A Working group meeting is being held on Friday 17th December 2021 @6pm in Great Sampford village hall
Change to the time for the upcoming meeting to be held on Tuesday 16th November now @ 7.45pm in great Sampford village hall
THE MEETING OF THE SAMPFORDS’ PARISH COUNCIL WILL BE HELD ON 30TH SEPTEMBER @8PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL
21/140 Apologies for Absence Accept apologies of absence.
21/141 Public Forum
Members of the public are welcome to attend the Parish Council meeting. Those wishing to speak or raise any issue are requested to do so at the public participation session with respect to items on the agenda and other matters that are of mutual interest.
Please note: When Council starts to discuss any item on the agenda, where a member has an interest, the member with that interest must have regard to the Code of Conduct and make the necessary disclosure and where appropriate leave the meeting.
The maximum time allowed for this item is 15 minutes, at the close of this item members of the public will no longer be permitted to address the council and members with prejudicial interests will also not be permitted to speak and address the council on those interests.
21/142 Members’ Declarations of interest
To declare the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interest, other Pecuniary Interest or Non-Pecuniary Interest relating to items on the agenda having regard to the Code of Conduct for Members and having taken appropriate advice where necessary before the meeting.
Approve the minutes of the Council meeting held on 19th August 2021 as a true record.
21/144 District & County Councillors Reports
Receive reports from District and County councillors.
Agree payments for this month, payments circulated to members prior to the meeting.
21/145.1 Accounts for Year Ending 2021 Discuss the state of last year’s accounts.
21/146 Standing Orders
Council members to consider adopting new standing orders circulated prior to the meeting.
21/147 Letter from the Sampford’s WI Receive letter from the Sampford’s WI.
21/148 Village Speed Watch
Discuss setting up a speed watch.
21/149 Play Area
Receive report from Cllr Thompson.
21/149.1 Play Area Refurbishment
Discuss and agree next action on play area refurbishment.
21/150 Grass Cutting and trees
Receive report from Cllr Thompson & Cllr Parker.
Receive report on Publicity.
21/152 Website and IT
Receive report from Cllr Boyce.
21/153 Liaison with Village organisations Receive report from Cllr Bradford.
21/154 Village Hall
Receive report on the Village Hall.
21/155 Local Plan
Receive update and report on Local Plan.
21/155.1 Local Village Plan
Receive update and report on Local Village Plan.
21/156 Bardfield Housing Presentation Receive report from Cllr Bradford.
Receive report from Cllr Deuce.
21/157.1 New Planning Applications No new applications.
21/157.2 Recent Planning Applications
Status of recent and previously reviewed applications.
21/157.3 Planning Results No recent results.
21/158 Highways and Footpaths Receive report from Cllr Deuce.
21/159 The Queens Jubilee
Discussion on what the Council will do for the Queen’s Jubilee in June 2022.
21/160 Christmas Dinner
Discuss and agree next action on the Council’s Christmas Dinner.
21/161 Matters to be Raised by Members for the Next Agenda
Please note that no decisions can lawfully be made under this item. LGA 1972 section 12 10(2) (b) states that business must be specified; therefore, the Council cannot lawfully raise matters for decision.
21/162 Date of the Next Meeting
Scheduled for Thursday the 21st of October 2021.
21/163 Meeting Close
Dear Members of the Sampfords’ Parish,
Unfortunately due to the recent unacceptable behaviour of some of the members of our Parish we now have some vacant positions within the Parish Council.
The vacant positions are 1 seat for Little Sampford and 2 seats for Great Sampford. For those who are unaware of what the Parish Council does, the following is just a brief outline of what we are responsible for;
• Looking after and being responsible for the Village Hall.
• Helping vulnerable members of the Parish during lockdown.
• Keeping the 2 defibrillators in good working order.
• Keeping the children’s playground safe and in good working order.
• Ensuring that the public footpaths are accessible and free from obstruction.
• Keeping the grass cut in the common areas around the Parish.
• Reporting road conditions to highways.
• Commenting on planning applications.
We do not and are not responsible, for either rejecting or accepting planning applications which does apparently appear to be a present misconception. This responsibility solely sits with Uttlesford DC.
However, that being said, the Parish Council is there to represent the views of all of the members of the Parish it serves. How do we do all of this? We have a number of meetings a year, usually no more than 6 which includes and AGM. Each member of the Council is given an area of responsibility such as footpaths, or the playground to look after.
In summary it provides the opportunity for people to devote some of their free time to help others on a very local scale, and ensure that the Sampfords’ Parish continues to be the best parish in Essex to live in.
If you are interested in becoming a Councillor please can you register your interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 1st September. You will then be sent a short document to complete, which as well as personal details such as your address, will also ask you to summarise a little bit more about yourself and why you would like to have one of these roles. I hope that you all enjoy the rest of the summer.
Keep Safe & Well.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: THE SAMPFORDS PARISH COUNCIL, PARISH CLERK
The Sampfords Parish Council is seeking to recruit a Parish Clerk. This is a home based, paid position, at the rate of approx £9 per hour (paid on a quarterly basis). 5 hours per week average working hours.
Administration of the the PC’s paperwork
Maintenance and safekeeping of property registers and other legal documents
Implementation of Council’s decisions
Implementation of Council projects
Preparation and distribution of PC meeting papers and ensuring public is aware of meeting times/dates
Attendance at PC meetings, taking of minutes and distributing these to council members
Ensuring that the Council conducts its business lawfully
Keeping up to date with any relevant training and qualifications
Upkeep of information on The Sampfords Facebook page and website
If you are interested in this position please contact Jamie Woods from The Sampfords Parish Council at
providing your contact details and a brief description of your skills and experience. The deadline for applications is 10th July. edit.
Proposed Development of Three Detached Residential Properties
Churchfield Great Sampford. Applicants Lindsell / Lavender
The Parish Council voted in the following way - No objection 5, objected 1, abstain 2. Due to the heated and sometimes unpleasant nature of the debate I will not be releasing the way that individual councillors voted, I do not see that it is relevant.
I think that the following points need to be made that influenced Councillors decisions:
We feel as a PC that some small developments in the village are vital for its long term future, particularly if the village wishes to continue to be able to support the remaining services which it has. For instance, the Mothers and Toddlers Group has ceased to exist, the Youth Club is not thriving as it was - the cricket club is barely able to raise a team, the tennis club is struggling for members and the list continues.
We understand that people do not want a development any where near them, but we felt that this was a good plan which had been well thought out and would complement the village.
There is a certain weariness amongst Councillors at the total lack of interest or concern regarding other planning applications in the village, particularly the ongoing development at “Meadow View” on the Thaxted Road. I believe that just one member of the village wrote in objection to the ongoing development of the site, but no-one else sees to worry.
We also took into account that the all the letters opposing the scheme - bar one - were from Willets Field and Homebridge. We respect, as I have said before the concerns of these two streets but they do not make up the entire community - the majority of whom have made no comment.
I have no knowledge of the JCCC records and I have had two people tell me that there was crash there, one is convinced that the pilot is still there and the other is sure that he is not. That is for others to decide and rule on.
This planning application has a long way to go yet and I have to say that increasingly UDC takes no notice of the PC’s view at all.
The PC does not “grant” planning to schemes, it only gives a view on behalf of the whole community.
In light of the Covid-19 virus, the Parish Council have made the decision to postpone the litter-pick until the Autumn.
Dear All this will take you to the ECC web-page on Corona virus.