Minutes of Parish Council 24th April 2019

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting

Held in the Orpen Memorial Hall on 24th April 2019 at 6.30 pm

Chairman: Vice Chairman Cllr Harry Stone
Parish Councillors Present: Cllrs Andrew Savage, Jenny Church, Brian Butcher, John Gili-Ross, Phil Spencer, Bob Tyrrell, David Short and Murray Harlow
Parish Clerk: Laura Walkingshaw
Borough & County Councillors: None
Present: 1 member of the public



Receive/accept apologies and welcome to the Public

  Cllr Chris Stevenson


Questions from registered electors

No questions were received from registered electors.


Declarations of Interest

  DECLARED – Cllr Tyrrell declared an interest in item 19/56b Planning Application 190960





RESOLVED – the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 27th March 2019 were approved and signed by the Chairman of the meeting, with no amendments. (Link to Minutes P12 Mar 2019)



a) Statement of accounts for Mar 2019 (Link to P12 Mar Summary)

The final accounts for March 2019 were presented as follows:

100% of the way through the financial year. The Parish Council Account showed 97% income,85% general expenditure, 112% environment expenditure and 93% expenditure overall, when the categories of general expenditure & environment are totalled together.

b) Bank Reconciliation for March 2019
The Responsible Finance Officer signed the March (end of year) bank reconciliation. The Parish Council accounts currently hold a total of £68,367.45.
c) Payments
  RESOLVED – To approve the payments in accordance with 2018-19 budget. Proposed by Cllr Savage, seconded by Cllr Church. All in favour.

Payments List

Apr 2019

Parish Council Account
DD Barclays Charges/Loyalty Points (17.12 – 3.43) 13.69
GA18242A ARCO HSE Law Poster – 2018-19 financial year 19.15
GA19001 J & M Payroll Services Apr – Wages, Tax, Pen & NI 4414.70
GA19002 J & M Payroll Services Payroll Services – Mar & Year End 99.00
GA19003 WBFC Grass Cutting – Apr 40.00
GA19004 Petty Cash Reimbursemt. (LW) Parking at Great Dunmow 24.02
GA19005 Ernest Doe Strimmer Parts 42.12
GA19006 EALC Local Council Award 120.00
GA19007 NALC Local Council Award 60.00
GA19008 EALC EALC & NALC Affiliation Fees 2019-20 628.59
GA19009 SLCC SLCC Membership 196.00
GA19010 CBC Dog & Litter Bin Emptying 345.80
GA19011 KingServ Website support services (May-Jul 2019) 264.00
GA19012 Jan Stobart Internal Audit 2019 175.00
GA19013 Laura Walkingshaw APM Snacks and Soft Drinks 12.55
Tfr PC to Hall Account VAT Return Aug 18 – Jan 19 1117.12
Sub Total 7540.04
Tfr Hall to PC Account Apr – Wages -539.24
Orpen Hall Account
DD Barclays Charges/Loyalty Points (17.92 – 3.59) 14.33
DD Colchester Skip Hire Waste removal – Mar 145.66
DD Eon Electricity – Mar 461.61
DD CNG Gas – Mar 401.59
DD Utility Warehouse Mobile, Electricity (MUGA) – Apr 76.88
HA19001 Victoria Beckwith-Cole New key to office 12.00
HA19002 RCCE Internal audit & health check 204.42
HA19003 Wave Water bill 2019-20 650.90
HA19004 PPL/PRS Music licence 2019-20 695.48
HA19005 Zoe’s Cleaning Hall cleaning 900.00
Tfr Hall to PC Account Wages – Apr 539.24



a) The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 17th April 2019 were received and the decisions made on following applications were noted (Link to Planning P1 Apr 2019):

  • 190643 – Copperfield House, 10 Firmins Close, CO6 3BQ – Support – The Parish Council has no comment, except to state that it is pleased to see the trees are to be retained.
  • 190922 – 122 Colchester Road, CO6 3JS – Observation – The Parish Council do not object to an extension to the property in principle, however bearing in mind that the Application Form states that there will be no change to the parking arrangements, it would like to be assured that there will still be two useable parking spaces after the extension has been added.
b) The following recommendation from the Planning Committee at the meeting held on 17th April 2019 of the late planning application was approved as a Decision:

  • 190960 – 120 Colchester Road, CO6 3DB – Support – Cllr Tyrrell redeclared an interest in Planning Application 190960 and took no further part in the discussions. The Parish Council had no comment.

RESOLVED – – Cllr Butcher proposed that the council approve this recommendation as a decision, Cllr Harlow seconded. All in favour.



  The minutes from the Environment Committee meeting held on 11th April 2019 were received. (Link to Environment P1 Apr 2019)


Premises and Recreation

  The minutes from the Premises Committee meeting held on 1st April 2019 were received. (Link to Premises P1 Apr 2019)



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

  • CBC Clerk’s Forum – 04/04/19 – LW

The Clerk notified the council that a OneDrive link is now available for Councillors to access all of the CBC Clerk’s Forum presentations and notes from previous meetings.

  • CALC’s Chairman & Clerk Meeting – 18/04/19 – LW & CS

Cllr Gili-Ross informed the council that Pam Donnelly (CBC) had attended the latest CALC meeting and expressed concerns that the CBC Clerk’s Forum was not being well attended enough to justify the costs. CALC arranged a meeting of chairman and clerks which clearly showed that it is much valued resource by all those who attend and must continue.

CALC has responded to Pam with that very positive feedback and with some recommendations e.g. moving the start time from 9.30am to the slightly later time of 10.00am and providing Clerks with advance dates of the meetings.


Items to Note

  1. Correspondence Log – Apr 2019
  2. Crime Statistics – 11th Mar – 14th Apr 2019 – 0 crimes reported
  3. RCCE – Essex Warbler – Vol. 20 – Apr 2019
  4. EALC – Legal Update – No. 13 – Apr 2019
  5. EALC – County Update – No. 178 – Special Edition – Apr 2019
  6. EALC – County Update – No. 179 – Apr 2019
  7. Essex Highways – Highways Highlights – Mar 2019


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 meeting will be the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council, Wednesday 8th May 2019 at 7.45pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, New Church Rd, West Bergholt
  Meeting closed at 6.45pm
Signed: Date: Position on Council:


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