Minutes of the Meeting of Stock Parish Council held on
28th Febuary .2000 at 19:30 in the Rectory Hall

Present: 5 Members of the Council
In The Chair councillor. Mrs. Johnson
Also Present: Borough Councillor Stringer

Apologies were received Councillor and Mrs Elliot, and Councillor Lusty. Borough Councillor Stringer also sent apologies.
116 Minutes of the Meeting of Monday 31st of January 2000.
These were approved by the Meeting and signed by the Chairman as a correct record of the Meeting.
117 Matters Arising
1 Casual vacancy: The returning Officer confirmed no names for the casual vacancy had been put forward: we were free to Co-opt. Names to Clerk (Please ensure candidates willingness to stand) by 22nd March.
2 Village Appraisal: The questionnaire would consist of approximately 60 questions. A grant had been applied for to help meet the group’s costs.
3 Traffic calming: Engineering Services had replied to our concerns about pedestrian safety by assuring us that safety audits were carried out during the design process, immediate after construction and one year after completion.
4 Green Apple Award: We had since learned that Galleywood was a Silver award winner and South Woodham Ferrers was a Bronze winner. Borough Council had agreed to give all three parishes a mention in any new tourism literature.
5 Youth Road Show: Councillor Mrs Tully had attended the Great Baddow session to hear about the Borough’s Action Plan for Young People, aimed at 13-19 year olds. The aim was to encourage young people to become actively involved in the local community. Free training was offered to would be youth leaders.
6 Village Voices: BBC Essex had expressed interest in recording a programme from the New Village Hall but because of the roadworks outside the plan has been postponed.
7 Community Evening: The names of Councillor and Mrs Lusty and Councillor Tant had been put forward to the Mayor’s Office.
8 Deferred reply to application 82/00: After examination of our records, we had replied: "outline permission of 1990 recommended 2 small bungalows, possibly semi –detached. There are TPO’s on the Oak and Silver Birch".
9 Footpaths: The RoW officer had pointed out that our comments about Footpath 6 should read 7. The excavations at Broomwood Lane would be inspected. No obvious way to resolve difficulty over 27 (Austen Drive) Mr Clark would be prepared to speak to householder.
10 New A130: South Hanningfield Clerk had confirmed that proposals to close Downham Road were still only proposals.
11 SmithKline Beecham site trees: Planning confirmed "all works to protected trees are being strictly controlled co-jointly by O’Callaghan Associates Arboricultural Consultants and this authority". Agreed we should continue to watch what was going on.
12 Vernon Corner Flats: Housing Dept. indicated that accommodation offered strictly on a points system. No preferences can be given to "locals" unless they have the required points total.
118 New Village hall:
Chairman and Clerk had an interview with Mr Willetts Director of Financial Services, to express concern over the handling of the Management Committee’s mounting debts. Mr Willetts had advised that further financial help should not be considered until an up-to-date independent audit had been produced together with a competent business plan. At the time of the meeting, the builders had pulled out, but were meeting that day with others. Councillor Mrs Tully indicated that she had been told that the key would be handed over on Friday 3rd of March.
119 Flyposting Agreement:
Legal and Business Services had sent 2 copies of the agreement to be signed and returned for the Mayor’s signature and the Borough council’s seal. The Chairman and Councillor Tant undertook to sign, witnessed by the Clerk, on behalf of Stock Parish Council.
120 General Correspondence:
Highways Agency: The Agency were running Local Community Workshops on A12 and A120 Route Management Strategy Studies. Councillor Tant undertook to attend the Margaretting session on the 7th of March.
121 Chelmsford Millennium Awards:
For this year, these would replace the Civic Awards; there would be 3 themes:- Young People, The environment and helping the developing world to help itself. To go on the noticeboard.
122 BT Payphones:
BT advised us that the payphone outside the old Village Hall would shortly be removed prior to development. There was no plan to re-instate the service elsewhere
123 Best Kept Village Competition:
Again sponsored by Calor Gas and Daily Telegraph. Agreed we enter. Closing date for entries 7th April, therefore TIDY UP DAY IS 29TH APRIL. In line with National Spring Clean Month. We will request bags, gloves, pickers etc.
124 EALC:
Mrs Joy Sheppard, the present assistant secretary, had been appointed Secretary in place of Bob Richmond who retires on the 31st March. A presentation would be made to him at the Special General Meeting on the 15th March at Foakes Hall and we were invited to contribute. (See Accounts). EALC also announced a "Crime and Disorder" Conference on the morning of Thursday 22nd June at Foakes Hall
125 Almshouses:
Mr Terry Vanner submitted drawing of a proposed handrail to assist tenant of number 4 with the steps to her gate. LB approval not required nor Planning approval provided rail kept to less than 1m. high. Members agreed.
126 Planning Matters
Decisions by the Borough Council
1862/99 FULL 2- Storey side Extension Hawthorns, Leatherbottle Hill Approved
1800/99 FULL 2 Storey rear extension 11 Austen Drive. Approved
1812/99 FULL 2 Storey rear extension & ground floor front extension. 31 Well Lane Approved
1595/99 FULL Change of use of building, to provide Residential Annex. Fairfields Marigold Lane Refused
1791/99 FULL Conservatory to rear 4 Bakers Field. Approved
Comment required before meeting on
126/00 FULL Mr & Mrs Farrer Loft conversion including provision of dormer windows & new conservatory Hillcroft, Marigold Lane
128/00 FULL Mr & Mrs Laybourne First floor side extension. 8 Swan Lane
138/00 FULL Mr Barnes Storm Porch & first floor extension Birley Cottage, Stock Road.
The meeting agreed a no comment reply on all.
Further applications received
244/00 FULL Mr & Mrs Saxon. Demolition of existing courtyard canopy, construction of glazed same & new pitched roofs to existing garage and remodelling utility/boiler room Little Tyrells Stock Lane
245/00 FULL F.T. Garnet Cattle shelter building Farrows Farm Stock road.
270/00 FULL Mr & Mrs A Norman. Enlargement of existing rear dormer
271/00 FULL Mr Barnes. Single storey rear extension Kauri Cottage Stock Road
All No Comment
Notice of appeal against refusal of outline application for farm manager’s dwellings – Broomfield Farm Ramsden Heath. We would repeat our earlier comments.
127 Accounts
We had received refund from Essex County Council of £18.47 for hire of school for A130 meeting. (minute No 64.4).

Cheques drawn as follows.
£175.00 Garden & woodcraft. For repollarding willows
£2702.50 A.E. & J.E Farrer For renovation of War Memorial
EALC See minute 124
128 Date of next meeting to be listed
27th March 2000 at New Village Hall.
129 Any other business
More potholes on Ingatestone Road.
Councillor Mrs Tully confirmed pump in her garden wall would continue to be visible when building works are completed.
Broken Kerbstones at Vernon Corner.
Attention was drawn to Stock web site.
We would look into possibility of litter bin Swan Woods Wsan Lane enterance
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