• CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED:
  • Information from the EALC on Elections to NALC Larger Councils Committee 2017/2018 – DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF NOMINATIONS EXTENDED.
  • Notification from the RCCE that they are holding two Neighbourhood Planning Coffee Mornings – Wednesday 16th November 2016, 10am to 12 noon, at Felsted Memorial Hall, Braintree Road, Felsted, CM6 3DS and one on Friday 16th December 2016, 10am to 12 noon, at Langford and Ulting Village Hall, Maldon Road, Langford CM9 4SS.
  • Copy of the EALC E-bulletin for the 17th October.   This bulleting includes copy of the county update 2 and copy of the consultation on The Capping of Parish Councils. (Copied to all Councillors).
  • Copy of the Tree Talk Autumn 2016 publication. (Copied to Grounds Manager).
  • Notification from Essex County Council on “The Essex County Council (Various Roads, Tendring District) (Temporary Prohibition of Traffic) (No.5) Order 2016”, which will appear in the Colchester Evening Gazette, Harwich & Manningtree Standard and Clacton, Frinton & Walton Gazette on the 20 October 2016.

A further Notice will appear in the same paper on 27 October 2016 and the Orders will be made on 28 October 2016. The Order will come into effect on 31 October 2016 and the restriction will last for the duration of the works.

The works for Brightlingsea are:

Samsons Road, BrightlingseaFrom its junction with B1029 to its junction with Bateman Road, a distance of approximately 930 metres.B1029, Bateman Road and reverse.

The works being undertaken will take place within an 18 month period from 31 October 2016, exact dates and times will be specified on http://roadworks.org/. The roads will be closed to facilitate each phase and then re-opened to the public. Access will be maintained for pedestrians and emergency services. Diversion routes will be signed at each location and residents will be informed of the dates of each phase via letter / leaflet drop and advanced warning signs on the road.

 

Phase one

Pre-surface patching works. These works comprise filling any surface defects and raising / replacing worn iron works (manhole covers and gulley’s) as well as removal of cat’s eyes if present.

 

Phase Two

Surface dressing. The process entails spraying the road with bitumen and covering it with granite chippings, after which the road is then rolled, which along with the action of the traffic, embeds the chippings into the surface. The road will be swept within 48 hours and after 7 days. The bitumen part of the surface dressing as well as securing the chippings to the existing surface will seal the old road surface, thus preventing the ingress of water which causes deterioration of the road surface and will improve skid resistance.

 

Phase Three

  1. Reinstatement of white lines if required. Reinstatement of any road markings.
  2. Reinstatement of any road studs.

 

For all enquiries please contact our Contact Centre on 0345 603 7631

 

The Order will come into effect on 31 October 2016 and may continue in force for 18 months or until the works have been completed, whichever is the earlier.

  • Copy of ECC’s Making the Links – October Edition, Monthly Bulletin. (Copied to all Councillors).
  • Copy of the EALC E bulletin Friday 7th October. (Copied to all Councillors).
  • Information from Notts Sports on Kick about areas and Children’s Play areas. (Copied to Grounds Manager).

 

  • CORRESPONDENCE REQUIRING ACTION:
  • Children’s World would like to visit Hurst Green next year on 22nd – 23rd April 2017. (They visited this year over the weekend of 24th and 25th September).
  • The Carnival Association would like Council’s permission to use the Safe Play Area on the Western Promenade for Car Boot Sales on the Bank Holidays and on one Sunday in July 2017.

Dates are: 17 April, 1 May, 29 May, 16 or 23 July – Sunday, 28 August

As usual, Carnival will be happy to move the July date if it conflicts with Stocks Fun Fair request.

They would also like to use the Bayard Recreation Ground for its Carnival on Saturday 17th June 2017.

  • EALC have circulated a consultation on whether to cap the Parish Sector, and the closing date for

responses is the 28th October 2016. They are asking for Councils support to oppose the capping of the Parish Council Sector. Details as follows:

Why should Parish Sector Councils not be capped

  • They articulate the needs wants and aspirations of the communities they serve
  • They need funds to deliver services and make communities strong
  • They support the voluntary and community sector with grants
  • They work hard to help communities make their own decisions and should have the freedom to precept

If capped they will only be able to raise the precept by £200 for every £10,000 precept, without referendum – which is costly and the community would need to pay.

I am writing to you on behalf of the Essex Association to ask for your support to oppose the capping of the Parish Council Sector. Currently the sector is not capped and is free to set a precept to meet the needs of the community it serves. If the government is indeed to cap the sector they will be faced with the large costs of holding referendum.

The consultation paper from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) makes proposals to bring local councils in line with principal councils by requiring them to hold a referendum if they plan to increase their part of council tax above a certain amount, with the effect of introducing ‘capping’ for the first time.

You can respond via survey monkey

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/583WBQL

or

Email to:

 

LGFConsultation@communities.gsi.gov.uk

 

Write to:

James Livingston
Department for Communities and Local Government
2nd floor, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

 

I attach for you the consultation paper for your information.

If you are able to support this request from the EALC – I would be grateful if you could let me know.

Closing date for responses 28TH October 2016

A sample response it attached – with thanks to Loughton Town Council

 

  • CORRESPONDENCE FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR GOGGIN:
    • Copies of correspondence with residents concerning the changes to the 87 bus service.
    • Copies of correspondence with Hedingham’ s regarding the current 87 bus service.
    • Copy of an e-mail sent to ECC regarding New Street re-surfacing – Reference Ecc0828917 08 16.
    • Copy of an e-mail sent to ECC regarding Reference No. 2482437 – regarding a pot hole in Robinson Road.
    • Copy of the Essex County Council Petitions Policy.
    • Notification of the Tendring Locality Board meeting being held on 29 September 2016.
    • Notification that New Street is due to be resurfaced, commencing 21st November 2016 for four days.
    • Copy of the Agenda for the Local Highways Panel meeting being held on 20th October 2016. (Circulated to all Councillors).

 

 

Item 2.3 – Example Response

 

Loughton Town Council

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam

 

The Government’s proposals to introduce capping to some or all parish and town councils were

discussed at our meeting on 5 October 2016.

 

I have been instructed to make the following response to the consultation:

 

Loughton Town Council OBJECTS to the proposals and makes the following comments:

 

  • This Council urges the Department for Communities and Local Government to reconsider its

proposals to cap the revenue raising ability of local councils as this could significantly damage

local service provision and undermine the role of local councils and councillors.

 

  • Noting that local councils receive no government funding and are accountable to their

residents, not least through the ballot box, under the Localism agenda the level of precept

should continue to be decided at parish level and not by the Government.

 

  • If capping was introduced, even where the local community had been fully consulted and

supported an increase in local taxes to improve services, residents would be forced to pay for

the additional costs of an automatic referendum. The cost of such a referendum in Epping

Forest District would be approximately £5,000 per ward; £35,000 in Loughton. This would be

an added and unnecessary burden on local tax payers.

 

  • Should the Government enforce its proposals, the Council considers:

 

  1. it would be more appropriate to base the referendum threshold on a three-year average of no

more than 2% and £5 rises. This would then exempt local councils requiring a one-off

increase to meet service innovations but prevent councils from repeatedly applying larger

increases.

 

  1. the approach should also take account of the transfer of responsibilities (assets and services)

to town and parish councils.

 

Thank you for your attention.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Enid K Walsh (Mrs)