BELCHAMP ST PAUL & BELCHAMP OTTEN PARISH COUNCIL

     

Welcome to the 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 

PC MEETINGS RETURN TO 'IN PERSON' FORMAT FROM MAY 2021  (Posted 30 April 2021)

Because of the Coronavirus restrictions, the Council have held all their recent Parish Council meetings online, using the Zoom platform. However they will be returning to 'in person' meetings (in the Community House, Gages Road, Belchamp St Paul) with effect from May 2021. Government Covid-19 Guidance will be followed at all times and members of the public, wishing to attend a meeting, might therefore wish to contact the Clerk in advance to clarify the requirements.

 CASUAL VACANCY FOR BELCHAMP ST PAUL COUNCILLOR   (Posted 14 April 2021)

Following the resignation of Norman East, the Council have a vacant seat representing Belchamp St Paul 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 11 May 2021. The Council will consider filling the vacancy at the Council meeting on 18 May.

Residents living or working in the parish of Belchamp St Paul, or within 3 miles of that parish, are eligible to apply. If you wish to know more about the role and what is entailed please contact the Clerk for further information.

PC MEETING ON 13 APRIL POSTPONED to 27 APRIL    (Posted 13 April at 6.03pm)

Apologies for the very short notice but tonight's PC meeting has had to be postponed because the period of notice given for the meeting has overlapped with the period of mourning subsequently declared following the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The required notice period for the meeting could not therefore be met and the meeting would be invalidly called. There is no alternative but to re-schedule the meeting to Tuesday 27 April at 7.30pm 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING DATES 2021 (Posted  20 December 2020 - Amended 15 March 2021) 

The Parish Council meeting dates for 2021 are as follows: Tuesdays 19 January, 2 March, 13 April, 18 May (Annual Meeting), 6 July, 7 September, 19 October and 30 November. Parish Annual Assembly meetings: Belchamp Otten on Monday 12 April and Belchamp St Paul on Monday 12 April at 8.00pm. All meetings start at 7.30pm unless stated otherwise. All meetings will continue to be held on Zoom until further notice. NOTE: Please note that the Belchamp St Paul Annual Assembly has now been moved from Tuesday 13 April to Monday 12 April starting at 8pm.

If members of the public wish to 'attend' online meetings, please contact the Clerk, at least 24 hours in advance, for a link to enable them to 'join' the meeting.

PC ACCOUNTS FOR 2019-20 (Posted July 2020)

The Parish Council accounts for 2019-20 are available on the website alongwith a copy of the Annual Audit documents, including the Exemption Certificate which has been sent to the External Auditors. These can all be found in the 'Accounts Documents' section of this website.

PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY FOR BELCHAMP OTTEN FILLED  (Posted 19 June 2020    Updated 1 September 2020)  

At the PC meeting on 14 July 2020 the vacant seat for Belchamp Otten was filled by co-option. The Council welcomed Sarah Mardon to the Council at the September PC meeting.

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 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.

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  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.