Minutes of the Meeting of STOCK Parish Council.
held on 31.1.2000 @ 7.30 at the Village School

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

Before the start of official business, the Chairman welcomed Mr Rob Richmond, Secretary of the Essex Association of Local Councils, to the Meeting. Mr Richmond answered Members' questions, which related mainly to finance and the Village Hall.
104 Apologies for absence
The Chairman read a letter of resignation from Cllr. Seaman who regretted that he no longer felt able to continue under the present direction. Clerk to advertise a casual Vacancy for the requisite 14 working days.
105 Minutes of the Meeting of 10.01.2000
These were approved by the meeting and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
106 Matters arising
1. Village Appraisal
Chairman indicated it was hoped that questionnaires would be out by 1.3.2000. She acknowledged the good work of Barry Woodgate as Chair. It was confirmed that the Library would figure in the appraisal.
2. Traffic Calming
Members studied the long-awaited outline proposals which comprised two "Traffic-Splitter" islands, one opposite Church Green Cottage Stables and one slightly south if the Rectory Hall. All agreed that to turn down these plans would put us to the bottom of the pile, but misgivings still expressed about danger to pedestrians at Stock Lodge / Rectory Hall.
3 Contribution towards off-site provision
Reply to clerk's letter about this acknowledged that this issue needs to be addressed in review of local plan if a development is not to provide affordable housing, then contribution should be such as to enable provision for such housing where the need for it can be justified within the parish.
4. Street naming and numbering
Confirmed by CBC that Post Boys is now renamed Birley Cottage and that Melvin is now Kauri Cottage.
5. Flyposting agreement
Legal Services had provided photocopy of law re advertising from Town and Country Planning Act and had confirmed that CBC had no bylaws in respect of removal of flyposting.
6. Green Apple award
This entitled us, on payment of £250, to one page in Best of British Heritage plus sufficient to realise a 60% profit from sales. Agreed not to participate. Clerk has place reserved on Forum for Environmental Awards on 2nd of February.
7. Notice Board
(Mr Everitt) Mrs Gladys Everitt indicated that she would like the Parish Council to take over the maintenance of this. Agreed Mr Holmwood to be asked to undertake the repairs and or replacement.
8. Potholes of Ingatestone Road
These had been brought to the attention of CBC who had passed the complaint on to Brentwood DC
9. Youth Roadshows
Councillor Mrs Tully took details of these events to be held in the larger parishes.
107 Reports from School Governor ( Parish Council representative)
In his first report as our representative, Mr Peter Bentley outlined the very heavy workload of governors and teachers in today's educational climate where central government was forever issuing new guidelines. However, Stock School had achieved a good result in the County League Tables and there was a general feeling of efficiency. On the down side, Mrs Scott, Deputy Head had retired last year and Mrs Driver, the Head teacher, was going this July (although it had been hoped that she would remain for a time while the new and young Deputy Head played herself in). Mr Bentley acknowledged that there would be some difficult times ahead and, in addition, the board was still short of one governor. He urged Members to seek a likely candidate.
108 General Correspondence
Street nameplates Because nameplates could be ordered only in batches of at least 30, there had been a delay in installing these. It was hoped that the Leather Bottle Hill sign would be in place by the end of February.
109 Village Voice
This is the title of BBC Essex series to be broadcast on one Friday monthly for the remainder of 2000. Parishes invited to submit possible features of interest. Agreed we suggest Stock Windmill, Village appraisal, Flower Festival, Cricket Club, Opening of the Village Hall, The Christ and Exhibition (May)
110 Community Evening
Names invited for the Mayor's reception on the 9th of May. 2 nominees (and partners) names by 28.2.2000 to Mayors Office.
111 New Village Hall
Members felt consideration should be given to footpath inside the hedge on north side of Common Road. Chairman indicated that she and Clerk had a meeting with Mr C. Willetts, Director of Finance Chelmsford Borough Council, and this would be on the next agenda.
112 Planning Matters
Decisions by the Borough Council
1707/99 FULL Front Extension Flemmings, Stock Road Approved
Applications Referred
Comment required before meeting on
17/00 FULL Mr & Mrs C Hayward
18/00 LBC Conservatory White Tyrells, Stock Lane
16/00 FULL Edgeway Ltd Redevt. of existing builders yard with apprvd. Bl use, inc demolition & new building . Site rear of Gable House, Stock Road.
The meeting agreed a no comment reply on both.
82/00 FULL Mrs B Sayer Demolition of existing Building & erection of two new dwellings 53 Birch Lane
Reply deferred until our sub-Committee had examined previous correspondence on the site.
113 Accounts
£6000 had been transferred from Council accounts to RIBA. £30 received from the Essex County Council as Parish Paths refund.

Cheques drawn as follows.
£231.50 Stock Village Hall for rent for 10 Parish Council Meetings and one Annual General Meeting
£2000.00 Woodland Trust Contracts for for purchase of further land at Swan Wood had been exchanged, invoice for our pledge attached
114 Date of next meeting to be listed
28.02.2000 in the small hall at the New Stock Village Hall
115 Any other business
Parish Council bank balance would be added to the end of minutes displayed on noticeboard. Footpath work had lapsed recently - we would ask for volunteers for walking and mapping in Stock Press. The Post Office was under threat of closure, we should drum up as support - also to go in Stock Press. A proposal to close Downham Road in connection with the new A130 had been mentioned as fact in South Hanningfield parish magazine. We would check on this.
Raised by the public - 10 present
Potholes in Broomwood Lane Furze Lane sign still not in place (see 108) SmithKline Beecham site now being cleared, Check with Planning about trees being felled (URGENT) 2 Vacancies at Vernon Corner - could possibly go to local people. Borough Councillor Stringer to check on this.
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