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BELCHAMP ST PAUL & BELCHAMP OTTEN PARISH COUNCIL
     

Welcome to 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 

BDC LOCAL PLAN   (Posted 25 June 2018. Updated 30 July 2018)

The Independent Inspector, Roger Chews, has found the section of the draft BDC Local Plan relating to Garden Communities "unsound" and so has referred the document back to BDC for further work/amendment. BDC are currently considering whether to remove the Garden Community proposal from the Plan and seek new development options to take its place or alternatively to undertake considerable further evidence gathering to support the Garden Community model. Either course will inevitably result in a significant delay to the process of adopting the new Local Plan.

INSPECTION OF PARISH COUNCIL ACCOUNTS    (Posted 25 June 2018)

The Parish Council accounts for 2017-18 are available on the website alongwith a copy of the Annual Audit Return which has been sent to the External Auditors - see under 'Accounts Documents'. The Council's Accounts are available for inspection between 27 June and 8 August, please see the Inspection Notice under the 'Accounts Documents' section of the website for further details. Any local government elector can ask to inspect the Council's Accounts and have a copy provided for a small charge. Please contact the Clerk to arrange an appointment.

DEFIBRILLATOR AT BELCHAMP OTTEN    (Posted 5 June 2018)

 Following a successful application for funding to the National Lottery, a defibrillator has now 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.

The Parish Council will be organising a defibrillator training session in the Autumn to allow local residents to familiarise themselves with the defibrillator and receive some basic First Aid advise. If you are interested in attending this training session please contact the Parish Clerk Diane Smith and you will be kept updated as arrangements progress.

PLEASE NOTE THAT TRAINING IS NOT ESSENTIAL TO USE THE DEFIBRILLATOR AS DETAILED VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS ARE PROVIDED DURING OPERATION. 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING DATES 2018          (Posted 2 February 2018)

The Parish Council meeting dates are as follows: 16 January, 6 March, 24 April, 22 May (Annual PC meeting), 3 July, 4 September, 23 October and 27 November. All meetings are open to the public, commence at 7.30pm and are held in the Community House, Gages Road, Belchamp St Paul.

The Annual Parish Assemblies will be held on Monday 21 May at 7.30pm (Belchamp Otten) and Tuesday 22 May at 7.30pm (Belchamp St Paul). Please note that the Belchamp Otten Annual Assembly will be held at The Red Lion, Belchamp Otten.

OFFICIAL TICKET LAUNCH OF ESSEX LOTTERY  

The Essex Lottery is an exciting weekly lottery set up by Essex County Council to support local charities and good causes in communities across Essex with their fundraising efforts. Tickets cost £1, of which 60p will go directly to good causes.                                                                                  The first draw takes place on Saturday 25 November 2017 with a jackpot of £25,000 and guaranteed weekly prizes. Plus, anyone who buys a ticket for the first draw will also be in with a chance to win an iPad.                                                                                                                                                Buy your tickets on the website www.essexlottery.co.uk, or call 0300 302 32 32 to be in with a chance of winning something for yourself and supporting local good causes with their fundraising.                                                                                                                                                         Players can select from over 95 registered causes they wish to support and benefit from the proceeds. There’s still time for good causes to register their interest with The Essex Lottery via www.essexlottery.co.uk by emailing essex.lottery@essex.gov.uk  or by calling 0300 302 32 32. 

ANGLIAN WATER SEARCH FOR PRIVATE PUMPING STATIONS

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 

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"  

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 

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

SUPERFAST FIBRE BROADBAND IS NOW AVAILABLE IN BSP and BO (Posted 2016)  

Over the last few months Superfast Essex have been working to extend the Fibre network to Belchamp St Paul and Belchamp Otten. This work was completed in mid February and villagers can now sign up for the service. The new service is available to almost all properties in the villages but you can check if this includes you by going to the Superfast Essex website and viewing their Interactive Map (www.superfastessex.org/maps )  

The new download speeds will vary depending on how close a customer lives to the new cabinet (junction of Vicarage Road/ Church Street/Otten road), the closest will get up to 80Mb, after about half a mile that might have dropped to 40Mb and for those over a mile away it could drop to 24Mb. Upload speeds will be in the range 6-10Mb. The following speed checker can be used to determine the expected speed using phone numbers (more accurate) or postcodes.  

Speed checker: http://www.dslchecker.bt.com/adsl/ADSLChecker.Telephone?URL=&SP_NAME=a%20service%20provider&VERSION=40&MS=E&CAP=no&AEA=yes  

In order to get the Superfast Broadband you need to contact your broadband provider and ask for a quote to upgrade to the new service - you will not be connected automatically. All sevice providers (BT, Talk Talk, Plusnet etc) will offer the service but charges will vary slightly depending on the exact package offered. It is likely to take 2- 3 weeks for the new service to become operational once the order is placed.  

Please tell your neighbours and spread the word that this important upgrade is now available in the villages. 

 

DEFIBRILLATOR AVAILABLE 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.