Minutes of Parish Council 25th July 2018

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting

Held in the John Lampon Hall on 25th July 2018 at 7.30 pm

Chair: Harry Stone (Vice Chairman)
Parish Councillors Present: Janet Crichton, David Short, Murray Harlow, Jenny Church, Andrew Savage, John Gili-Ross, Phil Spencer, Bob Tyrrell, Brian Butcher
Parish Clerk: Laura Walkingshaw
Borough & County Councillors: Cllr Lewis Barber, Cllr Dennis Willetts, Cllr Brian Jarvis
Present: 5 members of the public



Receive/accept apologies and welcome to the Public

  RESOLVED – Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr Stevenson


Questions from registered electors

A resident of Cooper Crescent spoke:
providing an update on the opposition to the NEEB Holdings planning application 180733 for the land adj. to Armoury Road. He informed the Council that there was now a core team of 15 residents, they have produced a petition, which has approximately 500 names on in just 4 days.
They will be displaying it to the press on Monday night (30th July) at 7.30pm under the Truman arch, along with a Traffic Evaluation which they have completed themselves due to the lack of input from Essex Highways, who only concentrated on the access to Colchester Road, not the difficulties within the site itself. There will be a press release in the local paper and on the radio, a planning consultant who lives on the estate will also prepare a planner’s brief from an objection point of view.
ACTION – Cllr Gili-Ross recommended that the Traffic Evaluation be sent to County Councillor Anne Brown and Kevin Bentley (as portfolio holder).
The application will go back before the CBC Planning Committee on Thursday 2nd August, at which time the petition will be handed to the Borough Council. A Borough Councillor (Cllr Barber or Willetts depending on flight times) will be able to speak for 5 minutes and a resident for 3 minutes. Parish Cllrs Butcher, Tyrrell and Harlow will attend the meeting. The Borough Councillor will reiterate the point that the application is not in the Neighbourhood Plan.
The chairman of West Bergholt Football Club had a question for the Council:
He asked if the Football Club would be able to receive the 5% discount which has previously been applied to the annual payment of regular Orpen Hall users.
ACTION – This is to be referred to the next Trustees of the Lorkin Daniell Field meeting on the 26th September.


Declarations of Interest

  DECLARED – Cllr Tyrrell declared an interest in item 18/102, Planning Application 181609.



RESOLVED – the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 27th June 2018 were approved and signed by the Chairman, with no amendments. (Link to Minutes P3 June 2018)


Planning items were then moved forward on the agenda

a) The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 18th July 2018 were received and the decisions made on following applications were noted (Link to Planning P4 July 2018):

  • 181415 – 3 Sackville Way, CO6 3DZ – Observation – The Planning Committee supports the application, but would defer to CBC’s Planning Department with regards the obscured window on the first floor.
  • 181624 – Cooks Hall Farm, Cooks Hall Road, CO6 3EY – Observation – The West Bergholt Planning Committee would defer to CBC’s Planning Department on the principle of this planning application.
b) To approve the recommendations from the Planning Committee at the meeting held on 18th July 2018 for planning applications:

  • 181609 – 120 Colchester Road, CO6 3JS – Cllr Tyrrell re-declared an interest in Planning Application 181609 and took no further part in the discussion. Support – The Parish Council has no comment.
  • 181458 – 32 Colchester Road, CO6 3JG – Object – Whilst the Parish Council support the application in principal when in keeping with the Neighbourhood Plan, the application is premature and outside the current settlement boundary.
  • 181638 – 59 Albany Road, CO6 3LD – Support – The Parish Council has no comment.

RESOLVED – It was agreed by the Parish Council to accept these recommendations as Decisions. All in favour.

c) Update on Planning Application 180733 – land adj to Armoury Road
Borough Councillor Brian Jarvis declared an interest at this point and left the room.
The CBC DROP procedure requires the Planning Office that wrote the contested approval to write the opposite report on why the application should now be rejected. Borough Cllr Barber informed the Council that the officer’s report is now available with the rest of the 2nd Aug CBC Planning Committee meeting notes at https://colchester.cmis.uk.com
Cllr Chris Stevenson had prepared a paper on the Parish Council’s further objections to the application.
RESOLVED – The full council agreed to accept this paper. All in favour.
ACTION – Clerk to send it to the online CBC planning portal and to Planning Officer Sue Jackson.


Report from Colchester Borough & Essex County Councillors

  Borough Councillor Brian Jarvis then re-entered the room and reported:

  • Mumford Close Parking – in June the Cllr visited Mumford Close with CBC’s Amanda Mayhew checking gutters, broken kerbs etc. and the parking situation. Several square quadrants were discovered which could be utilized as future parking for residents. Amanda’s deputy will cost and come back to the Councillor.
  • Locality Budget – is now open again for further proposals from village societies. The budget is £2,000 per Councillor making a total of £6,000 available. Please send any applications to Cllr Jarvis.

Borough Councillor Willetts reported:

  • He wished to remind the council that Argents Lane will be closed on the 6th August for 5 days. Maintenance work will be carried out during that time on the ditches and banks, which could not happen whilst remaining open.

Borough Councillor Barber reported:

  • Gladman planning application – although this has not officially been rejected by CBC yet, Gladmans have already written (20th July) to nearby homes that they intend to write to the Secretary of State.
  • NEPP – North Essex Parking Partnership – for some time the Cllr has been lobbying with regards the difference in service between urban & rural parking issues. NEPP have been very supportive, agreeing in the possibility that Parish Councils could take responsibility for parking wardens, the only cost of which would be the £1,500 for the equipment. Need to look into the costs in more detail and would have to find a person & train them. It’s slow progress but as West Bergholt still have an active Traffic Safety Group maybe this is something they could take on.



a) Statement of accounts for June 2018 (Link to P3 June Summary)
The final accounts for June 2018 were presented as follows:
25% of the way through the financial year. The Parish Council Account showed 46% income, 20% general expenditure, 16% environment expenditure and 19% expenditure overall, when the categories of general expenditure & environment are totalled together.
b) Payments


July 2018

Parish Council Account

GA18062 J & M Payroll Services July – Wages, Tax & NI 4,122.36
GA18063 Soft Surfaces Wet Pour Repair Kit 142.20
GA18064 Countrywide Grass Cutting – Jul 158.50
GA18065 Printerland Xerox Toner – full set 189.41
GA18066 J & M Payroll Services Payroll Services – Jun 27.00
GA18067 WBFC Grass Cutting – Jun 40.00
GA18068 Petty Cash Reimbursemt. (LW) Petrol, Tyre Repair, Postage, Stamps 64.35
GA18069 Laura Walkingshaw Microsoft Office 365 Licence 2018-19 79.99
GA18070 John Gili-Ross Screws – Hedge Trimmer 3.86
GA18071 Arches Plant Hire Plant Hire – Pond 1,608.00
GA18072 RCCE Parish Council Membership 2018-19 88.00
GA18073 Kent Blaxill Twist Drill 7.20
GA18074 Kent Blaxill Teak Stain & Brush – Youth Shelter 63.42
GA18075 CBC Emptying of Dog /Litter Bins 312.65
GA18076 A-Z Supplies 2 bx of A4 Pouches 33.58
GA18077 KingServ Website Support (Aug-Oct 2018) 264.00
GA18078 Essex Roller Shutters 50% Deposit – 5 Roller Shutters 2,068.80
GA18079 Lee Sayer (LDS Autos) MOT for Focus 50.00
Tfr PC to Hall Account 1 box A4 Paper 16.99
  RESOLVED – To approve the following payments in accordance with 2018-19 budget. Proposed by Cllr Savage, seconded by Cllr Short. All in favour.
c) To approve the recommendation from Finance Committee for a quote of £3,500 for a bin store at the Orpen Memorial Hall from the “Earmarked New Storage 2015-16” Reserves.
Cllr Gili-Ross noted that by not having a roof on the bin store the Hall may find that items get thrown over the sides, however it can be added at a later date if needs be. It is a good price quote.
RESOLVED – The Council approved the quote for a bin store at the Orpen Memorial Hall.
d) To approve the recommendation from Finance Committee for a combined quote of £4,523 for improvements to West Bergholt Social Club to enable resident’s daytime usage from the “Neighbourhood Plan Projects” Reserves.
The work required is to enable the area used by the Social Club to be hired out to other users during the day. The composite quote covers 5 x roller shutters and a secondary means of escape to create an area secure from the outside for 24 hours a day.
RESOLVED – The Council approved the combined quote for the Social Club area.
ACTION – Could look at the Locality Budget which was discussed earlier.


Neighbourhood Plan

  An update was received on the Regulation 14 draft Neighbourhood Plan now that the consultation period has come to an end.
Have received 15 feedback replies so far, with 4 substantive responses:

  • Local Green Spaces query from resident
  • Hopkins Homes
  • CBC
  • NEEB Holdings

Ann Skippers, planning consultant, has forwarded the new NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework 2018). So long as the Steering Group gets to Reg 15 by the end of 2018 then it should not affect us, it is just a matter of going through the comments and editing improvements. The exhibition was a good standard.
ACTION – Clerk to cancel next week’s Neigh Plan meeting and to look at a date to go through comments & editing.


Environment and Highways

a) The minutes from the Environment Committee meeting held on 19th July 2018 were received. (Link to Environment P4 Jul 18)
Not 12th July as stated in Parish Council agenda.
There are currently 2 items of play equipment out of service on the Lorkin Daniell Playground, the equipment is all quite old, however the Advisory Group (see below) is going to take a while to get set up. Therefore, it was agreed that, subject to reasonable quotes, the council should go ahead and replace the spinner only with similar now.
ACTION – Clerk to send Cllr Savage details of the Locality Budget.
The next major project for the handymen will be the erection of a salt store ready for delivery of the salt in September.
Have been applying anti-climb paint in various places as youngsters have been getting in to the back of the garages and football club.
ACTION – Clerk to ask WBFC to remove fridge from back of the clubhouse asap.
b) To inform the council on the call for a Playground Advisory Group & Outdoor Exercise Equipment.
Have just started looking for members of the Playground Advisory Group and Outdoor Equipment Group. These groups will require Terms of Reference so that they are aware of what their requirements are.
c) To receive the latest timetable for replacing the damaged bus shelter on Lexden Road.
Have now heard from Insurance Company, they have chosen the cheapest quote (Queensbury Shelters) and have contacted that company in respect to carrying out a full review of the claim. They have however allowed us up to £500 for emergency attendance and removal of the damaged shelter if it gets any more dangerous.
RESOLVED – Council happy to approve that. Cllr Savage proposed, Cllr Church seconded. All in favour.
Cllr Butcher enquired about the Handymen’s schedule. Cllr Gili-Ross explained that urgent activities are communicated to the Handymen via a What’s App Group, which includes Cllr Gili-Ross, Cllr Spencer & the Handymen.
ACTION – Clerk to send Cllr Butcher a copy of the Handymen’s Annual Schedule.


Premises and Recreation

a) The minutes from the Premises Committee meeting held on 2nd July 2018 were received. (Link to Premises P4 Jul 2018)
Hall User Group meeting took place. General feedback positive, nothing unexpected will come out in the notes. The Orpen Players and WI/Flower Club, as major users of the hall, have been tasked with finding replacement chairs including the cost, stacking etc. as looking at replacing them in the next financial year.
Storage – having reviewed the storage of all regular users of the hall, all users are content, save the History Group who would like more storage. Will be looking at the first-floor small office for more storage as we currently have £1,000 in the budget for improvement works. Now that there is more space available elsewhere, the space is no longer needed so much as a meeting room but could be used as storage. Have left choices in storage options with History Group.
b) The signing of the Agreement on the use of the Lorkin Daniell Field for football, beginning 1st July 2018, by the Trustees of the Lorkin Daniell Field and West Bergholt Football Club. was noted.
c) To note the date of a social event between West Bergholt Social Club and the Parish Council.
The date put forward is Friday 3rd August. Although some members of the council will be away, around 5 Councillors will be able to attend.
ACTION – Clerk to confirm with Kay – can they provide refreshments and the council will settle up.
ACTION – Clerk to invite Hall Administrator and the Handymen to see if they want to attend.
Next Joint Steering Group meeting is due to take place on Weds 1st August.


WWI Commemoration

To receive an update on the planned World War One Commemoration

  • Cover outside Truman Building – 7th Sept possible date for photo opportunity with First Port, Boydens, History Group and Parish Council. Cllr Stevenson, Butcher and Harlow will be available to attend from the council.
  • History Group signs for alleyways. Council is happy with wording, although “Armed Forces” is probably better than “British Army” bearing in mind the variety of servicemen who fought in the war. Council also happy for the History Group to contact the owners of the fences.
    ACTION – However, Clerk to query who is paying, it was thought that the History Group had a grant available to them.
  • Beacon Lighting – have received email from Bruno Peek, pageant master, detailing instructions for the 11th Nov. commemorations.
    ACTION – Clerk to circulate email to Cllrs.
    ACTION – Cllr Church to add as an item on the Environment Minutes from now on.



  It was noted that the training/networking undertaken during the last month by Councillors or the Clerk:

  • Mayor’s Reception – CS, HS, JGR & LW – 12th Jul 2018
    Good reception, interesting to meet with other parishes. Following on from the reception the Clerk has heard from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Cory, that he has accepted our invitation and will be attending the next Parish Council meeting on 26th September.
  • Village Halls Course – BTB & LW – 18th Jul 2018
    Run by Sue Sheppard of the RCCE. It was primarily concerned with administration, health & safety and the varieties of charitable trusts. We have some work to do at bringing some terms up to date and separating out remaining Trust & Parish Council areas. Did however find out about a potential source of funding for the hall roof of up to £45,000.
  • Clerk’s CBC Forum – LW – 19th Jul 2018
    Interesting forum with talks from Grahame Stehle, Colchester Neighbourhood Watch, Kate Evans, Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking, and Lisa Hobson, Community Safety Officer.


Items to Note

Available on table at meeting:
a)            Correspondence Log – July 2018
Methodist Church – Have received an email from the Methodist Chapel. The last service will take place at the end of August and then the site will be on sale from September. Unsure if it will be the Chapel and the Hall. There are a series of events planned, it would be good if the Parish Council could attend.
Thompson, Smith & Puxon – file will be kept for 7 years.
ACTION – Clerk to fill in satisfaction survey.
Autism Anglia – Sunday 16th Sept walk to and from Hill House Woods – seeking permission, from whom. Cllr Savage confirmed that it is acceptable for the charity to walk to the woods and back.
ACTION – Clerk to inform Autism Anglia.
Lampon Close – Cllr Barber has received the results of the traffic survey. Although the residents of the Close wanted restrictions, those residents living on Chapel Road were opposed to any changes, therefore a H bar may be the only option at the moment.
b)       Crime Statistics – 18th June – 15th July 2018 – 4 crimes reported
c)       The Clerk – Vol 49 No 4 – July 2018
d)       Changes to Dr’s Surgery – leaflet
There is no evidence currently of an increase in demand on the Care Network services. Hopefully the rumours about closure will now be put to rest. Have been very lucky to have a Surgery in the village, unlike many neighbouring areas.
e)       HAGS Playground Catalogue – July 2018
f)       Clerks & Councils Direct – Issue 118 – July 2018
g)       RCCE Annual Review 2018-19 and Essex Village of the Year Results
The Council noted the kind donation of a reproduction of a Dutch painting, Bouquet a l’imperiale, by Jan Van Os from Jill Carter of Lexden Road.


In Committee

  Matters taken in the absence of Press and Public (Public (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960) as the item contains exempt information as defined by the Local Government Act 1972 Sch. 12a Pt (1).
No matters discussed


Date of Next Meeting

Next Parish Council Meeting, Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 7.30pm in John Lampon Hall, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt

Meeting closed at 9.06 pm
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