Rawreth Parish Council

2016 Minutes

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF RAWRETH PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 7th December 2016 AT 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL RAWRETH

                                          Present: Cllr. A Matthews

                                                     Cllr. P Beckers

                                                     Cllr. Mrs M Beckers

                                                     Cllr. Mrs S Wiltshire

                                                                   Cllr.  C Stanley

                                                     Cllr.  S Coombs

 

    In Attendance:  The Clerk, 9 members of the public, County Cllr Malcolm Maddocks.

 

153.  RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. None.

 

154. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. Cllr Chris Stanley declared his position as a District Councillor.

 

155. TO APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. Minutes of the meeting held on the 2nd of November 2016 were approved by the Members and accordingly the Chairman signed them as a true copy

 

156. MATTERS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. The Clerk confirmed the dates for the next round of CIF are the 27th of January 2017 for expression of interest to be received and 24th February 2017 for application forms to be received.

 

157. VILLAGE REPORT- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. Letter through doors in Battlesbridge giving details of the Essex Boar Goat farm in Beeches road, the letter advised that the farm would not be open to the public therefore there would be no impact on traffic,  no mention was made of any Bronze Turkey’s which may also be or will possibly be on the farm.

b. Local bus timetables displayed in the bus shelters are wrong.

c. Large mobile home became stuck in Watery Lane, the caravan was going onto the Old Pumping Station Land, there are already 4 large caravans, 2 small caravans, 1 mobile and 1 building, lots of chippings have been delivered to the site and there is a lot of effluent smell in the area.

d. Two planning applications to watch, one for an inert dump on land at Dollymans Farm, and one for North Benfleet Hall the development of 800 houses.

e. Thank you to RDC for cutting back the verges of the A1245 the work carried out has been done very well.

 

158. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT- Apologies were received from District Councillor Chris Black.  Cllr Chris Stanley reported the following matters.

a. Cllr Stanley will be attending a meeting at Basildon Council regarding the proposed planning application for an inert dump at Dollymans Farm.

b. There is a proposal to knock down the Crown Hill toilets and build new ones.  The existing ones have been there 91 years, the new ones proposed will probably only last about 20 years.  The matter is being referred to full Council next week as the estimated cost for each toilet unit is £100,000. Cllr Beckers advised that he has been told there is a major problem with the pipes under the current toilets, Cllr Stanley advised that there has been a problem since the early 80’s that was never addressed and there has recently been a cracked drain which has now been fixed and the toilets are now reopen.

c. RDC are aware that the large caravan was delivered to the Old Pumping Station site in Watery Lane.

d. The proposals for a bund on Sweyne Schools playing fields are still going ahead. London Road will be raised so water runoff goes into Sweyne School field where there will be a bund.

e. There is an air quality action plan being written to do with Rayleigh High Street.

f. The Traveller site on the A1245 has had yet another caravan delivered.

 

 

159. FINANCE.

a. Cheques for approval.

CHQ 101081 H L Bloomfield £79.60 Expenses. Approved and signed.

 

b) Budget and Precept - Council to review, consider and agree the budget and precept for 2017-2018. The Clerk Advised Members that the Band D figures had still not been received but it looked as if notification to RDC did not need to be made until mid January. Members agreed to delay setting the budget and precept until the January Meeting, however the confirmed that the figures prepared and reviewed were agreed in principle.

 

c) Council resolved to make a grant of  £450.00 to the New Hall Group (Rawreth Equestrian Centre) Riding for the Disabled Association under LGA 1972 s 139 Cheque 101082  was assigned.

d) Council resolved to make a grant of £850.00 to St Nicholas Newsletter Account under LGA1972 s.142 Cheque 101083 was assigned.  

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e) Council resolved to make a grant of £575.00 to Crofters Rescue under LGA1972 s.139 Cheque 101084 was assigned.

f) Council resolved to make a grant of £300.00 to The Harbour Club under LGA1972 s.139 Cheque 101085 was assigned

h) Council resolved to make a grant of £200.00 to RRAVS Transport under LGA 1972. s. 139 Cheque 101086 was assigned.

i) Council resolved to make a grant of £75.00 to Interact under LGA 1972 s.139 Cheque 101087 was assigned.

j) Council resolved to make a grant of £75.00 to the Peaceful Place under LGA 1972 s.139 Cheque 101088 was assigned.

k) Council resolved to make a grant of £150.00 to Victim Support under LGA 1972 s.139 Cheque 101089 was assigned. 

l)Council resolved to make a grant of £500 to Essex Air Ambulance LGA 1972 s.137 cheque 101090 was assigned.

 

160. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. Is Watery Lane still closed on the first Wednesday of every month? The Chairman advised yes.

b. The proposals to extend the holding lagoon in Sweyne Park are being followed, the area is flood zone B.

c. The land the subject of a planning application for an inert dump would also work very well as a holding lagoon for water, ECC and the EA have been advised of this.

d. A meeting between the Rawreth Flood Action Group and RDC Officer Richard Tatton-Bennett took place following the November Meeting.

e. Newly planted conifer trees have appeared on what is believed to be highways land boarding the Academy Soccer site in Old London Road.

f. The land next to the Village Hall, which is owned by the Diocese is being used as a meeting and exercise space for dogs are their owners, not entirely sure the diocese are aware as this land is rented to a resident. Rev Richard advised Members that the tenant’s son had spoken to him to confirm that the land is not being used for any type of dog show, nor does anyone visiting use the Village Hall carpark.

g. Footpath signs are missing from the footpath between Goymers Lodge Old London Road and Moat Farm, also the path has not been left by the farmer when the field was ploughed.

h. There are a large number of rubbish bags behind the porta cabins at Academy Soccer and rats have been seen.

i. No 3 light is not working in Old London Road.

j. Drain blocked in Church Road after resurfacing work took place.

 

161. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE. None.

 

162. FLOODING IN THE PARISH- No update to report regarding flooding issues in and around the Parish

 

163. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK PROPOSALS AND THE ALLOCATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS AND PLANS. No progress or developments to report.         

 

164. UPDATES REGARDING ENFORCEMENT CASES IN THE PARISH and REPORTED PROBLEMS BEING MONITORED IN THE PARISH.

a. Land to the West of the Pumping Station. No update or progress to report.

b. Land Drain London Road (adjacent to Claremont) No update or progress to report with regards to the problem with the land drain disgorging onto the pavement.

c. Travellers Site (A1245)– No update or progress to report with regards to Enforcement following the appeal hearing decision given on the 7th of December 2011. 

 

 

d. Old London Road Speed Restrictions and other matters. No update or progress to report.

e. Beeches Road Weight Restrictions and Beeches Road and Watery Lane Flooding. No developments to discuss regarding Beeches Road/Watery Lane.

f. Bedloes Avenue. No updates to report with regards to the Council’s request for an off street parking area in Bedloes Avenue. 

g. Laburnum Culver. No update or progress to report.

 

165. TO RECEIVE REPRESENTATIVES WRITTEN REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED. None.

 

166. RHALC. The next meeting is scheduled for the 19th of January 2017.

 

167. PARISH EMERGENCY PLAN- The Clerk advised that she is progressing the Parish Emergency Plan.

 

168. COMMUNITY GARDEN- Cllr Stanley advised that he had visited the Community Garden and noted that some of the roses in Christine’s bed are missing, he has replacements coming which he will plant, Cllr Matthews advised he has a tree to replace the one that has died.

 

169.  TRAINING- The Clerk advised Members that she had details of available training courses.

 

 170. REINSTATEMENT OF FOOTPATHS/BRIDLE WAYS IN THE PARISH.   No update to report.

 

171. PLANNING MATTERS- No planning applications were received prior to the Meeting which had not been dealt with under Delegated Power.

 

172. RE CAP OF AGENDA ITEMS ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MAY WISH TO COMMENT . None.

 

173. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA. a) Community Garden b) Flooding in the Parish. c) LDF d) RHALC e) Emergency Plan f) Update on all outstanding Enforcement cases g) Reinstatement of footpaths and bridleways

h) Budget i) CIF

 

 

174. DATE &VENUE OF NEXT MEETING- Council confirmed the date and time of the next Meeting as Wednesday 4th January 2017 at 7.30pm in the Rawreth Village Hall

 

The Meeting closed at 9.30pm

 

                  

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF RAWRETH PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 2nd November 2016 AT 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL RAWRETH

                                          Present: Cllr. A Matthews

                                                     Cllr. P Beckers

                                                     Cllr. Mrs M Beckers

                                                     Cllr. Mrs S Wiltshire

                                                                   Cllr.  C Stanley

                                                     Cllr.  S Coombs

 

    In Attendance:  The Clerk, 8 members of the public, District Councillor Ron Oatham and Rochford District Council Officer Richard Tatton-Bennett

 

 

131.  RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.  None

 

132. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. Cllr Chris Stanley declared his position as a District Councillor.

 

133. TO APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. Minutes of the meeting held on the 5th of October 2016 were approved by the Members and accordingly the Chairman signed them as a true copy

 

134. MATTERS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. None.

 

135. VILLAGE REPORT- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. There have been a number of fires on the traveller’s site on the A1245.

b. Advertising signs for the Fireworks in London Road.

c. Telecommunication wires have been ripped out and stolen in Old London Road.

d. The bollard in Rawreth Lane near to the Makro turning has still not been repaired.

e. The Funeral of Richard Boyd will take place tomorrow at the Holy Trinity Church in Rayleigh at 11am.

f. Fly tipping in the Parish, five 40 tonne loads have been dumped on private and highways land over the last two weeks.

g. Overgrown verges on the A1245

h. Cars are still being sold from the grass verge between the Carpenters Arms roundabout and Beke Hall Chase south.

 

 

136. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT- Apologies were received from Cllr Chris Black. County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks gave Members an update on matters of concern within the Parish. He advised that a) the Local Highways Panel would not be supporting the Council’s request to reduce the speed limit in Old London Road to 30mph b) Highways have been allocated £800m for the coming year, Cllr Maddocks will find out what has been allocated to the Parish c) Cllr Maddocks should be emailed with regards to any potholes not being repaired or those requiring urgent attention as he gets a quicker response than the Clerk and public d) The Fairglen Interchange is part of a big scheme which will take approximately 30 years to complete, to start with there will be smaller projects that will help with the Carpenters Arms roundabout and the Fairglen which will be made into 4 lanes the fourth filtering straight onto the A127 eastbound. Lastly Cllr Maddocks advised that there have been some proposals discussed with regards to the Laburnum Way culvert and ways to stop the area flooding, Cllr Maddocks advised that work will start in April next year and that £28,000 has be allocated to lift the banks to the same level as the culvert bricks, and clear the silt to allow the water to flow.

 

 

 

 

District Councillor Ron Oatham then spoke, he advised that there were a couple of planning applications from ECC to do with flooding and their intention is to build a bund in Sweyne Park. Cllr Oatham then advised that the Timbergrove application that was previously rejected on flooding and air pollution grounds has been resubmitted and is out for consultation.

 

District Councillor Chris Stanley then spoke and advised that District Councillor James Newport and himself are in the newspaper talking about concerns regarding air pollution for the Timbergrove application, Cllr Stanley also advised that there would be two air quality control meters in Rawreth Lane and two in London Road from January 2017 for a period of 9 months to collect data. Lastly Councillor Stanley advised that he has asked ECC to clear the ditches in Old London Road.

 

137. FINANCE.

a. Cheques for approval.

CHQ 101077 H L Bloomfield reimbursement of expenses £79.59 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101078 PKF Littlejohn LLP Audit Fee £240.00 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101079 J A Pinkerton Garden Maintenance £1080.00 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101089 RHALC Subscription £7.70 Approved and signed.

 

b. Members discussed the budget for the 2017/18 financial year and the clerk advised at the current time she can see no reason to make any alterations to the budget figures for 2016-2017, however it is only November and the financial year end isn’t until the 31st of March so some forward predictions will need to be calculated for the December meeting.

 

138. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.  Visiting Rochford District Council Officer Richard Tatton-Bennett (RTB) was asked to address the meeting and answer where possible concerns raised by residents with regards to any potential increase to the risk of Old London Road, Church Road and the surrounding area flooding now that car parking to be used in conjunction with the new football pitches has been added to former farm land.

 

Firstly RTB explained his background within RDC, he advised that he is a principle engineer, civil and structural and has nothing to do with  planning, he has worked at RDC for 33 years, when he first started there were 600 staff, there are now 150 dealing with a lot more and as a result staff have had to diversify.

 

RTB acknowledged that Church Road and Old London Road are vulnerable locations with regards to flooding, however the newly constructed carparks in Old London Road on former farm land for use in conjunction with the football pitches will in his opinion not increase the risk of flooding in the area because the risk is already high.

 

RBT advised that the football pavilion on the Academy site is very close to the flood plain and that he cannot understand why they wanted it in this location or how it was agreed but he has warned them it will flood in time.

 

RBT advised that last year RDC employed a consultant to investigate  if sluice gates in the Rawreth Brook/River Crouch would help with flooding and it was concluded that the construction of gates would not assist with reducing the risk of flooding, asked what would the consultant advised not widening the width of the brook but removing some of the water before it goes under the road so taking some of the water out of the Benfleet brook by reinstating an old brook or digging a new ditch on the western side of Church Road joining back up at a later point, the estimated cost given for such works was a ballpark figure in the region of £800,000.

 

RBT confirmed that RDC will get money from the development of land to the north of London Road and it will be around £200,000, money from the Environment Agency and Essex County Council may be available but they don’t know where funding will come from.

 

RBT advised that he has a forthcoming meeting with Peter Plummer from the Rawreth Flood Action Group.

 

Members of the public where then invited to ask any questions and where possible RBT would answer them.

 

If the carparks for the football pitches will not add to the risk of flooding why do we now see water where it’s never been before near the underpass? RTB advised that the drains are blocked on the chippings bay which is owned by ECC, he has made numerous calls to them and send numerous emails asking them to clear the drains, as yet, they have not been done.

 

 

 

 

Under the planning conditions, the conditions relating to the construction of the carpark were not fulfilled and the materials used were not those specified in the conditions, how has this been allowed?   RTB advised that the material used is very cheap and works well for a short period then it becomes an impermeable surface, however the car park surface water naturally runs into the field where the pitches are so these will have the water run off, not the road.

 

The surface water from the carpark floods into the ditch, it doesn’t run onto the field. RTB advised there is a land drain on the site to collect water from the carpark, this will then drain into the Benfleet brook, the land drain collect pollutants, RTB saw the Clargester system being installed.  RTB agreed that in an ideal world the landowner should have contacted RDC before starting work on the carpark, however they didn’t.

 

A call was made to both RDC and ECC the day works started and the materials were delivered to advise that they weren’t those stated in the planning conditions but the calls were not returned and the instalment still took place. The Rayleigh Boys site has water running from it, it runs out the gate floods the road and then runs into the chippings bay and back onto the road, the French/land drain on the Academy site will never work as it’s in the wrong place and has been wrongly installed, it’s been installed on the edge of the field and water collects in the middle. RTB advised the drain will work and it was installed in the correct place and was put in for when the carpark is used at full capacity.

 

RTB confirmed there have been no sequential tests or documented evidence regarding flooding and surface water management.

 

Was a piece of the membrane taken from the Academy site? RTB confirmed yes. Was it tested?  RTB confirmed yes. Was it permeable? RTB confirmed it was a cheap material that would become impermeable. So therefore it doesn’t comply with the planning conditions?  RDC were never advised prior to installation that the materials had changed? ECC stated that the carpark had to be permeable, the Environment Agency stated that the carpark had to be permeable, RDC didn’t ensure it was?

 

139. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE -None.

 

140. FLOODING IN THE PARISH-  This item was combined with item 138 Public Participation.

 

141. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK PROPOSALS AND THE ALLOCATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS AND PLANS. There were no updates to report, however Cllr Matthews advised that the Malyons Farm site is now up for sale with outline planning permission 

 

 

142. UPDATES REGARDING ENFORCEMENT CASES IN THE PARISH and REPORTED PROBLEMS BEING MONITORED IN THE PARISH.

a. Land to the West of the Pumping Station. No update or progress to report.

b. Land Drain London Road (adjacent to Claremont) No update or progress to report with regards to the problem with the land drain disgorging onto the pavement.

c. Travellers Site (A1245)– No update or progress to report with regards to Enforcement following the appeal hearing decision given on the 7th of December 2011. 

d. Old London Road Speed Restrictions and other matters. See item 136.

e. Beeches Road Weight Restrictions and Beeches Road and Watery Lane Flooding. No developments to discuss regarding Beeches Road/Watery Lane.

f. Bedloes Avenue. No updates to report with regards to the Council’s request for an off street parking area in Bedloes Avenue. 

g. Laburnum Culver. See item 136.  

 

143. TO RECEIVE REPRESENTATIVES WRITTEN REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED. None.

 

144. RHALC. Council to receive a report from the latest meeting. Cllr Beckers advised that he had attended the recent meeting and had been reminded that our subscription payment remains outstanding. He also advised that as we are now allowed 3 member representatives we need to formalise our 3rd member. It was agreed by Members that the 3rd representative will be Cllr Chris Stanley.

 

145. PARISH EMERGENCY PLAN- . The Clerk advised that she is progressing the Parish Emergency Plan.

 

 

 

146. COMMUNITY GARDEN- Cllr Matthews advised Members that the tree planted in Memory of Cllr Christine Payne had unfortunately died and that he will replace it with another native species tree. Cllr Matthews then asked if the earth bank had been planted with any bulbs, if not, he was happy to source some and he did know of someone who would plant them as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award.  The Clerk advised she would speak with James.

 

147.  TRAINING- The Clerk advised Members that she had details of available training courses.

 

148. REINSTATEMENT OF FOOTPATHS/BRIDLE WAYS IN THE PARISH. The Clerk advised there is nothing to report with regards to the reinstatement of paths, however a start has been made by a volunteer group to clear some of the bridleways in the Parish. .

 

149. PLANNING MATTERS- there were no planning applications received prior to the Meeting which had not been dealt with under Delegated Power.

 

150. RE CAP OF AGENDA ITEMS ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MAY WISH TO COMMENT . None.

 

151. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA. a) Community Garden b) Flooding in the Parish. c) LDF d) RHALC e) Emergency Plan f) Update on all outstanding Enforcement cases g) Reinstatement of footpaths and bridleways

h) Budget i) Grants j) CIF

 

 

152. DATE &VENUE OF NEXT MEETING- Council confirmed the date and time of the next Meeting as Wednesday 7th December 2016 at 7.30pm in the Rawreth Village Hall

 

The Meeting closed at 9.30pm

 

                  

 

DATED……………………………CHAIRMAN……………………….

 

 

 

 

DATED……………………………CHAIRMAN……………………….

 

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF RAWRETH PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 5th October 2016 AT 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL RAWRETH

                                          Present: Cllr. A Matthews

                                                     Cllr. P Beckers

                                                     Cllr. Mrs M Beckers

                                                     Cllr. Mrs S Wiltshire

                                                                   Cllr.  C Stanley

                                                                   Cllr.  S Coombs

    In Attendance:  The Clerk, and 6 members of the public.

 

108.  RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. None.

 

109. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. Cllr Chris Stanley declared his position as a District Councillor.

 

110. TO APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. Minutes of the meeting held on the 28th of September 2016 were approved by the Members and accordingly the Chairman signed them as a true copy

 

111. MATTERS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. None.

 

112. VILLAGE REPORT- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. A1245 grass verges very overgrown.

b. Fire on the Travellers site on the A1245, two fire appliances were on site and a lot of smoke which could still be seen the following day.

c. Two large street lights have appeared in the entrance to the Travellers site.

d. Mitchelins Farm advertising sign is now for Bupa.

e. Car Sales Beke Hall Chase South. Cllr Stanley advised that RDC are aware.

f. Car dumped on the Fairglen Interchange by Mitchelins Farm, been there days.

g. Meeting at RDC on the 8th of November with Highways, meeting will discuss the A127 and A1245 Fairglen Interchange, Cllr Stanley will be attending.

h. Air Pollution review committee were asked if an air quality control review could be carried out in Rawreth Lane outside the industrial estate turning.  Cllr Matthews stated that he felt Bedloes Corner would be a better location, Cllr Stanley advised that both he and District Councillor James Newport have asked for it to be undertaken before the new houses are built, the location will be at the discretion of RDC.

i. Discussion are taking place on increasing the capacity of the pond in Sweyne Park which is a holding lagoon.

j. Advertising signs for the Chichester on the A129.

k. Accident on the junction of A129/Old London Road.

l. The Clerk will be attending a parks and open spaces meeting in November.

 

113. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT- Cllr Stanley advised that he hasn’t heard anything further about the traffic lights at Bedloes corner.  He Also reported that there are discussions taking place with County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks on the new Rayleigh Town design.  

 

114. FINANCE.

a. Cheques for approval.

CHQ 101073 H L Bloomfield reimbursement of expenses £83.78 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101074 H L Bloomfield reimbursement of Quarterly Costs £53.50 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101075 H L Bloomfield reimbursement of new printer costs £154.95 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101076 ICO Data Protection renewal £35.00 Approved and signed.

 

 

 

115. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. Car sales on the grass verge between Beke Hall Chase South and the Carpenters Arms roundabout.

b. Accident on the Carpenters Arms roundabout the Friday before the meeting, the air ambulance landed to assist the injured cyclist which could be fully understood, it landed in a residents field but the field gate was removed by force, again understandably as it was locked, however it was ripped off, locks broken and left in another field, no note was left to explain who had entered the field so when the resident returned unaware of the accident he became very concerned as to who had forced entry to his land.  A simple note explaining with situation would have gone a very long way, it wasn’t the fact that the gate had been broken, it was the fact that nothing had been left to indicate why.

c. Are the 44 houses on the Grange Villa site included in the 550 total housing for the land to the north of  London Road, Council advised no.

d. Bushes and brambles are overgrowing the pavement in Church Road.

e. If RDC are to carry out an air quality test in Rawreth Lane the location of the Asda store may be a good idea.

f. Listening to all that goes on in local government, dismayed by what I hear, when did common sense disappear , lots of issues around the Parish could be sorted out, far more quickly and efficiently if more commons sense was used.

g. The Academy Soccer site appears to be illuminated, the Planning Consent had a specific condition that this was not allowed.

 

116. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE . None.  

 

117. FLOODING IN THE PARISH- No update regarding flooding issues in and around the Parish

 

118. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK PROPOSALS AND THE ALLOCATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS AND PLANS. No progress to discuss.        

 

119. UPDATES REGARDING ENFORCEMENT CASES IN THE PARISH and REPORTED PROBLEMS BEING MONITORED IN THE PARISH.

a. Land to the West of the Pumping Station. No update to report.

b. Land Drain London Road (adjacent to Claremont) No update or progress to report with regards to the problem with the land drain disgorging onto the pavement.

c. Travellers Site (A1245)–No update or progress to report with regards to Enforcement following the appeal hearing decision given on the 7th of December 2011. 

d. Old London Road Speed Restrictions and other matters.  No update or progress to report regarding the request for the re-restriction of Old London Road.

e. Beeches Road Weight Restrictions and Beeches Road and Watery Lane Flooding. No developments to discuss regarding Beeches Road/Watery Lane.

f. Bedloes Avenue. No updates to report with regards to the Council’s request for an off street parking area in Bedloes Avenue. 

g. Laburnum Culver . No developments to discuss with regards to the maintenance work and drainage issues.

 

120. BATTLESBRIDGE CAR SHOW.  The Clerk advised that there had still been no information from Chelmsford City Council regarding the TENS for the site, however Councillors advised that the latest show in September had seen far less disruption in the Village and surrounding road, there was not congestion or parking on the verges.

 

121. TO RECEIVE REPRESENTATIVES WRITTEN REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED. All Members were handed a written report by Cllr Matthews on the recently attended EALC AGM.

 

122. RHALC. Council to receive a report from the latest meeting. Nothing to report.

 

123. PARISH EMERGENCY PLAN- The Clerk advised that she is progressing the Parish Emergency Plan.

 

124. COMMUNITY GARDEN- The Clerk advised Members that she had now had heard from the lady that has Rory on long term loan and she has confirmed that she is happy to take over his fulltime ownership and that the Council will cease to pay for any insurance cover. Members were asked by the Clerk to discuss if this was the route they wished to go down. Members agreed that the  opportunity of a long term home for Rory was the best outcome possible and unanimously agreed to sign ownership over to his loaner as soon as possible and cancel the insurance. The Clerk confirmed she would do the necessary paperwork.

 

 

 

 

125.  TRAINING- The Clerk advised Members that she had details of available training courses.

 

126. REINSTATEMENT OF FOOTPATHS/BRIDLE WAYS IN THE PARISH. Council to discuss the possibility of reinstating a footpath and bridleway in the Parish. The Clerk advised there is nothing to report.

 

127. PLANNING MATTERS- a) Council to consider any planning applications received prior to the Meeting  which have not been dealt with under Delegated Power.  None.

 

128. RE CAP OF AGENDA ITEMS ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MAY WISH TO COMMENT . None.

 

129. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA. a) Community Garden b) Flooding in the Parish. c) LDF d) RHALC e) Emergency Plan f) Update on all outstanding Enforcement cases g) Reinstatement of footpaths and bridleways

 

 

130. DATE &VENUE OF NEXT MEETING- Council confirmed the date and time of the next Meeting as Wednesday 2nd November 2016 at 7.30pm in the Rawreth Village Hall

 

The Meeting closed at 9.50pm

 

 

 

 

DATED……………………………CHAIRMAN……………………….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF RAWRETH PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 28th  September 2016 AT 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL RAWRETH

                                          Present: Cllr. A Matthews

                                                     Cllr. P Beckers

                                                     Cllr. Mrs M Beckers

                                                     Cllr. Mrs S Wiltshire

                                                                   Cllr.  C Stanley

    In Attendance:  The Clerk, and 5 members of the public.

 

99.  RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr Steven Coombs.

 

100. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. Cllr Chris Stanley declared his position as a District Councillor.

 

101. TO APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. Minutes of the meeting held on the 7th of September 2016 were approved by the Members and accordingly the Chairman signed them as a true copy.

 

102. MATTERS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. None.

 

103. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. The football pitches in Old London Road have water runoff which has worsened since the installation of the carpark, RDC have been asked if the surface is permeable and has been installed in accordance with the planning permission that was granted and the conditions imposed. The answers and replies from RDC have not been forthcoming, what can be done to get the questions answered, can the matter be taken further. The Rawreth Flood Action Group (RFAG)  have a company who can carry out a risk assessment/sequential test on the land in question and the report would determined if the application has complied with the law and the work on the sites has been carried out in accordance with the planning policy and permission granted.

 

The price that has been quoted to the RFAG is £2,500.00 plus VAT  per surveyed field and it is suggested that one field is chosen to start with and the survey carried out as this will give factual information that can be put to RDC and used to challenge the information they have supplied.

 

The RFAG believe that the membrane used on the car parks is not what the plans specified, RDC were asked to analyse a piece of it, RFAG were told by RDC  that the is not used on permeable driveways, that it degrades quickly and that it allows soil and stones through to compact. RFAG confirmed that CAT Woodman the Suds Manager at ECC wrote to RDC to tell them the membrane must be permeable.

 

A French drain has now been installed to the edge of one of the sites, the drain isn’t believed to be correctly constructed and also water flows in the centre of the site not to the side so it will be of no benefit. The drain was installed by the landowner not by a specialist contractor.

 

RFAG have requested a meeting with Simon Walsh the cabinet member for flooding but the chairman Peter Plummer received a letter saying the subject has been exhausted with him and to go to the ombudsmen, Peter Plummer could not understand the reply as he has never had any contact with Simon Walsh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

104. MEMBERS TO DISCUSS THE REQUEST FROM RAWRETH FLOOD ACTION GROUP  TO CONSIDER A  GRANT TO ASSIST THEM IN OBTAINING A SEQUENTIAL TEST REPORT IN RESPECT OF FLOODING IN THE PARISH. Members talked about the discussion that had taken place and the information that had been given by the RFAG . Members sympathised with the frustrations of the group and residents, Members agreed that communication had been lacking from RDC and other organisations and could see how much information had been collated by the RFAG and that the concern was for the Parish as a whole as flooding in Old London Road has a detrimental effect on other areas of the Parish. Members agreed that it was time that the concerns of the Parish Council, Residents and the Flood Action Group were answered and agreed that something needed to be done. Members asked the RFAG to establish some things with regards to the risk assessment sequential testing they proposed commissioning,  those being, if the report is commissioned and proves the concerns of the RFAG are upheld, will RDC act on it, do they have an obligation to do so?  Who will fund the reports? Do the landowners and tenants agree to access to the land?, is permission needed?   The RFAG need to ensure they have all the letters and emails they have received and information they have documented in date order to allow them to answer any questions that may arise from the reports.

 

Members agreed based on the discussion that something needs to be done, and suggested before the route of a risk assessment/sequential test is taken, that one further attempt is made to get RDC and ECC to talk to both the Parish Council and RFAG in a public meeting so that residents could be present.

 

The Clerk was asked to contact RDC, Shaun Scrutton, Mike Stranks, ECC Simon Walsh, Cat Dedman and Rogers Webster to invite them to the November Meeting in order to help establish if the risk of flooding in the Parish has increased through the construction of car parks and hard standing areas connected to the football pitches as it is felt that there is an increased risk of flooding in the Parish because of the allowance of RDC not to properly control the planning consent issued and in not doing so, allowing the applicants to install different materials than those specified in the planning application.  

 

105. RE CAP OF AGENDA ITEMS ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MAY WISH TO COMMENT. None.

 

106. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA. a) Community Garden b) Flooding in the Parish. c) LDF d) RHALC e) Emergency Plan f) Update on all outstanding Enforcement cases g) Reinstatement of footpaths and bridleways

 

107. DATE &VENUE OF NEXT MEETING- To confirm the date and time as Wednesday 5th October 2016 at 730pm in the Rawreth Village Hall.    

 

The Meeting closed at 9.30pm

 

DATED……………………………CHAIRMAN……………………….

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF RAWRETH PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 7th September 2016 AT 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL RAWRETH

                                          Present: Cllr. A Matthews

                                                     Cllr. P Beckers

                                                     Cllr. Mrs M Beckers

                                                     Cllr. Mrs S Wiltshire

                                                                   Cllr.  C Stanley

                                                                  Cllr.  S Coombs

In Attendance:  The Clerk, and 5 members of the public.

 

75.  RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. None.

 

76. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. Cllr Chris Stanley declared his position as a District Councillor.

 

77. TO APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. Minutes of the meeting held on the 6th of July 2016 were approved by the Members and accordingly the Chairman signed them as a true copy.

 

78. MATTERS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. None.

 

79. VILLAGE REPORT-  The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. There is now an extensive “settlement” on the traveller site on the A1245 expansion is happening weekly and more buildings have appeared.

b. The Chichester now has a large advert situated on Mitchelins Farm.

c. Large adverts have appeared in the layby where Ducky Diner was situated on the A1245 and on the opposite side of the carriage way in the layby is an advert for Marsh Farm.

d. Traffic seems to be building up on a daily basis, Rawreth Lane is now at a standstill nightly.

e. The football pitches at the Chichester are still encroaching onto the public right of way.

f. There is a new goat farm in Beeches Road, just past Drakes Trees.

g. Rubbish is building up in the Chippings Bay.

h. Large metal frame has appeared round the harbour offices, a pitched roof was approved in August 15.

i. A1245 vegetation needs cutting back.

 

80. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT- Apologies were received from District Councillor Chris Black and Ron Oatham. District Councillor Chris Stanley spoke to those present, he confirmed that ECC have been made aware of the rubbish at the chippings bay, they have also been reminded about the gulleys that need clearing and the drains.  Cllr Stanley advised that he had spoken to ECC about flooding at the Countryside site in Runwell, Councillors are keeping a close eye on this site as it is the same developer that sought permission for the land north of London Road. Cllr Stanley advised that a recent application for Goldsmiths Drive has been recommended for refusal as there is only enough grazing for one horse. Cllr Stanley advised that he had reported an open trench that had been dug by an electricity supplier, his call had been responded to and the trench has now been back filled. Cllr Stanley advised that he has asked Mike Stranks to clarify if the new erected sign for Academy Soccer is within their boundary as it appears to be outside the boundary on highway land.  County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks then spoke to those present, he apologised for missing the July Meeting. Cllr Maddocks said that he was pleased Church Road had finally been resurfaced. He advised that the Old London Road and Bedloes Corner applications should be coming before the next meeting of the LHP. Cllr Maddocks then spoke about the Fairglen Interchange and agreed that the light phasing is not working. Finally the matter of overweight lorries in Watery Lane was discussed and Cllr Maddocks advised that a meeting was being arranged between ECC, Cllr Ray Howard, Cllr Michael Hoy, a Hullbridge resident, Trading Standards and RPC.

 

 

 

1. FINANCE.

a. Cheques for approval.

CHQ 101068 H L Bloomfield reimbursement of expenses £73.80. Approved and signed.

CHQ 101069 H L Bloomfield reimbursement of quarterly expenses from April to June (payable July) £53.50 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101070 H L Bloomfield reimbursement of expenses £78.19 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101071 Essex and Suffolk Water standing charge for Community Garden £18.65 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101072  JA  Pinkerton Garden Maintenance £1440.00 Approved and signed.

 

82. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a The lights at the Fairglen Interchange and the yellow box junction have made no improvement to the congestion, its actually making it worse.

b. Academy Soccer site is still not complying to the planning permission that was granted.

c. Extensive talks with various agencies, councils, regarding flooding in the Parish.

 

83. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE. The Clerk advised Members that she had received an invite to attend the AGM of the EALC. Cllr A Matthews and Cllr C Stanley both confirmed they would like to attend.

 

84. FLOODING IN THE PARISH-  Cllr Matthews advised that several years ago a bank of ground was raised by a couple of feet on the north bank of the river, the south  side is now 2.5 inches lower than the north bank. There are 19 residential properties, 2 retail sites, offices and 2 farms that are at risk because of the bank differential, when will this be reviewed.

 

85. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK PROPOSALS AND THE ALLOCATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS AND PLANS No progress to report.         

 

86. UPDATES REGARDING ENFORCEMENT CASES IN THE PARISH and REPORTED PROBLEMS BEING MONITORED IN THE PARISH.

a. Land to the West of the Pumping Station. No update to report.

b. Land Drain London Road (adjacent to Claremont) No update or progress to report with regards to the problem with the land drain disgorging onto the pavement.

c. Travellers Site (A1245)0–No update or progress to report with regards to Enforcement following the appeal hearing decision given on the 7th of December 2011. 

d.  Old London Road Speed Restrictions and other matters. No update or progress to report regarding the request for the re-restriction of Old London Road.

e. Beeches Road Weight Restrictions and Beeches Road and Watery Lane Flooding. No developments to report regarding Beeches Road/Watery Lane.

f. Bedloes Avenue. No updates to report with regards to the Council’s request for an off street parking area in Bedloes Avenue. 

g. Laburnum Culvert. No developments to report with regards to the maintenance work and drainage issues.

 

87. ACADEMY SOCCER PITCHES OLD LONDON ROAD.  Notice was received by the Council that a resident would like to address the meeting to discuss recent planning applications and developments on the Academy Soccer site. Members where read an email that highlighted a large number of concerns about the site and worrying concerns by a resident who now feels intimidated  as he was recently threatened and very nearly assaulted. With both sites operating the whole of Old London Road has become a carpark, and so far, concerns raised with RDC and complaints made have gone unanswered or dismissed. The resident would like to know what more can be done to ensure that the site fully complies with the permission that was granted and that site is correctly monitored to ensure agreed plans are followed.

 

88. BATTLESBRIDGE CAR SHOW. The Clerk advised that she is yet to receive a reply from Chelmsford City Council regarding the car show and what TENS notices were issued and what requirements if any were given to the show organiser. The Clerk advised there is another show on the 25th of September, Members agree that the matter should be discussed at the October Meeting to see if there were any improvements or if the village was gridlocked again.

 

89. TO RECEIVE REPRESENTATIVES WRITTEN REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED. None

 

 

 

90. RHALC. Cllr Beckers confirmed that the AGM took place on the 14th of July, Cllr Beckers confirmed that the same representatives would be present and that he had been voted in as Vice Chairman. Cllr Beckers further advised that there had been an agreement to reorganise the amount of representatives each council could have on the RHALC and that the number of representatives had now been increased to 3. Cllr Beckers also advised that members were asked why Councillors don’t attend RDC planning training meetings, the  agreement of members was that no notice is taken of the representations that the councils submit.

 

91. PARISH EMERGENCY PLAN- . The Clerk advised that she is progressing the Parish Emergency Plan. Cllr Beckers confirmed he had given the Clerk a copy of the 1995 Emergency Plan which contained good maps regarding flood areas.

 

92. COMMUNITY GARDEN- The Clerk advised that she is yet to meet James to discuss any alterations to the gates.

 

93.  TRAINING- The Clerk advised Members that she had details of available training courses.

 

94. REINSTATEMENT OF FOOTPATHS/BRIDLE WAYS IN THE PARISH. No update to report.

 

95. PLANNING MATTERS- No planning applications were received prior to the Meeting  which have not been dealt with under Delegated Power.

 

96. RE CAP OF AGENDA ITEMS ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MAY WISH TO COMMENT . None.

 

97. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA. a) Community Garden b) Flooding in the Parish. c) LDF d) RHALC e) Emergency Plan f) Update on all outstanding Enforcement cases g) Reinstatement of footpaths and bridleways

 

98. DATE &VENUE OF NEXT MEETING- Council confirmed the date and time of the next Meeting as Wednesday 5th October  2016 at 7.30pm in the Rawreth Village Hall

 

The Meeting closed at 10.15pm

 

 

DATED……………………………CHAIRMAN……………………….

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF RAWRETH PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 6th July 2016 AT 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL RAWRETH

                                          Present: Cllr. P Beckers

                                                     Cllr. Mrs S Wiltshire

                                                                   Cllr.  C Stanley

                                                                   Cllr. Mrs M Beckers

                                                                  

 

In Attendance:  The Clerk, and 7 members of the public.

 

51.  RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr A Matthews and Cllr S Coombs.

 

52. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. None.

 

53. TO APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. Minutes of the meeting held on the 1st of June 2016 were approved by the Members and accordingly the Vice Chairman signed them as a true copy.

 

54. MATTERS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. None.

 

55. VILLAGE REPORT- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. There is a sheep tethered on the grass verge outside the Travellers site on the A1245

b. There is more work being carried out on the Travellers site, with what looks like more units being erected.

c. There have been large bonfires on the Travellers site which have been burning all day.

d. During the recent road works to resurface the A1245 the speed signs were covered in black bags, these have been ripped open but not cut off so they are all hanging from the signs and look awful.

e. Beke Hall Chase, more cars are up for sale.

 

 

56. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT- District Councillors Chris Black and Ron Oatham were not present, neither was County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks. Cllr Chris Stanley spoke to the meeting in his District Councillor capacity. Cllr Stanley advised that the next Development Committee meeting of RDC would include the proposed 47 dwellings at the former Grange Villa site in London Road, Cllr Stanley advised that the application spoken about at the meeting last week and he reinforced Cllr Matthews comments and Cllr Black as for a referral back to officers and the developer for more information on flooding, the pedestrian crossing, why the proposed private road will not be adopted, the street scene of flat roofs to the front of the properties, and the entrance width and visibility.  Cllr Stanley advised that he has spoken to County and made enquiries regarding County’s response to the application in which they have stated they have no objection, Cllr Stanley has raised the matter of road runoff and the fact that the local brook system cannot sustain more runoff from development sites, County have indicated to Cllr Stanley that they will look at the wider picture with regards to their response. Cllr Stanley then advised that the application by Academy Soccer to change the catch ball fencing at the pitches in Old London Road has not been called in to the Development Committee.

 

57. FINANCE.

a. Cheques for approval.

CHQ 101063 H L Bloomfield reimbursement of expenses £77.73. Approved and signed.

CHQ 101064 JA Pinkerton Garden Maintenance £1200.00 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101065 J A Pinkerton Garden Maintenance £600.00 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101066 Heelis and Lodge Internal Audit £125.00 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101067 RCCE membership £66.00 Approved and signed.

 

 

 

 

 

b. Internal Audit Report. The Clerk reported that the Internal Audit had been carried and the accounts had passed with no recommendations. The clerk advised they have now been sent to the external auditors, the Audit Commission. The Clerk advised that the Finance Regulations will need to be reviewed.

 

58. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. Both Rayleigh Boys and Academy Soccer held football tournaments at the football pitches in Old London Road. A physical assault took place in which Dave Collins was threatened and verbally abused, the incident was reported to the police and a statement given.  Martin Shields of RB was informed as the person responsible for the assault was attending the tournament on the RB pitches.  A separate incident occurred the following day in which Mr Collins felt intimidated and threatened by someone associated with Academy Soccer, several emails have been exchanged between Mr Collins and Academy Soccer and the police have also been made aware of this incident.  Residents have now had enough of the disruption the pitches cause to their lives, planning permission has not been adhered to, tournaments are played without permission, TENS notices have been issued for the selling of alcohol on a site that hasn’t complied with all the planning conditions therefore should not be operating until it has. A formal complaint will now been made to RDC.

b.Watery Lane the Hanover Bridge weight restriction, there is still a big issue with overweigh vehicles using the road, a Hullbridge resident is compiling a list of incidents and would like the Parish Council’s support, Cllr Stanley said he would liaise with the resident.

c. The lights at the Fairglen Interchange and the yellow box junction have made no improvement to the congestion, its actually making it worse.

d. Goose Cottages and Chelmsford Road pavements and site splays are very overgrown.

e. Rawreth Playing fields the cuts so far have been appalling, this has been reported to RDC.

 

59. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE None.

 

60. FLOODING IN THE PARISH-  The recent heavy rainfall was discussed and the fact that yet again Church Road, Laburnum Way and  Deepdene Avenue were all under threat again with walking topping the brook and culvert.

 

61. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK PROPOSALS AND THE ALLOCATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS AND PLANS No updates or progress to report.         

 

62. UPDATES REGARDING ENFORCEMENT CASES IN THE PARISH and REPORTED PROBLEMS BEING MONITORED IN THE PARISH.

a. Land to the West of the Pumping Station. No update to report with regard to the Enforcement Notice.

b. Land Drain London Road (adjacent to Claremont) No update or progress to report with regards to the problem with the land drain disgorging onto the pavement.

c. Travellers Site (A1245)– No update  or progress to report with regards to Enforcement following the appeal hearing decision given on the 7th of December 2011. 

d. Old London Road Speed Restrictions and other matters. This matter has been referred to the LHP but there was no update or progress to report regarding the request for the re-restriction of Old London Road.

e. Beeches Road Weight Restrictions and Beeches Road and Watery Lane Flooding. See item 58.

f. Bedloes Avenue. This matter has been referred to the LHP but there was no update or progress to report regarding the Council’s request for an off street parking area in Bedloes Avenue. 

g. Laburnum Culver. No update to report regarding any developments with regards to the maintenance work and drainage issues.

 

63. BATTLESBRIDGE CAR SHOW. The Clerk advised Members that she has requested a copy of the Temporary Events Notice from Chelmsford City Council but as yet it has not been received.

 

64. TO RECEIVE REPRESENTATIVES WRITTEN REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED. None.

 

65. RHALC. Cllr Beckers advised that the next meeting is next week.

 

66. PARISH EMERGENCY PLAN- The Clerk advised that she is progressing the Parish Emergency Plan.

 

 

 

 

 

67. COMMUNITY GARDEN- The Clerk advised that the maintenance at the garden is being undertaking to now include the beds and paths. The Clerk advised that she is yet to meet James to discuss any alterations to the gates.

 

 

68.  TRAINING- The Clerk advised Members that she had details of available training courses

 

 69. REINSTATEMENT OF FOOTPATHS/BRIDLE WAYS IN THE PARISH.  No update to report with regards to the possibility of reinstating a footpath and bridleway in the Parish.

 

70. BUS SERVICE. Cllr Beckers advised that there is to be public consultation with regards to the local bus service.

 

71. PLANNING MATTERS- There were no planning applications received prior to the Meeting which have not been dealt with under Delegated Power.

 

72. RE CAP OF AGENDA ITEMS ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MAY WISH TO COMMENT. None.

 

73. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA. . a) Community Garden b) Flooding in the Parish. c) LDF d) RHALC e) Emergency Plan f) Update on all outstanding Enforcement cases g) Reinstatement of footpaths and bridleways

 

74. DATE &VENUE OF NEXT MEETING- Council confirmed the date and time of the next Meeting as Wednesday 7th September 2016 at 7.30pm in the Rawreth Village Hall

 

The Meeting closed at 9.45pm

 

 

DATED……………………………CHAIRMAN……………………….

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF RAWRETH PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 1st June 2016 AT 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL RAWRETH

                                          Present: Cllr. A Matthews

                                                     Cllr. Mrs S Wiltshire

                                                                   Cllr.  C Stanley

                                                                   Cllr. P Beckers

                                                                   Cllr. Mrs M Beckers

                                                                   Cllr S Coombs

 

In Attendance:  The Clerk, 4 members of the public, and County Councillors Malcolm Maddocks

 

 

27. TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. None

 

28. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. None.

 

29. TO APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. . Minutes of the meeting held on the 4th of May 2016 were approved by the Members and accordingly the Chairman signed them as a true copy.

 

30. MATTERS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. None.

 

31. VILLAGE REPORT- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. The old Pumping Station on the land at the junction of Watery Lane and Hullbridge Road has recently been sold at auction, the land is now occupied and a static caravan and a touring caravan. RDC Enforcement have visited the site and a notice was issued, the occupant has confirmed to RDC that he is part of the Travelling Community. RDC are now following the necessary procedures.

b. The traffic lights on the Bedloes Corner junction have now been repaired.

c. Peter Plummer has just undergone an operation, we wish him well.

d. Bus Seminars coming up with Passenger Transport which will discuss the future of the 11A Sunday service, one is on the 20th of June, the other 23rd, Cllr Paul Beckers will attend both.

e. Site splays at Goose Cottages have not been cut properly, this seems to be the case for a lot of the District.

f. Rawreth Playing Fields are not being cut, and when they are the cut is appalling.

 

32. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT- County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks addressed the meeting, and handed the Clerk the forms that need to be completed for the LHP meeting. Cllr Maddocks advised these need to be signed by a District Councillor and Cllr Maddocks noted on them. The form needs to be completed in respect of Old London Road speed reduction and accident black spot with its junction of London Road (A129). Cllr Maddocks then spoke about the street lights on the A1245 just past the Bedloes Junction heading south, he confirmed that following the report from highways stating they were broken which was of no use as we were already aware and have been for 2 years he has asked for further investigation.  Lastly Cllr Maddocks spoke about the request to the LHP for off street parking at Bedloes and confirmed that this is now being investigated again and that after his holiday he would be meeting with Gregg Speller from highways. District Councillor Chris Stanley then addressed the meeting and advised that as a newly elected District Councillor he is now attending lots of courses, he is holding a surgery on Saturday the 4th of June at Rayleigh Town Council.

 

33. FINANCE.

a. CHQ 101063 H L Bloomfield reimbursement of expenses £143.95. Approved and signed.

 

34. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION - The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

 

 

 

a. The traffic lights at the Fairglen Interchange are still not working to allow the traffic to move so at 11am and 3pm there are still queues on the A1245 southbound as well as during the rush hour period, we were told that a survey of the light phasing had been carried out and that the light phasing is correct, this however is disputed due to the shear nature of the queues every day, can another survey be carried out across a whole day, and on a weekend.

b. What are the road works at the end of Rawreth Lane, Hullbridge Road junction for and how long are they going to last?

c. The A1245 has recently had the central reservations cut and the visibility splays have also been, this is an improvement on last year and the cut is good.

 

35. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE. None.    

 

36. FLOODING IN THE PARISH- No update to report regarding flooding issues in and around the Parish

 

37. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK PROPOSALS AND THE ALLOCATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS AND PLANS. No update or progression to report.        

 

38. UPDATES REGARDING ENFORCEMENT CASES IN THE PARISH and REPORTED PROBLEMS BEING MONITORED IN THE PARISH.

a. Land to the West of the Pumping Station. No update to report.

b. Land Drain London Road (adjacent to Claremont) No update or progress to report with regards to the problem with the land drain disgorging onto the pavement.

c. Travellers Site (A1245)–No update or progress to report with regards to Enforcement following the appeal hearing decision given on the 7th of December 2011. 

d. Old London Road Speed Restrictions and other matters. The Clerk is now in receipt of the LHP forms to complete for the next meeting.

e. Beeches Road Weight Restrictions and Beeches Road and Watery Lane Flooding. No developments to report regarding Beeches Road/Watery Lane.

f. Bedloes Avenue. Cllr Maddocks will be having a meeting with County Highways to discuss the Council’s request for an off street parking area in Bedloes Avenue. 

g. Laburnum Culver. No developments with regards to the maintenance work and drainage issues.

 

39. BATTLESBRIDGE CAR SHOW. Councillors discussed the recent car show that brought the surrounding roads to a standstill. Cllr Beckers advised that residents in Goose Cottages and Chelmsford Road had asked him to bring the matter up as they questioned what is going on to allow a car show to cause the amount of congestion with no traffic control in place. Cllr Beckers said he witnessed traffic using the wrong side of the road to try and avoid the queues, there were no police in attendance. Members questioned what permission the event would need, and what stipulations would have been in place for any events license. Cllr Matthews confirmed there was one marshall by the station but he was the only one.  Cllr Matthews agreed the traffic was mayhem and that local trade must have been affected as people not going to the show couldn’t get into Battlesbridge. Cllr Beckers advised that cars were parked on the grass verges on the green at Goose Cottages , the whole area was total chaos. Members asked the Clerk to contact Chelmsford City Council to enquire as to what if any license was required for the event, and what if any stipulations would have been in place should a license have been needed.

 

40. TO RECEIVE REPRESENTATIVES WRITTEN REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED. None.

 

41. RHALC. The Minutes of the last meeting had been circulated to Councillors before the night, Cllr Beckers confirmed that at the next RHALC meeting on the 25th of July there would be an election of representatives to outside bodies, Cllr Beckers confirmed that he would be standing as rep to the Standards Committee.

 

42. PARISH EMERGENCY PLAN- The Clerk confirmed that work to the Parish Emergency Plan would commence after the Internal Audit had been completed.

 

43. COMMUNITY GARDEN- The Clerk confirmed that she is still to meet up with James, however they had spoken several times on the phone and the option to move the blocks at the top entrance to allow wheelchair access without compromising security would be the way forward.

 

44. WHERE DOES OUR WATER GO- Members agreed this item could be removed from the agenda.

 

 

 

45.  TRAINING- The Clerk advised Members that she had details of available training courses.

 

46. REINSTATEMENT OF FOOTPATHS/BRIDLE WAYS IN THE PARISH. The Clerk advised Members that the local equestrian community would like to be included in discussion with Countryside Homes regarding  new bridal ways on the land to the North of London Road and proper equestrian crossing points in Rawreth Lane and London Road. Members agreed this would be very beneficial and that discussion should include the wider community.

 

47. PLANNING MATTERS- There were no planning applications received prior to the Meeting for the Council to discuss.

 

48. RE CAP OF AGENDA ITEMS ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MAY WISH TO COMMENT .  Item 39, the car show is held twice a year, once in May, then again in September,  because there was a problem in previous years where there was no control over the number of exhibitors now cars must pre-register to be at the show and it stipulates on the entrance tickets that exhibitors must enter the ground via the station entrance, and that exhibitors must not go over the bridge but via Hawk Hill roundabout.  Unfortunately there is no guidance for the public so coupled with no marshalls the congestion happens.  For any public event a risk assessment must have been done, it has to include access for emergency services, perhaps the Council should ask to see a copy as it is a public document.   Cllr Beckers stated that an ambulance was caught up in the traffic and couldn’t get through.

 

49. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA. a) Community Garden b) Flooding in the Parish. c) LDF d) RHALC e) Emergency Plan f) Update on all outstanding Enforcement cases g) Reinstatement of footpaths and bridleways

 

50. DATE &VENUE OF NEXT MEETING. Council confirmed the date and time of the next Meeting as Wednesday 6th July 2016 at 7.30pm in the Rawreth Village Hall

 

The Meeting closed at 9.00pm

 

 

DATED……………………………CHAIRMAN……………………….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF RAWRETH PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 4th May 2016 AT 7.00pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL RAWRETH

                                          Present: Cllr. A Matthews

                                                     Cllr. Mrs S Wiltshire

                                                                   Cllr.  C Stanley

                                                                   Cllr. P Beckers

                                                                   Cllr. Mrs M Beckers

                                                                   Cllr S Coombs

 

In Attendance:  The Clerk, 8 members of the public, and District Councillor Chris Black

 

1. TO ELECT A CHAIRMAN FOR THE ENSUING YEAR.Cllr M Beckers proposed and nominated that Cllr Alistir Matthews be elected as the Chairman, this was seconded by Cllr S Wiltshire and Cllr A Matthews accepted the position. Cllr A Matthews signed the Declaration and Acceptance of Office and this was witnessed by the Clerk

 

2. TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. None.

 

3. TO APPOINT A VICE CHAIRMAN. Cllr A Matthews proposed and nominated that Cllr P Beckers be appointed as the Vice Chairman, this was seconded by Cllr C Stanley and Cllr P Beckers accepted the position.

 

4.  TO APPOINT REPRESENTATIVES TO OUTSIDE BODIES

a)      Rochford Hundred Association of Local Councils Cllr P Beckers and Cllr M Beckers  b)Parish Public Transport Cllr P Beckers and Cllr M Beckers c) P3 Cllr A Matthews

 

5. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. None.

 

6. TO APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. Minutes of the meeting held on the 6th of April 2016 were approved by the Members and accordingly the Chairman signed them as a true copy.

 

7. MATTERS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. None.

 

8. VILLAGE REPORT- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. Last bus of the day on the number 3 service has been removed from the timetable.

b. Roadworks on the A1245 seem to have been going on a long time.

c. The bollard in the centre of the road in Rawerth Lane near the industrial estate still hasn’t been repaired.

d. Yellow box junction on the Fairglen roundabout, drivers are not taking any notice of it and there are still tailbacks on the A1245.

e. The Traveller site on the A1245 now has a large digger carrying out work to the top of the site.

f. St John’s drive there are now two cars for sale on the grass verge.

g. Following another accident on the junction of Old London Road and London Road a member of the public has contacted the Clerk suggesting that there is a scheme that could be looked at to avoid this happening again, firstly the speed limit in this section should be reduced to 30mph, secondly, cars exiting Old London Road onto the A129 London Road should be restricted to turning left only meaning they are not pulling across both carriageways, by turning left they would be directed to the Carpenters Arms roundabout which would then allow them to come back down the A129 in a westerly direction towards Shotgate. ( Members requested that this be put forward to the LHP to be considered)

 

9. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT- With the agreement of all Councillors this item was moved to the Annual Parish Meeting. 

 

 

 

10. FINANCE.

a. Members reviewed the effectiveness of the system of internal control and found the same to be up to date and in order. Members agreed that no changes were needed.

b. Members considered the Annual Governance Statement (Section 1 of the Annual Return) Members resolved to approve the Annual Governance Statement, the resolution was proposed by Cllr P Beckers and seconded by Cllr C Stanley with all Members in agreement.

c. Members considered the Accounting Statements (Section 2 of the Annual Return) prepared and signed by the Clerk/RFO prior to meeting, Members resolved to approve the Accounting Statements, the resolution was proposed by Cllr P Beckers and seconded by Cllr C Stanley with all Members in agreement. Accordingly the Accounting Statements were duly signed and dated by the Chairman Cllr A Matthews.

 

d.) Cheques for approval. CHQ 101056 H L Bloomfield reimbursement of expenses £40.22. Approved and signed.

CHQ   101057 PDS Digital Printing £58.00 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101058 EALC Membership £300.72 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101059 SLCC Membership £103.00 Approved and signed.

 

e) Council discussed the addition of a cheque signatory for the bank accounts, Members agreed that Cllr S Wiltshire should be added as a third signatory and accordingly Cllr A Matthews, Cllr P Beckers and Cllr S Wiltshire signed the necessary forms.

f) Council agreed the amendment to the standing order for the Clerk’s salary, and accordingly it was signed by Cllr A Matthews and Cllr P Beckers.

g) Cllr A Matthews and Cllr P Beckers signed the change of address form for the bank.

h) Members considered  a grant for the Rawreth Flood Action Group as this was not considered at the December Meeting, Cllr C Stanley proposed that a sum of £1,000.00 be agreed  with £500.00 being advanced now and £500.00 in December, Cllr Wiltshire seconded the proposal and all Members were in agreement. Accordingly Cheque 101060 was signed for the sum of £500.00

i) Council considered the Insurance renewal of £546.65 from AON for the 2016/2017 financial year. Cllr C Stanley proposed that the renewal be accepted, Cllr M Beckers seconded the proposal and all Members were in agreement. Accordingly cheque 101061 was signed.  

 

11. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- With the agreement of all Members and the Public this item was moved to the Annual Parish Meeting

 

12. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE None.

 

13. FLOODING IN THE PARISH- No update regarding flooding in the Parish.

 

14. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK PROPOSALS AND THE ALLOCATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS AND PLANS No progress to report regarding the LDF or new housing sites.         

 

15 UPDATES REGARDING ENFORCEMENT CASES IN THE PARISH and REPORTED PROBLEMS BEING MONITORED IN THE PARISH.

a. Land to the West of the Pumping Station. No update to report.

b. Land Drain London Road (adjacent to Claremont) No update or progress to report with regards to the problem with the land drain disgorging onto the pavement.

c. Travellers Site (A1245)– No update or progress to report with regards to Enforcement following the appeal hearing decision given on the 7th of December 2011. 

d.  Old London Road Speed Restrictions and other matters. No update or progress to report regarding the request for the re-restriction of Old London Road.

e. Beeches Road Weight Restrictions and Beeches Road and Watery Lane Flooding. No developments to report regarding Beeches Road/Watery Lane.

f. Bedloes Avenue. No updates to report regarding any updates with regards to the Council’s request for an off street parking area in Bedloes Avenue. 

g. Laburnum Culver . No updates or developments to report with regards to the maintenance work and drainage issues.

 

16. TO RECEIVE REPRESENTATIVES WRITTEN REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED. None.

 

 

 

 

 

17. RHALC. The Clerk confirmed that the Minutes of the last RHALC had been circulated to Members. Cllr Beckers confirmed that he attended the meeting, he reported that the Standards Committee had asked the RHALC to ask its members for the reasons why they do not attend the training given by RDC.  Cllr Beckers advised that most council representatives were of the same opinion as he was that the training was a waste of time when RDC refused to listen to the opinions of the Town and Parish Council’s and used them as consultees only.

 

Cllr Beckers also advised that EALC are offering a bursary fund again for Clerks training which will cover 25% of the cost.

 

18. PARISH EMERGENCY PLAN- The Clerk advised Members that once the internal audit has been carried out she will be able to concentrate on progressing the Parish Emergency Plan.

 

19. COMMUNITY GARDEN- The Clerk advised Members that she had spoken to James about the gates at the garden and it was suggested that the arrangement of the blocks at the main entrance be slightly altered to allow wheelchair access, the Clerk said that she would make arrangements to meet James and Cllr Beckers at the garden so that a wheelchair could be used to test the new layout. The Clerk then advised she had spoken to James about the general upkeep of the garden and reminded Members that the current maintenance charge only included cutting therefore it was proposed for an addition £50 per cut James would weed the beds and paths and do general maintenance and tidying up, Members agreed this was a good idea and Cllr S Wiltshire proposed this new arrangement be started, the proposal was seconded by Cllr M Beckers with all other Members in agreement.

 

20. WHERE DOES OUR WATER GO- The Clerk advised Members that she had informed ECC that the Council would not be able to complete the project by July and that accordingly all the packs had now be returned to them. The Clerk added that ECC said if at any future point the Council wanted to re- join the project they could do.

 

21.  TRAINING-- The Clerk advised Members that she had details of available training courses.

 

 22. REINSTATEMENT OF FOOTPATHS/BRIDLE WAYS IN THE PARISH. No updates to report.

 

23. PLANNING MATTERS- None.  

 

24. RE CAP OF AGENDA ITEMS ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MAY WISH TO COMMENT. None.  

 

25. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA. a) Community Garden b) Flooding in the Parish. c) LDF d) RHALC e) Emergency Plan f) Update on all outstanding Enforcement cases g) Reinstatement of footpaths and bridleways h) Budget i) Grants j) Where Does our water go data and information.

 

26. DATE &VENUE OF NEXT MEETING- Council confirmed the date and time of the next Meeting as Wednesday 1st June 2016 at 7.30pm in the Rawreth Village Hall

 

The Meeting closed at 8.00pm

 

 

DATED……………………………CHAIRMAN……………………….

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF RAWRETH PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 6th April 2016 AT 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL RAWRETH

                                          Present: Cllr. A Matthews

                                                     Cllr. Mrs S Wiltshire

                                                                   Cllr.  C Stanley

 

In Attendance:  The Clerk, 4 members of the public, County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks and District Councillor Ron Oatham.

 

 

265. TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr P Beckers, Cllr M Beckers and Cllr S Coombs.

 

266. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. None.

 

267. TO APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. Minutes of the meeting held on the 2nd of March 2016 were approved by the Members and accordingly the Chairman signed them as a true copy.

 

268. MATTERS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. 246.d The Clerk advised that she now has full connection to the internet again.

 

269. VILLAGE REPORT- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. Traffic lights on the A1245 traveling from south to north, the green high mounted distance light isn’t working.

b. The row of street lights on the A1245 immediately as you turn out of Rawreth traveling south are still not working.

c. Horses on the Hullbridge Road, opposite the Rayleigh Club, are they being looked after properly they are standing in a lot of mud.

 

270. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT- The following updates were received from Cllr Maddocks and Cllr Oatham.

a. The yellow box junction has been installed on the Fairglen interchange where the southbound carriageway of the A1245 meets.

b. Land to the West of the Pumping Station. RDC are taking action and an Enforcement Notice has been issued.

c. Old London Road speed restriction, there is an update which Cllr Maddocks thought we had received, the Clerk confirmed this was not the case.

d. Parking at Bedloes Avenue. An assessment is being prepared and a report will follow.

e. An application has been submitted to central government for the Essex to Kent crossing, the application shows a route that will affect the Fairglen interchange,

f. The current Chief Executive at RDC will be leaving after the May elections, he leaves on the 23rd of June.

g. A number of the Street lights in and around the Parish have now been repaired and are working again although there are still four out in Rawreth Lane.

h. 5th of May is the date of the District Council elections. Cllr Chris Black, Cllr Ron Oatham, and Parish Councillor Chris Stanley are all standing for election to the District Council.  Cllr Stanley clarified to the Council that he is standing for election to Rayleigh Town Council for the Sweyne Park Ward and also for District Council for Downhall and Rawreth Ward.  Cllr Matthews emphasised that Cllr Stanley must not sand as a representative of the Parish Council on either. Cllr Stanley acknowledged this and confirmed he has received a letter accepting his nomination to both.

 

271. FINANCE. a) Cheques for approval. CHQ 101055 H L Bloomfield reimbursement of expenses £117.72. Approved and signed.

b) Council to discuss the addition of a cheque signatory for the bank accounts. As three members of the Council were absent this item was deferred to the May agenda.

 

 

c) The Clerk confirmed she is now in receipt of the Audit Papers from the Audit Commission.

 

272. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. After 3 to 4 months of discussion with RDC and following a meeting at the Academy Soccer site in Old London Road Mr Collin’s raised a complaint with RDC regarding their conduct. A Full investigation was promised, as a result a new case officer has been assigned.

b. A meeting took place with RDC at the ECC chippings bay in Old London Road,  the site hadn’t been used for some time and it was very evident that he drains were blocked with chippings so it was agreed the site should be cleared up and drains unblocked, unfortunately this didn’t come to fruition and the site has now been completely filled up with chippings again and the drains covered, the lorry movement has been around 30 to 40 lorries a week using Old London Road which still has a massive pot hole outside Goymers Lodge which caused damage to a car and the driver is taking the matter further to ECC and the subsidence alongside the Brook has still not been addressed and the road is slipping away, which will only be made worse by the weight of the lorries.  

c. The promised beware of the pedestrian signs have still not been erected by ECC in Old London Road despite promises they would be.

d. The road sign for Old London Road is bent following an accident last month.

e. Can the planning applications for the Rayleigh Boys sites be checked again as the permission for the porta cabins for them and Sporting Events has run out.

f. Peter Plummer from the Rawreth Flood Action Group has a meeting with ECC on the 22nd of April

g. St Johns Drive is being used for car sales again and the grass verge is being ripped up, the barrier has never been replaced on this verge.

h. Opposite Lower Barn Farm there has been a lot of hard-core put down and a caravan has appeared.

 

273. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE. None.

 

274. FLOODING IN THE PARISH- No update to report regarding flooding issues in and around the Parish

 

275. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK PROPOSALS AND THE ALLOCATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS AND PLANS. The outline Planning Consent was granted for the development in Hullbridge/Rawreth. No detailed plans have been submitted for this or Land to the North of London Road.         

 

276. UPDATES REGARDING ENFORCEMENT CASES IN THE PARISH and REPORTED PROBLEMS BEING MONITORED IN THE PARISH.

a. Land to the West of the Pumping Station. See 270.b

b. Land Drain London Road (adjacent to Claremont) No update or progress to report with regards to the problem with the land drain disgorging onto the pavement.

c. Travellers Site (A1245)– No update or progress to report with regards to Enforcement following the appeal hearing decision given on the 7th of December 2011.

d. Old London Road Speed Restrictions and other matters. No update or progress to report regarding the request for the re-restriction of Old London Road. Cllr Maddocks will chase this.

e. Beeches Road Weight Restrictions and Beeches Road and Watery Lane Flooding. No developments regarding Beeches Road/Watery Lane.

f. Bedloes Avenue. To receive any updates with regards to the Council’s request for an off street parking area in Bedloes Avenue.  See 270.d

g. Laburnum Culvert. No developments with regards to the maintenance work and drainage issues.

 

277. TO RECEIVE REPRESENTATIVES WRITTEN REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED. No reports received.

 

278. RHALC. No reports received.

 

279. PARISH EMERGENCY PLAN- The Clerk will progress this once the yearend audit has been completed.

 

280. COMMUNITY GARDEN- The Clerk is still to meet with James at the garden to discuss the adaption of the gates to allow wheelchair access. The Clerk will also discuss with him the ongoing maintenance of the garden and keeping the paths clear and weeds down.

 

 

 

281. WHERE DOES OUR WATER GO- The Clerk advised Members that ECC require all the information to be with them by July as the packs are needed for other Councils. Members discussed the matter and agreed this is a massive task to complete detailed information regarding all the natural water courses and drainage systems in and around the Parish and that for such a small Council would not be possible to do by July. The Clerk was asked to contact ECC to advise them that the Council would not be able to complete the required information by July, and therefore would return the packs for another Council to use.

 

282.  TRAINING- The Clerk advised Members that she had details of available training courses.

 

283. REINSTATEMENT OF FOOTPATHS/BRIDLE WAYS IN THE PARISH. Cllr Matthews advised that the Coastal Access route is still progressing and this area should be covered in 2017.

 

284. PLANNING MATTERS-None.

 

285. RE CAP OF AGENDA ITEMS ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MAY WISH TO COMMENT. None.

 

286. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA. a) Community Garden b) Flooding in the Parish. c) LDF d) RHALC e) Emergency Plan f) Update on all outstanding Enforcement cases g) Reinstatement of footpaths and bridleways h) Budget i) Grants j) Where Does our water go data and information.

 

287. DATE &VENUE OF NEXT MEETING- Council confirmed the date and time of the next Meeting as Wednesday 4th May 2016 at 7.00pm in the Rawreth Village Hall

 

The Meeting closed at 9.00pm

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF RAWRETH PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 2nd March  2016 AT 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL RAWRETH

                                          Present: Cllr. A Matthews

                                                     Cllr. P Beckers

                                                     Cllr. S Coombs

                                                     Cllr. Mrs S Wiltshire

                                                                   Cllr.  C Stanley

 

In Attendance:  The Clerk, 3 members of the public, and County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks.

 

242. TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr Mary Beckers.

 

243. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. None.

 

244. TO APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. Minutes of the meeting held on the 3rd of February 2016 were approved by the Members and accordingly the Chairman signed them as a true copy.

 

245. MATTERS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. 222.c the Clerk had been advised that a site visit would be taking place. 222.e. Cllr Matthews advised that another incident a head on collision had taken place which resulted in one driver being taken to hospital, thankfully their injuries were not critical.

 

246. VILLAGE REPORT- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. Another wooden dwelling has been erected on the Travellers site this week.

b. Has the Application for the roundabout at Hambro Parade been approved, no this will be going before the development committee on the 22nd of March 2016.

c. Mitchellins Farm more rubbish has been dumped, plasterboard, pallets there are four big piles in total.

d. The Clerk advised that following her recent house move she is still without internet unfortunately.

 

247. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT- There were not District Councillors present. County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks reported that the newly dumped rubbish at Mitchelins Farm has been reported to the District Council, it would appear that the gate was removed from its hinges to allow access, Cllr Maddocks advised that the land is still up for sale and that there is one interested purchaser.  Cllr Maddocks advised that ECC have checked the phasing of the lights at the Fairglen interchange and have reported that they are exactly as they should be, Cllr Maddocks also reported that a yellow box junction would be installed and some resurfacing work would be taking place. Cllr Maddocks also advised that he had reported again to ECC the number of street lights out in the Parish and  in Rayleigh,  he confirmed he is aware of 21 and that RTC have also made a complaint about the number that need repairing, Cllr Maddocks also confirmed that ECC had reported that the street lights on the A1245 are broken, the Clerk pointed out that these have now been broken for nearly two years. Cllr Maddocks then gave an update on all matters raised by the Clerk at previous meetings.  

 

248. FINANCE. a) CHQ 101052  H L Bloomfield reimbursement of expenses £43.01. Approved and signed.

CHQ 101053 Essex and Suffolk Water Standing Charge £18.55 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101054 J A Pinkerton Garden Maintenance £300.00 Approved and signed.

 

b) Members discussed the need to add  an additional cheque signatory to the bank accounts and it was agreed this should be made an Agenda Item for April.

 

249. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. Two cars parked in Old London Road marked up as Farming Detection.

b. Peter Plummer from the Rawreth Flood Action Group has been speaking to ECC about the application for a development at Grange Villa, Mr Plummer raised concerns about the water discharging from the site over the road and raised the point that if the attenuation tanks don’t work the water run from the site will go into the Rawreth Brook.

c. Peter Plummer also advised that he had attended several meetings and  he advised there is a lot of misleading information about riparian ownership,  Mr Plummer advised that  Cllr Keith Hudson had looked into the riparian ownership of the Brook edges and it does fall within the ownership of the Environment Agency not private land as was first reported.

d. Peter Plummer advised that he had attended a meeting with Mark Francois MP where he discussed the football pitches in Old London Road,  Mr Plummer reiterated to Mr Francois that in  January he was told that  the EA are now happy with the amendments to the hard surface areas that Academy Soccer have made and therefore RDC have signed off the outstanding matters, however Peter advised Mr Francois that  he has spoken directly to the EA and ECC who said they don’t know anything about it as they were consultants only in the matter. Mr Plummer advised that he has asked RDC for copies of all emails, letters and reports in connection with the Accademy Soccer site and he has been told he cannot have them, however he is aware that they can be requested under the Freedom of Information Act so he will be taking the matter further.  

e. With regards to item 247, if the Fairglen Interchange lights are set as they were originally meant to be, maybe the phasing was set for a much lesser amount of traffic than now uses the road, the phasing may predate the A130 and would therefore not take into account the volume of traffic this has generated, could this be looked into further?

 

 

 

250. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE . Thank you letters from  The Peaceful Place and Victim Support.  Noted.

 

251. FLOODING IN THE PARISH-  No update to report regarding flooding issues in and around the Parish

 

252. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK PROPOSALS AND THE ALLOCATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS AND PLANS . Members noted that the planning application for the Development at Grange Villa was withdrawn just prior to the Development Committee meeting but that reason for withdrawal is unknown.  Members then spoke about the new application for a roundabout at Hambro Parade, Members agreed that they felt the roundabout is still not big enough for articulated lorries, Members noted that the application will be on the Agenda for the Development Committee meeting on the 22nd of March 2016 and Members agreed that they would like to register the Council to have the right to speak at the meeting.          

 

253. UPDATES REGARDING ENFORCEMENT CASES IN THE PARISH and REPORTED PROBLEMS BEING MONITORED IN THE PARISH.

a. Land to the West of the Pumping Station. No update to report with regards to the Enforcement Case.

b. Land Drain London Road (adjacent to Claremont) No update or progress to  report with regards to the problem with the land drain disgorging onto the pavement.

c. Travellers Site (A1245)–No update or progress to report with regards to Enforcement following the appeal hearing decision given on the 7th of December 2011. 

d.  Old London Road Speed Restrictions and other matters. No update or progress to report regarding the request for the re-restriction of Old London Road.

e. Beeches Road Weight Restrictions and Beeches Road and Watery Lane Flooding. Cllr Matthews advised that there has been a large increase in the number of movements to and from Rayleigh West, these movements have been before 8am which is not part of the agreement that was made. Cllr Matthews advised that the lorries are not all Anglian  or Webbs there is another company involved.

f. Bedloes Avenue. No updates to report with regards to the Council’s request for an off street parking area in Bedloes Avenue. 

g. Laburnum Culver . Council noted that routine maintenance work of the Culvert had been undertaken in the week preceding the meeting.

 

254. TO RECEIVE REPRESENTATIVES WRITTEN REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED, None

 

255. RHALC. Cllr Beckers advised that the next meeting is scheduled for the 21st of April 2016.

 

256. PARISH EMERGENCY PLAN- The Clerk advised that she will progress this once her office is fully functioning again.

 

257. COMMUNITY GARDEN- The Clerk advised that a meeting is still to take place with James Pinkerton to discuss the matter of disabled access to the Community garden and the alternatives solutions that are available. 

 

258. WHERE DOES OUR WATER GO-  The Clerk advised that this information is still needed by ECC and Members agreed to discuss this further at the April Meeting.

 

259.  TRAINING- The Clerk advised Members that she had details of available training courses..

 

260. REINSTATEMENT OF FOOTPATHS/BRIDLE WAYS IN THE PARISH. The Clerk advised that she had contacted Natural England regarding the work to the Coastal Paths and she confirmed that Natural England had now registered the Council as an interested party so they would be consulted before the work to the coastal path between Battlesbridge and Hullbridge commences.

 

261. PLANNING MATTERS- a) There were no Planning Applications received prior to the meeting for the Council to consider.

 

262. RE CAP OF AGENDA ITEMS ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MAY WISH TO COMMENT . None.

 

263. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA. a) Community Garden b) Flooding in the Parish. c) LDF d) RHALC e) Emergency Plan f) Update on all outstanding Enforcement cases g) Reinstatement of footpaths and bridleways h) Budget i) Grants j) Where Does our water go data and information.

 

 

 

264. DATE &VENUE OF NEXT MEETING- Council confirmed the date and time of the next Meeting as Wednesday  6th April  2016 at 7.30pm in the Rawreth Village Hall

 

The Meeting closed at 9.30pm

 

     DATED……………………………CHAIRMAN……………………….

 

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF RAWRETH PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 3rd February 2016 AT 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL RAWRETH

                                          Present: Cllr. A Matthews

                                                     Cllr. P Beckers

                                                     Cllr. Mrs M Beckers

                                                     Cllr. S Coombs

                                                     Cllr. Mrs S Wiltshire

                                                                   Cllr.  C Stanley

 

In Attendance:  The Clerk, 4 members of the public, District Councillor Ron Oatham and County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks.

 

218. TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. None.

 

219. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. None.

 

220. TO APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. Minutes of the meeting held on the 6th January 2016 were approved by the Members and accordingly the Chairman signed them as a true copy.

 

221. MATTERS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. Item 198.d, e and f have all been reported to RDC Enforcement and acknowledged.

 

222. VILLAGE REPORT- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. The Fire Service public consultation is on their website for the public to reply to, it runs for an eight period.

b. Rawreth Industrial Estate part of the ditch that runs between the Makro has been filled in with concrete.

c. Another large static home appears to have arrived on the traveller site on the A1245.

d. Mitchelins Farm has a lorry with European plates parked across the entrance, it has been there a number of days without moving.

e. There was an incident last week which resulted in a car hitting an electricity supply pole, the pole had to be repaired and temporary lights were erected for 3 days, these showed the effect and chaos that could be caused if lights are erected on the bridge at Battlesbridge, traffic was queuing down Beeches Road for some distance.

f. Beke Hall car sales next to car wash have more cars on site.

 

223. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT- County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks gave the Clerk a list of the matters he has raised directly with ECC on behalf of the Council. Cllr Black then spoke about the planning application for Folly Lane in Hockley which has seen an increase in the number of houses being applied for, the increase is from 50 to 75 which equates to 50%, a discussion took place as to why this should be allowed and the answer was given that the District Council needs to ensure that the housing targets for the next five years are met.  Cllr Black then advised that the RDC budget takes place next week.  Cllr Black advised that he is still pushing for the large number of street lights in the ward to be fixed, there are 18 in total. Finally Cllr Black advised that two officers from the enforcement team at RDC are now working to a new strategy in that they will deal with 30 set cases a month in order to clear the backlog.

 

224. FINANCE. CHQ 101050  H L Bloomfield reimbursement of expenses £43.01 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101051 S Wiltshire reimbursement of refreshments £23.30. Approved and signed.

 

b) Members discussed the possibility of giving a further grant to the Rawreth Flood Action Group as they had not been included in the December Grants, Members asked the Clerk to contact the Secretary for  a breakdown of what the previous grant had been spent on so Members could consider a new grant.

 

 

 

c) The clerk advised Members that a refund of VAT totalling £2505.75 had been received.

 

d) Prior to the Meeting the Clerk circulated to Members a copy of the latest NALC Standing Orders which were published in 2013. The Clerk advised that the Council last reviewed its Standing Orders in 2010. Members considered the 2013 and the Clerk advised  the National Association Standing Orders are the ones that have  always been used, the Clerk advised that she could see no reason to propose amending the Standing Orders as written save for page 181, 3L will need to be removed as the 1960 Act was amended on the 6th of August 2014 by the openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 which allows filming photographs and audio recordings to be made.  Members agreed that the Standing Orders could be accepted as written save for the proposed suggested deletion that the Clerk had made. Cllr Paul Beckers Proposed that the Standing Orders be adopted, this was seconded by Cllr Chris Stanley and accordingly the Chairman signed and dated a copy of the same.

 

 

225. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. Peter Plummer of the Rawreth Flood Action Group advised that he had a meeting with Richard Tatton-Bennett from RDC  and a hydrolysis regarding their suggestion to put a barrier in the Rawreth Brook, Peter confirmed that he had told them this would not work and why. He also confirmed that Cllr Keith Hudson had looked into the riparian ownership of the Brook edges and it does fall within the ownership of the Environment Agency. Following these meetings Peter has been advised that more calculations are being done. Peter also reiterated the point he mentioned at the January PC meeting in that Peter also advised that at the meeting he was told that the EA are now happy with the amendments to the hard surface areas that Academy Soccer have made and therefore RDC have signed off the outstanding matters, however Peter advised he has spoken directly to the EA and ECC who said they don’t know anything about it, therefore he will be taking the matter further with RDC. Peter has now spoken again with Liz Griffiths of the EA who confirmed their letter to RDC was advice only, ECC have said the same. Peter has now asked RDC again to clarify the situation and if a satisfactory reply is not forthcoming he will pursue the matter further. Peter then confirmed the meeting between himself and Richard Hurst Cabinet Member for Flooding had taken place and that a subsequent meeting is planned.

b. There is talk that Travellers are trying to move onto the land behind the carwash and Swallows aquatics, it is believed this land was previously used to store fairground equipment.  

 

226. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE . Thank you letters from  The Peaceful Place, Victim Support, New Hall RDA and Crofters Rescue were noted. 

 

227. FLOODING IN THE PARISH-  No update to report regarding flooding issues in and around the Parish

 

228. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK PROPOSALS AND THE ALLOCATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS AND PLANS. No update or progress for the Council to discuss or report.         

 

229. UPDATES REGARDING ENFORCEMENT CASES IN THE PARISH and REPORTED PROBLEMS BEING MONITORED IN THE PARISH.

a. Land to the West of the Pumping Station. No update to report.

b. Land Drain London Road (adjacent to Claremont) This matter has been referred to RDC by Cllr Chris Black he will liaise with Richard Tatton-Bennet and keep the Clerk appraised.  

c. Travellers Site (A1245)– No update to report regarding Enforcement following the appeal hearing decision given on the 7th of December 2011.

d.  Old London Road Speed Restrictions and other matters. No update to report regarding the request for the re-restriction of Old London Road.

e. Beeches Road Weight Restrictions and Beeches Road and Watery Lane Flooding. No developments to report regarding Beeches Road/Watery Lane.

f. Bedloes Avenue. No  updates to report  with regards to the Council’s request for an off street parking area in Bedloes Avenue. 

g. Laburnum Culver .No developments to report with regards to the maintenance work and drainage issues.

 

230. NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION PANEL- Cllr Beckers advised these meetings will no longer continue therefore the item can be removed from the Agenda.    

 

231. TO RECEIVE REPRESENTATIVES WRITTEN REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED. None.

 

 

 

232. RHALC. Cllr Becker reported that the Chairman of the EALC had updated members at the last RHALC meeting about the requirement of local councils to update their standing orders, Cllr Beckers confirmed that the Clerk had been aware of this as it was covered under Agenda Item 224.  Cllr Beckers also confirmed that members had spoken about the recent decision by the Assistant Planning Director at RDC to make all planning consultations paperless, Cllr Beckers confirmed that she would be attending a Clerks meeting to  discuss the decision. Cllr Beckers reiterated that he was extremely disappointed that a consultation hadn’t taken place and asked Members to agree a formal letter been sent to the Chief Executive stating the Councils concern that this decision was made without any reference to the Parish and Town Councils, especially when they had valid points to put forward.  Cllr Beckers then advised that the matter of the Dog patrols would be re-circulated to Clerks to see again if there is any interest in sharing this service. Finally Cllr Beckers advised that a report had been given on the London Southend Airport, 60% of the complaints to the airport are from the same household.

 

233. PARISH EMERGENCY PLAN- The Clerk advised this is still being worked one by her.

 

234. COMMUNITY GARDEN- Cllr Beckers advised that he had undertaken an audit of the kissing gate at the Community Garden and unfortunately because of the drainage gullies the design works on paper but not in practise for wheelchair users.  The Clerk confirmed that James Pinkerton and since looked at the gate and said there was a solution that could be reached to allow wheelchair access via the main gate whilst still ensuring maximum security, something that could not be guaranteed if the kissing gate is altered.  The Clerk advised that James would meet members on site to discuss the options and that the work could be carried out once the weather improves so that minimum disruption is caused to the garden as it is looking so good after all the work that has been carried out.

 

235. WHERE DOES OUR WATER GO- The Clerk advised that the data regarding the natural water courses and drainage systems in and around the Parish is still needed by RDC, Members agreed this will discussed at the next meeting with view to making progress.

 

236.  TRAINING- The Clerk advised Members that she had details of available training courses.

 

 237. REINSTATEMENT OF FOOTPATHS/BRIDLE WAYS IN THE PARISH. Cllr Matthews advised that the clearance and reinstatement of the Coastal paths around the Country is progressing with parts of Essex now being worked on, The Clerk was asked to contact Natural England to express the Council’s desire to be involved with the clearance of the path between Battlesbridge and Hullbridge.

 

238. PLANNING MATTERS- Council considered one planning application received prior to the Meeting,  Planning Application 15/00829/FUL Miss Zoe Walsh Land Opposite Hawthorn Lodge Highlands Road Rawreth Essex

The Council consider this proposed development to be an inappropriate intrusion on the open aspect of the Greenbelt.

 

239. RE CAP OF AGENDA ITEMS ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MAY WISH TO COMMENT . None.

 

240. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA. . a) Community Garden b) Flooding in the Parish. c) LDF d) RHALC e) Emergency Plan f) Update on all outstanding Enforcement cases g) Reinstatement of footpaths and bridleways h) Budget i) Grants j) Where Does our water go data and information.

 

241. DATE &VENUE OF NEXT MEETING- Council confirmed the date and time of the next Meeting as Wednesday  2nd March  2016 at 7.30pm in the Rawreth Village Hall

 

The Meeting closed at 9.35pm

 

     DATED……………………………CHAIRMAN……………………….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF RAWRETH PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON 6th January 2015 AT 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL RAWRETH

                                          Present: Cllr.

                                                                  

In Attendance:  The Clerk,  members of the public, District Councillor Ron Oatham and County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks.

 

AGENDA

194. TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr Mary Beckers.

 

195. TO RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. None.

 

196. TO APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. Minutes of the meeting held on the 2nd of December 2015 were approved by the Members and accordingly the Chairman signed them as a true copy.

 

197. MATTERS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. Item 175.f The Clerk advised that this matter is being dealt with by the Chelmsford LHP however Rawreth PC have now been noted as an interested party and would be contacted and consulted with accordingly.

 

198. VILLAGE REPORT- The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. Article in the Echo about the cutbacks in the fire service and that one of the scenarios being looked at is removing one of the two pumps from Rayleigh Weir. These ideas are in the consultation stage so the Council need to look at them and comment accordingly.

b. The Bollard by the Rawreth Industrial Estate turning has still not been repaired, it had been lit by four temporary lanterns but three of these have now disappeared.

c. Mitchelins Farm, a new advert has appeared.

d. Travellers site on the A1245 more dwellings have appeared.

e. Car sales at Beke Hall Chase.

f. Cars being sold at View Garden Centre.

g. Rawreth Tyres still selling cars.

h. 2 caravans left in the Parish over Christmas, one in Old Chelmsford Road, one in Beeches Road which was subsequently burnout.

i. The Driving Range have erected a new pitched roof but it appears to have gone onto an existing base with no additional building taking place.

 

199. DISTRICT AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT-  County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks gave Members and the Clerk a recap list of matters he is looking into.  a. Rawreth Lane traffic lights synchronisation. b. Broken bollard in Rawreth Lane. c. Street lights on the A1245 just past the Rawreth Lane Junction southbound. d. Gully Suckers utilisation the closure of Beeches Road on the first Wednesday of every month to clear the drains. e. Fairglen interchange traffic light phasing is still out. f. LHP form to make a request for the speed limit of Old London Road to be lowered. 

 

Cllr Black then spoke, he confirmed that the RDC are still going through many changes and some departments are still understaffed, two of which are Building Control and Audit.  Cllr Black then said he had received numerous reports about broken street lights and they seem to be everywhere within Rayleigh and Rawreth, Cllr Oatham confirmed he too had received numerous calls which he had reported. Lastly Cllr Oatham advised he had asked for a site visit on the application for flats and houses on land adjacent to Grange Villa.

 

200. FINANCE.  CHQ 101048  H L Bloomfield reimbursement of expenses £104.07 Approved and signed.

CHQ 101049 Stephen MacVicar reimbursement of gate and barrier basic materials £260.00. Approved and signed.

 

 

 

b) Members agreed the Precept for the year commencing 1st April 2016 as LCTS Grant of £798.00 Precept of £19457.00 totally an overall precept amount of £20,255.00 which ensures the band D charge stays the same as 2015/2016.

 

201. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- - The following matters around the Parish were mentioned, where necessary the Clerk will investigate.

a. There was a recent article about there being a limited number of super fire engines in the county, one of which was either at Rayleigh or going to Rayleigh, will this be affected by the changes?

b. Regarding the talk about traffic lights on the bridge at Battlesbridge, would the lights be better placed well before the bridge to eliminate the danger of the bend which would hide queuing traffic?

c. Peter Plummer has a meeting with RDC EA and ECC at Church Road bridge to discuss digging out the water course, he will report back after the meeting. Peter also had a meeting with Richard Hurst Cabinet Member for flooding and Catherine Goodyear, again he will report back to the Council following the meeting. Peter also advised he had attended a sight meeting with Cllr Ian Ward regarding the water runoff from the football pitches in Old London Road, following the meeting Mr Philpot is now digging out the ditches surrounding his land where the pitches are, Peter also advised that at the meeting he was told that the EA are now happy with the amendments to the hard surface areas that Academy Soccer have made and therefore RDC have signed off the outstanding matters, however Peter advised he has spoken directly to the EA and ECC who said they don’t know anything about it, therefore he will be taking the matter further with RDC. Peter also advised that there are still two outstanding matters relating to the football pitches, the use of the Rayleigh Boys pitches by a pigeon club and the encroachment of the footpath by one of the marked out pitches on the same site.

d. Bushes in Old London Road have been cut back by the landowner, however he as left all the cuttings in the road.

 

202. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE. Thank you letters from  The Peaceful Place, Victim Support and St Nicholas Church. Noted. 

 

203. FLOODING IN THE PARISH-  No update to report regarding flooding issues in and around the Parish

 

204. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK PROPOSALS AND THE ALLOCATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTS AND PLANS . No updates or progress for the Council to discuss.        

 

205. UPDATES REGARDING ENFORCEMENT CASES IN THE PARISH and REPORTED PROBLEMS BEING MONITORED IN THE PARISH.

a. Land to the West of the Pumping Station. No update to report.

b. Land Drain London Road (adjacent to Claremont) Update and progress report with regards to the problem with the land drain disgorging onto the pavement. No update to report.

c. Travellers Site (A1245)–Update and progress report with regards to Enforcement following the appeal hearing decision given on the 7th of December 2011.  No update to report.

d.  Old London Road Speed Restrictions and other matters. Update and progress report regarding the request for the re-restriction of Old London Road. No update to report.

e. Beeches Road Weight Restrictions and Beeches Road and Watery Lane Flooding. Council to discuss any developments regarding Beeches Road/Watery Lane. No update to report.

f. Bedloes Avenue. To receive any updates with regards to the Council’s request for an off street parking area in Bedloes Avenue.   No update to report.

g. Laburnum Culvert . Council to discuss any developments with regards to the maintenance work and drainage issues.  No update to report.

 

206. NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION PANEL- Cllr Beckers advised Members that the Police would no longer be attending the NAP Meetings, therefore RTC have stated they are no longer going to fund the meetings so it looks like they will cease.    

 

207. TO RECEIVE REPRESENTATIVES WRITTEN REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED. None.

 

208. RHALC. Council to receive a report from the latest meeting. Cllr Beckers advised the next meeting is on the 21t of January 2016.

 

209. PARISH EMERGENCY PLAN- The Clerk advised that she has started to look at the plan and will report to Members at the next meeting.

 

210. COMMUNITY GARDEN- The Clerk advised Members that she has received a lot of positive comments from residents about how good the garden now looks and how nice is it to have access again. Cllr Beckers confirmed he would look at the pedestrian access gate with a view to gaining access with a wheelchair as Cllr Stanley advised he felt having looked it wasn’t possible. The Clerk reminded members that there are two entrances and therefore both should be looked at as it may be that one provides access rather than both, and they key point to the installation of barriers was security. Cllr Beckers confirmed he would report back to Members at the next meeting.

 

211. WHERE DOES OUR WATER GO- Members were going to progress the training that took place in September regarding the natural water courses and drainage systems in and around the Parish however having heard that ECC will now no longer be responsible for SUDS the Clerk was asked to confirm with ECC what would now happen, and is this data still needed and by who as the exercise involved in collating it is a vast one which the Council did not want to undertake if there was no benefit in doing so.

 

212.  TRAINING- The Clerk advised Members that she had details of available training courses.

 

 213. REINSTATEMENT OF FOOTPATHS/BRIDLE WAYS IN THE PARISH. Nothing to report.

 

214. PLANNING MATTERS- a) There were no planning applications for the Council to consider that had not been dealt with  prior to the Meeting under Delegated Power.

 

215. RE CAP OF AGENDA ITEMS ON WHICH THE PUBLIC MAY WISH TO COMMENT . None.

 

216. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA. . a) Community Garden b) Flooding in the Parish. c) LDF d) NAP e) RHALC f) Emergency Plan g) Update on all outstanding Enforcement cases h) Reinstatement of footpaths and bridleways i) Budget j) Grants k) Where Does our water go data and information.

 

217. DATE &VENUE OF NEXT MEETING- - Council confirmed the date and time of the next Meeting as Wednesday  3rd February  2016 at 7.30pm in the Rawreth Village Hall

 

The Meeting closed at 9.15pm

 

     DATED……………………………CHAIRMAN……………………….