Minutes of Meeting, Tuesday 1st October 2019


The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 1st October 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Evangelical Church Hall.





Vice-Chairman: Councillor N. Lawrence


Councillors: V. Hare, J Hughes, S. Venton,                                                       Also in attendance 2 parishioners


490. Apologies for Absence R. Siddall, A. Cater-Hughes. Councillor Cornell did not attend.


491. To invite Councillors to declare an interest in matters on the Agenda. No interests were declared.


492. Minutes 2/9/2019

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 2nd September 2019 be approved and confirmed.


493. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council

         FUL/MAL/19/00772 Change of use from a veterinary building to a 2 bedroom residential dwelling. Clarks

         Farm, Wash Lane. This was refused by the council.

       b) Latest planning applications

         19/00890/FUL Portal steel framed agricultural storage building. Pheasant Oak, Green Lane

         The Parish Council approved this application on the condition that it is purely used for the storage of crops and

         agricultural machinery.   Chairman Siddall has called this application into the NW planning committee, on

         the grounds that it is outside the settlement boundary, and the quality of the design in a residential area.

         c) Planning appeals

       OUT/MAL/ 19/00741 Land at Broad Street Green, Maypole Road, Great Totham/Heybridge. The Parish Council

      had no comment to make.


494. Village open day/Civic Service

Councillor Hughes attended the village open day which was very quiet with few attendees and few local

businesses. Chairman Siddall attended the Civic Service, as did the Deputy Chairman of MDC. It was an

excellent community event.


495. Bridge onto Common update

Councillor Hare had received a quotation of £102.00 for 2 telegraph poles, which would have to be collected from


RESOLVED Councillor Lawrence to ask Cannons in Tiptree for a cost of steel supports instead. Councillor Hare to keep the Parish Council informed as to the progress.


496. Village space and open land

Chairman Siddall had a meeting with Matt Wilson, Manager of Open Spaces and Richard Holmes, Director of

Resources, to discuss the Parish Council taking over the lease of Sawyers field. They believe MDC would be happy

for this to happen as the field is not a strategic open space. They are going to use this process as a case study for other open spaces in the district. Matt Wilson and Chairman Siddall will be having a site visit to discuss any repairs that need to be made and maintenance of the woodland. If the Parish Council take over the field MDC will agree to spread the transition over 2 years, so the cost is easier to manage. We also need to establish what the covenant defines and whether at some point a pavilion would be permitted within the terms of the covenant. The lease will be peppercorn.

The Green still needs to be registered. Loose horses have been seen on the common.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall to report on the outcome of his site visit. Councillor Venton to start the process of registering The Green. Councillor Hughes to contact the Commoners with grazing rights to establish who owns the horses.


497. Playground Inspection review

Councillor Venton has purchased 2 new swing seats.

RESOLVED Councillor Venton to install the seats.


498. New telegraph pole request

Chairman Siddall completed the online documentation for this to go ahead. A cheque has been received from

Openreach for £157.50 for the Wayleave.

RESOLVED The work can now be carried out.


499. Traffic issues over the last month, traffic group possible reform

Chairman Siddall has applied for 2 schemes for the local highway panel, one to review The Street and School Road the other for the speed sign. He also asked for the traffic survey to be chased and the results collated and published. Our ECC councillor is to report the serious road conditions on School Road and Loamy Hall Road, where this is subsidence.

A new traffic group was discussed. Councillor Lawrence has been looking into buying our own speed camera, that also records registration numbers. The cost is £6,000, but local businesses have agreed to help fund. Wilkins have already put a 20mph limit on their vans going through the village, which will report automatically to their head office if the vans go over this limit.

RESOLVED Councillor Lawrence and Councillor Hare to talk to Wilkins and Clarks to see how much they will contribute to the cost of the speed device. Councillor Lawrence to arrange for a representative of the company that makes the speed camera to visit the village and shows us how it works and what can be done with the information it records.


500. Community speed watch

This has still not started, despite 10 volunteers having been trained.

RESOLVED Councillor Hughes to talk to Chairman Siddall about a way forward.


501. Remembrance Sunday

Chairman Siddall has communicated with both All Saint’s and The Evangelical Church.

RESOLVED On Sunday 10th November, there will be a short service at the Tommies Memorial at 10.45am then a minute’s silence at 11am. Chairman Siddal to continue making arrangements.


502. Clerk’s report

The Clerk presented the spreadsheet set up at the beginning of the financial year with estimated costs and then a further spreadsheet showing actual costs for the first half year. Copies of both were given to all Councillors. The Clerk received from Councillor Lawrence the completed mandate change form to enable him to be a signatory on the Parish Council bank account.

RESOLVED The Clerk to do further presentations each quarter.


503. Invoices presented for payment

Little Totham Evangelical Church    £15.00       Hire of hall (paid by standing order)

R. Collins                                                             Clerk’s wages 2nd qtr

Autela Payroll                                 £30.00       Payroll preparation 2nd qtr

S. Venton                                           £153.94     New seats for swings                        


504. Correspondence

RESOLVED Items were placed in the correspondence folder for circulation to all Councillors.


There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.17 p.m.




Signed by The Chairman ……………………………………….


Neighbourhood watch scheme