Issued: March 7, 2019
Parish council news round-up (March 4 meetings)
Parish council agrees legal representation over Local Plan
North Weald Bassett parish councillors have approved council expenditure totalling £5,700 plus VAT to meet the cost of the parish council's legal representation at the Epping Forest District Council Local Plan hearing.
The sum includes representation, preparation work, meeting time and attendance at two days of the hearing at the Civic Offices, Epping, in May when the parish council will be represented by Rob Jameson from Attwater Jameson Hill.
Parish council to be involved in discussions over new district council offices on North Weald Airfield
North Weald Bassett Parish Council is keen to be involved in discussions over a possible base at the proposed Epping Forest District Council offices on North Weald airfield.
Epping Forest District Council new chief executive Georgina Blakemore has written to the parish council stating it is a key stakeholder for the proposed new council building on Blenheim Way.
A parish council office, meeting room and possible library could be included in the new development.
The current North Weald Library, where the parish council office is currently located, is earmarked for closure under Essex County Council's review of library services in Essex, the consultation over which ended on February 20.
Parish council chairman Alan Buckley told Monday's meeting: "We have to display an interest in getting some provision for the council office.
"It doesn't commit us to taking up what comes out (of the new development) or is offered (to the parish council).
"This is three or four years down the line."
Scouts to plant bulbs
Local scouts want to plant bulbs in North Weald.
North Weald Bassett Parish Council is to liase with the scouts over the most suitable location, with an area around the village garden outside the parade of shops in High Road a possibility.
Councillor highlights flytipping
The issue of flytipping in Hastingwood has been highlighted by North Weald Bassett Parish Council.
Councillor Brian Eldridge told Monday's parish council meeting that Hastingwood Road, Mill Street, Foster Street and Harlow Common had all been targeted but despite the dumping being reported three times to Epping Forest District Council, no collection of the material had taken place.
Parish and district councillor Nigel Bedford suggested the parish council write to district council leader Chris Whitbread or new district council chief executive Georgina Blakemore expressing the parish council's concerns over "constant flytipping" and what proposals the district council has to reduce it.
Parish council opposes home plans
Revised plans for a four-bedroom house on what was the car park for the former Carpenters Arms pub, Thornwood, have been opposed by North Weald Bassett Parish Council.
Parish council planning clerk Adriana Jones told Monday's planning committee the application site is currently in the Green Belt but under proposed changes to the Green Belt boundary, the site would no longer be included.
Mrs Jones said two parking spaces - and no visitor space - was proposed, and no protected trees would be lost.
Essex Highways had expressed no objection to the application.
Mrs Jones added that two previous planning applications - submitted in 2015 and 2018 - had been rejected by Epping Forest District Council.
Councillor Sheila Jackman described the proposals as "undesirable backland development".
Councillor Terry Blanks raised concerns over access, and the narrowness of Carpenters Arms Lane which would restrict access for emergency vehicles.
He said: "I think it's atrocious. It wasn't passed before and I think there's every reason for it not being approved this time."
Councillor Andy Tyler said: "It wasn't passed in 2015 and 2018 and what we see before us isn't any different to those proposals."
Mrs Jones said the main reason for the new application was because of the proposed change to the Green Belt boundary.