Councillor S Barker Report - 24 February 2021

Dear Ten Parishes  Residents

I do hope that you are keeping safe and well. By the time you read this at the start of March we will know much more about how life is going to be for the next few months. We will be looking forward to pupils returning to school, to having a timeline for remaining vaccinations and a timetable for gradually coming out of lock down.

I must thank your Parish Clerks and Chairmen for all their work over the last few months  for keeping me informed about much of what goes on in the village. Many road closures, flooding issues have been passed to me and passed on to be escalated. Road closures, particularly for Broadband installation have caused disruption across the area and very frustrating where residents already have alternative broadband provision. I have reported issues in Barnston and Dunmow and in White Roding where unfortunately the reinstatement of the pavement or verge has not been done well and we have instructed the company to return and make good

 I would also like to thank all the volunteers and good Samaritans. Across Essex in the latest shutdown 2500 people have volunteered to help at test and vaccination centres. Others continue to work quietly in the community making sure that young families, the elderly and vulnerable are alright. Thank you to you all.

Council Tax meetings have been concluded at Uttlesford and at Essex. In Uttlesford the administration have increased Council tax by the maximum of £5 per band D property. This equates to 3.19%. At Essex the Conservatives have not increased Council Tax but are looking to increase the Social Care precept by 1.5%. It has been a difficult budget to set with so much uncertainty on Council Tax and Business Rates income.

It is  proposed that May 6th will bring local elections and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s election postponed from last year. Unfortunately, as I write, candidates for Elections have not been allowed to deliver leaflets or visit residents which is a great pity. There will still by May be many voters will not have been vaccinated and I imagine there will still be social distancing measures in place. Councils are being given extra resources to assist with these. I am told you will be asked to take your own pen to the Polling Station! If you are concerned about voting in person you can, of course, apply for a Postal vote. These forms can be downloaded from the website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote and then need to be sent back to Uttlesford District Council. Postal vote papers will be sent out around 16th April.

If there are any issues I can help with then please do get in touch

Susan Barker

Essex County Council     susan.barker@essex.gov.uk   01245 231250

Date of notice: 
Wednesday, 24 February 2021