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1000’s in Thurrock set to gain option of Gigabit broadband

With installation set to start this summer some 1,700 tenants in 12 developments across Thurrock are set to start enjoying ultrafast broadband from Hyperoptic.

“We are very pleased to be teaming up with Hyperoptic to help every resident in council accommodation have the same access the fastest broadband speed available in the UK today, as those living in private properties. The Council is neither financially up nor down through this work, but it has supported Hyperoptic develop an affordable package to areas which are highly populated in a bid to keep hundreds of Thurrock residents better connected. Cllr Shane Hebb, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Legal at Thurrock Council

The 12 clusters are Arthur Toft, George Crooks and Lionel Oxley House, Bevan and Morrison House Brisbane, Freemantle and Tasmania House, Butler, Davall and Greenwood House, Chieftan Drive, Clayburn Gardens, Cranell Green George Tilbury, Gooderham and Poole House, Keir Hardie House, Marine and River Court, Perth House, Seabrooke Rise.

In addition to the usual 20/1, symmetric 100 Mbps and symmetric 1000 Mbps services an additional ‘light’ package will be offered priced at just ?9/month with a 5 Mbps download speed. All the developments apart from Perth House have superfast VDSL2 at speeds over 24 Mbps already, so getting early adopters to switch may prove more challenging than areas that only have ADSL2+ available, not because they don’t want to but that many may be tied into existing contracts. Of course a big factor with Hyperoptic is that if you buy a service you get connected at the speed purchased and the 100 Mbps symmetric service[1] at ?35/m is cheaper than many out of contract VDSL2 services.

Perth House is in a cluster of exchange only lines, but Virgin Media does cover the building and we have seen speed tests within the postcode from Virgin Media customers.



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Minutes of February Parish Council Meeting

February 5, 2016


Minutes of Sheepy Parish Council Meeting

Sheepy Memorial Hall 2nd February 2016

1) Attendance and Apologies Jim Aldridge, David Clarke, Andrew Gough, Stuart Hawksworth, Andrea Johnson, Brian May, Ian Papworth, Rob Ward

Mavis Bassett Clerk, 7 Parishioners, Kevin Morrell Borough Councillor, Ivan Ould County Councillor

Apologies Clive Stretton, Pat Bingham

2) Declaration of Interest no interest was declared.

3) Parishioners Open Forum

Kevin Morrell said that more people were needed on Sheepy Memorial Hall Committee and asked if anyone was interested in joining. Parishioner asked about speeding lorries on Main Road, Sheepy Magna. Clerk said she had written to Aggregate Industries and they had responded asking parishioners to record colour of lorry and registration details (any parishioners with this information should pass to Clerk). Letter also written to TNT and Aldi now that road closures on A5 and M42 have been completed and received positive responses from them re lorries not using the B4116. Parishioners asked if the Parish Council had any plans to celebrate the Queen s 90th birthday in June.

Brian May said that he believed Sibson were organising something. Chair asked parishioner to come back with ideas and the Parish Council would consider a donation

4) Minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 1st December 2015 the minutes were accepted as a true and correct record.

5) Matters Arising from Minutes

Footpath outside 19 Main Road, Sheepy Highways to get builder to repair.

Bin stickers now on wheelie bins

Community First Responders have put article in Gazette

Precept As agreed at November meeting, HBBC were informed in January that we would like to keep the precept at 20,000. The tax base from HBBC for 2016/17 was 493.2 compared to 495.6 for this year. Based on Band D household, by keeping the precept at 20,000, this means an annual increase of 0.19 or 0.5%

Flowers around village signs Chair reported in March last year, Brian Mee made a proposal to sponsor flowers in the parish. It was agreed that these should go around the village signs and Brian Mee was to liaise with Clerk/Chair prior to planting. They came to dig the ground and put the signs in on Friday and unfortunately, neither Clerk nor Chair was available. After the signs were put in, an irate phone call was received from a parishioner in Sheepy Parva. Upon inspection, the signs were rather large and Brian Mee was asked to remove them. After discussion it was agreed that the Clerk should write to Playing Field Association suggesting that Brian Mee could grass and maintain the area in the Glade free of charge, in exchange for putting their sign up. 6) Report by County Councillor The Clerk read out Ivan s report including that he is working on several on-going issues with local parishes including proposal for 26 homes at Barlestone and rural broadband and speeding issues.

In Sheepy he is dealing with rural broadband in the remoter parts of the parish and traffic speeds. Andrew Gough has kept Ivan well informed on matters relating to the police. He is attending several external meetings throughout January.Ivan later joined the meeting and commented on the Highways Forum meeting and the fact that they are not aligning roads with white lines. He also spoke about Council Tax and the fact that they could only have 1.99% increase without a referendum. There was a potential impact on budget with regards to children from Syria. Over 600 children placed in care from out of the County, the government pay costs but not up front LCC have to wait one year

7) Report by Borough Councillor Kevin Morrell reported on a meeting he attended of the Developers Forum at Twycross Zoo. He also said that all dogs must be chipped by 6th April. HBBC will do this for a charge of 12, telephone 01455 255946.

8) Correspondence the following was noted:

Midland Rural Housing email re Affordable homes, passed to NP Group. Discussion took place around the fact that the letter said there was a need for 11 affordable homes in Sheepy Magna (5 of which will be at Trout Pond Farm).

LCC part night lighting review no increase in crime, no increase in road traffic collisions*

LCC draft Financial Plan*

Leader Fund grants available for small businesses*

Letter from parishioner re speeding lorries covered under Open Forum.

Parish Forum meeting 23rd March at Norton Juxta Twycross Village Hall at 6.30 p.m.

LRALC Councillor training*

Land at Gravel Hole and Bridge Meadow query from parishioner, after Chair and Clerk had looked at maps, it was agreed this came under Witherley Parish Council.

Clean for the Queen Litter picks between 26th February 2016 to 6th March 2016.

Information passed to Ian Papworth.

HBBC Quarterly Report from Environmental Health Services*

*distributed by email

9) Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Andrea Johnson reported that the Drop In Events were successful with over 100 people attending. RCC were collating a response. There was a further event in March for local businesses and statutory bodies. The Finance Officer has resigned but it is hoped to get a new one soon. Rob Ward thanked parishioners and Councillors for attending the Drop In and also thanked Local History Society for their support and W.I for tea and coffee.

10) Vehicle Activated Sign – Rob Ward reported it was difficult for LCC to give a time-line and PC needs to sign a Memorandum of Understanding first. Councillors were asked to consider, via an email, whether to should put in a bid to HBBC for 50% of cost. As the response was positive a bid was submitted to Parish and Community Initiative Fund for 50% of cost, i.e.

1,275. Clerk to check with insurance company about third party liability.

11) External Audit Arrangements the Clerk reported that at the moment the Government appoints the External Auditor, from 1st April 2017, Parish Councils will need to appoint their own. This would be a difficult process for all Parish Councils, therefore, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) and the Association of Drainage Authorities got together to create a Sector Led Body (SLB) to procure external audit for parish and town councils (and drainage authorities).

The SLB, which is called Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments Ltd, will effectively carry out the function of the Audit Commission related to external audit for parish and town councils. It will procure external auditors and oversee external audit arrangements. Opt in is the default position by law. The Parish Council needs to confirm by March 2016 whether they wish to find their own external auditor or opt in to the arrangements made by the SLB. It was proposed and all in agreement that Sheepy Parish Council confirm that the council will remain opted-in to the Sector Led Body arrangements for the procurement of external audit

12) Crime and Safety

Police Crime figures from the website– following comments from a Councillor, Edwina Grant at HBBC advised the Police Support Volunteers will give some guidance and advice to a local parish clerk so they can better understand what the local councils can get from the website. They are looking to identify a clerk that might be good as a tester before offering the guidance to the rest of the clerks. The Clerk said she was not willing to do this and no other Councillors expressed interest in training

Crime Figures for November 2015

1 Anti-Social Behaviour, near Riverside Close, Sheepy Magna

1 Anti-Social Behaviour, near Manor Close, Sibson

Pilgrims Homes site at Wellsborough Stuart Hawksworth reported they were still having problems at this site. Clerk was asked to write to Springbourne Homes again asking them to make the site secure and dissuade people from entering the site.

13) Broadband Stuart Hawksworth reported that he continues to chase LCC and they are still waiting for the final 5% funding to cover 71 numbers and Wellsborough but it looks like 2017/2018.

14) Litter and Footpaths

Footpaths – Ian Papworth reported that he was still working with Andrew Poole of LCC on the link going through the Glade. T13 footpath, the bridge still needs to be repaired, LCC is aware.

Ian said he had some maps which will be put on website when scanned.

Litter There is a national clean-up for the Queen s 90th birthday. The Chair thanked HBBC for picking up litter, including Christmas tree, at the collection point.

15) Accounts and Signing of cheques

A copy of the bank reconciliation to end December and income and expenditure to end February was distributed to Councillors. The Clerk explained that although the purchase of a new computer was approved at November Parish Council meeting, the printer had stopped working in December and after consultation with Chair, a new printer was purchased. All Councillors were in agreement with this expenditure

The following cheques were presented for payment in January:

M Bassett Salary and expenses 565.45

M Bassett Printer 114.98*

M Bassett Laptop Computer 434.95*

M Bassett Office Software 21.99

Sheepy Group Gazette Ad for Neighbourhood Plan 8

Eon Street lighting maintenance quarter 93.89*

Sibson Village Hall Christmas tree 100

HBBC Emptying dog bins quarter 201.74*

Information Commissioner Data protection registration 35.00

Brian Mee Cut and trim Sheepy churchyard hedge 50.40*

The following were presented for payment in February:

M Bassett Salary and expenses 565.65

Viking Printer cartridges 49.20*

*includes VAT

16) Planning no applications received.

17) Any Other Business

Stuart Hawksworth reported that the Post Box at Wellsborough had now been moved and was located at lay by. He asked if Wellsborough could have a new noticeboard located in a similar position.

Ian Papworth to get quote.

Clerk was asked to contact LCC re parish council s website and ask if they could put a link to Sheepy Parish Website or switch it off.

The meeting closed at 9.10pm


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