Minutes of Meeting, Tuesday 1st December 2020

The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 1st December at 7.30 pm via Zoom.



Chairman: Councillor R. Siddall

Vice-Chairman N. Lawrence



Councillors: T. Gritton, R. White, J. Hughes, V.Hare, S. Venton,                       Also in attendance 3 parishioners


274. Apologies for Absence: None


275. To invite Councillors to declare an interest in matters on the Agenda. Councillor Hughes, who was not present at the start of the meeting, had an interest in the appeal for Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue.


276. Minutes 03/11/2020

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 3rd November 2020 be approved and confirmed.


277. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council

         None were received.

         b) Latest planning applications

         FUL/MAL/20/01017 Demolition of existing industrial unit and construction of replacement units.

         Unit 15, Beckingham Business Park, Tolleshunt Major

         The Parish Council recommended refusal of this application.

         20/01152 HOUSE Single storey rear extension, 10 Sawyers Road.

         The Parish Council recommended approval of this application.

       c) Appeals

         19/00772/FUL Change of use from a veterinary building to a 2 bedroom residential dwelling for an assistant

         manager of the associated greyhound business. Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue, Wash Lane.

         The Parish Council had been requested to attend the appeal hearing. After discussion it was decided, after a vote,

       that their original approval, with the proviso that the building was only used for the Assistant Manager, still was

         their decision and attending the appeal would not add to this.


Councillor Hare then left the meeting to care for an elderly relative


278. Parish Precept 2021/22

The Clerk presented the precept amounts since 2018/19 and the provisional bank balances at 31st March 2021. The financial situation was then discussed, with reference to the current Covid 19 situation. The precept over the last few years has been raised considerably, following a lot of years of no increases. After a vote it was decided to increase the precept by £250, just over the cost of living at 3%.

RESOLVED The Clerk to send the precept form to MDC.



279. Essex Forest Initiative

Councillor Venton needs more information on the area of land and type of trees to be planted. To combat climate change oak and horse-chestnut would be the best options. These details are needed before the application can go in.

It was suggested the area at the junction of Plains Road and Office Road would be a good option, with an area of 1 acre or more. The Community Payback team may be able to help with the planting and fencing off the area to prevent the saplings being damaged. A vehicle has been seen entering and leaving The Common.

RESOLVED The Millenium Wood to be measured to see the area it covers. Councillor Venton to get costings on concrete blocks or a height barrier to block the access onto The Common.


Councillor Hughes then joined the meeting.


280. Memorial plaque update and fencing around the War Memorial

Councillor Lawrence had received costs for the new plaque. A 300mm x 200mm plaque would cost approx..

£52 + VAT or 400mm x 300mm £80 + VAT. All present agreed these costs were reasonable.

Chairman Siddall had not been able to progress further on the fencing.

RESOLVED Councillor Lawrence to measure the existing plaque to see what new size will fit and to send to all Councillors what it would look like. Chairman Siddall to leave the fencing until 2021.


281. Traffic issues and Community Group update

The application is ready to go in. Councillor Lawrence to try and get hold of original application.

The Community Group flyers were put through people’s doors in the village and 6 people have agreed to help.

RESOLVED All names of those wanting to join the group to be sent to Councillor Gritton.   The Group to meet in the New Year and get ideas for slowing traffic and feed these ideas into the Parish Council.


282 Owl box

Councillor Hughes had walked The Common looking for a suitable site for the owl box. She saw 2 other owl boxes and, as owls are territorial, she searched for a suitable tree far away from these 2. Various areas were suggested.

RESOLVED Councillor Hughes to look for suitable trees in Sawyers field and Plains Road.


283 Invoices presented for payment

There were no invoices due for payment.


284. Correspondence

Councillor Durham had sent an email stating funding was available for food banks. The Clerk had sent the Parish Councillors all Coronavirus emails and those from MDC and EALC. An email had been received from a resident of Tolleshunt Major about the development proposed for Beckingham Business Park – this was discussed under “Planning Applications”.

RESOLVED The Clerk to continue to email all correspondence while the meetings are held online.



285. Update from the District Councillor

Councillor Siddall is now Chairman of Strategy and Resources at MDC.

A new garden is being developed on Promenade Park, Maldon for children and those with learning disabilities.

MDC is currently setting budgets for 2021/22.

There are grants available for businesses to assist them during the Covid 19 pandemic



Chairman Siddall then thanked the Councillors and Clerk for their work in 2020.




There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.05 p.m.




Signed by the Chairman ………………………




The meeting for January was changed from 5th January to 12th, with the agreement of all present


Wicks farm traffic