Parish Pump


The Parish Pump - February 2019

The Parish Council held its monthly meeting on 10th January 2019 in the Village Hall. The meeting was attended by our Essex County Councillor, Lesley Wagland, and our Borough Councillors, Keith Parker, Cliff Poppy, and Roger McCheyne. A member of the public also attended, who gave us a presentation on Community Resilience.

As part of an Essex County Council (ECC) scheme, the Parish Council nominated two pot holes for repair, in addition to other regular maintenance and repair work undertaken by Essex Highways. The pot hole in Littlebury Court has now been repaired and the second one in School Road has been scheduled for repair, and may well be complete by the time you read this. Cllr Wagland also reported that as part of continuing efforts to make Essex Highways more responsive to local concerns a 'buddy' scheme has been introduced. An officer from Essex Highways will work directly with county councillors on issues in their local area, and Cllr Wagland indicated she would seek to arrange a meeting with the officer in Kelvedon Hatch in the near future.

Residents may also be aware of a library consultation that Essex County Council is undertaking in relation to the future of library services. Although it does not directly impact on the Village, the consultation includes questions on what kind of library services you would like to use whether you visit one of the branch libraries or not (like the mobile library service), so it is well worth visiting to complete the consultation.

Our Borough Councillors reported that they are delivering on extra enforcement initiatives across Brentwood. New cameras have been installed in Navestock to help catch fly-tippers. A new enforcement vehicle is on the road and will patrol the Borough day and night. An enforcement officer will also be allocated to the rural areas of Brentwood, including Kelvedon Hatch, and will visit regularly to provide foot patrols of the village.

Following our budget process and allocated expected expenditure on our local services, I am very pleased to be able to announce that the Parish Council Precept (the amount of Council Tax collected for the Parish Council) has been frozen for the upcoming 2019-20 financial year.

The Kelvedon Hatch Table Tennis Club was formed in November last year and meets each week on Thursday evenings at the Fane Hall from 7pm - 9pm. The club provides a social group aimed at the over 50s. To help support the Club, the Parish Council has purchased two new table tennis tables to be used by the club. If you are interested in joining the Club, please do contact us and we will put you in touch. Following feedback from the community, we are going to install some new equipment in the play area near the Village Hall. A 'Springie' and new grass mats will be installed to provide a new option for play for children of all abilities.

Your Council has been discussing the downgrading of Byway 22 (from Brizes Corner to Frog Street). We are concerned about off-roaders using the byway inappropriately. Our Borough Councillors will be attending a meeting about this in February and we will provide further updates when we have them.

We will shortly be hosting meetings with the Brentwood Community Policing Team in the Kelvedon Hatch Village Hall. These meetings will be open to the public and you will be able to raise any issues or concerns you have directly with Constable Faye Matthams. The date for the next meeting will be advertised shortly.

Finally, elections for the Parish Council will take place this May. I would urge anyone who may be interested in local issues facing the Village to stand for election and make an extra contribution to village life!

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday, 14th February, starting at 8pm.

Cllr Sandy Tanner