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Village Council Meeting 4 December 2019

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 December 2019.
A copy of the Agenda will be made available to view on our website and notice boards.

 

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  Essex Fire & Rescue Service Public Consulation

 

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has launched a public consultation – a ten minute survey asking the public of Essex about how our future priorities are delivered.

 While our primary focus will always be to prevent emergencies and protect our most vulnerable residents, this consultation is a chance to tell us what matters to you and what approach you think we should take.

 The responses we get from this consultation will enable us to develop an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) in the New Year.

 An IRMP is a plan that assesses the risks we face and sets out how we plan to lessen them to ensure we deliver the right resources at the right time, in the right place.

 To have your say, visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/irmp

 The consultation will close at 5pm on Friday 13 December 2019.

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 Darker Nights - Crime Prevention Advice  

Essex Police advice to keep yourself and your home safe during the winter.

This time of year historically sees an increase in dwelling burglaries. As the autumn nights draw in, the tell-tale signs of the empty house become more apparent.

As the days get shorter (if you work away from home or even go to get the children from school) by the time you return home it may already be dark. A house in darkness indicates that no one is in and can make you a target, especially if your neighbours houses have lights on or show other signs of being occupied. If you back onto open land or have parking areas or footpaths to the side or rear this may be even more apparent.

Create the “Illusion of Occupancy”, when it’s dark - make it look as if you are in. Leave lights on or put them on timers or daylight sensors to come on when it gets dark. Remember though if you leave lights on in the hall or on the landing to supplement these with lights on in rooms that would usually be occupied at that time of day. A carefully placed “Fake TV” can further add to that illusion of occupancy by making it appear that the television is on. Some burglars may also listen at windows or letterboxes for sign of activity, so consider leaving a radio on within your home.

Don’t forget the outside of your property too, if burglars see that it is lit they are less likely to approach for fear of being seen. With energy efficient bulbs the cost of leaving lights on is much reduced and more environment-friendly.

At the front of your house consider “dusk till dawn” lighting around the porch area if you house is overlooked. Automated lighting at the sides and rear are only advised if the areas are overlooked by your neighbours, If not then consider a manual switch on the inside of your property so that you control when the area is lit. Remember that lights can be an aid to burglars, particularly if they are not going to be seen whilst going about their business. 

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 Community Special Constables - Your Community Needs You!

There are currently two vacancies for Community Special Constables to serve Great Burstead & South Green in assisting with keeping our parish safe. If you think that this is something you would be interested in, please click here for more information and to complete an application form. 

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Notice of Conclusion of Audit

The Village Council's external Auditors have completed the Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) for this year, ended 31 March 2019.  The following documents are published for your information and in line with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

1) The audit of accounts for Great Burstead & South Green Village Council for the year ended 31 March 2019 has been completed and the accounts have been published.

2) The Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Great Burstead & South Green Village Council on application to:

a) Mrs M Linwood, Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer
Great Burstead & South Green Village Council
P O Box 12648
Billericay
Essex CM12 2FB

b) 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday


3) Copies will be provided to any person on payment of £5.00 (c) for each copy of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR)

Announcement made by: (d) M Linwood, Clerk & RFO

Date of announcement: (e) Wednesday 11th September 2019

Notes

This notice and Sections 1, 2 & 3 of the AGAR must be published by 30 September. This must include publication on the smaller authority’s website.

(a) Insert the name, position and address of the person to whom local government electors should apply to inspect the AGAR.

(b) Insert the hours during which inspection rights may be exercised.

(c) Insert a reasonable sum for copying costs.

(d) Insert the name and position of person placing the notice.

(e) Insert the date of placing the notice


 

 Further documents can be found on our Council Finances page. 

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 Annual Village Council Fun Day 2020!

 SAVE THE DATE - SUNDAY 30 AUGUST 2020

Plans are already underway for the 2020 Village Council Fun Day which is to take place on Sunday 30th August on The Green, South Green. Admission is free and all residents are welcome to attend for a fun-filled day as well as to get to meet your Village Councillors. 

Anyone who is interested in participating should contact Cllr L Willingham. 
Email: linda.willingham@greatbursteadsouthgreen-vc.gov.uk

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   Reporting of overgrown trees/bushes/vegetation

 

 www.essexhighways.org/transport-and-roads.aspx

Residents are reminded that they should report any concerns with regards to overgrown tress or bushes (or indeed any other Highways concerns) to Essex County Council in the first instance.  Using the link on the ECC website (shown above) and going to "tell us about something", residents are able to see if the concerns / issues have already been reported and what other local issues have been reported.  A report number will be issued once you have submitted your request, enabling you to track your request.  

Essex Highways will assess and prioritise requests accordingly. 

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Village Council Meetings 

The Village Council last met on Wednesday 6 November for its monthly meeting. The Minutes from the meeting on 2 October were agreed and signed by the Village Council Chair, Cllr. Marie Dear.

The monthly meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month and are held in the Committee Room of South Green Memorial Hall, starting promptly at 7.30 p.m. A copy of the agenda will be available for you to view three working days (including Saturdays) prior to the meeting. 

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 December 2019, a copy of the Agenda will be made available for your information.       
The 2019 Annual Parish Meeting took place on Wednesday 3 July 2019 in the hall at South Green Memorial Hall.  The Village Councillors were pleased to see local residents in attendance and it was a very informative meeting, including an interesting presentation from Sue McCaffery on the Billericay Food Bank.  The Chair's Annual Report is published for your information.  The minutes will be available in due course, once they have been agreed at the September meeting.


Dates of future Monthly Village Council Meetings for 2019

4 December

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CCTV 

Many residents will have seen in the Spring edition of the Village Voice, and also from the monthly Village Council meetings, that the appropriate licence has been granted from Essex County Council to proceed with the installation of CCTV by the shops at South Green.  The Village Council is currently in the process of finalising agreements with other parties to ensure it meets legal formalities and hoping to progress in the not to distant future. 

It has been a complex process, but the Village Council is looking forward to the installation and the extra security for residents that CCTV will provide, which will cover the area of the shops and surroundings.  The cameras will be blocked from viewing private residences and the police will have access to the system, should it be required. 

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Essex Police - Community Policing Team

 

Many of you may have seen that officers are conducting more visible patrols around Billericay. More details on the Town Centre Teams, as well as details on how to become a Special PC (Great Burstead and South Green still have two vacancies!), and other useful information from Essex Police can be found on the Essex Police website

Dates for your diary...

Village Council Meetings:
4 December 2019

Village Council Family Fun Day:

30 August 2020