Minutes of Town Council Meeting 9 May 2022

17th May 2022

HALSTEAD TOWN COUNCIL

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MINUTES OF TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

PUBLIC SESSION MINUTES

9 May 2022: at  20:15
Held at
Queens Hall, Chipping Hill, HALSTEAD, Essex. CO9 2BY 

 Membership:

Councillor J Pell Chairman   Present
Councillor P Caulfield Vice Chairman Present 
Councillor J Atkinson   Present
Councillor P Claydon   Present
Councillor P Dingle   Present
Councillor  M Fincken   Present
Councillor D Gronland   Present
Councillor D Hume   Present
Councillor A Munday   Present
Councillor M Radley   Present
Councillor L Smith   Present
Councillor G Warren   Present

Also in attendance:  Trevor Kennedy, Cllr Chris Siddall, Sarah Greatorex (Town Clerk)

013.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE  . Cllr Dingle and Cllr Claydon sent their apologies due to ill health.

Cllr  Munday proposed acceptance of apologies, seconded by Cllr Radley and unanimously agreed.

014.  DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS:

All councillors declared NPI item 5, 22/00781/FUL & 22/00852/LBC and CC/BTE/37/22/LB, as HTC owns the Halstead Library building

Cllr  Pell declared NPI  item 5, 22/00713/HH, as owner is a friend, 22/0863/FUL as has been dealing with the applicant over issues in Oak Road,   22/00954/FUL as a member of BDC, 7b and 7b(a) as a member of BDC and CSGMC. Cllr Hume declared NPI 22/00713/HH  and 22/00863/FUL as the agent is known to him, 22/00954/FUL as a member of BDC, item 7b and 7b(a) as a member of BDC and CSGMC.  Cllr Warren  declared NPI items 7b and 7b (a) as a member of CSGMC.  Cllr Radley declared NPI item 7a,  7b and 7(b)as a member of BDC.  Cllr Smith declared NPI item 5, 22/00863/FUL, as applicant is known to her. Cllr Munday declared item 5, as a member of BDC planning committee.

 

015.  PUBLIC  QUESTION TIME

 Public questions

a) Trevor Kennedy made a statement on planning application 22/00863/FUL. He objected to the application as this was a totally unsuitable site for a nursery, in view of the up to 60 cars which would be delivering and collecting children every weekday. HTC had already objected to the building of 35 houses next door to this site. More nursery places are needed but in a different place.

b) Cllr Chris Siddall

Cllr Siddall had already made his report at the Annual Town meeting on the same evening.

016.  MINUTES To approve the minutes of the Town Council Meeting held on 11 April 2022.  Minutes had been circulated and proposal to adopt minutes of 11 April 2022 was put forward by Cllr Fincken and seconded by Cllr Radley. There were 8 in favour and  2 abstentions. The motion was carried.

017.  PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

All members of the council discuss planning applications. As new members will be elected immediately before the meeting, the previously appointed Lead and Deputy will lead this part of the meeting.  Lead member for Planning – Councillor D Hume, Deputy lead – Councillor Pell.

 The following Planning Applications, which were received and circulated electronically, are to be considered at the Council meeting.

Cllrs Munday, Pell and Smith left the meeting

22/00863/FUL – Beauty Room at  Oak House, Oak Road, Halstead, Essex – Change of use of existing dwelling to a pre-school business, existing spa/office to a three-bedroom dwelling, and existing spa/poolhouse to a three-bedroom dwelling.

Cllr Fincken proposed strong objection to the planned nursery on the following grounds:

  • This is an unsafe and inappropriate site for a nursery
  • The lane cannot support a possible 60 vehicles delivering and collecting children on each working day
  • There is no pavement and the lane is very narrow rendering it unsuitable for pedestrians, particularly accompanied by small children and/or pushing pushchairs or prams
  • There are no streetlights which would increase the danger for pedestrians in the winter months
  • HTC has already strongly objected to 2 other applications in Oak Road
  • The LHP is dealing with the Quiet Lane application and this will eventually be put in place

This was seconded by Cllr Radley and unanimously agreed.

Cllr Smith returned to the meeting.

22/00713/HH – 19 South Close, Halstead, Essex – Erection of two storey side extension

Cllr Hume proposed no objection, seconded by Cllr Atkinson and unanimously agreed.

Cllr Pell returned to the meeting.

22/00702/FUL – 80 Conies Road, Halstead, CO9 1BD – Erection of detached outbuilding to be used for dog-grooming (Class Sui Generis)

Cllr Radley proposed no objection, seconded by Cllr Caulfield and unanimously agreed.

 22/00933/LBC – 30B High Street, Halstead, Essex – Addition of gas pipe fitted externally to facade

Cllr Hume proposed no objection, seconded by Cllr Atkinson, with 8 in favour and 1 abstention.

 22/00954/FUL – Land East of Cherry Tree Close, Halstead – Erection of 16 No. Dwellings and the construction of access road and 34 car spaces.

Cllr Hume proposed objection to this application on the following grounds:

  • HTC objected to the previous application in 2020 which was then withdrawn
  • There is insufficient parking
  • The road is too narrow
  • The access for large vehicles and emergency vehicles is very difficult
  • The infrastructure of the town cannot cope with further developments of this kind

This was seconded by Cllr Fincken and unanimously agreed.

 22/00781/FUL & 22/00852/LBC – Halstead Library, Bridge Street, Halstead, – Commemorative plaque and clock on the front of the corn exchange building

HTC is unable to comment as it owns the library and made this application

CC/BTE/37/22/LB – Halstead Library, Bridge Street, Halstead, CO9 1HU – Replacement of an existing boiler.  Provision of new boiler together with the provision of a new external flue.

HTC is unable to comment as it owns the library

 22/01068/HH – 19 Sudbury Road, Halstead, Essex – Proposed single storey side extension with associated works and landscaping.

Cllr Hume proposed no objection, seconded by Cllr Atkinson and unanimously agreed.

 Councillor Munday returned to the meeting

 018.  MAYOR’S APPOINTMENTS

Cllr Radley

The report was noted

019.  FINANCE

Finance – As new members will be elected immediately before the meeting, the previously appointed Lead and Deputy will lead this part of the meeting. Member for Finance Cllr. P Claydon, Deputy Cllr D Gronland

All members of the Council are members of the Finance section

a)  To receive the income and expenditure report for the month of April

Cllr Munday  proposed, seconded by Cllr Fincken that the income and expenditure report be approved, and this was unanimously agreed.

Cllr Radley stated that the annual statutory pay rise, awarded by the NJC, should be retrospectively approved at the Full Council meeting in June.

b)  and b(a)To approve the Lists of Payments to be made in May.

It was noted that the damage deposit for BDC may not need to be paid.

Cllr Munday proposed, seconded by Cllr Warren that the lists of payments be approved, and this was unanimously agreed.

c)  To approve the Direct debits for the financial year 22/23

Cllr Munday proposed, seconded by Cllr Gronland that the Direct debits be approved, and this was unanimously agreed.

020.  To receive reports from District Councillors

As District Councillor annual reports had been delivered at the Annual Town meeting on the same evening, it was agreed that no further reports would be given.

021.  To receive reports from Champions

Schools – Cllr Caulfield reported that he and Cllr Hume had attended a meeting at St Andrews primary school concerning parking. The issues relate to residents and to ensuring that emergency vehicles can attend. Highways had not attended but should be invited to do so.

Police –   Cllr Warren reported that the police were following up the duck incident and had narrowed the suspects down to a couple of people who would be interviewed

Tourism  – Cllr Smith referred to the planned events for the Jubilee, and thanked HTC staff for their help in organising and publicising.

022.  EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

To give consideration to adopting the following resolution: – “That in view of the confidential nature of the business about to be transacted and pursuant to the provisions of section 1(2)-of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, as amended, the public and the press be temporarily excluded from the meeting”.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at  21.45

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