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About the Parish Council

The Parish Council meets on the third Wednesday of the month and only exceptionally in August. The meetings are held in the Village Hall in Littlebury village at 8.00 pm; the general public are very welcome to attend. In March and October they are held at St. Peter's Community Centre in Littlebury Green, also at 8.00pm. There are nine councillors serving on the council. 

Agendas are posted on the noticeboards at Littlebury, Littlebury Green and Catmere End three days in advance. A brief report of the meeting is given in the Wendens Ambo and Littlebury Parish News distributed to every household monthly. Minutes are approved as a correct record of the meeting at the following Parish Council Meeting and are posted on this site and the noticeboards.

If you have something that you wish to be discussed at the meeting please contact either a councillor or Tracy Coston (Clerk).

Please be aware that all emails which are sent to the Parish Council and Clerk are public documents and could be subject to the Freedom of Information Act (with all personal details removed) if a request was made.

Chairman's Report 2016

The last year seems to have passed so very quickly; during this time we have welcomed Philip Marns to the Council and received the resignation of Dennis Prior and we thank Dennis for his service of 4 years.Following the district ward elections held in May 2015, the new representatives for Littlebury, Chesterford and Wenden Lofts are Cllr Julie Redfern and Cllr Robert Chambers who both attended a meeting to introduce themselves.   It was agreed that Cllr Redfern would attend Littlebury Parish Council meetings on a regular basis.At this time we cannot forget our previous District Councillor, Janet Menell.  Jan was first elected in 1975 just one year after joining Littlebury Parish Council in 1974; we are truly indebted to Jan who has worked tirelessly over 40 years supporting our parish and parishioners.

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Parish Council Responsibilites

Parish Councils currently have a limited number of duties but they all impact directly on the community. The following are all under the remit of local councils:

  • Allotments
  • Burial Grounds, Cemeteries, Churchyards and Crematoria
  • Bus Shelters
  • Bye-laws – the power to make bye-laws concerning: baths and washhouses (swimming pools), cycle parks, mortuaries and pleasure grounds
  • Clocks – public clocks can be provided and must be maintained
  • Community Centres, Conference Centres, Halls, Public Buildings (the Village Hall is owned by a registered charity on behalf of the community and is managed by an elected committee independently of the parish council)
  • Drainage – of ditches and ponds
  • Entertainment and the Arts
  • Footpaths
  • General Spending – parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the other specific responsibilities described in this list
  • Gifts – parish councils may accept gifts
  • Highways – lighting, parking places, right to enter into discussions about new roads and road widening, consent of parish council required for diversion or discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and other notices, tree planting and verge maintenance
  • Land – acquisition and sale of
  • Legal proceedings – power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the community, power to take part in any public enquiry
  • Litter - provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns
  • Planning – parish councils must be notified of, and display for residents, any planning applications for the area. Any comments submitted to the planning authority by the parish council must be taken into account
  • Postal and Telecommunication Facilities – power to pay a public telecommunications operator any loss sustained in providing services in that area
  • Public conveniences – provision and maintenance of public toilets
  • Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, public walkways, pleasure grounds, open spaces, village greens and commons, gymnasiums, playing fields, holiday camps and boating ponds
  • Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance
  • Seats (public)
  • Signs – danger signs, place names and bus stops signs
  • Tourism – financial contributions to any local tourist organisations allowed
  • Traffic Calming
  • War Memorials
  • Water Supply – power to utilise stream, well or spring water and to provide facilities for general use

 

Planning queries

To view current planning applications either visit the Planning Department at the District Council Offices on London Road or attend Littlebury's Parish Council meeting which is held on the third Wednesday of the month at 8pm.  Alternatively the applicant may be happy to show you a copy of their plans.

 

Telephone/Computer Scams

July is Scams Awareness Month.
As a result of the recent Essex Community Messages sent out regarding scams, it has become apparent a number of people have been contacted by scammers recently by telephone stating that they have a virus/ problems with their computers. The caller goes on to warn the customer that their computer will become unusable if the problem is not fixed and offers to guide them through steps to fix the problem. Instead of helping them though, he directs them to download a program that asks them to pay a fee.

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