Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council (IFPC) voted to increase the precept for the financial year 2022-2023 to £177,315 at its Full Council meeting on 3 February 2021.
Every year parish councils are required to review their budget and set a precept for the following financial year. The precept is the element of council tax that parish councils request to pay for the important work they undertake.
The precept was raised by 2% from £173,839 to £177,315. This will work out at £74.73 for a Tax Band D property. Last financial year the precept was frozen at £173,839 due to the hardship of the Covid-19 pandemic. IFPC can assure residents that the same standard of service will be achieved in 2022-2023.
IFPC carefully budgets its precept to maintain our villages. It pays for the upkeep of Fryerning Cemetery, Fairfield recreation ground Seymour Field and Pavilion. It also pays for parish council owned bins and dog waste bins to be emptied and for planting and watering flower beds and planters. IFPC look forward to carrying out some new projects including organising an event for the Queen's jubilee, the Ingatestone museum project and the Christmas Market Place tree.
IFPC will host a village picnic party in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations on 5 June 2022.
We are delighted to announce that IFPC will be hosting a village picnic party in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations on 5 June 2022 at Seymour Field Pavilion.
The event will be free entry, but visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a cream tea/ cake from our catering partners for the event Home Comfort Catering in advance of the event. Details will be announced in due course as to how you can acquire your cream tea from them. Additionally there will be an ice cream with free ice cream tokens available for the children.
Additionally, we are delighted to welcome back the M7 Band who performed at the launch of the redeveloped Seymour Field Pavilion who will be providing the musical accompaniment to the day.
We hope that plenty of you will join us in celebrating this historic occasion, however please see the guidance below if you wish to host a street party
Councils across England have shared £56m of Euro funding to support the return to high streets from the pandemic. This funding is called the “Welcome Back Fund” and Brentwood received around £60,000 from which Ingatestone & Fryerning enjoyed the following:
Anglo European School Mural Project
‘Beautification activities’ was a criteria for accessing the Welcome Back Fund, and for the parish, a legacy from an educational project.
During 2020-22 the village community was living through the pandemic. The development of a mural became a story about community cohesion working with local children and the school, using art as a vehicle for unity and bringing people back to the High Street.
A local artist was commissioned to work with the student's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Board, to learn new technical art skills to apply to the mural in the bus shelter as well as their school canteen.
Anoushka and Yana members of the board said at the unveiling in December:
"In choosing figures to represent, in the canteen, and an icon for the village community, students applied their learning about each other's identity and differences. This is an essential part of not only our self-development, but our development as a school community."
The first artisan market which was funded through the Welcome Back Fund took place at the Community Centre was held in November 2021. The event was a success with over 1,100 people attending which was beneficial to both the market and the surrounding High Street shops.
The next market will be held at the Community Centre on Saturday 16 March 10am-4pm.
The Welcome Back Fund enabled us to appoint a practice of architects and heritage consultants to produce a report assessing the appearance of the Ingatestone High Street Conservation Area and with a view to commissioning or encouraging enhancements and to facilitate funding applications.
The report was completed in November 2021, and is under consideration by the parish council. A reference group is to be established to consider the recommendations and take them forward for implementation following further consultation with the residents and businesses.
Our Climate Emergency Working Group has been developing a new community garden.
The work to develop land adjacent to Footpath 38 leading from Fairfield Recreation Ground to the train station has developed in recent weeks. The raised bed for planting is under construction and other projects have been scheduled in the Spring.
The Climate Emergency Working Group has arranged a working day on Sunday 3 April 10am-12pm which is welcome to anyone that would be interested in working on this community project. The plan is to continue the work to clear the site and map out further ideas for development of the area.
In addition, the Facilities committee have agreed that the annual village litter pick will be held on 9 April between 9.30am-12pm at the Community Centre.
Works have begun on the former garden centre site ahead of a new housing development.
Building works have yet to begin but the developer, Redrow Homes have begun the process of clearing the site ahead of beginning building work in the next couple of months.
The developers met with the Planning and Highways committee at the end of 2021 to ask for feedback on the proposed designs. The design includes;
- 91 new homes including 32 affordable homes.
- Range of housing sizes to be provided, with a focus on family homes
- Substantial public open space provision, which will include an equipped play area.
To find out more about this development and other planning and highways decisions in the parish, the public and press are welcome to attend any of our committee meetings which occur fortnightly on Thursday mornings at 9.30am held at Seymour Field Pavilion.