Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 9th September 2020 via Zoom
Present Cllr Jiggins
Cathryn Carlisle (Clerk)
20/156 Apologies for Absence
20/157 Minutes of the meeting held on 12th Aug 2020, were approved as a true record of the meeting.
20/158 Declarations of interest
Cllr Jiggins & Cllr Martin – VHMC
20/159 Public participation session with respect to items on the agenda and other matters that are of mutual interest.
There were none present
20/160 District Councillors Report
This was sent over in advance. There were no questions.
20/161 County Councillors Report
CC Butland gave examples of where the money for the Locality Fund is going.
The Clerk to send CC Butland details and photos of Byway 5 (Paulsies Lane) to see if Highways will shut the lane for repair.
20/162 Clerks Report
The Clerk had received an email from the EALC who said that Council are to carry on doing Virtual Meeting unless there is good evidence that the Council has to meet in person and then only once a risk assessment has been carried out.
20/163 Action Group Liaison Officer’s Report
20/164.1 £256.80 Staffing Costs September Bacs
20/164.2 £27.36 A & J Lighting Solutions Maintenance D/D
20/164.3 £48.78 Haven Electricity D/D
20/164.4 £24.75 Clerks Expenses Bacs
20/164.5 £246.43 MDLandscapes Grass Cutting Bacs
Payments were approved by all members of the council present.
The Clerk explained that NALC had sent the pay rises for Clerks that should have come through in April. The Clerk has back dated as requested by Nalc
20/164.6 Budget Figures and Bank reconciliation
These were sent out prior to the meeting
20/165 Traffic Problems/Highways
20/165.1 Traffic Noise Joint project with Stebbing
20/165.2 ECC Pothole Initiative
The Clerk has registered the Potholes on The Street and the holes/uneven pavement as you enter Hall Farm Green.
20/165.3 Traffic Calming
The Councillors met on The Street earlier in the week to discuss what traffic calming measures could be implemented in Great Saling. Several options were put forward and these were taken to the meeting for discussion. We were promised a meeting with ECC and Highways earlier in the year but have now been told that this will not happen. The Clerk is to contact Jasmine Wiles the Braintree LHP representative to try to arrange a meeting to discuss the problems before we approach Highways with our proposals. As heavy lorry movements are a large part of the problem the Clerk is to write to Baileys to see if they have a number for how many lorries come through the village daily/weekly.
20/166 Planning Applications
20/01260/LBC Removal of modern stud walling within toilet area to make better provision for access for disabled customers and allow renovation of existing toilets. – Unit 11, Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End
20/01268/LBC Widening of doorway between original barn and modern extension to provide better wheelchair access. – Unit 11, Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End
20/01263/LBC Removal of modern stud walling between old kitchen area and front entrance to make better provision for access for disabled customers, addition of railings to negate trip hazards caused by removal of bar furniture and reveal heritage features. – Unit 11, Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End
20/01267/LBC Removal of modern “hutch” to improve wheelchair access and reveal heritage features. – Unit 11, Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End
20/01365/LBC | Addition of staircase to access existing mezzanine to serve as a staff office and the creation of a doorway to access existing loft space. | Unit 11 Blake House Craft Centre Blake End Great Saling Essex CM77 6SH
20/166.1 Planning Results Outstanding
20/00239/TPOCON Notice of intent to carry out works to tree in a Conservation Area – Remove Silver Birch – Hall Green House, 1 Hall Farm Green, The Street
20/01081/FUL Construction of a single storey light industrial building for computer engineering and software development – Land At, Piccotts Lane, Great Saling
20/00896/VAR | Variation of Condition 2 ‘Approved Plans’ of permission 19/00511/FUL granted 16/03/2019 for: Erection of 1 four bed, two storey dwelling house and garage. Variation would allow: – Reconfiguration to provide integral garage. – Enlargement of first floor to north elevation. Tower House Grove Villas Great Saling Essex Granted
20/166.2 Neighbourhood Plan update
20/166.3 Braintree Local Plan Consultation.
North Essex Section 1 Plan – Invitation to comment on 2018-based household projections Consultation on changes to planning policy and regulations, The Clerk to contact Matt O’Connell and ask if he could respond on behalf of the Parish Council.
20/166.4 Uttlesford District Councils Local Plan update
20/167 Playing Field
20/167.1 Play Equipment
The Clerk has emailed the company concerning the deterioration of the see-saw and is awaiting a reply.
20/168 Matters affecting the Village Hall Committee
The VHMC are looking for other quotes for the Car Park repairs.
20/169 Consultations/Publications sent
20/169 Emergency Plan
The Clerk had made the changes suggested, this will be sent to BDC
20/170 Reports from Councillors with matters affecting the village
There have been a lot of reports of vehicles racing around the roads. Residents are reporting them to the police.
20/171 Village Enhancement
Cllr O’Connell presented a Tree Planting Plan for Great Saling which was agreed by all councillors. The Clerk has to apply for permissions from Greenfields and BDC before planting can take place. The Clerk to contact Charmaine Beckett and see if she has a Tree Planting Plan for Bardfield Saling.
Various options were discussed. It was agreed that Councillors would bring suggestions for positioning and estimated costs to the next meeting so they could be included in the budget for the coming financial year. We will also apply to Cllr Butland’s Locality Fund for a grant towards this. If planters were put on the wide path on the street we would need permission from Highways.
20/172 Action Plan
Cllrs Agreed the Action Plan
The Clerk is to make a separate list of Handy Man Jobs
20/173 Parish Mag article
Cllr Jiggins to put a report together and circulate for approval. Channel Cleaning will take place on the 6th Oct 2020.
20/174 Welcome Pack
To be discussed next month.
20/175 Wreath for Remembrance Sunday
The Clerk to purchase a wreath for Remembrance Sunday. A donation of £25 will be made to the Poppy Appeal
20/176 Date of the next meeting 14th October Virtual Meeting
20/177 Matters to be raised by members for the next agenda
Byways and Footpaths
20/178 Meeting Closed at 18.50pm