09  RESIDENT SOCIAL EVENT
Chairman Southcott confirmed that the caterer and piper are booked and that any offers of help will be gratefully received from 12.30pm onwards on Monday 25th January at the Village Hall.

01.16.10 NEW AUDIT REGIME
It was agreed to carry this matter forward to the February Parish Council meeting.

01.16.11  OTHER BUSINESS
Chairman Southcott reported receipt of complaints regarding overgrown hedges on Cornells Lane obstructing the vision of drivers.
County Cllr Ray Gooding reported that the Comprehensive Spending Review leaves ECC £53million short on revenue expenditure, plus the £40million impact of the living wage. The request from government to spend reserves would only provide 23 days of funding , and most reserves are earmarked and therefore could not be used anyway. A council tax increase of 2% is being considered for social care, but has been capped at 1.99% for other issues and the very significant reduction in  grant funding will place considerable extra pressures on services across the board.

01.16.12 The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Thursday 4th February , 2016.

The meeting closed at 8.50pm.                    
  Chairman;
04.02.16



Widdington Parish Council 
Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 3rd December, 2015 at 8.00pm 

Present Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Juliet Bickerton , Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Mike Forrest, Cllr Andrew Gardner, Cllr Margaret Hudson, Cllr Kate Mackenzie and Cllr Dee Underhill
In Attendance                          County Cllr Ray Gooding, District Cllr Neil Hargreaves and Amanda Lindsell, Clerk to the Council.

55.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence received and accepted from District Cllr Jo Parry.

55.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Cllr Mackenzie declared an interest in agenda item 7.

55.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
District Cllr Neil Hargreaves confirmed his, and District Cllr Jo Parry`s attendance at the coffee morning in Widdington Village Hall on Wednesday 9th December, and provided a notice to this effect for the clerk to put on the notice board.
County Cllr Ray Gooding commented on the recently reported reprieve for the 301 Widdington bus service, highlighting the importance of encouraging use of the service and the relevance of keeping note of the busiest times of use. Chairman Southcott thanked County Cllr Gooding for his support on this important matter.

55.04 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 5th November,  2015 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by Chairman Cathie Southcott.

55.05 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. Treetops have completed the agreed works on The Green.
ii. The letter despatched by post by the clerk on 23rd October 2015 from Margaret Hudson was resent as it was reported as not received.
iii. The notification regarding signing Bill Banner`s card has been put on the PC website.
iv. The notification advising residents that bin collection times may change from 25th November 2015 due to the council relocating the recycling plant  to Dunmow has been added to the PC website and draws attention to the note stating that bins should always be put out by 7am.
v. Following the last communication on 6th November 2015, Chris Stoneham has today confirmed that he has a meeting tomorrow where the issues at Cornells Lane and outside Dove House will be discussed. District Cllr Hargreaves agreed to chase the lack of action related to the damage caused by the refuse collection team at the bottom of Hamels Way, on both sides of the road  and  outside Thatched Cottage.
vi. Following receipt of an enquiry relating to damage caused by a fallen tree, in July to a car travelling on Spring Hill Road, it was agreed that the Parish Council do not own land in that area and the injured party was advised as such and the suggestion made that the CAB may be able to provide further assistance.
vii. Following investigation, the clerk does not match the eligibility criteria for subscription to a pension. It was agreed to discuss this matter at the January Parish Council Meeting.
viii. Following a meeting going over the finance role and excel, it was agreed that the clerk would work in parallel with Cllr Darling and meet again to iron out any related issues.

55.06 FINANCE 
i.Cllr Darling presented a statement and review of accounts and cheques;
101043 - Quendon and Rickling PC (LCPAS) - £10 - councillor training.
101044 - Treetops - £600.00 - work on The Green.
101045 - Sarah Switzer- £30.50 - Bill`s Banner 
101046 - Jill Brookman - £56.16 - Xmas Light  Bulbs
101047 - Amanda LIndsell - £158.19 - clerk to the council
101048 - Bill Banner £250 - covering contributions made from villagers
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Cllrs Southcott and Hudson.
ii. The 2016/17 precept was agreed as circulated, with a £500 contribution towards Church maintenance and any other final alterations being applied at the January meeting.
iii. It was agreed that the clerk will attend the EALC Transparency Code Briefing, due to be held on January 19th, 2016.

55.07 PLANNING
Cllr Mackenzie left the meeting.
It was agreed that the Parish Council fully supports Chairman Southcotts comments submitted to Uttlesford supporting this exciting development.
APPLICATION NO: UTT/15/3245/FUL
ADDRESS: Swaynes Cottage, Cornells Lane, Widdington
PROPOSAL: Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of replacement building.
Cllr Mackenzie rejoined the meeting.

55.08 NEWPORT QUARRY CONSULTATION
Chairman Southcott updated councillors on the issues raised by the limited response time resulting from slow despatch and delivery of the consultation and significantly shorter extension approved, than requested. The consultant previously used no longer practises this area and subsequent recommendations have been unavailable or unavailable to comment in such a short time frame. However, the initial response has been submitted following consultation, and the 2nd submission will be completed by the 7th December deadline. It was noted that the Parish Council would request that the development should not commence prior to the conclusion of the Carr and Bircher site, and that associated large vehicle should not be allowed to pass through Widdington or use Beadles Lane. District Cllr Hargreaves commented that Uttlesford are a consultee and that Planning Officer`s discussion at the Open Plan Working Group appeared to support land fill, but a requested amendment was unclear and so District Cllr Jo Parry has requested clarification of Uttlesford`s position.

55.09 DRAINS
County Cllr Ray Gooding agreed to chase Chris Stoneham on the ongoing drainage issues at Cornells Lane and Church Lane, with the recommendation of contacting Mike Thompson at Ringway Jacobs as he is charge of the contractors who carry out Highways work.

55.10 RESIDENT SOCIAL EVENT
It was agreed that Chairman Southcott would  continue to pursue co-ordination of this event with a view to utilising the services of a local resident to assist with catering, whilst keeping within the £1000 budget.

55.11 FALLEN TREES ON FOOTPATHS
i. It was agreed that Cllr Forrest would liaise with the land owner regarding removal of the tree.
ii. The fallen tree at the rear of Theydon Prior has been removed.

55.12 THE MARKING OF PLOUGHED FIELDS
It was agreed that the clerk would write to landowners requesting that they roll out their footpaths. County Cllr Gooding noted that Essex County Council will enforce this regulation and it was agreed that the clerk would copy letters to Robert Walsh.

55.13 OTHER BUSINESS
None raised.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Thursday 7th January, 2016.

The meeting closed at 9.15pm.                    
 




Widdington Parish Council 

Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 5th November, 2015 at 8.00pm 

Present Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Margaret Hudson, Cllr Juliet Bickerton and Cllr Dee Underhill
In Attendance                         Andy Mackenzie, Ken Kemp, District Cllr Jo Parry and Amanda            Lindsell, Clerk to the Council.

54.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received and accepted from Cllrs Mike Forrest, Andrew Gardner, Kate Mackenzie, and District Cllr Neil Hargreaves. Apologies for delayed arrival received and accepted from County Cllr Ray Gooding.

54.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None received.

54.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Ken Kemp reported that the drain outside Dove House has been rebuilt creating a larger entry into the culvert, and is currently running well. However the main drain on the edge of The Green facing The Rectory did not empty during recent heavy rain, and is not blocked with leaves.
Ken also requested clarification of details of the Parish Council website to include within the Parish Magazine.
Andy Mackenzie offered to answer any questions relating to agenda item 54.07.
District Cllr Jo Parry detailed;
i. the free parking after 3pm available in Saffron Walden from this weekend until Christmas.
ii.preliminary detail regarding the proposed Essex Devolution of powers from Central Government,  which the leaders of the15 district councils within Uttlesford  and the Chief Executive of Uttlesford have voted on to devolve more powers to Essex local authorities. The "Greater Essex" devolution bid devolves power on roads and education from government to Essex County Council, but with no additional funding available. Essex do not consider it as another level of bureaucracy.
iii. The Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation which closes on 4th December.

54.04 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 1st October,  2015 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by Chairman Cathie Southcott.

54.05 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. The damaged 50mph sign at the junction of London Road, Newport and the road to Widdington has been reported to Highways and is ref 2430090.
ii.Treetops have confirmed the crown lift on the London Plane, their quotation has been accepted and works should commence within the next 4 weeks.
iii.The letter has been despatched to Wrays Cottage requesting the shrubbery overhanging the road is cut back.
iv.The link has been added to the Parish Council website to enable visitors to the site to access Gary Dunnett`s village website.
v.The Highway Records Team were unable to conclusively determine ownership and so Essex County Council have removed the leaning tree on safety grounds.
vi.The Local Council Public Advisory Service are hosting a Rights of Way and Byways Course from Widdington Village Hall on Friday 20th November, 10-12.30am, £25.
vii.The Notice of Conclusion of Audit and Right to Inspect the Annual Return has been displayed alongside the certified Annual Return for 14 days in the Notice Board as required.
viii.Over 50 completed questionnaires were delivered to County Hall responding to the Local Bus Service Network Review Consultation.

54.06 FINANCE 
i.Cllr Darling presented a statement and review of accounts and cheques;
101039 -- Derek Underhill - £26.08 - playground expenses
101040 - Widdington Woodlands - £1200 .00- allotment land rental
101041 - Amanda Lindsell - £287.90 - clerk
101042 - TG Horticulture re Playground - £200.00.
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Cllr Southcott and Hudson.
ii.It was agreed that Cllr Darling would forward the proposed precept to absent councillors with a view to agreeing the precept at the December Parish Council meeting.

54.07 PLANNING
It was agreed that there were no comments to be returned to Uttlesford District Council regarding;
APPLICATION NO: UTT/15/3245/FUL
ADDRESS: Swaynes Cottage, Cornells Lane, Widdington
PROPOSAL: Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of replacement building

54.08 NEWPORT QUARRY CONSULTATION
It was agreed to discuss this matter once County Cllr Ray Gooding had arrived.

54.09 WOOD END TREES
It was agreed that Chairman Cathie Southcott would circulate a letter  for approval prior to despatch, reiterating the Parish Council`s historic actions, all based on information requested  by the homeowners and received from Essex County Council, and expressing the Parish Council`s desire to move forward amicably.

 54.10 DRAINS
It was agreed that the clerk would notify Chris Stoneham that the work on the drain outside Dove House is currently running well, but that following the recent heavy rainfall there is still a serious problem at the drain at the side of The Green, with the issue not being leaf related.

 54.11 BUS SHELTER
The bus shelter is booked to be installed on 12th November.

54.12 RESIDENT SOCIAL EVENT
It was agreed that Chairman Southcott would coordinate a Burns Lunch event in January, with all councillors looking to involve any new residents with the event.

54.13 POSTMAN RELOCATION
It was agreed that the clerk would advertise on the PC website the lovely thank you card available to sign for departing postman Bill Banner. Donations for Bill are also welcome and are being collected by Cllr Hudson until the end of November.
County Cllr Ray Gooding arrived.

54.08 NEWPORT QUARRY CONSULTATION
County Cllr Ray Gooding advised that this consultation is to decide whether this land should be used for disposal of waste, and that as there is no current application in place the detail of vehicular movements and the end date to fill the hole are not required, but that it would not be unusual for 100 vehicle movements per day and an estimation of 20years to fill the hole. 
Concerns were raised over the heavy use of the bridge, access to the T-junction on the main road, the possible delay of 10years of completion of Widdington Pit, matter leaking into the water course and the lack of supportive funding available.
It was agreed that Chairman Southcott would contact Smiths Gore  to request representation on this matter.

54.14 OTHER BUSINESS
Widdington Xmas Fayre - 5th December - helpers required
Widdington Xmas Tree - 4th Dec - helpers required
Contacting Essex County Council - concerns raised over minimum 5p/min phone calls
Local Plan -support for single settlement discussed

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Thursday 3rd  December, 2015.

The meeting closed at 9.35pm. Amanda Lindsell - Clerk to the Council.        





Widdington Parish Council 

Draft Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 1st October, 2015 at 8.00pm 

Present Acting Chair Cllr Andrew Gardner, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Kate Mackenzie and Cllr Dee Underhill
In Attendance                         Andy Mackenzie, Duncan Gunn, Robbie Robson, District Cllr Neil            Hargreaves and Amanda Lindsell, Clerk to the Council.


53.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received and accepted from Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllrs Margaret Hudson and Mike Forrest, and District Cllr Jo Parry. Apologies for delayed arrival received and accepted from Cllr Juliet Bickerton.

53.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Cllr Kate Mackenzie declared an interest in the presentation being given by her husband Andy Mackenzie in Public Participation regarding their design proposal for a replacement dwelling at Swaynes Cottage, Cornells Lane.

Cllr Juliet Bickerton arrived.

53.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
District Cllr Neil Hargreaves detailed the proposed 40% ( and up to 50%) increase in housing in Newport under latest proposals, raising concerns for Widdington residents requiring school places, or doctor`s surgery allocation. Currently the primary school is building one more class and the secondary has been asked to take one more year group, this will not be sufficient. District Cllr Neil Hargreaves recommended that councillors and residents contact County Cllr Ray Gooding with concerns as he is cabinet member for education and lifelong learning.
Duncan Gunn requested an update regarding the bus shelter and questioned why the September minutes are not on the website. Clerk to update. Duncan also suggested that the Village Magazine should advertise the Parish Council website.
Robbie Robson raised concerns over the overgrown ivy at Wrays Cottage which obscures drivers` views as you take the corner. It was agreed that the clerk would contact the owners and request that the ivy is cut back.
Andy Mackenzie presented his design proposal for a replacement dwelling at Swaynes Cottage, a 1950`s bungalow which he proposes to replace with a contemporary, modern house. The proportions of the proposed dwelling have been designed to minimise impact to the street scene and sits comfortably between surrounding properties, with a lower roof height than the existing dwelling, although with a significantly larger footprint. Andy indicated his intention to submit the application in the next few days.
Acting Chair Andrew Gardner thanked Andy for his presentation.

53.04 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 3rd September,  2015 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by acting Chair Andrew Gardner.

53.05 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. The damaged mirror at the entrance to Hamel Way car park has been reported to UDC.
ii. Cllr Hudson has spoken with Gary Dunnett regarding the village website  and it was agreed that the clerk would post  a link to the village website on the Parish Council website.
iii. UDC have confirmed that the Parish Council do not require planning permission for the installation of the bus shelter.
iv. No update from Highway Records has been received regarding the leaning tree at Beadle Lane.
v. The Local Council Public Advisory Service have confirmed that they plan to hold future courses at Widdington Village Hall.
vi. Following Highways communication 21/09/15 concerning their planned unblocking of 2 gullies near Dove House, with an unspecified timeframe, the clerk contacted Highways 24/09/15 who stated that it would be impossible to indicate even what month the works would be carried out in. Detailing the ongoing issues in the area, foul flooding, Anglian Waters survey and the general displeasure of residents, Customer Services eventually agreed to contact the engineering team and confirm a date by the end of September. Clerk rang back 01/10/15 and was again promised a call back, which again didn`t arrive. Chris Stoneham emailed this afternoon detailing an update from Highways which professes to attend within 5 weeks to unblock the gullies, whilst also mentioning that the gullies work perfectly under normal conditions but that  the gully gratings get covered with leaves and debris and should be reported to UDC street cleaning team rather than Highways.
vii. The Review of the Annual Return for the year ended 31/03/15 is complete, with no actions, and the Notice of Conclusion of the Audit and Right to Inspect the Annual Return is currently displayed for 14 days, alongside the certified Annual Return, copies of which are available on application to the clerk, at a cost of £2.

53.06 FINANCE 
Cllr Darling presented a statement and review of accounts and cheques;
101034 - Derek Underhill - £15.34 - expenses
101035 - Cathie Southcott - £6.46 - defib expenses
101036 - PKF Littlejohn - £120.00 - review of annual return
101037 - Amanda Lindsell - £188.70 - clerk
101038 - British Red Cross - £100 - first aid training costs
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Cllr Underhill and Cllr Darling
The bank reconciliation was also reviewed, agreed and initialled by Cllr Gardner and it was agreed that the 2016/17 precept would be discussed at the November Parish Council Meeting.

53.07 PLANNING
It was agreed that there were no comments to be returned to Uttlesford District Council regarding;
APPLICATION NO: UTT/15/2877/HHF
ADDRESS: Amberden Hall, Cornells Lane, Widdington
PROPOSAL: Proposed conversion of agricultural barn to residential annexe.

53.08 VILLAGE GREEN
Following receipt of 2 quotations, it was agreed that if a further quotation is not forthcoming by 15/10/15 to accept the significantly cheaper quotation from the locally known company with a good reputation, subject to the confirmation of the crown lift on the London Plane.

53.09 FLOODING
Following on from the Clerk`s Report, it was agreed that the clerk would forward details to District Cllr Neil Hargreave to pursue.

 53.10 OTHER BUSINESS
Cllr Mackenzie detailed the regular bypass of Widdington by the 8.13am 302 bus, leaving people waiting often in excess of an hour to get to Newport for their commute to London.
Following receipt of the Local Bus Service Network Review Consultation September 2015 on Monday 28th September, accompanying letter dated 16th September but posted 25th September, with responses required by 21st October, it was agreed that the Parish Council objects to the proposal that the 301 bus will no longer go to Widdington, and will instead be served by the Demand Responsive Transport, which is essentially a taxi.
Under the proposals the 302 bus will continue to run, but as a school bus  will not run on Saturdays or in school holidays.
The consultation professes to encourage residents to complete an online survey, asking for views on the proposed changes to the contracted bus network, however the Parish Council is concerned that the questionnaire, which is available on request as paper copy, is lengthy and possibly confusing.
It was agreed that;
i. the clerk will request 50 paper  copies of the questionnaire.
ii. Cllr Mackenzie will draw up and circulate for approval a short cover letter for residents detailing the issues
iii. Cllr Mackenzie will draw up and circulate for approval a letter from the Parish Council objecting on  behalf of the community  to the proposed changes to the bus route, which the clerk will forward to Essex County Council.
iv. the clerk will download and circulate the questionnaire so councillors can forward it to interested parties and so District Cllr Hargreaves can register his objections, and advertise the consultation on social media.
v. the clerk will update the PC website to include a link to the online survey and other relevant information.
vi. the clerk will contact County Cllr Ray Gooding regarding this matter.
vii. Cllr Underhill agreed to share the information with residents at the bus stop, Post Office and coffee morning, with a view to encouraging resident completion of the surveys.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Thursday 5th November, 2015.

The meeting closed at 9.25pm.

Amanda Lindsell - Clerk to the Council.                                






 Widdington Parish Council 

Draft Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 6th August, 2015 at 8.00pm 

Present Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Kate Mackenzie,
Cllr Mike Forrest and Cllr Margaret Hudson.
In Attendance                          District Cllr Neil Hargreaves and Amanda Lindsell, Clerk to the Council.


51.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received and accepted from Cllrs Andrew Gardner, Dee Underhill, and Juliet Bickerton and also District Cllr Jo Parry.

51.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Cllr Margaret Hudson declared an interest in agenda item 7ii.

51.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
No members of the public were present.
District Cllr Neil Hargreaves detailed;
i. The resignation of Uttlesford District Council`s Chief Executive, who will be replaced in January 2016, following the correct recruitment process.
ii. The recent efforts of the Local Plan Working Group who are looking for suitable areas across the district for development, and are considering approaching  land owners for land if it is not already available.
iii. A request to report to Barbara Bosworth any listed buildings considered to need work and which are  at risk.
iv. Social housing rents have been cut by 1%.
v. Each district councillor has £3,000 from the New Homes Bonus to allocate to causes across their ward by 31st December, 2015.
vi. A request from a resident for an update regarding the possible winter closure of byways.

51.04 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the Annual Parish Council Meeting held on 2nd July  2015 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by the Chairman, Cathie Southcott.

51.05 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. Following the meeting with Theresa Milbourn, the previously agreed Newstead bus shelter is ordered, with arrival anticipated in approximately 12 weeks, and will be sited alongside the side wall of the car park, with internal notice-boards.
ii. Wayne Ribbans of Anglian Water has confirmed that the survey of the main sewer at Church Lane has revealed no major problems.
iii. The Surface Water Alleviation Scheme details were forwarded to District  Cllr Jo Parry for investigation, who has  confirmed that the scheme proposes to replace the current 6" diameter pipe with a 24" diameter pipe, and that Highways have submitted this scheme for funding.
iv. A letter has been despatched to the Old Rectory regarding  the overgrown yew hedge on their boundary, which is currently impassable, requesting that the hedge is trimmed.
v. Following the application for the removal of the silver birch, walnut tree and the one-sided pine on The Green, and also the request that the lower branches are cleared of the false acacia and the london pine, consent has been received to; 
a. fell the birch and the pine
b. work on the plane and acacia trees, limited to pruning  of lower branch tips to provide up to 5m clearance above ground level. It was agreed that Cllr Hudson would obtain 3 quotations for the proposed works, prioir to the September Parish Council meeting.
vi. An email was despatched to Highways Rangers (6.7.15)  requesting that the verges are strimmed and signs are washed at both entrances to the village.
vii. Participation has been confirmed in the 2015/16 Winter Salt Bag Scheme.
viii. Chris Stoneham has today confirmed that further works are required at Cornells Lane to ensure that the existing system is working effectively. New pipe and headwalls are required to keep the surface water off the carriageway and within ditches. Opposite Cornells , the ditch needs clearing and the pipe inlet requires exposing and then Highways can confirm whether further repairs are required. Once these works are completed, flooding issues should be alleviated. The jetting crew have cleared the remainder of the line and it is working. There is currently no timescale available for the work to start, but Chris will forward the programme dates as soon as they become available.

51.06 FINANCE 
i. Cllr Darling presented a statement and review of accounts and cheques;
101025 - Derek Underhill - Playpark resources - £20.09
101026 - TG Horticulture - Playpark maintenance - £120.00
101027 - Playsafety Ltd RoSPA - playpark annual inspection - £114.00
101028 - West Horden PC - RoSPA training course  (Derek Underhill)- £50.00
101029 - Uttlesford NhW Steering Group - £30.00
101030 - Essex Playing Fields Association- Annual Membership - £30.00
101031 - Amanda Lindsell - Clerk - £190.65
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Chairman Southcott and Cllr Hudson. 
The bank reconciliation was also reviewed and agreed and thanks were extended to Cllr Darling for his continued support with the Parish Council`s financial matters. It was agreed that Cllr Darling and the clerk would commence the handover of the treasury work to the clerk.
ii. It was agreed that the clerk would email District Cllr Jo Parry regarding the possibility of utilising the New Homes Bonus to cover the £100 Red Cross first aid training costs. Cllrs Kate Mackenzie, Roy Darling , Margaret Hudson and Cathie Southcott expressed the wish to attend the first aid training on 24th September.

51.07 PLANNING
It was agreed that there were no comments to be returned to Uttlesford District Council regarding;
i. APPLICATION NO: UTT/15/2173/FUL
ADDRESS: Waldegraves Farmhouse, Widdington Road, Widdington
PROPOSAL: Retrospective application for the construction of a circular horse walker with concrete walkway and profiled metal roof and the erection of an open fronted hay store.
ii. APPLICATION NO; UTT/15/2111/HHF
ADDRESS; Maple House High Street Widdington Essex CB11 3SB 
PROPOSAL; Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of single storey extension.


51.08 PLAYGROUND MAINTENANCE
It was agreed to commence a new 3 month trial with Theo`s new employer, who charge £15/hour. 

51.09  OTHER BUSINESS
Concerns were raised regarding damage caused to 4 vehicles last week on Springhill by overgrown hedging. It was acknowledged that many areas around Widdington have seen extensive growth, causing possible vision  isssues and driving hazards. It was agreed that Cllr Gardner would;
i. confirm any update regarding the winter closure of byways.
ii. confirm  the legalities surrounding requesting Highways and /or homeowners maintain their hedges.
It was agreed that the clerk would again request that the leaning tree on Beadle Lane is removed for safety reasons.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Thursday 3rd September, 2015.


The meeting closed at 8.55pm.

Amanda Lindsell - Clerk to the Council.                                


Widdington Parish Council
Draft 
Minutes of the Annual Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 2nd July  2015 at 8.00pm subject to approval at next meeting.

Present Cllr Cathie Southcott, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Mike Forrest, 
Cllr Margaret Hudson, Cllr Juliette Bickerton, Cllr Andrew Gardner and Cllr Kate Mackenzie
In Attendance          Duncan Gunn, District Cllr Jo Parry and Clerk to the Council, Amanda Lindsell.



50.01 ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN;
Cllr Southcott was nominated as Chairman.
Proposed; Cllr Hudson. Seconded; Cllr Gardner
There were no other nominations.
Cllr Southcott was unanimously elected Chairman and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office of Chairman, countersigned by the Clerk as Proper Officer of the Council.

50.02 ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN;
Cllr Hudson was nominated as Vice-Chairman.
Proposed; Cllr Southcott. Seconded; Cllr Darling.
There were no other nominations.
Cllr Hudson was unanimously elected Vice-Chairman.
All councillors completed and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office as Councillor, countersigned by the Clerk as Proper Officer of the Council.

50.03 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence received and accepted from Cllr Dee Underhill and District Cllr Neil Hargreaves.

50.04 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None declared.

50.05 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Duncan Gunn requested an update on the new bus shelter and queried the absence of notification of the cancellation of the June Parish Council Meeting and the July Parish Council Meeting Agenda from the Parish Council website.
It was agreed that the clerk would forward details regarding the bus shelter to District Cllr Jo Parry for investigation.
District Cllr Jo Parry explained that she and District Cllr Neil Hargreaves will be alternating attendance at Parish Council meetings to avoid duplication.

50.06 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the meeting held on 6th May, 2015 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by the Chairman, Cllr Cathie Southcott. 

50.07 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. Andrew Scullion has not responded to emails and telephone messages requesting suggested dates for his proposed site meeting to finalise details regarding exact location and specification of the bus shelter, and is currently on leave until 6th July. It was agreed that the clerk would forward details to District Cllr Jo Parry for investigation.
ii. After many emails and telephone calls, during which Anglian Water could find no record of any record of their attendance or job reference, and after raising the issue from scratch -reference 51573177 with promised call back within 5 working days and survey within 2 weeks, Wayne Ribbans has this afternoon confirmed that the survey of the system will be conducted next Wednesday 8th July.
iii. The first installment of the direct debit set up to resolve outstanding fees for garage rent has been received.
iv. Chris Stoneham has not responded to requests by email or phone for information regarding applications under the Surface Water Alleviation Scheme that he recommended. It was agreed that the clerk would forward details to District Cllr Jo Parry for investigation.
v. Highways Rangers have attended Wood End and efficiently strimmed the area.
vi. The Clerk reminded Councillors that completed Registers of Members Interests must be submitted within 28 days of election, by 20th July, along with the election expenses forms, even when nil return.
vii. it was agreed that the clerk would forward the Allotments paperwork to the chair for completion as previously agreed.

50.08 FINANCE
Cllr Darling presented a statement of accounts and cheques;
101018 - Kate Mackenzie -  £222.89 - Play Park expenses
101019 - Aon Ltd - £1077.08 - Annual Insurance
101020 - Whyare Inspired Ltd - £50.00
101021 - UDC - £50.00 - land rent for play park
101022 - TG Horticulture - £160.00 -play park maintenance
101023 - Essex County Council - £250 - Periodic Tree Survey
101024 - Amanda Lindsell - £355.72 - clerk salary + expenses - May + June
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Chairman Southcott and Cllr Hudson.

50.09 TREES AND HEDGING
It was agreed;
i. the clerk would contact The Old Rectory to request that the overgrown yew hedge on the boundary is trimmed as the footpath is currently impassable.
ii. Cllr Forrest would walk the footpaths to clarify other areas requiring works.
iii. the clerk will apply for the removal of the silver birch, the walnut tree and the one-sided green pine on The Green, and also request that the lower branches are cleared of the False Acacia and London Plane.
iv. the clerk would request that the Highway Rangers strim the verges and wash the signs at both entrances to the village.

50.10 SALT BAG SCHEME
It was agreed to participate in the 2015/16 Winter Salt Bag Scheme.

50.11 CORNELLS LANE AND CHURCH LANE DITCHES
Previously discussed.

50.12 AFFINITY WATER
Previously discussed.

50.13 EMERGENCY PLAN
Chairman Southcott detailed the recent staged emergency and the minor weaknesses exposed at the event and also as a result of the Carr and Bircher fire last weekend. It was agreed to purchase the items identified as necessary by the plan, up to the value of £200.
It was noted that this weekend`s fire at Carr and Bircher has been reported to the Enviroment Agency and as there would appear to be no implication of arson, the Parish Council have been advised that the Enviroment Agency will liaise with the site owner regarding the size of breaks between areas and reviewing fire proceedures and making any appropriate adjustments.

50.14 OTHER BUSINESS  
Chairman Southcott detailed the Post Office`s decision to reassign Widdington Postman Bill Banner, an integral part of the Widdington community, to another round. It was agreed to circulate a petition though out the village for support, which will be forwarded with a covering letter to Alan Haslehurst to add his backing. Cllr Mackenzie agreed to circulate the petition at the bottom of Cornells Lane and it was agreed that all completed petitions would be returned to Chairman Southcott by close of play on Monday 6th July. District Cllr Jo Parry agreed to support this petition and encouraged individuals to also submit their own objections for maximum impact. It was noted that letters can be directed to either Manager ( Dean or Dinesh) at Saffron Walden Post Office.
A suggested planning application up Cornells Lane was raised and the Parish Council maintained their stance that they do not support planning applications outside the village envelope.

50.15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Thursday 6th August, 2015 at 8pm 

The meeting closed at 9.30pm





Widdington Parish Council 

Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 6th May, 2015 at 8.00pm 

Present Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Andrew Gardner, Cllr Kate Mackenzie and Cllr Dee Underhill 
In Attendance                          District Cllr Jo Parry and Amanda Lindsell, Clerk to the Council.


49.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received and accepted from Cllrs Mike Forrest, Margaret Hudson and Juliet Bickerton.

49.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None declared.

49.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
No members of the public were present.

49.04 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 2nd April, 2015 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by the Chairman, Cathie Southcott.

49.05 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. Allotment rents have been paid, with the exception of 2 residents, and reminder letters have been issued.
ii. Andrew Scullion has today confirmed that funding has been approved to install a new wooden shelter at the Village Hall bus stop. It was agreed that the Parish Council preferred the Newstead shelter, and that  the clerk would arrange a site meeting with Andrew and Cllrs Southcott and Darling to discuss the exact  ocation and specifications.
iii. Wayne Ribbans of Anglian Water has today confirmed that he has to date been unsuccessful in clarifying the history of the system, but that he will arrange the survey of the main sewer within the next month.
iv. Tessa Firmin has been in touch regarding Neighbourhood Watch , and the clerk has photocopied and returned the letters required for distribution within the parish.
v. No response has been received in response to letters despatched regarding the condition of ditches and hedgerow on Hollow Road.
vi. It was agreed that the clerk would  accept the proposal for a £20 monthly direct debit to resolve the outstanding fees for garage rent in Hamel Way, with the addition of a one off additional payment of £2 to reimburse the Parish Council for fees incurred for the returned cheque charge on the original payment. It was also agreed to review garage rent at the next arish Council meeting.
vii. Chris Stoneham has tonight confirmed that initial investigations have commenced at Church Lane today, the culvert at the top of Church Lane has been assessed and jetted and appears to be working reasonably well.
The ditch on the boundary of The Rectory is well maintained and flowing, culverts were checked and residents spoken to, and it was agreed that the situation is exacerbated by blockage by leaves, so the team plan to prevent this by regular clearance. Chris suggested that the Parish Council may wish to consider requesting the 6inch diameter pipe is replaced with a 12 or 24inch diameter pipe to assist the flow of water, funded by the Surface Water Alleviation Scheme. It was agreed that the clerk would initiate an application for funding.
The team were unable to locate the manhole to access the drainage system around The Green and further up Church Lane and requested any support in locating the manhole( which unfortunately the Parish Council have no further information about.)
At Cornells Lane it was noted that the ditch clearance has been helpful, and it was considered most effective to investigate installing a new pipe to cross the road rather than continue to search for the elusive pipe. 
Chris commented that there should be some improvements off Church Lane and The Green as a result of the jetting.
viii. The Notice of Appointment of date for the Exercise of Electors Rights for Accounts ending 31st March 2105 has been displayed as required on 24th April, 2015 for the period commencing 8th May, 2015 and concluding 5th June, 2015, on request to the clerk.

49.06 FINANCE 
i. Cllr Darling presented a statement and review of accounts and cheques;
101012 - Widdington Woodlands Ltd - £396.39
101013 - EALC/NALC Affiliation Fees and Course - £174.58
101014 - Local Council Public Advisory Service - £25.00
101015 - Cathie Southcott/Display Products Ltd - £45.74
101016 - Amanda LIndsell - £314.02
101017 - Citizens Advice Bureau - £100.00
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Chairman Southcott and Cllr Underhill.
The bank reconciliation was also reviewed and agreed and thanks were extended to Cllr Darling for his continued support with the Parish Council`s financial matters.
ii.a.  The annual accounts and audit form were approved and signed.
   b. The Annual Governance Statement was read out, agreed, completed and signed, and it was agreed to review the council`s risk assessment at the next Parish Council meeting.
iii. It was agreed to continue  affiliation with EALC and NALC.

49.07 PLANNING
It was agreed that there were no comments to be returned to Uttlesford District Council regarding;
APPLICATION NO; UTT/14/3124/CLP
DEVELOPMENT; Change of use of 2 agricultural buildings to 2 dwellings under Class MB of the Town and Country Planning ( General permitted Development) ( Amendment and Consequential Provisions) (England) Order 2014
LOCATION; Molehall Wildlife Park, Widdington, Saffron Walden
DECISION; Approve Cert Law Proposed - 17th April 2015

49. 08 ALLOTMENTS
It was agreed that this item would be reviewed at the next Parish Council meeting, when all councillors would be familiar with the lease.

49.09 VILLAGE GREEN
It was agreed that this item would be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting, following receipt of further guidance from the arborist.

 49.10 DELEGATED POWERS
It was agreed to delegate power to the clerk as of May 11th until 25th June, 2015, or until the next elected Parish Council are re-established. 

49.11 OTHER BUSINESS
Cllr Mackenzie detailed the useful work covered by the Probation Service at the Play Park unfortunately curtailed by inclement weather. Chairman Southcott expressed the council`s thanks to Andy Leaver for strimming and mowing the Play Park, and also to Derek Underhill for his enthusiasm to complete the works already started. Cllr Mackenzie agreed to deliver the materials to Derek, and that the clerk would book Derek onto the ROSPA training course on the 2nd of July, 2015.
Cllr Mackenzie confirmed  that Theo and George will commence work  next week, on a 3month trial period, mowing the Play Park and meadow weekly at £20 per hour for 2 people ( 4 man hours) and incorporating  the maintenance of flower beds and hedges and the strimming of footpaths when appropriate. It was agreed that the Parish Council would provide a sign announcing the closure of the park while it is mowed, and that Cllr Mackenzie would suggest a 2 day period of flexibility to achieve consistency. It was also agreed that invoices for the work could be emailed to the Clerk of Cllr Darling.
Cllr Underhill detailed the Emergency Plan desk top run through planned for the end of May, the idea being to locate any glitches, and agreed to report back at the next Council meeting.
It was agreed that the clerk would request the attendance of the Highway Rangers at Wood End, to again clear the verges, which are now approximately 4 feet high,
Chairman Southcott thanked the clerk for her continued support and acknowledged the  mutual responsibility that the team of councillors, clerk and chairman share.




The meeting closed at 9.10pm.

Amanda Lindsell - Clerk to the Council.    




Widdington Parish Council 
Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 2nd April, 2015 at 8.00pm 

Present Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Margaret Hudson, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Andrew Gardner, Cllr Kate Leaver, Cllr Dee Underhill and Cllr Juliet Bickerton.
In Attendance Jill Brookman, District Cllr Jeremy Rose, and Amanda Lindsell, Clerk to the Council.

48.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received and accepted from District Cllr Jo Parry.

48.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None declared.

48.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Jill Brookman queried the disposal of the significant  hedge cuttings on Cornells Lane. Chairman Southcott confirmed that the landowner has confirmed that the cuttings will be burnt.
Jill Brookman queried the ditch clearance on Cornells Lane. Chairman Southcott confirmed that investigatory work will commence in the following weeks, with Uttlesford District Council  hoping to put a culvert in to relieve the flooding issues.
Jill Brookman requested an update on the trees on the Green. It was noted that the holm oak requires pruning before  further Christmas lights could be attached.
County Cllr Ray Gooding arrived.
The significant number of empty alcohol bottles found at Springhill during the recent litter pick was noted.

48.04 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 5th March, 2015 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by the Chairman, Cathie Southcott.

48.05 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. Andrew Scullion has confirmed that he is waiting for the funding for the bus shelter to be signed off as approved, which is anticipated for the first week of April.
ii. Anne Hooper has notified that she intends to conduct the tree survey on The Green on Thursday 9th April.
iii. A further letter regarding the leaning tree on Beadles Lane has been sent to Mrs Fisk.
iv. Chris Stoneham has confirmed that the clearing of the culverts will commence the week beginning 7th April, with Cornells Lane investigatory work following after. It was agreed that the clerk would request that the ditch between Cornells and The Weft House is assessed regarding it`s depth and proximity to the highway.
v. The Notice of Election for the Parliamentary Election was displayed on 31st  March. The Notice of Election for the Uttlesford District Ward and Parish Council Elections on 7th May were displayed on 27th March. Receipt and checking of nominations starts on Monday 30th March and continues on all working days until Thursday 9th April. Nomination packs for parish candidates may be obtained from the parish clerk.
vi. At the meeting with Wayne Ribbans and Cllr  Mike Forrest on 26th March, Cllr Forrest detailed the history and current foul flooding issues. Wayne thinks that if the culverts are cleared, that the foul flooding will not occur. Wayne clarified Anglian Water`s responsibility for the main sewer and some other pipes and visited Dove House, Maple House and Pond Mead. Wayne detailed the importance of every incident of foul flooding being reported to Anglian Water, so that case histories can be established. Wayne agreed to check the history of the system and hopes to conduct a survey of the system within the next month. The clerk agreed to, and has subsequently forwarded the details of Uttlesford District Council`s culvert clearing timetable.
vii. The notes of the Clerk`s Training at Uttlesford District Council on 23rd March have been circulated and the following notes were acknowledged;
a. UDC now has two equal ranking Conservation Officers, Barbara Bosworth and Ang Harrod.
b. When considering the allocation of housing in the district, it was noted that Uttlesford borders Epping
( with 93.7% green belt) and Harlow ( who are also built right up to their borders) and that Uttlesford could be expected to absorb part of their housing allocation alongside their own.
viii. Notes from the clerk`s attendance at the  Local Council Police Partnership Meeting on 25th March have been circulated.
ix. The weekly Neighbourhood Watch bulletin is now posted on the Parish Council website and notice board.
x. The allotment invoices have been despatched.

48.06 FINANCE 
Cllr Darling presented a statement of accounts and cheques;
101007 - Chris Rix Electrical Ltd - £199.20
101008 - Jill Brookman - wine defib training - £28.96
101009 - E.on Christmas tree lights - £68.88
101010 - Widdington Village Hall - £176.05
101011 - Amanda Lindsell  ( clerk) - £295.41
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Chairman Southcott and Cllr Hudson.
The bank reconciliation was also reviewed and agreed and thanks were extended to Cllr Darling for his continued support with the Parish Council`s financial matters.

48.07 PLANNING
It was agreed that there were no comments to be returned to Uttlesford District Council regarding;
 i. APPLICATION NO: UTT/14/3124/CLP 
DEVELOPMENT: Change of use of 2 agricultural buildings to 2 dwellings under Class MB of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment and Consequential Provisions) (England) Order 2014. 
LOCATION: Mole Hall Wildlife Park Widdington Saffron Walden CB11 3SS  
ii. APPLICATION NO; UTT/15/0777/LB
DEVELOPMENT :Proposed replacement of single glazed casement timber windows on rear elevations with double glazed casement timber windows.
LOCATION: Vine Cottage, High Street, Widdington
iii. APPLICATION NO; UTT/15/0778/LB
DEVELOPMENT : Proposed replacement of single glazed timber casement window and glazing bars to front of property with a new single glazed timber casement window and glazing bars.
LOCATION: Vine Cottage, High Street, Widdington
iv. APPLICATION NO;  UTT/14/2464/OP
DEVELOPMENT: Outline application for the demolition of the existing detached dwelling to be replaced with 3 no. dwellings and new access with all matters reserved except access, layout and scale.  LOCATION: Churchmead  Church Lane Widdington Saffron Walden CB11 3SF
DECISION Approve with Conditions - 17th March 2015

48. 08 DAMAGE TO FOOTPATHS BY HORSE RIDERS
It was agreed to monitor the condition of the footpaths for further deterioration prior to direct action from the Parish Council.

48.09 CHURCH LANE WEIGHT RESTRICTION
It was agreed that the Parish Council would endeavour to  establish a relationship with the approved developer regarding appropriate access and conditions, once the detailed application has been submitted.

 48.10 LITTER PICK
Following receipt of concerns regarding the condition of the ditches and hedgerow on Hollow Road, it was agreed that the clerk would contact the land owners, politely requesting that they inspect and attend to where appropriate, any areas of concern. 

48.11 PLAYGROUND
Cllr Leaver extended her thanks to Cllrs Underhill and Hudson and also District Cllr Rose and his team for all their support and hard work refurbishing the playground. It is anticipated that 2 further days of work are required. It was agreed that District Cllr Rose would source  the red paint and creosote required and that Cllr Leaver would organise an exchange of goods with the Ridgeons receipt provided by Chairman Southcott.
It was agreed that Kate would draft a schedule of works for George and Theo, who come recommended and at half the hourly rate of their competitors, with the offer of a 3 month trial.
it was agreed that the Parish Council would gratefully accept Andy Leaver`s generous offer to cut the grass and apply the bird-proofing in the short term and also Derek Underhill`s kind offer to undertake maintenance for the playground once the current refurbishment is completed.
The Parish Council expressed their thanks to Derek Underhill for his repairs to the play bus and acknowledged his comments that the bus has probably only one year of play left in it, reinforced by comments made to District Cllr Rose by craftsmen on his team. It was agreed that Cllr Leaver would make a grant application to Viridor before the end of April for a replacement  bus.

48.12 NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
It was noted that Jill Brookman and Tessa Firmin have agreed to set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for Widdington. It was agreed that the Parish Council would purchase appropriate signage for entrances and exits to the village and also stickers for houses advertising the scheme.
The Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator will attend the Annual Parish Meeting. 

48.13 HAMEL WAY GARAGE RENT
It was agreed that the clerk would issue a letter regarding the bounced cheque, payment for the 2014 garage rent, and also request payment for the 2015 payment.

48.14 OTHER BUSINESS
i. Following confirmation from Jill Brookman and Cllr Hudson that Widdington Allotments and Gardening Society support the Parish Council`s renewal of the allotment lease, and also are able to cover the current shortfall, it was agreed to renew the allotments lease.
ii. County Cllr Gooding detailed issues surrounding Clavering`s trial of closure of byways, costs involved and other complications. It was agreed that Cllr Gooding would continue to pursue this matter.
iii. District Cllr Rose detailed the;
a.  Full Council Meeting on 14th April
b. Housing Board - affordable housing - 23rd April
c. Police and Local Crimes Commissioner Meeting -14th May -UDC
d. Liberteas - celebrating the 800th anniversary of The Magnacarta - 14th June
iv. Chairman Southcott agreed to forward details to District Cllr  Rose regarding an incident involving the theft of a car, reported to the police as followed to an address, where police failed to attend or follow up.

48.15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
It was agreed that the Annual Meeting of the Council and the Annual Parish Meeting would be held on Thursday 14th May at 7.30pm and 8pm respectively.

The meeting closed at 9.50pm.

Amanda Lindsell - Clerk to the Council.                                








Widdington Parish Council 

Thursday 5th March 2015 

Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 5th March 2015 at 8.00pm subject to approval at next meeting.

Present Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Margaret Hudson, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Andrew Gardner, 
Cllr Kate Leaver, Cllr Dee Underhill and Cllr Mike Forrest.

In Attendance        Duncan Gunn, District Cllrs Jo Parry and Jeremy Rose, and Amanda
Lindsell, Clerk to the Council.




47.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received and accepted from Cllr Juliet Bickerton and County Cllr Ray Gooding.

47.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None declared.

47.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Duncan Gunn requested an update on the funding for the proposed bus shelter. Chairman Southcott confirmed that as previously minuted, Andrew Scullion agreed to present his proposal for funding for the agreed Newstead Bus Shelter to the Local Highways Panel at their January 2015 meeting, with a view to probable installation around April, 2015, with the Parish Council taking ownership of the shelter following installation. 

47.04 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 5th February, 2015 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by the Chairman Cathie Southcott.

47.05 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. Kate Robson from Saffron Walden Citizens Advice Bureau has confirmed her attendance at the Parish Meeting on 7th May, to speak about the scope of the CAB`s work. It was agreed that the £100 support previously agreed for the CAB would be despatched following the April Parish Council meeting.
ii. The faulty streetlight at Hamel Way was reported to Uttlesford District Council, and has now been repaired.
iii. Wayne Ribbans from Anglian Water has left an answerphone message wishing to set up a site visit to assess the areas affected by flooding. No contact number was left so the clerk continues to await his call, and it was agreed that Cllr Forrest would attend the site meeting.

47.06 FINANCE 
Cllr Darling presented a statement of accounts and cheques;
101005 - Smiths Gore - £513.00
101006 - Amanda Lindsell - £145.09
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Chairman Southcott and Cllr Hudson.
The bank reconciliation was also reviewed and agreed and thanks were extended to Cllr Darling for his continued support with the Parish Council`s financial matters.

47.07 PLANNING
It was agreed that there were no comments to be returned to Uttlesford District Council regarding;
i. planning application; UTT/15/0378/FUL - Malt Place, Cornells Lane, Widdington - Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of replacement dwelling ( alternative scheme to that approved under UTT/14/1990/FUL)
ii. planning decision; UTT/14/3772/P3MPA - Malt Place, Cornells Lane, Widdington - Prior notification of change of use of agricultural building to dwelling - prior approval not required.

47.08 THE GREEN
It was agreed to accept the quotation of £250 for a full inspection and condition report for the trees on The Green, and that Cllr Hudson would attend the inspection.


47.09  OTHER BUSINESS
i. It was agreed that prior to the Planning Committee visit on Monday 9th March, that Chairman Southcott would forward a photograph to members of the Planning Committee, clearly showing the visual impact of the proposed Church Mead development. District Cllr Rose confirmed his plans to travel with the Planning Committee to the site meeting and explained that Councillors would not be permitted to speak to or approach members of the Planning Committee. It was also agreed that Cllr Hudson would represent the Parish Council at the Planning Meeting at 2pm on Wednesday 11th March.
ii. It was agreed that the Clerk would again contact Waldegraves regarding the tree on the right hand side of Beadle Lane which is leaning alarmingly into the road.
iii. District Cllr Rose detailed;
a. Council Tax is down 14% within the last 4 years.
b. Uttlesford maintains reserves of £16.3million, with usable reserves of £5.5million, however funding from central government will drop significantly during the next 3 years and theses reserves will be necessary to cushion these losses.
c. Right To Buy has transferred £4.1million from housing reserves general funds to enable the council to build more council run homes.
d. 95% of the District Council moneys put at risk following the collapse of the Icelandic financial institutions has been recouped.
e. The Highways Panel Meeting is to be held on 23rd March at 7.30pm
f. Alistair Walters has spoken about the Highway Rangers new ditch and culvert clearing facility. It was agreed that as this facility is accessed through Chris Stoneham, that no action was required.
g. the meeting of the Uttlesford Planning Working Group on the 30th March.
h. Green Bin Waste Collection £40 a year for fortnightly garden waste collection.
iv. District Cllr Parry confirmed;
a. Following the collapse of the Local Plan it cannot be confirmed where the proposed new homes will be situated.
b. Her recent donation from the New Homes Bonus towards Widdington`s Playgroup Hedgehogs to purchase equipment.
v. Cllr Underhill confirmed the installation of the defibrillator and also the successful briefing on use and subsequent CPR training for those involved with the Emergency Plan, led by Justin Markiewicz, who also suggested sourcing further first aid training for interested parties, possibly through St Johns Ambulance. District Cllr Rose suggested that Essex Ambulance First Responders may offer free first aid training.
vi. Cllr Leaver confirmed that a contract is being formalised with Robert Vernon to detail the exact maintenance works required each year.
vii. District Cllr Rose confirmed that Essex Probation will complete the refurbishment and painting of the playground on Tuesday 24th March. It was agreed that Cllr Leaver will contact Jill Brookman regarding use of the Village Hall facilities, post notices regarding the closure of the playground for the works and request assistance from Phil Mullinger regarding transportation of the large sheet of mdf.
viii. Chairman Southcott confirmed that Crime Prevention Officer Stephen Armson Smith and Hannah Griffiths will be available at the Village hall from 7.30pm on 23rd March to offer reassurance , advice and to answer questions following the recent crime wave. This will be advertised in the Village Magazine and also on the notice board on The Green, and on the PC website.
ix. It was agreed that Cllr Gardner would contact County Cllr Ray Gooding for an update on information related to closing the 3 byways during the winter months.
x. Chairman Southcott raised concerns over the number of horse-riders cantering on footpaths. It was agreed that the Clerk would contact Highways to confirm the legalities relating to landowners, footpaths and making good.

47.10 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Thursday 2nd April, 2015.

The meeting closed at 8.55pm.

Amanda Lindsell - Clerk to the Council. 



Widdington Parish Council News.

5th February 2015 


Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 5th February 2015 at 8.00pm subject to approval at next meeting.
Present Chairman Cathie Southcott, Cllr Margaret Hudson, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr Andrew Gardner and Cllr Mike Forrest.
In Attendance                         John Whalley, District Cllrs Jo Parry and Jeremy Rose, and Amanda                   Lindsell, Clerk to the Council.
46.01 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received and accepted from Cllr Juliet Bickerton, Cllr Dee Underhill and Cllr Kate Leaver.

46.02 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None declared.

46.03 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
John Whalley expressed concerns regarding security within Widdington following the recent multiple burglaries and detailed information he has received from retired senior police officers, that local police forces are suppressing the actual crime figures relating to break ins. John is keen for the Parish Council to pursue CCTV 
( with his predicted cost of £300 for one camera with sufficient memory) for Widdington, acknowledging that it doesn`t stop crime, but is considered a good deterrent.
Chairman Southcott confirmed that she had requested the support of an officer at this evening`s Parish Council meeting, and also detailed the letter of complaint sent to the Police and Crime Commissioner, complaining about the lack of support, reassurance and police presence following the break ins.
Chairman Southcott proceeded to report that a number of Eastern Europeans have been arrested in premises in Peterborough for similar style break ins in Takeley and Felsted using a variety of different vehicles, and are currently on bail with conditions not to enter Essex.
It was agreed that as there are not currently Neighbourhood Watch representatives for Widdington, that this could be raised at the Annual Parish Meeting and that Chairman Southcott would also include this in her Village Magazine submission, and that Cllr Gardner would liaise with Alan Johnson of Newport Neighbourhood Watch with a view to advertising the need for representatives within Widdington.

46.04 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 8th January, 2015 were approved by Councillors as an accurate representation and signed by the Chairman Cathie Southcott.

46.05 CLERK`S REPORT
The Clerk reported;
i. Chris Stoneham has confirmed that arrangements are being made for all gullies to be assessed and jetted before the end of February, and investigatory work undertaken at the bottom of Cornells Lane to ascertain the outfall and alleviate concerns about the drainage system. The outcome of these investigations may necessitate the introduction of a new pipe under the carriageway as previously mentioned. A further letter to residents requesting that they carry out maintenance works to their ditches on the southern side of Cornells Lane will be despatched by 6th February.
ii. It was agreed that the clerk would attend the training session at Uttlesford District Council offices on Monday 23rd March.
iii. The clerk and Chairman Southcott are booked to attend the EALC Police Partnership Conference on Wednesday 25th March.
iv. The large pothole at Springhill has been repaired.
v. A quote has been requested from Anne Hooper regarding a survey and report on the trees on the Green.
vi. Cllr Gardner is booked to attend Coffee with the EALC Chairman on 2nd April at 11am.
vii. Letters have been despatched to local farmers regarding condition and height of hedges within the parish.
viii. A letter has been despatched to Molehall requesting action to allow drainage back into the ditch following recent hedge cutting.
ix. The website has been updated.
x. The notice board is purchased, delivered and now stored in the Village Hall storeroom.
xi. An invite to attend the Annual Parish Meeting has been sent to Kate Robson of the CAB.

46.06 FINANCE 
i. Cllr Darling presented a statement of accounts and cheques;
101002 - Cathie Southcott - £700 - advance for Burns Lunch
101003 - Cathie Southcott - £30.45 - balance for Burns Lunch
101004 - Amanda Lindsell - £352.39 ( incl £127.14 - notice board)
for payment to the meeting, which were agreed and then signed by Chairman Southcott and Cllr Hudson.
The bank reconciliation was also reviewed and agreed.

46.07 PLANNING
It was agreed that there were no comments to be returned to Uttlesford District Council regarding appeal decision UTT/14/1987/FUL - land at Wood End, Widdington - appeal dismissed.

46.08 VILLAGE TREES
It was agreed that Cllr Hudson would take on the role of tree warden, and that Cllr Hudson would collect any documentation from Doreen Robson regarding the village trees. Councillors thanked Cllr Hudson for taking on this role.

46.09 HAMEL WAY
It was agreed that the clerk would report the faulty street light at the top of Hamel Way to Uttlesford District Council.

46.10 CRIME
This item was covered in public participation.

46.11 OTHER BUSINESS
It was agreed that Cllr Forrest would liaise with Gary Dunnett regarding Widdington photos for the Parish Council website.
It was agreed that Chairman Southcott would add District Cllr Parry to the list of speakers for the Church Mead meeting.
It was agreed that Cllr Forrest would locate the abandoned dustbin of bottles on Springhill, and if possible dispose of, and if not liaise with District Cllr Jeremy Rose to arrange the Highways Rangers to attend.
The increased litter in Cornells Lane was acknowledged, and Chaiman Southcott agreed to particularly mention this in the village magazine. Councillors acknowledged Cllr Hudson`s continued efforts to clear Widdington of litter.
It was noted that a meeting of the Village Volunteers, Emergency Planning Committee and interested councillors, to deal with first aid training and familiarisation with the defibrillator will take place on the 3rd or 17th March.
District Cllr Jeremy Rose detailed the  16th Feb - Waste Strategy Planning Meeting
                                                     24th Feb - Cabinet Meeting
   26th Feb - Full Council Meeting.

46.12 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Thursday 5th March, 2015.

The meeting closed at 9.00pm.

Amanda Lindsell - Clerk to the Council. 

 


MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

The Minutes of the meeting held on 3rd June, 2010 were discussed and were then agreed by

Councillors and signed by the Chairman, Cllr Andrew Gardner.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Cllr Wilcock reported to the meeting that Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Local Government has

intimated that local councils can do what they like as regards local development and that Uttlesford

District Council are soon to discuss strategy regarding the proposed Elsenham development. Cllr

Gardner asked Cllr Wilcock if the proposed demise of the East of England Development Agency had

any bearing on this situation and Cllr Wilcock said that there may in future be a mini version of this set

up. Cllr Devine queried the proposal by government of banning ‘land grabbing’ but Cllr Wilcock said

that currently there is no legislation in place for this.

Muriel Dennison, resident, enquired about the car park lease saying that historically the car park was

left to villagers on a 99year lease at a peppercorn rent and that she said there was concern about

plans for large increases in rents for the garages in the future. Cllr Darling said that an eventual

increase to £50. per annum for one garage was quite reasonable and less than £1. per week. Cllr

Gardner said that there is no documentation to back up a 99 year lease and that the lease with

Uttlesford DC is for 7 years and requires renewal at the end of 2010. He also confirmed that the

Parish Council will be trying to obtain a longer lease to restrict Uttlesford DC from possibly building on

this area which is considered a prime site.

FINANCE

07.01 Statement of Accounts was reviewed and the council APPROVED four payments

totalling £232.22 for which cheques were signed by Cllrs Gardner and Southcott.

07.02 The Council also APPROVED two payments to Pinnacle Essex, the first being

£31954.48 and the second £3550.50 Once funds are received from the National Lottery

the first cheque will be handed to Pinnacle Essex. The second cheque being 10% of

the costs will be withheld until the Parish Council is assured all outstanding works are

completed. Due to the Parish Council not meeting in August, Cllr Gardner signed the

cheques and Cllr Southcott will only countersign once Lottery funds are received.

07.03 Cllr Darling presented Bank Reconciliation and statements to the meeting which were

AGREED and signed by Cllr Gardner.

07.04 End of Year Accounts and Audit Cllr Darling read out the Internal Auditors report,

carried out on June 8, 2010, which reported that she was satisfied that all requirements

had been complied with. Following agreement at the last meeting, the Annual Governance

Statement was signed by Cllr Gardner and the Clerk.

07.05 Insurance Renewal Cllr Darling reported that so far all playground equipment is now

fully covered although further adjustments may be necessary.

COUNCILLOR VACANCIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

07.06 Cllr Gardner welcomed to the meeting Dave Smith, who has been co-opted onto the

Parish Council to take responsibility for the Playground. Clerk to arrange completion of

forms after close of meeting.

07.07 There remains one vacancy to be filled.

AGENDA ITEMS

Airport, Grants

Nothing to discuss.

Environment, Footpaths, Ponds & Neighbourhood Watch

07.08 Cllr Southcott reported that the broken steps on bank of Footpath 17 have still to be repaired.

Clerk confirmed that this has been chased up and she will telephone Essex Highways again stressing

the dangerous condition of this bank.

CG

Greens, Highways & Road Safety

07.09 Village Green. No further problems have been reported.

07.10 Vehicle & Child Safety in Hamel Way. Cllr Southcott reported that residents have expressed

concern on the safety of the footpath in Hamel Way, particularly when more children will be

visiting the new playground. Cllr Southcott suggested a mirror to be sited on a corner of the path

which will assist vehicles leaving and entering the car park. Clerk to contact Uttlesford DC to

arrange for them to visit and approve this plan or make other suggestions.

CG

Planning

07.11 JPCSG and UDC Housing Consultation. Cllr Inkley informed the meeting that he would be

attending a JPCSG meeting on 8th July and that there is a meeting at Uttlesford DC offices on 7

September 2010 at 7.30pm which he hopes as many as possible will attend. ‘Save Our Villages’

still very active as the Company who owns the land is trying to sell it as a development site.

07.12 Newport Chalk Quarry. All Councillors have had a chance to look at these plans and Cllr

Gardner asked Cllr Wilcock Newport Parish Council’s stance on this. Cllr Wilcock will ask Clerk

at Newport PC to contact Widdington Parish Council’s Clerk. Clerk then to advise Councillors of

this and to include any remarks to the Planning Department.

CG/PW

Playground

07.13 Cllr Southcott informed the meeting that following the ROSPA inspection, alterations have

been made, items moved and certain equipment pegged down. Some improvements have

been made to matting which will improve as the grass grows through and boulders have been

moved, all to minimise risk as much as possible. Cllr Southcott recommended that playground

should be opened on 2 July 2010. Cllr Smith will make temporary laminated sign until permanent

signage is ready. The wording on signage and opening the playground on 2 July was

discussed and Cllr Gardner proposed that this be accepted and this was seconded by

Cllr Darling. Cllr Gardner thanked Cllr Southcott for her work regarding the ROSPA inspection

and ensuring works necessary were carried out and for mediating with nearby residents.

07.14 Tim Harding has revisited site and decided to keep to the figure quoted for maintenance but

to look at it again next year.

Village Hall Management Committee

Cllr Darling informed the meeting that the hall will be closed in August for one week whilst floor works

are carried out.

Car Park

This subject was covered earlier in meeting under Public Participation.

Emergency Planning

Cllr Darling reported there was nothing to be discussed.

Social Issues

07.15 Cllr Gardner consulted the meeting about the survey for Broadband speeds. This was

discussed and all agreed that Broadband speeds in Widdington were adequate.

Recycling Centre

Nothing to report.

Allotments

Nothing to report.

Date of Next Meeting Thursday 2nd September, 2010 at 8.00pm,

The meeting closed at 9.45pm

Carole Garner

4 July, 2010




3rd June, 2010    


Widdington Parish Council 

Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 3rd June 2010 subject to approval at next meeting. 

Present Cllr Andrew Gardner, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr John Rhodes, Cllr Cathie Southcott and Cllr Garrett Devine                                                    

In Attendance Carole Garner, Cllr Ray Gooding, Cllr Peter Wilcock and 3 members of the public 

Apologies for Absence             Cllr Steve Inkley and Cllr Andrew Yarwood


Declaration of Interest Cllr Rhodes declared an interest in Wyse’s Field


 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING


The Minutes of the meeting held on 6th May, 2010 were discussed and Cllr Darling advised an alteration to the Minute for Internal Auditor to read £50. per hour and not £200. per day. The Minutes were then agreed by Councillors and signed by the Chairman, Cllr Andrew Gardner.


 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION


Mr Peter Foster who resided in the village many years ago brought a painting of a view in the village which he intends to bequeath to the village.  He explained the background story of the painting and Cllr Gardner on behalf of the Parish Council thanked him very much for attending the meeting, his very generous gesture and allowing the picture to be viewed.


 

Emma Arnold asked the Parish Council to be considered for a garage or a plot to build a garage according to the specifications of the Parish Council.  Cllr Darling advised that all garage building is on hold for the moment whilst awaiting details of renewal of lease.  Cllr Southcott asked what happens if residents build garage and then later move on. Cllr Darling will look at this situation when lease renewal is received from Uttlesford District Council.


 

FINANCE


Statement of Accounts was reviewed and the council APPROVED three payments totalling £561.32 for which cheques were signed by Cllrs Gardner and Southcott. Cllr Darling presented Bank Reconciliation to the meeting which was AGREED and signed by Cllr Gardner.

End of Year Accounts and Audit Cllr Darling presented draft Annual Return and Asset List to the meeting. The meeting discussed, approved and agreed the accounting statements and these will be signed by Chairman, Cllr Gardner and Responsible Financial Officer, Cllr Darling. The Annual Governance Statement was also discussed, approved and agreed and will be signed by Cllr Gardner and the Clerk.  These will all follow the Audit taking place on June 8, 2010.

Insurance Renewal Cllr Darling announced that he had drawn a further cheque in the sum of £311.14 to cover additional equipment at the playground. This amount is included in the Statement of Accounts approved earlier.

 

COUNCILLOR VACANCIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


There remain two vacancies and Cllr Gardner urged all Councillors to continue trying to recruit.


 

AGENDA ITEMS


 


Airport, Grants


Cllr Gardner confirmed the news that BAA have withdrawn the planning application for a second runway and asked the Clerk to circulate the information received from SSE. Cllr Wilcock asked Councillors if they had had any reports of excessive aircraft noise over the village recently.  Most Councillors reported that there had been an increase in noise and cited Tuesday night that week between the hours of 10 and 12pm when it was particularly alarming.


Environment, Footpaths, Ponds & Neighbourhood Watch


Cllr Southcott reported that the broken step on bank of Footpath 17 has still to be repaired and now a further step is broken. Clerk to chase this up.                                                                                    CG


Cllr Southcott advised that she is considering organising a footpath clearance walk, particularly through environs of Wood End.                                                                                                           CS                                                                                                                          


Greens, Highways & Road Safety


Village Green.  Cllr Devine informed the meeting that he had plotted a route on the Tom-tom satellite navigation system and this had taken the correct route through the village.  He said that he was personally against altering the green in any way as it was a step to change a rural setting into an urban setting.  The Clerk gave a report on attempting to obtain the services of a qualified Civil Engineer but those contacted would not take on such a small job and many ground workers set themselves up to be Civil Engineers but are not qualified. The Clerk did obtain some verbal advice from an Engineer who knew the green and who suggested that the Parish Council might find Engineer’s fees, cost of works and maintenance thereof would likely outweigh the costs of just restoring the green when damage occurs.

The Clerk was asked to chase up Essex Highways regarding installation of extra grit bin.        CG

Cllr Rhodes advised that he had received no reply from Uttlesford DC regarding land clearance on Springhill which is their responsibility.  He will chase up.                                                       JR

 

Planning


There was nothing to discuss.


 

Playground


Cllr Southcott reported that Phase 2 was nearing completion and a ROSPA inspection would be taking place next week.


 

Village Hall Management Committee


Cllr Darling passed a report from the AGM to the Clerk to be circulated to Councillors.                  CG


 

Car Park


Cllr Darling told the meeting that Sam Chapman had made an application to park a caravan on a potential garage plot and live in it whilst building works were being carried out on her property. This was discussed and it was agreed that this should be refused on the grounds that it could set a dangerous precedent and Clerk was asked to write to advise her of this.                                        CG                                                           


Emergency Planning


Cllr Darling reported there was nothing to be discussed.


 

Social Issues


Nothing to report.


 

Recycling Centre


Nothing to report.


 

Allotments


Wyse’s Field Update. 


Following the refusal of the Parish Council’s offer to purchase this land Cllrs Gardner, Darling, Southcott and Devine agreed that no further action be taken.


 

Date of Next Meeting Thursday 1st July, 2010 at 8.00pm,


 

The meeting closed at 9.15pm


 

Carole Garner


6 June, 2010    




ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING


CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME


Chairman Andrew Gardner welcomed 9 villagers to the Meeting and introduced the members of the Parish Council, expressing thanks to Anne Taylor, Denis Mongon and Rob Bagley who have resigned recently for their contributions.


He informed the meeting that the Parish Council had dug into reserves to subsidise the precept for this coming year, an action taken to keep charges down in this difficult financial climate.


Cllr Gardner confirmed that Colin Carr of Carr and Bircher has won his appeal to continue works at Hollow Road site until July 2014 when the site should be finally restored. 

SPEAKERS

Katrina Allhusen – Mole Hall

Katrina Allhusen informed the meeting that Mole Hall Park would re-open in July. They are in the process of clearing park, refurbishing play area and cafe but would not be keeping as many animals as they had in the past. Deer, wallabies, goats and pigs will be returning and one of their aims is to also improve the wetlands. Mrs Johnson, owner of Mole Hall is delighted the park will be re-opening.


Cllr Southcott questioned whether coaches and school parties would be visiting the park and Katrina said it was not the intention to advertise far and wide as previously done and that to combat traffic blocking Cornells Lane they are to re-site the entrance kiosk  further into the park so people would park first and then pay.  They are also considering plans for the flat area near cafe to have a marquee installed for functions. Cllr Gardner said that maybe some space could be found for Allotment plots. 


Simon Lee – JPCSG, Uttlesford DC Consultation on Housing

Simon Lee brought those at the meeting up to date on events concerning the above. The Group have a retained adviser experienced in this matter who has helped them to put the suggested answer pack together and sent to all residents in the parishes supporting the opposing of Option 4.  He advised that at minimum questions 1 and 2 should be completed and the terms ‘strongly object’ used where necessary and as much as possible.  Transport and Water studies have only recently been carried out and have failed to prove sustainability and Simon confirmed that there are no plans for extra schools, medical care etc.  The situation of the railway station with a level crossing and little other access apart from narrow winding country lanes is a major problem.  Cllr Yarwood said that the rail network in this area is at full capacity and would not be able to cope with extra passengers commuting from such a large development. Simon Lee re-iterated that all forms replying to UDC’s questionnaire should be sent by 9 April and could also be completed on-line.  The JPCSG would appreciate being copied those sent on-line under website Save Our Village.


Dawn Truscott and Natasha Eagleton – Widdington Playground Committee

Dawn informed the meeting that the new playground is a resounding success due to a great team of people, funding and grants, particularly Gemma Mears and Sam Chapman. With construction of Phase 1 completed and further funding awarded to make playground aesthetically pleasing they were now at the final hurdle and hoped to be fully functioning by the summer.  They have appointed a Project Manager for Phase 2. The Playground is in regular use and residents are invited to go and look at the results. Cllr Gardner congratulated the Playground Committee on their wonderful achievement.


Christine Rhodes – Widdington PCC

Christine informed the meeting of progress on planned refurbishment at the Church. They aim to have the bells ringing once again, a lavatory installed and electrification of winding mechanism of the clock.  The PCC have to raise 10% of the costs before they can get any grants.  All matters move very slowly and they hope to have plans to show to English Heritage soon.  They have two fund raising events planned. There will be a Hog Roast in June, run jointly with the Girl Guides to be held at London Jock Wood and a Photographic Exhibition to be held later in the year.


Garrett Devine – Widdington Garden and Allotment Society

Garrett explained history of the founding of the Society which Karen Kenny of the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners helped them to establish.  They currently have registered 9 residents applying for allotment plots and 12 residents for the Garden Club. They have held meetings planning trips, talks etc and plan a plant sale on the village green on June 5.  They are also holding a quiz evening at 7.30pm on 21 April.  The Society’s aims are to establish a good focal point to help make Widdington an even stronger community and to reduce their carbon footprint.  Benefits of membership they have obtained are, free manure and 10% discount at Stalleys Barn and Saggers in Newport.  Wyse’s Field has been mooted as a possibility for allotment plots and a meeting is planned between the Parish Council and a representative from Sworders Agricultural.  Garrett advised when questioned that no further information is available on this field until meeting has taken place.


Peter Willcock – District Councillor

Peter announced that this was his 16th year reporting to the Widdington Annual Village Meeting.  He said that the key change in the village is the threat to its quality of life. First being housing.  He is generally opposed to single settlement and is supporting JPCSG. Second is the airport. There has been a decline in air traffic over last year and yet Stansted still seems to be preferred location for expansion.  He is also not in favour of extra supermarket being built in Saffron Walden along with expansion of Tesco’s store and feels that this is a threat to all small shops in surrounding villages, not just those in Saffron Walden.  Litter continues to be a major problem and there is a national campaign supported by Essex County Council.  The District Council rate increase for the coming year is 2.9%.


Ray Gooding – County Councillor

Ray said he was pleased to see that Mole Hall are going to re-open and that the playground is a success and was sure that the WAGS will get their allotments. He reported that Essex County Council is always concerned with the infrastructure of the County and that Peter Martin has taken over at Essex CC.  The Council have had great success in opening post offices in Essex villages and that the Bank of Essex to serve small businesses in the community is steadily growing. Child services were downgraded due to a national shortage of social workers but were now up to full strength and getting back on track with supporting children in care. Essex had increased their rates by 1.9%. Ray said that with the General Election coming up there will be cuts and some services will be very stretched. Questioned on recycling, he admitted that the Council does not get a great deal back. 

Cllr Southcott announced to the meeting that there will be a Village Litter Pick on 3 May at 10am and residents are invited to come along and help. 


The Chairman of the Parish Council Cllr Andrew Gardner gave thanks to all the speakers for their time and talks and also to the members of the public who attended. He closed the meeting at 9.15pm


Refreshments were served following the meeting. 

 


Carole Garner, Clerk   2/4/10 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Widdington Parish Council 

Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 1st April 2010 subject to approval at next meeting. 

Present Cllr Andrew Gardner, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr John Rhodes, Cllr Cathie Southcott and Cllr Garrett Devine                                                    

In Attendance Carole Garner, Cllr Peter Willcock and Cllr Andrew Yarwood 

Apologies for Absence             Cllr Steve Inkley


Declaration of Interest There were no declarations of interest.

 

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

The Minutes of the meeting held on 4th March, 2010 were agreed and signed by the Chairman,

Cllr Andrew Gardner.

 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There were no members of the public present at meeting.

 

FINANCE

Statement of Accounts was reviewed and the council APPROVED two payments totalling £1586.88 for which cheques were signed by Cllrs Gardner and Southcott. Cllr Darling presented Bank Reconciliation to the meeting which was agreed and signed by Cllr Gardner. 

 

COUNCILLOR VACANCIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Cllr Gardner announced the resignation of Rob Bagley due to the pressure of work commitments and Clerk was asked to write formally to him thanking him for his time and efforts over the past 

months.                                                                                                                                           CG

Widdington Playground Committee have been approached to supply a representative to sit on Parish Council to be responsible for overseeing maintenance of playground but no reply has been received to date.


 

AGENDA ITEMS

Airport, Grants

Cllr Gardner reported that there was nothing to discuss.

Environment, Footpaths, Ponds & Neighbourhood Watch

Nothing to Report.

Greens, Highways & Road Safety

Church Lane Beech Tree Quotation It was unanimously agreed to accept quotation from Treetops in the sum of £193.88

Sewage problem in High Street  Cllr Rhodes reported that he has been unable to enquire further on this problem as he has been abroad.  Cllr Southcott reported that she had heard that Dynorod had searched piping with a camera and there was a break in pipe deep down and when repairs are carried out, this will mean closing the High Street but this has not been substantiated as yet.

Spring Litter Pick Cllr Rhodes will contact relevant department at Uttlesford DC to reserve equipment for litter pick to be carried out on 3 May at 10am

Cllr Rhodes reported that Mr and Mrs Kemp had approached him requesting that posts or bollards be installed on green following further damage by vehicles.  Cllr Rhodes to contact Essex Highways.JR


Cllr Rhodes also reported that a hedge on Springhill needs to be cut back and he will speak to Essex Highways on this work.                                                                                                                     JR

 

Planning


Planning permission is being sought for the installation of a tennis court at Swaynes Hall and documents are still circulating amongst Councillors.  This item to be discussed at May meeting.

Uttlesford Housing Consultation to be deferred to Annual Village Meeting later in evening.

 

Playground


This item to be deferred to Annual Village Meeting later in evening.

 

Village Hall Management Committee


Cllrs Darling and Southcott confirmed that approval was given at last meeting for grit bin to be installed if necessary on Village Hall plot, also for new notice boards outside the hall.

 

Car Park

Nothing to report.

 

Emergency Planning


Cllr Darling informed the meeting that he attended a general meeting locally with other Parish Councils in April and will be putting together a new plan by June meeting.


 

Social Issues

Nothing to report.

 

Recycling Centre


Nothing to report.

 

Allotments


 

Cllr Devine reported that Clerk had arranged a meeting at Wyse’s Field with Camilla Smylie of Sworders Agricultural at 3pm on 8 April the results of which will be discussed at the May meeting.

 

Date of Next Meeting Thursday 6th May, 2010 at 8.00pm,

 

The meeting closed at 8.00pm

 

Carole Garner


2 April, 2010  

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 9th  February 2010


Widdington Parish Council 

Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 4th February 2010 subject to approval at next meeting. 


Present Cllr Andrew Gardner, Cllr Roy Darling, Cllr John Rhodes, Cllr Rob Bagley and Cllr Steve Inkley                                                    

In Attendance Carole Garner, Cllr Peter Willcock and 8 members of the public 

Apologies for Absence             Cllr Cathie Southcott and Cllr Yarwood


Declaration of Interest There were no declarations of interest.


 

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING


The Minutes of the meeting held on 7th January, 2010 were agreed and signed by the Chairman,

Cllr Andrew Gardner.


 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION


Mr and Mrs McGovern are concerned about the security of the playground following an incident of noisy teenagers aged approximately 16 sitting on the play bus during one evening, swearing and being generally offensive to nearby residents.  Cllr Gardner asked if Mr and Mrs McGovern knew whether these teenagers resided in the village but they were unable to confirm if this was the case. Mr and Mrs McGovern asked the Parish Council how they intended to police this facility and that a lock and padlock should be installed.  Cllr Gardner said that unfortunately locking the playground would not deter anyone intent on entering and although signage to be eventually installed would probably quote an age limit of 12 years old as per the original sign, the task of locking and unlocking adhering to say opening times was difficult to manage.  Mrs McGovern also expressed concern regarding security of resident’s cars parked by playground and visitors to playground parking on these spots.


Cllr Gardner advised that there is a public meeting in the village hall on Tuesday 9th February at 8pm for presentation by the Playground Committee of Phase II of the works which all Hamel Way residents are being personally invited to.  Cllr Gardner asked the Clerk to include in Parish Council’s article for the village magazine a plea to parents in the village to restrain their teenagers from using the playground as a meeting place at any time.  The Clerk also to contact Fiona Gardiner of Uttlesford DC to arrange a meeting with members of the Parish Council to discuss security.                                  CG


____________________


Garrett Devine, representing the Widdington Allotments and Gardening Society (WAGS) informed the meeting that since the last PC Meeting they had set up a committee, bank account and website, held a couple of meetings and organised contact with the local press.  The Society will be distributing membership leaflets to all residents and personally targeting all members of the original gardening society in the village.  Gary Dunnett asked the Parish Council’s permission to hold a plant sale on the Village Green early summer to raise funds and this was agreed.  Cllr Gardner invited Garrett Devine to sit on the Parish Council to take responsibility for Allotments and he accepted.  Cllr Gardner asked Clerk to arrange documents and also to forward details of the interest registered in Wyses Field.    CG


                                                              ___________________

 

Duncan Gunn informed the meeting that many footpaths in and around the village are impassable quagmires and Cllr Gardner asked Mr Gunn that whilst PC is momentarily without a Councillor responsible for footpaths would he please advise Parish Council which footpaths are affected so they can contact appropriate department at Essex CC.


                                                              ___________________


Following Uttlesford DC’s approval of the planning application for Church View, Ken Kemp gave a verbal report of the Development Control meeting of Uttlesford DC.  He said that he had written to Mr Roger Harborough re-iterating all points already put forward against the application by the Parish Council and himself. He is waiting for a reply but was advised that nothing further could be done until detailed planning permission was applied for.  One point that did not arise was that Mr Kemp had been consulted by Essex Highways regarding passing places being installed on entrance road to village from B1383 and which he had made suggestions on.  Apparently Uttlesford DC had not consulted Essex Highways.  Cllr Inkley suggested that Ken Kemp be co-opted onto Parish Council as he appeared to be on top of this matter.  Cllr Gardner asked Cllr Willcock if there was anything Parish Council could do to influence judgement but he replied there was nothing that could be done in the meantime.


                                                                 ___________________

 

FINANCE


Statement of Accounts was reviewed and the council APPROVED one payment of £158.54 

and cheque was signed but authorised signatories.  Cllr Gardner signed approved Statement of Accounts.

 

External Audit Report – The Risk Assessment Report has not been read by all Councillors and this is to be examined and discussed at March meeting.

 

 

COUNCILLOR VACANCIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


In addition to Mr Garrett Devine being co-opted onto Parish Council taking responsibility for Allotments, enquiries are being made to co-opt a member of the Playground Committee to take responsibility for the Playground in the future.


Cllr Bagley is to take responsibility for Environmental Issues and the Recycling Centre. Cllr Inkley is to take responsibility for Planning.  Other outstanding responsibilities to be allocated after further discussion at the March meeting.


 

AGENDA ITEMS

 

Airport, Grants

Nothing to discuss.

Environment, Footpaths, Ponds & Neighbourhood Watch


The Clerk reported great difficulty in getting assistance to remove graffiti on railway bridge and Cllr Willcock said he would look into and establish who should be approached to remedy this.            PW


Greens, Highways & Road Safety


Clerk obtained quote from Essex Highways for an additional grit bin to be installed in village. The price quoted was £350. for the bin to be refilled free when necessary.  Clerk has received an email from Elsenham PC saying they had been quoted £300. which they felt was an exorbitant sum when various websites were quoting much less.  It was generally agreed that Clerk would offer Widdington Parish Council’s support to Elsenham PC and a final decision would be made at the March meeting.


                                                                                                                                                          CG


Cllr Rhodes made a request for the beech tree on the little green outside Church be pruned as branches are impeding traffic.  Clerk to request quotation for work from Top Trees.                       CG


 

Cllr Gardner presented forms for approval and signature for trees to be cut back from power lines on Village Green.  This work is being carried out by Fountains, contractors to EDF Energy. Clerk has sought confirmation from Uttlesford District Council that this work can be carried out particularly on trees which have a preservation order on them.  Uttlesford DC confirmed that EDF have a blanket exemption from seeking permission.  Cllr Gardner signed the forms on behalf of the Parish Council.


Planning


Update on JPCSG.  Cllr Inkley informed the meeting that there was nothing to report at this current time.

UDC Planning Consultation.  Cllr Inkley explained the basic details of the UDC options to create over 3000 homes in the area.  Options 1, 2 and 3 are for the houses to be spread all over Uttlesford and Option 4 is for development of over 3000 homes in one space between Elsenham and Henham and the remaining 1000 to be spread over the area. Cllr Inkley recommended that the Parish Council reject Option 4 being a large scale building plan like the Eco town project.  He advised that next week all residents in Widdington would receive a questionnaire on this option and would have until 9 April 2010 to comment on this Consultation.  Cllr Inkley suggested a one-page flyer to all residents to ask them not to reply to Consultation until experts involved give their feedback. It was generally agreed for Cllr Inkley to go ahead with the Flyers and articles on village website and village magazine.

                                                                                                                                       SI/CG


 

 

Playground

All matters covered earlier in Meeting.

Village Hall Management Committee

Cllr Darling confirmed that the Committee had completed their Audit.

Car Park

The Clerk confirmed that she was still awaiting a reply from Mr Perry at Uttlesford DC regarding the extension of the lease.                                                                                                                        CG


 

Emergency Planning

Nothing to report.


 

Social Issues

Nothing to report.


 

Recycling Centre


Cllr Rhodes informed the meeting that Carr and Bircher won their appeal over Essex CC to continue extracting and recycling at the site until 31.12.2013 and then until 31.12.2014 to reinstate site.


 

Allotments

All matters covered earlier in Meeting.

Date of Next Meeting Thursday 4th March 2010 at 8.00pm                       

The meeting closed at 10.00pm

 

Carole Garner

6 February, 2010   




Date of Next Meeting Thursday 1st May 2008 at 8.00pm 


 Widdington Parish Council  News

 

3rd April 2008

Widdington Parish Council


 Minutes of a Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 3rd April 2008


 Present               Andrew Gardner, Roy Darling, Cathie Southcott, Anne Taylor, Denis Mongon

In Attendance                          Asa Clark, 0 members of the public

Apologies for Absence            Cllr Andrew Yarwood


Declaration of Interest                        NONE 

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

Minutes of the meeting held on 3rd March 2008 were AGREED and signed


 

FINANCE


1. Statement of Accounts for year end 2007/08 and 1st month for 2008/9 were reviewed and the council APPROVED total payments of £822.80.


 A decision on the amount to be donated to SSE was deferred until discussion with members of the public during the Annual Village meeting had taken place. 


2. It was AGREED to transfer sufficient funds to current account to cover payments         


Action


 AG/TMC


 ------------------------------------------- 


 AGENDA ITEMS – essential business only

Airport & Grants 


1.       Airport 2nd runway application for planning approval has been submitted


2.       Grants nothing to report Environment, Footpaths, Ponds & Neighbourhood Watch 

1.       Another successful walk to clear footpaths took place on Easter Sunday.  There was not a lunch after the walk, therefore no costs were incurred.


Greens, Highways & Road Safety 

1.       Verges  Highways will reinstate the verge on Beetle Lane following the recent visit of travellers 


2.       Dog Warden will replace the current signage with new signs advising dog walkers of the new dog control orders


3.        Damage to the Green Highways to investigate a range of proposals put forward by the council. An additional suggestion was made that drivers park on the Green side of South Green to protect the grass, forcing traffic to pass on the kerbside 


Planning nothing to report

Playground

1.       The grass is to be cut shortly


2.       Play equipment is to be washed, following a complaint about its state


3.       Quiz evening raised over £800 for the Playground Appeal


Village Hall Management Committee Nothing to report 

Car Park 

1.       Ben Sewell has removed all of the wrecks from the car park


Village Design Statement  

1.       The group has received feedback from UDC and RCCE on the draft document.  A final draft is to be produced in the next few weeks


Emergency Planning 

1.       Parishes meeting recently took place


Social Issues Nothing to report 

Tip


1.       The plastic rubbish blowing from the site has been cleared up


2.       Colin Carr has agreed to the a site visit for interested Councillors


3.       It was AGREED that this items would be renamed the Recycling Centre on future Agenda


 

Date of Next Meeting Thursday 1st May 2008 at 8.00pm 


 


The meeting closed at 7.30pm

 Asa Clark                    28/04/08

 

 

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING


 CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME

Chairman Andrew Gardner introduced the members of the Parish Council to an audience of some 20 villagers.  He thanked Phil Mullenger, who had recently stood down, for his work on the council and announced that 2 vacancies exist for the position of Councillor should anyone be interested in standing.


 


The Chairman highlighted a number of areas that had been of concern to the Parish Council over the last 12 months, which included: the building of a house in the Fleur de Lys garden, the public enquiry for the development of Stansted Airport, the Playground Appeal which the Parish Council whole heartedly supports, the excellent Village Design Statement the final draft of which is due to be published shortly.


 


He explained that the Precept for 2008/9 had risen to just over £10,000 and then went on to elucidate the reasons behind this increase.  Over the last 4 or 5 years the precept had been kept to a minimum with very little being spent over the standard requirements for the village.  In years prior to this there had been occasions when the precept had been higher to raise funds for a playing field and for the village hall.  With the exception of the donation to the playground appeal the remainder of costs within the budget had been kept as low as possible.  The audience was polled on their views on a donation to Stop Stansted Expansion; previously a donation of around 85% of £500 had been made to SSE.  Villagers present were asked whether the Parish Council should continue to make donations of a similar amount or whether it more appropriate that the amount should be reduced.  A show of hands indicated that 8 members of public were fore the donation to continue at this level, whilst 7 were against the proposal believing the amount should be reduced.  It was therefore AGREED that this matter should be discussed further at the next Parish Council meeting in May.


 


SPEAKERS

 


 

Widdington Playground Appeal – Sarah Weir & Kevin Truscott

 The appeal was set up in October to improve the playground for children up to the age of 11-12 years old.  The group wished to provide a landscaped environment and update the equipment with additional sustainable and challenging equipment for children of all ages.  The Parish Council had been approached for funding and quotes in the region of £30,000 had been obtained from specialist suppliers. 


 


Plans for the new equipment were launched at the Christmas Fayre and excellent feedback on the equipment was collected plus further play ideas from the children attending.  As part of the grant applications the appeal group is required to give evidence that the village has approved of the scheme and a show of hands for support of the scheme was requested.  The vote in favour of the project was unanimous.  The Parish Council has given £2000 to the group and a number of other grants have been applied for.  A grant from Viridor has been sort for £30,000 but conditions of the application require a 10% (£3,000) from an independent 3rd party local company, which the appeal group is currently seeking.  A number of fund raising events have taken place since October and the appeal has currently raised just short of £5,000.  Caroline Lloyd has organised the making of a patchwork quilt to be raffled later in the year to raise funds.  There have also been a number of generous donations from local people and others have agreed to host events to raise further funds. 


 

Finally the group expressed thanks to the Parish Council, and in particular Cathie Southcott, and the Village Hall Management Committee for their support of the project.


 

Carr & Bircher’s Recycling Centre – Colin Carr & Tony Weaver 

Colin Carr announced to the meeting that he had that day been notified that planning had been refused for the waste transfer station and a wood burner for the site.  At this stage he was unsure why the applications for the recycling centre had been refused.  There had been some confusion over the planning application, which had been delayed in submission. Originally it was believed a reapplication for permission was required rather than a completely new application.


Over the last 5 years £175,000 had been spent on fees and testing for the site to ensure regulations were adhered to.  However it appears that the Environment Agency and the Local Council are unable to agree how the site should be used and restored. 


 


The meeting was informed that 40% of the contents of a skip goes into the tip, with every load being sorted and screened before tipping.  It was also reported that the footpath that passed through the site had been reinstated to its original position, as recorded on local maps.


 

Mr Carr stated that once details of the reasons for refusal were known there were a number of decisions to be made about the site in Hollow Road. Until then he was unable to comment further on the matter.


 


Sustainable Uttlesford – Paul Garland


Mr Garland, Chairman of the group, explained the group of local volunteers is supported by the local authority to aid sustainable development of the area.  In 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit Agenda 21 was set up to provide development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. The Government wants to reduce carbon emissions by 80-90% to stop the irrecoverable damage of the life support systems of the planet.

 


Uttlesford District Council plans to reduce its carbon footprint to a sustainable level similar to that of the national level.  The average carbon footprint for an individual in the US is 20 tonnes per annum, in Uttlesford District Council it is 11 tonnes per annum, the world average figure is 2.5tonnes per annum for sustainable life, whilst in Tanzania it is just 0.1 tonnes.


 

Sustainable Uttlesford’s recent carbon neutral conference looked at practical solutions for people to reduce their carbon footprints.  The group also has held a number of road shows and themed meeting as part of the sustainable homes network.  At a recent show in Saffron Walden individual carbon footprints for over 100 visitors were calculated and gave a range of 22.5 between 7.9 tonnes of carbon. 


 


The meeting was told that making small changes could make a difference ; if everyone  turned electrical equipment off rather than leaving it on standby one power station could be shut down.  Switching off a light when you leave a room, buying locally where possible and using seasonal foods will reduce carbon costs.  Ensuring that all new appliances are AA or AAA rated and making sure that loft insulation is of a high standard are also effective means of reduction.  Using public transport where possible, reducing car and plane travel usage and reviewing emissions of cars when purchasing a new vehicle can also make a contribution.


 


Grants for loft insulation are available from Uttlesford.  Details can be found on www.uttlesford.org.uk or from Jake Roos at the Council Offices.


 


Uttlesford District Councillor – Peter Wilcock


Councillor Wilcock gave his support to the Playground Appeal Group and their work to raise funds for new playground equipment.


 


He mentioned the financial difficulties Uttlesford District Council had had over the last year with the Director of Finances and the Chief Executive leaving.  He also talked about the proposed development of 4,000 houses in Elsenham.  The scheme is one of 15 nationally being put forward for further investigation by the Government.  The NATS scheme currently under consultation for a change of flight paths routed over Saffron Walden in 2009 was also mentioned, along with the application for a second runway at Stansted that had recently been submitted by BAA.  The outcome of the public planning enquiry for the current runway is still awaited but Councillor Wilcock believed that the go ahead would be given for an increase in flights from Stansted.


 


Councillor Wilcock reported that in the district of Uttlesford recycling reached 60%.  The contents of the green bins goes to Tilbury where it is sorted; paper is recycled in Europe and returns in the form of newspaper.  Compost waste is taken to Cambridge where is it sold as a soil conditioner after processing.


 

 


 


Essex County Councillor – Ray Gooding


Councillor Gooding explained that Essex has one of the longest coastlines in England, with 2 airports, 2 seaports, 10,000 miles of roads, a population of 1.3 million and a budget of £2.1 billion.  There are 600 schools in the county and some 30,000 elderly people are cared for, with 1,300 children in care.  Currently the County Council is looking for 200 additional foster carers.  A programme of rebuilding, replacing or refurbishing schools over the next 10 years is being undertaken by ECC, with £1.1 billion budgeted to be spent by 2009 – 2013 on schools in the county. 


 


Councillor Gooding confirmed a cross party consensus within the county to support Stop Stansted Expansion’s campaign against further development of Stansted Airport.  There is also strong opposition to the plans for an eco-town in Elsenham. Such a development would have a major impact on the area in terms of water and power resources, and the local road network, all of which are currently inadequate for such a expansion.  The plans indicate that 60% of the new population would be likely to work at Stansted.


 


 


Following thanks to the speakers for most interesting and informative talks and to the members of the public who attended the Chairman of the Parish Council closed the meeting at 9.40pm


 


Refreshments were served following the meeting.



 


 


Asa Clark             28/04/08


 

 

Widdington Parish Council Archives

 

Minutes to the Parish Council Meeting  03-Mar 2005


 

Minutes of the Widdington  Parish Council  Meeting  held on Thursday,


3rd March 2005


Chairperson  Colin Taylor   Clerk: Doreen Robson 

Present. Colin Taylor.  Anne Cline.  Muriel Dennison. Ken Kemp. Jeremy Wilson.


Apologies for Absence :- Andrew Gardner. Juliet Bickerton .  Bill Bowker. 


Peter Wilcock.


In Attendance.  Richard Wallace. 2 members of the public.


Declarations of Interest.   None.


Minutes. The minutes of the meeting held  on 3rd February 2005 were approved and signed.


Public Participation


Matters Arising from the Minutes.


Theses will be in 2 parts. First matters arising directly from the minutes and secondly matters arising from the circulated information.


1a) Bottle Banks. There will be a meeting at Shire Hill Depot on 17th March at 3:30pm to inspect the noise reducing bottle banks.


1b) Car Park Lease. This has been received and is to be circulated for comment.


2a) Best Village Competition. It was decided to enter the competition again this year and the Clerk will fill in the necessary application.


2b) Annual Village Meeting, Thursday, 7th April 20005.  The meeting will commence a 7:30pm for essential business. The speaker for the evening at 8pm will be Alan Prentice from Sport Outreach. A flier has been printed for inclusion in the magazine. It was agreed that an update on the Airport situation would be helpful and Peter Sanders would be approached on the matter.


2c) Items for May Agenda.  PP3, Christmas Event, Notice Boards, Clerk?s position, and Co-option of new councillor.


Finance.


The Statement of Accounts and the cheques to be paid were approved by the council.


The Clerk had queried the Invoice for £117 for the connection to the Christmas lights on the Green. This will now be reduced to approx. £53. The council approved the payment of this amount when the new invoice is received.


The Clerk estimated that there would be approx. £1,100 in hand at the close of the financial year, including £325 v.a.t. to be claimed. The council approved £500 being made available to match a grant for the notice board for the Definitive map if this grant is approved. Any remaining  funds would be added to the contingency fund to build up a better reserve.


Agenda Items.


1) Airport. Nothing to report.


Grants & Agenda 21.  Cllr. Gardner sent his report. The Grant application towards the cost of a notice board for the definitive map had gone to the Small Grants Board as the closing date for application was 1st March.


3)Car Park. Nothing further to report.


Playground. Cllr. Dennison reported that following the circulation of the Wicksteed report and their quote for work to be done a quote for this work has now been received from Tim - £150 plus materials ( the main material item being bark approx £150). She proposed that this quote should be accepted and the work put in hand as soon as possible. This was seconded by Cllr. Cline and approved by the meeting. Cllr. Denison will make the necessary arrangements.


3)Ponds. Nothing to report.


Neighbourhood Watch. Nothing to report.


4) Greens. A letter has been sent to the company whose lorry has been presumed responsible for damage to the Green. Cllr. Kemp reported that a letter had been received re. the  Plane tree on the Green. The work can be put in hand in 6 weeks if there is no objection at an approx cost of £80.


5) Highways & Road Safety. The sign has now been replaced at the Beadle Lane triangle. Some of the rubbish had been removed from Hollow Lane, but there was still some in the culvert and by the railway.


6)Planning.  There were no objections to the planning applications from 1 Brick Cottages, Clare House and Brookside.


The rubbish has been removed from the Bluebells Site. Inspectors have visited the Oxcroft site but no information has been received.


7)Social Issues.   The response to the East of England Plan is due by 16th March 2005. Cllr. Wilson will liaise with Cllr. Gardner to make the council response.


Cllr. Wilson will also liaise with Cllr. Taylor to move forward the setting up of a free website through Local Channel.


 Cllr. Wilson raised the problem caused  by the tenant landlord leaving the Fleur de Lys and the council awaits further information on the matter.


V.H.M.C. The next meeting will take place on 10th March 2005.

 .


D.O.N.M.  7th April  2005 at 7:30pm followed by the Annual Village Meeting at 8pm.

 

 

Unapproved 

 

 

 


 

Letter from Mr Andrew Gardner to BAA

 

 


Mr Terry Morgan                                                               Widdington Parish Council


Managing Director                                                            C/o Elmstead


BAA Stansted                                                                   Springhill


Enterprise House                                                              Widdington


Stansted Airport                                                                 Essex


CM24 1QW


  


  4th February 2006


  


Dear Mr Morgan

 


You have invited our comments on your December 2005 Consultation about the siting of your proposed second runway at Stansted Airport. Widdington Parish Council is opposed to a second runway regardless of its positioning. This is the overwhelming message which local people have given BAA, time and again.


 In the October 2002 poll conducted on behalf of Uttlesford District Council 89% of those who voted were against any additional runway at Stansted. You claim to be listening to local people so what part of ‘NO’ do you not understand?


 

Yours sincerely


 


 


Andrew Gardner


Councillor


Widdington Parish Council