PURLEIGH PARISH COUNCIL

QUARTERLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD

1st APRIL 2017 — 31st DECEMBER 2017

 

YOUR COUNCIL

Nigel Arthur(Chairman) Birch House, Maldon Rd, Latchingdon.

Tel: 01621 744523

Graham Rayner 5, Hawkins Close, Cock Clarks, Purleigh.

Tel: 01621 828117

Colin Ash Gardeners Cottage, Spar Lane, Purleigh

Tel: 01621 827055

Steven Bardwell Brooklea, Cold Norton Road, Latchingdon. Tel: 01621 740234

Brian Oliver Cosy Nook, Chelmsford Rd, Purleigh.

Tel: 01621 828433

Steven Potter Lower Barn Farm, Roundbush Rd, Purleigh.

Tel 01621 828270

Gavin Strathern Spar Hill Farm, Chelmsford Rd, Purleigh

Tel: 07702 322203

 

CLERK

Jane Potter 27 Anchor Reach, South Woodham Ferrers. CM3 5GS.

Tel: 01245 320426

E-mail: jane.m.potter@btinternet.com

WEBSITE www.purleigh.com

 

 

CHAIRMAN’S OVERVIEW OF THE QUARTER

 

It has been a busy quarter for the Parish Council, having made recommendations to Maldon District Council on 14 planning applications, installing a new CCTV system in the pavilion, organising for the repair and some retiling of the away team’s shower room and holding three site meetings in addition to our normal monthly meetings.

On 6th October 2017 Mr. Bardwell, Mr. Potter and the Clerk met with Olive Porter (Essex Highways) to discuss the Parish Council’s application to temporarily close Maldon Road if it floods this winter, to try to prevent additional distress and damage to adjacent roadside properties and their owners caused by vehicles using the road when it is under water, creating a wash. Having established that the Parish Council’s application was viable, the site meeting agreed a local diversion route (Burnham Road, Fambridge Road (B1010) and Cold Norton Road (B1018)); the location of signs and notices to advise motorists of the temporary road closure and direct traffic around the diversion route and the procedure for closing the road.

In normal circumstances the Parish Council would be expected to buy its own road signs, Purleigh is extremely fortunate however as Mr. Bardwell very generously offered to provide the Parish Council with the traffic signs required. The Parish Council would like to record its sincere thanks to Mr. Bardwell for his invaluable assistance with this project. His help, expertise and willingness to take responsibility for the implementation of this project has not only saved the parish money but will ensure that the road closures are carried out exactly as specified in the agreement with Essex

County Council.

Another small success to report relating to highways is that since the Parish Council’s intervention, the Speed Indicator Device in Hackmans Lane has been repaired. Unfortunately however, the one in Fambridge Road remains broken! 

I am sorry to report that during the quarter Mr. and Mrs. Challis advised us that they would no longer be maintaining the war memorial garden after 12th November 2017. The Parish Council would like to thank them both most sincerely for the great care with which they have tended the garden since 2005, which has been greatly appreciated by the Parish Council, parishioners and visitors to Purleigh alike.

On 4th December 2017 Mr. Ash, Mr. Bardwell, Mr. Potter and the Clerk met with Christina Chan and Rachel Moore from the Purleigh Community Fund to receive an updated report on the Purleigh Community Fund’s intended project to rejuvenate the children’s play area. This included discussing the results of the group’s community consultation exercise and trying to identify possible sources of external funding.

Turning to financial matters, in October to comply with our audit obligations, Lambert Chapman LLP carried out tests on the parish council’s accounts suggested by the Audit Commission in respect of the period 1st April 2017 to 30th September 2017, and reviewed the Parish Council’s internal financial controls and systems. There were no issues which needed drawing to the Parish Council’s attention at this time and the auditor reported that the council’s records had been kept meticulously and the trail of transactions and evidence made available to him was of the highest standard.

The Parish Council has also reviewed its meeting arrangements and has agreed that meetings will now begin at 7.00 p.m. with a fifteen minute public session taking place from 6.45 p.m. Meetings in 2018 will take place in the pavilion on Friday 12th January, 9th February, 9th March, 13th April, 11th May, 8th June, 13th July, 10th August, 14th September, 12th October, 9th November and 14th December. We also agreed that the Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Thursday, 26th April 2018 commencing at 7.00 p.m. in the pavilion. This is your chance to come along and raise any issues affecting Purleigh with the Parish Council and to hear from local groups and organisations such as the Village Hall Management Committee, Purleigh Community Primary School and the Purleigh Playing Field Association and to ask questions about their work. Please put a note in your diary and come along, refreshments will be served.

 Nigel Arthur

 

FINANCIAL MATTERS 

During the period 1st April 2017 to 31st December 2017 the Parish Council’s income and investments amounted to £83,095.70 and in the same period it spent £44,107.31 on parishioners’ behalf. At 30th September 2017 the following monies were held:

 

 

General Fund:  
Barclays Community (Current) Account £1,714.45
Barclays Business Premium Account  £21,937.41
Petty Cash £50.00
Earmarked Reserves:  
Historic Buildings Fund £8,770.23
Miss Pawsey’s Legacy £6,516.30
  £38,988.39

 

 

Income and Expenditure

During the year the greatest sources of income have been the parish precept (£40,000) and income from the pavilion and playing field (4,700.30). The Parish Council has spent £5,994.11 during the year maintaining and improving the pavilion and playing field on behalf of parishioners which includes the installation of a new CCTV system at a cost of £1214.55 and an additional £5,994.11 on grass cutting. We have also spent £366.10 on the allotments and have given £40 donations to the RNLI, Farleigh Hospice, the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and the Royal British Legion. In the year of account we also gave a grant to the table tennis club for new tables and paid for Purleigh’s membership of a community transport organisation (formerly Viking) which provides subsidised travel for more senior parishioners.

 

In case of bad weather, UK Power networks has shared the following advice:

 

The electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply.  Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.  You will be able to find regular updates on the website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and on social media @UKPowerNetworks.

 

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

 

  1. Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power

  2. Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates

  3. Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in your postcode to view a live power cut map, tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cut and receive updates.

  4. Stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from both a landline or a mobile phone. If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public call 999.

 

UK Power Networks provide extra help to customers on its Priority Service Register during a power cut.  Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity etc. can join the register.  You can find out more information about the Priority Service at: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.

 

Preparing for a power cut:

  1. Add 105 to the contacts on your mobile phone.

  2. Keep the Freephone 0800 3163 105 number handy.

  3. See www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercuts for useful videos and advice during a

  4. power cut.

  5. Locate a torch, check it’s working and make sure you have spare batteries. Take care if using candles.

  6. Charge up your mobile phone, and a rechargeable mobile ‘powerbank’ if you have one

  7. Use a phone with a cord if you have one, cordless phones don’t work in a power cut

  8. Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours

  9. Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on

  10. Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out

  11. Dress in warm clothes

  12. Look out for vulnerable neighbours

 

Pavilion Hire

 

To hire the Wells Pavilion please contact Steven Potter on 01621 828270.

Occasional bookings for Purleigh residents cost £7.50 per hour, and regular bookings for local clubs and organisations cost £6.50 per hour.