Chairpersons Report
2003/04
In the 2003 Local Government Elections we had no election for the three vacant Parish Council places. They were filled by Sally Easton ,Sarah Lewis and Margaret Otter. The vacant CBC seat was won by Ian Grundy who now represents Stock, Margaretting and W. Hanningfield with Roy Whitehead. Ian attends as many Parish Council meetings as possible and reports on matters relating to Stock and the environment.
Lord Hanningfield, the Chief Executive of the ECC, has attended two of our meetings and has a list of dates for our meetings. He has reported the concern of the ECC over the expansion of Stansted Airport and the Government's recommendation to build an additional 200,000 houses in the South East. He reported that local people need more health facilities, roads and schools.
Planning Applications.
The council spends a great deal of time discussing plans submitted to the CBC regarding applications in the village. The Parish Council tries to be consistent and constructive in their comments. Our aim is to maintain the village appearance and keep the Village within the Village envelope. Exceptions are only made when vital services to the village can only be built on land outside this area.
Policing.
P.C. Gilchrist was appointed to cover Stock in May. He is based at Moulsham Lodge. He also covers Galleywood, W Hanningfield and Margaretting. He is not in any one area at any one time but just as required. He can be contacted on. 01245 491212.
PlayGround.
The PC is still seeking an area for a suitable playground. Various suggestions have been made and are being investigated . Money has been put aside for this project.
The Common.
Concern has been expressed about the water being held in the ditch surrounding the Common. The Parish Council has appointed a contractor to clear the ditch and resolve the problem. The work will be carried out as soon as weather permits.
Rural Housing Trust.
Progress has been made. Posters were sent to us and were displayed throughout the village requesting people to register their interest. A number were submitted. An Architect is currently drawing up preliminary plans of the scheme to be considered.
The Millennium Report.
The Parish Council is grateful to Gary Stringer for finalising the Stock Appraisal which has now been printed and distributed and called The Millennium Report. The Parish Council are most grateful to the original Committee, chaired by Barry Woodgate, for all the hard work they put into the project.
Best Kept Village Competition.
Stock was a runner up in the appropriate group and also received a Highly Commended Certificate in the Area Village of the Year Competition. We hope with a little more effort we can achieve a first in both these groups. We are entering again this year so we hope you will make a special effort to tidy-up around your own property.
Traffic Management.
The Parish Council has continued to work with both Chelmsford Borough and Essex County Councils on traffic management. The consultation and exhibition on proposals for the High Street was very well attended and many helpful comments received. The majority of the work has now been completed, with the remaining items, including the new village entrance signs, due to be completed in the next few weeks.
We will be continuing our regular discussions to identify ways of improving other traffic situations. There will be a major origin and destination traffic survey on the B1007 just North of the Village in late Spring. The results will be used to identify users such as HGV operators who should be using other routes instead of coming through Stock.
Broadband.
Several parishioners have been active in a campaign for British Telecom to enable broadband internet service at the Stock exchange. We still need about 150 new registrations of interest for BT to proceed - please register via www.stock.org.uk.
Website.
All Parish Council notices, agendas and minutes are available on www.stock.org.uk.
All the council members work hard to represent the views of the village and to liase with the CBC either directly or through our representative. We would appreciate a keener interest in our work, especially at our meetings which are held on the last Monday of the month (except in August and December) in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.
I am immensley grateful to our Clerk, Lorraine Green, for all her hard work on behalf of the Parish Council and to all the Council Members who have attended the meetings and given me support.
MRS SALLY JOHNSON
CHAIRMAN TO STOCK PARISH COUNCIL
APRIL 2004