BELCHAMP ST PAUL & BELCHAMP OTTEN           

                      PARISH COUNCIL

     

Welcome to Belchamp St Paul and Belchamp Otten Parish Council website

 

Contact Clerk: Diane Smith 

Tel: 01787 279288

e-mail: belchamps.pc@gmail.com

 

Belchamp St Paul and Belchamp Otten are situated in the beautiful Stour Valley on the Essex/Suffolk border.

A distintive landscape with many ancient villages that has inspired such famous artists as John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. The Belchamps are mentioned in the Domesday Book. 

These two beautiful villages, deep in the heart of East Anglia, each have a public house and Belchamp St Paul also has a very well respected Primary School and The Community House. 

 

PARISH NOTICE BOARD 

 

IMPORTANT: The Parish Council meeting scheduled for 7 July 2020 has been postponed to 14 July 2020 at 7.30pm. The format of the meeting (online or in person) is being considered.     

(Posted 1 July 2020)

 

PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY FOR BELCHAMP OTTEN  (Posted 19 June 2020)  

Following the resignation of Mark Skellett, the Council have a vacant seat representing Belchamp Otten parish on the Parish Council. This vacant seat will be filled by co-option. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor and wish to be considered for this vacancy please let the Clerk know by 3 July 2020. The Council will consider filling the vacancy at their meeting on 14 July.  

Residents living or working in the parish of Belchamp Otten, or within 3 miles of that parish, are eligible to apply.

If you wish to know more about the role and what it entails please feel free to contact the Clerk for more information. 

'VIRTUAL' PC MEETINGS    (Posted 18 June 2020 Updated 1 July)

The Parish Council may be holding their next scheduled meeting 'virtually' using the Zoom online facility. If members of the public wish to 'attend' an online meeting, please contact the Clerk for an invitation link to enable them to 'join'.

Anyone wishing to contact the PC can continue to do so via the Clerk on 01787 279288 or at belchamps.pc@gmail.com .

PLANNING APPLICATIONS 20/00723/FUL and 20/00724/LB FOR THE CHERRY TREE PUBLIC HOUSE AT KNOWL GREEN                        (Posted 6 June 2020  Updated 18 June 2020)

Many thanks to all residents who responded to the recent Parish Council leaflet drop and provided their views on this planning application. 71% of those who responded opposed the applications. Taking this response into consideration the PC have now submitted an objection to the applications and this will be published on the BDC website shortly. 

The full applications can still be viewed online at: https://publicaccess.braintree.gov.uk/online-applications/ 

Because of the Covid 19 lockdown restrictions there have been unavoidable delays in the BDC consultation process so it is not too late for residents to submit their individual comments on the applications directly to Braintree District Council via the BDC website. It is BDC who will make the decision on the application so all residents are encouraged to make their opinions known to them.

BDC ROAD CHANNEL SWEEPING SCHEDULE 2020   (Posted 15 April 2020)

BDC will be undertaking channel sweeping in both Belchamp St Paul and Belchamp Otten on the following dates: 

Thursday      16 January 2020 

Monday             20 April 2020 

Thursday           23 July 2020 

Friday                 23 October 2020                       Please ensure that vehicles are not parked on the roadside on these dates.

PRESCRIPTION DELIVERIES FROM CLARE PHARMACY    (Posted 15 April 2020)

During the Coronavirus situation Clare Pharmacy, in conjunction with local volunteers, can arrange for prescriptions to be delivered to your door if you are self isolating or are in the 'vulnerable' category. All Government recommendations on social distancing will be followed. Please order your prescription from your doctors in the normal way. When it is due for collection please ring Clare Pharmacy on 01787 279056 to request a home delivery and they will then make the necessary arrangements.

THE HALF MOON IS PROVIDING A TAKEAWAY SERVICE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION  (Posted 24 March 2020 -Updated May 2020) 

The Half Moon public house will be offering a takeaway food service on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 6pm -8pm and a roast on Sundays from 12-3pm during the current Coronavirus situation. Please call in advance to order on 01787 277402. Payment can be made over the phone or by contactless card and local delivery can be provided subject to demand. Prices reflect a 25-30% reduction on normal 'eat in' menu prices. Please visit the pub's own website for further information

APRIL AND MAY PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS CANCELLED    (Posted 23 March - Updated 24 April 2020)

Following Government guidance to protect everyone's safety during the current Coronavirus situation, the Parish Council have agreed to cancel their meetings scheduled for 21 April and 19 May. The Annual Assembly for Belchamp Otten on 18 May and the Annual Assembly for Belchamp St Paul on 19 May have also been cancelled. The Council is expected to hold the scheduled PC meeting on Tuesday 7 July, online using the Zoom platform. If members of the public wish to join the online meeting, please contact the Clerk for a password to enable them to 'join'. Anyone wishing to contact the PC can still do so via the Clerk on 01787 279288 or at belchamps.pc@gmail.com .

BSP CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA CLOSED    (Posted 23 March 2020) 

Following Government guidance to ensure everyone’s safety during the current Coronavirus situation, the Playing Field Management Committee have closed the children's play area until further notice.We’re sure that you will understand the necessity to take this step to prevent transmission of the virus and we thank you for your co-operation. 

ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE INSTALLATION OF FIBRE NETWORK BY COUNTY BROADBAND  (Posted 21 February - Updated 24 April 2020)

County Broadband are shortly commencing their works to install fibre broadband to the villages of Belchamp St Paul and Belchamp Otten. These works will involve several road closures which have been notified as follows:

 Up to 29 April - Gages Road and Knowl Green, Belchamp St Paul 

 4 May for 10 days -  The Street, Stettles Farm Road and Puttock End, Belchamp Otten 

25 May for 12 Days - Bakers Road, Belchamp St Paul

Please note that full up to date information on all these closures can be found on the ECC website. The dates given above were correct when posted but they can be subject to variation at short notice as a result of weather conditions and operational issues.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING DATES 2020  (Posted 10 December 2019 - Updated 24 April 2020)

The Parish Council meeting dates for 2020 are as follows: 21 January, 3 March, 21 April, 19 May (Annual PC meeting), 7 July, 1 September, 20 October and 24 November. All meetings are open to the public, commence at 7.30pm, and are held in the Community House, Gages Road, Belchamp St Paul. NOTE: Because of the Coronavirus situation the meetings scheduled for 21 April and 19 May have been cancelled. It is planned to hold the 7 July PC meeting either in person or online (see notice above).

The Annual Parish Assemblies will be held on Monday 18 May at 7.30pm (Belchamp Otten) and Tuesday 19 May at 7.30pm (Belchamp St Paul). Please note that the Belchamp Otten Annual Assembly will be held at The Red Lion, Fowes Lane, Belchamp Otten. NOTE: Both these Annual Assembly meetings have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus situation.

INSPECTION OF PARISH COUNCIL ACCOUNTS    (Posted 15 June 2019)

The Parish Council accounts for 2018-19 are available on the website alongwith a copy of the Annual Audit Return/Exemption Certificate which has been sent to the External Auditors - see under 'Accounts Documents'. The Council's Accounts are available for inspection between 17 June and 26 July 2019, please see the Inspection Notice under the 'Accounts Documents' section of the website for further details. Any local government elector can ask to inspect the Council's Accounts and have a copy provided for a small charge. Please contact the Clerk to arrange an appointment.

BRAINTREE COMMUNITY POLICING TEAM   (Posted 9 November 2018)

In order to provide better engagement with residents, specific Officers and PCSO's from the Braintree Community Policing Team have been allocated geographic areas of responsibility. Our villages will come within the 'Halstead area' and this will be covered by 5 members of the CPT. Their details are as follows:

PC Craig Wheeler           (e-mail address Craig.Wheeler@essex-pnn.police.uk) 

PC Andy Pilgrim              (e-mail address Andy. Pilgrim@essex.pnn.police.uk) 

PC Paul Norman             (e-mail address Paul.Norman@essex.pnn.police.uk) 

PCSO John Thorne        (e-mail address John.Thorne@essex.pnn.police.uk) 

PCSO Joanne Cooper    (e-mail address Joanne.Cooper@essex.pnn.police.uk)   

These Officers should be contacted to discuss community concerns only. The Police should still be contacted on 999 for all Emergencies and on 101 to report non emergency crimes.

DEFIBRILLATOR AT BELCHAMP OTTEN    (Posted 5 June 2018)

 Following a successful application for funding to the National Lottery, a defibrillator has now been installed in the former Telephone Box, The Street, Belchamp Otten CO10 7BG for use by residents in an emergency (to restart someone's heart). The defibrillator is in a locked cabinet and in an emergency you need to dial '999'  (from your mobile phone) to obtain the code to release it. The machine then 'talks you through' exactly what you need to do, step by step, to operate it successfully. Anyone can therefore use it at any time.  

There is of course a further defibrillator on the outside wall of The Community House in Belchamp St Paul which was installed a couple of years ago.

The Parish Council will be organising a defibrillator training session to allow local residents to familiarise themselves with the defibrillator and receive some basic First Aid advise. If you are interested in attending this training session please contact the Parish Clerk Diane Smith and you will be kept updated as arrangements progress.

PLEASE NOTE THAT TRAINING IS NOT ESSENTIAL TO USE THE DEFIBRILLATOR AS DETAILED VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS ARE PROVIDED DURING OPERATION. 

ANGLIAN WATER SEARCH FOR PRIVATE PUMPING STATIONS   (Posted 2016)

Any residents who have a private pumping station on their property are being asked to register it with Anglian Water. In the past homeowners could spend hundreds of pounds every year for electricity running costs, maintenance and repairs to look after these private pumping stations. However, as of 1 October 2016, many of these private pumping stations automatically transferred over to Anglian Water and became their responsibility. They will therefore take over all of the maintenance and the running costs too, saving customers hassle, worry and money.

If you think that this might apply to you please get in touch with Anglian Water. To help customers identify and report the pumping stations, further information can be found: www.anglianwater.co.uk/privatepumpingstation

EMERGENCY SUPPLY OF BDC RECYCLING RUBBISH BAGS    (Posted 2016)

All households receive a regular supply of Recycling Bags direct from BDC. If however you run out before the next scheduled delivery you can obtain an emergency supply from the Clerk.  

ANGLIAN WATER LAUNCH "POLLUTION WATCH"  (Posted 2016)

AW have launched a new campaign to ensure that all incidents of sewage pollution are dealt with as quickly as possible to minimise the impact on the environment. They are investing £5.5m in network maintenance but if you spot any potential sewage pollution issues you can ring their dedicated Pollution Hotline 03457 145145 to report them and so enable them to respond sooner and look after our rivers and waterways. 

UK POWER NETWORKS - PRIORITY SERVICES REGISTER FOR VULNERABLE RESIDENTS   (Posted 2016)

UK Power Networks are the people who are responsible for keeping the electricity on in our area, regardless of your chosen energy supplier. They own and maintain all the electricity lines and cables. They keep a list of ‘vulnerable residents’ on their Priority Services Register so that if there is a power cut they can ensure that those who need it will receive extra support. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they can get the power back on more quickly but they can provide a priority 24 hour telephone number/ regular text or phone updates/ extra support from the British Red Cross to visit your home during an emergency (they’ll check with you first).

If you are elderly or disabled, have young children or rely on specialised medical equipment then you can apply to go onto the Priority Services Register at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority

 

DEFIBRILLATOR AVAILABLE AT THE COMMUNITY HOUSE, BELCHAMP ST PAUL   (Posted 2015)

A defibrillator has been installed on the front wall of The Community House for use by residents in an emergency (to restart someone's heart). The defibrillator is in a locked cabinet and in an emergency you need to dial '999'  (from your mobile phone) to obtain the code to release it. The machine then 'talks you through' exactly what you need to do, step by step, to operate it successfully. Anyone can therefore use it at any time.  

The Parish Council organised a defibrillator training session, run by Essex Ambulance Service, on 25 February 2016 to allow local residents to familiarise themselves with the defibrillator and receive some basic First Aid advise. Everyone who attended found this very useful. If you missed this training session but would be interested in future sessions please contact the Parish Clerk Diane Smith. If there is sufficient interest more training sessions may be arranged.

PLEASE NOTE THAT TRAINING IS NOT ESSENTIAL TO USE THE DEFIBRILLATOR AS DETAILED VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS ARE PROVIDED DURING OPERATION.