Issued: January 6, 2016
Waste site plan abandoned
A proposal to use land next to the M11-A414 junction at Hastingwood as a waste site has been abandoned, North Weald Bassett Parish Council has been told.
The parish council says it welcomes the decision after it branded the idea "completely unacceptable".
Essex County Council had suggested that the green belt land next to the McDonaldâ€™s restaurant could be used for open-air disposal of inert construction, demolition and excavation waste.
Parish council chairman Cyril Hawkins, speaking last July when the parish council considered the proposal, said the use - near housing, St Clare Hospice, Harlow Garden Centre and the McDonaldâ€™s restaurant - was â€œcompletely unacceptableâ€.
The parish council had feared the waste use could have seen eight lorries entering and exiting the site every hour every day of the year.
Epping Forest District Councilâ€™s overview and scrutiny committee had said the plan should be rejected amid concerns that the use would increase traffic congestion around the junction 7 roundabout.
No objection to fitness centre plans
No objections have been lodged by North Weald Bassett Parish Council to plans to use the Something Furniture premises at Esgors Farm, High Road, Thornwood Common, as a fitness and training, rehabilitation and performance centre.
Mondayâ€™s parish council planning committee heard that 20 parking spaces are proposed as part of the application submitted by Cross Fit Raeda.
A final decision will be taken by the district council.
Parish council freeze on council tax precept
North Weald Bassett Parish Council has voted to freeze its share of council tax for the next financial year. It means the council will have a precept of Â£172,034 for 2016-17.â€‹
Assurance sought over allotments access
North Weald Bassett Parish Council is seeking assurance from Epping Forest District Council that access to the Queens Road allotments will be maintained during housebuilding work on the Queens Road garages site.
â€‹Vandalised play area to be removed
The old wooden play area at Weald Common, behind North Weald Village Hall, is to be removed because of the ongoing damage and wear and tear to the equipment.
North Weald Bassett Parish Council has also agreed to remove a wooden shelter which has been repeatedly vandalised.